Posts Tagged ‘Week 13’

Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 13

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Preston Brown (52) and Jerry Hughes (55) continued to come up big for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Preston Brown (52) and Jerry Hughes (55) continued to come up big for the Bills on Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills welcomed football back to Western New York on Sunday with an emphatic 26-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Both teams got off to a slow start, but 14 points in a 10-second span in the third quarter led the Bills to a win.

Buffalo’s defensive secondary led the charge in shutting down the Browns passing game while its linebackers also came away with outstanding grades. The defensive line played well and the offensive line turned in a solid performance.

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14 Points in 14 Seconds Lead Buffalo Bills to Victory Over Cleveland Browns

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Jerry Hughes' fumble return touchdown played a key role in Buffalo's 26-10 win over Cleveland on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Jerry Hughes’ fumble return touchdown played a key role in Buffalo’s 26-10 win over Cleveland on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Through the first 36 minutes of their Week 13 game against the Cleveland Browns, it looked as though the Buffalo Bills might be in for another game like their Week 11 loss to the Miami Dolphins, a game in which they failed to score a touchdown.

Everything changed after a 4th-and-2 gamble, at the 8:36 mark of the third quarter, paid off with a 35-yard deep catch by Bills wide receiver Robert Woods, caught from quarterback Kyle Orton even through the defensive pass interference of Browns cornerback Buster Skrine.

On its next play, Buffalo scored a three-yard touchdown on a pass from Orton to Bills wide receiver Chris Hogan.

On the first play of the Browns’ subsequent offensive possession, Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes beat Browns left tackle Joe Thomas—despite a hold from Thomas—to catch Browns running back Terrance West in pursuit, force a fumble, recover the ball himself and return it 18 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bills 14 points in only 14 seconds.

That spurt gave the Bills a 14-3 lead from which they never looked back, as they ultimately won the game 26-10.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns, 2014 NFL Week 13: Matchups to Watch and Keys to the Game

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Mario Williams has been on a roll lately, and he'll continue to keep it going against the Browns on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Mario Williams has been on a roll lately, and he’ll continue to keep it going against the Browns on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Two franchises that have been known more for losing than winning since the turn of the century, the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns will be fighting to keep themselves in the race for a playoff position when they play each other Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

For the 6-5 Bills, who return home to Ralph Wilson Stadium after playing their last home game in Detroit due to snow in Western New York, this game is one they must win to keep even slim hopes of ending their playoff drought alive before they enter a brutally tough final quadrant of the season. The Browns are in better position than the Bills, as they are currently 7-4 and in a five-way tie for a wild card spot, but they also need victory as they hold no tiebreakers over any other teams in the wild card race.

Both teams have reason to be confident heading into this game, as each was victorious in its last outing, but football is a game of matchups. The following matchups and keys to the game will be deciding factors in how this game—a game more important at this juncture of the season than most for either in recent years—plays out.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: Week 13

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
Isaiah Crowell is worth picking up if he's available in your fantasy football league. (Photo: Jason Getz — USA Today Sports)

Isaiah Crowell is worth picking up if he’s available in your fantasy football league. (Photo: Jason Getz — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins (Owned in 66% of Yahoo! Leagues): Over the past four games for the Dolphins, Tannehill has been terrific. He has thrown for nine touchdowns and run for one touchdown as well while only having two interceptions. Despite having no good connection with Mike Wallace downfield, injuries on his offensive line and a stagnant running game, Tannehill has still put up great numbers. On Monday, he faces a New York Jets secondary that has struggled mightily in passing defense. Tannehill will be a low-end QB1 with the ceiling to be a top-10 QB play this week.

Mark Sanchez, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (52% Y!): Despite having six interceptions in the four games (three-and-a-half if you want to get technical) since taking over as the Eagles’ starting quarterback, he has also thrown seven touchdowns. In his last three games, Sanchez has thrown for two touchdowns in each. This week, he is up against a Cowboys’ defense that just got torched by Eli Manning for 338 yards and three touchdowns. Sanchez will be a mid-tier QB1 play this week.

Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns (59% Y!): With Ben Tate out in Cleveland, the running back situation in Cleveland is more clear. Despite Terrance West out-touching Crowell 15 to 12, Crowell had two touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and is showing that he is the more dynamic running back for the Browns. Cleveland is still one of the most run-happy offenses in the league and Crowell should get double-digit carries every week, and that might be all he needs to put up solid RB2 numbers on a weekly basis moving forward.

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First Downs and Flags: Buffalo Loses to Atlanta Falcons in Typical Bills Fashion

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Stevie Johnson’s fourth-quarter fumble was one of numerous costly mistakes in Buffalo’s 34-31 overtime loss Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

The Buffalo Bills were attempting to make a playoff push going into their Week 13 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. Getting help from other AFC teams to keep them within reach of the conference’s sixth playoff speed, they had a chance to keep a playoff run alive with a win Sunday, but they did not.

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