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  • Nov

    Browns Defeat Bills 29-27 on Monday Night Football

    The Browns almost blew another 13-point lead as they needed a 56-yard field goal from Phil Dawson with only 1:39 left in the game to give the Browns a 29-27 win over the Bills in Buffalo. After streaking out to a 13-0 lead after 20 minutes, the Browns fell behind for the first time in the game on Trent Edwards’ touchdown run with only 2:25 left to play in the 4th quarter. The Bills led 27-26 and the Browns needed a heroic effort from Phil Dawson in order to pull out the dramatic win. Dawson had already connected on 4 field goals on the night – 40, 33, 43 and 22 – as the Browns offense continued to sputter when it reached the red zone. Dawson’s longest attempt on the night – a 56-yarder – sailed through the uprights with less than 2 minutes to play. Head Coach Romeo Crennel and the rest of the team had to sweat out the outcome, however, as the Browns defense actually allowed the Bills a last second chance to steal a victory on Rian Lindell’s 47-yard field goal attempt with 38 seconds remaining. But Lindell’s kick veered wide right, and the Browns ran out the clock and celebrated a much-needed victory.

    Brady Quinn was mostly ineffective in his 2nd ever NFL start. Quinn completed only 14 of 36 passes for 185 yards. He did not throw a touchdown pass or an interception. Jamal Lewis pounded the ball 18 times for 65 yards but did not score any touchdowns. The Browns’ 2 rushing touchdowns went to Josh Cribbs on a 2-yard run in the 2nd quarter and Jerome Harrison on a 72-yard explosion on the 1st play from scrimmage in the 4th quarter. Braylon Edwards led the Browns’ receiving corps with 8 receptions for 104 yards. Kellen Winslow, Quinn’s primary target in the Browns’ loss last week against the Denver Broncos, had only 3 catches for 40 yards, and underwent a precautionary MRI on his injured shoulder on Tuesday.

    Despite almost blowing the lead once again, the Cleveland Browns defense held the Bills offense to only 334 yards and forced the Bills into 4 turnovers. Trent Edwards was 16 of 26 for 148 yards and 1 touchdown, but he also threw 3 costly interceptions. Running Back Fred Jackson fumbled the ball twice for the Bills, one of which was recovered by the Browns.

    The Browns ended a 2-game losing streak, and . Next up for the Browns are home games against the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts. Their chances of making the playoffs are slim, however, as the Browns still have road games at Tennessee, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The Bills are a team headed in the wrong direction. The Bills started off the season with a 5-1 record, and with Brady out for the Patriots and Favre still learning the new scheme in New York, the AFC East title looked within the reach of the young Bills roster. Since then, however, the Bills have lost 4 straight games, and sit in last place in the AFC East behind the Jets, Patriots and Dolphins. Chances of making the playoffs are slim to none.

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