The Buffalo Bills’ drought is over, ending a two-game losing streak with a 31-23 ‘home win’ at Ford Field in Detroit after the game was moved, thanks toin Orchard Park. After trailing 10-3 early on, the Bills snatched 25 straight points from the end of the first half through the fourth quarter on four field goals, a five-yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen to Stefon Diggs and a five-yard pass. touched by Devin Singletary. This push prevented Allen from losing a third straight start for the first time in his career. He played football without a turnover for the first time since Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs, their last game before their Week 7 bye.
Buffalo moves to 7-3, tying the Miami Dolphins’ 10-game record with the Fins bye-bye in Week 11. The Bills’ defense that allowed 33 points a week ago in an overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings absolutely suffocated the Browns. Sunday, shutting them down for most of the second half. One reason can be attributed to the return of safety Jordan Poyer, back after missing Weeks 9 and 10 with an elbow injury. Buffalo is now a perfect 6-0 this season when the 2021 First-Team All-Pro plays, and 1-3 when it doesn’t.
Kicker Tyler Bass had the most accurate game of his career, hitting all six field goal attempts, including one from 56 yards. Those six field goals tied the Bills’ franchise record for most field goals scored in a game with Bass’ six field goals released in Week 7 of the 2020 season at the New York Jets. York as well as Steve Christie’s six field goal output in Week 8 of the 1996 season, also against the Jets. However, Bass’ efforts on Sunday make him the only kicker in Bills history to connect on all of his field goals in a game with six marks.
The Browns started hot, scoring a touchdown on the first drive of the game with a 25-yard strike off Amari Cooper, his first road receiving a touchdown and his sixth of the season. However, Cleveland only made a 32-yard field goal while having another blocked kick for most of the afternoon after that drive. Cooper had another touchdown late in the fourth quarter in the left back corner of the end zone, on the opposite side of his first score. His 113 receiving yards on eight catches marks his second game with 100+ yards in his last three games.
Running back Nick Chubb, who entered Week 11 as the NFL’s rushing touchdowns leader with 11, was kept out of the end zone as he totaled 19 rushing yards in 14 carries with another 48 receiving yards on three catches. Brissett also connected with wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones for a third touchdown with 25 seconds left in his first game with three touchdown passes since the 2019 season as the Indianapolis Colts’ starting quarterback.
In the end, Brissett – 28 of 41 passes for 324 yards and three passing touchdowns – edged Allen – 18 of 27 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown – but the Bills edged Chubb and the Browns, 171 -80. The Bills will have another game at Ford Field in Week 12, facing the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. The Browns drop to 3-7 after their sixth loss in the last seven games and will host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in what could be their last game before quarterback Deshaun Watson returns from his 11-game suspension.