Buffalo Bills’ Playoff Chances Fall as Kyle Orton Shows Ugly Side

December 7th, 2014
The Bills had big days from their defense and Sammy Watkins, but Kyle Orton couldn't do enough to lead Buffalo to a win. (Photo: Ron Chenoy -- USA Today Sports)

The Bills had big days from their defense and Sammy Watkins, but Kyle Orton couldn’t do enough to lead Buffalo to a win. (Photo: Ron Chenoy — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

For the first three quarters, Kyle Orton and the Buffalo Bills offense could not get of their own way in Sunday’s one-touchdown, 24-17 loss at the Denver Broncos. The Bills defense kept them in striking distance with another dominant performance, but Buffalo’s offense awoke far too late in the game to stage a miraculous comeback.

In principle, the Bills are still very much alive in the playoff chase due to helpful losses by the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins. However, the team showed it may not be ready to take the next step through its brutal four-game finish of the 2014 season.

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What Must Happen for Buffalo Bills to Upset Denver Broncos

December 7th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills need No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins to step up his game. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills need No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins to step up his game. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Sunday begins the quadrant of the Buffalo Bills’ season in that, if the games were played on paper, we should already know who the winner of each of the final four games will be. The Bills should have one easy win in front of them when they play the Oakland Raiders in Week 15, but the other three games—all against teams who have 9-3 records so far this season—look to be likely losses.

The first of those three games comes against the Denver Broncos, at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at Denver’s Sports Authority Field. If the Bills are going to come up with a victory—one they need to keep themselves in position to make the playoffs—they’re going to have to do so against a team that has won all six of its home games this year.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

December 5th, 2014
Kevin Johnson is emerging as one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top cornerback prospects. (Photo: Sam Sharpe — USA Today Sports)

Kevin Johnson is emerging as one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top cornerback prospects. (Photo: Sam Sharpe — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson has become a popular name among NFL scouts and draft analysts over the course of the 2014 college football season.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 13

December 3rd, 2014
Preston Brown (52) and Jerry Hughes (55) continued to come up big for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Preston Brown (52) and Jerry Hughes (55) continued to come up big for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills welcomed football back to Western New York on Sunday with an emphatic 26-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Both teams got off to a slow start, but 14 points in a 10-second span in the third quarter led the Bills to a win.

Buffalo’s defensive secondary led the charge in shutting down the Browns passing game while its linebackers also came away with outstanding grades. The defensive line played well and the offensive line turned in a solid performance.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: Week 14

December 2nd, 2014
Kenny Stills has emerged as a valuable player to have on fantasy football rosters. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

Kenny Stills has emerged as a valuable player to have on fantasy football rosters. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns (Owned in 11% of Yahoo! Leagues): It finally happened. Manziel got his meaningful game action in place of Brian Hoyer on Sunday, throwing for 63 yards and also rushing for a touchdown in a loss to the Buffalo Bills. Head coach Mike Pettine has not named a starting quarterback for week 14, but it’s obvious that Manziel gives the Cleveland Browns the best chance of winning moving forward. Because of his dual-threat ability, Manziel should be seen as a high-end QB2/low-end QB2 moving forward and could be gold for fantasy owners in the playoffs.

Colt McCoy, QB, Washington Redskins (Y!: 5%): Moving onto another QB benching, Robert Griffin III was benched in favor of Colt McCoy in Week 13. McCoy did not lead the Redskins to a victory but had 393 yards passing and three passing touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. McCoy has a lot going for him: tight end Jordan Reed is finally healthy, Roy Helu Jr. is a reliable pass-catching running back out of the backfield and DeSean Jackson is not expected to miss any games with a leg injury, according to NBC4′s Dianna Marie Russini. McCoy is a reliable QB2 who could put up a lot of garbage time stats on a weekly basis.

Kenny Stills, WR, New Orleans Saints (Y!: 41%): The main beneficiary of Brandin Cooks’ season-ending injury, Stills has put up two straight great games to help pick up the slack for the loss of Cooks. Stills has caught 13 passes for 260 yards, and one touchdown in the past two weeks. As witnessed on Sunday, teams will make their coverages around Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, making Drew Brees have to look for someone like Stills to throw to. Don’t expect Stills to let up anytime soon, and expect him to keep having great games as the fantasy football playoffs start. He is a solid WR3 with a very high ceiling.

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