Friday, September 21, 2012

Week 3 AFC East game picks: Bills at Browns

Lead writer Nick St. Denis and AFC East Daily contributors Dan Begnoche, Sean Donovan and Sam Hollingsworth pick the Buffalo Bills' road matchup with the Cleveland Browns.

Nick's take:
Even the Bills' eight-game road losing streak and questionable secondary shouldn't be enough to remedy the Browns' anemic passing game, which sits at a league-worst 57.6 quarterback rating. If Buffalo loses to Cleveland, it is in serious trouble. I still think the Bills aren't on their way to a winning season, but they'll win here.
Nick's pick: Bills 13, Browns 10

Dan's take:
Buffalo has lost eight straight road games, but streaks have to end somewhere. Cleveland has struggled to slow offenses down thus far, and Buffalo's offense is running on all cylinders behind the league's leading rusher, C.J. Spiller. The low-scoring bouts these two teams are used to having will come to an end behind another strong Spiller performance.
Dan's pick: Bills 27, Browns 17

Sean's take:
If Darrelle Revis is the most valuable cornerback to his given team, the Browns' Joe Haden is second. His absence due to suspension turns a respectable Cleveland secondary into a liability, and the Browns' porous run defense faces the Bills' tough offensive line and the NFL's leading rusher. And facing Brandon Weeden can only add to the Bills' confidence in this game.
Sean's pick: Bills 24, Browns 6

Sam's take:
The Bills bounced back from the opener with an impressive Week 2, and they want to make Week 3 even bigger. C.J. Spiller, Stevie Johnson, Scott Chandler and Ryan Fitzpatrick get it done and finish the day tied with the Jets for the division tab.
Sam's pick: Bills 29, Browns 17