Posts Tagged ‘Week 4’

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: Buffalo Bills 2-2 At the Quarter Pole

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Marcell Dareus was the star of the Buffalo Bills’ defensive front on Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

The jury is still out on who exactly the 2013 Buffalo Bills are. In a long, drawn-out affair that saw several trips to the replay booth, the Buffalo Bills triumphed over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, 23-20, on Sunday.

While I felt Buffalo was slowly letting the game slip away at several times throughout the second half, second-round pick middle linebacker Kiko Alonso stepped up once again and demonstrated that he is a big time playmaker.

A crippled defensive secondary forced Super Bowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco to throw five interceptions. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine dialed up pressure, and the offense did enough early to help Buffalo squeak out an important victory.

The Bills sit at 2-2 at the quarter pole of the season, and with games already versus the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, I feel most fans should feel happy with the team’s results thus far.

The defense demonstrated Sunday why they will receive many of the first down accolades in this week’s “First Downs and Flags.”

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Big-Play Buffalo Bills Defense Bails Out Offense for Week 4 Win vs. Baltimore

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills won Sunday’s game over the defending Super Bowl champions, but they couldn’t have done it without big plays from their defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Even with quarterback EJ Manuel struggling, the Buffalo Bills have a rookie making a strong case to win a Rookie of the Year this season.

When Manuel couldn’t make the plays he needed to late in Sunday’s game versus the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to secure a Bills victory, Buffalo had to rely on its defense to make big plays to hold a waning lead. No one came up bigger than Bills rookie middle linebacker Kiko Alonso.

With less than a minute remaining in the game, Alonso caught an interception off a pass deflection from free safety Da’Norris Searcy that all but sealed a 23-20 victory for the Bills. The interception was Alonso’s second interception of the game and his fourth in a three-game span.

On a day where he also made five tackles, Alonso continued to look like a steal of a second-round draft pick, but he wasn’t the only player on the Bills defense who made big plays.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions: Preseason Week 4 Live Game Thread

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Matt Leinart got the opportunity to start for the Buffalo Bills against the Detroit Lions in their preseason finale tonight. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

FINAL THOUGHTS: Thank goodness the preseason is over! Buffalo fell to 2-2 on the preseason after losing to the Lions 35-13.

Buffalo’s game against the Lions was rough to watch with two new quarterbacks under center. Matt Leinart was given the chance to start but did not take advantage of the opportunity. Leinart finished the game 3/10 for 11 yards with two interceptions. Thad Lewis took over for Leinart a few minutes into the second quarter and started off slowly. However, by the end of the night Lewis was 7/16 for 132 yards passing with one touchdown. Lewis also added 51 yards on seven carries. When Buffalo trims its roster to 53 players, look for Lewis to be Buffalo’s fourth quarterback after E.J. Manuel, Jeff Tuel and Kevin Kolb.

The big theme of the evening for the Bills were injuries. Three wide receivers suffered injuries: Marquise Goodwin, Chris Hogan and Marcus Easley. Luckily, all three injuries were not serious. Goodwin was poked in the eye and did not return, but both Hogan and Easley returned to the game. Easley had the offensive play of the game with a 79-yard touchdown reception from Lewis.

Unfortunately, not all of Buffalo’s injuries were minor. Doug Legursky had to be carted off in the second half with a knee injury. While no word has been given on the severity, the injury did not look good and I’d expect Legursky to be out for some time.

Defensively, Buffalo’s cornerbacks were picked on early and often. T.J. Heath had the worst performance among all cornerbacks, but he was a long-shot to make the roster. Crezdon Butler was picked upon quite a bit in the first half, but he did improve in the second half.

On special teams, Dustin Hopkins made both of his field goal attempts and an extra point. Hopkins did not miss any kicks during the preseason. Cornerback Nickell Robey muffed his second punt of the preseason. Definitely not a good showing for someone fighting for a roster spot.

Perhaps the best news tonight came before the game when E.J. Manuel was seen tossing the ball on the field. When the Bills play the Patriots in Week 1 there’s a chance that the Bills’ first round pick will be under center.

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