Updated: November 06, 2019 06:59 PM
Created: November 06, 2019 06:15 PM
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WHEC) — There's the obvious storyline here of Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield facing each other for the first time, but this is more than a battle of two top 2018 draftees. If the Bills want to beat their Lake Erie rivals, they're going to have to stop the run.
"There is going to be adversity throughout a season, throughout a game, and this year's adversity has obviously been stopping the run these last couple of games," Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said.
"We're going to continue to try to improve on it and limit those big runs,” Bills safety Micah Hyde said, “but are we working hard to do so?
Yes. Am I fortune teller and can tell you that in the future we're going to shut it down? No."
Between Nick Chubb, who has carried the bulk of the load on the ground for Cleveland this season, and the return of Kareem Hunt,
Buffalo is in for a handful. The Browns average 5.2 yards per rush - the second most in the NFL.
"There's guys all over the field. You can't single out one,” Hyde said, “I will say their back is really good. I don't think he gets enough credit."
The key to shutting down the run will be trusting the guy next to them.
"Trust is what makes the defense go,” Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver said, “if they don't trust that I have my gap, then they have to do my job, and that's how big runs break."
"You show your teammates throughout the week with your preparation,” Bills defensive tackle Star Lotulelei said, “then when you get on the field, as teammates, you just trust each other."
The Bills have the third ranked pass defense in the league, but they will be challenged in the air this weekend with Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, both of whom pose a large threat.
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