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WR Miles Austin - Cleveland Browns

6-3, 219Born: 6-30-1984College: MonmouthDrafted: ---

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Week 13: at Buffalo Bills

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Both of these teams are jockeying for a playoff spot - Buffalo is knotted up with Miami at 6-5 in second in the AFC East and looking for a wild card slot, while the Browns are 7-4 but in last place in the fiercely competitive AFC North (Cleveland, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh are all sitting at 7-4, a half-game behind 7-3-1 Cincinnati) - this game is a must-win for both clubs as we enter the stretch run into the Second Season. Despite three interceptions marring his performance, Brian Hoyer had good things happen last week. 1). He re-established chemistry with Josh Gordon, throwing him 16 targets for 8/120/0 receiving. Though they were rusty and out-of-synch on some routes, we can see the potential for some giant games by Gordon in the near future. 2). Hoyer pulled out the 'W' with a fine two-minute drill to set up the game-winning field goal. 3). Johnny Manziel was involved in another early-morning off-field incident involving late-night carousing. Andrew Hawkins (five for 5/93/0) and Miles Austin (eight for 6/64/0) proved to be solid in the complimentary roles around Gordon - excepting the turnovers Hoyer and company look ready to rock heading into the playoff stretch run. The Bills destroyed the Jets' hapless assortment of quarterbacks last week, holding them to 17/31 for 126 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with seven sacks for -39 yards. The Bills now have 46 sacks on the season (first in the NFL), and rank fifth in the league with an average of 213.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores given out vs. 13 interceptions recorded (tied for fifth in the NFL). This is one of the best overall pass defenses in the NFL, friends. Hoyer and company are headed for a tough fight on Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

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9 vs TB 0 0 0 5 3 54 0 0
10 at CIN 0 0 0 6 5 48 0 0
11 vs HOU 0 0 0 8 3 31 0 0
12 at ATL 0 0 0 8 6 64 0 0
13 at BUF PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 3 * * *
13 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 2 * * *
13 at BUF PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs CIN (6 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)

Austin led the Browns in yardage with leading receiver Andrew Hawkins out of Thursday's game with an injury. Austin made three impressive third down first down catches that kept drives alive. Austin is a powerful YAC receiver, and while he is not great at busting a huge run after the catch, he is great at finding a hole in a zone, catching the ball and getting those extra five or six yard for the first down. Austin seems to be the "third down" receiver that Hoyer trusts when he needs a completion. This might be because of his veteran nature, or just that Andrew Hawkins is hurt.

2014 Week 11 vs HOU (8 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

Miles Austin was only able to manage 31 yards on eight targets, an abysmal stat and a testament to how far the ninth-year pro has fallen. Austin had two huge, drive-ending drops in the fourth quarter Sunday that sealed the Browns fate. Otherwise, Austin was "just a guy" for much of Sunday's game. He was able to make a solid first down catch on two occasions when the Browns needed them, but he did not demonstrate any special skill in doing so.

2014 Week 12 vs ATL (8 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)

Of his six catches, four of Miles Austin's catches went for first downs. As a veteran receiver, Austin does a tremendous job of operating near the sticks and using his big 6'2 frame to gain extra yards. Austin realizes that he does not possess the speed of his Cowboys days, and it shows with his lack of burst out of his cuts. While Austin had one of his better games as a Cleveland Brown, he made a devastating drop in the third quarter in the end zone. Austin was being shielded by two defenders, but Hoyer threaded the needle between them. When the ball came to Austin, it bounced right off his hands. Miles Austin has been "Mr. Reliable" for Brian Hoyer; however, he has not come up big in scoring situations the past two weeks.

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Schedule

13@ Buffalo Bills
14vs Indianapolis Colts
15vs Cincinnati Bengals
16@ Carolina Panthers
17@ Baltimore Ravens