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Buffalo Bills Suffer First Loss of Season vs. San Diego Chargers; What Went Wrong?

Sunday, September 21st, 2014
EJ Manuel and the Bills offense struggled against the San Diego Chargers in Buffalo's first loss of the season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel and the Bills offense struggled against the San Diego Chargers in Buffalo’s first loss of the season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills were one of just seven NFL teams to open their season with back-to-back wins, but they were sent back down to earth on Sunday as they suffered a 22-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers at Ralph Wilson Stadium, bringing both teams to 2-1 records for the year.

There were some aspects of Sunday’s game that went fine for the Bills.

Buffalo’s offense finished the game without a single turnover.

Its defense was able to limit the Chargers to field goals on two of their four trips into the red zone. The rushing defense also had a strong performance, as it limited the Chargers to just 85 yards on 37 carries.

The Buffalo special teams continued to execute well: Dan Carpenter made his only field goal attempt of the day, Colton Schmidt averaged 45.2 yards per punt, no punts were returned for positive yardage and all three of Jordan Gay’s kickoffs were touchbacks.

Overall, however, the Chargers were simply the better team on the field Sunday. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers and his offense executed efficiently throughout the game, whereas Buffalo quarterback EJ Manuel and his offense never found any consistent rhythm. The Chargers appear to be one of the NFL’s better teams this year, but the Bills need to improve in a number of areas in order to score wins against playoff-caliber teams this season.

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2014 NFL Week 3: Buffalo Bills vs. San Diego Chargers, Live Analysis

Sunday, September 21st, 2014
Offseason acquisition Brandon Spikes is in position to start for the Bills at middle linebacker. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Brandon Spikes and Buffalo’s run defense will be put to the test against San Diego. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Chargers win 22-10. Buffalo moves to 2-1 on the season.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

-Philip Rivers picked Buffalo apart on 3rd downs and finished 18/25 for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

-Buffalo’s offense made good adjustments on their first series of the 2nd half, but missed other opportunities in the half.

-San Diego dominated the first half and their first drive of the second half had to affect morale on Buffalo’s sideline. The Chargers took over 7 minutes off the clock to start the third.

-Neither team was effective in the run game, but San Diego used the run game to eat time off the clock. They finished with 37 carries, I believe the same amount they had last week versus Seattle.

-EJ Manuel panicked in the pocket a lot today. He was able to use his athletic ability early but late in the game he took some unnecessary sacks and a brutal intentional grounding for a safety. His passes were off-target most of the game and at one point he was responsible for Marquise Goodwin taking a hard shot.

-Manuel was bad, but so was Buffalo’s offensive line. Chris Williams was out with a back injury early and unfortunately Urbik wasn’t much better. The entire line had a rough outing. This led to a lot of pressure for the Chargers.

-Frank Reich called a wonderful game for San Diego.

-Buffalo had over 100 yards in penalties. You won’t win any games doing that.

-Buffalo needs to go back to the drawing board against Houston. The Texans have a terrific defense so the Bills need to call a better game. Ryan Fitzpatrick will not pick the Bills apart like Rivers did however.

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C.J. Spiller, Sammy Watkins, Dominant Defense Lead Buffalo Bills to Win Over Miami Dolphins

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Against the Dolphins, Sammy Watkins played like a No. 4 overall pick should. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Against the Dolphins, Sammy Watkins played like a No. 4 overall pick should. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Capping off what might go down as one of the greatest weeks in franchise history, the Buffalo Bills outplayed the Miami Dolphins on offense, defense and special teams on Sunday to secure a 29-10 victory and improve their record for the season to 2-0.

Aside from the team’s struggle to score touchdowns in the red zone, just about everything else went right for the Bills on Sunday. Solid play by all three of their units, combined with some costly mistakes for the Dolphins special teams, allowed Buffalo to control the field position battle throughout the game.

Football is a matchup-oriented game, and this was a matchup, against a team the Bills swept last season, that favored Buffalo from the beginning. While the Bills ranked second in the NFL in sacks in 2013, the Dolphins gave up the most in the league and have an offensive line of five new starters still coming together as a unit.

Yet while the pressure generated by the Bills defensive front in this game was one key factor in Buffalo’s victory, there are also plenty of other positives to take away from the Bills’ latest triumph over their division rival.

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2014 NFL Week 2: Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, Live Analysis

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (No. 99) and slot cornerback Nickell Robey (No. 37) had reasons to celebrate their play Sunday. (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

The Bills swept the Dolphins in 2013. Can they extend their winning streak over Miami to three? (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Final thoughts:

Buffalo was dominant in their home opener over the Miami Dolphins winning 29-10. Offensively, EJ Manuel was efficient for the second straight week, and while the running game struggled, C.J. Spiller was able to rip off one long 47 yard run.

Miami came out in the second half behind 9-0 and made some terrific adjustments. After Miami scored on their first possession of the second half, Buffalo responded via special teams. Spiller returned a kickoff 102 yards. After two or three impressive drives, Miami fizzled out.

Sammy Watkins was the star of the game among Buffalo’s playmakers. He was targeted 11 times and caught 8 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. It was Watkins’ first NFL touchdown and first 100 yard game in his young career.

On the line, Seantrel Henderson performed well against Cameron Wake. He received TE help but did had a terrific game.

Defensively, Buffalo’s line recorded sacks and batted passes. It was a terrific performance from the front four.

Nigel Bradham looked outstanding in his first game of the season and had quite a few impressive hits. The run defense held Miami to 80 yards rushing.

All in all, a great week for the Bills. Next up? The San Diego Chargers.

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Fan’s Perspective: Buffalo Bills Memories to Continue with New Owners Terry and Kim Pegula

Friday, September 12th, 2014
Thanks to new team owner Terry Pegula (center), the Bills' future in Buffalo is secure. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Thanks to new team owner Terry Pegula (center), the Bills’ future in Buffalo is secure. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

I bought a jar of Cheez Whiz on Tuesday for the first time in years.

News had just broken that the Buffalo Bills reached a sale agreement with Terry and Kim Pegula to become the second owners in the team’s history.

The Pegulas were the favorites all along to be chosen as the next owners of the Bills, but nothing was definite… until Tuesday.

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