BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski
The Buffalo Bills shocked much of the football world last week by controlling a game against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens for a 23-20 victory. Although the Bills didn’t put away the game when they had chances to extend the lead in the fourth quarter, the young team held strong and achieved a win that will do wonders for the morale of an injury-laden squad.
The real test for how close the Bills are to becoming a contending team is to see if they can capitalize and seize some potential momentum Thursday versus the 2-2 Cleveland Browns. Although the Browns are 2-0 since trading Trent Richardson, they lack the type of offensive weapons to take over a game; they make their success on defense. In what is likely to be a close, potentially ugly football game, the Bills’ ability to keep their heads, avoid dumb penalties and force mistakes might be the difference between a winning record and going back to a losing one.