July 31, 2014

2014 NFL Draft: Thoughts after the first round

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I have a lot of random thoughts after the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, so here goes…

“Johnny Manziel is a good draft pick regardless of how it works out if for no other reason than because of the rookie wage scale. In talking about this draft before it happened, there was a lot of talk about Brady Quinn at No. 22 in 2007. Of course it’s easy now to look back on that and say how stupid it was because Quinn never played well, but almost nobody said that on draft day. It’s with that in mind that I’m thinking about Johnny Manziel. [Read more...]

Several draft day trade scenarios popping up for the Cleveland Browns

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Sure, the Cleveland Browns have the fourth-overall pick in 2014 NFL Draft, but would it surprise anyone if that orange helmet disappears from the corner of the television without a pick having been made? While fans of the Orange and Brown debate the merits of playmakers versus offensive linemen, there’s a considerable chance that the fourth pick is made by a team other than the Browns as national pundits throughout the league peg Cleveland as a likely trade partner for teams looking to move up.

Take Sports Illustrated’s Peter King for example. In his MMQB mock draft, King delivers a few surprises (Khalil Mack at No. 1, for example) in addition to Cleveland moving down from No. 4 to No. 6 in a deal with the Atlanta Falcons who land South Carolina’s Jadaveon Clowney. The Browns, in turn, land Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, a compliment to Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon and another target for whomever is under center on Week 11, in addition to having seven of the draft’s top 110 picks. What fans may not love, however, is that the Browns appear to have only gained a third-round pick for the move.

In a scenario-based column from Grantland’s Bill Barnwell, the Browns traded with Mike Pettine’s former team, the Buffalo Bills, as he was officially able to sell his peers on Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. In Barnwell’s scenario, the Browns net a future first-round pick in addition to the 2014 pick they obtain in the deal, and move down to the No. 9 pick.

As previously noted, Cleveland already has the most valuable set of picks in this year’s draft, but the opportunity to move up and draft Watkins could inspire somebody to make an offer the Browns can’t refuse. The Bills reportedly have the hots for Watkins; if Buffalo offered Cleveland its 2015 first-round pick to move up from nine to four, I think the Browns would bite.

Pouring on, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says that the Bills and Detroit Lions have been pounding the phones in hopes of moving into the top five with Watkins  and North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron as their targets.2

Many fans (rightfully) despise moving down—the team is terrible enough to garner the fourth-best player in the draft, after all. The 2014 NFL Draft, however, appears to be one of the more undecipherable in recent memory. While there is a top tier of sorts, the first eight-to-twelve players could go in any order and few would bat an eye. If this is the case, and the Browns could muster another first-round pick for their efforts, would fans react negatively? More importantly, would Ray Farmer be willing to pull the strings on a deal in his first rodeo?

If trading down isn’t your thing, but trading up is, you’ll be glad to know that King also reports that the Browns are looking to acquire a third first-round pick in hopes of leapfrogging Houston to start Round 2. And if it’s any silver lining, both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper have Cleveland selecting Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel with the fourth-overall pick. Something for everyone!

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Footnotes:

  1. In King’s mock, Blake Bortles falls to Cleveland at No. 26—”As I made my calls in the past few days, I couldn’t find a Bortles lover.” []
  2. Rapoport also adds that “Cleveland scouts “like” Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, and the team could use the No. 26 selection on him,” so there’s that. []

Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr dead at age 95

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One of the two men who had the courage, cognition and cachet to vote against Art Modell’s proposed move to Baltimore is no longer with us. Buffalo Bills founder, owner and stadium namesake Ralph Wilson, Jr., has died, team president Russ Brandon announced Tuesday at the NFL meetings. He was 95.

Wilson is credited with initiating talks in 1965 with Baltimore Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom that led to the AFL-NFL merger as well as keeping the Bills in western New York despite multiple years of rumors of a potential relocation. He is one of the few owners to have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as he was enshrined in 2009, three years prior to the passing of the former Browns owner.

Wilson’s passing comes just weeks after the passing of Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford, Sr., who died March 9 at age 88. Another long-tenured owner, Bud Adams of the Tennessee Titans, passed away Oct. 21 at age 90.

Bills edge Browns to “win” honor of being “NFL’s Most Tortured Fan Base”

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Will Leitch from Sports On Earth gave the NBA title to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but unfortunately (or fortunately?) the Cleveland Browns weren’t able to carry the belt in the NFL. That honor belongs to the Buffalo Bills. In June, Leitch promises to do the same thing in baseball, where I truly expect the Indians to be somewhere in the middle of the pack.

