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Re-Ranking the 2014 Buffalo Bills Roster: Midseason

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Sammy Watkins is one of the NFL's best rookies, but where does he stack up within the Bills' roster? Read on to find out. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Sammy Watkins is one of the NFL’s best rookies, but where does he stack up within the Bills’ roster? Read on to find out. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills have had, by virtually all accounts, a successful first half of their 2014 season. At 5-3, currently good a four-way tie for sixth place in the AFC, they are right in the thick of the hunt for a playoff spot.

To some, Buffalo’s first-half success is a surprise; to others, it’s a realization of promise that had gone unfulfilled in past seasons. There’s still a second half of the season in which the Bills can either keep winning and end the NFL’s longest postseason drought, or falter as they hit tough games down the stretch.

Either way, the Bills as a whole and many of the individuals on their team deserve praise for how they have played so far. While some Bills need to be better in the second half of the year, others have played integral role in the team’s relative success through eight games.

Prior to training camp, when the Bills had 90 players on their roster and many of them were fighting for a place on the team, we ranked the team from top to bottom. Now that we’re at the midpoint of the Bills season, it’s time to look at how the current 53-man roster stacks up, reclassifying players based upon how they’ve performed so far and how crucial they will be to the team’s second-half results.

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

Sunday, 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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C.J. Spiller Out At Least Eight Weeks, Phillip Tanner Added to Buffalo Bills Roster

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Phillip Tanner is the newest member of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

Phillip Tanner is the newest member of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, who broke his collarbone in Sunday’s win against the Minnesota Vikings, will be out at least eight weeks after being placed on injured reserve with a return designation Tuesday.

The Bills signed another running back, Phillip Tanner, to replace Spiller on the 53-man roster.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 7

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
The Bills defensive line, including Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams, continued to stand out Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Bills defensive line, including Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams, continued to stand out Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills held a lead for only three minutes and seven seconds in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, but the 17-16 lead they took with one second left in the game was just enough for them to win and improve their record to 4-3 in the 2014 campaign.

For most of the afternoon it was a sluggish effort from Buffalo, as head coach Doug Marrone alluded to in his postgame press conference.

For this week’s report card, I broke down players’ performances and assigned team grades for the Bills’ Week 7 last-second win over the Vikings. Some players stood out, but others need to step up their games.

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Strong Defense, Next Five Games Hold Key to Playoffs for Buffalo Bills After Win vs. Vikings

Monday, October 20th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills are in position to potentially make a playoff run, but coach Doug Marrone knows improvement is necessary. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills are in position to potentially make a playoff run, but coach Doug Marrone knows improvement is necessary. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

After seeing on ESPN Gametracker that the Buffalo Bills had turned the ball over three times in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings—only seeing live the Bills’ fourth turnover when Kyle Orton fumbled on a strip sack—I headed back to my apartment just north of Boston with the radio turned off, hoping as a fan of the Bills that they would somehow mount a miraculous comeback. I snuck a peek at my phone at a rest stop on the Mass Pike and saw the game update “FINAL: MIN 16 – BUF 17.”

It’s almost hard to believe that there were reasons for Bills fans to be happy or even quasi-happy about the outcome of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. While the Bills ended up victorious when Sammy Watkins caught a game-winning touchdown from Kyle Orton with just a tick left on the clock to give Buffalo a 17-16 win, questions remain about the team’s ability to contend for the playoffs this season.

How are the Bills supposed to feel after a game like that? What are the expectations for the final nine games? Have they changed?

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