Hoyer Injured in Browns Win Over Bills, 37-24
CLEVELAND — It wasn’t the start the Browns were looking for, but they quickly made up for early mistakes in their 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills.
An opening kickoff blunder by Greg Little gave the Bills the 7-0 lead just two minutes into the game, which was featured on the national stage.
The Browns found themselves down 10-0 after the first quarter.
North Olmsted native Brian Hoyer was taken to the locker room in the first quarter after a rough tackle. His return to the game was listed as “questionable.” Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski told the NFL Network at halftime that Brian Hoyer, who was injured in the first quarter, will have an MRI on Friday. The team fears there may be ligament damage.
In the second, the Browns scored 17 unanswered points to take the 17-10 halftime lead over the Bills.
After a field goal by Billy Cundiff, the Browns defense held the Bills and forced a punt. The Cleveland offense, after 7 straight handoffs to Willis McGahee, finally found pay dirt on a one-yard touchdown run by McGahee to tie the game at 10-10.
Travis Benjamin pumped some life back into FirstEnergy Stadium when he returned a Shawn Powell punt 79 yards for a touchdown. Benjamin’s 142 punt return already ranks as the second most by a Browns player in a single-game. Eric Metcalf had 166 in 1993.
The Browns led 17-10 at the half.
It was a very active third quarter for both the Bills and Browns. Buffalo had scoring runs of 54-yards and one yard to take the 24-17 lead.
The Bills faced an injury of their own when quarterback EJ Manual left the game with a knee injury.
Brandon Weeden got the Browns back in the game with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon to tie the game at 24-24.
In another blow to the Browns, the team also announced that DL Desmond Bryant was out of the game with shortness of breath. He was taken to the Cleveland Clinic for precautionary reasons.
Despite the injuries and the early mistakes, the Browns responded in the 4th quarter, especially with a crucial touchdown by TJ Ward with just 1:44 left in the game.
The Browns went on to take the win over the Bills, 37-24. It’s the team’s third win in a row. The Browns are 3-2 on the season for the first time since 2001. They are in first place in the AFC North.
The Browns will be back home on October 13 to face the Lions. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.