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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 10

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
In a losing effort, Jerry Hughes was a star for the Bills defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

In a losing effort, Jerry Hughes was a star for the Bills defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills took one on the chin on Sunday, losing 17-13 to the Kansas City Chiefs, moving them down to 10th place and currently out of playoff position in the AFC with a record of 5-4. Ralph Wilson Stadium was buzzing throughout the day, but the home team fumbled away its first-half lead with two costly second-half turnovers.

Once again the Bills defensive unit had a great showing and did more than its part to give the team an opportunity to win, but the offense was a major letdown, especially in the red zone. There were flashes of great play on both sides but overall, defense dominated the day.

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Fumbles, Red-Zone Futility Cost Buffalo Bills in Loss to Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
A pass to Sammy Watkins with Ron Parker in coverage was one of many in the red zone that went incomplete for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

A pass to Sammy Watkins with Ron Parker in coverage was one of many in the red zone that went incomplete for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Already holding a seven-point lead at home after the first half, the Buffalo Bills seemed on the verge of taking command of Sunday’s game as running back Bryce Brown barreled toward the end zone on a run from the 12-yard line. As Brown crossed the goal line, the Bills would have taken a 17-3 lead before kicking the ball back to the Kansas City Chiefs … except that Brown didn’t have the ball with him when he broke the plane.

As Brown reached the 5-yard line, he was stripped of the ball by Ron Parker, a defensive back who came up big time and time again for the Chiefs on Sunday. The ball rolled through the end zone as Bills tight end Scott Chandler missed an opportunity to recover it, and seven points were officially squandered as the Chiefs got the ball on a touchback.

Brown’s fumble proved to be the turning point in a game that the Chiefs ultimately won 17-13.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 2014 NFL Week 10: Inactives and Matchups to Watch

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
Following the team's bye week, Fred Jackson is back in action for the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

Following the team’s bye week, Fred Jackson is back in action for the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The second half of the Buffalo Bills’ season begins Sunday as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs, at 1 p.m. at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium and to be televised on CBS, in a battle of two 5-3 teams jockeying for position in the battle for a wild card spot in the AFC.

There was some suspense leading up to the release of the Bills’ inactive list Sunday morning as two of the team’s key offensive plays, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and running back Fred Jackson, were both listed as questionable with groin injuries.

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First Downs and Flags: Bills Lose Third Straight in EJ Manuel’s Lackluster Return

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Not much went well for the Buffalo Bills offense on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

Quarterback EJ Manuel made his return for the Buffalo Bills, after missing the past four games due to a LCL sprain in Week 5, to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.  After watching practice squad promotion turned starting quarterback Thad Lewis play for three games, and undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel start in Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Bills fans were excited to see Manuel back on the field.

Coming into this week, the Bills stood at 3-6 and were looking to make a second-half push for the playoffs if they could start with a win against the Steelers.

On paper, the Bills held statistical advantages on both sides of the ball.  On offense, the Bills rank seventh in the league with 140.7 rushing yards per game, while the Steelers rank 29th with 127.2 rushing yards allowed per game. On defense, the Bills rank second in the NFL with 33 total sacks, while the Steelers have allowed 36 sacks, tied for the NFL’s most through Week 10.

The Bills defense exploited this advantage, finishing the game with four sacks on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and nine total tackles for loss, but the Bills rushing offense struggled, finishing the game with 95 yards on the ground, their third-smallest number this year.

The story of the game, as Dan Hope explained in his postgame column, was the dreadful performance of Manuel and the entire Bills offense.

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Offensive Failure: Buffalo Bills Go From Bad to Worse in 23-10 Loss to Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Almost nothing went well for EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills offense in their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Unable to consistently sustain drives and finish drives with touchdowns all season long, the Buffalo Bills’ offensive struggles was the primary factor in Buffalo losing six of its first nine games this season.

Even with that said, the Bills offense played what was easily its worst game of the season Sunday in Buffalo’s Week 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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