The Cleveland Browns lost their first home preseason game 19-17 to the Buffalo Bills.
The Browns took an early 7-0 lead on their first possession, racking up 63 yards on the ground. Carlos Hyde flashed several big runs, including this highlight reel stiff-arm of former Browns safety Jordan Poyer.
CARLOS HYDE GROWN MAN STIFF ARM. @elguapo #BUFvsCLE pic.twitter.com/k1NaFkeHo9— NFL (@NFL) August 17, 2018
Hyde capped the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run, sprung by beautiful blocks by receivers Rashard Higgins and Jarvis Landry.
.@elguapo from 4 yards out ….— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 17, 2018
Touchdown, #Browns! #BUFvsCLE pic.twitter.com/jqKZCOan06
After Browns starters forced four consecutive three-and-outs by the Bills’ first-team offense, rookie Josh Allen entered the game and methodically moved his team down the field into scoring position.
On 3rd-and-goal, Allen evaded pressure and stepped into the pocket, then delivered a strike touchdown to receiver Rod Streater with defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun trailing in coverage.
.@JoshAllenQB avoids the pressure and delivers a TD strike! #BUFvsCLE pic.twitter.com/B4rWtjqicQ— NFL (@NFL) August 18, 2018
After trading field goals in the third quarter, Rookie running back Nick Chubb broke a nice outside run with rookie guard Austin Corbett pulling and leading the way.
.@NickChubb21 making moves down to the goal line! #BUFvsCLE pic.twitter.com/bocmnLgNWD— NFL (@NFL) August 18, 2018
Chubb got rewarded with a short touchdown run on 3rd-and-goal just one play after Mayfield’s touchdown throw to Derrick Willies was overturned.
The rookie RB's first preseason TD!@NickChubb21 gives the @Browns the lead. #BUFvsCLE— NFL (@NFL) August 18, 2018
: @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/V2oNc0i4EE
Chubb’s touchdown gave the Browns a 17-13 lead with 12:33 left in the game.
The Bills answered, though, on their next possession. Nathan Peterman found tight end Nick O’Leary who scampered into the end zone after a busted coverage left him wide open down the seam.
Peterman to O'Leary, 35 yards for the score! #BUFvsCLE #GoBills pic.twitter.com/dnVDQtuxFt— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 18, 2018
Bills rookie backup kicker Tyler Davis missed the extra point, giving Buffalo a 19-17 lead.
After a three-and-out by third-string quarterback Drew Stanton, Davis missed a field goal with 5:43 remaining, keeping the Browns within two points.
Then after another Browns three-and-out led by Stanton, including a bad overthrow of wide open receiver C.J. Board, Devon Cajuste appeared to recover a fumble on the punt, but the play was ruled dead despite video evidence to the contrary. It was determined to not be reviewable.
Buffalo maintained possession and sealed their victory by running out the final five-plus minutes of the clock, helped by a roughing the passer penalty by Zaycoven Henderson on 3rd-and-long with 1:51 to play.
Mayfield also had another touchdown to Willies negated in the third quarter due to an offensive pass interference penalty. The Browns were flagged for OPI three times on Friday night.
- Tyrod Taylor: 4-of-7, 22 yards; 1 rush, 5 yards
- Carlos Hyde: 9 rushes, 64 yards, and 1 touchdown; 1 catch, -5 yards (1 target)
- Jarvis Landry: no catches (2 targets)
- Rashard Higgins: 2 catches, 20 yards (3 targets)
- Baker Mayfield: 7-of-13, 75 yards, no touchdowns; 4 rushes, 9 yards
- Nick Chubb: 11 rushes, 53 yards, 1 touchdown; 2 catches, 0 yards (2 targets)
- Da’Mari Scott: 2 catches, 31 yards (2 targets)
- Damion Ratley: 2 catches, 18 yards (2 targets)
Browns got 24 carries for 144 yds (6.0 AVG) and 2 TDs out of Hyde/Duke/Chubb tonight after having no running game to speak of last week— Justin (@afc2nfc) August 18, 2018