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BDC 9/24: Bills at Browns Recap

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on September 24, 2012 – 10:27 am


–The Buffalo Bills notched their second victory of the season with a 24-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium in front of a crowd of 69,353 fans. The Bills relied on WR Stevie Johnson’s third touchdown reception of the season, CB Leodis McKelvin’s first interception of the year and LB Bryan Scott’s second pick of season in the fourth quarter to help Buffalo pull away from Cleveland and move their overall record to 2-1. After the Bills snagged the early lead, the momentum of the game shifted when RB CJ Spiller was forced to leave the game in the first quarter due to a shoulder injury. RB Tashard Choice stepped in for Spiller and totaled 91 rushing yards. Buffalo’s defensive line generated consistent pressure throughout the game with DE Mario Williams notching the first 1.5 sacks of his Bills career, DE Mark Anderson tallying his first sack as a Bill, DT Kyle Williams grabbing a sack and DT Marcell Dareus picking up half a sack.

–The Buffalo Bills, ECMC, KISS 98.5, the American Cancer Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, USA and Old Falls Street, USA have all come together to raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. As part of breast cancer awareness month, the Buffalo Bills “Billieve” Breast Cancer Awareness Event will take place Friday, October 19th at Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, USA. To highlight the unforgettable evening, breast cancer survivors, their families and supporters will form Hard Rock’s 3rd Annual International PINKTOBERTM  living ribbon on the Rainbow Bridge. The Buffalo Bills will flip the switch and light the Falls pink to jump start the evening. Following the living ribbon ceremony, national recording artist Belinda Carlisle will headline a free outdoor concert at 8:30 PM.Those interested in participating in the International PINKTOBERTM living ribbon can visit for more information. 

WGR 550 – The Howard Simon Show
Chan Gailey
Ryan Fitzpatrick

WGR 550 – Schopp and the Bulldog
Stevie Johnson – 4:00 PM

In one of the most memorable wins in franchise history, the Bills outgunned the Oilers 47-41 in overtime. Jim Kelly threw for 366 yards and 5 TDs, including the game-winner to Andre Reed for Buffalo’s first win in the Astrodome since 1966. 

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
–Threw 3 TDs passes today (9 yds. to T.J. Graham, 32 yds. to C.J. Spiller, and 9 yds. to Stevie Johnson) … 18th multi-TD game in career, 3rd in row (had 3 in season opener at N.Y.J. and 2 last week vs. K.C.)

–5th time a Bills QB has opened season with 3 straight multi-TD games, joining Joe Ferguson in 1975 (first 4 games), Jim Kelly in 1991 (first 3), Kelly in 1992 (first 4), and Fitzpatrick in 2011 (first 3) … 3rd time a Bills QB has 8+ TD passes through first 3 games of season (Kelly, 10 in 1991; Fitzpatrick, 9 in 2011)

–Has thrown TD in 34 of 42 games played as Bill

–64 career TDs with Bills remains 4th on club all-time chart (see list, left) … 13 behind #3 Jack Kemp (77)

–Has thrown 20 TD passes to Steve Johnson … the Fitzpatrick-Johnson combo is now tied with Joe Ferguson-Bob Chandler for 5th in team history with 20 TDs (see details in Johnson section, page 2)

DE Mario Williams
–Recorded 1.5 sacks today … had solo sack in 2nd qtr. and split takedown with Marcell Dareus in 4th qtr. …first takedowns since 10/9/11 with Hou. vs. Oak. (Jason Campbell)

–Raised career sack total to 54.5

–15th career multi-sack game (last: 10/2/11 vs. Pit.) … has had at least one multi-sack game in every seasonof NFL career

–Williams’ teams are 23-15 when participating in a sack

–Browns QB Brandon Weeden is 29th different NFL QB sacked by Williams

WR Stevie Johnson
–Extended rec. streak to career-long 35 games … with rec. next week vs. N.E., will tie Andre Reed (36 games, between 12/8/96 at Sea. and 9/26/99 vs. Phi.) for 8th longest rec. streak in club history

