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8 Laces: What people will be talking about after the Bills win over the Browns

The Bills beat the Cleveland Browns Sunday at New Era Field, 33-13, keeping their playoff hopes alive for another week.

Here's what your friends and co-workers will be talking about.

The playoffs

No, the Bills aren't mathematically eliminated yet, but their odds dropped even lower Sunday despite winning. That's because teams ahead of them – Miami, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Houston, Tennessee – all won this week, too. The only team the Bills wanted to lose that actually lost was Denver.

As I wrote here, a Denver win would've eliminated the Bills. Oddly enough, a Denver win next week wouldn't end the Bills' playoff chances due to the order of the tiebreakers. But a loss to Miami would do it, or a Baltimore win.

How bad the Browns are

Did you watch that game? There's a reason CBS sent its seventh-best announcing team to call the game. The Browns were awful in almost all phases of the game. As Vic Carucci wrote, the real win from Sunday was not being the team that gave the Browns their first win.

The loss dropped the Browns to 0-14. They haven't led in a game since Nov. 10. Nov. 10!!!

That thing Tim Graham wrote

Tim wrote a column last week that many people liked and others got worked up over.

Then he dropped a tease for this week's column a few days before the game.

Well, here it is.

LeSean McCoy doing LeSean McCoy things

McCoy ran for 153 yards Sunday, marking a new high for him in a Bills uniform. Jay Skurski wrote about it here.

"I mean, it was kind of easy,” McCoy said. “Not easy, but just, easier.”

$6 tickets

Tickets for this game were going for as little as $6 on secondary markets during the week leading up to the game. It was frigid in Orchard Park Sunday, and a lousy opponent didn't make things any better.

Was this game even worth the price of a Subway footlong? Bucky Gleason wrestled with that question.

Charles Clay actually getting the ball

Look at that! The Bills actually got their tight end the ball Sunday and it paid off. Clay led the team with seven catches for 72 yards and a touchdown, easily his best game of the season.

The only thing that could've made it better? Remembering to bring the touchdown ball home to his daughter.

 

Kyle Williams

OK, maybe your friends aren't talking about Kyle Williams. But they should be. Williams has been one of the Bills' better players for more than a decade and, in a way, it's a shame that he hasn't gotten to the playoffs.

"How many proud performances have been wasted during the 16-plus years of the drought?" Jerry Sullivan wrote. "Williams still talks with former teammates who played their entire careers in Buffalo and never saw a playoff game – guys like Aaron Schobel, Terrence McGee and Chris Kelsay."

Doug Marrone

Yeah, that guy.

The Jaguars finally fired coach Gus Bradley Sunday. That could mean former Bills coach Doug Marrone will take over as the interim coach for the final two games. He hasn't had a head-coaching position since leaving Buffalo.

But man, Jacksonville really needed to get rid of Bradley. He was 14-48!

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