BILLS (2-2) at BROWNS (2-2)
Line: CLE by 4
Cote’s pick: BUF 23-20
TV: 8:25 p.m. Thursday, NFL Network
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This had the potential to be the Sad Bowl, considering Cleveland last won a playoff game in 1994 and Buffalo in ’95. But the duel of overachieving teams picked up a dash of steam last week when the Bills upset Baltimore as the Browns were upsetting Cincinnati. Suddenly, it isn’t a matchup for which NFL Network must open its broadcast with an apology, because suddenly two rookie coaches (Doug Marrone, Rob Chudzinski) and two green QBs (EJ Manuel, Brian Hoyer) have two Rust Belt cities believing a little bit. I like Buffs with the points here and am pulling the trigger all the way on a hunch. Am counting on some key injured/questionable Bison to play (which makes me nervous, yes), and also think the Bills’ strong ground game will get the better of a very solid Earthtones run defense. Upset!