Anyway, what was the reasoning for the two at the top?

Obviously Browns fans are a group that team ownership “does not deserve,” which I assume we all agree with no matter who owns the team. The Browns have never made the Super Bowl just like the Lions who finished third. Ultimately though, the answer is succinct. Leitch simply says, “The Browns are cruel and wrong.”

So congratulations to the Bills!

They earned the top spot for their well-known history as well as the fact that they play one “home” game in Toronto every season. With that in mind, and knowing how much Browns fans adore going down to that stadium (or the parking lots at least,) and even considering how bad the team is, it’s hard to argue that Browns fans could have it worse.

I’d never really thought about it, but it’s true. The Browns have all their home games in Cleveland still. The fact that they moved once was about as cruel and brutal a thing to ever experience as a sports fan, but we survived it. The Browns moving feels less likely as a possibility because it’s already happened once. They couldn’t possibly do it again, right? Right? Well, imagine if you were a fan of a team that hasn’t been moved out of your city before, but also has lost one of its home games already. That’s pretty tortured to go along with bad football.

Plus, the Browns took their defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine, to be head coach and Bills fans were legitimately upset about it coming off of a six win season. Just when they felt like they might be gaining some momentum, a first-year coordinator from a first-year coaching staff got poached.

So the Bills take home the #1 slot this year, but there’s no telling if they can hold onto it. The Browns are another one-year-wonder coach or maybe even a federal indictment away from stealing the trophy.

[Related: Hopes for the Cleveland Browns as the off-season begins for real]

NFL News: Bills hire Jim Schwartz as Mike Pettine’s replacement

schwartzBuffalo fans had been nervous after the departure of their defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Yesterday, the Bills acted quickly to fill the vacancy in hiring former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.

Schwartz, only 47, had been previously rumored as a possible defensive coordinator candidate in Cleveland. He was a disappointing 29-51 in five seasons with the Lions. Before that, he served as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator for eight years. He’s been in the NFL since 1993 with the Browns.

It’s a savvy addition to replace Pettine, who made his mark in just one season over in Buffalo. In 2012, the Bills ranked 22nd in yards allowed per game and 23rd in forced turnovers. Then in 2013, led by the addition of rookie Kiko Alonso and Pettine’s guidance, the Bills ranked 10th in yards and sixth-best in turnovers. They were a very good unit, outside of that 37-point performance by Cleveland in Week 5.

Schwartz’s time clearly needed to be over in Detroit. They eventually replaced him with Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. Former OSU coach Jim Tressel has not yet joined his staff, as was previously reported. But with Schwartz off the board, it seems the Browns are likely banking on Bills LB coach Jim O’Neill to be their new defensive coordinator. This now appears more likely.

[Related: Mike Pettine’s arrival likely means an upgrade at inside linebacker]

Photo: Mark Duncan/The Associated Press

Reports: Pettine’s second interview complete, no offer yet

We’ve heard a lot of noise out there in the Twittersphere tonight from Cleveland, Buffalo, and league-wide sources about Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and the Cleveland Browns following his second interview with the team, which according to WKYC’s Jim Donovan lasted about five hours.  According to multiple sources, while it appears that things are progressing and we may be close to reaching a point of inevitability, there is no deal to speak of tonight.

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It appears that the team is going to continue with another interview tomorrow, presumably Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter or Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

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Pettine is in his fifth year as a defensive coordinator, four of which were under Rex Ryan with the New York Jets. He also has experience as an outside linebackers coach in Baltimore prior to that. The 47-year-old is on the outspoken side and reportedly well-liked by players.  His Bills’ defense was ranked 4th best in Pro Football Focus’s advanced cumulative defensive statistics in 2013. His defenses have traditionally been top ten units with elite run stopping and pass coverage abilities with a slight weakness in pass rushing. Last year, however, the Bills had 57 sacks and three players with double digit sack totals, good for 2nd in the league.

After being turned away by Josh McDaniels, Todd Bowles, Ken Whisenhunt, Ben McAdoo, and Adam Gase, the pool of candidates as it currently stands includes Pettine, Quinn, Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia, former Titans head coach Mike Munchak, Koetter, and possibly San Francisco defensive coordinator Jim Tomsula, who the team has reportedly done some background work on recently.

