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This Week in Fantasy Football: 2014 NFL Week 5

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Teddy Bridgewater is among the recommend acquisitions this week in fantasy football. (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn — USA Today Sports)

Teddy Bridgewater is among the recommend acquisitions this week in fantasy football. (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (Owned in 47% of Yahoo! leagues): A 300-yard, four-touchdown game is not something we will see every week out of Manning, especially since he did this against a weak Washington Redskins defense in Week 4, but it is major improvement over what he had done the first three weeks of the season. It took Manning some time to adjust to the new West Coast offense but now that he seems to be making major strides with it, he is definitely worth a look as a QB flier for those going into more bye week trouble moving forward.

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Buffalo Bills Giving Up on EJ Manuel, Will Start Kyle Orton; Right Time or Too Soon?

Monday, September 29th, 2014
Kyle Orton received the call of duty on Monday to start for the Bills at quarterback in Week 5. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

Kyle Orton received the call of duty on Monday to start for the Bills at quarterback in Week 5. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The EJ Manuel era of the Buffalo Bills didn’t even make it to 16 full games. Just four games into his second season after starting 10 games as a rookie quarterback, 2013 first-round pick EJ Manuel has been benched in favor of veteran Kyle Orton, Bills coach Doug Marrone announced Monday.

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EJ Manuel, Passing Offense Continue to Struggle as Buffalo Bills Lose to Houston Texans

Sunday, September 28th, 2014
J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans got the best of EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Troy Taormina — USA Today Sports)

J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans got the best of EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Troy Taormina — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Fans of a football team tend to give the quarterback too much credit when the team wins and heap excessive blame on the signal-caller when the team loses. That’s especially been the case for the Buffalo Bills and their fanbase, understandably so, in the one season and four games of the EJ Manuel era thus far.

I’m not going to join the fanbase in its cries for Kyle Orton to the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback, and even in Sunday’s 23-17 loss to the Houston Texans, a loss that was sealed when Manuel threw an interception into double coverage, I don’t think Manuel deserves all the blame for the struggles of Buffalo’s offense.

That said, Manuel didn’t make himself easy to defend with his poor performance Sunday.

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Buffalo Bills Suffer First Loss of Season vs. San Diego Chargers; What Went Wrong?

Sunday, September 21st, 2014
EJ Manuel and the Bills offense struggled against the San Diego Chargers in Buffalo's first loss of the season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel and the Bills offense struggled against the San Diego Chargers in Buffalo’s first loss of the season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills were one of just seven NFL teams to open their season with back-to-back wins, but they were sent back down to earth on Sunday as they suffered a 22-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers at Ralph Wilson Stadium, bringing both teams to 2-1 records for the year.

There were some aspects of Sunday’s game that went fine for the Bills.

Buffalo’s offense finished the game without a single turnover.

Its defense was able to limit the Chargers to field goals on two of their four trips into the red zone. The rushing defense also had a strong performance, as it limited the Chargers to just 85 yards on 37 carries.

The Buffalo special teams continued to execute well: Dan Carpenter made his only field goal attempt of the day, Colton Schmidt averaged 45.2 yards per punt, no punts were returned for positive yardage and all three of Jordan Gay’s kickoffs were touchbacks.

Overall, however, the Chargers were simply the better team on the field Sunday. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers and his offense executed efficiently throughout the game, whereas Buffalo quarterback EJ Manuel and his offense never found any consistent rhythm. The Chargers appear to be one of the NFL’s better teams this year, but the Bills need to improve in a number of areas in order to score wins against playoff-caliber teams this season.

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Eight Takeaways from Buffalo Bills’ Season-Opening Overtime Win Over Chicago Bears

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Robert Woods was the star of Buffalo's offense in the Bills' season-opening win against the Chicago Bears. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

Robert Woods was the star of Buffalo’s offense in the Bills’ season-opening win against the Chicago Bears. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills weren’t able to come out on top in regulation, but they were able to pull together a win in overtime against the Chicago Bears, on the road, in their 2014 regular season opener.

Buffalo won the turnover battle, three to one, and had overall solid performances from all three of its units: offense, defense and special teams.

What did Buffalo do well to start its season with a one in the W column, and what must it do better to continue winning games and do so without needing overtime? Feel free to chime in and let us know what you think was positive or negative about the Bills’ season opener, but here’s a look at eight things we saw on the field Sunday.

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