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BUFFALO (2 - 2) at CLEVELAND (2 - 2)
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Week 5 Thursday, 10/3/2013 8:25 PM
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BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-2+0.83-12-222.010.7350.0(5.1)1.723.212.0399.2(5.6)2.7
Road Games0-1-10-11-020.06.0328.0(4.9)
Last 3 Games2-1+1.82-12-122.39.7371.3(5.2)1.723.310.3388.7(5.9)2.7
BUFFALO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)22.010.719.027:4237-152(4.1)18-3256.9%198(6.1)69-350(5.1)(15.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.17.5917.128:1427-96(3.6)21-3658.3%227(6.4)62-323(5.2)(18.5)
Offense Road Games20.06.018.025:4725-120(4.8)19-4245.2%208(5)67-328(4.9)(16.4)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.
Defense Road Games27.017.020.034:1341-182(4.4)16-2955.2%331(11.4)70-513(7.3)(19)
BUFFALO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 16-639.4%1-033.3%3-60(20.1)3-25(8.4)9-73
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.20.71.9 16-640.9%1-031.2%1-27(20.4)26-2(11.1)7-59
Stats Against (Road Games) 14-535.7%1-00.0%3-53(17.7)3-18(6)20-168

CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-2+1.22-21-316.011.0323.7(4.9)1.717.56.5291.5(4.4)1.7
Home Games1-101-10-213.57.0313.5(4.7)1.514.54.5270.5(4.4)1.5
Last 3 Games2-1+2.62-11-218.012.3334.7(5.1)1.315.76.7297.0(4.4)2.0
Grass Games1-101-10-213.57.0313.5(4.7)1.514.54.5270.5(4.4)1.5
CLEVELAND - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.913.821.531:2426-103(4)25-4062.2%274(6.8)66-376(5.7)(15.8)
Offense Home Games13.57.019.029:1121-68(3.2)25-4556.0%245(5.4)67-313(4.7)(23.2)
Defense (All Games)17.56.518.530:5027-79(2.9)23-3960.6%212(5.5)66-291(4.4)(16.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.612.318.429:3624-89(3.6)22-3661.5%240(6.6)61-329(5.4)(13.9)
Defense Home Games14.54.517.030:4921-41(1.9)23-4058.7%229(5.7)61-270(4.4)(18.7)
CLEVELAND - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.20.822.414-538.7%1-033.3%2-51(28)21-2(8.3)6-58
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 16-744.4%1-033.3%2-40(20.2)2-17(6.7)5-44
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.20.92.1 14-641.2%1-045.5%2-60(26.5)16-2(9.8)5-50
Stats Against (Home Games) 15-640.0%1-033.3%2-42(16.8)2-11(4.4)6-51
Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 23.5,  CLEVELAND 22
BUFFALO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013NEW ENGLAND21-23L10W51U34-13618-27-150235-15829-52-2733
9/22/2013@ NY JETS20-27L2.5L40.5O25-12019-42-208041-18216-29-3312
10/3/2013@ CLEVELAND            
10/20/2013@ MIAMI            
10/27/2013@ NEW ORLEANS            

CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/15/2013@ BALTIMORE6-14L5L43.5U20-6522-37-194036-9922-33-1971
9/22/2013@ MINNESOTA31-27W6.5W40.5O17-10331-55-306431-13425-42-1953
10/20/2013@ GREEN BAY            
10/27/2013@ KANSAS CITY            
BUFFALO: Don't expect major changes to the running game under new head coach Doug Marrone's regime. O-Line coach Pat Morris has leaned toward zone blocking over his career. The Bills should continue to rely on a lot of inside zone plays, which were highly effective last year. They'll continue to utilize both of their talented backs, with C.J. Spiller getting the bulk of the work over Fred Jackson. Spiller has become more of a north-south runner, making him much more effective. They'll also bring back a fullback sometimes. Marrone and new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett were together at Syracuse, where they ran a tempo passing game that used a lot of no-huddle and pistol formations. If EJ Manuel isn't ready Week 1, Kevin Kolb will start and should get to make a lot of decisions pre-snap. Stevie Johnson is the clear-cut No. 1 receiver, and the kind of cerebral, instinctive player who should thrive in this offense. Running backs are also expected to be featured much more heavily than in recent seasons. Spiller showed an ability to pick up tough yards last year and will typically get the first crack near the goal line. The Bills surrendered 35+ points six times last year, but new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, the Jets DC in 2012, will try to capitalize on more forced turnovers than Dave Wannstedt's defense did last year (21 takeaways, T-9th-fewest in NFL). Pettine was criticized for running too conservative of a defense in New York, but has rolled out a hybrid 3-4 scheme in Buffalo. He has plenty of pass rushers in DEs Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, and the team also has two new starting OLBs in Manny Lawson and Jerry Hughes. The quality secondary could miss hard-hitting S George Wilson, but Buffalo gets to face six opponents with bottom-6 scoring offenses from last season.
CLEVELAND: New head coach Rob Chudzinski was the Browns' play-caller during their brief renaissance in 2007 and '08, and he and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner will bring a run-based offense that sets up the deep passing game. Trent Richardson is by far the best skill position player they have, and will obviously take a huge workload. It's a power running game that will pound it between the tackles. Richardson should be a three-down player, as the Browns have only fringe roster talent for the rest of their depth chart. This year's offense will take many more shots downfield. Brandon Weeden will work off a lot of play-action, and Turner's offenses typically look for the big-hitters up the seam. Josh Gordon should be an excellent fit for this game plan. Turner and Chudzinski both like to use the tight end frequently, and Jordan Cameron is enough of an athlete to be used in a variety of ways. Slot receiver Davone Bess is sort of a Plan B underneath if Cameron struggles. The Browns figure to remain very run-heavy near the goal line, mostly because of Richardson's ability to churn out tough yards. The Browns are desperate for a defensive playmaker, as they forced 0-to-1 turnovers 13 times last year. In comes new defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who has implemented an ultra-aggressive 3-4 defense that blitzes from all angles and relies heavily on speed. Rookie DE/LB Barkevious Mingo and free agents LB Paul Kruger (8.5 sacks) and DE Desmond Bryant (5-year, $34M deal) should help a mediocre defensive line that tallied only 15 sacks at home. ILB D'Qwell Jackson rarely misses a tackle opportunity, and CB Joe Haden and SS T.J. Ward comprise a great tandem in the secondary with Haden shutting down opposing No. 1 wideouts and Ward finishing off plays with bone-jarring hits.
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Brian Hoyer's boyhood dream of being the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns remains a reality - at least for another week.