Related: Head Coaching Backgrounds and Early Returns

 

Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to interview in Cleveland

mike pettineBuffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is the latest interview candidate for the Cleveland Browns head coaching vacancy.

FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer first reported the news Wednesday night around 6:30 p.m. His follow-up tweet shared that the interview is scheduled for Thursday.

Pettine, 47, will become the seventh interviewed candidate in the search for the final head coach opening in the NFL. He was known as Rex Ryan’s right-hand man, serving under his staff for 11 seasons until this past year.

Pettine jumped from the Pennsylvania high school coaching ranks to join Ryan’s defense in Baltimore as a coaching assistant in 2002. After two years in that role, he was an assistant defensive line coach and then spent four seasons as outside linebackers coach.

When Ryan took the head coaching gig with the Jets in 2009, Pettine followed to become his defensive coordinator. He held that position for four seasons until his contract expired. The division rival Buffalo Bills and new coach Doug Marrone quickly snatched him up last offseason, signing him to a three-year deal.

Four of the previous six interviewed Browns candidates have dropped out of the running: Ken Whisenhunt, Josh McDaniels, Todd Bowles and Ben McAdoo. The other two are Mike Munchak and Dan Quinn. The most coveted individual is likely Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who has declined interviews until his season ends.

Although Pettine might be one of the more unknown names to Browns fans, his aggressive style has made him a well-liked assistant throughout his NFL days. His old mentor has remained with the Jets. But could this be Pettine’s big chance? It certainly doesn’t hurt the Browns to continue to put their name out there and see what could be possible.

[Related: Which is more important for the Browns, the right coach or quarterback?]

Photo: Bill Wippert/The Buffalo News

NFL hands out multiple fines for Browns-Bills game

The NFL has handed out multiple fines for last Thursday night’s game between the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills, none of which involve quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and EJ Manuel who were forced to leave the game with knee injuries following hits from opposing defenders.

The hit on Bess extended a Browns drive that would ultimately lead to a score. Apparently, no fine was levied on the hit that forced running back Chris Ogbonnaya to leave with a concussion.

Multiple members of the Buffalo Bills stated that the Browns defense was “classless” following the injury sustained by Manuel after he was hit by free safety Tashaun Gipson. Gipson, who celebrated the hit mid-game, stated that he was unaware of the severity of the hit he placed on Manuel who was attempting to extend a third-down run.

Most reports suggest that Manuel will miss 6-to-8 weeks with sprained knee while the Browns will lose Hoyer for the season as he is expected to have surgery to repair a torn ACL later this month.

[Related: In praise of the Browns front office… so far]

Browns safety T.J. Ward: ‘We’re a reflection of Coach Chud’

“Our attitude is we’re happy that things are going the way they are, but we’re in no way settling into what we’re doing right now. We’ll continue to work hard. We have that drive for greatness, that drive for betterment every week. We have a group of hard workers, determined, persistent players, and I think we’re a reflection of Coach Chud. That’s a sign of our team, a reflection of Coach Chud, our assistant coaches. Every day, we preach, ‘It’s not going to be pretty all the time. It’s not going to be how you want it, but at the end of the day, if you get it done, you get it done.’ And that’s what we did. We came together as a team and got it done.”

– Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward’s comments to the team’s website on the Browns current mood after moving into first-place in the AFC North with their Thursday night victory over the Buffalo Bills. Ward’s late pick-six sealed the deal in the back-and-forth 37-24 victory. Both teams lost their starting quarterbacks in the contest, as Brian Hoyer is now out for the season with a torn ACL. The Browns return home next Sunday, Oct. 13, to play the improved Detroit Lions.

[Related: Fun with Numbers: Browns stats as they improve to 3-2]

NFL News: Bills center takes offense to Browns’ post-injury reactions

“The hit was fine. What ticked me off was the way they acted afterwards. I hope our defense never acts like that when they injure an opposing quarterback because, you know, you’ve got to show some class in that situation. There’s a few guys over there that obviously didn’t.”

– Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood, as quoted by the Buffalo News, in response to the Cleveland Browns’ reactions following Tashaun Gipson’s hit that knocked Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel out of Thursday’s game. Wood also said shared that Browns safety T.J. Ward had warned up-and-coming Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, “I told you to warn him that we were going to get him [Manuel].” Ward and Alonso were teammates on the Oregon Ducks defense from 2008-2010. Overall, those are pretty strong words following Cleveland’s dramatic 37-24 victory. We’ll see if the buzz continues about this very back-and-forth game. Ward later denied the accusation to the Akron Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich.

