Posts Tagged ‘Week 5’

First Downs and Flags: Post-Mortem of Buffalo Bills’ Loss to Cleveland Browns

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Even in a tough loss Thursday, Buffalo Bills rookie middle linebacker Kiko Alonso continued to shine. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

Thursday night should be looked at as a lost opportunity for the Buffalo Bills. A streaky game that started with promise ended with the Bills dropping a 37-24 decision to the Cleveland Browns.

The game was there for the taking for the banged-up Bills, who struggled all night to stay healthy and maintain consistency on offense. The game will be remembered by EJ Manuel’s fight to gain some extra yards on a scramble deep in Cleveland territory in the third quarter, which ultimately resulted in Manuel taking a hit and sustaining a sprained knee that will keep him out for “a few weeks.”

As Bills nation collectively gasped with horror when Manuel was injured, Buffalo was left with little offensive talent. Although the Bills finished that drive with a 1-yard Fred Jackson touchdown to take a 24-17 lead, the offense was unable to produce once Jeff Tuel took Manuel’s place in the game at quarterback.

Yet even with a tough loss and the injuries piling up, there were still some positives to take from Thursday’s game.

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Buffalo Bills Lose Quarterback EJ Manuel, Subsequently Lose Game to Cleveland Browns

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills lost Thursday’s game to the Cleveland Browns, but losing quarterback EJ Manuel to a knee injury was a bigger loss. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The game was tied at 17-17, and the Buffalo Bills had all the momentum in the game in the midst of their second consecutive touchdown drive against the Cleveland Browns defense Thursday.

The end of a 14-yard scramble by quarterback EJ Manuel changed everything.

Manuel was making a play, having run all the way around from the right side of the pocket to up the left sideline, outrunning a defender with speed before running toward the left sideline. He converted a 3rd-and-8 to pick up the Bills’ third first down of the drive in the process, but the play came with a price. As he was about to go out of bounds, he took a big shot from Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson directly on his knee, causing him to pirouette down to the ground and clutch his knee in pain.

Manuel left the game and did not return.

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Time to Build Momentum: Previewing Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson will be an important player in Thursday’s game, but he faces a tough matchup with Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The Buffalo Bills shocked much of the football world last week by controlling a game against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens for a 23-20 victory. Although the Bills didn’t put away the game when they had chances to extend the lead in the fourth quarter, the young team held strong and achieved a win that will do wonders for the morale of an injury-laden squad.

The real test for how close the Bills are to becoming a contending team is to see if they can capitalize and seize some potential momentum Thursday versus the 2-2 Cleveland Browns. Although the Browns are 2-0 since trading Trent Richardson, they lack the type of offensive weapons to take over a game; they make their success on defense. In what is likely to be a close, potentially ugly football game, the Bills’ ability to keep their heads, avoid dumb penalties and force mistakes might be the difference between a winning record and going back to a losing one.

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