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Week 5 Game Recap: Cleveland Browns 6, Buffalo Bills 3


Cleveland Browns

QB Derek Anderson, Pass: 2 - 17 - 23 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0

Anderson likely set some career lows -- if not all-time NFL lows -- by playing the whole game and finishing with a 15.1 QB Rating (it was actually as low as 4.9 at one point). To be honest, he was absolutely terrible. But to be fair, he had help along the way. First, the Browns only called pass plays when the Bills would be expecting them to pass. Like clockwork, the first four possessions went like this: rush on first and second down, pass on third downs. Finally, on their fifth possession, the Browns opted to pass on first down, but the pass was tipped. So they went back to the old routine. When they did go to the air, Anderson was a victim of a few dropped passes, but mainly there were no open receivers downfield. Anderson's first completion came with 37 seconds left in the first half, and it didn't get any better after halftime. With the lack of offensive weapons at his disposal, it would be wise not to expect his prospects for success to improve anytime soon.

RB Jamal Lewis, Rush: 31 - 117 - 0

Lewis was handed the ball on the first 4 plays of the game, which was a sign of things to come. He was effective rushing out of FB position on a couple of occasions as well, and posted his first 100 yard rushing day of the season. The fact that he achieved this while the Browns passing game was completely shut down is all the more impressive. With not many long gains on the day, he was consistent and continued to gain tough yards even though the Bills knew exactly what was coming.  Lewis actually appeared to get stronger as the game went on, with the majority of his longer gains (6 carries between 7 and 18 yards) coming in the second half. 

RB Jerome Harrison, Rush: 8 - 21 - 0 (2 targets)

Harrison got the ball in the second series. In the first half, he made gains of 9 and 8 yards along with four more carries that all got stopped for no gain. He didn't see the ball much after that, as it was all Jamal Lewis the rest of the way.

WR Josh Cribbs, Rush: 1 - 31 - 0 (2 targets)

Cribbs had a nice 31-yard run, but failed to do any damage as a receiver, and did not have much opportunity to do so. Which is a shame, because his run was one of the few exciting moments of the game.

WR Mohamed Massaquoi, Rec: 1 - 16 - 0 (6 targets)

It's tough to say anything good about a Cleveland receiver in this game, but at least Massaquoi caught one! He was definitely Anderson's favored receiver, which isn't saying much. Massaquoi dropped a few passes, which was a major problem for him in college at Georgia.

WR Mike Furrey (1 targets)

Furrey was a complete afterthought in this one. The Browns not only traded away their top receiver this past week, but also have very few wideouts with an actual track record for catching the ball. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that Furrey's veteran presence wasn't called upon.

WR Chansi Stuckey (2 targets)

Stuckey had two catchable balls essentially bounce off of his fingertips. Not the best debut for the newest addition to the receiver corps. The passes were far from perfect, but those are the kind of catches that simply need to made, and it simply wasn't happening today.

TE Robert Royal (2 targets)

Royal was a checkdown target, nothing more. Oh, and he was covered.  He did break open on one target but joined the cast of many receivers who let Derek Anderson down with a drop on Sunday.


Buffalo Bills

QB Trent Edwards, Pass: 16 - 31 - 152 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 40 - 0

First the good: Edwards played much, much better than he had the past couple of weeks. He was finally able to get Terrell Owens the ball, he scrambled a few times for good yardage, and overall played a more poised and confident game. Now the bad: On the few chances he had to make the big play, Edwards came up short. He was better at evading the rush than he had been so far this season, but his accuracy suffered as a result. The most glaring example is the interception he threw, which could have been a touchdown to Owens, but he underthrew the ball. With a passing game that featured almost exclusively short throws, poise wasn't enough to overcome a terrible performance by the offense as a whole. The run game was never a threat, and the Bills don't take enough shots downfield to keep the defense honest.

RB Marshawn Lynch, Rush: 17 - 69 - 0, Rec: 6 - 56 - 0 (6 targets)

Lynch looked great to start, with 36 yards on his first five carries, but stalled after that. He broke a 35 yard gain on a nice catch and run that hit him in stride, allowing him to pull away from the coverage. It was one of the few bright spots for the Buffalo offense, and a reminder of how potent a threat Lynch poses when given the opportunity.

RB Fred Jackson, Rush: 13 - 30 - 0, Rec: 2 - 17 - 0 (3 targets)

Jackson fared even worse than Lynch. You could say he has mastered the art of the two yard gain. He was never in danger of breaking a long one.

WR Terrell Owens, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0, Rec: 4 - 44 - 0 (7 targets)

Owens caught a couple over the middle for a change, took a big hit, and looked like he was having fun doing it. This is a 180 degree turnaround from the past few games, in which he was only targeted on deep and sideline routes, with almost no success. He was targeted on deeper routes twice: the first was overthrown, and the second underthrown (and intercepted). He and Trent Edwards are getting closer, but still have a long way to go to get on the same page.

WR Lee Evans, Rec: 2 - 11 - 0 (5 targets)

Evans was barely looked to this time around, and was not even targeted in the first half. He caught one of two catchable balls, but it's the longer one -- that he didn't catch -- that would have made a difference in the game.

WR Josh Reed (2 targets)

Edwards continues to utilize Reed on third downs, but had very little success this week.

TE Derek Fine, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (3 targets)

Fine was a last option, and one of his targets was an out-of-bounds toss.

TE Shawn Nelson, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (4 targets)

Early in the game, Nelson was targeted on  4th and 6, and then again on 3rd down. But in both cases, he wasn't able to make the catch. 


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