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Ugly Win Gives Buffalo Bills First Winning Season Since 2004, First Win in New England Since 2000

Sunday, December 28th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills beat the New England Patriots on Sunday, but it wasn't a game to remember. (Photo: Mark A. Baer — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills beat the New England Patriots on Sunday, but it wasn’t a game to remember. (Photo: Mark A. Baer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills ended some long, unwanted droughts at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. With a 17-9 win over the New England Patriots, the Bills secured their first winning season since 2004, finishing the year at 9-7, while they also won for the first time on the road in Foxborough, Mass. since 2000, despite playing one game against the Patriots there every year since.

Even so, the Bills and their fans won’t be telling their kids about the time they beat the Patriots in New England in 2014. The outcome of Sunday’s game had no impact on the streak the Bills really wanted to end in 2014—Buffalo’s season is over prior to the playoffs again for a 15th consecutive year—and it came on a day that the Patriots played like they had nothing to play for, having already clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC before Week 17 even began.

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Buffalo Bills Up 17-6 After Half-Speed First Half by New England Patriots

Sunday, December 28th, 2014
Kyle Orton has had plenty of time to work in the pocket today. (Photo: David Butler II — USA Today Sports)

Kyle Orton has had plenty of time to work in the pocket today. (Photo: David Butler II — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Moving the ball well offensively and shutting down another of the NFL’s top offenses, the Buffalo Bills have a 17-6 halftime lead Sunday against the New England Patriots, looking for their first win in Foxborough, Mass. and their third win overall against the Patriots since 2000.

Kyle Orton has looked as good as he ever has since the team’s midseason bye, as he completed 11 of 15 passing attempts for 143 yards and a touchdown in the first half. The Bills have also had success running the football, with 65 rushing yards on 16 attempts, and have reached the end zone on both of their red zone trips today.

Defensively, the Bills have held the Patriots to just 121 yards of total offense and no touchdowns, as Tom Brady has completed just eight of 16 passing attempts for 80 yards.

The reality of this game, however, is that the Patriots essentially have nothing to play for, and it’s showed in their effort on the field.

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What to Watch For: Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots

Sunday, December 28th, 2014
Ron Brooks will be in the spotlight Sunday as he fills in for injured Bills starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore. (Photo: Kyle Terada)

Ron Brooks will be in the spotlight Sunday as he fills in for injured Bills starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore. (Photo: Kyle Terada)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Much to the chagrin of Buffalo Bills fans and the delight of New England Patriots fans, Sunday’s regular-season finale between the two teams is essentially meaningless. The Bills, at 8-7, have been eliminated from the playoffs for a 15th consecutive year; the Patriots, at 12-3, have already clinched the AFC’s No. 1 postseason seed.

Still, there will be pride on the line in Sunday’s game, especially for the Buffalo Bills, who haven’t beat the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium since 2000 and have lost 26 of their 28 games against the Patriots since. Additionally, a victory Sunday could secure the Bills’ first winning record since 2004, another year they went 9-7.

With that in mind, there’s still reason for Bills fans to watch Sunday’s season finale, and there’s still reason for the Bills to play as hard as they can to secure a win—but it’s also undeniable that everyone involved with the Bills should have one eye toward the offseason at this point. As much as the Bills will play for a W on Sunday, it will also be a final chance for both players and coaches to prove their worth to the Bills and/or to the league as a whole heading into 2015.

Here’s some of the dynamics that will be worth keeping an eye on Sunday.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 16

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
Sammy Watkins made a big play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but that wasn't enough to propel the Buffalo Bills to a win. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

Sammy Watkins made a big play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but that wasn’t enough to propel the Buffalo Bills to a win. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills entered Sunday’s matchup against the Oakland Raiders with their playoff hopes still intact, only to squander the opportunity in a 26-24 loss at the O.co Coliseum. Rekindling memories of the Bills’ heartbreaking 2004 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo was unable to overcome injuries and another inept offensive performance on their way to a 15th consecutive season without a playoff berth.

The Bills defense gave up a couple big passing plays and was vulnerable against the run, which led to a below-average performance for this typically stellar unit. The offense had three passing touchdowns of 25-plus yards, but it was unable to get anything going on the ground.

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Offense, Defense Fall Flat as Loss to Oakland Raiders Eliminates Buffalo Bills to Playoffs

Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Neither offense nor defense did enough for the Buffalo Bills to score a win in Oakland on Sunday. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

Neither offense nor defense did enough for the Buffalo Bills to score a win in Oakland on Sunday. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

If last week’s win over the Green Bay Packers was one to remember, the Buffalo Bills’ soul-crushing loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday will be one fans soon want to forget. A lack of created turnovers and ill-timed injuries to defensive stalwarts Marcell Dareus and Stephon Gilmore didn’t help matters, but once again offensive ineptitude ruled the day in the Bills’ 26-24 loss.

Buffalo is now eliminated from playoff contention with the disappointing loss.

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