Mother Nature could be the ultimate winner Sunday in Cleveland when the Cleveland Browns continue their push to the AFC Playoffs as they take on the Buffalo Bills. The forecast in Cleveland is calling for 4-6 inches of snow to be on the ground, which could be a HUGE factor for the Browns passing game, which has been their key to success to getting to 8-5 this season. Not that it will help the 7-6 Bills all that much, but they don’t have the high-powered passing game like Cleveland.
The Bills will need to do what they do best, keep the game close, play solid defense, and use their running game against a Browns team that allows 130.5 yards per game. Trent Edwards, who has been solid as a rookie starter, needs to not make big turnovers, and can’t allow the weather conditions to hurt their chances. The Bills know if they lose, their done, and they will play with that in mind.
The Browns on the other hand, have been the feel-good story of the AFC in 2007. With Derek Anderson, Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow, this team has been the most explosive team Cleveland has been since the Brian Sipe days of the 1981 season. Also add in a little Jamal Lewis, who played a big part last week in helping the Browns not have a letdown at the Meadowlands vs the Jets with a late TD run.
While the weather will be a big part of this game, the Browns know they have to keep pace with the Steelers if they want to sneak out the AFC North. The Bills have been a gutsy team all season, and while they have their backs against the wall, I don’t think they will have enough to pull off the Browns second home loss of 2007.