Monday, December 29, 2014

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Countdown to kickoff: Bills vs Browns

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On the Cleveland shores of Lake Erie, The Bills and Browns kickoff at 1:00 Sunday afternoon. It's a matchup of teams needing wins for different reasons. The Bills stand at 1-1. Getting a win in any one of their next three games will be difficult, facing the Patriots at home followed by road games at the 49ers and Cardinals. Meanwhile, the Browns are 0-2.

Sunday's game may turn into a showdown of two of the league's hotter running backs. All Bills fans have been enamored with CJ Spiller's work. He's the NFL's leading rusher, with 292 yards and three touchdowns through the first two games. On the other side of the ball, Cleveland's Trent Richardson had 109 yards last week, averaging almost six yards per carry. Much of the talk this week was how the Bills are becoming a run-first team. One focus may be running out of different formations.

"Even though you have a spread offense, that does not mean you are trying to throw it every snap," said Chan Gailey. "You can still run it. We are just trying to find ways that we can still run the football and be successful.

"You have to be balanced though. They can take it away. If somebody wants to take away something, they can take it away."

"Guys now understand what we are trying to do as an offense and have a better understanding of what this offense can do," added C.J. Spiller. "I think that is what enables us to put guys in different situations and move guys around. Everybody knows what everyone else is doing and once you do that, I think you can become a deadly offense."

One of the keys for the Bills will be continuing to produce in the red zone. Through the first 2 weeks of the season, the team is perfect inside their opponents' 20 yard line. They've scored touchdowns in all five trips there.

"A lot of times we're throwing in the red zone, and Fitz has a great connection with Chandler and Stevie in the red zone," said Eric Wood. "But also, we've ran the ball effectively, and definitely when you've got a guy thats hitting big plays and scoring touchdowns like CJ it's going to help out everything."

"We aren’t thinking about it," noted Stevie Johnson. "We are just trying to score touchdowns and win games. We aren’t even thinking about if we didn’t score last time or last week we didn’t get it. We are just playing."

Kickoff for the Bills and Browns is set for 1:00. Stick with YNN for game highlights, and post game reaction from Andy Young in Cleveland. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP