The Buffalo Bills came into their Week-3 showdown against the Cleveland Browns sporting a nasty losing streak on the road. Victories in games against a middling, but scrappy opponent on the road have been rare.
It wasn't a pretty game, but the Bills had a strong showing against the Browns, beating them with the kind of strong play in the trenches that Buffalo, itself, has been the victim of many times in recent years.
When C.J. Spiller left the game with an injury, the Bills faltered, but their strong play along both the defensive and offensive lines kept them in the ball game long enough to execute key scoring drives in the fourth quarter after their 14-0 lead had been cut to a 17-14 advantage.
It was a meeting of sorts with the Bills' past, as Dick Jauron's "bend-but-don't-break" defense reminded Bills fans of what they don't miss.
The win also represents a solid step forward for this season. If two consecutive victories are any indication, Buffalo appears to have recovered from its embarrassing Week-1, 48-28 loss to the New York Jets.