Posts Tagged ‘Anthony Dixon’

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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Buffalo Bills Offense Overcomes Turnovers, Injuries to Steal Victory from Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, October 19th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills defeated the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, thanks to a Sammy Watkins touchdown catch with one second remaining in the game. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills defeated the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, thanks to a Sammy Watkins touchdown catch with one second remaining in the game. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

For the first 57 minutes of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, it looked as though this column would be all about everything that went wrong for the Buffalo Bills offense on Sunday.

The Bills flipped the script in the game’s final three minutes and seven seconds, as quarterback Kyle Orton led a 15-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, which ended with just one second remaining in the game, to give Buffalo a 17-16 victory in a game that was otherwise ugly for both teams.

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Buffalo Bills Rushing Offense in Big Trouble After Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller Injured vs. Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, October 19th, 2014
Fred Jackson was visibly devastated as a groin injury forced him out of Sunday's game. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Fred Jackson was visibly devastated as a groin injury forced him out of Sunday’s game. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Things had not been going very well for the Buffalo Bills rushing offense in recent weeks, but it looks as though it could get much, much worse after the team’s top two running backs, Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, each suffered injuries that knocked them out of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half.

Jackson left the contest with a groin injury, while Spiller suffered a shoulder injury. Both players were carted off the field and were quickly ruled out.

According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the initial diagnosis for Spiller is a broken collarbone, while Jackson will need an MRI on his groin.

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Eight Takeaways from Buffalo Bills’ Season-Opening Overtime Win Over Chicago Bears

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Robert Woods was the star of Buffalo's offense in the Bills' season-opening win against the Chicago Bears. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

Robert Woods was the star of Buffalo’s offense in the Bills’ season-opening win against the Chicago Bears. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills weren’t able to come out on top in regulation, but they were able to pull together a win in overtime against the Chicago Bears, on the road, in their 2014 regular season opener.

Buffalo won the turnover battle, three to one, and had overall solid performances from all three of its units: offense, defense and special teams.

What did Buffalo do well to start its season with a one in the W column, and what must it do better to continue winning games and do so without needing overtime? Feel free to chime in and let us know what you think was positive or negative about the Bills’ season opener, but here’s a look at eight things we saw on the field Sunday.

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Buffalo Bills Running Backs: Who Should Be the Present and Future?

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
The early success of Bryce Brown this preseason shows that the Bills have plenty of options at the running back position. (Photo: Sam Sharpe — USA Today Sports)

The early success of Bryce Brown this preseason shows that the Bills have plenty of options at the running back position. (Photo: Sam Sharpe — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

For most teams, assembling a solid one-two punch of running backs with complementary skill sets is a key factor to offensive success. The Buffalo Bills have done even better, as they have built a four-deep stable of backs that is arguably the deepest and most talented in all of the NFL. The combination of C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon gives the Bills four ballcarriers that are capable of being feature backs or at the very least, solid complimentary backs for most NFL teams.

What are the Bills supposed to do with all of this talent at running back this season and beyond? Here’s what we do know: The Bills want to run the football and when you think they are done running the football, they want to run it some more. Last season, the Bills led the entire league with 546 rushing attempts, 37 more than the next closest team. With an influx of running back talent and power-blocking offensive lineman, it certainly appears the plan is to run the ball as much if not more this season.

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