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Bills end road skid with 24-14 win over Browns

Associated Press Modified: September 24, 2012 at 3:34 am •  Published: September 24, 2012
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Chan Gailey didn't want to think about facing New England next week. He didn't consider life without running backs C.J. Spiller or Fred Jackson or anything else.

All Buffalo's coach wanted was a little time.

"Let me enjoy this for 24 hours," he joked.

Overcoming the loss of Spiller in the first quarter to a shoulder injury, the Bills got three touchdown passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick and ended an eight-game road losing streak Sunday with a 24-14 win over the Cleveland Browns, who remained winless and walked off their own field hearing the roar of Buffalo fans.

Fitzpatrick, doing just enough to keep the offense moving, finished 22 of 35 for 208 yards as the surprising Bills (2-1) turned to their passing game after Spiller, the NFL's leading rusher who has been filling in for the injured Jackson, went down with an injury that will likely sideline him a few weeks.

It was the first road win since the 2011 season opener for the revamped Bills.

"We had fun," said defensive end Mario Williams, Buffalo's $100 million man who recorded his first sack since signing with the Bills as a free agent.

And as the seconds ticked off, some of Buffalo's players celebrated with thousands of Bills fans who made the short drive over from Western New York.

Before he got hurt while being tackled, Spiller scored on a 32-yard screen pass from Fitzpatrick, who also threw a 9-yard TD to T.J. Graham in the first quarter and hooked up with Stevie Johnson from 9 in the fourth to close the scoring as the Bills tuned up for next week's home game against the powerful Patriots.

Gailey doesn't expect Spiller to be back next week and it may be a while before the Bills have him in their backfield.

"I don't believe it's long, long-term," Gailey said. "If he missed a week that's long for me. He's going to be out for sure this week and then we'll see."

Spiller will undergo further testing Monday. He was not available for interviews.

As for the Browns (0-3), their pain worsened.

Cleveland fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter and went on to lose its ninth straight dating to last season. The young Browns have dropped 12 of 13 under second-year coach Pat Shurmur, whose job security is quickly becoming a hot topic with new owner Jimmy Haslam III set to take over the franchise next month.

By the closing minutes, all that was left inside the stadium on a chilly day were empty orange seats and emboldened Bills fans, who were encouraged by Buffalo wide receiver Stevie Johnson to shout as if they were back in Orchard Park.

"I don't like it," Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said. "I don't like it whatsoever. I've been here a long time and I've never experienced that. It's embarrassing. It's a shame we weren't able to put out a better effort than we did. I can't wait to get this nasty taste out of my mouth. It stings right now, I'm not gonna lie.

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