3 Matchups to watch as Cleveland Browns host Buffalo
1. Joe Schobert vs. Bills rushing attack
This is an important matchup because running the ball is what the Bills do best. They don’t have a lot of weapons at wide receiver. John Brown and Cole Beasley have been good but they should not be the top priority. The leader of Cleveland’s defense is right in the middle, Joe Schobert.
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He leads the team in tackles by a mile — he has 77 tackles and the next closest person has just 41. He’s been amazing this year especially in the absence of Christian Kirksey but his play has slipped in the last few weeks. He will have to get back on track this week because the Bills offensive line and running backs are physical and have been playing well.
Frank Gore has been their starter for most of the season and he has not slowed down yet, he is still averaging four yards per carry. But last week they turned to the rookie Devin Singletary who had 20 carries for 95 yards and I think that is a trend that will continue as the Bills try to take some of the load off of Gore.
Singletary is also more of a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield which may force Schobert to cover him on the perimeter. He runs with power behind his pads so it will be up to more than just Schobert to make sure they get him on the ground.
Another rookie, Mack Wilson, has been coming into his own for the Browns lately so he will have to help Schobert out.
But you can’t focus just on the running backs because Josh Allen can hurt you running the ball as well, he is averaging four yards per carry. This running attack comes at you in a variety of different ways that Schobert needs to be ready for.