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2014 NFL Week 2: Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, Live Analysis

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (No. 99) and slot cornerback Nickell Robey (No. 37) had reasons to celebrate their play Sunday. (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

The Bills swept the Dolphins in 2013. Can they extend their winning streak over Miami to three? (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Final thoughts:

Buffalo was dominant in their home opener over the Miami Dolphins winning 29-10. Offensively, EJ Manuel was efficient for the second straight week, and while the running game struggled, C.J. Spiller was able to rip off one long 47 yard run.

Miami came out in the second half behind 9-0 and made some terrific adjustments. After Miami scored on their first possession of the second half, Buffalo responded via special teams. Spiller returned a kickoff 102 yards. After two or three impressive drives, Miami fizzled out.

Sammy Watkins was the star of the game among Buffalo’s playmakers. He was targeted 11 times and caught 8 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. It was Watkins’ first NFL touchdown and first 100 yard game in his young career.

On the line, Seantrel Henderson performed well against Cameron Wake. He received TE help but did had a terrific game.

Defensively, Buffalo’s line recorded sacks and batted passes. It was a terrific performance from the front four.

Nigel Bradham looked outstanding in his first game of the season and had quite a few impressive hits. The run defense held Miami to 80 yards rushing.

All in all, a great week for the Bills. Next up? The San Diego Chargers.

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2014 NFL Week 1: Buffalo Bills vs. Chicago Bears, Live Analysis

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
EJ Manuel and the Bills offense scored two first-half touchdown against the Chicago Bears. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel and the Bills offense scored two first-half touchdown against the Chicago Bears. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills have won their season opener against the Chicago Bears, 23-20, after a 38-yard run by Fred Jackson set up a 27-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter, in overtime, after the Bills had stopped the Bears on their first possession of overtime.

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2014 NFL Preseason Week 3: Live Analysis of Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
EJ Manuel only has two more opportunities to win his first road game in 2013. Today's game against Jacksonville may be his best chance. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel struggled against the Buccaneers in 2013. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills played better on both sides of the ball in the second half, but they were unable to recover from a 24-0 first half, and lost, 27-14, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their fourth game of the preseason. With one more exhibition to go, the Bills hold a 1-3 record.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Week 15 Live Game Thread

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

EJ Manuel only has two more opportunities to win a road game. Sunday’s game against Jacksonville may be his best chance. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The proverbial monkey is off of EJ Manuel’s back. Manuel won his first road game of the season, leading the Bills to a 27-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Bills moved to 5-9 on the season with two divisional games remaining.

Manuel looked bad in the first quarter, but improved as the game wore on. He finished the game going 17/24 for 193 yards two passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and one interception. Manuel also added 37 yards on the ground.

Buffalo’s running game was also solid today against the Jaguars. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller combined for 30 carries for 147 yards and fullback Frank Summers added 4 carries for 14 yards.

In the receiving game, Robert Woods was the star of the day catching five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. Scott Chandler was the second leading receiver with 54 yards on five receptions. The aforementioned Summers added a 1 yard touchdown reception late for the Bills.

Stevie Johnson was noticeably absent as he caught one pass for four yards.

Defensively, the Bills made another no name running back look great as Jordan Todman rushed the ball 25 times for 109 yards. Todman also added 44 yards on four receptions.

Chad Henne had an up and down game going 21 of 36 for 237 yards while throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions. With 3:21 remaining in the game, Henne threw an interception to Stephon Gilmore in the end zone.

Buffalo added five sacks and forced three fumbles, one of which came as Denard Robinson was approaching the end zone.

While the victory means little in the grand scheme of things, it was nice to see Manuel get his first road win of the season. His quarterback play has more twists and turns than a roller-coaster, but today Manuel played well enough for the Bills to get the victory.
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Buffalo Bills vs. New Orleans Saints: Week 8 Live Game Thread

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Doug Marrone made a return to New Orleans to face the Saints. (Photo: Brad Mills — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

FINAL THOUGHTS: The Bills lost 35-17 to the Saints to fall to 3-5, but the team challenged New Orleans. Drew Brees’ stat-line looks impressive, as he went 26-of-34 for 332 yards and five touchdowns. That said, Buffalo’s defense made Brees uncomfortable as he was sacked four times during the game and pressured consistently.

Even in the face of pressure, Brees made impressive throws that moved the chains or in many cases, went for touchdowns. Brees is a franchise quarterback in the NFL and simply played like one today.

In terms of run defense, the Bills stuffed New Orleans for the majority of the game. This is one positive the Bills can take from the game.

It’s never great to give up 35 points, but one score came on a blown coverage, a second on a deep prayer and their first touchdown came after Thad Lewis’ second fumble in Buffalo territory. Overall, the defense impressed me today and a lot of the mistakes they made can be corrected.

Offensively, Thad Lewis made too many mistakes for the Bills to win, but as wrestling announcer Jim Ross would say, “He’s tougher than a $2 steak.” Lewis took multiple hard hits, including two to his helmet. After the first play of the game, I personally believed that Lewis would not be returning. Lewis took a hard shot to the ribs and stayed down for a while following the play. Thad Lewis isn’t a long-term answer at starter, as that’s E.J. Manuel’s job, but he’s one heck of a backup quarterback going forward.

Lewis isn’t the only tough player on Buffalo’s offense. Both Fred Jackson and Stevie Johnson played through pain today and deserve to be praised for their efforts. Other players that stood out today were Marquise Goodwin who showed off great hands and Scott Chandler who had a very up and down day. In terms of receiving, Chandler played well, but his blocking led to a free shot on Lewis as well as a holding call that negated a touchdown.

Up next for the Bills are the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. Mark it down folks, if C.J. Spiller plays, the Bills beat the Chiefs next week.

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