Buffalo Bills defeat Cleveland Browns, 31-23: Week 11 Game Thread
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – The Buffalo Bills play the Cleveland Browns in a game moved to Detroit due to the weather in Orchard Park. Refresh our game thread throughout for updates and live tweets from Jackson Roberts and Mat Mlodzinski.
Browns score TD on first drive
Jacoby Brissett led Cleveland on a 9-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on the first series of the game. Amari Cooper caught the 25-yard touchdown pass.
The Browns completed two 3rd & 11’s on the drive.
Bills add FG, trail 7-3
After both teams punted on their ensuing drives, the Bills added a field goal from Tyler Bass.
For the second straight drive, Buffalo couldn’t pick up a first down. However, they were set up with great field position immediately, after Nyheim Hines returned a punt 29 yards to the Cleveland 32-yard line.
Buffalo had a chance to keep the drive going, but ultimately had to settle for three.
End of 1st quarter: Browns – 7, Bills – 3
Cade York hits FG, Browns lead 10-3
The Browns put together another extended drive, and nearly cashed in for another touchdown, had two Browns players not dropped passes in the end zone.
Cleveland took the three points to go back up by a touchdown.
Bills come away with turnover, take over near midfield
After the Browns defense sacked Josh Allen on 3rd down, the Bills defense made an even bigger stop.
On 2nd & 3 from the Buffalo 47-yard line, Brissett fumbled the snap and Matt Milano recovered.
Bass hits another FG, Browns still lead 10-6
Another drive starting with great field position, and another opportunity wasted.
The Bills did run 11 plays, but could only move the ball 34 yards, getting stopped inside the red zone.
Bass’s field goal was 36 yards long, but the biggest concern is Josh Allen’s slow day.
Stefon Diggs catches first pass of game for TD
Allen and Diggs finally hooked up on Sunday, and it resulted in a wide-open touchdown catch to put the Bills on top 13-10 with 14 seconds until halftime.
It was also an 11-play, 78-yard drive where the Bills offense finally looked more the part. Allen was 5-6 for 57 yards on the drive.
Halftime: Bills – 13, Browns – 10
Bass nails 56-yard FG, Bills take 16-10 lead
Tyler Bass added to his day, notching a 56-yarder to improve to 3-for-3 in the game.
Buffalo started the drive nice, moving it 48 yards in five plays. A loss of eight yards on a failed run and an offensive holding call halted the drive any further.
Singletary scores TD, Bills go up 22-10
The Bills offense looked a lot more fluid in the second half, as Devin Singletary scampered across the goal line for six points. Isaiah McKenzie was denied on a two-point conversion attempt.
After stopping Cleveland on 4th & 1, Buffalo went 73-yards in 4-plays, including a 23-yard pass from Allen to Dawson Knox.
Singletary also continues on a hot streak since week 10.
Bills block FG, keep Browns scoreless in second half
Down 12 points, Cleveland was able to put together another successful drive, getting into the red zone. The Bills defense stood up, forcing the Browns into a 4th & 10 at the 16-yard line and a FG attempt. Siran Neal got a hand on the ball and Cleveland came up empty.
Bass adds to career day, Bills extend lead to 25-10
Tyler Bass made it 4-for-4 on field goal attempts, this time hitting from 49-yards out.
Why not another? Bass hits 5th field goal, Bills up 28-10
Tyler Bass was good from 28-yards out, making his 5th field goal of the afternoon.
It’s now the second-most Bass has ever made in a game, only trailing a 6-for-8 game against the New York Jets in 2020.
Browns score late TD, trail Bills 28-16
Cleveland put together another long drive – something they did quite often on Sunday – and this one resulted in points.
Amari Cooper caught a 7-yard TD pass for his second touchdown of the game.
Bass ties career-high with 6th FG of game, Bills take 31-16 advantage
Tyler Bass wasn’t finished yet, hitting from 39-yards out on a day where the Bills couldn’t seem to cash in on TDs.