Browns-Bills matchup of the day: Friday

Posted Dec. 10, 2010 @ 10:46 a.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

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

Bills WRs Stevie Johnson and Lee Evans vs. Browns CBs Sheldon Brown and Joe Haden

In his third NFL season, Johnson has become the Bills' go-to receiver, hauling in 61 passes for 832 yards (13.6 ypc) and nine TDs in 12 games. He has been targeted a team-high 103 times. Evans, long one of the AFC's top vertical threats, gains 15.6 yards per catch and has caught 37 passes for 578 yards and four TDs (83 targets).

The Bills' passing game took off once Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Trent Edwards at quarterback. Fitzpatrick, who's gaining 6.72 yards per attempt, has thrown 20 TDs against just 11 interceptions in 10 starts.

Haden is one of the NFL's most promising prospects at his position. The first-round pick from Florida has intercepted a pass in four consecutive games and has drawn rave reviews for his athleticism, physicality and preparation. Brown is tough and experienced.

The Bills like to stretch the field on the edges, attempting 28 deep passes to the left and another 34 to the right in 2010. They can be expected to test the Browns' cornerbacks downfield.