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First Downs and Flags: LeGarrette Blount Bashes Buffalo Bills in Season Finale

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills was the LeGarrette Blount show for the New England Patriots. (Photo: Winslow Townson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

The Buffalo Bills (6-10) traveled to Foxborough to try and defeat the New England Patriots (12-4) for the first time ever in Gillette Stadium, with the hope of ending the season on a high note.  Though the Bills were guaranteed a losing season, they had the chance to have a winning record in the AFC East, but they came up short.

Despite Bills head coach Doug Marrone saying he was “110 percent confident” during Week 16 that Manuel would play in the season finale, Manuel did not make enough progress in his recovery to start in Week 17, and backup quarterback Thad Lewis started his fifth game of the season.

Lewis and the Bills lost to the Patriots, 34-20, on a rainy day where the story was Patriots running back LeGarette Blount netting a whopping 334 all-purpose yards for the game. The Bills defense and special teams had no answer for Blount, and that resulted in a loss.

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Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots: Week 17 Live Game Thread

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

LeGarrette Blount gashed the Bills for 334 total yards Sunday. (Photo: Winslow Townson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Final Thoughts:

Three hundred thirty-four yards. How on Earth does a professional football team give up 334 yards to one player? It’s difficult, but the Bills pulled off the feat on Sunday. Was it a squirmy player like Julian Edelman? No. What about a jack of all trades like Shane Vereen? Not him either.

LeGarrette Blount, a 250-pound bruising running back, was the man who accounted for the yards. Blount had 24 carries for 189 yards and two touchdowns. He also accounted for 145 yards on two kick returns Sunday.

It’s inexcusable regardless of the elements. For as much praise as defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has received, he also needs to be held accountable for the rushing yards his defense gave up this season. Overall, Pettine did more good than bad, but the run defense needs to be looked at and upgraded in the offseason.

As for the kickoff returns, that falls on special teams coordinator Danny Crossman. When the Bills hired Crossman, I remember Lions fans jumping for joy. After one season, I see why. Marrone’s hiring of Crossman was by far his worst hire. Marrone and Crossman might be friends, but there is no reason for Crossman to return in 2014.

The game itself wasn’t great for the Bills, but they did themselves no favors. The Patriots fumbled the ball four times on Sunday and each time New England recovered the ball.

Offensively, mistakes did the Bills in.

Thad Lewis did a nice job against the Patriots, especially considering the elements. He completed 16-of-29 passes for 247 yards and one touchdown. His biggest gaffes were an early fumble and a bad quarterback sneak. The Bills did score a field goal after the fumble, so Lewis only had one really costly play.

Spiller and Jackson accounted for 165 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Bills.

Mistakes by Buffalo’s wide receivers and tight ends were most costly for the Bills offense on Sunday. Scott Chandler had a big drop in the first quarter that would have converted a first down and put the Bills in field goal range. T.J. Graham, the team’s leading receiver on Sunday, had a pass bounce off of his mid-section on a 4th and 2 play.

In the offseason, Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett need to work on Buffalo’s red zone offense. The team was held to far too many field goals this season.

The 2013 Bills season is in the books with another 6-10 record. The team had a strong draft and made some good moves in free agency and through its trade with the Indianapolis Colts for outside linebacker Jerry Hughes. If the team can repeat that process in 2014, the Bills have a chance to emerge as a playoff contender.

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Preview: Buffalo Bills Look to Play Spoiler vs. New England Patriots in Week 17

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

If the Buffalo Bills are going to turn the tables on the New England Patriots in Week 17, they need to pressure Tom Brady. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Although the Buffalo Bills (6-9) go into Sunday’s tilt against the New England Patriots (11-4) with no playoff implications on the line, they could derive extra motivation from what a win would prevent their AFC East rivals from obtaining.

After beating the Baltimore Ravens (8-7) last week, the Patriots put themselves in control of securing a first-round playoff bye. If they were to fall to Buffalo this Sunday, that would leave the door open for the Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) to sneak in and steal the final bye.

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Buffalo Bills Play Best Football of the Season in Week 16 Win vs. Miami Dolphins

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Kyle Williams and the Buffalo Bills defense had seven sacks Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

For the most part, everything seemed to be in the Miami Dolphins’ favor going into their Week 16 game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Coming off a Week 15 victory against the New England Patriots, the Dolphins were 8-6 and in serious contention for an AFC playoff spot. The Bills, meanwhile, were 5-9, had been eliminated from AFC playoff contention in Week 15 and game into the game without three key injured starters, including starting quarterback EJ Manuel.

The Bills and backup quarterback Thad Lewis, however, had the Dolphins’ number this season. In Week 7, while Manuel was sidelined with an LCL sprain in his right knee, Lewis got his first career win as an NFL starting quarterback when Buffalo clawed out a 23-21 victory over the Dolphins in Miami. On Sunday, with Lewis back in the lineup again and Manuel sidelined with a left knee sprain, the Bills had an absolutely dominant effort, a 19-0 shutout in their final home game of the season.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins: Week 16 Live Game Thread

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Mario Williams and the Bills defense will have to play another strong game to sweep the Dolphins. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Domination.

That one word defines today’s game against the Dolphins. Buffalo’s defense was dominant against the Dolphins. The defense accounted for seven sacks and two interceptions against the Dolphins, who looked unprepared to play.

Ryan Tannehill was held to 83 yards passing and Matt Moore passed for 53 yards and two interceptions. On the ground, Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas combined for 12 rushes for 14 yards. To say nothing went right for the Dolphins’ offense is an understatement.

Buffalo’s defense was anchored by Kyle Williams who had an outstanding game. He sacked Tannehill twice and blew up a few other plays during the game. Nickell Robey added two sacks of his own and Jerry Hughes, Mario Williams and Da’Norris Searcy all added one sack apiece.

Buffalo’s interceptions came from Jim Leonhard and Leodis McKelvin.

Offensively, Lewis went 15-of-25 for 193 yards and one interception. He also added 13 yards rushing.

Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller kept the Dolphins at bay as the two accounted for 188 yards on 39 carries and one touchdown.

It was a gutsy performance for the Bills who were without Stevie Johnson. During the game, Marquise Goodwin suffered an injury and Robert Woods was ejected for throwing a punch. Woods still led the Bills in receiving with 3 catches for 70 yards. In spite of all of the wide receiver losses, the Bills did a great job of controlling the clock.

The 2013 season is lost, but this win is a positive step in the right direction for 2014. The Bills are now 3-2 in the AFC East. A win over the Patriots would give them their first winning record in the division since 2007.

Christmas is still a few days away, but the Bills gave their fans an early present today by squishing the fish.

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