The Browns look to turn around what has been a disappointing season against the overachieving Bills on Sunday.
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The Browns (2-6) were considered the "it" team of the NFL offseason, looking to build on Baker Mayfield's promising rookie season. They bolstered expectations with the acquisitions of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and running back Kareem Hunt.
The latter will make his season debut in this game after serving an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy while with the Chiefs, but the Browns have struggled to meet the lofty expectations placed on them heading into 2019. Cleveland's losing streak reached four games last Sunday following a 24-19 loss at Denver in which it got burned by big plays.
The Browns outgained the Broncos 351-302, but Denver's three touchdowns covered 126 yards, highlighted by Brandon Allen's 75-yard scoring pass to Noah Font. Mayfield finished with 273 yards and a touchdown, only his seventh of the season after throwing 27 in 2018. One positive was Mayfield did not throw an interception for the first time this season. However, the loss again showed the pieces of the Browns offense not gelling to be greater than the sum of the parts.
Nick Chubb was held to 65 yards on 20 carries, while Beckham and Jarvis Landry combined for 11 catches and 138 yards. The challenge for Browns coach Freddie Kitchens and offensive coordinator Todd Monken is integrating Hunt without changing the structure.
As the Browns have tumbled, the Bills (6-2) have thrived. Buffalo regrouped following a surprising home loss to Philadelphia with a workmanlike 24-9 victory over the Redskins last Sunday to complete a run of three consecutive home games.
Rookie Devin Singletary picked up the slack for veteran Frank Gore, racking up a season-best 95 yards along with a touchdown. The third-round pick had 20 carries, matching his total from his first four games combined, and Singletary had another season-high of 140 scrimmage yards, as he also had three receptions. Gore, who was held to 15 yards on 10 carries, has 15,185 and is 85 yards shy of passing Barry Sanders for third on the all-time rushing list.
Buffalo's defense also had a strong bounce-back game after getting rolled by Philadelphia. The team held the Redskins to three field goals and 243 total yards. Jordan Phillips had one of the team's four sacks and leads the Bills with six takedowns overall.
This game is part of a soft four-game stretch of the schedule for Buffalo, who does not play an opponent with a winning record until it faces Dallas on Thanksgiving. The Bills have won four of the last five games between the teams, including a 33-13 romp in the most recent meeting in 2016.