Posts Tagged ‘Grades’

Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 8

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
For a second consecutive week, Sammy Watkins was the star of the Bills offense. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

For a second consecutive week, Sammy Watkins was the star of the Bills offense. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Bills took home their first road win against the New York Jets since 2009 on Sunday, trouncing their divisional foes, 43-23, at MetLife Stadium to finish the first half of the season at 5-3. It was a lively contest in which two Jets quarterbacks combined for six turnovers while both teams combined for 11 punts.

The Buffalo defense graded out very well as it had six different players with a takeaway and another four individuals who pitched in for a quarterback sack. The offense failed to capitalize on great field position on a number of possessions, but rallied to receive some decent grades as a couple players broke out for big performances.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 7

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
The Bills defensive line, including Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams, continued to stand out Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Bills defensive line, including Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams, continued to stand out Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills held a lead for only three minutes and seven seconds in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, but the 17-16 lead they took with one second left in the game was just enough for them to win and improve their record to 4-3 in the 2014 campaign.

For most of the afternoon it was a sluggish effort from Buffalo, as head coach Doug Marrone alluded to in his postgame press conference.

For this week’s report card, I broke down players’ performances and assigned team grades for the Bills’ Week 7 last-second win over the Vikings. Some players stood out, but others need to step up their games.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 6

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
C.J. Spiller and the running backs graded out poorly for Sunday's loss by the Buffalo Bills to the New England Patriots. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

C.J. Spiller and the running backs graded out poorly for Sunday’s loss by the Buffalo Bills to the New England Patriots. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

An emotional pregame speech from new owner Terry Pegula turned the Buffalo Bills’ home crowd up, but the team on the field failed to topple the New England Patriots, as the Bills fell to 3-3 while the New England Patriots took a one-game lead in the AFC East. There were many parties who did not perform as well as they needed to for the Bills in their 37-22 loss.

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Buffalo Bills Grades: Preseason Game 3 vs. Washington Redskins

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills had a rough day in just about every phase of the game versus the Washington Redskins in their third preseason game. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The Buffalo Bills cooled off considerably Saturday afternoon with a 30-7 road loss to the Washington Redskins. The third preseason game is generally considered the dress rehearsal for the regular season, and the Bills did not have the showing anyone would have hoped for.

Not only did the Bills have a disappointing showing but they came away from the game with several key injuries. Most notably, star cornerback Stephon Gilmore left the game with a wrist injury and starting safety Da’Norris Searcy left with a head injury. Injury-prone quarterback Kevin Kolb left the game with concussion-like symptoms, leaving undrafted rookie free agent Jeff Tuel as the only healthy quarterback on the roster. The extent of these injuries will be known in the next few days. C.J. Spiller also went down with a knee injury, but was able to return to the game.

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Buffalo Bills Grades: Preseason Week 2 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

EJ Manuel continued to take the lead in the quarterback competition Friday night. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

Which players shined and which players struggled during the Buffalo Bills’ 20-16 preseason win over the Minnesota Vikings on Friday? Some positions performed much better than others, so let’s take a position-by-position look at how each unit grades out.

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