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Buffalo Bills defense keys victory over Cleveland Browns, 26-10

Three turnovers helped the Bills trounce the Browns to move to 7-5.

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns played a woefully inept first 39 minutes on Sunday. Then the Bills converted a fourth down, scored a touchdown on the next play, on the Browns' ensuing first down Jerry Hughes stripped the ball carrier and returned it for a score. Boom; 14-3 and the Bills never looked back.

Dan Carpenter added three fourth quarter field goals and the offense did their best to not make any more mistakes. Kyle Orton threw two interceptions, including a costly one in the Browns' end zone early in the game. The team was able to overcome it when Brian Hoyer and the Browns started turning it over.

Hoyer was pulled for Johnny Manziel, who led the Browns on their lone touchdown drive to close the gap to 20-10 with a lot of time left on the clock but the offense forced the issue and the defense buckled down. Da'norris Searcy finished the day with two interceptions and Kyle Williams and Nigel Bradham each added sacks. Williams was denied a second sack last in the fourth quarter when replay overturned a Manziel fumble into the end zone that was recovered by Nickell Robey for a would-be touchdown, instead ruling it a tuck-rule forward pass.

The Bills (7-5) head to Denver to take on the Broncos next week while the Browns (7-5) fall behind Buffalo in the AFC playoff race. Miami (6-5) doesn't play until Monday night and Kansas City (7-4) faces Denver (8-3) tonight. Pittsburgh also lost so they're at 7-5, as well. This AFC playoff picture is very interesting.