Nov 27, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Mike Edwards (32) defends during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Chubb’s TD run lifts Browns over Bucs in OT

Nick Chubb ran for a 3-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left in overtime to give the Cleveland Browns a 23-17 victory Sunday against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The winning run was set up by a 46-yard pass from Jacoby Brissett to Amari Cooper that moved the ball to Tampa Bay’s 3-yard line. Defender Carlton Davis III fell down on the play before Cooper made the reception.

Brissett passed for 210 yards, one TD and one interception in what was likely his final start before Deshaun Watson returns from his suspension.

Cleveland tied it at 17-17 with 32 seconds left in regulation on Brissett’s 12-yard touchdown pass to David Njoku on fourth-and-10 and Cade York’s extra point.

After the teams exchanged punts on the first three possessions of OT, the Browns (4-7) began their winning drive on their own 29 with 2:45 left.

Chubb rushed for 116 yards on 26 carries as the Browns snapped a two-game losing streak. Cooper caught seven passes for 94 yards.

Tom Brady passed for 246 yards and two scores for the Bucs (5-6). Chris Godwin had 12 catches for 110 yards and a TD.

The Buccaneers had taken a 17-10 lead with 7:41 left in the third quarter on Brady’s 5-yard TD pass to Ko Kieft.

Tampa Bay used up only 25 seconds on a possession that resulted in a punt from its own 10-yard line with 2:10 left in regulation. The Browns began their game-tying drive at Tampa Bay’s 46.

The Buccaneers had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Anthony Schwartz took a pitch from Kareem Hunt and ran 31 yards on the reverse to give Cleveland a 7-0 lead at 10:45 of the first quarter.

Brady connected with Godwin on a 10-yard TD pass to level the score with 5:11 left in the first quarter.

York’s 51-yard field goal gave Cleveland a 10-7 edge with 2:22 remaining in the first quarter.

Tampa Bay tied it up again on Ryan Succop’s 42-yard field with 39 seconds left in the first half.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; Munich, Germany; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFL International Series game at Allianz Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Now atop division, Buccaneers look for more success vs. Browns

Coming off their bye week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will return to action — and the United States — when they visit the struggling Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon.

The Buccaneers (5-5) sit atop the NFC South after defeating Seattle 21-16 in Munich on Nov. 13.

Quarterback Tom Brady said Tampa Bay faces “a big, big stretch ahead” as the prepares to face Cleveland.

“This time of year, some teams get worse and stop believing, lose hope,” Brady said Wednesday. “And other teams do the opposite.”

The Browns (3-7), who lost to Buffalo last week in a game moved to Detroit due to severe snow in upstate New York, are trying to avoid losing hope after dropping two straight and six of seven. They trail first-place Baltimore by four games in the AFC North.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett is expected to make his final start for Cleveland before Deshaun Watson becomes eligible for the Dec. 4 game at Houston.

Watson returned to practice last week for the first time during his 11-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. He faced sexual misconduct allegations stemming from massage therapy sessions but has since reach confidential settlements with a number of the women who filed civil lawsuits against him.

Brissett said he remained focused on this week’s game against Tampa Bay and former New England Patriots teammate Brady.

“I haven’t really thought about the future yet, and honestly don’t want to right now because of how much this week means to me,” Brissett said.

With rain in the forecast for Sunday’s game, Cleveland’s ability to run could be key. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt have helped the Browns average 150.9 rushing yards, fifth best in the league.

Tampa Bay’s run defense — which has yielded 116.6 rushing yards per game — includes nose tackle Vita Vea, who did not practice Wednesday due to a foot injury.

“He’s a great player,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “He’s so physically just big from a measurement standpoint, not just the way he moves his feet. It’s very, very rare to have a guy that size that moves laterally and then is so powerful.”

Brady, understandably, also concerns Stefanski since Tampa Bay’s offense features the fifth-best passing attack (269.8 yards per game).

“He doesn’t take sacks, he doesn’t throw interceptions, throws it at a high level,” Stefanski said of Brady. “He’s on time, accurate.”

Unlike Cleveland, Tampa Bay has struggled to run the ball. The Bucs are last in the league with an average of 70.7 rushing yards, though they ran for 161 in beating the Seahawks.

