A look at the Cleveland/Buffalo matchup.
Bills (6-7) at Browns (8-5)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Venue: Browns Stadium, capacity 73,200, grass.
TV: CBS with Steve Tasker and Gus Johnson.
Radio: WHBC-AM 1480, WQKT-FM 104.5, WAKR-AM 1590, WMMS-FM 100.7, WTAM-AM 1100, WJER-AM 1450.
Line: Browns by 5 1/2.
Bills last four: Lost to New England 56-10, lost at Jacksonville 36-14, won at Washington 1-16, beat Miami 38-17.
Browns last four: Won at Baltimore 33-30 in OT, beat Houston 27-17, lost at Arizona 27-21, won at New York Jets 24-18.
Series: Cleveland leads 8-5, including 5-3 at Cleveland. Buffalo won the only expansion-era meeting, 37-7, in 2004.
Browns vs. Buffalo: No. 17 run offense (109.4 yards a game) vs. No. 18 run defense (112.4). No. 11 pass offense (242.8) vs. No. 28 pass defense (251.4).
Bills vs. Cleveland: No. 16 run offense (110.5) vs. No. 28 run defense (130,5). No. 28 pass offense (173.1) vs. No. 28 pass defense (259.2).
Scoreboard: The Browns are outscoring opponents, on average, 27.7 to 27.4. The Bills are being outscored 22.4 to 17.1.
Man from Stanford: Rookie Round 3 pick Trent Edwards replaced J.P. Losman after the later showed deer-in-headlights tendencies in blowout losses to the Patriots and Jaguars. Edwards also got starts early in the season and has a 5-1 record. Edwards is smart and tough and is entrusted to a larger selection of plays than most rookie QBs.
Young runners: Rookie No. 12 overall pick Marshawn Lynch will be chased by 2006 No. 13 overall pick Kamerion Wimbley. Lynch missed three games with a high ankle sprain before returning last week. Both he and Fred Jackson went over 100 yards against the Dolphins. Lynch is an inside-outside combo threat.
Pulling rank: Cleveland’s Jamal Lewis ranks No. 11 with 921 rushing yards (4.2 average). Lynch ranks No. 14 with 858 yards (3.9). Browns RBs totaled 11 rushing TDs during the previous three years. Lewis has nine despite missing almost two full games.
Go-to guys: Former No. 13 overall pick Lee Evans has 768 receiving yards coming off a breakout 1,292-yard season as a third-year Bill. Third-year Brown Braylon Edwards has 1,106 yards.
Home stretch: The Browns play at Cincinnati next Sunday before closing the regular season at home against the 49ers. The Bills play at home against the Giants and finish at Philadelphia.
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