[Related: Leaders emerging in Cleveland Browns locker room]

Cleveland Browns beat Bills 37-24 despite losing Brian Hoyer

Joe Banner celebrates T.J. Ward's pick-six

Joe Banner celebrates T.J. Ward’s pick-six

I stayed positive after the Cleveland Indians lost their playoff game yesterday. I didn’t put any dire consequence on the results of the Browns game specifically due to the outcome of the previous night’s Tribe game.  Many of you – including our own TD – were certainly feeling it the crush of pressure on the football team, because of the baseball team just the same. I wasn’t. That is until about five minutes into the Browns game when Brian Hoyer’s right leg appeared to crumple underneath the weight of his and Bills linebacker Kiki Alonso’s weight. Hoyer was out and a wildly inaccurate and wide-eyed Brandon Weeden was in. I really prefer not to play into the cursed Cleveland sports fan stereotype, but at that moment, my confidence in the lack of metaphysical intervention with sports was badly shaken.

But then the Browns battled back. After trailing the first quarter 10-0, the Browns had 17 unanswered points in the second quarter. Ten points were scored by a field goal, and a plodding drive that culminated in a Willis McGahee rushing touchdown. Things still didn’t look especially great, until Travis Benjamin helped the offense out by showing a lot of individual ability in scoring on a 79 yard punt return to give the Browns a seven point halftime advantage 17-10. [Read more...]

Dear Browns, I have a favor to ask…..

Brian HoyerDear Rob Chudzinski, Ray Horton, Norv Turner, Chris Tabor, and all Cleveland Browns players:

I am a lifelong season ticket holder who goes to every home game. I watch all road games (other than my boycott job two weeks ago). I wear your gear. My kids wear your gear. No matter what has happened since 1999, I have stuck with you through thick and mostly thin. Regime change after regime change has been frustrating. But I still have not jumped ship and I won’t. With that said, you need to do something for me and and all other Cleveland fans tonight. I don’t ask you for much.

We are a broken group today. Last night’s season ending Tribe loss in the AL Wild Card game has us all tired, bruised, and little beaten down. We came together as a city to get behind this Indians team for the first time in years. The city was abuzz. There was an electricity in downtown Cleveland like we haven’t seen since the heyday of the LeBron James era. But you have seen it before. You see it every single home game down at the lakefront. 78,000 plus come down to support you. But today of all days, we need a pick me up. [Read more...]

Contest time! Win a pair of Browns tickets!!

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The preseason is behind us, and the Cleveland Browns are ready (hopefully) for the regular season.

To get you ready for the season we are giving away a pair of tickets to the October 3rd game against the Buffalo Bills!

To enter, leave a comment on this post answering the question of the day. Make sure that the email address you use to comment is correct, as the winner will be notified via email. One entry per household please. The winner will have to pick up the tickets at will call, so don’t enter if you don’t plan to attend! [Read more...]

NFL News: Browns’ receiver David Nelson cleared to play

It doesn’t take much reading between the lines to see the excitement on David Nelson’s twitter as he’s apparently been cleared to play football. The former Florida Gator and Buffalo Bill was out almost all of last season after tearing a knee ligament in early September.

Nelson is a big receiver at 6′ 5″ and also one of the low risk / high potential reward maneuvers the Browns made this off-season. Nelson was on his way up with the Bills when he hurt his knee a year ago. Prior to injury, Nelson was coming off a 61 catch season with 658 yards receiving and five touchdowns.

As far as the Browns are concerned, they have a lot of unproven players at the position and need any bit of extra depth they can get with Josh Gordon out for the first two games of the year on a suspension.

[Related: Training camp news and notes: Day One in the books]

The Browns, analytics, and finding market inefficiencies as an organization

Banner and HaslamYesterday, I wrote about how I thought that the analytics revolution in Berea would be subtle. Today, I’m going to suggest some practical ways that analytics could be used inside the building to help the Browns. More often than not, it will be supplemental reports to help increase confidence levels in decision-making processes in an effort to reduce the frequency of inevitable mistakes. Put simply, there are so many decisions made in the NFL that you’re going to mess up sometimes. Why not do everything you can to mess up less often?

