EJ Manuel had the Buffalo Bills in position to take a 24-17 lead over Cleveland on Thursday Night Football... until a knee injury knocked him out of the game. Buffalo would take that 24-17 lead, but things unraveled from there as the Browns capitalized on a porous secondary and Jeff Tuel to score 20 unanswered points and send the Bills to 2-3 on the season.
Even after watching EJ Manuel get injured trying to run for extra yardage up the sideline, Bills head coach Doug Marrone told reporters he didn't plan on instructing his players to "not score touchdowns."
For four weeks, the Buffalo Bills struggled punting the football, but avoided allowing big returns thanks to great coverage. When the coverage wasn't great in Cleveland, their biggest special teams wart was exposed in a major way.
Fresh off of a surprising win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Buffalo Bills are seeking not just the end of a five-game road losing streak, but a 3-2 record with a win over the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football.
To prepare for the Buffalo Bills' Week 5 matchup with the Cleveland Browns, we spoke with Chris Pokorny at SB Nation's Browns site, Dawgs By Nature. Read on for his take on key Browns players and themes.
The injury-ravaged Bills secondary has allowed three receivers to surpass 100 yards in the past two weeks. On Thursday night, they'll try to corral the NFL's hottest receiving duo in Cleveland's Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron.
When the Bills run the ball as effectively as they did against Baltimore, they'll have opportunities for big plays over the top in the passing game. They hit one against the Ravens, but also missed two more golden opportunities.
Bills fans have quickly cottoned onto the fact that the team has struggled to convert on 3rd & 1 this season. We took a look at three such plays from Sunday's win over the Ravens to highlight what went wrong in Week 4.