1. The Bills are theoretically still alive. Fans may feel like a desperate candidate on election night trying to find the Billsu2019 remaining paths to the playoffs, but they do exist. If the Bills win out to finish 9-7, and nearly every other game goes their way, they can still qualify for a wild-card berth. The New York Timesu2019 playoff simulator puts the Bills in the playoffs in 5 percent of scenarios if they win out. ESPNu2019s FiveThirtyEight website puts their odds at 3 percent.
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2. The Browns are working on imperfection. Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, only three teams have had winless seasons. The 2008 Detroit Lions infamously went 0-16. The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 0-14 in their inaugural season (and also lost their first 12 games the next season), and the 1982 Baltimore Colts went 0-8-1 in a strike-shortened season. The 2016 Cleveland Browns are doing their darndest to become the fourth member of the club, starting 0-13. Losing this game would go down as one of the Billsu2019 most embarrassing losses.
III. RGIII is back. Six different players have played quarterback for the Browns this year, including wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, who was a quarterback in college. Theyu2019re now back to original starter Robert Griffin III, the former Heisman winner who didnu2019t work out in Washington. ...
III. RGIII is back (continued). ... Griffin completed just 12 of 28 passes in Sundayu2019s 23-10 loss to the Bengals. His top receivers, Pryor and Corey Coleman, had just four catches on 14 targets for 29 yards. Griffin has always been a talented runner, though, and the Bills will need to account for that. They havenu2019t done great containing mobile quarterbacks this year, giving up 81 rushing yards to Blake Bortles and 66 yards to Colin Kaepernick.
4. The Browns are all in on analytics. Did you see the baseball movie u201cMoneyballu201d about the Oakland Athletics? It starred Brad Pitt as Au2019s general manager Billy Beane, and Jonah Hill played a supporting role as Paul DePodesta, Beaneu2019s assistant general manager. The Browns hired DePodesta (pictured with Derek Lowe while he was the Los Angeles Dodgers GM in 2005) u2013 who played football and baseball at Harvard u2013 as their chief strategy officer last offseason and went all in on analytics. They started by drafting 14 players in the most recent draft, which was reportedly the largest draft class in 37 years. The movement isnu2019t off to an auspicious start, but the rebuilding process has to start somewhere.
5. More great memories are ahead. Weu2019re a week out, but the early weather forecast calls for temperatures in the low 20s Sunday with a 50 percent chance of snow. Sound like any other fantastic Bills-Browns games in recent memory? This week will mark nine years since the infamous snow game that ruined the Bills playoff hopes in 2007. The Browns won in Cleveland, 8-0, on two field goals and a safety. We could be in for another great addition to this rivalry Sunday.