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Halftime Report: Geno Smith Giftwraps Early Lead for Buffalo Bills, 3-and-Outs Keep New York Jets Alive

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Geno Smith lasted less than a full quarter against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Robert Deutsch — USA Today Sports)

Geno Smith lasted less than a full quarter against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Robert Deutsch — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It looks as though Sunday, Oct. 25, 2014 will be remembered as the day that the Geno Smith experiment came to an end. While it already seemed as though his tenure as New York Jets quarterback was nearing its denouement, the Buffalo Bills helped expedite that process in the first quarter of Sunday’s game, which the Bills lead 24-17.

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Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets, 2014 NFL Week 8: Matchups to Watch and Keys to the Game

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Kraig Urbik will get his first chance to start this season for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Kraig Urbik will get his first chance to start this season for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills will reach the midpoint of their 2014 season on Sunday. Playing the New York Jets on the road, they’ll need a victory to bring a winning record into their Week 9 bye.

Buffalo, at 4-3, is a favorite to win Sunday against the Jets, who are 1-6 this year. While the Bills have had their issues this year, they’ve still been a clearly better team than New York, who carries a six-game losing streak into Week 8. That said, the Bills haven’t beat the Jets in MetLife Stadium since 2009—Rex Ryan’s first year as Jets head coach.

The following matchups and keys for each team will play a big part in determining whether the Bills can reverse that trend.

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Can Buffalo Bills Overcome Rushing Offense Issues with C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson Injured?

Friday, October 24th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills must turn to Anthony Dixon (pictured) and Bryce Brown to carry the load with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller sidelined. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills must turn to Anthony Dixon (pictured) and Bryce Brown to carry the load with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller sidelined. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Wegman

The Buffalo Bills were hit with a devastating blow last week in their matchup with the Minnesota Vikings when star running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both went down with injuries.  Jackson suffered a groin injury on a seemingly harmless play, which is expected to sideline him for close to a month, while Spiller had two breaks on one play: breaking a 53-yard run – his longest of the season – before breaking his collarbone on the landing after being tripped up by a Vikings defender.

Spiller, placed on the injured reserve list

with a return designation, cannot return until Week 16 at the earliest.

Neither Jackson nor Spiller are top-tier NFL tailbacks but together they combine to be one of the most productive, consistent and reliable one-two punches in the entire league.  The good news for the Bills is that their third- and fourth-string running backs are better than those of most teams.

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C.J. Spiller Out At Least Eight Weeks, Phillip Tanner Added to Buffalo Bills Roster

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Phillip Tanner is the newest member of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

Phillip Tanner is the newest member of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, who broke his collarbone in Sunday’s win against the Minnesota Vikings, will be out at least eight weeks after being placed on injured reserve with a return designation Tuesday.

The Bills signed another running back, Phillip Tanner, to replace Spiller on the 53-man roster.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 7

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
The Bills defensive line, including Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams, continued to stand out Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Bills defensive line, including Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams, continued to stand out Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills held a lead for only three minutes and seven seconds in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, but the 17-16 lead they took with one second left in the game was just enough for them to win and improve their record to 4-3 in the 2014 campaign.

For most of the afternoon it was a sluggish effort from Buffalo, as head coach Doug Marrone alluded to in his postgame press conference.

For this week’s report card, I broke down players’ performances and assigned team grades for the Bills’ Week 7 last-second win over the Vikings. Some players stood out, but others need to step up their games.

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