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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 15

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Mario Williams and the Bills defense made Aaron Rodgers have one of the worst games of his career Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Mario Williams and the Bills defense made Aaron Rodgers have one of the worst games of his career Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills bounced back in Week 15 with a 21-13 victory over the visiting Green Bay Packers in what some fans are calling the biggest win in a decade. There is no doubt it was a monumental victory for head coach Doug Marrone and his staff, as it keeps the Bills’ playoff push alive into Week 16, something fairly uncommon for the Western New York franchise in December.

The Bills defense ruled the day as it shut down the Packers passing game and limited the damage done on the ground on its way to some high grades. The offense once again struggled to punch the ball into the end zone; it will need to get better if Buffalo wants to win out and potentially make the playoffs.

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Buffalo Bills Win over Green Bay Packers One to Remember, Earns Doug Marrone Another Year

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Sunday's Buffalo Bills win over the Green Bay Packers was one to remember. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Sunday’s Buffalo Bills win over the Green Bay Packers was one to remember. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

Wow.

A full 24 hours has passed since the Buffalo Bills pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2014 NFL season, handing the NFC favorite Green Bay Packers a 21-13 loss at Ralph Wilson Stadium, but the game still has the feeling of being too surreal for words. The Bills received contributions from all three of their November pickups, but none bigger than a punt return touchdown by Marcus Thigpen and the first two interceptions of Bacarri Rambo’s career.

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Elite Defense Leads Buffalo Bills to Season-Saving Win over Green Bay Packers

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
Mario Williams and the Bills defense made Aaron Rodgers have one of the worst games of his career Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Mario Williams and the Bills defense made Aaron Rodgers have one of the worst games of his career Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If you only watch Buffalo Bills football games and don’t pay attention to the rest of the NFL, you wouldn’t know that Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning are considered to be the two best quarterbacks in the league.

Holding Manning without a passing touchdown for the first time in more than four years wasn’t enough for the Bills to score a win over the Denver Broncos in Week 14. But forcing Rodgers into one of the worst games of his career was enough for the Bills to score a 21-13 win over the Green Bay Packers—who came into Week 15 with the league’s longest winning streak at five games—and clinch their first non-losing season (8-6 with two games to go) since 2004.

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Can the Buffalo Bills Beat the Green Bay Packers? What Must Happen

Saturday, December 13th, 2014
If the Buffalo Bills are going to win Sunday, they're going to have to find a way to stop this guy. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch — USA Today Sports)

If the Buffalo Bills are going to win Sunday, they’re going to have to find a way to stop this guy. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It’s not a good week for the Buffalo Bills to desperately need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

While the Bills can be glad to return home, still owning a winning record and still sitting just one game back of a wild card spot, their final game in Orchard Park this year comes against the Green Bay Packers, who own the NFL’s longest active winning streak at five games.

No team in the league has been playing better than Green Bay. The Packers have won nine of their last 10 games, a span in which they have outscored their opponents by 14.4 points per game on average.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been both the catalyst and backbone of the Packers’ success. Having thrown 35 touchdowns this year versus just three interceptions, while he leads the league with 8.78 passing yards per attempt, Rodgers has emerged as the clear-cut choice—barring a shocking collapse—to be the NFL MVP for this season.

Rodgers and the Packers offense, which leads the league with 32.5 points per game, has looked nearly unstoppable, especially in recent weeks (they’ve averaged 40.2 points per game over the course of their active winning streak). If anyone is equipped to slow down Green Bay, however, it might be the Bills, especially with the advantage of playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: 2014 NFL Week 15

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Derek Carr is coming off his best game yet as a pro, and could be a strong late-season fantasy pickup. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

Derek Carr is coming off his best game yet as a pro, and could be a strong late-season fantasy pickup. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns, QB (Owned in 22% of Yahoo! Leagues): For some reason, Johnny Football was not named the Cleveland Browns’ starter for Week 14, but another poor performance by Brian Hoyer led to a quarterback change for Week 15, when he will play the Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns’ first-round draft pick this past May, Manziel has an ability to run and throw proficiently, along with weapons such as Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, that makes him a low-end QB1 with a very high ceiling who is worth owning in leagues with the space and/or need at the quarterback position.

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders, QB (Y!: 7%): Another rookie quarterback, Derek Carr went up against a tough San Francisco 49ers defense and pulled out the upset victory while not throwing a single interception. He threw for three touchdowns and 254 yards in the effort, showing his vast improvement from the beginning of the season. Despite not having a good arsenal of weapons, Carr has made do with what has been given to him and made the most of it. He is building chemistry with tight end Mychal Rivera (see below) and also working with other targets like running back Marcel Reece. Carr has a very high ceiling and is a firm QB2 for this week despite another tough matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers, RB (Y!: 40%): Finally cut loose for a week from DeAngelo Williams, Stewart put up great numbers in an unexpected blowout of the New Orleans Saints. Running for 155 yards and a touchdown put him as one of the best performers at the running back position this past weekend. If Williams can’t suit up again with his finger injury, expect Stewart to be the bell-cow again and have the chance to put up a similar performance. He has a great matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and is a strong FLEX play this week at the worst. Go get him if you need any help at the RB position.

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