After two consecutive brutal losses, the Buffalo Bills used a consistent ground attack and some very strange Cleveland Browns play-calling to eke out a 13-6 win on a cold, rainy day at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Fred Jackson rushed for 112 yards on 29 carries, and the Bills ran for 192 yards as a team, with C.J. Spiller (33 yards) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (49 yards) adding in healthy chunks of yardage as well. Thanks to their solid rushing attack, the Bills held the ball for roughly 36 minutes in the game, and David Nelson hauled in an 11-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter to give the Bills the only lead they'd need in this one.
Fitzpatrick completed 14 of 23 passes for 142 yards and the aforementioned touchdown in the victory; he's now thrown a touchdown pass in 13 consecutive games, and has 21 touchdown passes on the season. Stevie Johnson hauled in five passes for 42 yards, and Bills tight ends Jonathan Stupar and David Martin combined for four catches and 58 yards themselves.
Defensively, the Bills held an opponent without a touchdown since Week 5 of 2009, when - you guessed it - the Browns beat the Bills, 6-3. Leodis McKelvin intercepted a Jake Delhomme pass late in the fourth quarter to help put the game out of reach, and Arthur Moats forced a Delhomme fumble on a sack; the fumble was recovered by Bryan Scott. Delhomme's 20 passing attempts helped the Bills overcome a strong (if fumble-prone) outing from Peyton Hillis, who rushed for 108 yards on 21 carries.
The Bills improve to 3-10 on the season. They'll wrap up their 2010 campaign with three straight division contests, starting next Sunday in Miami.