Monday, December 19, 2016

Browns Recap 12.19.16: Cleveland Browns @ Buffalo Bills

By Katelin Marshall, @KatelinKnowsCLE

The Browns fall to 0-14 after a 33-13 loss to the Bills. With that loss the Browns join the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1980 Saints and 2008 Lions to go at least 0-14 in one season. The Buccaneers and Lions ended their season winless. So, I guess there is that...

Game Recap:

The game itself was competitive game up until the middle of the third quarter when the Browns cut the lead to only seven after Robert Griffin III ran for a 18 yard touchdown run. But that where things got out of hand. The Bills went on a 17-3 run to end the game, including two touchdowns by running back LeSean McCoy.

The Browns defense struggled to stop the run, giving up 280 yards on the ground. McCoy ran for 153 yards on 19 rushes and quarterback Tyrod Taylor ran for 49 yards including one for 28 yards. Because of the success on the ground, the Bills won the the time of possession battle by almost 10 mins. The Browns also struggled to get off the field on third down, allowing the Bills to convert 4/9 times, including a 3rd and 22 which set up a scoring drive at the end of the first half.

The Bills passing offense did enough to win this game. Taylor threw for 174 yards on 17/24 attempts and one touchdown. Charles Clay was the Bills leading receiver with seven catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. Clay caught all seven targets this game and the Browns had no answer to stop him.

The Browns offense wasn't that good, only totaling 269 yards. Robert Griffin III threw for 196 yards on 17/28 attempts. Duke Johnson lead the team in catches with five for 62 yards. Terrelle Pryor had another rough game, only catching four of his eight targets for 19 yards. The running game wasn't terrible at times but overall the Browns couldn't muster anything up. RGIII was the leading rusher with 48 yards. Duke Johnson had 31 yards on five rushes and Isaiah Crowell had eight carries for only 28 yards.

Overall, Griffin didn't lose this game for the Browns. It was the defense who unfortunately couldn't stop the Bills and give the Browns a chance to get back into the game. The Browns didn't commit any turnovers but didn't force any either.

Most Valuable Brown: Duke Johnson had 10 total touches for 93 total yards. The Browns didn't play well this game so picking a MVB for this week was tough.

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