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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 10

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
In a losing effort, Jerry Hughes was a star for the Bills defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

In a losing effort, Jerry Hughes was a star for the Bills defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills took one on the chin on Sunday, losing 17-13 to the Kansas City Chiefs, moving them down to 10th place and currently out of playoff position in the AFC with a record of 5-4. Ralph Wilson Stadium was buzzing throughout the day, but the home team fumbled away its first-half lead with two costly second-half turnovers.

Once again the Bills defensive unit had a great showing and did more than its part to give the team an opportunity to win, but the offense was a major letdown, especially in the red zone. There were flashes of great play on both sides but overall, defense dominated the day.

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Re-Ranking the 2014 Buffalo Bills Roster: Midseason

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Sammy Watkins is one of the NFL's best rookies, but where does he stack up within the Bills' roster? Read on to find out. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Sammy Watkins is one of the NFL’s best rookies, but where does he stack up within the Bills’ roster? Read on to find out. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills have had, by virtually all accounts, a successful first half of their 2014 season. At 5-3, currently good a four-way tie for sixth place in the AFC, they are right in the thick of the hunt for a playoff spot.

To some, Buffalo’s first-half success is a surprise; to others, it’s a realization of promise that had gone unfulfilled in past seasons. There’s still a second half of the season in which the Bills can either keep winning and end the NFL’s longest postseason drought, or falter as they hit tough games down the stretch.

Either way, the Bills as a whole and many of the individuals on their team deserve praise for how they have played so far. While some Bills need to be better in the second half of the year, others have played integral role in the team’s relative success through eight games.

Prior to training camp, when the Bills had 90 players on their roster and many of them were fighting for a place on the team, we ranked the team from top to bottom. Now that we’re at the midpoint of the Bills season, it’s time to look at how the current 53-man roster stacks up, reclassifying players based upon how they’ve performed so far and how crucial they will be to the team’s second-half results.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Midseason Grades

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Playing to earn a contract extension, Marcell Dareus has been the first-half star of the Buffalo Bills defense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Playing to earn a contract extension, Marcell Dareus has been the first-half star of the Buffalo Bills defense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills are right in the thick of the AFC playoff race, currently sitting in a four-way tie for sixth place with a record of 5-3. The defense has really carried the team while the offense has been opportunistic enough to contribute to the winning record.

Overall through eight games, many defensive players have graded out very well while the offensive players have been more boom or bust in terms of individual performances.

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Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets, 2014 NFL Week 8: Matchups to Watch and Keys to the Game

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Kraig Urbik will get his first chance to start this season for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Kraig Urbik will get his first chance to start this season for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills will reach the midpoint of their 2014 season on Sunday. Playing the New York Jets on the road, they’ll need a victory to bring a winning record into their Week 9 bye.

Buffalo, at 4-3, is a favorite to win Sunday against the Jets, who are 1-6 this year. While the Bills have had their issues this year, they’ve still been a clearly better team than New York, who carries a six-game losing streak into Week 8. That said, the Bills haven’t beat the Jets in MetLife Stadium since 2009—Rex Ryan’s first year as Jets head coach.

The following matchups and keys for each team will play a big part in determining whether the Bills can reverse that trend.

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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?

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