Browns Stumble in Buffalo, 13-6

Fred Greetham helps us chronicle the offensive-less debacle against the Bills. Here's the details of the Browns loss.

The Browns went to Buffalo and were beat at their own game.

After defeating lofty teams such as New Orleans and New England, the Browns went to Buffalo and were beaten by the lowly Bills. Buffalo, who entered the game with just two wins, dominated the time of possession and the rushing game on their way to a 13-6 win over the Browns.

The Bills put up 323 yards against the Browns, including 192 yards rushing to just 105 yards rushing by the Browns. Buffalo had the ball 36:10 to just 23:50 for the Browns.

The Browns dropped to 5-8 and assured themselves of a non-winning record once again.

Jake Delhomme had a second half fumble and an interception to finish the game off. Trailing 13-6, the Browns last possession, Delhomme was hit as he threw a pass on third down and it was intercepted by Leodis McKelvin with 3:51 to play. The Bills held onto the ball the rest of the game.

Delhomme was just 12-of-20 for 86 yards with no touchdowns and one interception and a fumble.

After the first drive, the Browns did very little offensively against the 32nd ranked team in the NFL. After Hillis shredded the defense on the ground until they reached the Bills' one, the Bills seemed to gain a lot of momentum by stopping Hilllis short of the goal line on third-and-goal. The Browns had 54 yards rushing on the first drive, which is more than half of what they had the rest of the game.

Hillis did go over 100 yards with 108 yards on 21 carries, but that was the extent of the Browns offense.

In the first half, the Browns moved to the Bills' one- and eight-yard line, but were only able to get field goals while the Bills were able to get a touchdown and lead 10-6 at the half.

It was Ryan Fitzpatrick's feet--not his arm—that hurt the Browns the most, especially in the first half as he had runs of 12-, 13- and 18-yards.

The Browns took a 3-0 lead with 10:11 to play in the first quarter as Phil Dawson kicked a 19-yard field goal on the Browns' opening possession. After Mike Bell fielded a short kickoff and returned it to the 46, it became the Peyton Hillis show. Hillis carried seven times for 49 yards on the drive before stalling at the Bills' one and settling for the field goal. The only play of the drive that Hillis didn't touch the ball was on a five-yard run by Bell after Hillis got a breather after a 25-yard run by Hillis.

On the drive, Hillis went over the 1,000-yard mark. It was the first time a white running back went over 1,000 yards since Craig James did so with the Patriots in 1985. Hillis is just the third Browns back to hit the mark since 1985. The other two were Reuben Droughns (1,232 in 2005) and Jamal Lewis (1,304 and 1,002 in 2007 and 2008), who did it twice.

The Bills took the lead at 7-3 as Ryan Fitzpatrick hit David Nelson for an 11-yard touchdown with 9:28 to play in the first half.  Fitzpatrick hit Donald Jones for a first down on third-and-two. Then, Fitzpatrick had back-to-back runs of 13- and 12-yards to move the ball into Browns' territory. Fitzpatrick hit Stevie Johnson on for eight yards to the 22. On third-and-six from the 11, Nelson made a diving catch behind Mike Adams and T.J. Ward for the score. The Bills went 89 yards on 14 plays spanning 8:14.

After the Bills' touchdown, Dawson kicked his second field goal of the game from 25 yards out with 3:52 to play in the first half to make it 7-6. The Browns once again stalled inside the 10 and had to settle for a field goal. Jake Delhomme hit Mohamed Massaquoi for 35 yards to the Bill's 42 to jump start the drive and then a 15-yard pass to Brian Robiskie moved the ball to the 24. The Browns went 73 yards in 11 plays and 5:36 for the score.

However, after an eight-yard run by Hillis and a four-yard pass to Massaquoi, Delhomme's third down pass into the end zone sailed incomplete, the Browns kicked the field goal.

Buffalo extended their lead to 10-6 at the half with a 30-yard field goal by Rian Lindell. After the Browns kicked their second field goal, the Bills moved quickly as Fitzpatrick hit Johnathan Stupar on a short pass, but Ward missed the tackle and Stupar went 35 yards down the sideline to the Browns' 41. On the next play, Fitzpatrick scrambled 18 yards to the 23. After an offsides penalty on Marcus Benard, Benard came back and sacked Fitzpatrick. A third down incomplete pass forced the field goal. The Bills went 63 yards in nine plays for the score.

The only score of the second half was set up by a fumble by Delhomme and recovered by the Bills' Arthur Moats at the Browns' 23. After getting to the Browns' one, Lindell kicked a 19-yard field goal to make it 13-6 with 7:56 to play.


1,000 yard Peyton: RB Peyton Hillis went over 100 yards for the fifth time this season and also went over the 1,000 yard mark. He entered the game needing just 38 yards to hit the 1,000 yard mark on the season. He hit the mark on the first drive as he picked up 49 yards on seven carries. He fumbled on his first carry of the second drive after a fumble recovery by CB Eric Wright. Hillis fumbled two other times, but the Browns were able to recover both times. He had 72 yards on 12 carries and finished with 21 carries for 108 yards to give him 1,070 yards on the season.

TO Jake: QB Jake Delhomme started his third-straight game and was 6-of-9 for 58 yards in the first half with no touchdowns or interceptions.  QB Seneca Wallace did come in on two plays on running plays. However, he finished 12–of-20 for just 86 yards and had two costly turnovers in the second half.

Lucky Bounces: The Browns had at least three fumbles that they were able to retain possession. Two were by RB Peyton Hillis and one was by WR Josh Cribbs.

Mo Time: WR Mohamed Massaquoi had two catches for 38 yards in the first half and finished with three receptions for 43 yards.

Browns Down: CB Sheldon Brown was injured making a tackle on RB Fred Jackson in the fourth quarter. Brown had six tackles in the game. LB David Bowens was injured near the goal line making a stop on Jackson, as well. After being motionless for a moment, Bowens was up and appeared alright.

Cribbs Time: WR Josh Cribbs was used on a reverse that ended up in an 11-yard loss. Cribbs fumbled, but was able to recover. He caught a pass for seven yards.

Sack Men: LB Chris Gocong sacked QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 10-yard loss and stripped Fitzpatrick of the ball, which CB Eric Wright recovered at the Bills' 25. LB Marcus Benard had a sack near the end of the first half for the Browns' second of the game. Ward led the Browns with 8 tackles, followed by LB Eric Barton and DB Sheldon Brown with six. Gocong had five tackles and five assists.  Benard leads the Browns with 7.5 sacks.

Fitz Scramble: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had scrambles of 12-, 13-, and 18-yards in the first half that were instrumental in keeping drives going.

Haden's Play: CB Joe Haden broke up a pass intended for WR Stevie Johnson on fourth-and-2 on the Browns' 36. Haden entered the game with an interception in the past four games.

Moore, Fujita, Brown Out: TE Evan Moore (hip), LB Scott Fujita (knee)and LB Titus Brown (head) were all inactive for the game.

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