Posts Tagged ‘Fred Jackson’

Buffalo Bills’ Playoff Chances Fall as Kyle Orton Shows Ugly Side

Sunday, December 7th, 2014
The Bills had big days from their defense and Sammy Watkins, but Kyle Orton couldn't do enough to lead Buffalo to a win. (Photo: Ron Chenoy -- USA Today Sports)

The Bills had big days from their defense and Sammy Watkins, but Kyle Orton couldn’t do enough to lead Buffalo to a win. (Photo: Ron Chenoy — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

For the first three quarters, Kyle Orton and the Buffalo Bills offense could not get of their own way in Sunday’s one-touchdown, 24-17 loss at the Denver Broncos. The Bills defense kept them in striking distance with another dominant performance, but Buffalo’s offense awoke far too late in the game to stage a miraculous comeback.

In principle, the Bills are still very much alive in the playoff chase due to helpful losses by the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins. However, the team showed it may not be ready to take the next step through its brutal four-game finish of the 2014 season.

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Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets: What to Watch For Monday Night

Monday, November 24th, 2014
One of the keys to Monday night's game will be whether Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins can make big plays against the Jets secondary. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

One of the keys to Monday night’s game will be whether Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins can make big plays against the Jets secondary. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills will play a technical home game under unusual circumstances Monday night, as their game against the New York Jets, originally scheduled to be played Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, will instead be played at 7 p.m. ET at Ford Field in Detroit, due to extreme snowfall in the Buffalo region this past week.

After a week that when, where and how the Bills would play this game became the story, the focus returns to the field Monday night. That said, the postponement and relocation of the game is not simply an issue of semantics; it could, along with the week that was, have a real effect on the Bills’ ability to win this game and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Will the Bills be prepared to win?

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Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 2014 NFL Week 10: Inactives and Matchups to Watch

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
Following the team's bye week, Fred Jackson is back in action for the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

Following the team’s bye week, Fred Jackson is back in action for the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The second half of the Buffalo Bills’ season begins Sunday as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs, at 1 p.m. at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium and to be televised on CBS, in a battle of two 5-3 teams jockeying for position in the battle for a wild card spot in the AFC.

There was some suspense leading up to the release of the Bills’ inactive list Sunday morning as two of the team’s key offensive plays, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and running back Fred Jackson, were both listed as questionable with groin injuries.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Midseason Grades

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Playing to earn a contract extension, Marcell Dareus has been the first-half star of the Buffalo Bills defense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Playing to earn a contract extension, Marcell Dareus has been the first-half star of the Buffalo Bills defense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills are right in the thick of the AFC playoff race, currently sitting in a four-way tie for sixth place with a record of 5-3. The defense has really carried the team while the offense has been opportunistic enough to contribute to the winning record.

Overall through eight games, many defensive players have graded out very well while the offensive players have been more boom or bust in terms of individual performances.

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Can Buffalo Bills Overcome Rushing Offense Issues with C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson Injured?

Friday, October 24th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills must turn to Anthony Dixon (pictured) and Bryce Brown to carry the load with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller sidelined. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills must turn to Anthony Dixon (pictured) and Bryce Brown to carry the load with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller sidelined. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Wegman

The Buffalo Bills were hit with a devastating blow last week in their matchup with the Minnesota Vikings when star running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both went down with injuries.  Jackson suffered a groin injury on a seemingly harmless play, which is expected to sideline him for close to a month, while Spiller had two breaks on one play: breaking a 53-yard run – his longest of the season – before breaking his collarbone on the landing after being tripped up by a Vikings defender.

Spiller, placed on the injured reserve list

with a return designation, cannot return until Week 16 at the earliest.

Neither Jackson nor Spiller are top-tier NFL tailbacks but together they combine to be one of the most productive, consistent and reliable one-two punches in the entire league.  The good news for the Bills is that their third- and fourth-string running backs are better than those of most teams.

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