♦ There’s no inside information here so regard this as at best an educated guess, but the feeling here is Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) and Jairus Byrd (feet, pride) will sit again against Cleveland this Thursday with the team realistically hoping they can return at home against Cincinnati 10 days later.
♦ The situation with Byrd keeps getting uglier, with many well-known columnists concluding the Bills should just trade and be done with him. Among those, unsurprisingly is Buffalo News scribe Jerry Sullivan and CBS’ Jason LaCanfora, who cites a source that says Byrd hasn’t asked for a trade but writes about growing tension between the sides.
♦ A fact I didn’t realize until reading LaCanfora’s piece— Bills injured defensive end is represented by Eugene Parker, who of course is also the agent for Byrd. I’m not sure what kind of relationship Russ Brandon and Parker have and what damage, if any has been done following the Byrd contract situation, but I imagine it’s not good. It’s been rumored the Bills were interested in locking up Carrington long term before he suffered the season-ending quad injury against the New York Jets.
♦ Cordy Glenn may be unheralded around the league, but Pro Football Focus currently has him rated as the third highest rated left tackle in the league, behind only Nate Solder and Michael Roos. You can debate the merits of PFF’s rating system, but it’s hard to deny the impressiveness of Glenn being so higly ranked.
♦ Rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso has four interceptions in four games. By comparison defensive backs Stephon Gilmore, McKelvin and Justin Rogers combined for three all of last season.
♦ Overall this season the Bills have picked off nine passes through four weeks, the most in the NFL. Detroit is second with eight.
♦ Speaking of Gilmore, he was expected to miss 6-8 weeks and this week marks his fifth since having wrist surgery. That could possibly put him in line to return against Cincinnati, although a more realistic landing spot on the field could come at Miami the following week.
♦ The game in Cleveland will mark the sixth time the Bills have played on Thursday night. They are 3-2 in their first five, including a home win over Miami last season. Buffalo has faced Cleveland in prime time twice before—winning in 1995 (22-19) and losing in 2008(29-27).
♦ Thursday will be the 18th time the teams have met during the regular season. The Bills only 7-10 against the Browns, but did win, 24-14 in their previous meeting in Cleveland last season.
♦ Mario Williams is one sack away from reaching 70 for his career.
♦ The Bills ran 84 offensive plays against Baltimore last week, but third receiver T.J. Graham was only on the field for 26% of them and Buffalo used three receivers just 27% of the time overall. The Bills used a lot of two tight end sets in trying to run the ball and better protect E.J. Manuel. I’d expect plenty of the same at Cleveland.
♦ Lastly, it looks both injured Bills running backs, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are going to give it a go in Cleveland. The Bills haven’t had a ton of historical success with running backs playing against the Browns. In fact, in 17 meetings the most yards ever gained by a Bills running back has been Marshawn Lynch, who ran for 119 yards against them in 2008.