Posts Tagged ‘Defense’

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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C.J. Spiller, Sammy Watkins, Dominant Defense Lead Buffalo Bills to Win Over Miami Dolphins

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Against the Dolphins, Sammy Watkins played like a No. 4 overall pick should. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Against the Dolphins, Sammy Watkins played like a No. 4 overall pick should. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Capping off what might go down as one of the greatest weeks in franchise history, the Buffalo Bills outplayed the Miami Dolphins on offense, defense and special teams on Sunday to secure a 29-10 victory and improve their record for the season to 2-0.

Aside from the team’s struggle to score touchdowns in the red zone, just about everything else went right for the Bills on Sunday. Solid play by all three of their units, combined with some costly mistakes for the Dolphins special teams, allowed Buffalo to control the field position battle throughout the game.

Football is a matchup-oriented game, and this was a matchup, against a team the Bills swept last season, that favored Buffalo from the beginning. While the Bills ranked second in the NFL in sacks in 2013, the Dolphins gave up the most in the league and have an offensive line of five new starters still coming together as a unit.

Yet while the pressure generated by the Bills defensive front in this game was one key factor in Buffalo’s victory, there are also plenty of other positives to take away from the Bills’ latest triumph over their division rival.

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What Will 2014 Buffalo Bills Defense Look Like with New Coaches, Existing Personnel?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

What will the Buffalo Bills defense look like under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in 2014? We can take a look back at 2013 for some ideas. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Outside of a few key players, the only constant for the Buffalo Bills defense since 2011 has been its inconstancy. As the Bills go into the 2014 season with their fourth defensive coordinator in as many seasons, that will continue to be the case.

Unlike the previous two seasons, however, this year’s change came not because the Bills defense needed it, but because it was really good. Mike Pettine was hired as Cleveland Browns head coach after just one seasons as Bills defensive coordinator, in which the Buffalo defense ranked second in the NFL in sacks, tied for sixth in the league in takeaways, 10th in total defense and as the league’s fourth-most efficient defense by Football Outsiders.

In total, the Bills lost five members of last year’s defensive coaching staff to the Browns, but they did a great job restacking the deck. In new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, defensive line coach Pepper Johnson and linebackers coach Fred Pagac, the Bills added three highly-respected defensive minds with a combined 48 years of NFL coaching experience.

With the coaching shuffle finally complete in Buffalo (at least it seems to be), the new Bills coaching staff should already be at work constructing Buffalo’s defensive scheme for 2014.

What will that defense ultimately look like?

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Buffalo Bills State of the Roster: Defense and Special Teams

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Coming off a career-best season, Marcell Dareus’ adjustment to another new defensive scheme will be critical to Buffalo’s 2014 success. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Glaze

The Buffalo Bills defense is currently in a state of flux as defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has left to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns and subsequently, has pilfered three Bills assistant coaches from last year’s staff, one who had been hired by the Bills earlier this month (Jeff Hafley) and might be on the verge of hiring away defensive line coach Anthony Weaver.

The Bills reacted quickly and hired former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz to replace Pettine. Though his staff isn’t completely solidified yet, it appears likely that Schwartz will bring his “Wide 9,” 4-3 based defense to Buffalo.

The good news for Schwartz is that he’s entering a kitchen with a well-stocked pantry. Buffalo’s defense was its stronger side of the ball last season, and with only one glaring exception, returns all of its key contributors who, for the most part, look to be solid fits for Schwartz’ scheme.

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