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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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Making the Grade: Which Bills Players Rumbled and Stumbled vs. the Dolphins in Week 7?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

I’ll never be out when it comes to the Buffalo Bills, but things were looking bleak for the 2013 season going into Week 7. The Bills sat at 2-4 and had three teams with winning records — the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs — on the horizon. Buffalo needed to find a way to beat the Dolphins, who came into the game with a 3-2 record.

It wasn’t pretty, but as Dan Hope pointed out, the defense led the Bills to a 23-21 victory. Due to the team’s defensive performance, this week’s Making the Grade focuses on Buffalo’s defense, as there were few bright spots on the Bills offense.

All grades are courtesy of Pro Football Focus (subscription required). In case you need a refresher, a PFF grade of 0.0 is an average grade.

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Making the Grade: Which Bills Players Rumbled and Stumbled vs. the Bengals in Week 6?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Jerry Hughes’ impressive play versus the Bengals was noticed by Pro Football Focus. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills lost another close game on Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-24 in overtime. The Bills currently sit at 2-4, but they’ve been in every game they’ve played this season. A big reason for Buffalo’s competitiveness is the talent on their team.

Starting this week, Making the Grade will take a look at Pro Football Focus‘ weekly ratings of Buffalo Bills players. If you aren’t familiar with Pro Football Focus (PFF for short) the site uses analytics to grade players (subscription required to access the database). A 0.0 weekly grade is considered average, regardless of position. When discussing each player’s performance, a breakdown will be given of the individual categories that make up the player’s overall grade.

Here’s a look at some Bills players who rumbled, or played well, against the Bengals, followed by some who stumbled, or didn’t play well.

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