Teams will need scouts forever, so don’t think that scouts will ever be antiquated. Let’s just say that the Browns decided they desperately needed to find 3-4 linebackers in this draft from rounds three through seven, you know, hypothetically1. Wouldn’t it be worthwhile to take all the best 3-4 linebackers, put them in a data set with their heights, weights, various combine stats, NFL years played, NFL dollars earned, and more? Then all of a sudden you’ve applied some filters to an unmanageable list and let your scouts concentrate on a more focused group of players. That’s a no-brainer and most scouting departments do this kind of stuff already, I’m guessing. Add a few more layers of complexity, start getting creative with the variables and that’s where the next competitive advantage comes from. If you’re truly in sync as an organization you’re spending your time becoming an expert with a group of players that you aren’t competing with the whole league to get. That’s what Pete Carroll did. [Read more...]

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Footnotes:

  1. Ha. Hypothetically. []

Browns contribute to Deadspin naming Erie PA the NFL’s most tortured TV market

Many of our friends down in Columbus know what it’s like to not know exactly which games will be on TV every week. I’m sure it’s a pain in the neck, but know that it could be worse. Apparently being caught between the Bills, Browns, Steelers, Eagles and Lions in varied proportions has made Erie Pennsylvania the most tortured NFL TV market according to Deadspin.

Sweet, sweet victory! Fifty-four percent of Erie’s Sunday afternoon games involved one of 2012′s s****y teams, including 10 Bills games (63 percent of Buffalo’s Sunday afternoon games) and nine Browns games (56 percent). Despite being further west, Erie still managed to pick up four Eagles games (33 percent) and four Jets games (29 percent); what’s more, Erie wandered a little close to the Midwest and got hit with three Lions games (25 percent). To top it all off, the city got only nine Steelers games, just 75 percent of the team’s Sunday afternoon total.

I have known people from Erie all my life and I know that it used to be a much stronger Browns market. Obviously the Steelers have made inroads there since the 90s when the Browns were (even more) irrelevant. In all seriousness, this is one of the battlegrounds where Jimmy Haslam can pick up some marginal Browns fans. There is a history of Browns fans in Erie at least historically. Maybe he can find a way to re-ignite it. Plus, if the Browns were a good and exciting team, they would no longer become a knock on the TV.

[Related: Mike Polk blasts Browns coaching search with (tragic) comedy]

Reports: Browns rebooting head coach search without Chip Kelly

What a difference two days and a lunch running into dinner makes.

The Browns’ contingency has left Arizona where they interviewed Chip Kelly on Friday among many others this week. According to various reports, including ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, they are heading back to Cleveland to regroup and continue the coaching search with Kelly’s name crossed off the list.

This too, from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, seems to hammer it home.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, who originally reported that the Browns and Kelly were close to an agreement, says that super-booster Phil Knight is pulling Kelly back to Oregon.

So, where do the Browns go from here? Bill O’Brien and Doug Marrone, who the Browns interviewed as well, are now off the board in addition to Kelly. That leaves former Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt and Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton as the two candidates the Browns have interviewed that are still in play.

It’s certainly possible that the Browns open the search back up again with several other viable candidates still out there.

[Related: NFL Rumor: Chip Kelly could stay at Oregon]

NFL Rumor: Chip Kelly could stay at Oregon

After a back-and-forth 48 hours where he was heading to Cleveland and then to Philadelphia, Chip Kelly could be staying at the University of Oregon, according to at least two reports on Twitter on Sunday morning.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane got the rumor mill heated up with his tweet, speculating there’s as much of a chance Kelly stays at Oregon as his reported leap to the NFL. And The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot followed up with a report from Michael Lomardi, also a candidate for the Browns executive opening, that Kelly might lean toward staying in school.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport followed up to McLane’s tweet in saying that this could be unlikely, considering the NCAA sanctions the Oregon program is likely to face in the near future.

With Doug Marrone locked into a deal with the Buffalo Bills, it’s likely to be a continued scramble on Twitter for all possible breaking news related to Chip Kelly. We’ll keep you updated with all of the latest reports we see. Stay tuned to WFNY.

[Related: NFL News: Doug Marrone agrees to join Bills]

Box Score: Bills 24, Browns 14

Craig already has his recap up on the site, showing again how he’s one of the best in the blogosphere.

Overall, the Browns played pretty well for about three quarters today. They played decently well, enough to be competitive and maybe win. But they were abysmal — as bad as ever — for the first half of the first quarter and the last half of the first quarter. And those are kind of important.

