Posts Tagged ‘Week 10’

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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Return of the Quarterback: Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Week 10 Preview

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

EJ Manuel is ready to return to the field Sunday after missing four games with a knee injury. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The Buffalo Bills were on the verge of a 17-3 lead against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday until quarterback Jeff Tuel threw an interception from the 1-yard line, which was returned for a game-tying 100-yard interception return that tied the game and changed the contest’s entire complexion.

If the Bills’ season could be summarized in one play, it would be that pass: on the verge of looking like a contender, they canno seem to make the jump. Now 3-6, the Bills travel to Pittsburgh to face a reeling Steelers team and begin a favorable second-half schedule that includes games against the Jaguars, Dolphins and Bucs. If the Bills have any hope of pushing for the AFC’s final playoff spot, this Sunday’s game is a must-win.

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