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Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers: Week 2 Live Game Thread

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Stevie Johnson caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Bills quarterback EJ Manuel to give the Bills a 24-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

FINAL THOUGHTS: What a way for Buffalo Bills rookie quaterback EJ Manuel to win his first game. Down six points with 1:38 remaining in the game, Manuel showed incredible composure in moving the Bills down the field. Most of the passes were short, but Manuel was able to get the ball to his open receivers.

At one point, it looked as though the game was over after Manuel threw an interception. The play was negated, however, as Stevie Johnson, Manuel’s intended receiver, was interfered with by Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. After a nice run by Manuel, the quarterback found Stevie Johnson wide open in the end zone with two seconds remaining.

Manuel gets the game ball on offense as he went 27-of-39 for 296 yards with one touchdown and one interception. C.J. Spiller led the team in rushing with 103 yards on 16 carries and Stevie Johnson led the team in receiving with 111 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions.

Defensively, Mario Williams set a new team record with 4.5 sacks on Cam Newton. Williams could have had another sack or two, but was held consistently. This game was by far Mario’s best as a Buffalo Bill. Rookie Kiko Alonso also had a great game with ten total tackles (9-1), one interception and one sack. Buffalo did a fantastic job of holding the Panthers to field goals when the Panthers were given a short field.

The Bills move to 1-1 and have plenty of momentum as the team gets ready to play the New York Jets in Week 3. After a win like this, there is plenty to feel good about as a Bills fan.

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Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots: Week 1 Live Game Thread

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

E.J. Manuel will begin his NFL career today against a Patriots defense that was 29th in the league in pass defense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

FINAL SCORE: Patriots 23, Bills 21.

FINAL THOUGHTS: The Buffalo Bills played a tight game against the New England Patriots, but their failure to stop the Patriots on third downs down the stretch is what ultimately cost them the game. With five seconds remaining, Stephen Gostkowski connected on a 35-yard field goal to seal the game for the Patriots.

The Bills themselves have a lot to feel good about, but a loss is a loss. The Bills fall to 0-1 on the season. Next week the Bills play against the Carolina Panthers (0-1).
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Breaking Down the Fantasy Football Value of Buffalo Bills Skill-Position Players

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

C.J. Spiller is worth a first-round pick in all fantasy football leagues. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The Dolphins and Cowboys kicked off the NFL’s preseason Sunday night. Preseason football doesn’t just kick off football season, it also means it’s time to get serious about fantasy football.

The Buffalo Bills have many young players on offense whose fantasy football values are dependent upon what type of league you are in.

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BBD Week in Review: 5/20-5/26

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Scott Chandler is the leader in the clubhouse to start atop the Buffalo Bills’ tight end depth chart. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

This week’s look at the best content from Buffalo Bills Draft, the NFL Draft Sites Network and around the web looks forward to the 2013 Bills season and 2014 NFL Draft, but also looks back at some of the draft picks the Bills have made in recent years.

Looking Ahead: 2013 Bills Season

  • Which tight ends will earn roster spots and playing time for the Buffalo Bills this season? Staff writer Eric Samulski projects the team’s tight end depth chart.
  • First-round pick quarterback E.J. Manuel and veteran pass-rusher Mark Anderson are among the Buffalo Bills players with questions to answer this offseason, staff writer Joseph Curtis writes.

Looking Ahead: 2014 NFL Draft

  • UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr could be one of the 2014 NFL Draft’s top picks, but must improve many aspects of his game, staff writer Joe Marino says.
  • Staff writer Evan Sidery broke down Teddy Bridgewater’s top two challengers to be the top quarterback selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and San Jose State’s David Fales.
  • Tennessee defensive tackle Daniel McCullers has huge potential (and size) as a nose tackle. Joe Marino breaks down why the 2014 season will be pivotal in proving whether he is worth a first-round pick.

Looking Back

More on the Bills

  • Cian Fahey of Pre Snap Reads broke down the many various offensive packages that the Buffalo Bills could deploy to form a “chameleon” offense.
  • Mario Williams responded last week to published reports that detailed text messages in which he discussed suicidal thoughts and hydrocodone abuse. Read the transcript from his press conference at WGR.

Around the NFL Draft Sites Network

  • In his AFC East overview of the 2013 NFL Draft, NY Jets Draft staff writer Marc Sluis gave the Bills a B- grade for their draft.
  • Miami Dolphins Draft writer John Blair broke down TCU quarterback Casey Pachall and took an early look at the 2014 tight end draft class among other entries in his “Inside the War Room” piece this week.

What To Expect From EJ Manuel and Other Rookie Quarterbacks

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

The success of the 2012 rookie quarterback class set the bar high, but context sets more reasonable expectations for EJ Manuel’s rookie seasons with the Bills. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

What will the Buffalo Bills get out of rookie quarterback EJ Manuel this season? That is the biggest question surrounding the team heading into the offseason. Although Manuel has been called a project and a likely candidate for a redshirt year, the Bills seem content to let him vie for the starting job.

Since everybody acknowledges that the success of the Bills’ 2013 NFL draft will depend on what they get out of Manuel, let’s take a look at what the realistic expectations are of what Manuel could give. By looking at the results of rookie starting quarterbacks in the new millennium, we can determine what would be a realistic successful season for Manuel or any other rookie quarterback.

In order to set the parameters, I decided that a rookie “starting” quarterback would be one who threw 224 pass attempts in their rookie year, since that is the necessary amount to qualify for the league’s passing efficiency rating. Since 2000, 32 rookie quarterbacks have met those guidelines. Some of the stats were already laid out in an interesting article by Football Perspective, so I’ll just try and put them in a context that’s more geared towards this discussion.

Submitting to the fact that yards per attempt, touchdowns, and interceptions are a solid barometer for quarterback success (I’ve added completion percentage in as well), let’s see just how rookie quarterbacks have fared since the turn of the century and what the average performance would be for Manuel and the rest of the class of 2013.

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