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Browns futility continues in Buffalo

The Browns lost their 14th game of the season, 33-13 to the Buffalo Bills

The march continues--the march to the bottom, that is.

The Browns dropped their 14th-straight game of the 2016 season and 17th overall, dating back to Dec. 13, 2015 with a 33-13 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Browns only have two chances left to avoid being the only the second NFL team to go winless in 16 games. They play host to the San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve and then close out the season on New Year's Day against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. 

The Browns will have no lower than the third draft pick in the 2017 NFL Draft as the San Francisco 49ers (1-12) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12) are the only two teams that could have a worse record than the Browns. 

In the loss, the Browns have now given up 30 or more points for the seventh time this season. The fewest points the Browns have given up all season is 23, just last week against the Bengals. The Browns have not score at least 20 points in nine games and haven't scored more than 13 points in six-straight games, since Oct. 30 when they lost to the Jets, 31-28.

The same things that have plagued the Browns all season continued to show up. When the offense was able to get something going, the defense couldn't get off the field. When the defense would make a stop, the offense could do little. The Bills rushed for 280 yards and had 451 yards of total offense. Buffalo came into the game as the number one rushing offense in the NFL, while the Browns were the 31st ranked rush defense. 

The Browns had one good drive in the first half and moved to the Bills five-yard line after a Duke Johnson run, just after Isaiah Crowell had a 25-yard run. However, Crowell was dropped for a two-yard loss and then back-to-back sacks on Robert Griffin III forced the Browns to kick a 35-yard field goal by Cody Parkey to tie the game at three, with 3:50 to play in the first quarter.

The Bills answered with two long touchdown drives, including a 91-yard touchdown drive just before halftime to take a 17-3 lead at the half.  Most of the drives were led by LeSean McCoy, who was gashing the Browns defense all day. McCoy rushed for 153 yards, including two touchdowns and went over the 1,000 yard mark in the first half. 

The Browns had a glimmer of hope after the first drive of the second half when they drove 80 yards with Griffin scrambling out of the pocket for an 18-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 17-10 with 8:58 to play in the third quarter. The big play on the drive was a 33-yard pass from Griffin to Andrew Hawkins on third-and-11 to the Bills' 35. Johnson had a 13-yard run around left end on the next play and then two plays later, Griffin was flushed out of the pocket and was able to dive in from three yards out. 

However, similar to a week ago when the Browns closed the gap with the Bengals, the defense allowed the Bills to go right down the field for a McCoy touchdown to extend the lead back to two touchdowns, 24-10 with 5:50 left in third quarter. Danny Shelton roughed Taylor which moved the ball into the Browns territory and then Tyrod Taylor scrambled for 35 yards to set up McCoy's touchdown run. Taylor rushed for 49 yards, as well. 

The Browns had a promising drive on the next possession shot down as Joe Thomas was called for holding after Griffin run to the five-yard line. The Browns big play on the drive was a 28-yard pass to Gary Barnidqe, followed by a personal foul on Zach Brown for hitting Griffin in the helmet taking the ball to the Bills' 13. After stalling, Parkey kicked his second field goal to make it 24-13 with 1:32 to play in the third quarter. 

McCoy scored his second touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter to make it 30-13 with 12:38 to play in the game.  The Bills tacked on a 34-yard field goal with 7:21 to play to close out the scoring. 

Extra Points

RG3: Robert Griffin III vowed that he would have much better production against the Bills in his second start. Griffin was a little better, but the results were the same for the most part. Griffin scored the Browns only touchdown of the game on an 18-yard scramble. Griffin finished with 48 yards rushing on eight carries, including the touchdown. He was 17-of-28 for 196 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions and a rating of 81.8. Griffin was sacked five times. 

Ogbah Sack: DE Emmanuel Ogbah picked up another sack in the second quarter to give him 5.5 so far in his rookie season. Ogbah had 1.5 last week and now has 2.5 in the last two games. Other than that, The Browns had very little pressure on QB Tyrod Taylor once again and had just one sack. LB Demario Davis and LB Christian Kirksey led the Browns with eight tackles. 

Nothing to Crow About: RB Isaiah Crowell talked about wanting to rush for 1,000 yards this season. He needed just under 300 yards to reach the 1,000 yard plateau before season's end, but had just 28 yards on eight carries. Crowell had a 25-yard run in the second quarter, but had just 29 yards in the first half. In the second half, Crowell had minus one yard. 

Duke's Day: RB Duke Johnson had four carries for 29 yards and caught five passes for 62 yards. 

One for the Road: WR Andrew Hawkins had just one catch for 33 yards.

Two for the Road: TE Gary Barnidge  had two catches for 35 yards. 

Three for the Road: WR Corey Coleman had three receptions for 24 yards.

Four for the Road: WR Terrelle Pryor caught four passes for 19 yards. 

Change Plans: When the Browns have won the coin toss to open the game, they have deferred all season and started on defense. However, after giving up opening drive scores frequently, they elected to take the ball on the opening kickoff against the Bills. After a holding penalty by OL Jonathan Cooper killed the drive they punted and the Bills drove for a field goal on their opening drive.

Super Mario: The Browns signed WR Mario Alford to their practice squad early in the week and then promoted him to the active roster on Friday. He was active on Sunday and returned punts and kickoffs. Alford had four kickoff returns for 74 yards (18.5 avg.) and two punt returns for 23 yards (11.5 avg.).

Haden, Telfer Hurt: TE Randall Telfer was hurt in the second quarter, but returned. DB Joe Haden left in the second half and did not return. 

Hue Cannot Find the Flag:H Hue Jackson had so much clothing on he couldn't find the challenge flag for several moments when he wanted to challenge whether !B Robert Griffin III stepped out of bounds or not. However, after Jackson finally found the flag and challenged, the officials said the play couldn't be challenged Griffin clearly didn't step out of bounds before he was able to throw the ball away, but the officials ruled Griffin down for an 8-yard sack.


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