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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 11

Sunday, November 16th, 2014
Chris Hogan's play was one of the only bright spots for the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

Chris Hogan’s play was one of the only bright spots for the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

In a span of just five days, the Buffalo Bills’ playoff hopes went from soaring to now nearly impossible. After losing to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, their latest blow came in a Thursday night loss, 22-9, to the Miami Dolphins. The Bills got outplayed in the second half on both sides of the ball, and couldn’t overcome a couple questionable penalties called against them.

On offense, the struggle continued as Buffalo has now gone nearly two entire games (since the team’s opening drive of its 17-13 loss to Kansas City) without a touchdown. The normally stout defensive unit had an off performance as well, as it had trouble stopping the Dolphins’ quick passing game.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, 2014 NFL Week 11: Matchups to Watch and Keys to the Game

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Jerry Hughes and the Buffalo Bills' pass-rush will look to replicate its success from Week 2 on Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Jerry Hughes and the Buffalo Bills’ pass-rush will look to replicate its success from Week 2 on Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Playoff hopes will be on the line for both teams Thursday night when the Buffalo Bills meet the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium (8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network).

The AFC East rivals enter their Week 11 game at 5-4, tied for ninth in the AFC with the San Diego Chargers, and therefore need to make up ground in the wild card race, as both teams are a full two games behind the New England Patriots in the division.

Thursday’s losing team, which will fall to 5-5 and won’t have a head-to-head tiebreaker over Thursday’s winner, is going to be poorly situated for making a run at a playoff berth.

When these two divisional foes met in Week 2, the Buffalo Bills dominated the game and won, 29-10. Much has changed, however, for each of these teams in the past eight weeks. The September matchup gives the Bills reason to be confident that they can achieve victory over Miami again, but they must recognize the new challenges that could come in trying to become just the fourth road team to win on Thursday Night Football this year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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