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Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns Preview and Predictions 11-10-2019


It's not a stretch to say that Buffalo Bills have been among the biggest surprises among AFC teams -- nor is it to acknowledge that the Cleveland Browns have been among the biggest disappointments. The Bills have a chance to all but bury Cleveland's fading playoffs hopes when they visit the Browns on Sunday in a matchup featuring two quarterbacks drafted in the first round in 2018.

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Buffalo is holding down the No. 5 spot in the postseason chase and trails first-place New England by 1 1/2 games in the AFC East, although it has not played a string of world-beaters -- the Bills' six wins have come again teams with a 9-42 record. "I don't want to brainwash the fans, but 6-2 is 6-2," safety Micah Hyde said in response to criticism of a soft schedule. "Like Coach (Sean McDermott) has said, 'We don't make the schedule, we just play it.' If we're overlooked, it is what it is, we're just going to continue to compete and find ways to win." Finding ways to win have eluded Cleveland, which has played a considerably tougher schedule than the Bills and is mired in a four-game slide after absorbing a 24-19 setback at Denver last weekend. "Stay the course, I think, no matter what is going on," said quarterback Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick a year ago. "There are eight games left in the season and we want to have a single-week focus and just do our jobs."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Browns -3. O/U: 40

ABOUT THE BILLS (6-2): Josh Allen was drafted six spots behind Mayfield despite concerns that he was not pro-ready due to facing suspect competition at Wyoming, but last week he became the fourth quarterback in history with at least 20 passing touchdowns and 12 rushing scores in his first two seasons. Running back Devin Singletary has endured an injury-plagued rookie campaign but he ran for a season-high 95 yards and a touchdown last week on 20 carries -- matching his number of rushing attempts from his previous four games combined. Buffalo's defense ranks third overall (296.3 yards per game) but was shredded by Philadelphia for 218 rushing yards in Week 8 and gave up more than 100 yards to Washington's Adrian Peterson last week.

ABOUT THE BROWNS (2-6): Cleveland has a fairly soft second-half schedule but needs more production from Mayfield, who has not thrown for more than one scoring pass in a game while tossing a league high-tying 12 interceptions. Odell Beckham Jr. became the third-fastest wideout to 6,000 yards last Sunday but he has not found the end zone since Week 2. Running back Nick Chubb ranks fourth in the NFL with 803 yards rushing but could see his touches diminished with former Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt returning from an eight-game suspension. Myles Garrett ranks second in the league with 10.0 sacks for a defense that has limited teams to 216.3 yards passing, but the Browns have been gouged for 141.3 yards rushing per game.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Buffalo is 3-0 on the road while Cleveland has lost all three games at home.

2. Chubb has compiled 852 scrimmage yards and six touchdowns in his last seven home games.

3. The Bills signed DT Corey Liuget, waived by Oakland on Oct. 30, to bolster their rush defense.

Prediction

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FirstEnergy Stadium
Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
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Last Injuries

Cleveland Browns

  • Olivier Vernon

    Knee
    Doub Thurs | doubtful

    Vernon was absent from the last game due to a knee injury. His availability for Thursday's contest versus the Steelers is unlikely.

  • Drew Forbes

    Knee
    Ques Thurs | I-R

    Forbes has landed on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list due to a knee injury. It is unclear if he will return against the Steelers on Thursday.

  • Kendall Lamm

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | out

    Lamm is sidelined with a knee injury and will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Ricky Seals-Jones

    Knee
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Seals-Jones missed the last game with a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will draw back into the lineup against the Steelers on Thursday.

  • Pharaoh Brown

    Concussion
    Prob Sun | probable

    Brown sat out the previous game due to a concussion, but he is likely to pass protocol in time for Sunday's tilt against the Bills.

  • Joel Bitonio

    Back
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Bitonio has a back injury, and it is unclear if he will line up Sunday against the Bills.

  • Greg Robinson

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Robinson departed the last game due to an ankle injury, but he is expected to line up against the Bills on Sunday.

