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What they're saying: Bills-Browns game predictions


By Elliot Harrison

Sunday, 1 PM ET, CBS

Buffalo Bills 37, Cleveland Browns 13

This could be a close game, or this could be one of those deals where a group of guys play for their embattled head coach. The media in Buffalo continually peppered Rex Ryan about his defense getting run over the last several weeks. Methinks that group will ball out against an easy target. Of course, will pummeling the winless Browns solve anything for the Bills? Probably not, as it looks like the wild-card ship has sailed for them. Still, Buffalo could run the table and finish 9-7 -- which would mean handing another loss to the Dolphins, who are starting a backup quarterback at the moment and are among the frontrunners for that final AFC wild-card spot. Meanwhile, if Cleveland is to get win No. 1, Isaiah Crowell must go off, à la Le'Veon Bell -- or at least post 110 rushing yards, so that the outcome doesn't rest on the Browns' passing game. #CLEvsBUF

By Mike Florio

Browns at Bills

MDS's take: If Rex Ryan wants to avoid Jeff Fisher's fate, beating the Browns is a must. He'll have his players ready to play.

MDS's pick: Bills 27, Browns 10.

Florio's take: It would be fitting for the suddenly dysfunctional Bills to become the first team to lose to the Browns in more than a full year. And if this one were being played in Cleveland, the Browns would be the pick. The Bills will find a way to win this one, despite their best efforts to find ways to lose it.

Florio's pick: Bills 23, Browns 16.


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By Chris Simms

When: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Robert Griffin III had plenty of rust to shake off after a long injury hiatus.

The results last week were predictably bad. But now he's going against a defense that (A) loves to play one-on-one man coverage and (B) is susceptible to deep throws. Expect plenty of Terrelle Pryor catches deep.

Expect the Browns to lose, too. Hue Jackson's defense doesn't have the athletes required to contain Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy. This game might turn into a track meet for Buffalo's rushing attack.

Prediction: Bills 27, Browns 17

By David White

Browns (0-13) at Bills (6-7)

The Browns appear bent on being the second 0-16 team in league history. The return of quarterback Robert Griffin III did nothing to change their southbound course.

Griffin posted a 38.4 passer rating last weekend in his first start since the season opener — after taking a 0.00 rating into halftime.

The Bills are staring down a 17th consecutive year of playoff-free football, unless they win out and half of the conference acquiesces to their tiebreaker demands. They can still finish with at least a .500 record for the third consecutive year, which has meaning only when compared with the alternative.

Pick: Bills

By Eric Eager

Browns at Bills

Prediction: Bills win by 7 Every week seems like "the last time the Browns could win a game," and every week, they come out the loser. With the Bills at 6-7 and firmly out of the playoff picture, this could be a game where the Browns keep it close enough to pull through at the end. From a pure talent perspective, this is hard to see. For example, Stephon Gilmore (71.9) and Ronald Darby (75.5)—after rebounding from early-season slumps—should be able to neutralize the lone strength on Cleveland's offense—wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (80.2). On defense, while Danny Shelton (83.1) has had a nice season for the Browns, and Jamie Collins (81.3) has been a solid mid-season addition, the Browns still surrender the fourth-most yards per carry (4.6) in the league, while the Bills are gaining 5.4 yards per carry on the season. Look for the Bills to win this one, but the number here is a bit high for my liking.

By Pete Prisco

Buffalo Bills 31, Cleveland Browns 14

Is this the week the Browns win? Nope. The Bills haven't played well lately, but they will be good enough here for Rex Ryan, who might be out soon. The Browns lack talent. They aren't winning.

By David Steele

Cleveland Browns (0-13) at Buffalo Bills (6-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Bills seem distracted once again. Rex Ryan had to answer questions about a report he was about to be fired, and about whether he was going to bench Tyrod Taylor. (Neither happened.) They also let Le'Veon Bell embarrass them last week. Another window for a Browns win, except that, well, the Browns are really, really bad, so much so that even the flaky Bills won't let them creep up on them. Bills, 29-18

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