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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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Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers: Week 2 Live Game Thread

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Stevie Johnson caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Bills quarterback EJ Manuel to give the Bills a 24-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

FINAL THOUGHTS: What a way for Buffalo Bills rookie quaterback EJ Manuel to win his first game. Down six points with 1:38 remaining in the game, Manuel showed incredible composure in moving the Bills down the field. Most of the passes were short, but Manuel was able to get the ball to his open receivers.

At one point, it looked as though the game was over after Manuel threw an interception. The play was negated, however, as Stevie Johnson, Manuel’s intended receiver, was interfered with by Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. After a nice run by Manuel, the quarterback found Stevie Johnson wide open in the end zone with two seconds remaining.

Manuel gets the game ball on offense as he went 27-of-39 for 296 yards with one touchdown and one interception. C.J. Spiller led the team in rushing with 103 yards on 16 carries and Stevie Johnson led the team in receiving with 111 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions.

Defensively, Mario Williams set a new team record with 4.5 sacks on Cam Newton. Williams could have had another sack or two, but was held consistently. This game was by far Mario’s best as a Buffalo Bill. Rookie Kiko Alonso also had a great game with ten total tackles (9-1), one interception and one sack. Buffalo did a fantastic job of holding the Panthers to field goals when the Panthers were given a short field.

The Bills move to 1-1 and have plenty of momentum as the team gets ready to play the New York Jets in Week 3. After a win like this, there is plenty to feel good about as a Bills fan.

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The Fight for Win No. 1: Previewing Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills will be expecting running back C.J. Spiller to play better against the Carolina Panthers than he did in Week 1 versus the New England Patriots. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

With the NFL season only 16 games long, every week matters in a team’s push towards the playoffs. Although the Buffalo Bills played the New England Patriots tough in week one, they ultimately fell short, placing themselves “behind the eight ball” going into Week 2.

The average NFL team needs 10 wins to make the playoffs, so the Bills need to beat the Carolina Panthers on Sunday to avoid a situation where they’d need to go 10-4 over the final 14 weeks of the season to enter the playoff discussion. Avoiding an 0-2 start might not seem like a big deal, but with a fan base that hasn’t seen a competitive season in more than a decade, the Bills should feel more pressure than most teams to hang around and give their fans something to cheer for.

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