CJ Spiller, the third year pro who played his college ball for the Clemson Tigers, has taken over as the feature back due to an injured Fred Jackson. In two games, Spiller has racked up 292 yards and three touchdowns. If the Browns are to beat the Bills, Spiller must be contained and cannot hit a home run. He must be kept to less than 100 yards.
In his fourth year with the Bills, starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has stepped up his game throwing for five touchdowns and 373 yards in his first two games.
Fitzpatrick has poise in the pocket and slings the football. He threw for almost 4,000 yards in the 2011 campaign. Browns defensive linemen must get pressure on Fitzpatrick. When bothered, he does make some errant throws and he does have 3 interceptions on the year. It would be nice to see Browns sophomore left end Jabaal Sheard get a sack or two this weekend.
Fitzpatrick’s go to guy is 5th year wide out Stevie Johnson. The speedy Johnson runs smooth routes and is dangerous in the open field. There cannot be a breakdown like last week on the Andrew Hawkins 50 yard touchdown. Not having Joe Haden out there for the Browns is going to difficult, but Johnson isn’t A.J. Green by any means. If Johnson can be held to 75 yards or less, no touchdowns, this is a very winnable game.
On the defensive side for the Bills, they spent huge money to bring former number one pick Mario Williams to The City of Good Neighbors.
Williams sheds blocks with ease and is a threat to any quarterback he faces. Marcell Dareus is their bull rushing second year pro that anchors the defensive line. Coach Pat Shurmur and his staff will need to get help to whatever side Williams and Dareus are hunting from. If Brandon Weeden is going to throw some lasers like he did a week ago, the offensive line needs to slow down Williams and Dareus. Providing chip blocking help to Mitchell Schwartz on the right side might not be a bad idea.
Finally, this is the Browns 2nd home game. The Dawg Pound needs to get loud and become a factor early in this game. When was the last time we saw an opposing quarterback burn a timeout because the Cleveland faithful was so loud, he couldn’t hear in to his helmet? That’s what needs to happen this weekend. Whether it’s a Phil Dawson buzzer beater or a Trent Richardson run to seal the game, it’s time to win!
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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