RECAP: Manuel leads Bills to 11-10 comeback

The game was downright ugly at times, but EJ Manuel was able to put together a scoring drive late to push the Bills past the Browns by a score of 11-10.

The Buffalo Bills (1-1) made a comeback late in the game on Thursday night to defeat the Cleveland Browns (0-2) by a final score of 11-10.

Buffalo moved the ball well in the first half with Tyrod Taylor in at quarterback. He completed 70 percent of his passes for 65 yards and ran for 41 yards on four carries. Taylor drove Buffalo into field goal range twice but Dan Carpenter was only able to convert 1-of-2 field goals.

Defensively, Ronald Darby intercepted Josh McCown twice in the first half and Buffalo sacked the quarterback three times. McCown and the Browns put together a long draft to end the first half that resulted in a 41 yard field goal for Travis Coons.

The third quarter was absolutely brutal for both teams. Buffalo and Cleveland went scoreless and Cleveland tallied 24 total yards in the quarter.

In the fourth, the action picked up a bit with Johnny Manziel connecting with Shane Wynn on a 21 yard pass. Manziel drove the Browns 96 yards on 11 plays to put the Browns ahead 10-3. E.J. Manuel had one last chance to lead the Bills to victory and the former first round pick succeeded. Manuel led the team on a 12 play, 86 yard drive that ended in a fourth down touchdown reception to Andre Davis. Buffalo went for two and Manuel connected with Bronson Hill on a short pass to put the Bills ahead for good.

Cleveland’s final drive ended in a turnover on downs after Vince Mayle dropped a pass that would have moved the chains.

Manziel finished the game as the leading passer by throwing for 118 yards on 10-of-18 passes. Terrance West led all rushers with 42 yards on 11 carries and Bills tight end Chris Gragg led all receivers with 56 yards on three receptions.  


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