Sunday, December 12, 2010
Wrap-up: Bills 13, Browns 6
By James Walker
Here are thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' victory against the Cleveland Browns:
What it means: This was not a good performance for Cleveland, which fell to 5-8. Browns head coach Eric Mangini needed to pad his resume with wins and beat lowly teams like Buffalo (3-10). But this was a major step backward. President Mike Holmgren will wait until the end of the season to make his final evaluation, but ugly losses like this against the Bills will certainly stand out.
What I liked: There wasn't much to like in this game. Neither team played well. Cleveland's defense wasn't perfect, but it held Buffalo to 13 points, which should be enough to win. The Browns' offense didn't provide much help, besides Peyton Hillis rushing for 108 yards.
What I didn't like: Cleveland's offense hasn't done much all season, but this unit should've scored more than six points against the Bills. Hillis has been Cleveland's MVP this year, but he has had crucial fumbles. Hillis put the ball on the ground three times Sunday (losing one). Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme also lost big fumble that ended any chance of Cleveland making a fourth-quarter rally. The Browns lost the turnover battle 3-to-1, which was the difference in a close game.
What's next: The Browns will play their second consecutive road game, against the Cincinnati Bengals (2-11) in the "Battle of Ohio." The Browns won the first meeting in Cleveland, 23-20, in October. As mentioned earlier, the pressure is on Mangini to win as many games as possible down the stretch. He has three more weeks to pick up key victories, but this loss to Buffalo certainly hurts his case.