–7 rec. today marked most in game since 8 at N.Y.J., 11/27/11

–183 career rec. … Now ranks 13th on Bills all-time reception list … today passed Joe Cribbs (180) … 21 behind #12 Jay Riemersma (204)

–2,361 career rec. yds. now ranks 17th on Bills all-time chart … today passed Jay Riemersma (2,304) … 176 behind #17 Don Beebe (2,537)

–Scored TD on 9-yd. rec. in 4th qtr. to give Bills 24-14 lead … 22nd TD of career (all via reception), tying #10 Thurman Thomas (22) on Bills’ all-time list for receiving TDs … needs 2 to tie #9 Frank Lewis (24)

TB Tashard Choice
–20 rush att. were his 2nd most in single game (high: 23 with Dal. at Pit., 12/7/08)

–91 rush yds. tie as his 2nd most in single game (also: 91 with Dal. vs. N.Y.G., 12/14/08; career-high 100 with Dal. at Ind., 12/5/10)

–22-yd. rush in 4th qtr. helped set up Stevie Johnson TD which gave Bills 24-14 lead … his longest rush since 26-yd. tote with Dal. at Ind., 12/5/10

–Has rush att. in last 23 NFL games  

DE Kyle Williams
–Recorded Bills’ first sack in 1st qtr. … Along with 2 sacks last week vs. K.C., has takedown in back-to-back games for 2nd time in career (shared sacks in games 12-13, 2007)

–Bills are 8-6 with Williams sack, 1-3 when he participates in two

LB Bryan Scott
–Recorded interception on Browns’ final drive in 4th qtr., enabling Bills to run out clock … 9th INT of career (5th as Bill), 2nd of season (had one in season opener at N.Y.J.)

–Scott’s teams are 6-3 (Bills are 3-2) when he records INT

DE Mark Anderson

–Recorded first sack as Bill in 4th qtr. … last sack: 1/1/12 with N.E. vs. Buf.

–Yesterday was first sack of career vs. Cleveland … now has takedowns against 22 NFL teams

–Browns QB Brandon Weeden is 25th different QB to be sacked by Anderson

–Anderson’s teams are 21-11 when he participates in sack


Head Coach Chan Gailey
On if the momentum was lost when Spiller went down:
“Well, we had to rethink some things there and really we got another drive going and that’s where the ball slipped out of Fitz’s (Ryan Fitzpatrick) hands.  If we could have gotten that one in there I think we could have gotten some of that momentum back and gotten it rolling there.  We had to adjust a couple things and then we got (Tashard) Choice rolling.” 

On RB Tashard Choice’s effort:
“Great effort.  I think we all knew what kind of back he was.  I think we all knew what he brought to our football team.  Nobody else did because we’ve got two marquee guys.  It’s great to have a guy like that on your football team that can go in and play the way he played, run the football, protect the football on a wet day and play special teams.” 

On how that speaks volumes about the offensive line:
“Yeah, great job by them.  They are so physical.  We’re able to block.  The teams we’ve played so far are pretty good so that’s a credit to them and the job they’re doing.  The coaching staff did a great job today of getting them all ready to play too.” 

On the team locking up Trent Richardson pretty good:
“Yeah we did.  That was one of the things that we talked about and made a big deal about this week was not letting him out of there, controlling him, making them throw the football. It worked kind of like we thought it would. (Brandon)  Weeden made some good plays, but we got some sacks and we stopped the run and we played great third down defense.  If you can do that, you’re going to play pretty good defense in this league.” 

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On the impact of RB C.J. Spiller’s injury:
“Yeah it did, it hurt us a little bit and we probably have to react a little bit better to that situation. That did though; it took a little bit out of us. You know, we had some penalties that slowed down the drives. We had the play where the ball slipped out of my hand; it really ended the nice drive. But yeah, it was just one thing after another after C.J. went down that kind of slowed us up. It was nice for our defense to play the way they did. To be able to continue to make some stops there and for us to get that ball back and make that long drive and get it in the end zone on (WR) Stevie’s (Johnson) catch. That was a big part of the game right there.” 

