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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2017 – 6:34 pm

Here’s a look at the stats that stood out in the Bills overtime win over the Colts.

227 – rushing yards by the Bills
92 – passing yards by the Bills

4.9 – McCoy’s yards per carry
3.6 – Gore’s yards per carry

11 – tackles by Matt Milano (led team)

25% – Colts third down conversion percentage
56% – Bills third down conversion percentage

50% – Colts red zone touchdown efficiency (1-2)
100% – Bills red zone touchdown efficiency (2-2)

 


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McCoy’s workload has been key to Bills wins

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2017 – 10:45 am

It certainly isn’t the only variable that can be attributed to Bills victories, but LeSean McCoy’s workload has an impact on Buffalo’s success in posting ‘W’s.

This season when LeSean McCoy gets 20 carries or more the Bills are 5-0. When he gets less than that the Bills are 1-6. Here’s a look at Buffalo’s stats this season on offense when McCoy gets 20 or more carries and when he doesn’t.

McCoy 20 or more carries McCoy less than 20 carries
Won-Loss record 6 and 0 1 and 5
Points per game 25 12.8
Rush yds/game 83 59
Rushes/game 21.3 13.2
Rushing TDs 3 1
1st down rushes 25 16
Rec yds/game 35.3 15.3

 


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Colts have trouble holding teams down

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2017 – 9:58 am

By now most Bills fans know that no other NFL club has given up more points than the Colts this season. Not only have they given up a league-leading 330 points in 12 games this season, their point differential of minus-125 ranks 31st in the league.

The Colts have been outscored in every quarter but the second quarter this season, where they’ve scored 10 more points (89) than they’ve given up (79). Their problem quarter is the fourth. Indianapolis has been outscored by an astounding 92 points.

That’s a franchise worst for the Colts. Since 2000, only the 2005 Texans (-95) and 2007 Rams (-107) fared worse in terms of point differential come the final stanza in a game.

The Bills have outscored their opponents 90 to 68 in the fourth quarter. In fact the fourth quarter is Buffalo’s highest-scoring quarter this season.


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Colts C Ryan Kelly out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2017 – 6:01 pm

Colts C Ryan Kelly was expected to be available for Sunday’s game, having just a couple of tests remaining to pass this week before he was cleared from the concussion protocol. On Friday, however that did not happen. Kelly has been ruled out of Sunday’s game.

Complicating matters for the Colts is Kelly’s backup, Mike Person is questionable for Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. Third on the Colts depth chart at center is Anthony Fabiano. Fabiano has appeared in five career NFL games with one start.


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Moncrief, Melvin both out for Colts

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2017 – 2:54 pm

The Indianapolis Colts will not have their two starting cornerbacks on Sunday.

Already without Pierre Desir, who went on injured reserve earlier this week with a shoulder injury, the Colts also ruled CB Rashaan Melvin out with a hand injury. That leaves the Colts secondary with five cornerbacks who have a combined four games of NFL experience, which includes three rookies. Two of those rookies, Kenny Moore and Quincy Wilson are expected to start.

Meanwhile CB Chris Milton was added to the injury report with a neck injury and is now questionable.

Also out is WR Donte Moncrief with an ankle injury. TE Darrell Daniels is also out with a hamstring injury. Here’s a look at the Colts injury report for Sunday.

Starting RT Denzelle Good is also questionable with an illness.

(WR) Donte Moncrief                                     Ankle                     Out
(CB) Rashaan Melvin                                       Hand                     Out
(TE) Darrell Daniels                                          Hamstring           Out

(C) Mike Person                                                 Ankle                    Questionable
(OL) Denzelle Good                                         Illness                   Questionable
(CB) Chris Milton                                              Neck                      Questionable

 


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Taylor, Kyle among 5 listed as questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2017 – 2:48 pm

It was no surprise to see Tyrod Taylor listed as questionable on Buffalo’s injury report. Joining him however, were Kyle Williams and Leonard Johnson.

Cordy Glenn and Seantrel Henderson are also listed as questionable. Henderson appears to be less likely to dress after he was unable to practice on Thursday and Friday. Glenn was limited each of the last two days.

Taylor will be a game time decision.

OUT
G John Miller – ankle

QUESTIONABLE
OT Cordy Glenn – foot-ankle
OT Seantrel Henderson – back
CB Leonard Johnson – knee
QB Tyrod Taylor – knee
DT Kyle Williams – groin

 


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Fan Friday 12-8

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2017 – 12:13 pm

It’s a gotta-have-it game on Sunday. Here are your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Is there any indication that Dennison Is on the hot seat?

Del Smith
@delsmithmusic

CB: I don’t get that sense right now. The performance and production of the offense will be reviewed and evaluated at the end of the season by head coach Sean McDermott. As I see it the key in the evaluation of the offense was whether it was held back by the play at quarterback or by the play calling of the coordinator. It could very well be a combination of both.

There are other factors as well. The constant churn at wide receiver due to in season additions and injuries. The offensive line having a hard time changing to a completely different blocking scheme from the one they had a lot of success in a year ago.