  • Damarious Randall

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Randall has missed the past two games due to a hamstring injury, but it is likely that he will play Sunday against the Bills.

Buffalo Bills

  • Maurice Alexander

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Alexander has been added to the injured reserve list due to knee and calf injuries.

  • Kevin Johnson

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Johnson has a knee injury, but he is likely to play Sunday against the Browns.

  • Kurt Coleman

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Coleman has sat out the past two games with a hamstring injury, but he is expected to be a participant in Sunday's battle versus the Browns.

  • Levi Wallace

    Shoulder
    Prob Sun | probable

    Wallace is dealing with a shoulder injury, but it is expected that he will face the Redskins on Sunday.

  • Shaq Lawson

    Personal
    Prob Sun | probable

    Lawson is away from the team dealing with a personal matter but is projected to be available for Sunday's tilt versus the Redskins.

cleveland-browns Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Baker Mayfield 3 3 70.317 89 109 62 5 11 81 3 805
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Nick Chubb 3 3 233 19 58 1
D'Ernest Johnson 3 0 21 13 4 0
Jarvis Landry 3 3 10 10 1 0
Dontrell Hilliard 2 0 4 4 1 1
Baker Mayfield 3 3 -1 -1 1 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Odell Beckham Jr. 3 3 288 89 19 30 1
Jarvis Landry 3 3 161 34 10 23 0
Damion Ratley 3 1 93 29 7 10 0
Nick Chubb 3 3 81 30 11 15 0
D'Ernest Johnson 3 0 65 27 5 6 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Joe Schobert 3 3 18 9 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
Sheldon Richardson 3 3 9 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Jermaine Whitehead 3 3 8 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Myles Garrett 3 3 8 4 1 0 0 0 0 6 40 5
Larry Ogunjobi 3 3 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 19 2
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Austin Seibert 3 0 5 5 48 5 4
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Dontrell Hilliard 2 0 3 0 32 80
D'Ernest Johnson 3 0 1 0 23 23
Damion Ratley 3 1 1 0 12 12
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Baker Mayfield 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
Joe Schobert 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
T.J. Carrie 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Austin Seibert 3 0 19 0 0 0 0 0 0
David Njoku 2 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Demetrius Harris 3 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Dontrell Hilliard 2 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Nick Chubb 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Jarvis Landry 3 3 4 2 18 48
Dontrell Hilliard 2 0 1 0 18 18

buffalo-bills Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Josh Allen 3 3 83.394 51 103 66 3 5 30 3 750
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Frank Gore 3 2 164 22 44 2
LeSean McCoy 3 1 158 31 29 1
Devin Singletary 2 1 127 23 10 1
Josh Allen 3 3 105 11 26 2
T.J. Yeldon 3 0 30 10 8 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
John Brown 3 3 246 38 18 23 1
Cole Beasley 3 2 171 51 17 23 0
Dawson Knox 3 1 86 49 5 10 1
Zay Jones 3 1 65 23 5 10 0
Isaiah McKenzie 3 0 49 26 3 3 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Jordan Poyer 3 3 16 5 1 1 1 0 1 1 5 1
Levi Wallace 3 3 14 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Matt Milano 3 3 14 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Siran Neal 3 1 12 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Tre'Davious White 3 3 12 2 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Stephen Hauschka 3 0 3 4 45 7 7
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Ray-Ray McCloud III 3 0 4 0 26 87
Andre Roberts 1 0 1 0 23 23
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Josh Allen 3 3 4 2 0 0 1 0
Ray-Ray McCloud III 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
T.J. Yeldon 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Jordan Poyer 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Matt Milano 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Stephen Hauschka 3 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0
Frank Gore 3 2 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Josh Allen 3 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 5
LeSean McCoy 3 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Dawson Knox 3 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Ray-Ray McCloud III 3 0 7 2 39 69
Andre Roberts 1 0 3 2 4 4
Micah Hyde 3 3 3 5 10 16