Sunday, October 11, 2009
Rapid reaction: Browns 6, Bills 3
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- I'm not saying that was the worst football game I've ever seen.
But it's certainly in the conversation.
Thanks to a Roscoe Parrish fumbled punt on his own 16-yard line within the final three minutes, the Cleveland Browns kicked a chip-shot field goal to beat the Buffalo Bills 6-3 in Ralph Wilson Stadium on a chilly and windy Sunday afternoon.
What else did anybody expect?
The Bills and Browns went into the game with a combined 1-7 record.
The Browns were winless. In fact, they haven't won since Nov. 17 -- in Ralph Wilson Stadium. They haven't scored a touchdown on the road since that night.
The Bills went into the game a wayward collection of rummage-bin parts with seemingly little direction or discipline. They had several reserves in starting roles. They were second-most penalized team in the league.
On Sunday, their roster got even thinner, losing linebackers Kawika Mitchell and Marcus Buggs to injuries that required them being carted off the field. Never a good sign. Starting right tackle Jonathan Scott also left the game.
But even more exasperating for Buffalo fans has to be the penalties.
Cleveland accepted 13 penalties for 75 yards. Every member of Buffalo's offensive line -- all five starters and Scott's replacement, Kirk Chambers -- were flagged at least once, four of them twice.
Buffalo was charged with nine false starts.
Punters Dave Zastudil and Brian Moorman were the best players on the field, and I'm not saying that flippantly. They really were.
Buffalo lost even though Cleveland quarterback Derek Anderson completed 2 of 17 passes for 23 yards.
Trent Edwards 15 of 30 for 135 yards and one interception.
Terrell Owens had four catches for 44 yards in the first half, zero catches in the second half.