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Takeaways: Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 2014 NFL Preseason Week 2

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
EJ Manuel and the Bills offense controlled the ball Saturday night but had trouble finding the end zone. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel and the Bills offense controlled the ball Saturday night but had trouble finding the end zone. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The Buffalo Bills fell to 1-2 in the preseason after dropping Saturday night’s contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 19-16. A lack of sound situational football, particularly on offense, kept the Bills from winning despite some positive play from their defense. The Bills only punted twice in 13 offensive series, while they controlled the ball for more than 35 minutes and ran 35 more plays on offense, but they only scored one touchdown.

The biggest positive of the game for the Bills came in escaping with no major injuries, including No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins, who left the game in the first quarter with a rib injury but was reported to be “fine” by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

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2014 NFL Preseason Week 2: Live Analysis of Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
(Keith Srakocic, AP)

The Bills and Steelers will face off in preseason action after holding joint practices this week. (Keith Srakocic, AP)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Buffalo Bills 19-16 after Shaun Suisham’s gimme field goal to end the game.

The game itself started poorly for the Bills. Ben Roethlisberger threw for two touchdown passes while EJ Manuel was efficient, but unwilling to throw the ball down the field. The starting offense was able to move the ball very well against the Steelers, but the starting offense couldn’t punch the ball in for a touchdown. Manuel and company settled for six points and were stopped twice on 4th down in the first half.

Manuel’s backups, Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel, didn’t exactly look great either. The two combined to go 6-of-15 for 66 yards and an interception. Both quarterbacks were able to scramble successfully at times, but overall neither impressed.

Defensively, the Bills once again looked dominant against the run. Pittsburgh was held to 35 yards on 18 carries. The biggest weakness of the 2013 Buffalo Bills, has been one of the team’s biggest strengths thus far in the preseason.

Landon Cohen continued his dominant play in the preseason by blowing up a running play for a loss and also recovering a fumble recovery and rumbling down field for 59 yards. He’s been extremely quick off the snap and will be very difficult for this coaching staff to cut. It should be noted that Alan Branch didn’t enter the game until the midway point of the 4th quarter, so the veteran may be at risk of being cut.

Late in the game, Cyrus Kouandjio, Buffalo’s second round pick, entered. At the end of the game he missed two consecutive blocks that led to Jeff Tuel sacks. The second led to a strip sack which gave the Steelers the ball at Buffalo’s one yard line. Kouandjio will make the roster as he was Buffalo’s second round pick, but his play has been disastrous thus far.

The best news of the evening is that Sammy Watkins’ injury is not serious. Early in the game, Watkins was hit in the ribs. He left the game and did not return. Various media outlets reported that the injury was not serious.

With two preseason games remaining, Buffalo’s starting offense needs to score touchdowns and build confidence to enter the regular season. EJ Manuel played better at home in 2013, so hopefully that trend will continue with the final two preseason games.

 

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Buffalo Bills Training Camp Schedule Announced

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills will return to St. John Fisher College for training camp this summer. The team’s first practice is scheduled for July 20. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

As of the time of this post, the beginning of Buffalo Bills training camp is just 46 days away. We know that now as the team announced its schedule for this year’s camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y.

Because the Bills have the privilege of opening the preseason schedule in this year’s Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 3, they will also be one of the first two teams in the NFL to begin their training camp. Buffalo’s first training camp practice is set for July 20, 14 days before the Bills are scheduled take the field against the New York Giants in Canton, Ohio.

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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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