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Awful on Offense; Browns Fall to 5-8 After 13-6 Loss in Buffalo


After escaping with wins the past two weeks with Jake Delhomme at QB, the Browns Sunday showed why the veteran QB is simply a stop gap. And not a very good one at that.

The Browns offense didn’t cross midfield in five second-half possessions, they managed nine first downs and 187 total yards as the team fell to 5-8 on the season with a deflating 13-6 loss to the formerly two-win Buffalo Bills.

And let’s not forget the turnovers. The Browns fumbled five times, losing two, while Delhomme’s interception at midfield with under 4 minutes left turned out to be their final possession in a game that easily could have went the other way.

Buffalo scored their 13 points on a Ryan Fitzpatrick 11-yard touchdown pass to David Nelson, and two Rian Lindell field goals, both from 19 yards out when Bills drives stalled near the goal-line.

About the Browns only offense, as usual it seems, was running back Peyton Hillis, who had 108 yards rushing. But, as good as Hillis has been, he was up to his worst trait – fumbling, as he put the ball on the ground three times Sunday, losing one.

Delhomme was awful, going just 12-for-20 in tough conditions, throwing for 86 yards, suffering the late pick. He was sacked once. Bills QB Fitzpatrick finished 14 of 23 for 142 yards as the Bills overcame the loss of receiver Lee Evans, who hurt his ankle in the second quarter and didn’t return. Fred Jackson ran for 112 yards.

Fitzpatrick was efficient in engineering the Bills lone touchdown drive, capped by a perfectly placed over-the-shoulder 11-yard pass to Nelson that put Buffalo ahead 7-3 early into the second quarter. The score capped a 14-play, 89-yard drive that lasted 8:14.

The Browns offense was outgained 323 to 187, and Buffalo ran for 192 yards, holding the Browns to 105 on the day. Buffalo also dominated in TOP, holding the ball for 36:10 to just 23:50 for the Browns.

Close games continue to be a downfall for the Browns in 2010, as they are now 3-6 in game decided by a touchdown or less. Next week they are in Cincinnati to play the 2-11 Bengals.

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