Tickets on the secondary market were going for $6 before the Bills-Browns game on Sunday, leaving fans with a difficult decision: Do they grab a few draft beers at the Big Tree or a foot-long sandwich at Subway and skip the game or drag themselves into New Era Field?
Fans must have been kicking themselves for picking the game when they could have tossed the six bucks into a burning table in the parking lot. The Bills won, 30-13, and saved themselves the embarrassment that would have come to losing at home to the terrible Cleveland. Fans hardly had their money’s worth.
For the most part, it was an unsightly affair that’s usually reserved for the final preseason game. Cleveland hasn’t played for anything but pride all season, and that was lost weeks ago. The Bills are going nowhere with their 7-7 record, which falls in line of their 16-year stretch of mediocrity.
The Browns could actually be worse than their winless 0-14 record suggests, if that’s possible. They are 2-12 against the spread, so even the Las Vegas oddmakers have had a difficult time believing just how horrible Cleveland has played. They should take a closer look at Robert Griffin III.
LeSean McCoy had 153 yards rushing and provided most of the entertainment for Bills fans unless you get your jollies from watching Tyrod Taylor throw errant passes or miss open receivers down the field. The Browns can bring out the worst in any game, but the Bills contributed their share in this one.
The game fell short of a sellout, and many who attended the game didn’t bother to stick around after the third quarter with the Bills winning. The lower bowl was two-thirds full while the upper decks were half-empty. It was almost completely empty in the final two minutes. You couldn’t blame them for hitting the road.
Can you imagine them leaving a game that the Bills were winning back in the glory days? Never. They would have stayed until the final second ticked off the clock and sang all the way into the parking lot. Apparently, they didn’t find two teams passing into the flat quite as gripping as going to the playoffs.
What did we learn from the game?
Not much, really.
Rex Ryan is headed for the unemployment line unless Terry and Kim Pegula make a 180-degree turn after deciding to fire him. Doug Whaley’s job appeared to be safe a week ago, but he could be in trouble. The only difference is the Bills beat a terrible team that hadn’t won all season.
McCoy was primed for a big day against the hapless Browns, who couldn’t stop a runny nose this season. He had 62 yards rushing on his first five carries, and the Bills had 97 yards rushing in the first quarter. Mike Gillislee scored the first touchdown for a 10-3 lead that was set up by Brandon Tate’s reverse for 30 yards.
Taylor threw one of the uglier touchdown passes you’ll see just before halftime when he threw behind a wide-open Charles Clay in the end zone. Clay slipped and made a great catch on the poorly thrown pass, giving the Bills a 17-3 lead. Even when the Bills did something right, Taylor gave reasons to pause.
The Browns wasted little time showing why they were winless. Their first series was a mess before they surrendered back-to-back runs of 20-plus yards to McCoy. But you can often count on the Bills trumping poor play with poor decisions, which they did after McCoy took them to the 5-yard line.
Rather than run continue hammering away at the Browns, the Bills called a running play for Taylor, a pass that fell incomplete and another pass in which Taylor scrambled short of the goal line. And the Bills wonder why they haven’t made the playoffs for 16 straight seasons and counting.