On dealing with adversity and getting the win:
“We won on the road; we got that monkey off our back. I think that’s something negative talked about outside the locker room more than it was inside, but this is a new year and a new team. For us to really have a good team win today and feed off each other. These are the most satisfying ones, I think. It’s just another step. It’s our second win of the year, but it’s another step in the right direction. We’ve got a good team to stack up these wins and keep playing.” 

On how wide open Stevie was on the last touchdown:
“It was one hundred percent Stevie. That’s the kind of thing. That’s why Stevie makes the big bucks. We count on him to do things like that in a game and to beat the guy like he did, that’s special. And we think Stevie’s a special receiver and that play right there really showed why.” 

On the touchdown to WR T.J. Graham:
“Yeah, and again T.J. stepping up, he made a couple big plays. The touchdown was a great play; nobody ever covered him. Then the third down where we whipped the ball out to him, he makes a nice cut off the block and picks it up on third and eight or whatever it was. He stepped up and did some good things for us today. He said last week with him, that every week we just got to get him a few more plays few more plays and he has to continue to get confidence and play well.”

WR T.J. Graham
On his contributions to the team:
“Just doing what I was supposed to do, you know. The ball came my way, I had to make plays. I dropped the ball today on a curl so that’s basically what I’m trying to correct. So, that touchdown was just an open play, a good throw by Fitz (QB Ryan Fitzpatrick).” 

On his big catch on third down and his progress:
“I think anybody would’ve made that play to get to third down. It was just me that got the ball and I had to do what they brought me here for and I’m just happy to help out the team and get the win.”

RB Tashard Choice
On stepping in today:
“When I saw C.J. (Spiller) go down, I knew I had to step up and be ready to go.  That’s how the game is, especially at our position.  Having a chance to get in and run the football, my line did a great job. It was fun to get out there and have a chance to provide and support my team in a situation like that.” 

On having depth at running back:
“Since I have been in the league it has always been a case of if you get a chance you have to make the most of your opportunities.  With C.J. going down and having a chance to run was fun.  It was good to get in a rhythm and get a chance to help my team out.  I’m more comfortable to be in that situation now.  Hopefully, him and Fred (Jackson) can both come back.” 


Bills DE Mario Williams recorded his first sack as a Buffalo Bill in yesterday’s game at Cleveland and finished the day with 1.5 sacks and two tackles. Williams now has 54.5 career sacks.

Buffalo News-Bills edge Browns; Spiller injured 

Buffalo News-Choice fills the bill after Spiller departs

Buffalo News-Graham shows he is catching on fast

Buffalo News-When road got rough, Bills stayed calm

Buffalo News-Defense gets big plays down the line

Buffalo News-Quarterly Report

Buffalo News-Defense and offense get the job done

Rochester D&C-Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to help himself

Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills beat Cleveland Browns, lose C.J. Spiller

Associated Press-Fitzpatrick’s 3 TD passes lifts Bills over Browns

Associated Press-Bills’ Spiller out with shoulder injury

Toronto Sun-Costly, ugly win for Bills

Toronto Sun-Spiller gets a cold shoulder

Wellsville Daily Reporter-Bills overcome Spiller injury to beat Browns 

Canandaigua Daily Messenger-Buffalo holds off Cleveland – Week three Bills report card

Niagara Gazette-Fair-weather fans must stick out the season

Niagara Gazette-Offensive line saves the day

Toronto Star-Buffalo, where NFL parity goes to die

Erie Times News-Bills overcome loss of Spiller for rare road win

Erie Times News-Current Browns not making much of a case for Haslam

Erie Times News-Choice steps up big for Bills with Spiller out

Auburn Citizen-Buffalo Bills Week 3 Report Card

Canton Repository-Bills fans hold pep rally at Browns Stadium Spiller suffers shoulder injury in Buffalo Bills’ win beat Browns but lose Spiller to injury ‘D’ with another solid performance Choice, Fitzpatrick, Williams, Graham Head coach Chan Gailey

