NFL Week 5 Prediction: Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns

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Buffalo Bills

  • Record: 2-2
  • Offense Passing: 28th
  • Offense Rushing: 2nd
  • Defense Passing: 23rd
  • Defense Rushing: 27th

(Note all rankings done before Monday Night Game)

Cleveland Browns

  • Record: 2-2
  • Offense Passing: 15th
  • Offense Rushing: 26th
  • Defense Passing: 9th
  • Defense Rushing: 4th

(Note all rankings done before Monday Night Game)

Keys to the Game:

Buffalo: The Bills have one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL. With Spiller and Jackson leading the way, Buffalo ran for 203 yards versus the Baltimore Ravens last week. If Buffalo wants to be 3-2 they will have to figure out a way to run on a tough Cleveland Browns defense. It won’t be an easy task but Doug Marrone and company will have to find a way to establish the run game early and often.

Cleveland: With quarterback Brian Hoyer behind center the Browns have been a different team. In just two games Hoyer has thrown for five touchdowns. If the Browns want to win this prime time match up they are going to have to attack the banged up secondary of the Bills. It will be a tough task for the Browns because Buffalo’s defense forced Joe Flacco to throw five interceptions last week. Hoyer will have to limit the mistakes and play solid football.

What to Watch for:

Buffalo: With a banged up secondary many people would think Buffalo would be easy to pass on, however, that is not the case. Buffalo has forced nine interceptions so far this year and Kiko Alonso has been the key factor. The rookie middle linebacker has been the difference maker for the Bills defense recording four interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery in just four weeks. Look for Kiko and the defense to continue their “ballhawking” ways against the Browns.

Cleveland: When Cleveland traded away Trent Richardson many believed the season was over. However, guys like Jordan Cameron, Josh Gordon and Brian Hoyer have something different to say. Hoyer has been the starter for two games and he has been getting to ball to his player makers  Cameron and Gordon have emerged as reliable targets and Hoyer will continue to get them the ball. Gordon always has a chance to take it to the house with his speed and Cameron is a beast when in the red zone.


This game doesn’t seem like it should be a prime time match up but I expect this one to go down to the wire. Both teams are coming off unexpected wins and are currently 2-2. I look for this to be a dogfight and whoever can win the battle in the trenches will advance to 3-2.  Buffalo 24 Cleveland 20


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