Browns vs. Bills: Live Game Thread and Injury Updates for Week 5

The Cleveland Browns take on the Buffalo Bills in the always odd Thursday Night Football game.  This really is a game the Browns should win.  They are favored and the matchups work in their favor, but that has not been kind to the Browns in the past.  This is a different kind of team with some consistent performers they can count on including a strong front seven.  The weather could play a role and if it does decide to pour, that could be something that favors the Bills as they like to run the football and have a big armed, big handed quarterback in E.J. Manuel.  The one thing that should be predictable for the Browns is their tough defense and something they can proudly hang their hat on going into tonight and going forward.

Sep 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Buster Skrine (22) celebrates with strong safety T.J. Ward (43) during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Browns beat the Bengals 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Hoyer has the opportunity to go out today and lead the offense to enough points to help the Browns win their third straigh game in row and get to 3-2 for the first time since Butch Davis was the head coach.  If the weather does not cooperate, the rain could be a big test for what Hoyer can do in the elements.  And apparently, they are going to do it in a brown jersey and brown pants combination.

Shawn Lauvao is active, so one may expect him to start, but they do have Oniel Cousins to be ready to go if there is a problem.  John Hughes is also active and ready to go.  Both were listed as questionable coming into the game.  Lauvao coming back could be great news against a tough Bills defensive line.

Browns Inactives – QB Jason Campbell, OLB Jabaal Sheard, DL Billy Winn, OLB Quentin Groves, OL Patrick Lewis, OL Martin Wallace, RB Fozzy Whittaker,

Bills Inactives – K Dustin Hopkins, CB Stephon Gilmore, S Jairus Byrd, CB Ron Brooks, OL Sam Young, WR Marquise Goodwin, TE Chris Gragg

Topics: Cleveland Browns

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  • Joe Mazzulo

    All Browns uni’s? Not sure how I feel about that….

  • Pete Smith

    Not a fan of the Browns pants

  • Pete Smith

    Oy… that missed connection hurts. Gordon had a ton of real estate

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Brutal. Just brutal drop.

  • Pete Smith

    Not sure why that was PI, but ugly start for Browns. Down 7-0

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Bad pass interference penalty. Not a good call.

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Greg Little has played himself out of a job in 2013.

    • Pete Smith

      If that long

  • Joe Mazzulo

    That’s not good.

  • Pete Smith

    Looking like that will be a concussion

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Helmet to helmet. Uncalled.

  • Pete Smith

    Really? Booing Weeden right out of the gate? Come on

  • Pete Smith

    Buffalo picking up blitzes well

  • Pete Smith

    oof… Rubin with a big hit and a nice sack

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Big play by Rubin, great closing speed.

  • Pete Smith

    Wow… Mingo gets him with the shoulder. That couldn’t have felt good. Good blitz by Owens

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Wow! What a hit by Mingo!

  • Pete Smith

    Barnidge… might wanna think about blocking him. Ugh

  • Pete Smith

    Big stop on D followed by a huge punt return by Benjamin. Had not seen it since preseason. Offense set up nicely

  • Pete Smith

    Weeden… just don’t know what anyone can say that is positive about him

  • Joe Mazzulo

    I don’t think Josh Freeman is a good quarterback, but if Hoyer is out for any period of time, I hope they bring him in. Can not watch Weeden.

    • Pete Smith

      Well… I mean… if Hoyer is out, where are you really going at that point?

  • Pete Smith

    By the way… I can’t say I love what I’m seeing from E.J. Manuel either. Got a lot of credit for Week 1 game. Since…?

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Did Brad Nessler just call Greg Little “Mr. Dependable”?

    • Pete Smith

      I assume it was dry wit, but you never know

  • Pete Smith

    McGahee showing that TRich explosiveness…

  • Pete Smith

    Despite everything, the Browns are in position to tie the game 10-10. Weeden did… enough. McGahee did work and so did penalties.

  • Joe Mazzulo

    The Browns lack of trust in Weeden is embarrassing.

  • Pete Smith

    So… the Browns have gone from flat and down with the injury to Hoyer to going into ‘screw it, we will win it without a QB mode’

  • Joe Mazzulo

    I think that’s the only “mode” the have at this point. But to be fair, Weeden has shown some signs of life. He just doesn’t play with or inspire confidence.

    • Pete Smith

      I don’t think he’s a great fit here, but the Browns may want to give Tyler Wilson a look if he’s around. I am not sure the Browns are going to touch Freeman. He’s radioactive right now. I like him as a long term backup though.

  • Pete Smith

    After going down 10-0 and losing Hoyer, Browns score 17 unanswered to go into half with lead. Browns seem to have put the clamps on Bills offense for the moment

  • Pete Smith

    Mingo gets a hit on Manuel on a nice move to dip inside

  • Pete Smith

    Well… that was less than great. Ward takes a bad angle, Mingo gets engulfed, Spiller off to the races for a TD. 17-17

  • Pete Smith

    So Skrine is outplaying Haden tonight.

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Buster Skrine is becoming a player.

  • Pete Smith

    E.J. Manuel might be done for a while too after that hit. The NFL takes away QB’s legs. They just do

  • Joe Mazzulo

    This has just been an awful night for quarterbacks.

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Can Brandon Weeden at least be the 3rd best quarterback tonight?

  • Pete Smith

    I thought that was Gordon the entire way.. was stunned it was Little.

  • Pete Smith

    So… if Weeden wants to be decisive like that and throw the ball to his guys, he might not be awful to suffer through.

  • Pete Smith

    A couple of nice passes to Little and Gordon get the Browns back to even at 24-24… insane.

  • Pete Smith

    Armonty Bryant with the first sack of his career. And a big one.

  • Pete Smith

    Browns get another field goal and go up 27-24.

  • Pete Smith

    Greg Little is really trying to be solid in this game amid some ugly mistakes.