Posts Tagged ‘Thursday Night Football’

Buffalo Bills 2014 Schedule Gets Released

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Buffalo will finish their 2014 season against the New England Patriots. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Bills versus Packers on Monday Night Football? Nope.

Okay, how about the rumored Thanksgiving matchup with the Detroit Lions? Not happening. In fact, the new scheduling allowed the Lions to get around playing the Bills or Miami Dolphins.

Buffalo’s schedule was released (a bit early) over at the team’s official website, and the Bills only have one primetime game: A week 11 Thursday Night Football game with the Dolphins.


First Downs and Flags: Post-Mortem of Buffalo Bills’ Loss to Cleveland Browns

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Even in a tough loss Thursday, Buffalo Bills rookie middle linebacker Kiko Alonso continued to shine. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

Thursday night should be looked at as a lost opportunity for the Buffalo Bills. A streaky game that started with promise ended with the Bills dropping a 37-24 decision to the Cleveland Browns.

The game was there for the taking for the banged-up Bills, who struggled all night to stay healthy and maintain consistency on offense. The game will be remembered by EJ Manuel’s fight to gain some extra yards on a scramble deep in Cleveland territory in the third quarter, which ultimately resulted in Manuel taking a hit and sustaining a sprained knee that will keep him out for “a few weeks.”

As Bills nation collectively gasped with horror when Manuel was injured, Buffalo was left with little offensive talent. Although the Bills finished that drive with a 1-yard Fred Jackson touchdown to take a 24-17 lead, the offense was unable to produce once Jeff Tuel took Manuel’s place in the game at quarterback.

Yet even with a tough loss and the injuries piling up, there were still some positives to take from Thursday’s game.


Buffalo Bills Lose Quarterback EJ Manuel, Subsequently Lose Game to Cleveland Browns

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills lost Thursday’s game to the Cleveland Browns, but losing quarterback EJ Manuel to a knee injury was a bigger loss. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The game was tied at 17-17, and the Buffalo Bills had all the momentum in the game in the midst of their second consecutive touchdown drive against the Cleveland Browns defense Thursday.

The end of a 14-yard scramble by quarterback EJ Manuel changed everything.

Manuel was making a play, having run all the way around from the right side of the pocket to up the left sideline, outrunning a defender with speed before running toward the left sideline. He converted a 3rd-and-8 to pick up the Bills’ third first down of the drive in the process, but the play came with a price. As he was about to go out of bounds, he took a big shot from Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson directly on his knee, causing him to pirouette down to the ground and clutch his knee in pain.

Manuel left the game and did not return.


Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns: Week 5 Live Game Thread

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel left the game in the third quarter after taking a hit to his knee. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

FINAL THOUGHTS: The Cleveland Browns defeated the Buffalo Bills to move to 3-2 on the season. Buffalo lost 37-24, but the real story is Buffalo losing EJ Manuel to a right knee injury.

Once Manuel was out of the game, Cleveland’s defense was able to handle the Bills, minus a one yard Fred Jackson touchdown. Jeff Tuel came in and played to the best of his ability, but finished the game 8/20 for 80 yards and one interception. Based upon Tuel’s play, I’d be shocked if the Bills didn’t call the recently released Josh Freeman. In fact, don’t be surprised if Freeman is a Buffalo Bill by the time you wake up tomorrow. That’s only my opinion of course.

Defensively, the Bills played decently. They flustered Brandon Weeden throughout the game, but Weeden didn’t force many passes. The lack of turnovers hurt the Bills as did some big plays from Brandon Weeden and Willis McGahee. Late in the game, Buffalo gave up a 3rd and 18 that allowed the Browns to get into field goal range to extend their lead to six.

The Bills get some extra time off before playing the Cincinnati Bengals on October 13th. The extra time should help the Bills get some key players back into the secondary, and let those who are playing banged up, heal a bit.The season’s not over, but Buffalo needs to have some healthy additions to their lineup next week.

While it’s disappointing that the Bills are 2-3, they’ve competed in every game this season despite a laundry list of injuries. The future looks bright for Buffalo, but the team may not be able to overcome their early season injuries. No one should give up on the season yet, but the Bills have a tough four game stretch coming up with the Bengals, Dolphins, Saints and Chiefs on the horizon.



Time to Build Momentum: Previewing Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson will be an important player in Thursday’s game, but he faces a tough matchup with Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The Buffalo Bills shocked much of the football world last week by controlling a game against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens for a 23-20 victory. Although the Bills didn’t put away the game when they had chances to extend the lead in the fourth quarter, the young team held strong and achieved a win that will do wonders for the morale of an injury-laden squad.

The real test for how close the Bills are to becoming a contending team is to see if they can capitalize and seize some potential momentum Thursday versus the 2-2 Cleveland Browns. Although the Browns are 2-0 since trading Trent Richardson, they lack the type of offensive weapons to take over a game; they make their success on defense. In what is likely to be a close, potentially ugly football game, the Bills’ ability to keep their heads, avoid dumb penalties and force mistakes might be the difference between a winning record and going back to a losing one.


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