How exactly did they win this game?
When your starting quarterback (Derek Anderson) goes 2-for-17 for 23 yards, and your offense totals 193 yards, it’s usually a receipe for disaster. For the Browns though on Sunday in Buffalo, they used a late Buffalo fumble by kick returner Roscoe Parrish to get an 18-yard field goal from Billy Cundiff for a 6-3 win over the Bills.
Let’s just say that despite it being Eric Mangini’s first win as coach of the Browns, it’s not a game that is going to be up for an ESPN Classic anytime soon. The game seemed more like a throwback in where the offenses were awful and the defenses both had good days.
The Bills, who are now also 1-4, had 288 total yards, but punted on 7 of their 12 possessions and did little throughout. The Browns punted on 8 of their possessions, and other than Jamal Lewis, who had his best game of the year with 117 yards on 31 carries, the team seemed stuck in the mud like the Bills.
Cundiff, playing for the hurt Phil Dawson, kicked two field goals for the win. Rian Lindell had a 36-yard field goal at the 10:10 mark of the third quarter to tie the game, but it was to be the only score on the day for the Bills. Browns punter Dave Zastudil should get a game ball, as he downed seven of nine punts inside the Bills 20, including three inside the 5.
The Browns ended a 10-game losing streak, one short of matching a franchise worst. The Browns’ last win also came at Buffalo, a 29-27 victory November 17th that was sealed by Dawson’s 56-yard field goal in the final two minutes.
Trent Edwards went 16 for 31 for 152 yards and an interception.
The Browns will be in Pittsburgh next week to play the 3-2 Steelers.