Hot read? Seriously? How about "Lukewarm Read?" Sorry, the game just ended. I'm not going to sit here and pretend I have any scalding hot reaction to the Bills' game against the winless Browns on Sunday at New Era Field.
The Bills won, 33-13. They're now 7-7 – after being 2-2, 4-4, 5-5 and 6-6 earlier in this up-and-down season (and 8-8 the year before). They're still technically alive for the playoffs pending Denver's game against the Patriots later in the day.
The Browns fell to 0-14, keeping alive their chances of becoming the second team in NFL history to finish 0-16. I'd still trade franchises in a minute, but they sure stink right now. And if it was somehow possible, they got worse when Robert Griffin III came back to play quarterback.
LeSean McCoy rushed 19 times for 153 yards, his high as a Bill, and moved over 1,100 for the season. His 5.4 average per carry is tops in the NFL among players with 100 carries or more. Tyrod Taylor completed 17 of 24 passes for 174 yards before giving way to EJ Manuel with 6:00 left.
The defense played much better with veteran tackle Kyle Williams. They can always be counted on to bully a bad offense with an inferior quarterback. They're now 15-15 under Ryan, with no wins against a team with a QB rated in the top half of the league.
But they're still alive. Ryan is still a dead man walking. They won another game without Taylor throwing 30 passes. Dan Carpenter missed an extra point. Tickets were going for $6 before the game. They were not, one can only assume, going like hotcakes.