Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore Ravens’

Breaking Down the 9-Way Race for the 6th AFC Playoff Spot

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills’ Week 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers could be a deciding factor in the AFC wild card race. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

At 4-7 and trailing in the AFC East by four games, making the playoffs isn’t supposed to be considered realistic for the Buffalo Bills.

While there have been 10 NFL playoff teams since 2007 with seven or more losses, only five of those teams have been wild card teams. And there is certainly a big difference between teams who finished the year 9-7 or even 8-8, and expecting the Bills, who have not won consecutive games yet this season, to put together a significant winning streak to secure a playoff berth.

Coming out of Buffalo’s Week 12 bye, however, the possibility should not be ruled out. And that isn’t just blind optimism from a Bills perspective. In the American Football Conference, in which only five teams have winning records, there are still nine teams with a realistic of being the AFC’s second wild card and sixth playoff team.

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Top 5 Buffalo Bills Plays of 2013 (Through Week 11)

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

EJ Manuel has played a role in two of Buffalo’s top five plays through its first 11 weeks. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Through the first eleven weeks of the season, the Buffalo Bills have made their fair share of big plays. Deciding on just five plays was a difficult task, but some of the “contenders” were eliminated from the list simply due to the fact they occurred in losing efforts.

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First Downs and Flags: Buffalo Bills 2-2 At the Quarter Pole

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Marcell Dareus was the star of the Buffalo Bills’ defensive front on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

The jury is still out on who exactly the 2013 Buffalo Bills are. In a long, drawn-out affair that saw several trips to the replay booth, the Buffalo Bills triumphed over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, 23-20, on Sunday.

While I felt Buffalo was slowly letting the game slip away at several times throughout the second half, second-round pick middle linebacker Kiko Alonso stepped up once again and demonstrated that he is a big time playmaker.

A crippled defensive secondary forced Super Bowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco to throw five interceptions. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine dialed up pressure, and the offense did enough early to help Buffalo squeak out an important victory.

The Bills sit at 2-2 at the quarter pole of the season, and with games already versus the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, I feel most fans should feel happy with the team’s results thus far.

The defense demonstrated Sunday why they will receive many of the first down accolades in this week’s “First Downs and Flags.”

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Big-Play Buffalo Bills Defense Bails Out Offense for Week 4 Win vs. Baltimore

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills won Sunday’s game over the defending Super Bowl champions, but they couldn’t have done it without big plays from their defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Even with quarterback EJ Manuel struggling, the Buffalo Bills have a rookie making a strong case to win a Rookie of the Year this season.

When Manuel couldn’t make the plays he needed to late in Sunday’s game versus the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to secure a Bills victory, Buffalo had to rely on its defense to make big plays to hold a waning lead. No one came up bigger than Bills rookie middle linebacker Kiko Alonso.

With less than a minute remaining in the game, Alonso caught an interception off a pass deflection from free safety Da’Norris Searcy that all but sealed a 23-20 victory for the Bills. The interception was Alonso’s second interception of the game and his fourth in a three-game span.

On a day where he also made five tackles, Alonso continued to look like a steal of a second-round draft pick, but he wasn’t the only player on the Bills defense who made big plays.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens: Week 4 Live Game Thread

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Aaron Williams is the only regular starter playing in the Buffalo Bills’ injury-depleted secondary Sunday versus the Baltimore Ravens. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

FINAL THOUGHTS: The Buffalo Bills cannot win games comfortably, but they did enough to defeat the Baltimore Ravens 23-20.

Buffalo kept Baltimore at bay on the ground, so much that the Ravens only tried to rush the ball two times in the entire second half. The Bills’ most impressive feat was forcing five interceptions on Joe Flacco. Kiko Alonso had two interceptions, Aaron Williams had two interceptions and Jim Leonhard chipped in with one. Alonso’s second interception helped seal the game for the Bills late.

Offensively, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson both ran well, although both were banged up in the game. E.J. Manuel threw two interceptions for the Bills but looked a lot more poised for Buffalo this week. My biggest gripe with Manuel is his running style as he’s doing a poor job of protecting himself with late slides. That said, the rookie quarterback deserves praise for rebounding from his performance against the Jets.

Buffalo cannot take too much time to celebrate as they’ll be playing Thursday night against the 2-2 Cleveland Browns.

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