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Continued Red Zone Struggles Define First Half for Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
The red zone offensive gameplan still isn't working for Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

The red zone offensive gameplan still isn’t working for Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Coming into Week 11, the Miami Dolphins ranked 30th in the NFL in red zone touchdown percentage, according to TeamRankings.com, while the Buffalo Bills ranked dead last.

After one half between the teams Thursday night, it doesn’t look like those percentages will be improving.

The Bills and Dolphins each reached the red zone on their first two offensive possessions Thursday night—a total of four drives that expired more than 26 minutes of the first-half clock—and none of them ended with touchdowns.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, 2014 NFL Week 11: Matchups to Watch and Keys to the Game

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Jerry Hughes and the Buffalo Bills' pass-rush will look to replicate its success from Week 2 on Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Jerry Hughes and the Buffalo Bills’ pass-rush will look to replicate its success from Week 2 on Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Playoff hopes will be on the line for both teams Thursday night when the Buffalo Bills meet the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium (8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network).

The AFC East rivals enter their Week 11 game at 5-4, tied for ninth in the AFC with the San Diego Chargers, and therefore need to make up ground in the wild card race, as both teams are a full two games behind the New England Patriots in the division.

Thursday’s losing team, which will fall to 5-5 and won’t have a head-to-head tiebreaker over Thursday’s winner, is going to be poorly situated for making a run at a playoff berth.

When these two divisional foes met in Week 2, the Buffalo Bills dominated the game and won, 29-10. Much has changed, however, for each of these teams in the past eight weeks. The September matchup gives the Bills reason to be confident that they can achieve victory over Miami again, but they must recognize the new challenges that could come in trying to become just the fourth road team to win on Thursday Night Football this year.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 10

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
In a losing effort, Jerry Hughes was a star for the Bills defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

In a losing effort, Jerry Hughes was a star for the Bills defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills took one on the chin on Sunday, losing 17-13 to the Kansas City Chiefs, moving them down to 10th place and currently out of playoff position in the AFC with a record of 5-4. Ralph Wilson Stadium was buzzing throughout the day, but the home team fumbled away its first-half lead with two costly second-half turnovers.

Once again the Bills defensive unit had a great showing and did more than its part to give the team an opportunity to win, but the offense was a major letdown, especially in the red zone. There were flashes of great play on both sides but overall, defense dominated the day.

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Fumbles, Red-Zone Futility Cost Buffalo Bills in Loss to Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
A pass to Sammy Watkins with Ron Parker in coverage was one of many in the red zone that went incomplete for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

A pass to Sammy Watkins with Ron Parker in coverage was one of many in the red zone that went incomplete for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Already holding a seven-point lead at home after the first half, the Buffalo Bills seemed on the verge of taking command of Sunday’s game as running back Bryce Brown barreled toward the end zone on a run from the 12-yard line. As Brown crossed the goal line, the Bills would have taken a 17-3 lead before kicking the ball back to the Kansas City Chiefs … except that Brown didn’t have the ball with him when he broke the plane.

As Brown reached the 5-yard line, he was stripped of the ball by Ron Parker, a defensive back who came up big time and time again for the Chiefs on Sunday. The ball rolled through the end zone as Bills tight end Scott Chandler missed an opportunity to recover it, and seven points were officially squandered as the Chiefs got the ball on a touchback.

Brown’s fumble proved to be the turning point in a game that the Chiefs ultimately won 17-13.

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Halftime Report: Defensive Fronts Dominating as Buffalo Bills Lead, 10-3, Over Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
The Bills defensive line, including Jerry Hughes and Kyle Williams, has lived in the Chiefs' backfield Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

The Bills defensive line, including Jerry Hughes and Kyle Williams, has lived in the Chiefs’ backfield Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

As it looked on paper going into the game, the defensive fronts have mostly had their way with each offensive line so far in Sunday’s Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs game.

The Bills lead, 10-3, at halftime.

This has especially been the case for the Bills, whose defensive line—arguably the best in the NFL—has set up a campground in the Chiefs backfield today.

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