Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns -4
The network television contracts with the NFL state that every team in the league will appear in prime time at least once during a season. Thus, we are given this treat to enjoy tonight.
Interestingly, while this game was being looked at like the apple in a bag of Halloween candy prior to the season, this has turned into an intriguing match-up. The Browns have followed up the Trent Richardson trade by winning two straight games with Brian Hoyer at quarterback in place of Brandon Wheedon.
For the Bills on defense, Mario Williams has been the player they thought they were getting when they signed him as a free agent and Marcell Dareus has been a strong anchor to the defensive line at tackle.
On offense, Fred Jackson has returned to the field as one of the best running backs no one talks about in the league. Rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel has started well after missing most of the preseason and spreads the ball around well between Jackson, receivers Steve Johnson and Robert Woods, and tight end Scott Chandler.
Expect the Browns, propelled by home field and the better defense to win but they’re not sufficiently better than the Bills to expect them to cover.
Prediction: A physical 21-20 win for the Browns.