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Week 15: Total Team Win Over The Browns
Bills dominated like you should against a winless opponent.
by Steve Saslow

Here are our position by position grades:

Quarterback:

Tyrod Taylor had two grossly underthrown passes that were caught on a 2nd quarter scoring drive, the second one was his only touchdown pass of the game to Charles Clay. He did have a couple of nice completions over the middle and threw the ball well. He also ran very well in this game.
Grade A-: Had his best game of the season. Too little too late unfortunately.

Running Backs:

LeSean McCoy had runs of 24 and 20 yards on his first two carries and never looked back. He ran with great vision finding the holes and hitting them fast. He had 153 yards on the ground and two second half touchdowns. His best game as a Bill.
Mike Gillislee TD Mike was at it again running it in from three yards out on the final play of the first quarter. He had a high flip to Brandon Tate on a reverse that the receiver was able to haul it in. He had 37 yards on 9 carries.
Jonathan Williams got two runs near the goal line in the final minutes. The first one got him close and the 2nd one was stopped short of a touchdown on a fourth down run.
Jerome Felton had a 12 yard run when Taylor on the run. He did a nice job blocking.
Grade A+: Great game from everyone in this unit.

Receivers:

Sammy Watkins couldn't pull in a low throw that forced a third quarter punt on the Bills opening series of the second half. He also had a miscommunication with Taylor on another pass. Only caught one pass for 10 yards.
Robert Woods dropped a third down pass forcing the Bills first punt in the 2nd quarter. He only had one catch for five yards.
Marquise Goodwin had a block in the back penalty wiping out a five yard run by Taylor. He caught a 23 yard pass over the middle on a 3rd and 22 play. He also converted a 3rd and 6 on the same drive with a nice catch on a grossly underthrown ball by Taylor for 9 yards. He had three catches in all for 43 yards.
Brandon Tate had a one handed grab of a high reverse. The ball was hanging on one hand for about five seconds. He then ran for 30 yards.
Charles Clay had a nice catch over the middle to convert a third down. He then made a great sliding catch for a 19 yard touchdown on another grossly underthrown ball by Taylor in the 2nd quarter. Made a nice screen pass catch and run for a first down in the third quarter. Finished with a team high seven catches for 72 yards.
Justin Hunter had a 16 yard catch in the red zone but ran out of bounds instead of turning it up field. He could have scored.
Grade C-: Clay was the whole receiving game from this unit.

Offensive Line:

Cyrus Kouandjio played left tackle in the absence of Cordy Glenn and played well.
Grade A: No penalties, huge holes in the running game, and just one sack given up.

Defensive Line:

Marcell Dareus was very quiet after guaranteeing a win. He had just one assist.
Kyle Williams got half a sack to force a first quarter field goal. He was beaten by RGIII on his touchdown scramble. He had a fourth quarter sack as well forcing a punt. He also had four tackles and two of them for losses along with two quarterback hits.
Adolphus Washington had two tackles, one for a loss.
Leger Douzable had an assist.
Grade B: Kyle has found the fountain of youth.

Linebackers:

Jerry Hughes got credited with a sack when he chased RGIII out of bounds on a scramble. He had three tackles.
Preston Brown was beaten for a third down conversion in the first quarter by Duke Johnson. He took a poor angle on a 25 yard run by Crowell on a first quarter field goal drive. He did make a tackle for a loss near the goal line a few plays later. He actually tackled RGIII into the end zone on a 3rd down 3rd quarter scramble that got the Browns to within a touchdown. He had six tackles.
Zach Brown got credited with a sack when he fell on RGIII after he fumbled a snap. He was called for a roughing the passer call on a play that was clearly a legal hit. He had seven tackles and a pass defensed.
Lorenzo Alexander was called for an offsides penalty a play after getting away with a facemask. He got a half of sack to force a field goal in the first quarter. He was beaten by Gary Barnidge for a 28 yard gain in the third quarter. Got another sack late in the game and finished with seven tackles.
Shaq Lawson took a poor angle on the long 25 yard sideline run with Brown. He drew a holding penalty but missed a sack as RGIII got loose. He was called for an offsides penalty that gave the Browns a third quarter first down.
Grade B+: Did a solid job keeping the Browns offense at bay.

Secondary:

Stephon Gilmore did a solid job in coverage. He was following Terrelle Pryor around a lot of the game and kept him quiet.
Ronald Darby had four tackles and was solid in coverage.
Nickell Robey-Coleman was in on two tackles.
Corey Graham had three tackles.
Kevon Seymour nearly had an interception on a bomb on the last play of the first half. He was beaten for a 33 yard reception on a 3rd and 11 pass to Andrew Hawkins.
Grade B: Gave up a couple of plays but only 196 passing yards, some of those was in garbage time.

Special Teams:

Colton Schmidt only punted twice for a 45 yard average. The net was only 33.5 though.
Dan Carpenter hit field goals from 21 and 34 yards out and three extra points but missed his fourth extra point attempt.
Brandon Tate had a decent punt return called back by a block in the back penalty on Ronald Darby. He did have a 29 yard punt return late giving him a 11.5 yard average on four returns. He had a 20.7 yard average on three kickoff returns.
Coverage Units Kevon Seymour had Mario Alford down for no gain but he spun away and returned a 2nd quarter punt 12 yards. They allowed 23 yards on two punt returns and a 17.4 yard average on five kickoff returns.
Grade B+: Carpenter's missed extra point is the main blemish.

Coaching:

Rex Ryan had a mix up in a play call forcing the Bills to not get another play off at the 2:00 warning in the first half. Had his team ready to play against a winless team with the turmoil that is going on.
Anthony Lynn did some questionable play calling when they got down to the 5 on their first drive. He should have ran it three straight times instead of rolling Taylor out. He learned his lesson the next time they were down there and gave it to Gillislee who scored in one play. Hard to nitpick a 33 point, 451 yard effort though.
Dennis Thurman had a good defensive scheme that kept the Browns from seriously competing.
Grade A: A nice win for the embattled coaching staff.



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