Sunday, October 11, 2009
Buffalo's first-half performance bleak
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- This game has been as bad as advertised.
The Cleveland Browns are leading the Buffalo Bills 3-0 at halftime.
Bills owner Ralph Wilson didn't hear boos that might've rained down on him in the stadium that bears his name.
Wilson was to be presented with his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring at halftime, but the team's founder, whose 91st birthday is this month, didn't appear on the field -- perhaps as a health precaution. The conditions are windy and frigid. The reception likely would have been chilly, too.
First-half action was dreadful.
Terrell Owens is on his way to having his best day as a Bill with four receptions for 44 yards, but quarterback Trent Edwards has gained 19 yards through any other target and has been sacked twice.
All five starters on Buffalo's starters on the offensive line were flagged in the first half. Cleveland has accepted eight penalties for 45 yards.
The Bills lost their best healthy defender, linebacker Kawika Mitchell, to a right leg injury that looked bad. He was carted off the field. Both of Buffalo's captains have been hurt. Inside linebacker Paul Posluszny suffered a broken forearm on opening night.
Browns quarterback Derek Anderson didn't complete a pass until the final possession of the half. Anderson is 1-of-7 for 16 yards.