|Date of game: 11/30/2014
Recap: Buffalo vs. Cleveland
Orchard Park, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Orton threw a touchdown pass, Dan Carpenter kicked four field goals in the fourth quarter and the Buffalo Bills beat the Cleveland Browns 26-10 on Sunday.
Orton finished 17-of-31 for 190 yards with two interceptions.
Fred Jackson had 70 yards on 21 carries for the Bills (7-5), who returned to Ralph Wilson Stadium after last Sunday's scheduled home game was played a day later in Detroit after more than six feet of snow fell on the southern reaches of the Buffalo area.
Cleveland rookie Johnny Manziel scored his first NFL rushing touchdown after replacing starter Brian Hoyer, who was benched in the fourth quarter following his second interception and fifth in the last two weeks.
"We're all about competition. We get together as a staff each week and the beginning of the week we say who gives us the best chance to win? So far Brian has been the answer to that question," said Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine.
The Browns (7-5) remained tied for second in the crowded AFC North. Baltimore and Pittsburgh also lost Sunday, leaving all three teams 1 1/2 games behind Cincinnati. The Bengals won to improve to 8-3-1.
Buffalo scored two touchdowns in a 10-second span after being held scoreless for the first 36:56.
Orton and Robert Woods hooked up for 34 yards to convert a 4th-and-3 from the Cleveland 37. Buffalo went up 7-3 when Orton completed a pass to Chris Hogan in the flat.
On the first play of the ensuing Cleveland drive, Jerry Hughes stripped Terrance West, recovered the fumble and returned it 18 yards to the end zone.
Carpenter drilled a 49-yard field goal and then hit a 34-yarder after Da'Norris Searcy picked off Hoyer a second time.
Manziel then entered the game and engineered an eight-play, 80-yard drive that he capped with a 10-yard touchdown scramble. On the next Cleveland drive, Manziel threw incomplete on 4th-and-6 from his own 18.
"My job all year has been make sure I'm ready when my name's called," Manziel said.
Carpenter made two more attempts from 34 and 35 yards on the last two Buffalo possessions.
"I thought, all three phases, we didn't play well in the first half. We had no doubt about that. We were able to stay in the game," said Buffalo head coach Doug Marrone.
Billy Cundiff kicked a 22-yard field goal to open the scoring after a West fumble into the end zone was overturned on a review.
Jim Leonhard intercepted an Orton pass he tipped in the end zone early in the second quarter, but the turnover resulted in no points when Cundiff missed a 37-yard try wide right.
Following a Hoyer interception, Carpenter had a 53-yard field goal attempt blocked by Joe Haden as the first half expired.Game Notes
Buffalo has won seven games in a season for the first time since 2008 ...
Hoyer completed 18-of-30 passes for 192 yards ... Manziel was 5-of-8 for 63
yards ... Woods had 71 yards on four receptions ... The Bills converted only
2-of-15 third downs, while the Browns were 3-of-12.