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Buffalo Bills in the Playoff Hunt, But Odds Remain Against Them

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Doug Marrone's Buffalo Bills are well within the race for a wild card playoff berth in the AFC, but they still face a very tough road to the postseason. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

Doug Marrone’s Buffalo Bills are well within the race for a wild card playoff berth in the AFC, but they still face a very tough road to the postseason. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

Defense has been the name of the game for the Buffalo Bills in 2014. Nothing changed much in a 26-10 comeback win over the Cleveland Browns on the final Sunday in November. The Bills kept their dream of making the playoffs alive and forced their opponent to bench a starting quarterback for the second consecutive week—a trend that probably won’t continue next week in Denver. Once again Kyle Orton reverted to the Mr. Hyde version of himself, but was bailed out by arguably the Bills’ strongest defensive performance of the season.

It’s hard not to be excited following a Week 13 win with some relevance. The fact that it’s been 12 years since Buffalo has been 7-5 after 12 games is both exhilarating and nauseating. A league built upon the foundation of parity has not extended its gift of occasional good fortune to snowy Western New York for quite some time and getting caught up in the hoopla is to be expected.

I also would not fault anyone for being sourly pessimistic about the Bills’ playoff hopes, despite a mark many fans should be happy with to this point. After all this is the Buffalo Bills, a team who has not made the postseason since 1999, we are talking about.

For two big reasons, 2014 is unlikely to be the year the Bills finally break the Curse of Doug Flutie.

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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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