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Strong Defense, Next Five Games Hold Key to Playoffs for Buffalo Bills After Win vs. Vikings

Monday, October 20th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills are in position to potentially make a playoff run, but coach Doug Marrone knows improvement is necessary. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills are in position to potentially make a playoff run, but coach Doug Marrone knows improvement is necessary. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

After seeing on ESPN Gametracker that the Buffalo Bills had turned the ball over three times in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings—only seeing live the Bills’ fourth turnover when Kyle Orton fumbled on a strip sack—I headed back to my apartment just north of Boston with the radio turned off, hoping as a fan of the Bills that they would somehow mount a miraculous comeback. I snuck a peek at my phone at a rest stop on the Mass Pike and saw the game update “FINAL: MIN 16 – BUF 17.”

It’s almost hard to believe that there were reasons for Bills fans to be happy or even quasi-happy about the outcome of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. While the Bills ended up victorious when Sammy Watkins caught a game-winning touchdown from Kyle Orton with just a tick left on the clock to give Buffalo a 17-16 win, questions remain about the team’s ability to contend for the playoffs this season.

How are the Bills supposed to feel after a game like that? What are the expectations for the final nine games? Have they changed?


Buffalo Bills 2014 Schedule Gets Released

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Buffalo will finish their 2014 season against the New England Patriots. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Bills versus Packers on Monday Night Football? Nope.

Okay, how about the rumored Thanksgiving matchup with the Detroit Lions? Not happening. In fact, the new scheduling allowed the Lions to get around playing the Bills or Miami Dolphins.

Buffalo’s schedule was released (a bit early) over at the team’s official website, and the Bills only have one primetime game: A week 11 Thursday Night Football game with the Dolphins.


First Downs and Flags: Bills Gift-Wrap Game to Chiefs in Week 9 Loss

Monday, November 4th, 2013

C.J. Spiller was a standout in defeat for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

With EJ Manuel (sprained LCL) and Thad Lewis (bruised ribs) both out due to injury, Jeff Tuel made his first NFL start at quarterback with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Many Bills fans were uneasy with Tuel, who completed just 8-of-20 passes for 80 yards in his only prior appearance of the season against the Cleveland Browns in Week 5, taking the helm against the Chiefs, who came into Week 9 as the NFL’s only undefeated team and with the league’s No. 1 scoring defense.

Tuel quickly gained the confidence of the crowd at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium when he completed five of his first seven passes for 122 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. With the help of the Bills defense shutting down the Chiefs offense, the Bills went into the locker room at the half with a 10-3 lead. Tuel struggled in the second half, however. He finished the game having completed less than half of his passes (18-of-39) for 229 yards and one touchdown but two interceptions, while the Bills lost the game, 23-13, having been outscored 20-3 in the second half.


Gaffes Cost Buffalo Bills a Signature Victory vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Mistakes by wide receiver T.J. Graham and the Buffalo offense cost the Bills another potential win Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Five plays into the Buffalo Bills’ first series of the second half, the game was going about as well as anyone could have expected for the home team in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Even though the Bills had to rely upon their third starting quarterback of the season, undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel, to lead their offense against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and their elite defense, the Bills were on the verge of taking a two-touchdown lead. On a drive that started with a 61-yard run by injury-plagued running back C.J. Spiller, a defensive pass interference penalty in the end zone gave the Bills offense first-and-goal from inside the 1-yard line.

Three plays later, everything changed.


Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Week 9 Live Game Thread

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

With C.J. Spiller back in the lineup but Thad Lewis out of it, the Buffalo Bills offense could rely on a heavy dose of Spiller running the ball Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Bills needed to play mistake-free football with Jeff Tuel at the helm to defeat the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. It didn’t happen.

Buffalo turned the ball over three times on Sunday and the Chiefs scored 17 points on the turnovers. Two turnovers were returned for touchdowns.

The first turnover of the game occurred after the Bills found themselves up 7-0. Tuel ran a play action pass and overthrew the ball into the arms of free safety Kendrick Lewis. The Chiefs proceeded to move the ball into field goal range to score their first points of the game.

Buffalo’s second and third turnovers were even more costly. Leading 10-3, the Bills marched the ball down the field on the Chiefs and faced third and goal from the one yard line after halftime. After two runs were stuffed, the Bills attempted a pass. Jeff Tuel threw the ball complete, but to the wrong team. Sean Smith intercepted the ball in the end zone and ran the ball 100 yards back for a Chiefs touchdown. Tuel stared down a spot and missed seeing Stevie Johnson wide open in the endzone. The interception was on Tuel, but Buffalo should have attempted another run at that point, rather than putting the play on their third string quarterback.

Buffalo’s final turnover came on a pass to T.J. Graham on third and 10 from the Bills’ own 13 yard line. Graham caught the ball, tucked it away and took two to three steps before getting the ball knocked out. Tamba Hali picked up the fumble and give the Chiefs a 20-13 lead. It was all the Chiefs needed.

Minus the turnovers, the Bills actually played some good football. Both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson gashed the Chiefs’ defense for 193 total yards on the ground. Jeff Tuel did a decent job throwing the ball and the offensive line kept Tuel from getting sacked once.

Defensively, the Bills did not give up any touchdowns to the Chiefs. Kansas City’s offense mustered six points as Alex Smith threw for 124 yards and Jamaal Charles was kept in check until late in the game.

As always there are some promising things to take from the loss, but the Bills’ record is now 3-6, good for last in the AFC East.

The Bills’ schedule eases up a bit with the Steelers, Jets, Falcons, Buccaneers and Jaguars, but it’s hard to envision them going 5-0 or 4-1 during this stretch. Buffalo has fought week in and week out, but it’s clear that the team is still at least one season away.

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