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Rapid Reaction: Browns 29, Bills 27

11/18/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills are in last place.

The team that jumped out to a 4-0 start and became a fashionable pick to win the AFC continued to tumble Monday night with a wrenching 29-27 loss at home to the Cleveland Browns.

Rian Lindell missed a 47-yard field-goal attempt that would have won it, but the Bills shouldn't have been proud of the effort had they pulled out a victory.

The Bills are 5-5, have lost four straight and five of their past six. They're only two games behind the first-place New York Jets, but with only six games remaining, the hole is substantial.

Wild card? Tiebreakers aren't the Bills' friends. They're already 0-3 against the rest of the AFC East. They've forfeited home-field advantage against the Miami Dolphins, opting to grab the money and move the Dec. 7 game to Toronto, where they'll play in a dome and not the blustery Western New York elements.

Bills quarterback Trent Edwards was a detriment from the start. He threw three interceptions in the first quarter -- on his first, third and sixth passes of the night.

He finished with 148 yards and a touchdown -- a dump to Marshawn Lynch, who made a brilliant 18-yard run. Edwards also scored from a yard out on a sneak, but his performance will not be met with favorable reviews by Bills fans.

He failed to complete a single pass to top target Lee Evans and connected with a wide receiver only four times all night.

If not for Cleveland's inability to stop a running game that had slowed to a crawl and Buffalo's return units, the game wouldn't have been close.

Lynch finally had a triple-digit game, going for 119 yards.

Rookie Leodis McKelvin brought back a kickoff 98 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown. Roscoe Parrish returned a punt 34 yards inside the final five minutes and with the game on the line.