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Can Buffalo Bills Overcome Rushing Offense Issues with C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson Injured?

Friday, October 24th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills must turn to Anthony Dixon (pictured) and Bryce Brown to carry the load with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller sidelined. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills must turn to Anthony Dixon (pictured) and Bryce Brown to carry the load with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller sidelined. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Wegman

The Buffalo Bills were hit with a devastating blow last week in their matchup with the Minnesota Vikings when star running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both went down with injuries.  Jackson suffered a groin injury on a seemingly harmless play, which is expected to sideline him for close to a month, while Spiller had two breaks on one play: breaking a 53-yard run – his longest of the season – before breaking his collarbone on the landing after being tripped up by a Vikings defender.

Spiller, placed on the injured reserve list

with a return designation, cannot return until Week 16 at the earliest.

Neither Jackson nor Spiller are top-tier NFL tailbacks but together they combine to be one of the most productive, consistent and reliable one-two punches in the entire league.  The good news for the Bills is that their third- and fourth-string running backs are better than those of most teams.

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Buffalo Bills Offense Overcomes Turnovers, Injuries to Steal Victory from Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, October 19th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills defeated the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, thanks to a Sammy Watkins touchdown catch with one second remaining in the game. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills defeated the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, thanks to a Sammy Watkins touchdown catch with one second remaining in the game. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

For the first 57 minutes of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, it looked as though this column would be all about everything that went wrong for the Buffalo Bills offense on Sunday.

The Bills flipped the script in the game’s final three minutes and seven seconds, as quarterback Kyle Orton led a 15-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, which ended with just one second remaining in the game, to give Buffalo a 17-16 victory in a game that was otherwise ugly for both teams.

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Buffalo Bills Place Chris Williams on Injured Reserve, Add Kenny Ladler to 53-Man Roster

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Chris Williams' first season with the Bills lasted just three games. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Chris Williams’ first season with the Bills lasted just three games. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

In an offseason where the Buffalo Bills went for mid-level veteran bargains over big-ticket signings in free agency, their most scrutinized move was their decision to sign left guard Chris Williams to a four-year, $13.15 million deal.

That deal already looks like a mistake after the oft-injured guard was placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday due to a lingering back injury.

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Buffalo Bills State of the Roster: Offense

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The progression of the Buffalo Bills offense going into 2014 will revolve largely around quarterback EJ Manuel. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Glaze

After a six-win season in 2013, the Buffalo Bills’ brain trust of general manager Doug Whaley, head coach Doug Marrone and team president Russ Brandon will look to lead the team to improvement in 2014. A major part of that process will play out this offseason as the Bills look to add talent to their roster through the NFL draft, free agency and possibly trades.

The Bills especially need to improve the talent of their offense, which ranked 19th in the NFL in total yards (338.1 per game) and 22nd in points scored (21.2 per game). Still, from quarterback EJ Manuel to left tackle Cordy Glenn and others in between, the Bills have some core pieces to continue building around this offseason.

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2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Offensive Line

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Following Andy Levitre’s departure, second-year left tackle Cordy Glenn will become a leader of the offensive line this season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Offensive line isn’t a sexy position in general, but Buffalo’s offensive line has been unheralded in recent seasons. Last season, Pro Football Focus (subscription required) ranked the team fourth in the league in pass blocking with a +45.2 rating and first in the league in 2011 with a +66.3 rating.

Simply put, the Bills have kept their quarterback upright. In 2012, the Bills ranked 10th in the league with 30 sacks allowed and in 2011, they led the NFL with only 23 sacks allowed.

As for run blocking, the Bills didn’t do as well, according to PFF. In 2012 they ranked 21st in the league with -2.3 rating and 15th in 2011 with a -2.7 rating. Bills running backs however have had their fair share of success, so the offensive line is certainly providing C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson with their fair share of opportunities.

For the Bills line to continue being so effective in 2013, the team will have to adequately replace Andy Levitre, their best lineman over the last two seasons, at left guard. Levitre, of course, left via free agency for the Tennessee Titans.

Can the Bills replace Levitre? Will the team continue to thrive in pass protection? It will all depend on the ability of the team’s returning offensive linemen and new additions to step up.

In the following look at the Bills’ roster of offensive linemen, players are listed under their Buffalo Bills roster position. Players listed simply as “OL” can typically play multiple positions.

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