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ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 2: Buffalo Bills 19, Cleveland Browns 17

Aug 17, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs from Cleveland Browns defensive end Carl Nassib (94) during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Buffalo Bills 19, Cleveland Browns 17 Analyst Takeaways The box score stats do not accurately reflect the performances of the Buffalo quarterbacks against Cleveland.
Nathan Peterman had a solid night statistically, as he completed eight of 10 passes for 113 yards and a TD, but his first throw was worthy of a pick six.
His best play of the night was a 22-yard run in the second quarter.
Cleveland’s lone deep safety was all that prevented a TD.
Even so, the Bills defense continually came up big in important situations.
The Bills played solid pass defense overall, limiting the big plays allowed.
Edge defender Myles Garrett only played during the first quarter, but he had a strong performance, playing well against both the run and the pass.
On the first play of Buffalo’s third drive, Garrett blew by Dawkins and would have recorded a safety if not for a sharp cut by LeSean McCoy.
However, during the remainder of the game the defense only forced the Bills to punt twice and featured an ineffective pass rush.

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Aug 17, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs from Cleveland Browns defensive end Carl Nassib (94) during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills defeated the Cleveland Browns on Friday night, 19-17 continuing the second full week of preseason action in the NFL.

PFF’s ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game. For more data and analysis from the game, utilize our Premium Stats 2.0 dashboard to expand your knowledge on the key players, signature stats and much more.

FINAL SCORE

Buffalo Bills 19, Cleveland Browns 17

Analyst Takeaways

The box score stats do not accurately reflect the performances of the Buffalo quarterbacks against Cleveland. A.J. McCarron completed three of six passes for just 12 yards but his first pass of the game was a beautifully placed deep ball dropped by Kelvin Benjamin. Nathan Peterman had a solid night statistically, as he completed eight of 10 passes for 113 yards and a TD, but his first throw was worthy of a pick six.

Running back Marcus Murphy made the most of his four carries, rushing for 39 yards. His best play of the night was a 22-yard run in the second quarter. After receiving the handoff from quarterback Josh Allen, Murphy hesitated in the backfield, which caused the defenders playing contain to bite on Allen’s read option fake and…

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