While the Buffalo Bills are not the pushovers they have been in the past, the Cleveland Browns have what it takes to beat them tonight.
The Bills (2-2) have been remarkably consistent in that all four of their games have ended with both teams scoring in the 20s.
They beat Carolina 24-23 in Week 2 and Baltimore 23-20 in Week 4. Buffalo’s losses came in the opener against New England (23-21) and the New York Jets in Week 3 (23-20).
Like the Browns last year, the Bills have entrusted their season to a rookie quarterback. E.J. Manuel from Florida State has completed 57 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and three interceptions. Manuel hasn’t been dazzling, but more importantly, he hasn’t made a lot of mistakes.
The Bills love to control the game on the ground with the second best rushing attack in the game. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller form a dynamite tandem in the backfield, but both are dealing with injuries.
However, the Browns pride themselves on their run defense, which is ranked fourth in the league. Cleveland should employ the Minnesota game plan from two weeks ago: bottle up the run and force the young quarterback to beat you.
Brimming with confidence and bolstered by a raucous Dawg Pound on national TV, the Cleveland Browns will remain perfect since the Trent Richardson trade and improve their record to 3-2.
Prediction: Cleveland 24, Buffalo 20.
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