Bills stifle Griffin in easy win

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By Bo Mitchell

Buffalo Bills pressure Robert Griffin III with 5 sacks and 5 hits

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The Cleveland Browns now stand two games away from completing a winless season after falling 33-13 to the Buffalo Bills in Week 15. Sunday’s loss resembled many of the 13 that came before it this season for the Browns, including a listless run defense and a line that gave quarterback Robert Griffin III no time to throw.

Buffalo’s pass rush against the Browns’ lack of pass protection was a notable mismatch heading into the game, as Cleveland came into Week 15 leading the NFL with 48 sacks allowed while Buffalo ranked sixth in the league with 33 sacks.

The problem of protection on paper for Cleveland came to fruition on Sunday as the Bills pressured Griffin all day and got to him for five sacks – the most times he’s been sacked in a game since Dec. 14, 2014 while with Washington.

The incessant Buffalo pass rush and the Browns inability to hold them at bay also left no time to get the ball downfield. Griffin was left to settle for check-downs and short, quick-developing patterns. Running back Duke Johnson and tight end Gary Barnidge wound up leading the Browns in receiving with a combined 97 yards. Wide receivers Terrelle Pryor Sr., Corey Coleman and Andrew Hawkins combined for eight catches and 76 receiving yards.

Griffin failed to throw a touchdown pass on the day, but he did escape the rush for an 18-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter – the Browns’ lone touchdown of the game.

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