Bills Dominate the Jets in New York: Autopsy of an Upset
It’s surprising how many times you can scan through point spreads for Sunday’s games and find that the oddsmakers and betting public have completely missed the boat. The New York Jets opened the week as three point favorites against the Buffalo Bills and that line stayed steady right up to kickoff.
Unfortunately for the Jets, Buffalo wasn’t paying attention. They improved their record to 5-3 by riding six New York turnovers to a dominating 43-23 victory…
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.
Desmond Bryant and rookie Barkevious Mingo lead the Browns with 3.5 and 3 Sacks respectively and to show how relentless he has been in rushing the passer, Bryant also has 6 Quarterback Hits.
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.