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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 16

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
Sammy Watkins made a big play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but that wasn't enough to propel the Buffalo Bills to a win. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

Sammy Watkins made a big play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but that wasn’t enough to propel the Buffalo Bills to a win. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills entered Sunday’s matchup against the Oakland Raiders with their playoff hopes still intact, only to squander the opportunity in a 26-24 loss at the O.co Coliseum. Rekindling memories of the Bills’ heartbreaking 2004 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo was unable to overcome injuries and another inept offensive performance on their way to a 15th consecutive season without a playoff berth.

The Bills defense gave up a couple big passing plays and was vulnerable against the run, which led to a below-average performance for this typically stellar unit. The offense had three passing touchdowns of 25-plus yards, but it was unable to get anything going on the ground.

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Offense, Defense Fall Flat as Loss to Oakland Raiders Eliminates Buffalo Bills to Playoffs

Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Neither offense nor defense did enough for the Buffalo Bills to score a win in Oakland on Sunday. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

Neither offense nor defense did enough for the Buffalo Bills to score a win in Oakland on Sunday. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

If last week’s win over the Green Bay Packers was one to remember, the Buffalo Bills’ soul-crushing loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday will be one fans soon want to forget. A lack of created turnovers and ill-timed injuries to defensive stalwarts Marcell Dareus and Stephon Gilmore didn’t help matters, but once again offensive ineptitude ruled the day in the Bills’ 26-24 loss.

Buffalo is now eliminated from playoff contention with the disappointing loss.

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C.J. Spiller Returning to the Buffalo Bills Active Roster

Friday, December 19th, 2014
In desperate need of a boost on offense, the Bills will hope to get that with the return of running back C.J. Spiller. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

In desperate need of a boost on offense, the Bills will hope to get that with the return of running back C.J. Spiller. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Fresh off their biggest win of the season, as they beat the Green Bay Packers 21-13 on Sunday, the Buffalo Bills are set to get another boost as arguably their most dynamic offensive player, running back C.J Spiller, is being added back to the team’s active roster from injured reserve with a return designation.

After a week of evaluating his progress, Bills coach Doug Marrone announced Friday that will be on the 53-man team and is probable to play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

It’s unknown if Spiller will be 100 percent after missing eight weeks with a broken collarbone, or what role he will play in his return to the offense. At the least, he gives the Bills offense—which certainly needs any spark it can get—another weapon to work with in its final two games of the regular season, as Buffalo makes a push for a potential AFC playoff spot.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: 2014 NFL Week 16

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
If Eli Manning is available on the waiver wire in your fantasy league, he could be a strong pickup for Week 16. (Photo: Brad Penner — USA Today Sports)

If Eli Manning is available on the waiver wire in your fantasy league, he could be a strong pickup for Week 16. (Photo: Brad Penner — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins (Owned in 31% of Yahoo! leagues): After Colt McCoy re-injured his neck, RGIII was called upon and did a serviceable job on Sunday against the New York Giants, throwing for 237 yards and a touchdown. He also had 46 rushing yards. Head coach Jay Gruden named Griffin the starting quarterback for Week 16. With Griffin’s ability to scramble and a rather easy matchup against a Philadelphia Eagles defense that got burned by Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, Griffin could be in for a good game. View him as a high-end QB2.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (Y!: 61%): Manning had a top five quarterback performance fantasy-wise this past weekend with 250 yards passing and three touchdowns (all to Odell Beckham Jr.). He had a great performance by Beckham in that game, who posted a stat line of 12 receptions, 143 yards and three touchdowns and was the go-to-guy for Manning. With OBJ, Manning has been able to put up better numbers as of late, despite losing Victor Cruz early on in the season. Manning has the St. Louis Rams in Week 16, who are known more for their pass-rush than pass defense. Especially with lead running back Rashad Jennings injured, Manning could be asked to throw more Sunday. He is a high-end QB2 this weekend.

Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings (Y!: 38%): With Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve and Adrian Peterson not coming back this season, the majority of duties at the running back position has been taken up by Asiata. He had a good game on Sunday, gaining 86 combined yards and a rushing touchdown against an extremely tough Detroit Lions defense. The Vikings continue to trust him far more than Ben Tate or Joe Banyard, so Asiata will continue to get the bulk of work going forward. Asiata has a matchup with the Dolphins in Week 16, who gave up 79 yards rushing and a touchdown to the Patriots on Sunday. Asiata is a mid-tier RB3/FLEX play.

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First Downs and Flags: Dominant Defense Leads Buffalo Bills To Win vs. Dolphins

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Rookie cornerback Nickell Robey continued to stand out for the Buffalo Bills defense in their Week 16 shutout. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

The Buffalo Bills hosted their AFC East rival, the Miami Dolphins, Sunday in their final home game of the 2013 season. The first game the Bills played after officially being eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15, their only tangible incentive in winning was the chance to spoil the Dolphins’ playoffs hopes.

With starting quarterback E.J. Manuel, top wide receiver Stevie Johnson and safety Aaron Williams all declared out for the game by Friday, Buffalo’s chances of winning seemed uncertain at best, even though the Bills narrowly pulled out a win in Week 7 against the Dolphins.

Regardless, backup quarterback Thad Lewis led the Bills out on a rainy day at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and the best word to describe the Bills’ play was dominance.

Pure and utter dominance.

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