“We got the win (against Seattle), but we’ve got to do it every week,” Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles said. “We have seven games left. We just got to produce and execute every week.”

Tampa bay running back Leonard Fournette (hip) and guard Luke Goedeke (foot) had limited participation in Wednesday’s practice for Tampa Bay. Receiver Russell Gage Jr. (hamstring) did not practice.

An extensive Browns injury report listed nine players who did not practice, including safety D’Anthony Bell (concussion), guard Joel Bitonio (illness/rest), defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney (rest) and Myles Garrett (rest) and tight end David Njoku (ankle/knee). Receiver Amari Cooper was also held out due to rest.

–Field Level Media

Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett under center Ethan Pocic during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, in Cleveland.

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Browns put starting C Ethan Pocic on IR

The Cleveland Browns placed starting center Ethan Pocic on injured reserve Tuesday with a knee injury suffered last week.

Pocic, 27, will have to miss at least four games. He was injured on the Browns’ first offensive play in last Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. Pocic had played 100 percent of the snaps this season before getting hurt. Hjalte Frodholt replaced Pocic against the Bills.

To replace Pocic, Browns signed center Greg Mancz on Tuesday.

Pocic replaced Nick Harris when he went down with injury in the Browns’ first preseason game. Pocic is in his first season in Cleveland after five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He’s started 50 of 67 games in his career.

Safety Bubba Bolden and offensive lineman Will Holden were added to the practice squad Tuesday and offensive lineman Jordan Meredith was released.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) drops back to throw the ball as guard Rodger Saffold (76) blocks Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) during the first half at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen, Tyler Bass help Bills beat Browns in Detroit

Josh Allen passed for 197 yards and one touchdown and Tyler Bass matched his career best with six field goals to help the host Buffalo Bills record a 31-23 victory over the Cleveland Browns in a game played in Detroit due to the historic snowfall in the Buffalo area.

James Cook rushed for a career-high 86 yards and Devin Singletary also rushed for 86 yards and tacked on a score for the Bills (7-3), who halted a two-game losing streak. Stefon Diggs caught a touchdown pass for Buffalo.

Jacoby Brissett passed for 324 yards and three touchdowns for Cleveland (3-7), which lost for the sixth time in the past seven games. Amari Cooper caught eight receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns, but Nick Chubb was held to 19 yards on 14 carries for the Browns.

The game was moved to Detroit due to the epic snowstorm that hit the Buffalo area. On Saturday upon leaving their complex for the airport, the Bills said there were 77 inches of snow on the ground at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Bass matched the franchise record of six field goals for the second time in his career. The original mark was set in 1996 by Steve Christie.

Diggs had four receptions for 48 yards to top 1,000 yards for the fifth straight season. He has 1,033 this year.

The Bills led by three at halftime before Bass expanded the lead to 16-10 with a season-long 56-yard field goal with 9:42 left in the third quarter.

The Browns went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Buffalo 27 on their next drive but Brissett’s quarterback sneak was stopped for no gain. Buffalo took over and went 73 yards on four plays with Singletary scoring from the 5. A two-point conversion run failed.

Bass kicked fourth-quarter field goals of 49 and 28 yards to make it 28-10. Brissett pulled Cleveland within 12 by hitting Cooper on a 7-yard aerial with 4:11 left in the game before Bass tacked on a 39-yarder with 1:56 remaining.

Brissett tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones with 19 seconds left.

Buffalo took its first lead of the game at 13-10 on Allen’s 5-yard scoring pass to Diggs with 14 seconds left in the half.

The Browns struck on the opening drive of the game on Brissett’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Cooper. Bass got the Bills on the board with a 42-yard field goal with 3:32 left in the first quarter before Cleveland’s Cade York restored the seven-point margin with a 32-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

Buffalo started slow and recorded its initial first down nearly 22 minutes into the game. That drive culminated in Bass’ 36-yard field goal with 4:54 left in the half.

–Field Level Media

The National Weather Service said the snow could paralyze the hardest-hit communities, including Buffalo, with periods of near-zero visibility.

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Bills escape snowy Buffalo, arrive in Detroit to face Browns

The Buffalo Bills made it out of wintry conditions that included more than 6 feet of snow and arrived in Detroit on Saturday night.

