Detroit, Mich. (WGR 550) - The Buffalo Bills escaped the clutches of the major lake effect snowstorm that hit Western New York, relocating to Detroit to take on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
The Bills also escaped the possibility of a three-game losing streak with a 31-23 win over the Browns to improve to 7-3 on the 2022 season.
The Browns received the opening kickoff from the Bills and got to work quickly on offense.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett led the offense down the field, helping them convert twice on 3rd-and-11 to extend their drive. In the end, Brissett found wide receiver Amari Cooper in double coverage with a 25-yard touchdown pass to give the Browns the early lead.
The Bills were unsuccessful on their first drive after not converting a first down. The Browns weren't able to get anything going on their next drive either, and after a great punt return from Nyhiem Hines, the Bills were in great field position.
In three plays the Bills were only able to move the ball eight yards, which resulted in a 42-yard field goal attempt for kicker Tyler Bass. His field goal put Buffalo on the board, with thee score still in favor of Cleveland, 7-3.
On their next drive, the Browns marched down the field again with a huge run from running back Nick Chubb. However, the Bills defense came up with a big stop in the red zone, limiting the Browns to a 32-yard field goal from rookie kicker Cade York.
The Bills punted on their following drive, but the defense came up big when linebacker Matt Milano recovered a fumble on the Buffalo 48-yard line.
Buffalo's offense was finally able to convert on a third down attempt on their fourth drive of the game when Josh Allen found tight end Dawson Knox. That catch helped spark the offense a bit, as the Bills forced their way into the red zone. However, a costly holding penalty forced Bass out for another field goal attempt, a 36-yarder to bring the Bills to within four points.
After another successful defensive stop by the Bills, it gave Allen and the offense a chance to take the lead just before halftime.
Allen was able to find wide receiver Gabriel Davis on a deep ball for his first long completion of the game that really got the offense going. With just 14 seconds left in the half, after being stuffed on the previous two plays, Allen finally found wide receiver Stefon Diggs for a touchdown on his first reception of the day.
The Bills picked up right where they left off in the second half.
Allen found Diggs twice on the opening drive of the third quarter, helping push the offense into Browns territory again. However, Buffalo ultimately came up short on third down and Bass was called into action again. This time, Bass nailed a 56-yard field goal for his third conversion of the game.
The Browns were unable to get anything going on offense once more, and ended up turning the ball over on downs on Buffalo's 27-yard line.
Allen got the Bills moving quickly thanks to two big passes to Davis and Knox. After that, it was all on running back Devin Singletary. The fourth-year back rushed for 18 yards on two carries, with the second carry resulting in a touchdown.
The Bills attempted a two-point conversion, but came up short, making the score 22-10, Buffalo.
Buffalo's special teams were able to hold the Browns off the scoreboard on their next drive, as defensive tackle DaQuan Jones was able to get a hand on a 34-yard field goal attempt from York.
The Bills kept the offense rolling on the next drive with rookie running back James Cook making a big impact. Cook rushed four times for 45 yards, but the offense was stopped on Cleveland's 31-yard line. Like his previous three attempts in this game, Bass' field goal was good from 49 yards to extend Buffalo's lead to 15.
After another forced Browns punt, Singletary led the way for the offense again, carrying the ball three times for 25 yards. Although Buffalo came up short of a touchdown once again, Bass made his fifth field goal of the day, this time from 28 yards.
Cleveland's offense finally got something going with another touchdown pass from Brissett to Cooper. This time, the duo connected on a seven-yard touchdown pass, but failed to connect again on a two-point conversion attempt after Cooper stepped out of bounds and then caught the pass from Brissett.
Buffalo's offense came back on the field looking to kill some time near the end of the game and did just that. Allen and the offense helped take 2:15 off the clock until Bass was called into action for a sixth time this game. He stayed perfect on the day, making a 39-yard field goal to give Buffalo a 31-16 lead.
The Browns weren't going away quietly, though, as Brissett found wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones with a two-yard touchdown pass that brought Cleveland to within a score.
Cleveland attempted an onside kick for one final chance to pull off a comeback and force overtime, but the ball ended up bouncing out-of-bounds, allowing Allen to kneel out the remaining 17 seconds of game clock.
- 7-0 CLEVELAND: Browns touchdown - Jacoby Brissett finds Amari Cooper with a 25-yard touchdown pass. (Cade York's extra point attempt is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yards, 5:58
- 7-3 CLEVELAND: Bills field goal - Tyler Bass' 42-yard field goal attempt is good.
Drive info: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:44
- 10-3 CLEVELAND: Browns field goal - Cade York's 32-yard field goal attempt is good.
Drive info: 9 plays, 51 yards, 4:27
- 10-6 CLEVELAND: Bills field goal - Tyler Bass' 36-yard field goal attempt is good.
Drive info: 11 plays, 34 yards, 3:23
- 13-10 BUFFALO: Bills touchdown - Josh Allen tosses a five-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs. (Tyler Bass' extra point attempt is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 78 yards, 1:40
- 16-10 BUFFALO: Bills field goal - Tyler Bass' 56-yard field goal attempt is good.
Drive info: 8 plays, 36 yards, 5:18
- 22-10 BUFFALO: Bills touchdown - Devin Singletary rushes for a five-yard touchdown (Buffalo's two-point conversion attempt is no good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 73 yards, 1:41
- 25-10 BUFFALO: Bills field goal - Tyler Bass' 49-yard field goal attempt is good.
Drive info: 7 plays, 45 yards, 3:17
- 28-10 BUFFALO: Bills field goal - Tyler Bass' 28-yard field goal attempt is good.
Drive info: 9 plays, 45 yards, 5:08
- 28-16 BUFFALO: Browns touchdown - Jacoby Brissett finds Amari Cooper with a seven-yard pass for a touchdown. (Cleveland's two-point conversion attempt is no good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yards, 2:43
- 31-16 BUFFALO: Bills field goal - Tyler Bass' 39-yard field goal attempt is good.
Drive info: 7 plays, 21 yards, 2:15
- 31-23 BUFFALO: Browns touchdown - Jacoby Brissett lobs a two-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones (Cade York's extra point attempt is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 75 yards, 1:37
The Bills will be back in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day to take on the Lions at Ford Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. EST on the official voice of the Buffalo Bills - WGR Sports Radio 550.