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Putting on the pressure

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This summer, when the Bills signed Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, the team hoped it would give offensive coordinators fits. And after Sunday's performance against the Chiefs, Browns coordinator Brad Childress has a pass rush to account for in this week's schemes.

"I’ve got respect for Buffalo because, in my opinion, they’ve done a lot of things to upgrade their roster in the last couple years,” Browns head coach Pat Shurmur told the team's website.

Shurmur and Childress are taking note of a Bills pass rush that put up five sacks in week two, and helped the Bills allow only three points through the first three quarters. Mario Williams drew double teams for most of the afternoon Sunday, freeing up Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus into one on one battles. The result was Kyle Williams' fourth multi-sack game.

"We have so many good guys up front I think different weeks are going to unfold differently," said the defensive tackle. "If we continue to play hard, we have a chance to put people in some pretty difficult positions as far as mismatches, but we have a long way to go."

"We feed off of the defense and what they do," added Ryan Fitzpatrick. "They feed off of us in terms of when we put points on the board and make big plays.

"It was good to see (Sunday), the team effort, the way they were getting after the quarterback and all of that. That helps us, fuels us and gets the crowd into it."

It wasn't that long ago that the Bills selected Leodis McKelvin with their first round pick in the 2008 draft. Normally when a team takes a cornerback that high, and he is not starting in his fifth year, the term bust would be appropriate. McKelvin's even competing for playing time at nickel corner, with second year player Justin Rogers earning time there.

But McKelvin made his mark on Sunday's game. His 88 yard punt return in the third quarter expanded the Bills lead from 38-3 to 35-3, giving the team a strangle hold on the game.

"You can never understate how big a punt return or a kicking game play is in a ball game," Chan Gailey said. "I would venture to say if you look at the first couple games overall in the season the kicking game has had as big of impact on wins and losses as maybe anything has. And that is the way it normally is until they settle in. That is what happens in games."

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