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Buffalo Bills vs Cleveland Browns takes place on Thursday Night Football tonight as week 5 of the NFL 2013 regular season kicks off. Things could still go either way for both of these teams this season, and this could be an important game in deciding whether each team can push on and make a run for the postseason spots, or whether they will slowly disappear into mid-season mediocrity. The game will start at 8.25 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream on the NFL network (details below).
This clash is billed as the Battle of Interstate 90, and poses a number of interesting details; both teams have a major strength in their attacking defense, they are both 2-2 so far this season, and they both have new head coaches and relatively inexperienced quarterbacks. That really means this game could go either way, and most analysts are keeping an open mind on this one.
Both the Bills and the Browns come into this game following fantastic, and slightly surprising, wins last week. The Bills in particularly gave Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco a torrid time, intercepting the Baltimore Ravens quarterback five times. That helped the Bills to defeat the Ravens 23-20 in front of a delighted home crowd.
Meanwhile, the Browns achieved a very important win over divisional rivals Cincinnati, balancing good work from their offense with efficient work from their defense. In the end they claimed a relatively easy win, 17-6, and showed how efficiently their defense can break apart another team when they get on top of things.
Of course EJ Manuel and Brian Hoyer will be important players for the teams tonight; for the Bills, Manuel is 74 of 130 for 856 yards and 5 touchdowns, where as for the Browns, Hoyer is 55 of 92 from 590 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Thursday Night Football between the Bills and the Browns will start at 8.25 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on NFLN or online through free live stream on the NFL Network by clicking here.
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