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Buffalo Bills Play Well, But Leave Win On Table in Season-Opening Loss to New England Patriots

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel couldn’t lead the Buffalo Bills to a Week 1 victory, but he had an otherwise impressive debut. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If you’re a Buffalo Bills fan, there was a lot to be excited about in the team’s season-opening game versus the New England Patriots.

Between the second and third quarters, the Bills clearly had the game’s momentum, and outscored the Patriots 21-7 in that span. The defense showed significant strides from last season, making numerous stands in goal-to-go defense and coming up with three takeaways off which they scored 14 points. Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel had a very solid debut, completing 18 of 27 passes for 150 yards and leading two touchdown drives while throwing no interceptions.

The Bills lost the game, however, because they started and ended poorly. The Bills were outscored 16-0 in the first and fourth quarters, giving up two scoring drives in each quarter. They failed to sustain any offensive momentum in both quarters, and the Patriots — specifically wide receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman, and running back Shane Vereen — made enough plays down the stretch to set up two field goals on the Patriots’ final three series.

While the Bills certainly must overcome their inability to close out the victory, putting themselves in position for said victory was an impressive start for head coach Doug Marrone, Manuel and the Bills’ defense.

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Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots: Week 1 Live Game Thread

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

E.J. Manuel will begin his NFL career today against a Patriots defense that was 29th in the league in pass defense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

FINAL SCORE: Patriots 23, Bills 21.

FINAL THOUGHTS: The Buffalo Bills played a tight game against the New England Patriots, but their failure to stop the Patriots on third downs down the stretch is what ultimately cost them the game. With five seconds remaining, Stephen Gostkowski connected on a 35-yard field goal to seal the game for the Patriots.

The Bills themselves have a lot to feel good about, but a loss is a loss. The Bills fall to 0-1 on the season. Next week the Bills play against the Carolina Panthers (0-1).
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Week 1 Preview: Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel is set to make his NFL regular-season debut Sunday versus the New England Patriots. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Football season is upon us. After the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos opened the NFL regular season Thursday night, the rest of the league is ready to take its turn.

No one should be more welcome to see the end of the NFL preseason more than the Buffalo Bills, whose training camp and preseason included injuries to top cornerback Stephon Gilmore, top defensive playmaker and free safety Jairus Byrd, top wide receiver Stevie Johnson and a possible career-ending injury to quarterback Kevin Kolb.

While Johnson is ready for the start of the season, the rest will all be on the sidelines (Byrd is listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report) when the Bills take the field against their AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots, on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

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What EJ Manuel’s Injury Means for the Buffalo Bills

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

EJ Manuel is out for the rest of the preseason after undergoing a minor knee procedure this weekend. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills announced Saturday afternoon that rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel will miss the remainder of the preseason. Manuel had swelling in his left knee and is undergoing a minor procedure to fix the problem. According to FOX Sports’ Peter Schrager, Manuel had the procedure on Sunday morning and does not need crutches, but will be out 2-4 weeks.

The injury came at a time where Manuel was extending his lead in the quarterback competition. Now, everything has changed.

What does Manuel’s injury mean to the Bills?

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Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts: Preseason Week 1 Live Game Thread

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills made more than their fair share of big plays today in a 44-20 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Buffalo Bills fans will get their first look at their team in live game action today, as the Bills close Week 1 of the NFL preseason with a road game versus the Indianapolis Colts.

Throughout the game, check out our Live Game Thread here at Buffalo Bills Draft. We’ll keep you updated on scores, injuries and important plays/performances, while also providing live analysis of the game as it proceeds. Join the conversation by commenting below the post — we may even some of your comments in the blog over the course of the game!

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