What to watch for: Bills-Browns

Check out Sal's game preview and notes as the Bills have a chance to start the season 7-2

Sal Capaccio
November 09, 2019 - 4:51 pm

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The Buffalo Bills are on the road this week to take on the Cleveland Browns (2-6) at FirstEnergy Stadium with an opportunity to move to 7-2 on the 2019 season.

Here are three keys to the game:
 

  • Stop the run!

Simply put, the Bills have been poor against the run the last two games, allowing 345 total yards and averages of 5.3 and 5.5 yards per-carry, respectively. The Browns, on the other hand, rank second in the NFL in rushing yards per-play at 5.18 yards per-clip, led by Nick Chubb’s 803 yards, which is fifth most in the NFL. Now the Browns get Kareem Hunt back, as well, so the Bills will have a major task on their hands stopping Cleveland from running the football. Whether they can or not will go a long way in determining the outcome of the game.
 

  • Odell Danger

There’s been a lot of talk this week about Browns receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. not getting enough targets in the passing game, especially in the red zone. Head coach Freddie Kitchens has been asked about it. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has been asked about it. Beckham, Jr. has been asked about it. It’s become a big part of the Browns’ season storyline. They’re most likely going to force the ball to him whenever and however they can. The Bills may elect to use cornerback Tre’Davious White exclusively on Beckham. If they do, that matchup should be tremendous to watch.
 

  • Double-up on Singletary

Much like Beckham’s situation in Cleveland, Bills coaches and players were hearing a lot about why running back Devin Singletary wasn’t getting the ball enough. Then that changed last week when the rookie carried it 20 times for 95 yards and added another three catches for 45 yards for a 140 yard day. The Browns come into the game with one of the league’s worst run defenses, allowing over 141 yards per game (30th) and 4.91 yards perplex (29th). The Bills may, and should look to give the ball to Singletary again as they did a week ago.

 

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