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Buffalo Bills Lose to Miami Dolphins Because It’s Tough to Win When You Can’t Score a Touchdown

Friday, November 14th, 2014
Not much went well for Kyle Orton and the Buffalo Bills offense against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday. (Photo: Brad Barr — USA Today Sports)

Not much went well for Kyle Orton and the Buffalo Bills offense against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday. (Photo: Brad Barr — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills offense started its second half of the season hot, scoring a touchdown on its first possession of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Buffalo hasn’t reached the end zone in nearly 115 minutes of football since.

Already ranked 26th in the NFL in touchdowns per game—and dead last in the NFL in red zone touchdown percentage—coming into the week according to TeamRankings.com, the Bills offense reached a new low in futility on Thursday night as it failed to score a single touchdown in a 22-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins that leaves Buffalo, now 5-5 for the season, in a spot from which it is highly unlikely to make the playoffs.

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Fumbles, Red-Zone Futility Cost Buffalo Bills in Loss to Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
A pass to Sammy Watkins with Ron Parker in coverage was one of many in the red zone that went incomplete for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

A pass to Sammy Watkins with Ron Parker in coverage was one of many in the red zone that went incomplete for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Already holding a seven-point lead at home after the first half, the Buffalo Bills seemed on the verge of taking command of Sunday’s game as running back Bryce Brown barreled toward the end zone on a run from the 12-yard line. As Brown crossed the goal line, the Bills would have taken a 17-3 lead before kicking the ball back to the Kansas City Chiefs … except that Brown didn’t have the ball with him when he broke the plane.

As Brown reached the 5-yard line, he was stripped of the ball by Ron Parker, a defensive back who came up big time and time again for the Chiefs on Sunday. The ball rolled through the end zone as Bills tight end Scott Chandler missed an opportunity to recover it, and seven points were officially squandered as the Chiefs got the ball on a touchback.

Brown’s fumble proved to be the turning point in a game that the Chiefs ultimately won 17-13.

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Defense Rules the Day, Offense Keeps Soul-Searching in Buffalo Bills Win over New York Jets in Week 8

Monday, October 27th, 2014
Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills' offensive coaching staff have a problem of predictability to address during the bye week. (Photo: Robert Deutsch — USA Today Sports)

Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coaching staff have a problem of predictability to address during the bye week. (Photo: Robert Deutsch — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

The Buffalo Bills didn’t need a second-half comeback in a dominant 43-23 Week 8 win over the host New York Jets. The Bills led the game from cover to cover, forcing the Jets’ two-headed quarterback attack into six ugly turnovers, while Sammy Watkins did Sammy Watkins things, and improved to 5-3 heading into a perfectly timed bye week.

Buffalo now has a two-week preparation period for a game at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, which could make or break their playoff chances when the race comes down to tiebreakers in December. On paper, the Bills will take the big win over the Jets on Sunday, but it will take a better team effort in the second half of the season to keep their current pace of 10 wins.

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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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Baby Steps for Buffalo Bills in Week 15 Win vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

EJ Manuel had three total touchdowns and led the Bills to their first win since the bye week against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills (5-9) are not going to get any overwhelming praise for winning against the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10) Sunday. Their win came against a team that still ranks among the league’s worst, and even so it didn’t come easily, requiring two late holds by the Buffalo defense to preserve a 27-20 advantage.

Nonetheless, any win is a good win at this point in the season for the Buffalo Bills.
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