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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.

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Making the Grade: Which Buffalo Bills Have Rumbled and Stumbled in the First Half of the 2013 Season?

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Kyle Williams has been a star of the Buffalo Bills defense this season. (Photo: Derick E. Hingle — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills have reached the midpoint of their season and have a 3-5 record. The record itself is somewhat deceiving of their season to date, as the Bills have given every team they have played a competitive game.

Part of the credit for Buffalo’s competitiveness belongs to the team’s coaching staff, especially defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. The Bills defense has kept the team in many games thanks to the pressure Pettine has dialed up, which has led to sacks and turnovers.

On the other side of the story, Buffalo is starting to close the gap on other teams when it comes to talent. The Bills have added talented players to their roster via the draft and free agency in the past two seasons, while they still have some returning veteran talent including defensive tackle Kyle Williams and running back Fred Jackson, who are the hearts and souls of the defense and offense, respectively. For the first time in years, the Bills seem to have many talented players on both sides of the ball.

Four of the best and four of the worst players on the Bills through the first half of the season are detailed below, as determined in part by each player’s cumulative grades for the season from Pro Football Focus (a subscription is required to access their grades database). Grades are based upon a scale where zero is considered to be average, and players earn positive or negative points based upon their success in completing their assignments or impacting the play on individual plays.

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First Downs and Flags: Buffalo Bills 2-2 At the Quarter Pole

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Marcell Dareus was the star of the Buffalo Bills’ defensive front on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

The jury is still out on who exactly the 2013 Buffalo Bills are. In a long, drawn-out affair that saw several trips to the replay booth, the Buffalo Bills triumphed over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, 23-20, on Sunday.

While I felt Buffalo was slowly letting the game slip away at several times throughout the second half, second-round pick middle linebacker Kiko Alonso stepped up once again and demonstrated that he is a big time playmaker.

A crippled defensive secondary forced Super Bowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco to throw five interceptions. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine dialed up pressure, and the offense did enough early to help Buffalo squeak out an important victory.

The Bills sit at 2-2 at the quarter pole of the season, and with games already versus the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, I feel most fans should feel happy with the team’s results thus far.

The defense demonstrated Sunday why they will receive many of the first down accolades in this week’s “First Downs and Flags.”

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Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens: Week 4 Live Game Thread

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Aaron Williams is the only regular starter playing in the Buffalo Bills’ injury-depleted secondary Sunday versus the Baltimore Ravens. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

FINAL THOUGHTS: The Buffalo Bills cannot win games comfortably, but they did enough to defeat the Baltimore Ravens 23-20.

Buffalo kept Baltimore at bay on the ground, so much that the Ravens only tried to rush the ball two times in the entire second half. The Bills’ most impressive feat was forcing five interceptions on Joe Flacco. Kiko Alonso had two interceptions, Aaron Williams had two interceptions and Jim Leonhard chipped in with one. Alonso’s second interception helped seal the game for the Bills late.

Offensively, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson both ran well, although both were banged up in the game. E.J. Manuel threw two interceptions for the Bills but looked a lot more poised for Buffalo this week. My biggest gripe with Manuel is his running style as he’s doing a poor job of protecting himself with late slides. That said, the rookie quarterback deserves praise for rebounding from his performance against the Jets.

Buffalo cannot take too much time to celebrate as they’ll be playing Thursday night against the 2-2 Cleveland Browns.

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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.

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