Posts Tagged ‘Week 7’

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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Making the Grade: Which Bills Players Rumbled and Stumbled vs. the Dolphins in Week 7?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

I’ll never be out when it comes to the Buffalo Bills, but things were looking bleak for the 2013 season going into Week 7. The Bills sat at 2-4 and had three teams with winning records — the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs — on the horizon. Buffalo needed to find a way to beat the Dolphins, who came into the game with a 3-2 record.

It wasn’t pretty, but as Dan Hope pointed out, the defense led the Bills to a 23-21 victory. Due to the team’s defensive performance, this week’s Making the Grade focuses on Buffalo’s defense, as there were few bright spots on the Bills offense.

All grades are courtesy of Pro Football Focus (subscription required). In case you need a refresher, a PFF grade of 0.0 is an average grade.

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First Downs and Flags: A Look Back at the Bills’ Last-Minute Win Against the Dolphins

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson bounced back from an early injury to make some key plays Sunday. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

Coming off of an overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 13, the Buffalo Bills reversed the headlines and won Sunday on a 31-yard Dan Carpenter field goal with just 33 seconds remaining against the Miami Dolphins.

The overall game favored the Dolphins, who scored three offensive touchdowns to the Bills’ one, but Buffalo took advantage of Miami’s mistakes by forcing three turnovers.  The Bills offense struggled mightily this week, but the defense led Buffalo to a 23-21 road upset in Miami.

It was not the prettiest game for the Bills, but a win is a win, and there were some players who played well — and some who didn’t — worth acknowledging this week in “First Downs and Flags.”

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Defense Comes Up Big, Bills Win vs. Dolphins Despite Continued Offensive Woes

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams continued to play like the player he was paid to be with another big performance Sunday. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills’ failure to sustain offensive drives should have cost them another game Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

The Bills managed just one scoring drive from beyond their own 40-yard line, and even though they started a goal-to-go offensive opportunity at the 4-yard line, they were forced to settle for a field goal.

The Bills only had one offensive touchdown in the game.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins: Week 7 Live Game Thread

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Thad Lewis is starting his second game at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills in place of injured rookie EJ Manuel. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Final Score: Bills 23, Dolphins 21

It wasn’t a pretty game for the Buffalo Bills, but their defense came up with big plays when necessary to lead the Bills to a 23-21 victory, which was won on a 31-yard field goal with just 33 seconds remaining by Bills kicker Dan Carpenter to beat his former team, the Miami Dolphins.

The Bills’ offense struggled once again to sustain drives, but quarterback Thad Lewis finished with 202 passing yards on 21-of-32 passing attempts. He had no touchdowns and threw one interception. The Bills struggled running the football, averaging just three yards per carry (90 yards on 30 attempts).

Defensively, however, the Bills came up with big plays including an interception return touchdown by slot cornerback Nickell Robey on the Dolphins’ first offensive possession of the game, and a strip sack by defensive end Mario Williams that was a fumble recovery by defensive tackle Kyle Williams in opposing territory that set up the game-winning field goal by Carpenter.

It appeared for most of the second half that the Bills would lose a game they led 14-0 in the first quarter, but they came up big for a crucial win to keep their hopes alive in the AFC East. The Bills improved to 3-4 with the win, while the Dolphins lost their third consecutive game to fall to 3-3.

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