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Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets: Week 11 Live Game Thread

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson may have a heavy workload based upon the forecast for today’s game. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills dominated the New York Jets on Sunday to improve to 4-7 as they enter their bye week.

Buffalo’s defense gave Geno Smith nightmares on Sunday and the Jets quarterback finished the day 8 for 23 for 103 yards and three interceptions.

Jairus Byrd recorded two of the interceptions and Da’Norris Searcy returned Smith’s third interception for a touchdown.

Smith also lost a fumble after getting sacked by Kyle Williams. The Bills sacked the Geno Smith four times on Sunday and pressured him multiple times. It was Buffalo’s best defensive performance of the season.

Offensively, the Bills struggled to move the ball on the ground with their running backs. Fred Jackson led the team with 34 yards on 12 carries. C.J. Spiller only had 6 yards on 13 carries.

Whereas the Bills struggled on the ground, EJ Manuel found himself having his best game as a pro. He went 20 of 28 on the day for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Manuel was accurate all day and had deep passes go for touchdowns to T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin. The pass to Graham was underthrown, but T.J. stopped and made a great play on the ball. Goodwin’s catch was perfectly thrown and caught in stride by the speedy receiver.

Buffalo also had contributions on the ground or in the passing game from Frank Summers, Scott Chandler and Chris Hogan.

On special teams, Dan Carpenter was excellent kicking in tough conditions. Carpenter went 3 for 3 on kicks of 40 yards or more. Brian Moorman wasn’t as great punting averaging 33.3 yards on six punts. His average was brought down by a two yard punt after Moorman dropped a snap.

The Bills may not have been perfect on Sunday, but it was pretty close. The Bills enter their bye week 4-7 and 2-2 in the AFC East.


Buffalo Bills Fail to Capitalize on New York Jets’ Mistakes in Week 3 Loss

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

The New York Jets made Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel show his rookie youth on Sunday. (Photo: Anthony Gruppuso — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

20 penalties for 168 yards.

That’s how many penalties the New York Jets had against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. They still won the game, 27-20, in a game the Bills should be embarrassed about losing.

The Jets showed an incredible lack of discipline, especially on defense, picking up stupid penalties at inopportune times. Of the 18 first downs the Bills picked up in the game, eight of them were a result of Jets’ penalties.

Between 20 penalties and two turnovers (both Geno Smith interceptions), the Jets shot themselves in the foot throughout the game. When a team makes that many mistakes, they should never win the game. They did, however, because the Bills didn’t make the plays to capitalize on many of the Jets’ mistakes.


Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets: Week 3 Live Game Thread

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

The Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine goes up against his former team, the New York Jets, on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

FINAL THOUGHTS: I’ve seen many ugly Buffalo Bills games in my lifetime. Tonight’s game against the Jets is right up there with many other hard to watch games. Buffalo fell to 1-2 after losing 27-20 to the Jets. While the score indicates that the game was close, Buffalo struggles offensively and defensively.

Offensively, EJ Manuel really struggled against the Jets’ pressure. The offensive line didn’t do Manuel any favors, but it’s clear the Bills quarterback was frazzled on Sunday. Manuel finished the game 19/42 (45%) and was sacked eight times. When passing the ball deep, Manuel often led his wide receiver out of bounds. It was an ugly game for Manuel, but those are to be expected with a rookie signal caller.

In the run game, C.J. Spiller was stifled much he was in the season opener against the Patriots. Spiller ended up leaving the game with an injury, but his ineffectiveness in two of three games is a bit troublesome. Fred Jackson led the way with seven rushes for 72 yards. Jackson’s appears to be the only back who can run between the tackles successfully.

The receivers were rather ineffective for Buffalo, but a lot of that had to do with Manuel’s passes. Much of Buffalo’s offensive success was actually thanks to the Jets and their penalty issues.

Defensively, the Bills failed to sack Geno Smith on Sunday. While Kiko Alonso and Jim Leonhard each intercepted Smith, the Jets rookie quarterback was able to move the ball down field on Buffalo’s secondary. Smith finished with 331 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Much of Smith’s success passing was due to injuries on Buffalo’s defense. Marcell Dareus left the game with an injury and in the secondary, Leodis McKelvin suffered an injury early in the game. With Stephon Gilmore, Jairus Byrd and Ron Brooks out with injuries, the Jets often targeted Justin Rogers to great success. It’ll be a game to forget for Rogers as the team begins to prepare for the Baltimore Ravens. Buffalo needs to get Gilmore, Byrd and McKelvin back as soon as possible to help with the effectiveness of Buffalo’s defense.

The Bills came close to stealing a game they didn’t deserve to win, but instead they are now 1-2 and two games back in their division.


The Road to 2-1: Previewing Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

EJ Manuel will lead the Buffalo Bills in a battle of rookie quarterbacks Sunday versus the New York Jets. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Going on the road within the division is never an easy task. That’s even more true if you’re the Buffalo Bills, who haven’t had a winning record within the division since 2007. Things are finally looking up in Buffalo, with a seemingly competent coaching staff and the first hope at quarterback since Jim Kelly left town. However, if you can’t win on the road, and you can’t win within the division, there’s no chance you can be a competitive football team.

This week, the Buffalo Bills travel to East Rutherford, N.J. to take on the New York Jets in their first road game and the second divisional game of the season. This will the Bills’ first true test to show just how far they’ve come from last season.


Biggest Summer Questions for AFC East Offenses

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

The health of star tight end Rob Gronkowski will be critical for the New England Patriots’ passing offense this season. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

As we count down the days until training camps start around the NFL, many fans and teams are starting to analyze the pieces that make up their roster and ask themselves what the season has in store.

After I looked specifically at the Buffalo Bills last week, it’s time to turn our attention to the other teams in the AFC East and examine the questions they have to answer in order to reassure their fan bases that this season might not be one to forget.


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