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
Bills Focus: Choice Steps Up
Bills Roundup: Buffalo Starts Fast In 24-14 Win
Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference
Mario Williams Postgame Press Conference
Stevie Johnson Postgame Press Conference
Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference
Bills vs. Browns highlights
Stevie Johnson TD catch
C.J. Spiller 32-yard TD catch
Ryan Fitzpatrick 9-yard TD pass  

WGR 550
CAPACCIO: Hot Reads: Bills/Browns
SIMON: Bills Gut One Out
Buscaglia: Sideline Reactions: Bills 24 – Browns 14
HAMILTON: Bills didn’t go to pieces after Spiller went out
Bills down the Browns 24-14
9/24 Chan Gailey breaks down his team’s victory over the Cleveland Browns 

Kiss 98.5
Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon
Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns highlights
Stevie Johnson TD catch
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller injury
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller 32-yard TD catch
Ryan Fitzpatrick 9-yard TD pass 

Bills grab road win in Cleveland
Spiller injures shoulder-out for game
Spiller out for game 

Russo Blog – Bills Beat Browns
Bills beat Browns, Spiller to miss 1-2 weeks
Bills Inactives against the Browns 

Bills Beat Browns 24-14, Spiller Injured
Bills Roundtable – Post Browns
Bills Report Card – Week 3
Bills Look to End Road Woes in Cleveland 

Fitzpatrick’s 3 TD passes lifts Bills over Browns
Bills’ Spiller injures shoulder 

Pitoniak: Bills survive loss of Spiller
Bills overcome Spiller injury to beat Browns 

Step in the right direction
Bills beat Browns 

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Chan: Fred will practice this week, Graham steps forward, McKelvin’s INT luck of the draw, Browns inactives, Bills inactives, Mario listening to Buffalo’s own, Why Richardson never goes down easy

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Replay [BN]TheHuddle segments
Tashard Choice steps up in Spiller’s absence
Watch [BN]TheHuddle tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Video: Sully, Gaughan on Bills win over Browns
Bills D-line nothing short of dominant against Browns
Browns angered that Bills fans had too much fun in Cleveland
Chan Gailey: C.J. Spiller’s collarbone not broken
Game ball: Bills 24, Browns 14
Points after: Bills 24, Browns 14
NFL’s leading rusher C.J. Spiller out with shoulder injury 

The Sports Network
Buffalo 24, Cleveland 14
Bills’ Spiller leaves game with shoulder injury
Immediate Reactions: Buffalo Bills 24, Cleveland Browns 14
Defensive Toughness Comes Through In Win
Bills Get Road Win 24-14 

AFC East Blog (ESPN)
Wrap-up: Bills 24, Browns 14
Bills RB C.J. Spiller injures shoulder

 NFL Rapid Reports
Postgame analysis: Bills 24, Browns 14
Bills RB C.J. Spiller injured, not expected to be long-term 

Three Point Stance (Rochester D&C)
Report card 

Kryk Slants
Chalkboard session: Why Bills spread field to run 

Buffalo Rumblings
C.J. Spiller Out At Least A Week With Shoulder Injury
Bills 24, Browns 14: Buffalo Beats Cleveland, Loses C.J. Spiller
Bills 14, Browns 7 At Halftime: Buffalo’s Fast Start Tapers Off
Bills vs. Browns Inactives: Fred Jackson, Ruvell Martin Out 

Pro Football Talk
C.J. Spiller has sprained shoulder, could be back in two weeks
C.J. Spiller expected to miss a week or two after shoulder injury
The Bills lose Spiller, but win game
Browns draw closer after Spiller injury
C.J. Spiller hurts shoulder at end of another long gain
C.J. Spiller and the Bills bust loose in Cleveland 

Pro Football Weekly
Bills RB Spiller injures shoulder
Bills lose Spiller, beat Browns 

AFC East Daily
Bills’ offensive line still tops in victory over Browns
Bills lose Spiller in win over Browns 

Greenwhich Times
Fitzpatrick’s 3 TD passes lifts Bills over Browns

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