Browns-Bills matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Dec. 07, 2010 @ 7:09 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

Here's a matchup to watch in Sunday's Browns-Bills game.

Browns RB Peyton Hillis vs. Bills run defense

The Bills are vulnerable vs. the run, and that is being kind. Only twice this season have they held opponents to less than 100 yards rushing, and the Steelers and Vikings have both rushed for more than 200 yards the last two weeks. If that sounds bad, hear this: Half of their opponents have exceeded 200 yards rushing, and the Bills are 0-6 in those games. Overall, Buffalo allows an NFL-worst 170.9 yards per game on the ground.

We will stop now for those starting Hillis in their fantasy-football playoff games to give themselves hearty pats on the back. Congratuations, waiver-wire masters. You have to like this matchup.

Back to the matter at hand: whether the Bills can stop Hillis. Well, their front seven must be stout. Hillis can run through tackles and run over his nearest pursuers. Once he gets to the second level, it's up to defensive backs to bring him down, and he has the speed and strength to make this a tough task for corners and safeties trying to 1) get the right angle on him and 2) muster the power needed to get him down — or at least out of bounds.

Along the Bills' defensive line, the player to watch is active DT Kyle Williams, who's notched 64 tackles and a team-best five sacks. He gave Steelers OLG Chris Kemoeatu considerable trouble two weeks ago. RILB Paul Posluszny (111 tackles) is the standout at the next level of the defense. On the back end, SS Donte Whitner has as many tackles as Posluszny and had a career-high 18 in the OT loss to Pittsburgh two weeks ago.