Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills – NFL Week 11 Preview
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – The Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns meet in Detroit, Michigan after a historic snowstorm dumped over six feet on Orchard Park.
Buffalo Bills Gameday Basics
Teams: Cleveland Browns (3-6) at Buffalo Bills (6-3)
Time: Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Ford Field (Detroit, MI)
Bills Players Out
- A.J. Klein, LB
- Greg Rousseau, DE
- Justin Murray, OL
- Kaiir Elam, CB
- Tommy Sweeney, TE
- Tre White, CB
- Tremaine Edmunds, LB
Browns Players Out
- D’Anthony Bell, S
- Demetric Felton Jr., RB
- Drew Forbes, G
- Greg Newsome II, CB
- Isaiah Thomas, DE
- Kellen Mond, QB
- Perrion Winfrey, DT
What’s At Stake?
The Buffalo Bills have hit a rut – two straight losses, a hobbled defense, and a quarterback in the MVP race dealing with a UCL injury and interception problem.
There’s no secret sauce to overcoming their recent struggles. They just have to do it. And it won’t be easy at a neutral location instead of getting the support from the Orchard Park crowd.
This game is still being counted as a Bills home game, so Buffalo fans had priority with tickets. Sean McDermott has also said that with the game indoors, it opens the playbook more to the beginning of the regular season when the weather was nicer.
Taking all of this into account, it still comes down to one thing. Can the Bills put together a good football game from start to finish?
Last Time Out: Vikings – 33, Bills – 30 (OT)
It was the third loss of the season and the second in a row for the Buffalo Bills. Amazingly, all three losses have come by three points or less, with the Vikings needing overtime to put this one away.
The Bills jumped out to a comfortable lead, up 27-10 late in the third quarter.
That’s when the magic happened for Minnesota.
The Vikings went on a 23-3 run to steal the game away from the Bills, in what some NFL fans called the best game of the season to this point.
Stefon Diggs and Justin Jefferson both made jaw-dropping catches and the teams battled through the 4th quarter and into overtime, with the game eventually being decided on a Josh Allen red zone interception.
Allen was upset about his performance after the game, although QB1 did throw for over 300 yards and run for over 80. However, for the third game in a row, he threw the ball to the other team twice. And this time, it cost the Bills the game.
Bills Player To Watch
All week, Allen and the Bills have talked about the importance of not always going for the ‘home-run’ play and instead checking it down to the open man.
More often or not, that can mean a short pass to running back Devin Singletary, who just happened to be wide open underneath when Allen chose to try and fit in a tight ball to Gabe Davis on the game-ending INT last week.
If the game had been played in Orchard Park, Singletary also would have been the player to watch based on how much Buffalo probably would have had to run the ball. But now, it’s a different way of looking at things.
No matter what, if Singletary can settle number 17 down and make his job easier, it could be would helps the Bills start to turn things back around.