Though 0-2, things may be looking up for the Cleveland Browns heading into their Week Three home game against the 1-1 Buffalo Bills. The Browns, most notably their two first-round draft picks—quarterback Brandon Weedon and running back Trent Richardson—showed encouraging growth last week in their loss to in-state rival Cincinnati Bengals. Now they get what looks like a winnable game at home against the 1-1 Bills.
Those looking to back that theory will also get 3-points with the Browns, according to the latest NFL odds.
A major reason for that line is the Browns have lost eight straight games dating back to last season. The sliver of hope for Cleveland is Weedon took a big step forward in Week Two and Richardson flashed the signs of being a future star in their 34-27 loss to the Bengals. Weedon, who was picked off four times and had a horrific 5.1 passer rating in Week One, rebounded with 322 yards through the air and a pair of touchdowns against the Bengals.
Richardson had 109 yards with a touchdown on 19 carries and also added a 23-yard reception for a touchdown to become the first player in the rich history of the Browns to run for more than 100 yards and catch a touchdown pass in the same game.
The Browns defense, which ranks 29th in the NFL through two weeks, will have to deal with Bills running back C.J. Spiller, who was electric in Buffalo’s 35-17 win against the Kansas City Chiefs as 3-point home favorites last week. Spiller is the NFL’s leading rusher through two weeks of the season with 292 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns.
While the Browns showed encouraging signs last week, the Bills were regarded as an up-and-coming team entering the season and last week’s win against the Chiefs showed that still may be the case. Bills’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick shouldn’t need to do too much against the Browns and that’s a big positive, so the NFL prediction here is the Bills cover the three points.