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Rex Ryan Reportedly Set to Be Buffalo Bills’ Next Head Coach

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
From one AFC East team to another, Rex Ryan is set to be the Buffalo Bills' new head coach. (Photo: Brad Penner — USA Today Sports)

From one AFC East team to another, Rex Ryan is set to be the Buffalo Bills’ new head coach. (Photo: Brad Penner — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills’ new head coach will be a familiar face. Rex Ryan, who has spent the past six years coaching the AFC East rival New York Jets, is reportedly being hired to lead the Bills after being fired by the Jets in December. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. (more…)


Buffalo Bills Report Card: 2014 Season-in-Review

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Mario Williams was one of the NFL's best defensive ends once again in 2014. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Mario Williams was one of the NFL’s best defensive ends once again in 2014. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills put an exclamation point on their first winning season since 2004 with a 17-9 victory over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. in Week 17. The big win not only raised the Bills record to 9-7, but it snapped what had been a 15-game losing streak for Buffalo while playing on the road against New England.

A majority of the Patriots’ best players were on the sidelines by the second half of the game, which can be expected for a playoff team in the last week of the season. With that in mind, we look past the Bills’ season finale and back at the entire 2014 season for this week’s team grades.

As if you weren’t already aware, the defense was able to create havoc all year and really anchored this team, which led to excellent grades for many of its players. On the other side of the ball, the offense as a whole struggled most of the season, even though some players were able to finish up with good overall marks.

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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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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 16

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
Sammy Watkins made a big play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but that wasn't enough to propel the Buffalo Bills to a win. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

Sammy Watkins made a big play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but that wasn’t enough to propel the Buffalo Bills to a win. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills entered Sunday’s matchup against the Oakland Raiders with their playoff hopes still intact, only to squander the opportunity in a 26-24 loss at the O.co Coliseum. Rekindling memories of the Bills’ heartbreaking 2004 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo was unable to overcome injuries and another inept offensive performance on their way to a 15th consecutive season without a playoff berth.

The Bills defense gave up a couple big passing plays and was vulnerable against the run, which led to a below-average performance for this typically stellar unit. The offense had three passing touchdowns of 25-plus yards, but it was unable to get anything going on the ground.

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Can the Buffalo Bills Beat the Green Bay Packers? What Must Happen

Saturday, December 13th, 2014
If the Buffalo Bills are going to win Sunday, they're going to have to find a way to stop this guy. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch — USA Today Sports)

If the Buffalo Bills are going to win Sunday, they’re going to have to find a way to stop this guy. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It’s not a good week for the Buffalo Bills to desperately need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

While the Bills can be glad to return home, still owning a winning record and still sitting just one game back of a wild card spot, their final game in Orchard Park this year comes against the Green Bay Packers, who own the NFL’s longest active winning streak at five games.

No team in the league has been playing better than Green Bay. The Packers have won nine of their last 10 games, a span in which they have outscored their opponents by 14.4 points per game on average.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been both the catalyst and backbone of the Packers’ success. Having thrown 35 touchdowns this year versus just three interceptions, while he leads the league with 8.78 passing yards per attempt, Rodgers has emerged as the clear-cut choice—barring a shocking collapse—to be the NFL MVP for this season.

Rodgers and the Packers offense, which leads the league with 32.5 points per game, has looked nearly unstoppable, especially in recent weeks (they’ve averaged 40.2 points per game over the course of their active winning streak). If anyone is equipped to slow down Green Bay, however, it might be the Bills, especially with the advantage of playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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