The Buffalo Bills will have a rare national television game tonight against the Cleveland Browns, seen in Buffalo on WBBZ-TV (pregame at 6 PM, kickoff 8:25, Ch 5 ). When the schedule makers picked this game for a Thursday night broadcast you could hear the collective moans as the Bills and Browns both had losing records. Now suddenly we have two teams who are coming off of monster wins and the game means something.

The Bills of course beat the defending Super Bowl champs in the Baltimore Ravens and the band wagon is full again. The Browns on the other hand defeated Cincinnati, who was undefeated and playing better than Baltimore.

What makes the Browns so interesting is that they traded away their NFL draft, number three pick, running back Trent Richardson to Indy after week two and everyone thought they had started rebuilding for next season. Instead Cleveland knocked off both Minnesota and the Bengals and it seems team chemistry may have improved without  Richardson.

The Bills meanwhile have serious injury issues in both their offensive and defensive backfields. CJ Spiller should be a game time decision, but even if he plays his ankle will be far from 100%. The old warrior Fred Jackson is alos nicked up with a knee sprain, but he has already proclaimed “I’m definitely playing!”

In the defensive backfield DB’s Aaron Williams has back issues and Leodis McKelvin is nursing a bad hamstring. However, it’s looking like FS Jarius Byrd may be ready to play despite his  plantar fasciitis issues. Call me skeptical, but I find it interesting that Byrd is available for a game that is nationally televised and he can show his abilities to every other GM in the league.

My take on tonight’s game is that it will be a low scoring defensive matchup, but the Bills ability to create turnovers will be the difference. I’ll take the Bills 17-13 on WBBZ-TV!

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