The two teams with the longest current playoff droughts meet Sunday afternoon, as the Buffalo Bills travel to take on the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The game begins at 1 p.m. EDT and will be shown by CBS, or you may watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
It has been 12 long seasons since the Bills have made the playoffs, but if they conjure up a balanced game as they did in their blowout 35-17 win against Kansas City last week, the drought could be over this season.
Buffalo put up 21 points in the first half and didn’t allow the Chiefs to score until midway through the third quarter. Running back C.J. Spiller continued his astounding play with 123 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed two touchdowns and didn’t force throws resulting in an interception.
Buffalo’s defense looked like the unit it was supposed to be this season, forcing three Chiefs turnovers and sacking quarterback Matt Cassel five times, and hitting him another five.
The Bills’ defense could continue their dominant play against a Browns team that dug itself into an early deficit last week.
Cleveland has missed the playoffs for nine straight seasons, tied with the Oakland Raiders, and fell to the Cincinnati Bengals 34-27 last Sunday. Cleveland scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter and tried an on-side kick, but Cincinnati recovered for the win.
Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden bounced back from a historically awful debut in Week One by throwing for 322 yards and two touchdowns, and running back Trent Richardson scored his first touchdown as a Brown and gained 109 yards.
The Browns just couldn’t find an answer for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who threw a career high three touchdown passes and went 24-for-31 for 318 yards.
Cleveland tight end Alex Smith is ruled out with a concussion, and receiver Josh Cribbs is questionable with a knee injury.
Betting Odds: Buffalo is favored by 3 points; Over/Under: 44.5 points
Prediction: Fitzpatrick was interception prone against the Jets secondary in Week One, and faced a depleted Kansas City defense last week. Cleveland has one of the most talented young secondaries in the league and could force some early turnovers. But the Browns will have trouble containing Spiller, who should rush for his third straight 100+ yard game.
Predicted Score: Buffalo 21, Cleveland 14