Cleveland Browns linebacker D Jackson proclaimed after his team season opener: one can run on us. four games, Jackson and his teammates are living by the Muhammad Ali motto: ain bragging if you can do it. Browns defense is allowing an NFL low 2.9 yards per carry entering tonight game against the Buffalo Bills.
Something will have to give when the two teams meet in the nationally televised game at FirstEnergy Stadium.
front they stout, said Bills center Eric Wood. have good linebackers who play downhill. They pretty instinctive. They pull their safeties down in the box and they really aid in the run stuffing.
safeties are sitting at 9 yards a lot of the time two of as opposed to only just one, Air Jordan 9s Wood said. fronts almost seem like a nine man front. You got to complete some balls and get out of there and the wide receivers have to get into the mix blocking wise. depleted will the Bills backfield be and how much of a burden will rookie quarterback EJ Manuel have to carry? Those were the questions the Bills faced as they prepared Monday and Tuesday.
It expected No. 3 running back Tashard Choice will carry a greater part of the load tonight due to injuries. Choice, a sixth year veteran, has just five carries this season. No. 2 back Fred Jackson will play despite a sprained knee but whether he can be as effective as he was Sunday against Baltimore is questionable. Jackson rushed for 87 yards against the Ravens.
No. Spiller is nursing a sprained ankle and will test it in pregame warm ups to see if he can play.
The Browns defensive front three is the biggest the Bills will face this season. Nose tackle Phil Taylor, a No. 1 pick in 2011, is 335 pounds. End Ahtyba Rubin is listed at 330 but easily could pass for 350. End Desmond Bryant is 310.
The backups are behemoths, too. John Hughes is 320, and Ishmaa Kitchen Air Jordan 18s is 330.
Cleveland has switched to a Air Jordan 3 Retro 3 4 defense this year under new coordinator Ray Horton, who interviewed for the Bills head coaching job. Two of the Browns starting linebackers are super sized Paul Kruger (270) and Quentin Groves (265). The other two are elite Jackson (240) and Jabaal Sheard (255). The Browns bring first round draft pick Barkevious Mingo off the bench in pass rush situations. He has three sacks.
It all adds up to a fierce front seven.
big, physical guys, very active with their hands, said Bills guard Air Jordan Fusion 5 Colin Brown. going to have our work cut out for us. is the Bills third straight game against a 3 4 front.
similar to the Ravens last week, guard Kraig Urbik said. have big guys, very talented players. It going to be tough. Their backups are big, too. They spent a lot of money in free agency, and they drafted Mingo. Jets were more all over the place, Brown said. guys are a bit more like Baltimore: big, trying to take up space, trying to not letting you run the football. repeat of the Bills 203 yard rushing total against Baltimore is highly unlikely tonight. Nevertheless, the Bills blocking cohesiveness was a good sign.
fact we were able to run for 200 against them spoke volumes for everybody wide receivers getting blocks to spring some runs over 10 yards, running backs doing a great job of hitting the holes, Air Jordan 14s Wood said. did a good job of keeping things tight against them and understanding where we might be out leveraged maybe give a hand here or there. we did a better job of blocking on the linebackers last week, which we had done a terrible job of the previous couple weeks, Wood said.