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Bills vs. Browns Means Chan Gailey vs. Dick Jauron

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Jun 12, 2012; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

When the Buffalo Bills take on the Cleveland Browns this Sunday, head coach Chan Gailey - the architect of Buffalo's offense - will match up against a Browns defense coordinated by his predecessor in Buffalo, Dick Jauron.

For all of the vitriol that Jauron's run as Bills head coach still inspires from fans, it's hard not to respect what Jauron has accomplished in Cleveland in his year-plus as the defensive coordinator. Last year, the Browns had the No. 10 defense in the NFL the same year they switched from a 3-4 to a 4-3, and that included the No. 2 pass defense in the league. They've plummeted to No. 29 early this season, but they've also been playing without key figures like defensive tackle Phil Taylor, linebacker Chris Gocong and cornerback Joe Haden.

Gailey, meanwhile, has taken Buffalo's offense from No. 25 to No. 14 - and now to No. 7 after two weeks - in his three years running the Bills' offense. It's an interesting coaching matchup beyond the obvious; Gailey runs a take-what-the-defense-gives-you offense, and Jauron runs a surrender-yardage-not-points defense.

We have a sneaking suspicion that the answer to this question will overwhelmingly favor one man, but we'll ask it anyway: do you favor Gailey's Bills offense or Jauron's Browns defense in this matchup?