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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 6

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
C.J. Spiller and the running backs graded out poorly for Sunday's loss by the Buffalo Bills to the New England Patriots. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

C.J. Spiller and the running backs graded out poorly for Sunday’s loss by the Buffalo Bills to the New England Patriots. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

An emotional pregame speech from new owner Terry Pegula turned the Buffalo Bills’ home crowd up, but the team on the field failed to topple the New England Patriots, as the Bills fell to 3-3 while the New England Patriots took a one-game lead in the AFC East. There were many parties who did not perform as well as they needed to for the Bills in their 37-22 loss.

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Scott Chandler, Robert Woods, Chris Hogan Step Up as Offense Keeps Buffalo Bills Competitive in Loss to Patriots

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Scott Chandler had the best game of his career against the New England Patriots on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Scott Chandler had the best game of his career against the New England Patriots on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

An unusual aspect of Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots, in contrast with most other recent losses by the Buffalo Bills, is that their defense, not their offense, deserved the brunt of the blame for the team’s 37-22 loss that gives the Patriots a one-game lead in the AFC East.

In spite of my skepticism after the decision, it has been evident through two games that Kyle Orton is an upgrade at quarterback for the Bills over EJ Manuel.

Much like the winning effort last week that BBD’s Josh Cornwall documented, it was a tale of two halves again Sunday for Orton and the Bills offense.

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Buffalo Bills Defense Proves No Match for Tom Brady, New England Patriots in 37-22 Loss

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Brandon LaFell and the New England Patriots offense had their way with the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's second half. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Brandon LaFell and the New England Patriots offense had their way with the Buffalo Bills in Sunday’s second half. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The common refrain for the Buffalo Bills in recent losing efforts has often been that while their defense made the plays they needed to make, their offense let them down.

The opposite was true on Sunday, at least in the second half, as the New England Patriots scored 24 points in the final 30 minutes to win, 37-22, and take a one-game lead over the Bills in the AFC East.

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Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots, 2014 NFL Week 6: Inactives and Key Matchups

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Bills wide receiver Mike Williams is among the players inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Bills wide receiver Mike Williams is among the players inactive for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills are playing the New England Patriots at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium in a game that will be televised on FOX. There are some notable players out for each team, including wide receiver Mike Williams and safety Aaron Williams for the Bills, and linebacker Dont’a Hightower and center Bryan Stork for the Patriots.

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Scouting the Veteran Additions: What Brandon Spikes Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Brandon Spikes could be a much-needed presence in the middle of a run defense that has consistently struggled. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The Buffalo Bills have finished among the NFL’s bottom five in run defense in every season since 2009. As part of their effort to stop that trend, the Bills agreed to terms with former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, who has been rated by Pro Football Focus (subscription required) as the NFL’s No. 1 inside linebacker in run defense in each of the past two seasons, on a one-year deal.

A large factor in the Bills’ inability to stop the run has been their inconsistent play from the linebacker position. Spikes, along with Keith Rivers and two draft picks, were added this offseason to provide consistent play at a position group that has been lacking stability in recent years.

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