Browns notebook: Lewis boasts big rushing numbers

Steve Doerschuk

The Browns had a strong rushing day in general Sunday, with 136 yards, and got effective play from Jamal Lewis in particular.

The big back rushed 21 times for 92 yards.

“We ran effectively,” he said. “It’s just that the way the game was going, we couldn’t keep running. We were behind.”

Lewis has 1,176 rushing yards and needs 57 yards against San Francisco to finish as the expansion-era, single-season rushing champion. Reuben Droughns rushed for 1,232 yards in 2005.

Lewis already has clinched his best season since he ran for 2,066 yards as a 2003 Raven.

By the numbers

- Jason Wright has established himself as a worthy No. 2 back, milking 473 rushing-receiving yards out of 81 touches. Wright was viewed as a stopgap type player last year when he produced 271 rushing-receiving yards on 68 touches.

- Braylon Edwards broke Gary Coillins’ single-season club record for touchdown receptions Sunday — he had two, boosting hiss 2007 total to 15. Next, he can break the record for receiving yards in a year. He needs just 15 yards against the 49ers to break Webster Slaughter’s mark of 1,236, set in 1989.

- Derek Anderson needs 376 passing yards against San Francisco to hit 4,000. With 3,634 yards, Anderson already ranks fifth all-time on the Browns’ single-season lost. Brian Sipe owns the record with 4,132 yards in 1980. A realistic target is No. 2, also owned by Sipe (1981). Anderson needs 242 yards to get there.

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