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National Football League
Preview
Cleveland at Buffalo
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 30, 2014
Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

The snow is gone from Ralph Wilson Stadium and the Buffalo Bills can continue a playoff push at home when it meets the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. After being forced to play - and win - a "home" game in Detroit due to the snow that buried their city, the Bills still stare up at many 7-4 teams in the AFC, including the Browns. Buffalo's 38-3 rout of the New York Jets on Monday in the Motor City kept it on the right track, but a home letdown could hurt with upcoming games against Denver, New England and Green Bay.

Cleveland has won six of eight overall and three of its last four on the road, including a 26-24 triumph in Atlanta on Billy Cundiff's last-second field goal. The Browns rolled up 475 total yards to help offset three interceptions by Brian Hoyer, who still managed to pass for over 300 yards for the second straight week. The return of previously suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon (eight catches, 120 yards) provided a boost and should aid a passing attack that has dipped to 26th in overall rating (81.8).

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Bills -2.5. O/U: 41

ABOUT THE BROWNS (7-4):
Gordon led the NFL with 117.6 receiving yards per game last year and was targeted 16 times by Hoyer in his return following a 10-game suspension. Gordon also had a team-high nine receiving TDs in 2013 and his presence will help with the Browns' red zone issues - they have turned just 33 percent of their trips into touchdowns over the last three weeks, tied for the fourth-worst mark in the league. On the other side of the ball, Cleveland is forced to press on without NFL interceptions leader safety Tashaun Gipson, who suffered a knee injury against Atlanta and may miss the remainder of the season.

ABOUT THE BILLS (6-5): Given the state of the city and the inspiring victory in Detroit, Buffalo has had plenty of emotion surrounding its team of late, and running back Fred Jackson stirred the pot even more in advance of this matchup between Lake Erie rivals. Jackson said this week he had no respect for Cleveland safety Donte Whitner, who took to social media over the summer to pan the Bills for a possible move to Toronto. "It's just dumb for him to do, and talk about people like that, and talk about the city of Buffalo like that," said Jackson, who had a touchdown in Monday's victory.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Browns RB Isaiah Crowell, who had a career-high 88 yards and a score against Atlanta, leads NFL rookies with seven TDs on the ground.

2. Buffalo QB Kyle Orton has seven TDs and zero interceptions over his last four games and has gone 156 passes without a pick.

3. The Bills' last five opponents have a combined record of 33-22, giving them the second-toughest remaining strength of schedule among AFC playoff contenders.

PREDICTION: Bills 23, Browns 20
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Cleveland 7-4 W1 22.0 19.9 4-2 3-2 5-4 2-0 0-0 2-2 4-4
Buffalo 6-5 W1 21.6 18.8 2-3 3-2 1-2 5-3 1-0 3-2 3-5
Last Meeting
Cleveland Buffalo
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/3/13 BUF 24 CLE 37 290 91 199 343 155 188
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Cleveland B. Weeden 54.2 197 1 0
Buffalo E. Manuel 55.0 129 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Cleveland W. McGahee 26 72 2.8 1
Buffalo C. Spiller 8 66 8.2 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Cleveland J. Gordon 4 86 21.5 1
Buffalo R. Woods 5 64 12.8 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Cleveland T. Benjamin 1
Buffalo F. Jackson 2
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Cleveland B. Hoyer 56.0 2872 11 8
Buffalo K. Orton 65.4 1810 12 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Cleveland T. West 126 470 3.7 3
Buffalo A. Dixon 80 332 4.2 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Cleveland A. Hawkins 50 694 13.9 2
Buffalo S. Watkins 48 684 14.2 5
Touchdowns Player TD
Cleveland I. Crowell 7
Buffalo S. Watkins 5