Posts Tagged ‘Turnovers’

What Must Happen for Buffalo Bills to Upset Denver Broncos

Sunday, December 7th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills need No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins to step up his game. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills need No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins to step up his game. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Sunday begins the quadrant of the Buffalo Bills’ season in that, if the games were played on paper, we should already know who the winner of each of the final four games will be. The Bills should have one easy win in front of them when they play the Oakland Raiders in Week 15, but the other three games—all against teams who have 9-3 records so far this season—look to be likely losses.

The first of those three games comes against the Denver Broncos, at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at Denver’s Sports Authority Field. If the Bills are going to come up with a victory—one they need to keep themselves in position to make the playoffs—they’re going to have to do so against a team that has won all six of its home games this year.

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Buffalo Bills Dominate Turnover Battle to Finish First Half of Season with Win vs. New York Jets

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Aaron Williams' interception was one of three thrown by Geno Smith and one of six Jets turnovers on Sunday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

Aaron Williams’ interception was one of three thrown by Geno Smith and one of six Jets turnovers on Sunday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Winning the turnover battle is one of the surest recipes for winning football games. Winning the turnover battle six to zero paves a clear path to a blowout victory.

That plus-six turnover margin paved the path to a 43-23 victory for the Buffalo Bills over the New York Jets on Sunday, and has put the Bills, who sit 5-3 at the halfway point of their season, in position to contend for a playoff spot in the second half of the year.

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Beyond the Blame Game, Loss to Atlanta Falcons Shows Buffalo Bills Don’t Belong in Playoffs

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Scott Chandler’s fumble cost the Buffalo Bills a chance to beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, but it was far from the only reason for Sunday’s loss. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

While the Buffalo Bills have lost eight games, including two in overtime and four by seven points or less, it seems no loss this season (at least judging off the tweets in my timeline and in my mentions) has been a tougher pill for Buffalo fans to swallow than the team’s 34-31 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

This sentiment from the Bills fan base comes understandably, both because of the implications and manner of the loss. As the defeat drops Buffalo to 4-8 on the season, it puts a stake through the heart of the Bills’ slim playoff hopes. But the loss might be an especially tough pill to swallow because this was not a game Buffalo lost decidedly, but rather let slip away on the verge of victory.

As has been the case in many losses this season for the Bills, late-game penalties and mistakes proved costly. But it is unfair and inaccurate to pinpoint blame for Buffalo’s loss, and furthermore its failure to make the postseason, on those responsible for calling those penalties and making those mistakes.

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