The Bills will play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in the Motor City after the contest was moved from Orchard Park, N.Y., on Thursday due to the heavy snow.

The Bills said there were 77 inches of snow at their complex in the Buffalo superb of Orchard Park.

Players, coaches and staffers received help from police and helpful neighbors to make it to the team facility in Orchard Park. Some people shoveled, others provided snowblowing and many helped with transportation.

Buffalo tight end Dawson Knox displayed a video on Twitter where his neighbors were helping dig him out.

“The city of good neighbors,” Knox began. “Getting to the plane. Wow. Let’s go. Never seen anything like it.”

The Bills received police escorts to make it to the airport and reportedly departed Buffalo around 4:45 p.m. ET for the flight to Detroit.

Conditions were so bad Friday that the team canceled practice and met on a virtual basis.

The Bills visit the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, but they aren’t staying in the area. They plan to return to Buffalo on Sunday night and fly back to Detroit on Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

May 25, 2022; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Chase Winovich (69) runs a drill during organized team activities at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns activate DE Chase Winovich, put G Michael Dunn on IR

The Cleveland Browns activated defensive end Chase Winovich from injured reserve on Saturday.

The Browns also placed guard Michael Dunn (back) on injured reserve Saturday and elevated linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. and rookie safety Mike Brown from the practice squad.

Winovich, 27, recorded one tackle in two games this season before sustaining a hamstring injury. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 20.

He registered 86 tackles, 11 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in 47 career games (nine starts) with the New England Patriots and Browns. He was acquired by the Browns in a trade on March 15.

Dunn, 28, has appeared in eight games (two starts) this season.

Carter, 27, has two tackles in one game this season and 180 overall in 66 career contests (30 starts) with the Carolina Panthers and Browns.

Brown has spent time on the respective practice squads of the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. He joined the Browns’ practice squad on Oct. 25.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen (elbow) in line to play against Browns

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen appears to set to play in Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns in Detroit after not receiving an injury designation on Friday.

Allen has been dealing with a tender throwing elbow and he was a limited practice participant all week. Part of Buffalo’s treatment plan for Allen is to limit his throwing during the week.

Allen has passed for 2,733 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and added 476 yards and four TDs on the ground.

Buffalo didn’t practice Friday due to the heavy snowstorm that hit the area, which could also impact the ability to travel out of New York. The contest was moved to Detroit because of the storm that is expected to drop between 3 to 6 feet of snow.

Bills standout safety Jordan Poyer (elbow) is questionable, along with cornerback Kaiir Elam (ankle) and fullback Reggie Gilliam (illness). Middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (groin, heel), defensive end Greg Rousseau (ankle) and receiver Josh Kumerow (ankle) were ruled out.

Browns tight end David Njoku (ankle) was a limited practice participant on Friday and is questionable for the game. Ruled out for Cleveland are defensive backs Greg Newsome II (head) and D’Anthony Bell (concussion), guard Michael Dunn (back) and defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey (head).

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Bills-Browns over-under swings wildly with move to Detroit

A change in venue for the Cleveland Browns-Buffalo Bills game on Sunday led to a major swing in the game’s over-under odds and the cancellation of some bets.

The NFL announced Thursday that the game would be moved from Orchard Park, N.Y., where five-plus feet of snow is expected this week, to Detroit.

Caesars Sportsbook subsequently tweeted, “Bets placed on this event prior to the location change will be void.”

However, DraftKings ruled that because the game day and the designated home team remain unchanged, all existing bets would stand.

The point spread for the contest remained relatively stable. The Bills had been favored by 8.5 points for the game in Buffalo, and most sites still had the spread at that figure Thursday night.

The total for the game, though, varied wildly. After opening at around 46.5 to 47.5 points, the over-under dipped down to 42.5 to 44 points due to brutal forecast for Western New York.

After the announcement of the move to New York, the game was off the board for a bit, then was reposted at most books with a 48.5-point total.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; General view of snow covered seats at Highmark Stadium prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Buffalo Bills. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

NFL mulls relocating Bills-Browns due to blizzard

The NFL is monitoring the impending blizzard set to blanket western New York and has been in touch with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns about possibly moving their Sunday game, per multiple reports.

