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RB Anthony Dixon - Buffalo Bills

6-1, 233Born: 9-24-1987College: Mississippi StateDrafted: Round 6

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Week 13: vs Cleveland Browns

Mark and Joe say: Good 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. Buffalo bounced back from a 9-22 loss in Miami two games ago to maul the Jets 38-3 in a special Monday night affair from Ford Field in Detroit - Anthony Dixon (12/54/1 rushing with 1/8/0 receiving) and Fred Jackson (10/32/1 rushing with 3/13/0 receiving) both found their way into the end zone during the contest. Bryce Brown chipped in 6/20/0 rushing to the team effort as the Bills' many-headed monster was productive in the blowout win (29/116/2 rushing as a team). The Browns' rush D allowed a TD to Steven Jackson last week (23/63/1 for the Falcons as a team), but only 2.7 yards per rush. Two weeks ago, Houston trampled this same club for 54/213/0 rushing - the Browns' defense has swung wildly during recent contests. To date, Cleveland is ranked 29th in the NFL averaging 134.9 rushing yards allowed per game, with eight rushing scores handed out. This looks like a good matchup for the home-team Bills.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
10 vs KC 9 62 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 at MIA 10 35 0 2 2 13 0 0
12 vs NYJ 12 54 1 1 1 8 0 0
13 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds 7 * * 1 * * *
13 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay 10 * * 1 * * *
13 vs CLE PROJ-Bloom 9 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs KC (9 / 62 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

For the second game in a row, Anthony Dixon was the Bills leading rusher, in both attempts and yards, and was able to showcase his most effective trait as a runner. A brutal downhill runner who's impossible bring down with a full head of steam, Dixon used the best performance by the Bills offensive line in months and a complete lapse in contain by the Chiefs defense to average almost seven yards per carry. Ineffective again when trying to work between the tackles, 40 of Dixon's 62 yards came on two runs where he bounced outside and absolutely pummeled the overmatched defensive backs trying to corral the raging bull. His longest such carry saw Dixon start left, but abruptly (as a semi making a left turn) reverse field and get around the edge with no resistance. Dixon straightened out and used virtually nothing but his Juggernaut-like running style to rumble for 28 yards, leaving undersized and tumbling Chiefs in his wake. A one trick pony, Dixon is easily the least talented of the three backs and it's not hard to see his role diminishing as Fred Jackson's health improves. Four times the Bills entered the red zone and Dixon received exactly one carry in those four trips.

2014 Week 11 vs MIA (10 / 35 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Anthony Dixon led the team in carries again, but with each passing performance it's hard to discern why that is the case and how it will continue moving forward. Dixon does a good enough job blasting the interior of the defensive line, but his production is limited by the space the offensive line can (or often, cannot) create. He suggested he could fix the red zone woes following last week's game, but his two carries inside the Dolphin 10-yard line only netted four yards. Dixon appeared to find space on the latter of the runs as he tried to cut backside at the line of scrimmage, but when a tiny hole briefly opened he lacked the quicks to take advantage and was dropped without much fight. Dixon can be a devastating runner, and he flashed that at times on Thursday, but without a healthy head start he's just another guy relying on an offensive line that's struggled all season (despite improving as of late) with run blocking.

2014 Week 12 vs NYJ (12 / 54 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Just as he did in Week 8 against New York, Anthony Dixon led the Bills backfield in carries on Monday night and just like Week 8, it was largely game flow related as 6 of his 12 carries came with a 28-point lead. Bottled up on his first eight carries, including getting stuffed on a fourth and one; Dixon finally found a lane late in the fourth quarter. It was clear the New York defenders were uninterested in stepping in front of that freight train as he rumbled 30 yards for the touchdown. Dixon showed nice patience as he pressed the initially clogged hole, but as the flow of the play moved left Dixon exploded through the new opening and was downhill immediately. The closest defender got caught leaning with the flow of the line and didn't have the necessary angle to even touch Dixon. Another threw his arms at Boobie's legs, but Dixon treated it like those frail drop down gates in your favorite 80s action flick. No other defender came close as Dixon waltzed into the end zone to cap off the Bills scoring for the night. Dixon did have one red zone carry, but could only muster one yard and caught one pass for eight yards on a short dump off over the middle. Dixon also blocked a punt into the end zone that resulted in the Bills third touchdown.

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Latest News

Bills | Anthony Dixon, Bryce Brown shared work (Mon Nov 17, 02:46 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon played 33 offensive snaps in the team's Week 11 game, while RB Bryce Brown received 28 offensive snaps.

Our View: Those numbers will change this week. Fred Jackson will return to the lineup after missing the Week 11 game because it was on Thursday night. The extra bit of rest could help Jackson look better than he did in Week 10.
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13vs Cleveland Browns
14@ Denver Broncos
15vs Green Bay Packers
16@ Oakland Raiders
17@ New England Patriots