Bills Bash Browns 26-10

The Buffalo Bills were shut out in the first half on Sunday's game. Two touchdowns in 10 second in the third quarter changed the entire outcome of the game. Buffalo scored 20 unanswered points and cruised to a 26-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

The Buffalo Bills went into halftime without any points. They didn't convert a 3rd down play on offense until the fourth quarter. Kyle Orton threw two interceptions and was held to 190 pass yards. It was a recipe for disaster, yet the Bills defeated the Cleveland Browns 26-10.

The game changed in the third quarter when the Bills scored two touchdowns in 10 seconds. Buffalo was put in position to score an offensive touchdown after a 34 yard pass from Orton to Robert Woods on 4th and 3. One play later, Orton connected with Chris Hogan on a three yard touchdown pass. The Browns took over on their 20 after a touchback and Terrance West took the first down carry. Towards the sidelines, Jerry Hughes stripped West of the ball, recovered the fumble, and ran the ball into the end zone. Just like that, the Bills found themselves up 14-3.

Dan Carpenter field goals of 49 and 34 yards extended Buffalo's lead to 20-3. Buffalo's 20 unanswered points were later answered by a Johnny Manziel touchdown run. Buffalo responded to the touchdown with a long drive that resulted in a 34 yard Carpenter field goal. The Bills should have been given a defensive touchdown on a fumble by Manziel in the end zone, but the referees called the pass incomplete. Former referee Mike Carey disagreed with the referees overturning the call. One play later, the Browns turned the ball over on downs and Carpenter added one last field goal of 35 yards.

The national story coming out of this game will be Brian Hoyer's benching in favor of Manziel. In Western New York, the story will be Buffalo's suffocating defense. Da'Norris Searcy intercepted Hoyer twice during the game and Hughes had the previously mentioned forced fumble, fumble recovery and touchdown. Buffalo kept Cleveland's running backs in check. West and Isaiah Crowell combined for 24 carries for 61 yards. Kyle Williams and Nigel Bradham had the team's two sacks. The Bills did a good job of limiting Josh Gordon. The superstar receiver finished with 75 yards on seven receptions.

Offensively, it wasn't a great game by the Bills. Orton wasn't sharp. Many of his passes were off-target. He also threw a poor interception in the end zone in the first half. Fred Jackson ran for 70 yards on 21 carries. Buffalo's backs finished with 106 yards on 30 carries. Robert Woods and MarQueis Gray led the way in receiving for Buffalo. Both receivers had 71 yards on the day. 

Although it wasn't Buffalo's best performance, the Bills moved to 7-5 on the season. They have a tough road ahead of them with games against the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots on the horizon. That said, the Bills are in the Wild Card race entering December.

 


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