The Bills had won three of four coming into a matchup with an undisciplined and erratic Browns team, and looked to continue their winning ways against the bottom feeders and mid-level teams of the NFL. Favored by 2.5 with an over/under of 39.5, they visited a Cleveland team that had dropped four straight. Baker Mayfield had lost much of his shine and Browns’ coach Freddie Kitchens was seen on the proverbial hot seat. Cleveland opened the game with a score on their first possession and threatened on their next drive when the Bills produced one of the most remarkable goal line stands in football history; eight straight plays from the one-yard line for the Browns and they did not score. The Bills stuffed the runs and kept the Browns out of the end zone even while committing two pass interference penalties in the series.
The Bills took the lead to open the second quarter on a 10-yard scamper by QB Josh Allen for a 7-6 lead. Following a Brown’s field goal, Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka hooked a field goal try left. The Bills defense flexed their muscles again when Tremaine Edmunds sacked Mayfield in the endzone in the third quarter for a safety to tie the score at 9. The Browns took a 19-16 lead with less than two minutes to go. Allen led the Bills down the field, but Hauschka missed a 53-yard attempt to tie the game.
Allen scored two rushing touchdowns and completed 22 of 41 for 266 yards. John Brown and Cole Beasley were his favorite receivers. The run game was held under 100 yards.
Buffalo Bills Odds in Week 11 Against a Surprisingly Feisty Dolphins Squad.
Through the first half of the season, the then winless Dolphins were in the running to be one of the worst teams in NFL history. After upset wins over the Jets and Colts, they are now just one of the regular bad teams at the bottom of the NFL standings. In a competitive game in Buffalo a month ago, the Dolphins covered a 17-point spread in a 10-point loss. For this game, the Bills are favored by only 6.5 points. Even with Buffalo’s top-tier defense, the over/under line for the game is 40.5. The 6-3 Bills are still in the top wild AFC card slot, ahead of a host of 5-win teams. Their spot in the playoff race is less secure, and they are now +2000 to overtake the 8-1 Patriots to win the AFC East.