Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns
Date and Time: Thursday 10/3/13 at 8:30pm on NFL Network
Game Line: Cleveland Browns -4 (from JustBet)
Preview: These two teams played to a 24-13 Bills victory last season, but these teams couldn’t look any more different. The season looked like it was lost just a few weeks ago for the Cleveland Browns. They were 0-2, traded away star running back Trent Richardson and put in third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer who instead guided the team to two straight victories and into a tie atop the AFC North. They will seek their third consecutive win when they play Buffalo on Thursday Night Football. The Bills have been just as cautiously optimistic, starting 2-2 as well behind rookie quarterback EJ Manuel who has had his ups and downs through four games, but looked very impressive in a nice home win over Super Bowl Champion Baltimore last Sunday. However, the Bills have some major injury concerns entering Thursday’s game. The Bills running back tandem CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson are both questionable, putting extra weight on Manuel’s shoulders against a top 5 NFL defense in Cleveland. QB Brandon Weeded is healthy enough to return, but Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski isn’t going to change the winning formula replacement Brian Hoyer has with TE Jordan Cameron and WR Josh Gordon who have both stepped up big time with the new QB. The defenses should have some success in this game, both have been playing great with tons of turnovers and both are playing young and inexperienced quarterbacks. Buffalo rookie linebacker tied an NFL record for interceptions in Septermber with four, two last week against Baltimore’s Joe Flacco. However, the Browns are on roll that nobody can explain right now and we think they will see continued success at home against a Bills team that should really struggle offensively without their running back core, relying on a young QB with turnover problems against a defense that loves to force them.
Bills vs. Browns Free NFL Pick: Browns -4 and under 41
Bills vs. Browns Game Score Prediction: 20-13 Browns
What to expect in this week 4 NFL matchup: A Bills squad with its running back tandem in tact would pose problems for the Cleveland front seven, but with a rookie quarterback and neither CJ Spiller or Fred Jackson their offense will really struggle. Cleveland will continue to do what they have done for the last two weeks, a heavy dose of TE Jordan Cameron, an occasional big play from WR Josh Gordon and an elite defense that forces turnovers and keeps teams out of the end zone. While Buffalo’s defense should look good and force a turnover or two themselves, they just don’t have the offensive weapons to keep up with the Browns for an entire game. Cleveland just might be working on a three game winning streak and a tie for first place in their division after a win on primetime.