There’s no question this loss still stings, but we delve into some of the more impressive individual efforts from Monday night right now.
BEST PASS BREAKUP COMBO: Marcus Stroud/Bryan Scott – On a 3rd-and-8 at the Bills 23-yard line, Stroud tipped a Brady Quinn pass at the line and Scott knocked it away from Kellen Winslow to force Cleveland to settle for a field goal off a turnover.
BEST DEFENSIVE SERIES: Jabari Greer, Terrence McGee, Bryan Scott – The three defensive backs were instrumental in forcing Cleveland to walk away with just a field goal after Trent Edwards third INT of the first quarter. Faced with defending a 12-yard field, Greer made a great play in pursuit running Donte Stallworth down from behind on an end around for a loss of four. On the next play McGee had tight coverage on Braylon Edwards and was a factor in forcing a second down pass incomplete and on 3rd-and-14 Scott broke up a pass intended for Kellen Winslow. So after making an interception at the Bills 12-yard line, the Browns lost four yards on the drive, went three-and-out and had to take just a field goal.
BEST PUNT/DOWN COMBO: Brian Moorman/Jon Corto – Moorman’s high hanging 40-yarder allowed coverage to run under it as Corto impressively caught the ball on the fly to down it at the Browns’ four-yard line.
BEST PASS DEFENDER: Terrence McGee – The left cornerback had a career-high six pass breakups as he had almost as many plays on the ball as his top assignment Braylon Edwards, who despite having eight catches have a long of just 23 yards in the game.
BEST ONE-TWO PUNCH: Marshawn Lynch/Fred Jackson – The two backs combined for all the yardage gained on the Lynch touchdown drive and on the 45-yard field goal drive in the second half.
BEST HOLE PUNCHER: Offensive line – Buffalo’s men up front finally took it to an opponent as they opened consistent holes for the Bills tailbacks and dropped some Cleveland defensive linemen on their wallets.
BEST DISRUPTER: Kawika Mitchell – The linebacker was constantly in Brady Quinn’s face contributing a sack and a team high three quarterback hits. His sack effectively stalled a Cleveland drive in which again the Browns had to take just three points on a Dawson field goal. Honorable mention to Marcus Stroud.
BEST LIFELINE PROVIDER: Leodis McKelvin – His 98-yard kick return for a touchdown gave the Bills new life late in the contest and got the crowd back into what was suddenly a field goal game.
BEST COVERAGE: Bills defense – Facing a 2nd-and-goal from the Bills five-yard line, the Buffalo defense, minus Donte Whitner and Jabari Greer, had solid coverage with Keith Ellison forcing an incomplete attempt out of bounds to Jamal Lewis in the end zone. That was followed by solid coverage on 3rd-and-goal from the five as Quinn had to throw it away out of the back of the end zone for yet another Dawson field goal.
BEST BACK TO BACK PLAYS: Terrence McGee – The corner broke up two straight pass attempts to Braylon Edwards on 2nd-and-7 and 3rd-and-7 to force a punt with the Bills down six late in the fourth.
BEST FIELD POSITION PROVIDER: Roscoe Parrish – Down six points with five minutes remaining Parrish provided the offense with fantastic field position thanks to a 34-yard return to the Cleveland 48-yard line.
BEST BIG TIME RUN: Marshawn Lynch – His 28-yard rumble on 2nd-and-4 from the Browns 29 set up the go ahead touchdown on the Edwards sneak.
BEST TRAPPERS: Bills cover teams – Buffalo’s special teams coverage units held the dangerous Josh Cribbs six yards under his kick return average which was third best in the league. Moorman also forced Cribbs to make a pair of fair catches with his other punt downed making Cribbs a non-factor in the punt return game.
Tags: Brian Moorman, Bryan Scott, Fred Jackson, Jabari Greer, Jon Corto, Kawika Mitchell, Leodis McKelvin, Marcus Stroud, Marshawn Lynch, Roscoe Parrish, Terrence McGee
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