Posts Tagged ‘Marcell Dareus’

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?

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Dan Carpenter Comes Up Clutch, Defensive Line Dominates as Buffalo Bills Win Kyle Orton’s First Start

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
Dan Carpenter's 58-yard field goal gave the Buffalo Bills an improbable win on Sunday. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

Dan Carpenter’s 58-yard field goal gave the Buffalo Bills an improbable win on Sunday. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

In what I would have to think was at least a semi-intentional troll job, the Detroit Lions played the Foo Fighters classic “My Hero” through the loudspeakers of Ford Field after new Buffalo Bills starting quarterback and Dave Grohl look-alike Kyle Orton led the Bills to their first touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter.

Ultimately, however, it was a kicker who looks like Kid Rock who was the hero for Buffalo on Sunday, as Dan Carpenter made a 58-yard field goal — the second-longest made kick in team history — with just four seconds remaining to propel to the Bills to a 17-14 victory, improving their record to 3-2 for the season.

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Monday Reaction: Coaching Let Down Buffalo Bills as Much as EJ Manuel in Loss to Houston Texans

Monday, September 29th, 2014
Doug Marrone and the Bills coaching staff need to reconsider their offensive strategy after Sunday's loss to the Texans. (Photo: Troy Taormina — USA Today Sports)

Doug Marrone and the Bills coaching staff need to reconsider their offensive strategy after Sunday’s loss to the Texans. (Photo: Troy Taormina — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

Sunday afternoon was the first time in a long while I have not been able to watch a Buffalo Bills game live. Sitting at an outdoor wedding reception for a friend, phone on lap and scrolling for occasional game updates isn’t the most ideal way to keep track, but nonetheless gets the job done in the short term.

I began to make the three-ish hour trip back to my home in the Boston area right after Manuel’s 80-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams, with the hope that the Bills would find a way to pull out a seemingly sloppy contest in Houston. A short 30 minutes later, stuck on I-84 in Connecticut, the bad news trickled out of the local ESPN Radio syndicate that a late EJ Manuel interception sealed a six-point win for the Texans.

Losses against teams the Bills should be able to beat are always tough to take and the two-hour stewing over the remainder of the car ride was full of angry thoughts regarding the status of the offense.

When I flipped on NFL Game Rewind on Monday morning, my expectation was to have my reactions to ESPN Gamecast be affirmed by bad throws and missed plays. My Twitter feed was full of EJ Manuel-related angst—mine included—and typical bad-loss hot takes only generated by fans of a beleaguered franchise. My expectation was to see an absolute mess of a game, but the mistakes weren’t aren’t as unfixable as the angry sports fanatic in me wanted to believe.

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Shaky Start for the Offense: Buffalo Bills Training Camp Observations, July 22

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Early struggles by Seantrel Henderson (No. 66) and the Buffalo Bills offensive line have forced EJ Manuel and the Bills quarterbacks to escape the pocket often. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Glenn Gifford

Tuesday’s training camp practice for the Buffalo Bills looked eerily similar to Monday’s practice, the only difference being the addition of pads. Some nice plays were made by a handful of players but on the whole, the Bills offense looked horribly out of sync.

While still very early in the whole training camp process, there were a few things I noticed over my two days at St. John Fisher College that should give Bills fans pause for concern. With U2′s classic song “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” as our theme this time, here are my observations from Tuesday’s practice.

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What Should the Buffalo Bills Do with Marcell Dareus?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Has Marcell Dareus become more trouble than he is worth? (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Fourteen games into the 2013 NFL season, the story of Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was that the 2011 No. 3 overall draft pick had emerged as one of the NFL’s best defensive tackles. The massive, powerful yet athletic presence had proven to be a great fit for the middle of Mike Pettine’s defense, and Bills fans started to clamor for the team to sign Dareus to a long-term contract extension.

Since then, Dareus’ success story has become blemished with embarrassing, disappointing incidents that have cast not only his long-term future, but perhaps his immediate future, into question.

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