Buffalo Bills’ Public Enemy In Week 5: Cleveland Browns’ Joe Haden

By Scott DelleFave
Joe Haden
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Of all the players on the Cleveland Browns, cornerback Joe Haden is likely the one to be the most afraid of. While he is only 5-foot-11 and weighs only 190 pounds, in just over three seasons, Haden has intercepted nine passes, forced three fumbles and even had two sacks. Haden missed last year’s game against the Buffalo Bills due to being suspended after testing positive for Adderall.

Haden’s main coverage assignment will be the Bills No. 1 wide receiver Stevie Johnson, and that looks like it will be an amazing match-up between two under the radar heavyweights at their positions. Johnson will have to have to run some of his best routes to beat Haden all evening long, and it will be a challenge since the Browns have beefed up their front seven as well. This will result in far less time for rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel to throw the ball, and the wide receivers for the Bills will have to run fast, smooth and efficient routes to get the pass game established. Also the Bills will have to establish the run game against that aforementioned beefed up Browns defense, and if it takes a running back by committee like they did last week, then so be it.

All in all, it should be a very good match-up between the Bills and Browns. But if the Bills get the better of Joe Haden, the Browns could be in for a long evening on Thursday Night Football on the NFL Network.

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