The Buffalo Bills dug out of their snowy houses and acquired their groove again within the Motor Metropolis.
Josh Allen threw a go-ahead, 5-yard landing go to Stefon Diggs late within the first half and Buffalo beat the Cleveland Browns 31-23 on Sunday after the NFL moved the Payments’ residence sport because of a number of ft of snow blanketing western New York.
“Again on observe,” Diggs mentioned.
The Payments (7-3) prevented blowing a 3rd straight halftime lead by scoring on all 5 of their possessions within the second half and doing a greater job defending the ball.
Maybe escaping snow-packed houses — with the assistance of Payments workers, mates and strangers — will show to be pivotal for a Tremendous Bowl-contending group that was in a relative droop.
“While you undergo a shared expertise like this, it might probably deliver a group nearer collectively,” coach Sean McDermott mentioned.
Cleveland (3-7) rallied within eight points, organising an onside kick within the ultimate seconds that Payments receiver Gabe Davis did not seize and operating again Taiwan Jones knocked out of bounds.
“We’re searching for a win and which method we will get it,” coach Kevin Stefanski mentioned. “I do know these guys are placing within the effort. We simply have to complete soccer video games, and it’s actually irritating.”
Buffalo misplaced its raucous home-field benefit, however the group did its greatest to deliver a number of the sights and sound acquainted at Highmark Stadium, resembling a blaring practice horn and requires Payments Mafia to get loud at key moments.
Loads of supporters from each fan bases attended, chanting “Let’s Go Buffalo!” and barking like canines.
“It was a cool environment,” Payments security Jordan Poyer mentioned.
Buffalo, which is able to return to Detroit to play the Lions on Thanksgiving, began sluggish after every week disrupted by a winter storm.
“We simply may’ve folded and allowed it to be an excuse for us,” Allen mentioned.
The star quarterback threw some errant passes early earlier than regaining his contact on an 11-play, 78-yard drive that took simply 1 minute, 40 seconds and ended with Allen’s first go to Diggs.
“We acquired into a superb rhythm,” McDermott mentioned. “We have been a little bit bit off early.”
The Payments scored a second-half landing for the primary time in 4 video games on Devin Singletary’s 5-yard run. In addition they stopped Jacoby Brissett’s sneak on fourth-and-1 from the Buffalo 27 and blocked a discipline purpose within the third quarter whereas constructing a 22-10 lead.
The Browns, who’ve misplaced six of seven video games, missed many alternatives to get again on observe with quarterback Deshaun Watson nearing the top of his 11-game NFL suspension.
Brissett completed 28 of 41 for 324 yards — two shy of his profession excessive — and a season-high three touchdowns. He threw a 25-yard landing go to Amari Cooper on the opening drive, a 7-yard landing scoring go to Cooper with 4:11 left that pulled the Browns inside 12 factors and a 2-yard landing go to Donovan Peoples Jones within the ultimate minute.
The journeyman quarterback refuses to be discouraged by the group’s slide.
“If something, we struggle more durable,” he mentioned.
The Payments acquired a wanted break when Brissett fumbled a snap halfway via the second quarter at midfield. At that time, Buffalo was with out a first down and was getting outgained 181 yards to 12 whereas trailing 10-3.
Allen was 18 of 27 for 197 yards with a landing and no turnovers. He threw six of his NFL-high 10 interceptions over the earlier three video games and fumbled a snap ultimately zone throughout final week’s collapse in opposition to Minnesota.
Payments operating backs Singletary and James Cook dinner every ran for 86 yards, taking strain off Allen to make performs via the air.
MAKING A MARK
Buffalo kicker Tyler Bass made all six of his discipline purpose makes an attempt, tying his profession excessive that matched Steve Christie’s group document set in 1996.
Browns: Beginning C Ethan Pocic (knee) went out early in sport and was changed by Hjalte Froholdt.
Payments: DE A.J. Epenesa (ankle) was harm through the sport.
Browns: Host Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Payments: Return to Ford Discipline to play the Lions on Thanksgiving.