Offensive In Every Way: Browns Lose Error-Fest 13-6

The Browns have a realistic chance to reach .500, but need a win today to really make that possible

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Browns Miss Opportunity After Opportunity, Fall To 5-8

Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Fitzpatrick passed for the only touchdown of the game in the first half to help the Buffalo Bills earn a 13-6 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Fitzpatrick was 14-of-23 for 142 yards while Fred Jackson had 29 carries for 112 yards for the Bills (3-10), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Rian Lindell kicked two field goals and David Nelson caught a score for the second straight week.

Jake Delhomme, making his third straight start, threw for just 86 yards on 12- for-20 passing and had an interception with a lost fumble for the Browns (5-8), who came into the game riding a two-game winning streak. Peyton Hillis totaled 108 yards on 21 carries, but fumbled the ball three times, losing one.

The Browns started the game with the ball and began the drive at their own 40. They managed to get down to the Buffalo one-yard line, but opted for a 19-yard field goal from Phil Dawson on fourth down for a 3-0 lead just under five minutes in.

The Bills went ahead with a drive that spanned the first and second quarters. Starting at their own 11, they covered the field in 14 plays eating up over eight minutes with Fitzpatrick capping the drive on a sharp pass over the head of two defenders and into the arms of Nelson for an 11-yard score with 9:28 to play in the half.

Cleveland responded with a long drive of its own as the team went 73 yards over 11 plays and took up 5 1/2 minutes of the clock, but again came away with three points. The drive stalled at the eight-yard line and a 25-yard boot from Dawson pulled the Browns within 7-6 with 3:53 left.

That gave Buffalo plenty of time for a 30-yard field goal from Lindell with 14 seconds left in the half to make it a 10-6 game at the break. The drive featured a 35-yard reception from Jonathan Stupar that got the ball across midfield.

The third quarter passed scoreless with neither team able to break midfield. They exchanged punts to begin the fourth, but a turnover allowed Buffalo to expand its lead.

Facing a 3rd-and-3 at his own 27, Delhomme had the ball knocked out of his hand as he attempted to throw it. A Buffalo player jumped on the ball, but it was ruled incomplete. However, the Bills asked for a replay and the call on the field was overturned, giving the Bills the ball at the Cleveland 23.

However, Buffalo was only able to manage three points with the short field as Jackson was stuffed on third down from the two-yard line and a 19-yard field goal from Lindell made it a 13-6 game with 7:56 to play.

After an exchange of punts, Cleveland got the ball back at its own 47, but Delhomme was picked off by Leodis McKelvin and the Bills killed off the rest of the clock for the win.

The Browns had won the previous three games against the Bills...Cleveland plays at Cincinnati next Sunday, while the Bills will travel to Miami...Buffalo totaled 323 yards, including 192 on the ground, compared to just 187 yards for Cleveland. The Bills also controlled the clock for over 36 minutes...Cleveland had just nine first downs in the game.


Bills Maintain 10-6 Lead Over Browns Entering Final Period

Buffalo took the third-quarter kickoff and stalled near midfield, and the Bills’ first punt of the day gave the Browns the ball at the Cleveland 22 with three-and-a-half minutes gone in the quarter.

Buffalo got the ball back quickly, starting this time from their 17, and began moving the ball once again. By this stage of the game Buffalo had nearly twice as much time of possession as the Browns did — sooner or later that will wear a defense down and allow a big play on offense.

The Bills’ drive continued. and again, the defense stiffened near midfield, and once again Buffalo was forced to punt, pinning the Browns deep in their end of the field at the nine-yard line.

Run…run…incomplete pass…three-and-out and a punt? Not so fast — a Bills penalty gave the Browns a new set of downs. Peyton Hillis fumbled on a second down play, but it was recovered by Cleveland — Hillis’s second ball on the ground of the day. Undeterred, Hillis got a first down on the next play as the Browns’ fortunate drive continued.

The quarter ended with the Browns with the ball at their 26.


Browns Trail Bills At The Half 10-6

Buffalo began the second quarter on the move, and moved steadily into Cleveland territory in what was becoming a time-consuming drive. Ryan Fitzpatrick capped the drive with an 11-yard strike to David Nelson, and the Bills had the lead at 7-3, capping an 89-yard march down the field.

So Browns, how is that kick-a-field-goal-at-the-Buffalo-one-on-the-opening-drive working out for ya?

The Browns started after the kickoff at their own 19. A Hillis run started the drive, then Jake Delhomme hit Mohamed Massaquoi for 34 yards into Buffalo territory. After another Hillis run, Delhomme hit Brian Robiskie for another first down at the Buffalo 24. Mike Bell gave Cleveland another first down with a short run to the 13. The drive stalled at the eight, and Phil Dawson drew the Browns within 7-6 with a 25-yard field goal with 3:56 left in the half.

Buffalo immediately went to work again, driving quickly into Cleveland territory and reaching the 23 at the two-minute warning. The Bills got a first down at the eleven with just over a minute left before halftime, and Buffalo took a time out at the five with 36 seconds left. and then a penalty and a sack pushed the Bills back to the eleven. Buffalo took another time out with 22 seconds left, facing a third-and-ten. The drive stalled on an incompletion, but Ryan Lindell restored Buffalo’s lead to four at 10-6 with a 30-yard field goal.

With only 14 seconds left to work with, the Browns caught a break on the kickoff when Buffalo was penalized for 15 yards, giving Cleveland the ball at the Bills’ 45. Unfortunately, the Browns were unable to capitalize, with a Hail Mary pass batted down near the goal line, and the half ended with Buffalo on top, 10-6


Browns Lead After One on Chip-Shot Field Goal, 3-0

After a nice kickoff return and excellent field position at their 45, the Browns immediately went to work — or, rather, to Peyton Hillis. Seven Hillis runs for 49 yards and a Mike Bell run for five yards got the Browns to the Buffalo one-yard line before the Bills’ defense stiffened, and Cleveland had to settle for a demoralizing field goal after a 54-yard opening drive that took almost five minutes off the clock.

I don’t know about you, but I am thinking I would have gone for it there. Just saying that if you settle for a field goal you give the Buffalo defense a big boost.
We will see how that turns out later.

After a Buffalo first down, Ryan Fitzpatrick was sacked and fumbled at the Buffalo 36. Eric Wright recovered for the Browns and returned the fumble to the 25, setting the Browns up deep in Bills’ territory. On the first play — Peyton Hillis fumbled right back to Buffalo, whose return set the Bills up at the Buffalo 31.

Buffalo quickly pushed to the Cleveland 38, but fell short on a third-down pass to the 35, and eschewed a field goal try. A fourth-down Fitzpatrick pass was incomplete, giving the Browns the ball back after having dodged a bullet.

The Browns then went three-and-out, with their first two pass attempts of the day, one of which was completed by Jake Delhomme. Cleveland was forced to punt, and the Bills set up shop again at their own 11-yard line with 2:42 left in the quarter.

The quarter ended with the Bills on the move and with a first down at their 40.

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