We've spent most of the week discussing how the Cleveland Browns are going to attack the Buffalo Bills. Peyton Hillis running and catching is likely the main target. Now it's time for one last conversation with Dawgs By Nature Editor Chris Pokorny on how the Buffalo Bills can actually beat the Browns this weekend. Also be sure to check out my conversation with Chris over at DBN.
"I think it will be too tough for the Bills to stop Peyton Hillis in the second half, and our secondary has done a pretty good job at defending the deep ball with Eric Wright out of the starting lineup.
"The biggest liability on the Browns is still Jake Delhomme. He has made three starts this season. In Week 1, he basically threw two pick sixes for touchdowns that cost us the game. Two weeks ago, Delhomme threw a pick six
that nearly cost us the game against Carolina. Last week with about two minutes left to go in the game and the score tied at 10-10, a Dolphin defender dropped what easily could have been a pick six. What am I getting at? Delhomme is definitely prone to making a momentum-shifting mistake, and if the Bills receive that opportunity, they need to take advantage of it. Buffalo should also try to utilize Fred Jackson in the passing game since opposing backs have had success on screen passes against Cleveland lately."
The word out of Cleveland all week has been Colt McCoy will not play with his high ankle sprain this week. That's good for the Buffalo Bills. Delhomme was downright awful against the Bills a year ago while with the Carolina Panthers.
Delhomme went 27 of 44 for 325 yards and a solitary touchdown while throwing three interceptions in a 20-9 Bills win. FS Jairus Byrd picked off two of those passes on his way to the Pro Bowl. If Buffalo is going to win they are going to need to stop Cleveland's offense and the weakest point in the armor is Delhomme.
When I posed myself the question of how the Bills could win my answer was much more somber.
"The Bills will win if Peyton Hillis misses the team charter and gets stuck in a snow storm while driving to Buffalo. Seriously. The Buffalo Bills run defense is last in the league by a wide margin - something like 25 yards a game. If the Bills are going to win this game they are going to have to solve their run D problem fast and down to their third-string linebackers in some spots.
"On offense, they are going to need a minor miracle just to get through the game on the offensive line. One starter is out in center Geoff Hangartner. The normal sixth man who would step in for him, Kraig Urbik, just got placed on injured reserve. The Bills are going to have an undrafted free agent starting at RG with a street free agent at RT and a guy at center who hasn't played there in the NFL.
"With all that being said Ryan Fitzpatrick's nickname has become 'Fitzmagic' and this week would be a good time for him to pull a rabbit out of a hat."
It's not like the Cleveland Browns are some juggernaut (though Hillis resembles the X-Men character) but the Bills are reeling following the Minnesota game and with injuries piling up on both sides of the ball I don't see how Buffalo can shut down what the Browns are going to try to do.
What do you think, Bills fans?