Weather Channel projected Thursday morning that as much as five feet of snow could blanket the region Friday and Saturday.

Playing in Detroit is an option being considered along with several other locations, per Cleveland.com. The Lions play their Week 11 game in New York against the Giants, where cold but dry conditions are forecast for Sunday.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday the organization has multiple contingency plans in place to attempt to keep players and staff on schedule but safe. Some weather models show historic levels of snow before Sunday that would complicate travel and potentially eliminate air travel into or out of Buffalo.

Moving a game to reduce risk of teams and fans in winter weather is not without precedent.

In 2014, the Bills and New York Jets had a scheduled Sunday afternoon game moved to Detroit as multiple feet of snow fell on Buffalo. The NFL moved the day of the game to Monday night to afford the teams time to practice.

A decision to move the game would likely have to be made by Friday because of gameday logistics and pregame travel adjustments.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; General view of snow covered seats at Highmark Stadium prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Buffalo Bills. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills, Browns prepare for possible Snow Bowl

Josh Allen’s tender elbow is improving, but the outlook is deep for Sunday’s game between the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns at Orchard Park, N.Y.

More than five feet of snow is expected to blanket the area later this week, and a blizzard of that nature would surely hinder offense.

The storm comes as the Bills (6-3) look to halt a two-game skid and the Browns (3-6) attempt to ignite fading postseason hopes.

The scene in the Buffalo area could be similar to a Dec. 10, 2017, snow game between the Bills and Indianapolis Colts. Buffalo won that contest 13-7 in overtime.

The Indianapolis quarterback that day was Jacoby Brissett, who will be the starter for Cleveland nearly five years later.

“I don’t want to talk about the results of the game,” Brissett said when reminded of that cold day in which he completed 11 of 22 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown.

Asked how players can deal with so much snow, Brissett said, “I’m from Florida, so no, I wouldn’t know. I’m the wrong person to ask. I really won’t think about it.”

Both coaches are thinking about the many unknowns the conditions could prompt. The game could even be moved.

“We’ve already started to put a plan in place behind the scenes of what happens if we can’t get in Friday, what happens if we can’t get in Saturday or to the hotel Saturday evening (where the team stays the night before games) with that being downtown,” Buffalo coach Sean McDermott said.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Wednesday, “I wouldn’t say (we have) two separate game plans, but when weather is a factor as it might be, you’re always thinking about having plays that you might turn to should it be a major factor.

“Jacoby played in a whiteout in this stadium in 2017, so he’s used to it. Alex Van Pelt is on staff, and he played there for many years. The guys are prepared for it if that’s what it turns out being.”

Meanwhile, Allen was a limited practice participant on Wednesday in a practice switched to individual and position work due to a shortage of available players. Allen is still experiencing soreness in his throwing elbow.

Allen has thrown two interceptions in each of the past three games. He did pass for 330 yards and one touchdown in last week against the Vikings, but his turnovers, including a lost fumble, were key to Minnesota’s comeback for a 33-30 overtime win.

Allen said he has been spending hours daily with trainers and the strength and conditioning staff.

“It’ll get to a point where it’s back to normal and I don’t feel it and don’t have to worry about it,” Allen said. “But until that time comes, just being smart with it and making sure I’m not doing anything stupid in walkthroughs, not throwing it very hard and just staying in the training room and still getting treatment on it.”

Allen has passed for 2,733 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and added 476 yards and four TDs on the ground to help the Bills lead the NFL in total offense (424.1 yards per game) and rank second in scoring (27.8 per game).

Bills wideout Stefon Diggs is 15 yards away from his fifth consecutive 1,000-yard season.

Cleveland running back Nick Chubb ranks third in the NFL with 904 rushing yards and has scored 11 times on the ground. Brissett has passed for 2,074 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions.

Browns standout offensive tackle Jack Conklin (foot) was a full practice participant Wednesday and is expected to play.

Buffalo safety Jordan Poyer (elbow) was limited in practice on Wednesday while middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (groin, heel) was among those who sat out.

The Bills have won four of their past six meetings with the Browns.

–Field Level Media