The Browns are out tonight in their full doody look. This might be in honor of Jim Brown, who the team is just now dedicating a night to in 2013 for some reason. Seems like something they should have gotten to earlier.
Cleveland began the game with a possession that was only remarkable for a huge drop by a wide open Josh Gordon. A nice ensuing punt return got the Bills a start in field goal range. Buffalo immediately tried a trick throw by T.J. Graham to Stevie Johnson in the end zone which drew a pass interference penalty on Joe Haden. That set up a vulturedown by Fred Jackson on the following play to open scoring.
Cleveland appeared to fumble the following kickoff, but it was whistled dead and not conclusive whether Buffalo recovered immediately, so the Bills opted not to challenge. A few plays later, Brian Hoyer was injured on first down slide. He also probably got hit late by Kiko Alonso, but it was his knee awkwardly twisting in the grass that did him in for the evening. And thus returned Doopy Pantz.
Buffalo added a field goal to push their lead to 10-0. Since then, they’ve Bill’d it up good. Travis Benjamin had a 56-yard punt return to get Cleveland to the edge of field goal range for the first time, which is where they would have stayed, but Aaron Williams committed a stupid penalty on Davone Bess on what would have been a failed third down. This pushed the Browns closer for a makeable Billy Cundiff field goal.
A few drives later, the Browns actually put together a respectable drive that also would have sputtered out in field goal range, but Da’Norris Searcy inexplicably interfered with Jordan Cameron in the end zone when he absolutely didn’t need to and that gave the Browns another opportunity to run slow-ass Willis McGahee at the goal line for a tying touchdown.
That seemed like it would be the end of scoring for the half, but then Buffalo let Travis Benjamin get his hands on the ball again and returned a punt 79 yards for a go-ahead score.
So we have a half full of critical defensive penalties and exciting punt returns. Still more enthralling than any Bills-Browns game has a right to be.