The Buffalo Bills defeated the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night and Tyrod Taylor looked impressive in the process
Thursday night in Cleveland, the Browns welcomed in the Buffalo Bills for each team’s second preseason outing of the year. This wasn’t a game filled with high scoring, as you can definitely tell by the 11-10 final score in favor of Rex Ryan and the Bills.
There were no touchdowns in the first half in this one, as the Bills got the scoring started in the second quarter with a 36-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter. Right as the half was coming to a close, the Browns would answer that with 41-yarder from Travis Coons.
The second half actually saw the scoring get started, as Johnny Manziel, who took over for the entire second half from starter Josh McCown, fired off a 21-yard touchdown pass to Shane Wynn in the fourth quarter. A short time later, Bills QB EJ Manuel would find Andre Davis for a 14-yard score. At that point, Rex Ryan decided to go for the gamble and the two point conversion, which was successful. With time winding down in the fourth quarter, Manziel tried to lead the team to the win, but they failed to convert on a fourth-and-long to seal the win for the Bills.
Three Stars of the Game
1) Tyrod Taylor
Coming into this game on Thursday night, Rex Ryan said he wanted to see what the backup quarterbacks could bring to the table. Well, he handed the reins of the offense to former Virginia Tech standout Tyrod Taylor to start and the young man answered the call. Taylor finished with 65 yards on 7-of-10 passing, and he also showed off the damage he can do on the ground, adding in 41 yards rushing on just four carries. Most importantly, though, he looked poised and confident running that offense.
2) Johnny Manziel
For the second week in a row, this just looked like a different Johnny Manziel than we saw last year. Again it looked like he was more comfortable running this offense, and he finished with 118 yards on 10-of-18 yards passing. He would also add in a gorgeous 21-yard scoring strike to Shane Wynn early in the fourth to give his team the lead.
3) Ronald Darby
The rookie corner out of Florida State once again showed signs of improvement under defensive guru Rex Ryan. While at Florida State, Darby, while solid in coverage, showed off some bad hands, dropping multiple interception attempts in his career. Thursday night, though, he collected his second interception of the preseason, picking off Josh McCown in the first half. Rex is obviously making some strides with his 2015 draft pick.
There were no serious injuries to report from this one.
Coming into this one, the Browns were three-point favorites in their house, so the Bills were able to cover there.
As for next week, the Browns now move on to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night on the road, while Buffalo will head off to face the Steelers at home, also on Saturday.
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