The 2019 season is behind us, but the stories live on. Every week brought a different narrative and we look back on the season to tell those stories through the plays that defined the game. Sit back and get ready for the tale of Week 10:
The latest dream team of bought talent was circling the drain and about to be visited by the 6-2 Buffalo Bills. Baker Mayfield was in the midst of a sophomore slump and hadn’t looked imposing under the new-look Freddie Kitchens Browns. So naturally the Bills lost.
Another hot-and-cold Josh Allen performance was punctuated by another heavily skewed offensive game plan. To top it off, special teams woes helped sink a close and very winnable game.
Nick Chubb long run (Q1, 14:54)
The Browns set the tone early with this long run by Nick Chubb. Averaging nearly six yards per carry, Chubb had one of the best days by a running back against the 2019 Buffalo Bills. Carrying the ball 20 of 26 attempts for the Browns, Chubb accounted for 116 yards of offense. The success on the ground allowed Cleveland to have a balanced offense and score just enough to pull off the win.
Josh Allen incomplete pass (Q2, 0:26)
Josh Allen would end the game with a 54% completion rate, which tells a tale of team woe. This was exacerbated by a game plan that favored twice as much passing as running. With so many plays left on the field, Buffalo struggled to strike back. This particular play is selected as it shows several components breaking down to get a bad result. Looking to tie or take the lead into halftime, this drive resulted in zero points.
Tremaine Edmunds safety (Q3, 11:00)
Despite Nick Chubb’s significant yards per carry, any time you limit the opposing team to under 20 points you should have a chance. The defense wasn’t unstoppable in this game but certainly did enough to win. They even chipped in two points to tie the game early in the third quarter.
Josh Allen rushing touchdown (Q4, 5:34)
After the safety, the Bills punted and allowed the Browns to score a field goal. After trading punts for a bit, Josh Allen punched it in for a touchdown to take the lead, giving Bills fans a sigh of relief with 5:34 to go. The touchdown punctuated some running-game dysfunction as it was the second week in a row where Frank Gore was stopped on a run from the one-yard line, followed by a Josh Allen touchdown. Furthermore, Gore had 12 carries on the day averaging 2.4 yards per rush. Devin Singletary averaged over five yards, but was only given the ball on eight runs.
Stephen Hauschka missed field goal (Q4, 0:22)
As we all likely remember, Cleveland struck back and took a three-point lead late in the game. The Buffalo offense moved the ball to the Cleveland 35 and stalled. On 4th and 4, Stephen Hauschka was asked to kick this 53-yard field goal for the tie. His second miss of the day was more understandable than the 34-yard kick before before the half. The missed points on both tries were the difference between the teams.
Which play best defines the Bills’ loss to the Browns?
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Nick Chubb long run
Josh Allen incomplete pass
Tremaine Edmunds safety
Josh Allen touchdown
Stephen Hauschka missed field goal