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Ugly Win Gives Buffalo Bills First Winning Season Since 2004, First Win in New England Since 2000

Sunday, December 28th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills beat the New England Patriots on Sunday, but it wasn't a game to remember. (Photo: Mark A. Baer — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills beat the New England Patriots on Sunday, but it wasn’t a game to remember. (Photo: Mark A. Baer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills ended some long, unwanted droughts at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. With a 17-9 win over the New England Patriots, the Bills secured their first winning season since 2004, finishing the year at 9-7, while they also won for the first time on the road in Foxborough, Mass. since 2000, despite playing one game against the Patriots there every year since.

Even so, the Bills and their fans won’t be telling their kids about the time they beat the Patriots in New England in 2014. The outcome of Sunday’s game had no impact on the streak the Bills really wanted to end in 2014—Buffalo’s season is over prior to the playoffs again for a 15th consecutive year—and it came on a day that the Patriots played like they had nothing to play for, having already clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC before Week 17 even began.

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What to Watch For: Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots

Sunday, December 28th, 2014
Ron Brooks will be in the spotlight Sunday as he fills in for injured Bills starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore. (Photo: Kyle Terada)

Ron Brooks will be in the spotlight Sunday as he fills in for injured Bills starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore. (Photo: Kyle Terada)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Much to the chagrin of Buffalo Bills fans and the delight of New England Patriots fans, Sunday’s regular-season finale between the two teams is essentially meaningless. The Bills, at 8-7, have been eliminated from the playoffs for a 15th consecutive year; the Patriots, at 12-3, have already clinched the AFC’s No. 1 postseason seed.

Still, there will be pride on the line in Sunday’s game, especially for the Buffalo Bills, who haven’t beat the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium since 2000 and have lost 26 of their 28 games against the Patriots since. Additionally, a victory Sunday could secure the Bills’ first winning record since 2004, another year they went 9-7.

With that in mind, there’s still reason for Bills fans to watch Sunday’s season finale, and there’s still reason for the Bills to play as hard as they can to secure a win—but it’s also undeniable that everyone involved with the Bills should have one eye toward the offseason at this point. As much as the Bills will play for a W on Sunday, it will also be a final chance for both players and coaches to prove their worth to the Bills and/or to the league as a whole heading into 2015.

Here’s some of the dynamics that will be worth keeping an eye on Sunday.

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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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Week 7 Preview: Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills will be hoping for improved play from cornerback Stephon Gilmore this season. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Coming off an overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, there is some hope bubbling under the surface for the Buffalo Bills. A 2-4 record is certainly nothing to get overly excited about, but they have continued to show fight despite the myriad of injuries that have plagued them throughout the season. With the team slowly getting back to full strength (with the exception of under center with EJ Manuel still out 4-6 weeks), there’s a chance that the remaining two-thirds of the season might have more success in store for the Bills.

In order for that to become a reality, however, the Bills are going to have to do something they haven’t done much of lately: win a division game on the road. Dating back to the start of the 2011 season, the Bills have won just three of their last 18 home games. That has to change if the Bills are going to keep their season on track as they play a road game versus the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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Bills Update: EJ Manuel Out, Shawn Powell Cut; Others on Way Back and Josh Freeman In?

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel has been diagnosed with an LCL sprain in his right knee, coach Doug Marrone said Friday. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Thanks to their appearance on Thursday Night Football versus the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night, Friday has been unusually busy with news regarding the Buffalo Bills. The injury-plagued Bills continue to take hits to their team health in their 37-24 loss to the Browns, while the punting unit’s struggles to stop Browns punt returner Travis Benjamin has cost at least one Bills player his job.

EJ Manuel Out “A Few Weeks” with LCL Sprain

The primary concern for the Buffalo Bills and their fan base since Thursday night’s game has been the health of quarterback EJ Manuel, who left the game and did not return after taking a hit to his right knee in the third quarter.

Bills coach Doug Marrone provided some clarity about Manuel’s injury on Friday, defining the injury as an LCL sprain according to the team’s official Twitter account. Marrone said the injury, which will not require surgery, is expected to keep him out “a few weeks.”

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