- Cleveland and Buffalo both enter this game with 2-2 records.
- Cleveland has beaten Minnesota and Cincinnati and lost to Miami and Baltimore.
- Buffalo has beaten Carolina and Baltimore while losing to New England and the Jets.
- Cleveland is undefeated since Brandon Weeden was
benchedinjured and replaced by Brian Hoyer.
- Buffalo's main advantage in this game is their two-headed rushing attack of CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson.
- EJ Manuel has thrown for more than 250 yards just once in his first 4 games. Buffalo leans on its running game substantially.
- Spiller is a game-time decision with an ankle injury and Jackson is expected to play but knicked up with a knee injury.
- A win would put the Browns in first place in their division in October, which may trigger the apocalypse.
In the end, I go back to my old standby rule for mid-week games: if the visiting team isn't significantly better than the home team, and both are on short rest, take the home team to cover*.
* Unless the spread is double-digits, half of the game will be played in a monsoon, and Tom Brady is more likely to bite the head off of his receivers for running the wrong route than he is to throw a touchdown pass to them. In that case, take the points.
CLEVELAND (-3.5) over Buffalo
2013 Midweek Picks: 3-1