Offense: The offense failed to build on the momentum it gained in a Week 2 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, going three-and-out on each of its first three possessions. Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden completed 27-of-43 passes (63 percent) for 237 yards and a touchdown, though he threw two interceptions late in the fourth quarter. The Browns dropped at least four passes and allowed four sacks. Rookie running back Trent Richardson rushed for a 6-yard touchdown, but was otherwise bottled up all day and finished with 12 carries for 27 yards (2.3 average) and six catches for 24 yards. The Browns were outgained 344-240. They converted only 3-of-11 (27 percent) third downs: Thumbs down.
Defense: The defense allowed two touchdowns in the first quarter, and the Browns could never fully recover from their early 14-point deficit. Cornerbacks Buster Skrine and Dimitri Patterson lost their men in coverage on touchdown passes. The defense also was torched when C.J. Spiller caught a short screen pass to the left and turned it into a 32-yard touchdown with 5:06 left in the opening quarter. Despite Spiller leaving the game late in the first quarter with an injured shoulder, the Browns allowed 138 rushing yards on 34 carries (4.1 average): Thumbs down.
Special teams: The Browns kept dangerous return man Leodis McKelvin from scoring a touchdown, but his 33-yard punt return in the first quarter gave the Bills the ball at Cleveland’s 49-yard line. Four plays later, Spiller broke loose for his touchdown. Reggie Hodges also had a poor punt of 28 yards at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Bills took possession at their own 32 and orchestrated a 10-play, 68-yard touchdown drive to build a 10-point lead: Thumbs down.
Coaching: The Browns started the game in a lethargic state and paid for it. They were at home. They desperately needed to capture their first win with tough road games against the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Giants on the horizon. Why didn’t they play with a greater sense of urgency from the beginning? Now they’re 0-3, and coach Pat Shurmur and his assistants bear responsibility: Thumbs down.
— Nate Ulrich