Despite losing C.J. Spiller to a left shoulder injury, the Buffalo Bills found a way to top the Cleveland Browns this afternoon by a final score of 24 to 14.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was effective tossing three touchdown passes including a 32-yard screen pass to Spiller. Tashard Choice had 91 yards on 20 carries in relief of Spiller and was effective but lacked the big play ability Spiller provides. Fitzpatrick did end the team's perfect red zone streak with a fumble in the second quarter and Rian Lindell connected on his first field goal of the year.
Defensively, Mario Williams notched his first sack as a Bill and Mark Anderson, Kyle Williams, and Marcell Dareus all added one, as well. Anderson, in particular, was very visible again this week. Leodis McKelvin and Bryan Scott both picked off Browns QB Brandon Weeden late in the fourth quarter.
The Buffalo Bills' rushing defense is legit, as they held Trent Richardson in check for the majority of the game. His longest run on the day was a six yard touchdown run where he was bottled up at the point of attack. He managed 27 rushing yards on 12 carries and the Browns were held to just 33 yards on the ground.
Buffalo has now won their first road game in a calendar year as they head home to face the New England Patriots a week from today. For now, they stand at 2-1 and tied for the division lead but await word on their two injured runners. Fred Jackson insists he could be back this week and he may need to be if the Bills have any hope against the Patriots. No one yet knows the extent of C.J. Spiller's injured shoulder.