Posts Tagged ‘Grades’

Buffalo Bills Report Card: 2014 Season-in-Review

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Mario Williams was one of the NFL's best defensive ends once again in 2014. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Mario Williams was one of the NFL’s best defensive ends once again in 2014. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills put an exclamation point on their first winning season since 2004 with a 17-9 victory over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. in Week 17. The big win not only raised the Bills record to 9-7, but it snapped what had been a 15-game losing streak for Buffalo while playing on the road against New England.

A majority of the Patriots’ best players were on the sidelines by the second half of the game, which can be expected for a playoff team in the last week of the season. With that in mind, we look past the Bills’ season finale and back at the entire 2014 season for this week’s team grades.

As if you weren’t already aware, the defense was able to create havoc all year and really anchored this team, which led to excellent grades for many of its players. On the other side of the ball, the offense as a whole struggled most of the season, even though some players were able to finish up with good overall marks.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 16

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
Sammy Watkins made a big play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but that wasn't enough to propel the Buffalo Bills to a win. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

Sammy Watkins made a big play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but that wasn’t enough to propel the Buffalo Bills to a win. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills entered Sunday’s matchup against the Oakland Raiders with their playoff hopes still intact, only to squander the opportunity in a 26-24 loss at the O.co Coliseum. Rekindling memories of the Bills’ heartbreaking 2004 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo was unable to overcome injuries and another inept offensive performance on their way to a 15th consecutive season without a playoff berth.

The Bills defense gave up a couple big passing plays and was vulnerable against the run, which led to a below-average performance for this typically stellar unit. The offense had three passing touchdowns of 25-plus yards, but it was unable to get anything going on the ground.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 15

Wednesday, December 17th, 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 Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills bounced back in Week 15 with a 21-13 victory over the visiting Green Bay Packers in what some fans are calling the biggest win in a decade. There is no doubt it was a monumental victory for head coach Doug Marrone and his staff, as it keeps the Bills’ playoff push alive into Week 16, something fairly uncommon for the Western New York franchise in December.

The Bills defense ruled the day as it shut down the Packers passing game and limited the damage done on the ground on its way to some high grades. The offense once again struggled to punch the ball into the end zone; it will need to get better if Buffalo wants to win out and potentially make the playoffs.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 14

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Sammy Watkins returned to form Sunday, but it was not enough for the Bills to beat the Broncos. (Photo: Ron Chenoy — USA Today Sports)

Sammy Watkins returned to form Sunday, but it was not enough for the Bills to beat the Broncos. (Photo: Ron Chenoy — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills visited Mile High Stadium in Denver with playoff aspirations on Sunday, but ultimately fell short as the Broncos held on for a 24-17 victory. The Bills got as close as an attempted onside kick at the end of the game but couldn’t complete the comeback, which all but ends their chances of playing in the postseason.

The offensive unit for Buffalo had a tough time capitalizing on the three turnovers that the defense forced for them. In usual fashion, it sputtered for most of the game until finally picking it up in the fourth quarter, which slightly improved its grades. The defense did not record a sack but played tough against Denver’s Peyton Manning-led offense, giving its offense an opportunity to win the game.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 13

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Preston Brown (52) and Jerry Hughes (55) continued to come up big for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Preston Brown (52) and Jerry Hughes (55) continued to come up big for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills welcomed football back to Western New York on Sunday with an emphatic 26-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Both teams got off to a slow start, but 14 points in a 10-second span in the third quarter led the Bills to a win.

Buffalo’s defensive secondary led the charge in shutting down the Browns passing game while its linebackers also came away with outstanding grades. The defensive line played well and the offensive line turned in a solid performance.

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