The native of suburban Cleveland looks to become the first signal-caller to win his first three NFL starts for the Browns on Thursday night at home against the banged-up but resilient Buffalo Bills.

Cleveland (2-2) has not posted a winning record through five games since it was 3-2 in 2001, but Hoyer has the Browns on the verge of making it happen again. After spending his first three seasons backing up Tom Brady and then throwing 53 passes for Arizona in 2012, the former Cleveland high school star has keyed the Browns' two-week run of success.

Winless through two games and days after trading 2012 third overall selection Trent Richardson to Indianapolis for a 2014 first-round pick, Hoyer got the nod over veteran Jason Campbell to replace injured starter Brandon Weeden at Minnesota in Week 3.

In his second career start, Hoyer overcame three interceptions by throwing for 321 yards and three touchdowns, including a 7-yarder to Jordan Cameron with 51 seconds left for a 31-27 win.

In his home debut Sunday, Hoyer went 25 of 38 for 269 yards with two TDs and no picks in a 17-6 victory over Cincinnati.

"The alternative is bad when you're 0-4 or 1-3 and fighting to try to get into the race," tackle Joe Thomas said. "Sitting at 2-2, it's not where we wanted to be. But after an 0-2 start, it's as good as we could have done. Sitting there with a lot of games to go, but still fighting in the division. You can't ask for any more."

Cleveland will try to continue its run under Hoyer, who will start Thursday even though Weeden is back practicing despite a sprained thumb.

"He played well again (versus Baltimore) and for the past two weeks," coach Rob Chudzinski said. "Obviously, we've been able to win in those games and in a short week we'll get ready and be ready to play Thursday."

The legendary Otto Graham won his first three starts for the Browns in 1946 when the team was part of the All-America Football Conference, and no one else has done so since the franchise joined the NFL in 1950. Chudzinski has not named Hoyer the starter for the remainder of the season, but for now the local boy gets the chance to match Graham's feat and further earn the respect of his teammates.

"Brian's done a nice job for us coming in, providing that spark," Thomas said. "He had two nice games already making the right throws, getting the ball out on time, just making sure everybody's on the same page."

A Cleveland passing attack that ranks 14th in the NFL with 247.8 yards per game has made up for a rushing attack that's 27th at 76.0.

Cameron leads all tight ends with 30 receptions, and his five receiving touchdowns are tied for second overall in the league.

Suspended the first two games for violating the NFL's drug policy, Josh Gordon has caught 14 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown from Hoyer the last two weeks.

Overshadowed by Hoyer's success is a defense that ranks third with an average of 291.5 yards allowed. The Browns kept the Bengals out of the end zone while holding them to 266 yards and a 29 percent conversion rate on third down.

Cleveland's 2.9 yards allowed per run is the best in the NFL, but Buffalo (2-2) is second in the league with 152.0 rushing yards a contest and is averaging 4.1 per carry.

Both Buffalo backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson expect to play despite dealing with injuries suffered in a 23-20 win over Baltimore last week.

Spiller, who was nursing a knee injury prior to that contest, hurt his ankle while rushing 23 times for 77 yards against the Ravens.

"If I can get to at least 85 to 90 (percent), I'm going to give it a go," he said of Thursday.

Jackson overcame a sprained knee ligament to record 87 yards and a TD on 16 rushes versus Baltimore.

"Barring any major setback, I'll be able to play," Jackson said. "Right now it's just about strengthening it, doing some rehab type things to get the ligament stronger."

Buffalo receiver Stevie Johnson is dealing with a hamstring injury and the secondary could again be without injured starters Jairus Byrd and Leodis McKelvin.

Still, the Bills remain confident after intercepting Joe Flacco five times and holding the Ravens to 24 rushing yards after giving up 155.0 per game over the first three.

"It just shows you, like I've heard Fred (Jackson) saying, 'We're not the same Bills,"' safety Da'Norris Searcy said. "I would say fans are starting to believe. And we're going to keep believing and keep pushing."

Buffalo has dropped five straight road games but won 24-14 at Cleveland last Sept. 23. Spiller and Johnson each caught touchdown passes in the contest.

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