QB Tyler Thigpen - Buffalo Bills
|6-2, 220||Born: 4-14-1984||College: Coastal Carolina||Drafted: Round 7|
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Week 13: vs Cleveland Browns
Mark and Joe say: Neutral 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.
Kyle Orton recovered from a bad day in Miami two weeks ago (22/39 for 193 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -10 yards) to engineer a 38-3 blowout of divisional rival New York on Monday night - Orton threw 24/32 for 230 yards passing, with two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, taking one sack for -10 yards. Usual favorite target Sammy Watkins had a quiet go of it, with five targets for 3/35/0 while his compatriots Robert Woods (11 for 9/118/1) and Scott Chandler (three for 3/28/1) gobbled up Orton's TD passes. The Bills' offense got on track again last Monday.
The Browns' pass D gave up 27/43 for 252 net yards, two TDs and one interception to the Falcons last Sunday, recording three sacks for -21 yards. Two weeks ago Ryan Mallett wasn't sacked at all, throwing 20/30 for 211 yards passing, two TDs and one interception at Cleveland. As you can see, the Browns' opponents in recent weeks have done well throwing the football. To date, Cleveland ranks ninth in the NFL averaging 232.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 16 passing scores given up balanced by a strong 15 interceptions (tied for second in the NFL) and 23 sacks (tied-18th) generated.
Orton is on a mini-roll, but a top-ten pass D is coming to town on Sunday - this looks like a neutral matchup for the home team. Also, the Browns tend to be generous to opposing running backs, so Orton may not need to put the ball up a whole lot on Sunday.
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