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Posted Dec. 08, 2010 @ 8:53 p.m. ET
By Mike Wilkening

Each Wednesday, we'll highlight a Browns player, coach, executive, personnel group or other area of the team that is most under scrutiny. This week, we take a closer look at the Browns' offense.

The Browns did something in their 13-10 win at Miami on Sunday that they had only done two other times this season: they didn't commit a turnover.

Such sure-handedness, with a dash of good luck, definitely won't hurt the Browns on Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y. One forecast calls for "ice pellets" and an 80 percent chance of precipitation.

Yikes.

In short, Browns RB Peyton Hillis doesn't figure to be lacking for carries on Sunday. No quibbles with that blueprint. However, Hillis has fumbled five times, four of which were recovered by the opposition. In an outstanding season, only those four giveaways stand out as big mistakes by the Browns' featured back.

The elements could make for challenging conditions for Browns QB Jake Delhomme, who was fortunate not to be intercepted by Dolphins CB Nolan Carroll late in the win at Miami. Delhomme has been intercepted six times in 3½ games this season. Overall, though, Delhomme played well, completing 24-of-34 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown.

Short, safe passes may be the order of the day vs. the Bills if the weather forecast holds, for avoiding mistakes could be a real edge in a game where scoring chances aren't plentiful.

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