Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns NFL Week 3 Preview

 

Cleveland Browns Stadium

Raj Mehta-US PRESSWIRE

Sunday, September 23rd at 1:00 PM EDT

Cleveland Browns Stadium

Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns

Weather Forecast: 59 degrees and Scattered Showers

Buffalo Bills (1-1)

C.J. Spiller is leading the league in rushing with 292 yards (10.1 yards per carry)

2012 Team Rankings

Offense
Total Yards: 7th (384.5 yards/game)
Rushing Yards: 1st (198.0 yards/game)
Passing Yards: 28th (186.5 yards/game)
Points: 4th (31.5 points/game)

Defense
Total Yards Against: 25th-tied (403.0 yards/game)
Rushing Yards Against: 24th (134.0 yards/game)
Passing Yards Against: 23rd tied (269.0 yards/game)
Points Against: 28th (32.5 points/game)

Differentials
Takeaway/Giveaway: 16th (+0 turnovers)
Net Points: 22nd (-2 points)
Net Yards: 19th (-37 yards)

Football Outsiders Rankings
Overall: 19th
Offense: 19th
Defense: 21st
Special Teams: 16th

Power Rankings

Rant Sports.com: 23rd
ESPN: 22nd
FOX: 21st
CBS: 20th

2012 Team Leaders

Passing: Ryan Fitzpatrick – 28/51 (54.9%) for 373 yards (7.3 yards/attempt) and 5 touchdowns to 3 interceptions (86.5 rating); 6 carries for 42 yards
Rushing: C.J. Spiller – 29 carries for 292 yards (10.1 yards/attempt) and 3 touchdowns; 5 receptions for 72 yards (14.4 yards/reception)
Receiving: Steve Johnson – 6 receptions for 111 yards (18.5 yards/reception) and 2 touchdowns

Solo Tackles: Stephon Gilmore – 10 solo tackles (12 total), 1 forced fumble, 2 passes defended
Sacks: Kyle Williams – 2.0 sacks, 4 solo tackles (6 total)
Interceptions: Bryan Scott – 1 interception, 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumble, 2 solo takcles (3 total);
Jairus Byrd – 1 interception, 1 pass defended, 7 solo tackles (12 total)

Kicking: Rian Lindell – 9/9 extra points, 9 total points
Punting: Brian Moorman – 31.2 net average, 47.8 average, 1/9 inside the 20
Kick Returns: Leodis McKelvin – 3 returns for 71 yards (23.7 average)
Punt Returns: Leodis McKelvin – 4 returns for 125 yards (31.3 average) and 1 touchdown

2012 Game Balls

Week 1: Bills at Jets -> C.J. Spiller
Week 2: Chiefs at Bills -> Cordy Glenn

2012 AFC East Standings

1. (1-1) New York Jets [1-0 DIV, 1-1 CONF]
2. (1-1) New England Patriots [0-0 DIV, 1-0 CONF]
3. (1-1) Miami Dolphins [0-0 DIV, 1-1 CONF]
4. (1-1) Buffalo Bills [0-1 DIV, 1-1 CONF]

Bills Injury Report (updated 9/19)

Injured Reserve:
WR David Nelson (knee)
OT Zebrie Sanders (undisclosed)
DT Torell Troup (back)
CB Ron Brooks (foot) ~ recall player

Active PUP:
TE Mike Caussin (knee)

Out:
RB Fred Jackson (knee)

Questionable:
FS Jairus Byrd (foot)

Cleveland Browns (0-2)

Last week rookie Brandon Weeden threw for 322 yards and 2 TDs, while rookie Trent Richardson had a combined 145 yards and 2 TDs

2012 Team Rankings

Offense
Total Yards: 22nd (324.5 yards/game)
Rushing Yards: 11th-tied (114.5 yards/game)
Passing Yards: 23rd (210.0 yards/game)
Points: 24th-tied (21.5 points/game)

Defense
Total Yards Against: 29th (415.5 yards/game)
Rushing Yards Against: 18th (115.0 yards/game)
Passing Yards Against: 28th (300.5 yards/game)
Points Against: 19th-tied (25.5 points/game)

Differentials
Takeaway/Giveaway: 10th-tied (+1 turnover)
Net Points: 24th (-8 points)
Net Yards: 29th (-182 yards)

Football Outsiders Rankings
Overall: 18th
Offense: 26th
Defense: 9th
Special Teams: 21st

Power Rankings

Rant Sports.com: 30th
ESPN: 32nd
FOX: 31st
CBS: 32nd
2012 Team Leaders

Passing: Brandon Weeden – 38/72 (52.8%) for 440 yards (6.1 yards/attempt) and 2 touchdowns to 4 interceptions (5765 rating); 4 carries for 31 yards
Rushing: Trent Richardson – 38 carries for 148 yards (3.9 yards/attempt) and 1 touchdown; 5 receptions for 41 yards (8.1 yards/reception) and 1 touchdown
Receiving: Mohamad Massoquoi – 8 receptions for 131 yards (16.4 yards/reception)

Solo Tackles: Buster Skrine – 14 solo tackles (15 total), 1 pass defended
Sacks: D’Qwell Jackson – 3.0 sacks, 4 solo tackles (8 total), 3 passes defended, 2 interceptions for 31 yards and 1 touchdown
Interceptions: D’Qwell Jackson – 2 interceptions for 31 yards and 1 touchdown, 3 passes defended, 3.0 sacks, 4 solo tackles (8 total)

Kicking: Phil Dawson – 5/5 field goals, 4/4 extra points, 19 total points
Punting: Reggie Hodges – 34.4 net average, 44.9 average, 3/11 inside the 20
Kick Returns: Josh Cribbs – 9 returns for 256 yards (28.4 average)
Punt Returns: Josh Cribbs – 7 returns for 87 yards (12.4 average)

Browns Injury Report (updated 9/19)

Injured Reserve:
FB Eddie Williams (undisclosed)
DL Marcus Benard (Elbow)
DL Austin English (undisclosed)
LB Chris Gocong (Achilles)
LB Emmanuel Acho (undisclosed)

Active PUP:
DL Phil Taylor (chest)

Out/Suspended:
CB Joe Haden

Questionable:
OL Oniel Cousins (ankle)
TE Alex Smith (concussion)
DE Juqua Parker (foot)
DL Billy Winn (concussion)
DB Raymond Ventrone (hand)
LB James-Michael Johnson (ribs)

Preview:

Buffalo has never fared well in Cleveland, they are 3-6 all-time in the regular season. That being said I don’t recall a time where the Bills looked so much better than the Browns on paper. It looks like Trent Richardson has fully recovered from his arthroscopic knee surgery after week 1 of the preseason. I expect this game to be closer than people think, however I think Buffalo wins this one with their defense causing havoc and confusing rookie QB Brandon Weeden by forcing turn overs. I think the final score will be 28-17.

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