Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 6

October 14th, 2014
C.J. Spiller and the running backs graded out poorly for Sunday's loss by the Buffalo Bills to the New England Patriots. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

C.J. Spiller and the running backs graded out poorly for Sunday’s loss by the Buffalo Bills to the New England Patriots. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

An emotional pregame speech from new owner Terry Pegula turned the Buffalo Bills’ home crowd up, but the team on the field failed to topple the New England Patriots, as the Bills fell to 3-3 while the New England Patriots took a one-game lead in the AFC East. There were many parties who did not perform as well as they needed to for the Bills in their 37-22 loss.

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Has the Buffalo Bills’ Mike Williams Experiment Already Failed?

October 14th, 2014
It looks as though Mike Williams' run with the Buffalo Bills might not last long after he was inactive Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

It looks as though Mike Williams’ run with the Buffalo Bills might not last long after he was inactive Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

When the Buffalo Bills traded a sixth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for wide receiver Mike Williams in April, it looked as though the Bills were getting a bargain. A 6’2”, 212-pound pass-catcher who had at least 63 receptions and 771 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons, Williams brought the size and experience Buffalo needed in its receiving corps.

Six months later, the trade hasn’t merited much value for the Bills.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah

October 13th, 2014
Ameer Abdullah is one of multiple running backs with a chance to end the position's first-round drought in the 2015 NFL draft. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

Ameer Abdullah is one of multiple running backs with a chance to end the position’s first-round drought in the 2015 NFL draft. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Ameer Abdullah, who is fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 878 rushing yards after six games in his senior season, is making his case to be the first running back taken in the first round of an NFL draft since 2012.

Abdullah has competition at the position, as Georgia junior Todd Gurley and Wisconsin junior Melvin Gordon also drawing first-round buzz, but he has done plenty to put himself in the conversation through the first half of his final collegiate season.

The Nebraska offense goes through Abdullah, who has proven himself this season as a workhorse who can contribute in multiple capacities.

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Scott Chandler, Robert Woods, Chris Hogan Step Up as Offense Keeps Buffalo Bills Competitive in Loss to Patriots

October 12th, 2014
Scott Chandler had the best game of his career against the New England Patriots on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Scott Chandler had the best game of his career against the New England Patriots on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

An unusual aspect of Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots, in contrast with most other recent losses by the Buffalo Bills, is that their defense, not their offense, deserved the brunt of the blame for the team’s 37-22 loss that gives the Patriots a one-game lead in the AFC East.

In spite of my skepticism after the decision, it has been evident through two games that Kyle Orton is an upgrade at quarterback for the Bills over EJ Manuel.

Much like the winning effort last week that BBD’s Josh Cornwall documented, it was a tale of two halves again Sunday for Orton and the Bills offense.

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Buffalo Bills Defense Proves No Match for Tom Brady, New England Patriots in 37-22 Loss

October 12th, 2014
Brandon LaFell and the New England Patriots offense had their way with the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's second half. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Brandon LaFell and the New England Patriots offense had their way with the Buffalo Bills in Sunday’s second half. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The common refrain for the Buffalo Bills in recent losing efforts has often been that while their defense made the plays they needed to make, their offense let them down.

The opposite was true on Sunday, at least in the second half, as the New England Patriots scored 24 points in the final 30 minutes to win, 37-22, and take a one-game lead over the Bills in the AFC East.

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