Sunday, September 23, 2012
Wrap-up: Bills 24, Browns 14
By James Walker
Here are some thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 24-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns:
What it means: It means the Bills showed a lot of maturity to not look past a bad team like Cleveland (0-3) and take care of business on the road. This had the potential to be a trap game, considering the New England Patriots are coming up next for Buffalo. But the Bills stayed focused on the task at hand, picked up a key win and improved to 2-1.
What I liked: "Good Fitz" showed up for the second week in a row. Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick started hot, completing six of his first seven passes, to get Buffalo a 14-0 lead. The Bills needed every point early and pulled away in the fourth quarter. Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams also recorded his first sack of the season. Fellow Bills defensive end Mark Anderson also recorded a sack. Both were big free-agent additions for Buffalo in the offseason.
What I didn't like: Buffalo suffered a major injury with tailback C.J. Spiller. He got an opportunity in Week 1 after starter Fred Jackson went down, and Spiller led the NFL in rushing entering Sunday’s game. But Spiller injured his shoulder in the first half and did not return. It’s possible the Bills could be without Spiller and Jackson in their next game.
What's next: Speaking of the next game, the Bills will host the reigning AFC champion Patriots in a huge game for both teams. Buffalo upset New England last year at Ralph Wilson Stadium and will have revenge on its mind.