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Five Games Announced for Buffalo Bills’ Preseason Schedule

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills will open the NFL preseason against the New York Giants in the Hall of Fame Game. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

As a young team, the Buffalo Bills can take advantage of every opportunity they have to evaluate their roster and continue to develop. They will have five such chances this preseason.

The Buffalo Bills’ preseason schedule was announced Wednesday afternoon.

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Breaking Down the 9-Way Race for the 6th AFC Playoff Spot

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills’ Week 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers could be a deciding factor in the AFC wild card race. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

At 4-7 and trailing in the AFC East by four games, making the playoffs isn’t supposed to be considered realistic for the Buffalo Bills.

While there have been 10 NFL playoff teams since 2007 with seven or more losses, only five of those teams have been wild card teams. And there is certainly a big difference between teams who finished the year 9-7 or even 8-8, and expecting the Bills, who have not won consecutive games yet this season, to put together a significant winning streak to secure a playoff berth.

Coming out of Buffalo’s Week 12 bye, however, the possibility should not be ruled out. And that isn’t just blind optimism from a Bills perspective. In the American Football Conference, in which only five teams have winning records, there are still nine teams with a realistic of being the AFC’s second wild card and sixth playoff team.

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First Downs and Flags: Bills Lose Third Straight in EJ Manuel’s Lackluster Return

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Not much went well for the Buffalo Bills offense on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

Quarterback EJ Manuel made his return for the Buffalo Bills, after missing the past four games due to a LCL sprain in Week 5, to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.  After watching practice squad promotion turned starting quarterback Thad Lewis play for three games, and undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel start in Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Bills fans were excited to see Manuel back on the field.

Coming into this week, the Bills stood at 3-6 and were looking to make a second-half push for the playoffs if they could start with a win against the Steelers.

On paper, the Bills held statistical advantages on both sides of the ball.  On offense, the Bills rank seventh in the league with 140.7 rushing yards per game, while the Steelers rank 29th with 127.2 rushing yards allowed per game. On defense, the Bills rank second in the NFL with 33 total sacks, while the Steelers have allowed 36 sacks, tied for the NFL’s most through Week 10.

The Bills defense exploited this advantage, finishing the game with four sacks on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and nine total tackles for loss, but the Bills rushing offense struggled, finishing the game with 95 yards on the ground, their third-smallest number this year.

The story of the game, as Dan Hope explained in his postgame column, was the dreadful performance of Manuel and the entire Bills offense.

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Offensive Failure: Buffalo Bills Go From Bad to Worse in 23-10 Loss to Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Almost nothing went well for EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills offense in their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Unable to consistently sustain drives and finish drives with touchdowns all season long, the Buffalo Bills’ offensive struggles was the primary factor in Buffalo losing six of its first nine games this season.

Even with that said, the Bills offense played what was easily its worst game of the season Sunday in Buffalo’s Week 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Week 10 Live Game Thread

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

C.J. Spiller should see heavy rotation against the Steelers run defense, one of the NFL’s worst. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills had their worst game of the season on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Buffalo struggled to move the ball until the Steelers went into a prevent defense to end the game. The 23-10 loss moves Buffalo to 3-7 on the year.

Buffalo was pretty much out of the playoff picture entering the game, but this loss sealed the deal. The Bills need to focus on developing their younger players in their final six games.

Today, Buffalo’s biggest problem was their offense. EJ Manuel, making his first start since Week 5, looked out of sync all game. He finished the game going 22 of 39 for 155 yards. Manuel didn’t attempt to stretch the field much during the game, and in many situations he lead his receivers into hard hits. While Thad Lewis may keep the Bills in more games, Buffalo needs to see what they have in Manuel heading into the 2014 season.

Buffalo’s running game wasn’t much better today, but that’s mostly due to the fact that the Steelers stacked the box due to Manuel’s ineffectiveness. Fred Jackson had 55 yards on 12 carries and C.J. Spiller added 23 yards on eight carries.

Defensively, Stephon Gilmore had his roughest outing of the year as he struggled to keep up with Steelers receivers. Roethlisberger wasn’t great but he found a way to complete 18 of 30 passes for 204 yards. In the run game, Le’Veon Bell and Jonathan Dwyer both had success at times.

Overall, today was a game where nothing went right for the Bills. Don’t expect next week’s game against the Jets to be sold out after today’s effort.

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