The future direction of the offense will hinge on where McDermott felt they came up short and why and what parties were most responsible for those shortcomings.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think Bills will make playoffs? Yes or No?

Charles Barber
@bubbabarber77

CB: The AFC playoff picture is too convoluted to give a yes or no answer. With four games to play, the Wild Card spots are a jumble at best. Three different teams could still win the AFC West. The Bills obviously want the Chargers to win the West, so they don’t have to worry about the head-to-head tiebreaker with that team, knowing they have head-to-head edges over Oakland and Kansas City in a Wild Card tiebreaker scenario.

I did see that Football Outsiders in the playoff simulations had the Bills with a 43 percent chance of making the playoffs if they finish 9-7 with their only loss coming at New England. If they finish 8-8 they reach the playoffs in less than one percent of their simulations.

I think that pretty much paints the picture right now. It’ll be an uphill battle, which is usually the case when you need help from other teams.

 

3 –  @ChrisBrownBills

With the addition of Benjamin will the Bills start throwing the ball more? That would help open McCoy

Why am I
@AlwaysN_Trouble

CB: I think assuming the Bills will throw more with Benjamin in the lineup is a bit of an oversimplification. This is a team that remains rooted in a run-first philosophy and understandably so. With Benjamin on the field there will be more opportunities for the Bills to make plays in the pass game because he’s capable of making a play even when he’s covered due to his length alone.

But his insertion into the lineup won’t dramatically change the run-pass tendencies. It just gives them a more reliable option. That could increase pass attempts to a degree, but I don’t see a sharp increase overall.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Any news on why Henderson isn’t playing? He has to be better than mills

Hayden Ricci
@haydenricci

CB: Well as for right now, Henderson had a setback this week with a back injury and may not even be available. When he was active and in the lineup as a sixth lineman or tackle eligible the last couple of weeks head coach Sean McDermott had this to say about Henderson.

“I think he’s done a good job,” said McDermott. “He’s obviously a big body that has some power and length to him. So he protects the quarterback well and can fire off the ball and move the line of scrimmage. He’s done a good job for us so far.”

I think Henderson’s five-game suspension really set him back in terms of consideration in unseating any starting tackle. He served as the swing tackle the last few weeks, but now with this back injury he’s got another setback to get through.

He’ll be an interesting decision for this coaching staff in the offseason. He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent. He has uncommon athleticism for the position and great length and strength, but his opportunities have been limited.

I know one team that would scoop him up immediately in free agency and that’s Jacksonville. Henderson was a pick Marrone got to make at the end of the draft by former GM Doug Whaley back in 2014.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

With Charles Clay’s knee issues and contract size will the bills move on due to “availability issues”? And when would the best time to do so be?

Schmian Schmampbell
@comedianian98

CB: For an offense that doesn’t exactly have a bounty of consistent playmaking weapons it’d be hard to part with Charles Clay going forward. His cap figure actually holds steady for the remainder of his contract. It was $9M this year and will be the same next year and the year after that. Knowing the cap itself will likely go up $10-12M each of the next two years, his hit in terms of percentage of Buffalo’s cap is lessened each year.

While the new front office has made it clear they’re not shy about cutting what they feel are not good values on their roster, it’d be hard to say that about Clay, who even now despite missing three games, still leads the team in receiving yards. If your top tight end is still producing better than any receiver on your roster in a year where your pass game is struggling I think it only emphasizes his value all the more to your offense. That’s a reason to keep him as I see it.


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Snow shovelers needed at New Era Field

Posted by Kelly Baker on December 8, 2017 – 10:35 am

The Buffalo Bills and Jani-King are asking anyone ages 18 and over (or under 18 with proper working papers) interested in shoveling snow inside the stadium to come to New Era Field starting at noon today (Friday, December 8, 2017).

Shovelers can shovel snow throughout the day on Friday and into the evening (until approximately 8 PM). Rate of pay is $11 per hour. Lunch and dinner breaks will be provided throughout the shifts in a comfortable warming area.  In addition, a complimentary Bills game ticket will be given to those that work a four-hour shift or longer. Those interested in shoveling must have proper identification (driver’s license, state ID) to be able to work.

Prospective snow shovelers are also asked to dress appropriately for the weather and to bring their own shovels (shovels will be provided if you do not have one).

Shovelers may enter off Abbott Road just north of the Team Store and proceed to the Jani-King office trailer east of Parking Lot 6 to register to work.

For more information, please email jksnowevent2017@gmail.com.


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50-50 raffle winner from Bills-Patriots game announced

Posted by Megan Zenger on December 8, 2017 – 9:21 am

50-50 winner patriots

The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Jason LeMay from New Hampshire, has won the 50-50 raffle from the Bills-Patriots game. The jackpot was $110,289, with a winning ticket for $55,145.

Though LeMay buys 50-50 raffle tickets at each sporting event he attends, he was in complete disbelief that he actually won.

“I couldn’t believe it,” stated LeMay.

LeMay plans to use the money to buy his wife a new car.

