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Bills at Browns: 5 key matchups

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The Buffalo Bills moved to 6-2 after their win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, while their opponent the Cleveland Browns fell to 2-6 after their loss to the Denver Broncos. 

It’s been a tumultuous season for the Cleveland Browns who were deemed  Super Bowl contenders after their seemingly sensational off season. Yet, they haven’t lived up to the hype.

That being said, here are the matchups to watch when the Buffalo Bills play the Cleveland Browns:

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Nick Chubb #24 of the Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Star Lotulelei, Jordan Phillips vs. Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt

The Bills run defense has seemingly been exposed in the past three weeks, allowing 454 yards in the past three games on the ground. That is not good enough for the seemingly elite defense. 

Buffalo’s defense is now allowing 111.6 yards per game, which is 19th in the league. Overall, Buffalo has the third-best defense. You can see the discrepancy. In the first half against Washington, running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 101 yards and simply couldn’t be stopped. The defense made adjustments in the second half and held him to just seven yards but the Redskins were also behind and had to throw. 

The Browns have been struggling this season, but their one consistent weapon on offense has been Nick Chubb. Chubb has 803 rushing yards on 154 attempts, an average of 5.2 yards per carry, and six rushing touchdowns. 

Chubb is a dominant runner and shown that he can carry the Browns offense, but he hasn’t had consistent touches throughout the season. Fans and media have pointed to his lack of touches as one of the reasons Cleveland haven’t reached their full potential. 

Did I mention that Kareem Hunt is returning? It could be a long day for the interior of Buffalo’s defense. The No. 1 and No. 2 guys in the middle there last week were Star Lotulelei and Jordan Phillips. It remains to be seen how much of a role Ed Oliver and Corey Liuget play.

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