Dan Carpenter Comes Up Clutch, Defensive Line Dominates as Buffalo Bills Win Kyle Orton’s First Start

October 5th, 2014
Dan Carpenter's 58-yard field goal gave the Buffalo Bills an improbable win on Sunday. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

Dan Carpenter’s 58-yard field goal gave the Buffalo Bills an improbable win on Sunday. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

In what I would have to think was at least a semi-intentional troll job, the Detroit Lions played the Foo Fighters classic “My Hero” through the loudspeakers of Ford Field after new Buffalo Bills starting quarterback and Dave Grohl look-alike Kyle Orton led the Bills to their first touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter.

Ultimately, however, it was a kicker who looks like Kid Rock who was the hero for Buffalo on Sunday, as Dan Carpenter made a 58-yard field goal — the second-longest made kick in team history — with just four seconds remaining to propel to the Bills to a 17-14 victory, improving their record to 3-2 for the season.

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2014 NFL Week 5: Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions, Live Analysis

October 5th, 2014
Kyle Orton is 1-0 as Buffalo's starting quarterback. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

Kyle Orton is 1-0 as Buffalo’s starting quarterback. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Kyle Orton’s first start as the Buffalo Bills quarterback has ended in victory. Following a 58-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter, the Bills secured a 17-14 victory over the Detroit Lions. Both teams’ records now stand at 3-2. Stay tuned to Buffalo Bills Draft for full coverage of the game throughout the day. Read the rest of this entry »


Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 6: Top Prospects on Display in Six Top-25 Matchups

October 2nd, 2014
Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, who plays Michigan State this week, has been an early star of the 2014 college football season. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, who plays Michigan State this week, has been an early star of the 2014 college football season. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

With six games between top-25 opponents, including three such matchups where both teams are undefeated, Week 6 of the college football season will help shape the landscape for the rest of the season. This will also be a pivotal week for many of the nation’s top NFL prospects who will be showcased in the week’s key games. It will be interesting to see which players emerge and which disappoint. The lights will be shining as bright as they possibly can for midseason games.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: 2014 NFL Week 5

October 1st, 2014
Teddy Bridgewater is among the recommend acquisitions this week in fantasy football. (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn — USA Today Sports)

Teddy Bridgewater is among the recommend acquisitions this week in fantasy football. (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (Owned in 47% of Yahoo! leagues): A 300-yard, four-touchdown game is not something we will see every week out of Manning, especially since he did this against a weak Washington Redskins defense in Week 4, but it is major improvement over what he had done the first three weeks of the season. It took Manning some time to adjust to the new West Coast offense but now that he seems to be making major strides with it, he is definitely worth a look as a QB flier for those going into more bye week trouble moving forward.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA

September 30th, 2014
In the midst of another productive season, UCLA's Eric Kendricks is one of the 2015 NFL Draft's top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

In the midst of another productive season, UCLA’s Eric Kendricks is one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top linebacker prospects. (Photo: Geoff Burke — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Eric Kendricks, who led the UCLA Bruins in tackles and the Pac-12 in tackles per game in 2012 and 2013, is the senior leader for a strong defense which has helped the team start 4-0. A honorable mention all-conference selection and UCLA’s co-captain in 2013, the 6’0″, 230-pound middle linebacker is off to a very strong start this year.

Kendricks was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week after a season opener against Virginia in which he totaled 16 tackles, forced a fumble (returned for a touchdown by a teammate) and returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown. In total, Kendricks has already accumulated 47 total tackles this season.

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