So the Browns are 0-3 for the sixth time since coming back in ’99. The next two weeks aren’t much easier either, as the team heads to Baltimore and then the NY Giants.

Scoring Summary

1st QuarterBUF – CLE
9:04 Buffalo BillsBUF TD Ryan Fitzpatrick passed to T.J. Graham down the middle for 9 yard gain (Rian Lindell made PAT) 7 – 0
5:06 Buffalo BillsBUF TD Ryan Fitzpatrick passed to C.J. Spiller to the left for 32 yard gain (Rian Lindell made PAT) 14 – 0
2nd QuarterBUF – CLE
2:12 Cleveland BrownsCLE TD Trent Richardson rushed to the right for 6 yard gain (Phil Dawsonmade PAT) 14 – 7
3rd QuarterBUF – CLE
10:38 Buffalo BillsBUF FG Rian Lindell kicked a 37-yard field goal 17 – 7
2:27 Cleveland BrownsCLE TD Brandon Weeden passed to Travis Benjamin to the left for 22 yard gain (Phil Dawson made PAT) 17 – 14
4th QuarterBUF – CLE
9:08 Buffalo BillsBUF TD Ryan Fitzpatrick passed to Stevie Johnson down the middle for 9 yard gain (Rian Lindell made PAT) 24 – 14

Passing

Buffalo Bills Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Ryan Fitzpatrick(notes) 22 35 208 62.9 5.9 1 2 3 0 107.8
Cleveland Browns Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Brandon Weeden(notes) 27 43 237 62.8 5.5 4 30 1 2 65.7

Rushing

Buffalo Bills Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Tashard Choice(notes) 20 91 4.6 22 0 0
C.J. Spiller(notes) 4 16 4.0 8 0 0
Johnny White(notes) 2 15 7.5 9 0 0
Ryan Fitzpatrick(notes) 6 10 1.7 7 0 1
Brad Smith(notes) 2 6 3.0 4 0 0
Cleveland Browns Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Trent Richardson(notes) 12 27 2.3 6 1 0
Chris Ogbonnaya(notes) 1 6 6.0 6 0 0

Receiving

Buffalo Bills Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Stevie Johnson(notes) 7 61 8.7 18 1 0
C.J. Spiller(notes) 2 42 21.0 32 1 0
Donald Jones(notes) 5 42 8.4 17 0 0
T.J. Graham(notes) 3 24 8.0 9 1 0
Scott Chandler(notes) 2 22 11.0 12 0 0
Corey McIntyre(notes) 1 9 9.0 9 0 0
Tashard Choice(notes) 2 8 4.0 5 0 0
Cleveland Browns Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Jordan Cameron(notes) 5 45 9.0 18 0 0
Travis Benjamin(notes) 2 44 22.0 22 1 0
Josh Gordon(notes) 3 40 13.3 17 0 0
Trent Richardson(notes) 6 24 4.0 10 0 0
Joshua Cribbs(notes) 1 24 24.0 24 0 0
Greg Little(notes) 2 17 8.5 12 0 0
Benjamin Watson(notes) 4 15 3.8 9 0 0
Mohamed Massaquoi(notes) 1 14 14.0 14 0 0
Chris Ogbonnaya(notes) 3 14 4.7 9 0 0

Kicking

Buffalo Bills XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Rian Lindell(notes) 3 3 1 1 37 100.0 6
Cleveland Browns XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Phil Dawson(notes) 2 2 0 0 0 0.0 2

Browns lose as a team to Bills 24-14

The Cleveland Browns just weren’t good enough today. The defense wasn’t great, but they consistently gave the Browns’ offense a chance to win. The Browns’ offense showed some flashes but either shot themselves in the foot or had some calls work against them. There is no giant goat for this one. This was just a team loss all the way around, from the get go. It was made even worse considering the Bills played the majority of the game without their burgeoning star running back, C.J. Spiller who was injured by Usama Young after a gain.

You won’t win many games in the NFL when spotting your opponent a two touchdown lead and that’s just what the Browns did. The Browns gave up two touchdowns in the first quarter. The Browns’ defense got torched on the first drive. The Browns gave the Bills great field position on the second drive via a Reggie Hodges punt that appeared to out-kick the coverage. That Bills scoring drive was four plays and 49 yards. Meanwhile the Browns had nothing but three and outs in between. [Read more...]