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The Browns are 0-14 after losing to LeSean McCoy and the Bills 33-13

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The Cleveland Browns lost their 14th game of the season, falling to the Buffalo Bills 33-13, on the road on Sunday. The Browns had a few glimpses of excitement, but the Bills offense was unstoppable, rolling right through the Browns defense all day. The Browns were led through the air by quarterback Robert Griffin III, who completed 17 of 28 passes for 196 yards. Griffin also led the putrid Browns run game, notching 48 yards in the loss. Griffin’s leading target was running back Duke Johnson, who caught five passes for 62 yards. The Browns offense was not good, but the defense was even worse.

All the improvement and signs of solid play by the Browns defense over the past couple weeks did not show up on Sunday. The Browns run defense was atrocious. Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy ran right through the Browns defense, notching 19 carries for 153 yards and two touchdowns. He ripped off huge chunks of yardage all day with little to no resistance from the Cleveland defense.

The pass defense was also poor, allowing a big game from (Surprise!) tight end Charles Clay, who notched seven receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown. Yes, the Browns offense was not able to consistently move the ball and score touchdowns, but the offense had no chance to keep up with the Bills scoring they showed off on Sunday. Here is a recap of how the rest of the putrid day transpired.

The first quarter saw the Browns defense struggle to stop the Bills offense. The Bills drove down to the red zone on their two drives in the quarter. The first series went 44 yards, but it ended with a field goal after the offense stalled. The Browns were able to move the ball on the following drive in the quarter, but it stalled in the red zone, forcing them to kick the field goal. Buffalo, though, followed that drive with an eight play, 74-yard series, finishing it off with a touchdown. Cleveland trailed 10-3 after one quarter.

The Bills continued to control the game in the second. The defense shut down the Browns offense, while the Bills posted another touchdown to make their halftime lead, 17-3. The Browns were outgained 235 yards to just 90 yards by the Bills in the first half. Not much went well for Cleveland in the first half.

The third quarter, the Browns offense came alive, in particular, quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Browns had two successful drives in the quarter. The first series saw the Browns go 80 yards on eight plays and capping it off with a Griffin touchdown run.

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RG3 was lucky to survive this one however…

The Browns second drive of the quarter went 45 yards on eight plays, but the offense stalled, resulting in just a field goal. But with the success of the offense in the quarter, the Browns defense continued to struggle. It allowed another long touchdown drive. So, the Browns entered the fourth trailing 24-13.

The Bills put the game away in the fourth quarter, scoring nine points in the quarter. The Browns offense could not regain its third quarter success, allowing the Bills to pull away. The Browns defense ended the game as it started, getting flattened by the Bills offense. So, the Browns fall to the Buffalo Bills 33-13.

The Browns fall to 0-14 on the season, meaning the team has two more games to win their first game and not go winless on the year. Their next chance to get their first win is next week in the home finale against the San Diego Chargers.

  • Skulb
  • jpftribe

    But Sashi was part of the past regime.
    But he had nothing to do with football decisons.
    But now he is responsible for making all of them.

  • jpftribe

    Based on the rumored interwebs numbers being floated by Pryor and Collins agents, there is no way they sign either of those guys. They would have $25M a year tied up in them for 4-5 years. No way Sashi goes out on that limb.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi JPF , totally agree with all your points … but , i am guessing that free-agents are not in the “complete blow-up plan” just yet … i got my hands on this plan & here’s how it works :

    the HBT “complete blow-up plan” :
    1 – get a real head coach
    2 – get rid of all overpaid / under-producing veterans
    3 – acquire as many draft picks as possible in year 1
    4 – acquire as many draft picks as possible in year 2
    5 – start acquiring “big-name” free-agents in year 3
    6 – plug-in final holes with draft picks & “big-name” free-agents in year 4
    7 – start enjoying success / winning season in year 4

    8 – continue to enjoy sustained success year after year
    9 – win the Super Bowl
    10 – TB2 can die in peace

  • tigersbrowns2

    you cannot do any worse than having 4 first round picks in 2 years & you net Gilbert , Manziel , Shelton & Erving … every one of us on this page could’ve done better than that.

  • jpftribe

    Insert 4.5 – Move team to London, and I am right there with you.

  • Robert Sass

    So ridiculously true, as Mike Polk said, us non-football folk would have accidently gotten one of 4 picks right.

  • Garry_Owen
  • woofersus

    28/22 and 28/21 the last two weeks but yeah, balance has been an issue. I think there’s some cause and effect to that as well though besides just shortsighted coaching decisions.

  • RGB
  • jpftribe

    First game I actually watched in over a month. Play calling just doesn’t matter. They were physically over matched. Even Thomas was holding. Blitz or drop into coverage was equally effective. When RGIII has time, there is no one open. Crowell is falling down in the backfield. They tried to get the ball into the flat to Johnson and he’s covered.

    On the other side Bills are running up the score converting 3rd and 22’s. Even if they were effective running the ball, they get outscored. Ryan should be fired for not handing the ball to McCoy every single play.

