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.
RG3 was lucky to survive this one however…
RIP RG3 pic.twitter.com/6vtwC6A81C
— James Lumalu (@LAJamesBC) December 18, 2016
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.