Buffalo Bills Dominate Turnover Battle to Finish First Half of Season with Win vs. New York Jets

October 26th, 2014
Aaron Williams' interception was one of three thrown by Geno Smith and one of six Jets turnovers on Sunday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

Aaron Williams’ interception was one of three thrown by Geno Smith and one of six Jets turnovers on Sunday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Winning the turnover battle is one of the surest recipes for winning football games. Winning the turnover battle six to zero paves a clear path to a blowout victory.

That plus-six turnover margin paved the path to a 43-23 victory for the Buffalo Bills over the New York Jets on Sunday, and has put the Bills, who sit 5-3 at the halfway point of their season, in position to contend for a playoff spot in the second half of the year.

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

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

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?

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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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 9: Devin Funchess Takes on Michigan State

October 24th, 2014
Michigan pass-catcher Devin Funchess will be a player to watch as the Wolverines take on Michigan State on Saturday. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Michigan pass-catcher Devin Funchess will be a player to watch as the Wolverines take on Michigan State on Saturday. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Can you believe the season is entering week nine? Time really flies when you are having fun and football season is truly the most fun time of the year.

The upcoming week’s slate of games lacks the marquee matchups of previous weeks, but plenty of rivalry games and key conference contests await. Teams with playoff aspirations will want to avoid letdowns and the picture is becoming more and more clear as to what the nation’s top prospects’ tools and traits have developed to be. The time to iron out deficiencies is winding down. Putting out solid performances is a must with so much at stake down the stretch for teams and prospects alike.

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