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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 15

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Mario Williams and the Bills defense made Aaron Rodgers have one of the worst games of his career Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Mario Williams and the Bills defense made Aaron Rodgers have one of the worst games of his career Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills bounced back in Week 15 with a 21-13 victory over the visiting Green Bay Packers in what some fans are calling the biggest win in a decade. There is no doubt it was a monumental victory for head coach Doug Marrone and his staff, as it keeps the Bills’ playoff push alive into Week 16, something fairly uncommon for the Western New York franchise in December.

The Bills defense ruled the day as it shut down the Packers passing game and limited the damage done on the ground on its way to some high grades. The offense once again struggled to punch the ball into the end zone; it will need to get better if Buffalo wants to win out and potentially make the playoffs.

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Elite Defense Leads Buffalo Bills to Season-Saving Win over Green Bay Packers

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
Mario Williams and the Bills defense made Aaron Rodgers have one of the worst games of his career Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Mario Williams and the Bills defense made Aaron Rodgers have one of the worst games of his career Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If you only watch Buffalo Bills football games and don’t pay attention to the rest of the NFL, you wouldn’t know that Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning are considered to be the two best quarterbacks in the league.

Holding Manning without a passing touchdown for the first time in more than four years wasn’t enough for the Bills to score a win over the Denver Broncos in Week 14. But forcing Rodgers into one of the worst games of his career was enough for the Bills to score a 21-13 win over the Green Bay Packers—who came into Week 15 with the league’s longest winning streak at five games—and clinch their first non-losing season (8-6 with two games to go) since 2004.

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What Went Wrong Between Buffalo Bills, Mike Williams

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Mike Williams was waived by the Bills on Monday, just eight months after he was acquired. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Mike Williams was waived by the Bills on Monday, just eight months after he was acquired. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills’ April trade of a sixth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for veteran wide receiver Mike Williams was supposed to bring excitement to the Bills offense at a bargain-bin price. Instead, after just one significantly exciting moment early in the season, it became more clear why Williams came at a cheap cost to begin with.

Buffalo waived Williams on Monday, just eight months and a few days after it acquired him. As he was waived with an injury designation, Williams could revert to the Bills’ injured reserve if he goes unclaimed on waivers, but it’s safe to presume his unceremonious tenure with the Bills is over.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns, 2014 NFL Week 13: Matchups to Watch and Keys to the Game

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Mario Williams has been on a roll lately, and he'll continue to keep it going against the Browns on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Mario Williams has been on a roll lately, and he’ll continue to keep it going against the Browns on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Two franchises that have been known more for losing than winning since the turn of the century, the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns will be fighting to keep themselves in the race for a playoff position when they play each other Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

For the 6-5 Bills, who return home to Ralph Wilson Stadium after playing their last home game in Detroit due to snow in Western New York, this game is one they must win to keep even slim hopes of ending their playoff drought alive before they enter a brutally tough final quadrant of the season. The Browns are in better position than the Bills, as they are currently 7-4 and in a five-way tie for a wild card spot, but they also need victory as they hold no tiebreakers over any other teams in the wild card race.

Both teams have reason to be confident heading into this game, as each was victorious in its last outing, but football is a game of matchups. The following matchups and keys to the game will be deciding factors in how this game—a game more important at this juncture of the season than most for either in recent years—plays out.

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Snow Problem: Bills Blow Out Jets Again in Detroit on Monday Night

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Mario Williams and the Bills defense gave Michael Vick and the Jets offense problems all Monday night. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Mario Williams and the Bills defense gave Michael Vick and the Jets offense problems all Monday night. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It didn’t matter that the Buffalo Bills had to play in Detroit instead of at home, or that the game was moved to Monday, or that they didn’t get to practice all week.

On Monday night, just as they were when the two teams played four weeks ago, the Bills were the far superior team over the New York Jets, as they won 38-3 to move back above .500 (6-5) for the year.

When the Bills played the Jets at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in Week 8, Buffalo’s defense ended up convincing New York to bench quarterback Geno Smith for Michael Vick after Smith threw three first-quarter interceptions. On Monday in Detroit, it went the other way around.

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