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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Bills could benefit from Browns' trade

By Mike Rodak

With news from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Wednesday evening that the Cleveland Browns have traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts, the Buffalo Bills could be one team that stands to benefit.

The Bills will travel to Cleveland on Oct. 3 for both teams' only prime-time game of the season.

Looking at the Bills' schedule initially, it would have been reasonable to view that contest as a "trap" game for the Bills. Coming off a Week 4 tilt with a physical Baltimore Ravens squad, traveling for a Thursday night game would hardly be ideal.

But now, the Browns have taken a very early step toward positioning themselves to most likely take the best quarterback available in the 2014 draft, weakening their team in the interim.

Backup Brian Hoyer will start Sunday for Cleveland, and if Brandon Weeden cannot return from a hand injury in time for Week 5, it's another factor in Buffalo's favor.

The 0-2 Browns could be reeling in the aftermath of this trade, so this is a game that the Bills should win.