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Buffalo Bills 2015 Schedule Announced

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills’ schedule for their 16-game 2015 NFL regular season was announced Tuesday.

New coach Rex Ryan and the Bills will open the season at home against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. ET. They will remain at home for Week 2, when Rex and the Bills will have their first of two opportunities this season to play the defending champion New England Patriots at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 20.

The second game against the New England Patriots, set for Nov. 23 (Week 11), is also notable in that it will be the Bills’ first appearance on ESPN’s Monday Night Football since 2009. That game will be part of a back-to-back set of midseason weekday primetime games, as the Bills will play Rex Ryan’s former team, the New York Jets, on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football, in Week 10 (Nov. 12). Both of those games—the Bills’ only night contests this year—will be played on the road.

The Bills’ game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, which will be the first game to streamed as a digital-only worldwide broadcast, is set for Oct. 25 (Week 7) at 9:30 a.m. ET.

In Week 14, the Bills will travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles (Dec. 13, 1 p.m. ET), a game in which new Bills running back LeSean McCoy and new Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso will square off against their former teams.

Finally, the Bills will close the season against the Jets at home on Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. ET.

The Bills’ full schedule for the 2015 season is below.

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Takeaways from Buffalo Bills’ 2015 Pre-Draft Luncheon

Monday, April 20th, 2015

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills held their annual pre-draft luncheon on Monday, giving media members an opportunity to talk to general manager Doug Whaley, director of player personnel Jim Monos and director of college scouting Kelvin Fisher about the team’s expectations for the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft.

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Former Bills Offensive Tackle Chris Hairston Signing with Chargers

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Former Bills offensive tackle Chris Hairston is headed to the San Diego Chargers for 2015. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas — USA Today Sports)

Former Bills offensive tackle Chris Hairston is headed to the San Diego Chargers for 2015. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

More than a month after the start of free agency, former Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Chris Hairston announced Wednesday, via his Twitter account, that he will be signing with the San Diego Chargers. (Update: The Chargers officially announced the signing of Hairston on Wednesday night.)

Selected by the Bills in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft, Hairston appeared in 41 games for Buffalo over the course of four seasons. He started seven games as a rookie and eight games in 2012, but spent the entire 2013 season on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list, then played just 38 snaps this past season, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Buffalo Bills Preseason Schedule Announced

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
The Bills are set to play Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns, who they defeated during the regular season last November, in the preseason. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

The Bills are set to play Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns, who they defeated during the regular season last November, in the preseason. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills will be playing one nationally televised game and three others as part of their 2015 preseason schedule, which was announced by the NFL on Thursday afternoon.

The most notable game on the preseason schedule might be their Week 2 game against the Cleveland Browns, which will be played in Cleveland on Thursday, August 20 at 8 p.m., and broadcast nationally on ESPN. The Bills and Browns are scheduled to have two days of joint practices at St. John Fisher College, the Pittsford, N.Y. training camp home of the Bills, in the week leading up to the game, according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News.

Buffalo’s preseason opener will be played at home against the Carolina Panthers between August 13-17. Following their exhibition against the Browns, the Bills will return to Ralph Wilson Stadium for their third preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (August 27-30). The Bills will conclude their preseason with a game against the Detroit Lions, at Detroit’s Ford Field, on September 3 or 4.

Specific dates and times for the Bills’ first, third and fourth preseason game will be announced at a later date.


Stacking Up the Buffalo Bills’ New Offense After Wave of Offseason Acquisitions

Friday, March 20th, 2015
LeSean McCoy is set to be the centerpiece of the Buffalo Bills' new-look offense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

LeSean McCoy is set to be the centerpiece of the Buffalo Bills’ new-look offense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Rex Ryan is known to be a defensive-minded coach, but you wouldn’t know it from the Buffalo Bills’ personnel moves during his first offseason with the team. Since the start of February, the Bills have acquired eight new players; all of them play offense.

In February, the Bills claimed wide receiver Justin Brown off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers, then signed veteran guard Richie Incognito as a street free agent. In early March, one week before free agency, the Bills really cranked the volume up to eleven when they made trades on back-to-back days for Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel. Since then, the Bills have continued to load up on offensive playmakers in free agency with the signings of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, fullback Jerome Felton, wide receiver Percy Harvin and tight end Charles Clay.

The Bills have taken a clearly defined approach to the offseason so far, and it’s easy to understand why. Their defense ranked fourth in the NFL in both points allowed and yards allowed last season, and will be returning nine of its 2014 starters for 2015. The Bills offense, on the other hand, ranked just 26th in yards per game, 18th in points per game and 26th in Football Outsiders’ offensive DVOA.

As a result of the Bills’ active offseason thus far, their offense could be unrecognizable in 2015. That’s a good thing—the Bills’ 2014 offense is certainly not one they ever want to replicate going forward—but it could take some getting used to.

There is likely to still be more talent added to the offense through the NFL draft, but at least in terms of free-agent signings and trades, the Bills’ big roster moves are probably complete. With that in mind, we can start breaking down how Buffalo’s new combination of parts, under new offensive coordinator Greg Roman, could all come together to form the 2015 Bills offense.

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