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With all of the talent at the Buffalo Bills wide receiver position and the Cleveland Browns secondary, I am compiling these matchups into one slide.
The Cleveland Browns are ranked 20th in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 231.1 yards per game through the air, while the Bills hold the 23rd ranked passing offense, gaining 203.9 pass yards per game.
Despite the low ranking, Cleveland has a load of talent in their secondary, featuring rookies Joe Haden and T.J. Ward, along with Sheldon Brown and Eric Wright.
Bills WR Lee Evans Vs. Browns CB Sheldon Brown
Lee Evans hasn't put up huge numbers this season with fellow wideout Stevie Johnson having a breakout year. Evans has caught just 37 of the 81 passes thrown to him for 578 yards and four touchdowns. However, he has shown his potential big-play ability, as displayed by his 15.6 yards per catch, gaining 20 or more yards nine times.
Sheldon Brown isn't one of the greatest corners in the league, but he has given many wide receivers headaches throughout his nine-year career. On the season, he has 48 tackles and two interceptions, and he has defended eight passes. He isn't as fast as he used to be, and you can expect to see Lee Evans find a way to get open on multiple occasions throughout the game.
Bills WR Steve Johnson Vs. Browns CB Joe Haden
Stevie Johnson has gotten a ton of press over the past two weeks, due to his drop in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which was followed by a series of harrassment from talk radio, beat writers, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel and even The View.
Nonetheless, Johnson is the Bills' leading receiver, reeling in 61 passes for 832 yards and nine touchdowns. Stevie had another key drop on a crucial 3rd-and-9 last week against the Minnesota Vikings, so it will be interesting to see if Ryan Fitzpatrick will keep chucking it out to him.
If Ndamukong Suh wasn't laying out quarterbacks every other week, the unheralded rookie cornerback Joe Haden would be a serious contender for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. He was promoted to the starting job over Eric Wright, and has proved his worth as a high first round draft pick. On the year, Haden has made 46 tackles while picking off five passes, and batting away 15.