First quarter: Air attack
Bills coach Chan Gailey said last week he wants to run as much as possible. That doesn't mean he's turning the NFL clock back to the 1970s.
The Bills passed for two touchdowns on their first two drives in taking a 14-0 lead. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick accounted for 90 of the 112 yards gained on the first two possessions, as the Bills attacked Cleveland's unheralded cornerbacks.
Fitzpatrick hit rookie T.J. Graham on a 9-yard TD strike to cap a 58-yard march. Then he hit C.J. Spiller on a 32-yard screen pass for a TD to cap a 49-yard drive.
Key plays: Cornerback Aaron Williams had good coverage on Mohammed Massaquoi on Cleveland's second drive, which allowed Kyle Williams to sack the quarterback.
Stout award: Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay collapsed the left side of the Browns line to allow the Bills to stuff Trent Richardson for no gain on a third-and-1 play. It forced a punt.
Ouch: Spiller went down hard on his left shoulder with 3:05 left at the end of a 25-yard dump-off pass play and was lost for the game. A holding call cost 15 yards.
Second quarter: Totally Trent
Trent Richardson showed how a good running back has a nose for the end zone late in the quarter. Richardson, the rookie third overall pick from the University of Alabama, took a handoff toward right guard on a second-and-goal play from the 6. The Bills stuffed the entire right side of the line, but Richardson made a quick hop step and change of direction and bounced off left tackle and into the end zone.
Richardson scored 24 touchdowns as a junior last year for the Crimson Tide.
Key gain: The Browns' 67-yard TD march was aided by a 24-yard receiver screen pass to Josh Cribbs.
Zebra report: The Browns got a turnover after the ball slipped out of Fitzpatrick's hand, even though the whistle blew before the completion of the play. A rule change in 2009 allowed for a replay review on such a play. . There was a debatable illegal contact call on Aaron Williams that wiped out a Jairus Byrd interception on Cleveland's TD drive. There was a little contact beyond 5 yards, but only a little. . There was a dubious push-off call on Donald Jones that wiped out a 15-yard gain.
Third quarter: Drive time
After rushing for just 16 yards on nine carries in the first half, Cleveland took to the air in the third quarter.
The Browns ran just four times, while rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden went 12 of 18 for 87 yards. The result was an efficient, 13-play, 80-yard drive to a touchdown that pulled the Browns within 17-14 with 2:27 left in the quarter.
The TD came on a 22-yard pass to Travis Benjamin down the left sideline. Weeden looked off to the right, and Stephon Gilmore bit on a fake to the inside by Benjamin.
"We knew they were going to be in zone coverage," Benjamin said. "I knew the technique he was going to play and I could make a move and get open."
"We felt like we were going to have to throw it some today," said Browns coach Pat Shurmur.
Key play: Rian Lindell kicked a 37-yard field goal after the Bills moved 51 yards with the opening kickoff of the second half.
Break time: Cornerback Aaron Williams had a fine break-up of a deep pass down the right sideline for Benjamin. It was a good throw and would have been a 50-yard completion.
Fourth quarter: Standing stout
The Buffalo Bills' defense snuffed out Cleveland's comeback attempt before it could even get going in the fourth quarter.
After Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Stevie Johnson with a touchdown pass to put the Bills ahead by 10 points, the Bills' defense stymied Cleveland over the final nine minutes. Buffalo got interceptions from Leodis McKelvin and Bryan Scott. The Bills got two fourth-quarter sacks, one by Mark Anderson and one shared by Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus.
Scott almost got in the end zone. He stepped in front of a short pass over the middle for running back Chris Ogbonnaya and returned the pickoff 32 yards to the Browns' 1.
Quotable: "I feel like it's the natural ups and downs for the young offense, trying to . turn something out of nothing," said Browns veteran Josh Cribbs.
Woe is the Dawg Pound: Browns are 0-3 for the fourth time in the last five years.
Unsung: McKelvin made a good contribution. Besides his late pickoff, his first-quarter punt returns of 33 and 20 yards helped set up two scoring drives.