Posts Tagged ‘Postgame Takeaways’

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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Buffalo Bills Dominate Turnover Battle to Finish First Half of Season with Win vs. New York Jets

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Aaron Williams' interception was one of three thrown by Geno Smith and one of six Jets turnovers on Sunday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

Aaron Williams’ interception was one of three thrown by Geno Smith and one of six Jets turnovers on Sunday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Winning the turnover battle is one of the surest recipes for winning football games. Winning the turnover battle six to zero paves a clear path to a blowout victory.

That plus-six turnover margin paved the path to a 43-23 victory for the Buffalo Bills over the New York Jets on Sunday, and has put the Bills, who sit 5-3 at the halfway point of their season, in position to contend for a playoff spot in the second half of the year.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 7

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
The Bills defensive line, including Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams, continued to stand out Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Bills defensive line, including Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams, continued to stand out Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills held a lead for only three minutes and seven seconds in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, but the 17-16 lead they took with one second left in the game was just enough for them to win and improve their record to 4-3 in the 2014 campaign.

For most of the afternoon it was a sluggish effort from Buffalo, as head coach Doug Marrone alluded to in his postgame press conference.

For this week’s report card, I broke down players’ performances and assigned team grades for the Bills’ Week 7 last-second win over the Vikings. Some players stood out, but others need to step up their games.

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Buffalo Bills Offense Overcomes Turnovers, Injuries to Steal Victory from Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, October 19th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills defeated the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, thanks to a Sammy Watkins touchdown catch with one second remaining in the game. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills defeated the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, thanks to a Sammy Watkins touchdown catch with one second remaining in the game. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

For the first 57 minutes of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, it looked as though this column would be all about everything that went wrong for the Buffalo Bills offense on Sunday.

The Bills flipped the script in the game’s final three minutes and seven seconds, as quarterback Kyle Orton led a 15-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, which ended with just one second remaining in the game, to give Buffalo a 17-16 victory in a game that was otherwise ugly for both teams.

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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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