Posts Tagged ‘Week 2’

C.J. Spiller, Sammy Watkins, Dominant Defense Lead Buffalo Bills to Win Over Miami Dolphins

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Against the Dolphins, Sammy Watkins played like a No. 4 overall pick should. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Against the Dolphins, Sammy Watkins played like a No. 4 overall pick should. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Capping off what might go down as one of the greatest weeks in franchise history, the Buffalo Bills outplayed the Miami Dolphins on offense, defense and special teams on Sunday to secure a 29-10 victory and improve their record for the season to 2-0.

Aside from the team’s struggle to score touchdowns in the red zone, just about everything else went right for the Bills on Sunday. Solid play by all three of their units, combined with some costly mistakes for the Dolphins special teams, allowed Buffalo to control the field position battle throughout the game.

Football is a matchup-oriented game, and this was a matchup, against a team the Bills swept last season, that favored Buffalo from the beginning. While the Bills ranked second in the NFL in sacks in 2013, the Dolphins gave up the most in the league and have an offensive line of five new starters still coming together as a unit.

Yet while the pressure generated by the Bills defensive front in this game was one key factor in Buffalo’s victory, there are also plenty of other positives to take away from the Bills’ latest triumph over their division rival.

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2014 NFL Week 2: Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, Live Analysis

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (No. 99) and slot cornerback Nickell Robey (No. 37) had reasons to celebrate their play Sunday. (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

The Bills swept the Dolphins in 2013. Can they extend their winning streak over Miami to three? (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Final thoughts:

Buffalo was dominant in their home opener over the Miami Dolphins winning 29-10. Offensively, EJ Manuel was efficient for the second straight week, and while the running game struggled, C.J. Spiller was able to rip off one long 47 yard run.

Miami came out in the second half behind 9-0 and made some terrific adjustments. After Miami scored on their first possession of the second half, Buffalo responded via special teams. Spiller returned a kickoff 102 yards. After two or three impressive drives, Miami fizzled out.

Sammy Watkins was the star of the game among Buffalo’s playmakers. He was targeted 11 times and caught 8 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. It was Watkins’ first NFL touchdown and first 100 yard game in his young career.

On the line, Seantrel Henderson performed well against Cameron Wake. He received TE help but did had a terrific game.

Defensively, Buffalo’s line recorded sacks and batted passes. It was a terrific performance from the front four.

Nigel Bradham looked outstanding in his first game of the season and had quite a few impressive hits. The run defense held Miami to 80 yards rushing.

All in all, a great week for the Bills. Next up? The San Diego Chargers.

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Top 5 Buffalo Bills Plays of 2013 (Through Week 11)

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

EJ Manuel has played a role in two of Buffalo’s top five plays through its first 11 weeks. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Through the first eleven weeks of the season, the Buffalo Bills have made their fair share of big plays. Deciding on just five plays was a difficult task, but some of the “contenders” were eliminated from the list simply due to the fact they occurred in losing efforts.

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First Downs and Flags: Manuel Shakes Off the Dust to Lead Bills to Victory

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

EJ Manuel made a number of mistakes Sunday, but led the Buffalo Bills to a victory against the Carolina Panthers with the game on the line. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

On two consecutive drives between the third and fourth quarters of the Buffalo Bills’ 24-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers, EJ Manuel looked like a rookie. The quarterback fumbled then threw an interception, which led to two Carolina possessions deep in Buffalo territory.

In the stands, there were a few groans in my section about Manuel’s errors. Groans are to be expected as Buffalo ventures out into the 2013 season with a rookie quarterback. Those groans quickly turned to thunderous cheers when Manuel led the Buffalo Bills on a late 80-yard drive for a game-winning touchdown.

In the Week 2 installment of “First Downs and Flags,” some of Buffalo’s best and worst efforts from Sunday’s win will be highlighted.

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Buffalo Bills Come Through in the Clutch for First Win of Season

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

After averting a disastrous interception with a pass interference penalty, EJ Manuel made two plays to lead the Buffalo Bills to their first victory of the season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

There were many similarities between the Buffalo Bills’ first and second games of the season. Both games were decided by a score in the final five seconds of regulation. The Bills scored two offensive touchdowns in both games, gave up exactly 23 points to their opponents in both games and shot themselves in the foot with costly turnovers and penalties.

Yet while the majority of Bills fans seemed to come away from the first game versus the New England Patriots dejected with the game’s outcome and the prospects for their team, the morale of Bills fans (at least the ones I saw on Twitter) was excited and optimistic following the Bills’ second game versus the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

That, of course, was due to the fact that the Bills scored 24 points versus the Panthers instead of only 21 versus the Patriots. More specifically, after being beaten by a game-winning field goal in their season opener, the Bills came back from a 23-17 deficit against the Panthers when rookie quarterback EJ Manuel connected with wide receiver Stevie Johnson on a 2-yard touchdown pass to the end zone.

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