    The Horton soft zone 7 yards in front and 7 yards behind the first down marker was quite innovative. Not sure I’ve seen that in the NFL before.

  • jpftribe

    …..said Ray Farmer one year ago today…….

  • Garry_Owen

    True. And this time next week, I’ll be on the verge. And this time in 2 weeks, I’ll be a loser like everyone else. That 0-16 is coming like a freight train.

  • Harv

    disturbing that Hue seemed smitten with Griffin, despite the previous 4 years of intense care and feeding other coaches attempted. I get that hiring Hue required some promises of his input, but coaching and player evaluation are different skill sets. Coaches probably should believe they can coach up anybody. It’s up to someone with sharper eyes to sometimes tell them “no, not him.”

  • Garry_Owen

    I don’t think for a minute that Hue was smitten. I think Hue always saw Griffin as a shot in the dark, an attempt to catch lightning. Once they signed him, Hue just spoke about him like any good coach speaks about his players, and given Griffin’s injury, he HAD to turn to him at the end of the season (with all of the requisite glowing terms) to justify the gamble out of hue diligence.

  • jpftribe

    Griffin was arguably the best scrub QB of the lot available. The Kessler pick is the questionable one. No matter how game ready he is, he doesn’t have the arm. Brissett and Prescott both look like much better picks right now.

  • Garry_Owen

    “Right now.”

  • jpftribe

    And then too. Both were higher rated than Kessler, hence Hue’s “Trust me”.

  • Robert Sass

    So true, every word… Clean house yet again… everyone is wrong pretty much

  • Garry_Owen

    Well, sort of. Prescott only dropped because of the DUI. Foolish on the part of every team’s draft analysis. Brissett? I think the difference between the two is simply a matter of degree and preference. I don’t credit or blame “ratings” on that one. If the Browns had drafted Brissett, we would have heard (and scoffed at) the very same “trust me” assurances.

    As for Prescott, as the obvious comparison: Apart from the DUI, and I’m speculating, but pretty comfortable doing so, I think that if the Cowboys had drafted Kessler and not the Browns, and if he had been the guy behind Romo, and if he was handing the ball off to Ezekiel Elliott behind THAT offensive line, then the NFL would be talking about “that amazing Kessler kid.” It’s not like Prescott has been heaving strikes downfield all season (he hasn’t – at all – he’s pretty much been playing like a smart rookie QB throwing short and mid-range stuff, i.e., like Kessler). The real comparison between Kessler and Prescott has to begin and end with a comparison of the team surrounding them, in my opinion. The rest is just wild craziness that will lead us all to madness. Perhaps it already has.

  • RGB

    Don’t jinx me.

  • Garry_Owen

    How else can I “win”?

  • RGB

    Melvin Gordon didn’t play vs the Raiders.
    The Browns might have a chance if he sits out again this week.

  • Garry_Owen

    Not gonna work, RGB. You can’t BS a BSer. I’m not falling for it. That jinx just bounced right off of me.

  • Harv

    only know what I read, which is that Hue loved this guy after personally working him out. If these words are all “coach speak,” if this article (one of many) http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000647379/article/hue-jackson-fell-in-love-with-robert-griffin-iii-at-private-workout is all bull, not sure how to explain the training camp time/attention, all the snaps in preseason games. If they viewed him as a quick fix why not give Kessler more camp reps and preseason game snaps? That’s what usually happens when you have a 5 year vet “placeholder” while preparing a kid to sit and learn.

    Maybe you’re right, it’s all bull. OK, but the alternative, that Jackson is a blowhard hyperbole machine who retains credibility with players and front offices, makes less sense to me.

  • Garry_Owen

    No, I don’t think it’s all bull, or hyperbole, or coach speak. I think it’s a leadership style, more than anything else. He worked out Griffin, saw some really good things that he probably truly liked. As you said before, I’m sure he thought he could “coach him up.” When speaking of him, I’m sure Hue thought it would be better to speak highly and to expect much than to speak poorly (or neutrally) and expect much (or little). I’ve always believed that if you want people to act like mature adults, you treat them like mature adults; If you want someone to act like a hero, you treat that person like a hero. I’m convinced that the plan was to see if Griffin’s raw skill could still translate into sustainable success. In that way, I don’t think he was ever seen as a short-term solution or quick fix. Rather, I think he was viewed as either “the answer” or nothing at all. It remained to be seen through a season as the starter which of those he would be – and now we all know (with less than a full season, which I think is also regrettable).

  • Sam Gold

    “…besides just shortsighted coaching decisions.”

    Every, single week there is at least one WTF HJ decision where I look around the room because I think somehow God is punking me and is going to boom out, “GOTCHA!”

  • Sam Gold

    Truth…sigh.

  • RGB

    Chargers making the long East Coast trip. On Christmas. Gonna be cold.
    Browns might do it…

  • Garry_Owen
  • RGB