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Bills edge Browns, 11-10


Location:FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Preseason records:Buffalo (1-1), Cleveland (0-2)

In a Nutshell:EJ Manuel played the second half at quarterback and was under duress for most of the night, but with a drive start at their own 14-yard line and 7:24 to play, Manuel marched the offense 86 yards and on a 4th-and-goal at the 14 hit Andre Davis for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Then Manuel made good on a two-point conversion with a quick strike to Bronson Hill, who came out of the backfield to make the catch. The conversion put the Bills up 11-10 with 1:31 left to play.

Johnny Manziel tried to lead the Cleveland offense on a last ditch drive, but could not advance the ball past midfield before a turnover on downs. Buffalo killed the clock taking a knee with eight seconds left for the one-point victory.

Manziel broke a 3-3 halftime tie with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Shane Wynn to cap a 96-yard drive for the game's first touchdown and a 10-3 lead.

The two teams were tied 3-3 early as the first team defenses were both stingy for most of the night. The Bills defensive front was dominant in the first half posting three sacks and holding the Browns to just 85 total net yards in the first half.

Tyrod Taylor in his first start this preseason built on his first performance going 7-for-10 passing for 65 yards with three of those completions converting a 3rd-and-8, a 3rd-and-7 and a 3rd-and-4 to keep the opening drive alive. Taylor also used his legs with four carries for 41 yards including a long of 21 on a designed run play.


How it went down: **--Buffalo got on the board first with 9:20 left in the first half when Dan Carpenter capped a seven-play 39-yard drive with a 36-yard field goal to get three points off the Ronald Darby interception.

--Cleveland answered on the ensuing possession with a 41-yard field goal after a lengthy 15-play 57-yard drive that took almost all the time left in the first half taking 8:52 off the clock.

--The teams went scoreless through the third quarter, until Johnny Manziel uncorked a 37-yard completion on a broken play to move the Browns deep into Bills territory. Two plays later he found Shane Wynn for a 21-yard touchdown (10-3).

--Buffalo took the lead with 1:31 left when EJ Manuel hit Bronson Hill for a two-point conversion following a 14-yard touchdown pass from Manuel to Andre Davis on 4th-and-goal from the 14.

From the locker room
"On offense it's tough. We can say what we want, but it's tough. We're down to our sixth running back and we actually did a decent job I thought, especially in the first half. When EJ had time to throw he was outstanding. I was proud of both of those quarterbacks, I thought both of them did a nice job for us."
-- Rex Ryan

"We did some good things.  Of course we would have preferred to come out with seven points on a couple of those drives.  But we were able to move the ball up and down the field.  There's a couple of things we did out there that we can learn from."
*-- Tyrod Taylor *

"All those young guys are stepping up in huge for us.  It's unfortunate for us to have so many injuries, but it gives these young guys a chance to step up in the preseason and make a play.  It also gives them a chance to earn a roster spot.  I thought everyone who came in did a great job and look forward to seeing what they can do moving forward."
--Eric Wood

"l mean (giving up just three points is) great, but we gave up too much. We left a lot out there. We gave up a little bit too many rushing yards, they got a fourth down on us – so we just have got to come back out and compete."
--Nigel Bradham

"We did really well. We were running around, getting to the ball. Guys made plays."
--Corey Graham Subplots:

EJ Manuel was 9-14 passing for 111 yards and a touchdown. He had a passer rating of 112.5.

Chris Gragg had three catches for 56 yards on the game-winning drive by the offense late in the game.

Ronald Darby had a strong bounce back performance from the preseason opener with a pair of first half interceptions against the Browns.

Marcell Dareus was dominant in the first half with four tackles and a sack. Dareus was instrumental in Buffalo's early run defense with three of his tackles going for no gain, a one-yard gain and a loss.

Dan Carpenter, in his first kick back from his hamstring injury knocked his first attempt, a 46-yarder, off the right upright on the team's opening drive.  He was good on his next attempt from 36 yards away.

Chris Hogan suffered an ankle injury in the first half after making a short reception and did not return to the game.

Marquise Goodwin sustained an ankle injury when a defender rolled up on his leg when tackling him on an end around, but the receiver returned to the game.

QB Matt Cassel was dressed, but the plan all along was for him not to play against the Browns.

Inactives:WR Robert Woods, WR Sammy Watkins, WR Percy Harvin, RB Fred Jackson, RB LeSean McCoy, RB Boobie Dixon, CB Ross Cockrell, RB Bryce Brown, RB Karlos Williams, LB Jimmy Gaines, WR Marcus Easley, DT Kyle Williams, DE Alex Carrington.

Up next:The Bills will play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers a week from Saturday (Aug. 29th) in the club's annual Kid's Day game. Kickoff at Ralph Wilson Stadium is set for 4 pm.

Check out the best photos from the Preseason Week 2 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Cleveland Browns at Firstenergy Stadium.

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