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Seahawks-Browns matchup of the day: Friday

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By Mike Wilkening

Here's a matchup to watch in Sunday's Seahawks-Browns game.

Seahawks cornerbacks vs. Browns wide receivers

This is an intriguing story line to watch on Sunday, as both groups have potential but largely lack proven NFL performers, and it appears to be a fairly evenly matched battle.

With Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant (back) out for the season, Walter Thurmond will move into the starting lineup for Seattle opposite of Brandon Browner, a former CFL star. Thurmond (5-11, 190) has good speed and quickness. Browner (6-4, 221) has been up-and-down — some teams have tested him with success, but he has showed well at other times. He has excellent size for the position, as does rookie CB Richard Sherman (6-3, 195), who could be the third cornerback with veteran Roy Lewis on the PUP list.

Browns WR Greg Little, promoted to the first-team offense in Week Six, received a team-high 12 targets in Week Six, catching six passes for 72 yards. Little (6-2, 220) is physical and can be tough to bring down after the catch.

Mohamed Massaquoi (6-2, 207) is the Browns' other primary target at wideout. He's perhaps the Browns' best red-zone option at his position. He has the Browns' long catch of the season (56 yards in Week One). Joshua Cribbs (6-1, 215), the third receiver, is strong and athletic. These three receivers will get the vast bulk of the playing time Sunday, with Brian Robiskie (6-3, 209) and Jordan Norwood (5-11, 180) being other options.

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