Posts Tagged ‘Postgame Takeaways’

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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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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Dan Carpenter Comes Up Clutch, Defensive Line Dominates as Buffalo Bills Win Kyle Orton’s First Start

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
Dan Carpenter's 58-yard field goal gave the Buffalo Bills an improbable win on Sunday. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

Dan Carpenter’s 58-yard field goal gave the Buffalo Bills an improbable win on Sunday. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

In what I would have to think was at least a semi-intentional troll job, the Detroit Lions played the Foo Fighters classic “My Hero” through the loudspeakers of Ford Field after new Buffalo Bills starting quarterback and Dave Grohl look-alike Kyle Orton led the Bills to their first touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter.

Ultimately, however, it was a kicker who looks like Kid Rock who was the hero for Buffalo on Sunday, as Dan Carpenter made a 58-yard field goal — the second-longest made kick in team history — with just four seconds remaining to propel to the Bills to a 17-14 victory, improving their record to 3-2 for the season.

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Buffalo Bills Suffer First Loss of Season vs. San Diego Chargers; What Went Wrong?

Sunday, September 21st, 2014
EJ Manuel and the Bills offense struggled against the San Diego Chargers in Buffalo's first loss of the season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel and the Bills offense struggled against the San Diego Chargers in Buffalo’s first loss of the season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills were one of just seven NFL teams to open their season with back-to-back wins, but they were sent back down to earth on Sunday as they suffered a 22-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers at Ralph Wilson Stadium, bringing both teams to 2-1 records for the year.

There were some aspects of Sunday’s game that went fine for the Bills.

Buffalo’s offense finished the game without a single turnover.

Its defense was able to limit the Chargers to field goals on two of their four trips into the red zone. The rushing defense also had a strong performance, as it limited the Chargers to just 85 yards on 37 carries.

The Buffalo special teams continued to execute well: Dan Carpenter made his only field goal attempt of the day, Colton Schmidt averaged 45.2 yards per punt, no punts were returned for positive yardage and all three of Jordan Gay’s kickoffs were touchbacks.

Overall, however, the Chargers were simply the better team on the field Sunday. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers and his offense executed efficiently throughout the game, whereas Buffalo quarterback EJ Manuel and his offense never found any consistent rhythm. The Chargers appear to be one of the NFL’s better teams this year, but the Bills need to improve in a number of areas in order to score wins against playoff-caliber teams this season.

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