The preseason doesn’t usually provide the best of matchups. They aren’t too intriguing and are just an appetizer for the regular season. However, the Bills and Browns provide an interesting game here. You will only hear that in a preseason game. Other than Bills and Browns’ fans, I don’t think many others are excited to watch a matchup featuring the Bills and Browns.
With Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield going to be in the spotlight in this one, there will plenty of people that want to catch a glimpse. There is also the dynamic of Tyrod Taylor playing his former team while he fights for a starting job over the rookie. For the Bills, it’s a wide open QB competition between AJ McCarron, Nathan Peterman, and Josh Allen. Allen has a rocket arm and is clearly the future in Buffalo, or at least that’s the goal.
Head coach Sean McDermott has informed his players what the quarterback rotation is going to be. However, he hasn’t informed the public what he’s doing. Peterman started last week and he looked sharp. McCarron was good as well, along with Allen who showcased his arm strength.
Allen was playing with the third team, so it’s a bit unfair to judge him too critically. He showed off the immense ceiling he has as a quarterback in the NFL. There was a perfect deep ball he threw across the middle of the field which should have went for 6, but the receiver didn’t run through the route and it fell incomplete. If he was playing with first stringers, that likely is a touchdown. Along with Baker Mayfield and Tyrod Taylor battling for the starting job, this is one of the few preseason games that will be worth tuning in for. Get our free Bills vs. Browns pick in the NFL Preseason below.
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Mayfield looked strong in his first ever game in the NFL. It isn’t time to appoint him a pro-bowler, though. He played in one preseason game and was primarily playing against backups, so let’s slow down for a second. Hue Jackson has Mayfield listed as 3rd on the depth chart. Tyrod and Drew Stanton are sitting ahead of him, despite his impressive debut in the first game of the preseason.
Mayfield threw for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns on 11-of-20 passing. That didn’t get him a ticket to the starting job, it appears Hue Jackson wants to go with veteran Drew Stanton as the backup, at least for now. The knack on Mayfield going into the NFL is that he has an ego, and I think this is more of a move to keep him grounded and not get too high on himself. Taylor went 5-of-5 with 99 yards and a touchdown, so both had full command of the offense.
The Bills’ quarterbacks looked crisp and sharp as well. Peterman started off the contest and left with 118 yards, 1 touchdown, and an interception on 9-of-10 passing. McCarron was impressive as well, throwing for 116 yards on 7-of-10 passing. He didn’t find the end zone, but looked just as good regardless. But everyone was watching to see what Josh Allen was going to do and Allen didn’t disappoint.
He completed just 9-of-19 passes, but all of those weren’t on him. Allen concluded the night with 116 yards and a touchdown. The Bills ultimately fell, 28-23, but it was a good look for the quarterbacks. Like the Browns, the Bills have different directions they can go in Week 1. Jalen Ramsey isn’t too impressed by Allen, though, calling him trash this past week. He also called Matt Ryan an overrated quarterback.
If there’s one preseason game to watch this week, it has to be the Bills and Browns. Every quarterback is fighting for something in this game. The Browns aren’t likely to go with three quarterbacks in the regular season, and the odd guy out is going to be Stanton, so he is trying to show off for other teams looking for a backup. Hue may have Mayfield as the 3rd stringer at the moment, but that’s not going to stay. The Bills 3rd strong defense looked atrocious last week. Buffalo had the lead and threw it away with bad defense in the second-half. Mayfield should be able to cut them up. He’s going to look to show off after seeing he’s 3rd on the depth chart. With all of these quarterbacks capable of moving the ball, I’d lean with the OVER on Friday in Cleveland.