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Points after: Bills 24, Browns 14

By Tim Graham

CLEVELAND -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' 24-14 victory here over the Cleveland Browns.

What it means: The Bills are 2-1 and tied for first place in the AFC East. The Browns dropped to 0-3 and, with road games against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants ahead, are in serious trouble.

C.J. Spiller injured: The Bills lost the NFL's leading rusher in the first quarter to what's officially been called a shoulder injury. He was carted off the field for X-rays and did not return. We possibly will learn more from the locker room or Monday morning. Please check back for updates.

Star of the game: Tashard Choice stepped in for Spiller and played well enough for nearly three quarters to settle the offense. Choice ran 20 times for 91 yards.

Stat line of the game: The Bills' defense limited Browns running back Trent Richardson to 27 yards on 12 carries. Richardson did bounce outside for a 6-yard touchdown run on a play when the Bills did a poor job wrapping him up.

Another important stat line: Ryan Fitzpatrick, aside from a fumble in the second quarter that wiped out the chance for at least a field goal, was effective. He completed 22 of his 35 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

Play of the day: Before he got hurt, Spiller had an electrifying 32-yard catch-and-run up the left sideline to give the Bills a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Sack attack: Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, the Bills' two major free-agent acquisitions, each recorded their first sacks with the team. Anderson's sack came on a third-down play from Buffalo's 49-yard line in the fourth quarter. Buffalo's defensive tackles, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus, also had one sack apiece.

Coming up: The Bills will get to test their AFC East wherewithal against the New England Patriots next Sunday in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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