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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 Dominate Turnover Battle to Finish First Half of Season with Win vs. New York Jets

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Aaron Williams' interception was one of three thrown by Geno Smith and one of six Jets turnovers on Sunday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

Aaron Williams’ interception was one of three thrown by Geno Smith and one of six Jets turnovers on Sunday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Winning the turnover battle is one of the surest recipes for winning football games. Winning the turnover battle six to zero paves a clear path to a blowout victory.

That plus-six turnover margin paved the path to a 43-23 victory for the Buffalo Bills over the New York Jets on Sunday, and has put the Bills, who sit 5-3 at the halfway point of their season, in position to contend for a playoff spot in the second half of the year.

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Ranking Every Player on the Buffalo Bills Roster: 2013 Midseason Edition

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

With 11 sacks in nine games, defensive end Mario Williams tops our midseason ranking of the Buffalo Bills’ roster. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope
BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Back at the end of July, BBD editors Dan Hope and Ryan Talbot took on the task on ranking every player on the Buffalo Bills’ roster entering the preseason, which was set at 89 players at the time.

More than three months later, the complexion of Buffalo’s roster has certainly changed. Not only are there some new additions and other players no longer on the roster due to injuries or poor performance, some players on the roster have either well exceeded expectations (such as inside linebacker Kiko Alonso, ranked No. 16 in the preseason edition) or had disappointing first halves of the season (running back C.J. Spiller, ranked No. 1 in the preseason, fits this description).

Taking into account how much and how well each of these players have performed in Buffalo’s first nine games this season, we hit the reset button on our roster ranking and put together a ranking of the 53 players who currently make up the Bills roster with seven games left to play in the regular season.

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Looking Back to Move Forward: Storylines of the First Half of the Buffalo Bills’ Season

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

There have been many impressive young players for the Buffalo Bills this season, but none more promising than middle linebacker Kiko Alonso. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Sitting at three wins and five losses at the midpoint of the season, the overall numbers might not seem to be working in the favor of the Buffalo Bills, yet it seems clear the Bills are generally moving in the right direction. Of the team’s five losses, three of them were by seven points or less — including two on game-winning field goals — and one, against the Cleveland Browns in Week 5, came when undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel was the only option to finish the game at quarterback after EJ Manuel suffered an LCL sprain that has kept him out ever since.

The new coaching staff led by Doug Marrone, and general manager Doug Whaley, have acquitted themselves well. Even with a losing record, there is more reason for optimism with the Bills than there has in the past. But, as I learned in history class: if you don’t study your past, you’re destined to repeat it, which means it’s time to look back at the Bills’ first half and see what mistakes they can learn from to make positive progress.

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