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.