Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 12

November 26th, 2014
Jerry Hughes was one of two dominant Bills defensive ends on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Jerry Hughes was one of two dominant Bills defensive ends against the New York Jets on Monday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills scored a big win on Monday night as they trounced the New York Jets 38-3 in what turned out to be quite a bounceback performance for the team after a tumultuous week that sent the game to Detroit rather than Orchard Park. The crazy weather and travel schedule Buffalo had to endure last week did not slow the team down, as the club looked motivated and hungry right from the kickoff.

As usual, the Bills defense graded out the best as it beat up on the Jets all game long, while the offense received some pleasantly higher grades than in recent weeks, turning in a productive and balanced performance of its own.

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Snow Problem: Bills Blow Out Jets Again in Detroit on Monday Night

November 24th, 2014
Mario Williams and the Bills defense gave Michael Vick and the Jets offense problems all Monday night. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Mario Williams and the Bills defense gave Michael Vick and the Jets offense problems all Monday night. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It didn’t matter that the Buffalo Bills had to play in Detroit instead of at home, or that the game was moved to Monday, or that they didn’t get to practice all week.

On Monday night, just as they were when the two teams played four weeks ago, the Bills were the far superior team over the New York Jets, as they won 38-3 to move back above .500 (6-5) for the year.

When the Bills played the Jets at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in Week 8, Buffalo’s defense ended up convincing New York to bench quarterback Geno Smith for Michael Vick after Smith threw three first-quarter interceptions. On Monday in Detroit, it went the other way around.

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Bills Offense Shows Signs of Life While Jets Offense Sputters in First Half

November 24th, 2014
Robert Woods has come up big so far in Detroit for the Bills. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Robert Woods has come up big so far in Detroit for the Bills. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Coming into Monday night’s game against the Buffalo Bills in Detroit, the New York Jets ranked 31st in the NFL in yards per game and 30th in points per game. That might not change by the end of the night if the first half was any indication.

The Jets offense has avoided the turnovers that defined its first game against the Bills this year, but only by luck. Jets quarterback Michael Vick has had at least four passes go off of Bills defenders that each could have been intercepted.

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Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets: What to Watch For Monday Night

November 24th, 2014
One of the keys to Monday night's game will be whether Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins can make big plays against the Jets secondary. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

One of the keys to Monday night’s game will be whether Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins can make big plays against the Jets secondary. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills will play a technical home game under unusual circumstances Monday night, as their game against the New York Jets, originally scheduled to be played Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, will instead be played at 7 p.m. ET at Ford Field in Detroit, due to extreme snowfall in the Buffalo region this past week.

After a week that when, where and how the Bills would play this game became the story, the focus returns to the field Monday night. That said, the postponement and relocation of the game is not simply an issue of semantics; it could, along with the week that was, have a real effect on the Bills’ ability to win this game and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Will the Bills be prepared to win?

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Louisville DE/OLB Lorenzo Mauldin

November 21st, 2014
Lorenzo Mauldin is one of many talented pass-rushers in the 2015 NFL draft class. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

Lorenzo Mauldin is one of many talented pass-rushers in the 2015 NFL draft class. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

You’ll hear from multiple analysts that the 2015 NFL draft is the year of the pass-rusher, with players projected from the top of the first round to the middle rounds that have the pass-rush skills team might be looking for. While a quarterback is the most important position in the sport of football, pass-rushers are what disrupt them and are a valuable commodity.

Lorenzo Maudlin, a pass-rusher from the University of Louisville, has put on a great showing during his collegiate career and is among that great group of pass-rushers going into the 2015 draft. Playing as an outside linebacker in Louisville’s 3-4 scheme, Mauldin has good measurables for the position, standing at 6’4″ and weighing 252 pounds according to Louisville’s official athletics website. At Louisville he’s totaled 101 tackles, 18.5 which have been for a loss, and 21 sacks.

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