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Greetings from Cleveland Browns Stadium

By Tim Graham

CLEVELAND -- This afternoon in Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Buffalo Bills can distance themselves even more from that nasty opening-day loss with a victory that can push them to 2-1.

Here is a digest of items about the game ...

Weather report: As I type this, it's sunny, and they're peeling the tarp off the field. But it has been rainy, windy and chilly all morning. The Weather Channel forecast for the 1 p.m. kickoff is 55 degrees, 67 percent humidity, 13 mph winds and only a 10-percent chance of rain.

Cleveland leads the regular-season series, 6-10, and is 5-3 at home against Buffalo. The series has produced some of the worst games in recent memory, including a 6-3 Browns victory in Orchard Park three years ago and an 8-0 Browns victory the last time they played in Cleveland.

Fast fact: Rian Lindell is the only NFL place-kicker who hasn't attempted a field goal this season. The Bills have converted all five of their red-zone trips this season. Lindell doesn't even handle kickoff duties anymore. His only appearances have been to kick nine extra points.

Yet again, the Buffalo News has you covered. Bills columnist Jerry Sullivan, photographer James P. McCoy and beat reporters Mark Gaughan, Jay Skurski and I are at the game and will be filing reports throughout the day. Skurski will oversee a live chat that launches at noon.

For a preview of the game's biggest matchups, click on Skurski's Bills-Browns scouting reports from today's paper.

Don't forget to check out [BN] The Huddle, the BuffaloNews.com's one-hour video postgame show, at 7:30 tonight. Reporters Keith McShea and Lauren Mariacher co-host the show at One News Plaza and share reports and analysis from the gang in Cleveland.

Today's game will be televised by CBS and shown in Western New York on WIVB Channel 4. For the second Bills game in a row, Spero Dedes will call the plays, with Steve Beuerlein handling color commentary.

Milestone watch: Another 100-yard rushing game for C.J. Spiller will give him three in a row to start a season and make him only the second Bill to accomplish that. O.J. Simpson did it in 1973 and 1975.

Did you know? The Bills are the only NFL team that has not allowed a sack yet. Every other team has surrendered at least two sacks.

Bills all-time games versus Browns: Marshawn Lynch rushed for 119 yards in 2008. Joe Cribbs gained a series-high 163 receiving yards in 1981. Jim Kelly threw for 315 yards against the Browns in 1986. All of those games took place in Orchard Park.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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