Congratulations, Jason!


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WR Moncrief not looking good for Colts

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2017 – 9:18 am

The Colts could be without one of their primary passing weapons on Sunday against the Bills. WR Donte Moncrief failed to practice for a second straight day on Thursday due to an ankle injury. Starting CB Rashaan Melvin is not expected to be in the lineup Sunday either as he’s week to week with a hand injury.

Starting RT Denzelle Good did not practice Thursday due to illness.

The good news for the Colts is it looks like starting C Ryan Kelly is ready to return to the lineup from a concussion.

Did Not Participate in Practice
Pos. Player Injury
WR Donte Moncrief Ankle
CB Rashaan Melvin Hand
TE Darrell Daniels Hamstring
C Mike Person Ankle
T/G Denzelle Good Illness
RB Frank Gore Rest
Limited Participation in Practice
Pos. Player Injury
DT Hassan Ridgeway Shoulder
DT Johnathan Hankins Chest
Full Participation in Practice
Pos. Player Injury
C Ryan Kelly Concussion

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Benjamin, White practice fully; Kyle sits again

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2017 – 3:13 pm

The news was good for Kelvin Benjamin and Tre’Davious White on Thursday. Benjamin was a full participant at practice as was White, who is not out of the concussion protocol and medically cleared for Sunday. For Benjamin it’s been difficult waiting to return to the lineup, but he’s encouraged he’ll be able to do so this week.

“I can’t wait, I just want to play ball, just finish out strong this season,” Benjamin said. “I can’t wait though, I’m anxious. I think me, the coaches, the training staff, we’re just going to come to a decision at the end of the week. We’re just taking it day by day, just taking it slow.”

Benjamin was limited on Wednesday.

Travaris Cadet was also back on the practice field and was limited as he remains in the concussion protocol.

“Still in the protocol,” said McDermott of Cadet. “He was out there going through it and he seemed like he came out okay at this point.”

Kyle Williams did not practice however, for a second straight day with a groin injury putting his status for Sunday in doubt a bit. Seantrel Henderson also had a setback with his back injury and did not practice Thursday.

Here’s the team’s Thursday injury report.

 

 

DID NOT PRACTICE
OT Seantrel Henderson – back
G John Miller – ankle
DT Kyle Williams – groin

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Travaris Cadet – concussion
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
G Richie Incognito – rest
CB Leonard Johnson – knee
QB Tyrod Taylor – knee

FULL PARTICIPATION
WR Kelvin Benjamin – knee
TE Charles Clay – knee
DT DeAndre Coleman – knee
RB LeSean McCoy – knee
FB Mike Tolbert – hamstring
CB Tre’Davious White – concussion
DE Eddie Yarbrough – chest

 


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Colts down Moncrief, Melvin on Wed.

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2017 – 4:00 pm

The Colts have been experiencing a shortage at cornerback of late and it continued on Wednesday. Already without Pierre Desir, who was placed on injured reserve, fellow CB Rashaan Melvin is week-to-week with a hand injury. Melvin did not practice Wednesday leaving the Colts with three rookie corners and a couple of second-year corners with limited starting experience.

WR Donte Moncrief did not practice either due to an ankle injury. He was reportedly seen at practice in a walking boot. Starting C Ryan Kelly did return on a limited basis from a concussion.

Did Not Participate in Practice
Pos. Player Injury
WR Donte Moncrief Ankle
CB Rashaan Melvin Hand
TE Darrell Daniels Hamstring
C Mike Person Ankle
DT Johnathan Hankins Chest
Limited Participation in Practice
Pos. Player Injury
DT Hassan Ridgeway Shoulder
C Ryan Kelly Concussion

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Kyle, Cadet, Yarbrough don’t practice

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2017 – 3:31 pm

We already knew that QB Tyrod Taylor would be missing Wednesday’s practice and that RB Travaris Cadet would not practice as he’s in the concussion protocol, but Kyle Williams was a new addition to the Bills injury report.

Williams did not practice due to a groin injury. Joining him was fellow defensive lineman Eddie Yarbrough, who has a chest injury that initially cropped up last week. He was still able to play in last Sunday’s game. Yarbrough is in line to start with Shaq Lawson moving to injured reserve on Tuesday.

Limited in practice were Kelvin Benjamin, Cordy Glenn and Tre’Davious White among others. Here’s a look at the full injury report.

 

 

DID NOT PRACTICE
RB Travaris Cadet – concussion
TE Charles Clay – knee
G John Miller – ankle
QB Tyrod Taylor – knee
DE Eddie Yarbrough – chest
DT Kyle Williams – groin

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
WR Kelvin Benjamin – knee
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
CB Leonard Johnson – knee
FB Mike Tolbert – hamstring
CB Tre’Davious White – concussion

FULL PRACTICE
OT Seantrel Henderson – back
RB LeSean McCoy – knee


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Matt Urban Hope Center named One Buffalo Organization of the Game

Posted by Kelly Baker on December 6, 2017 – 11:09 am

During Buffalo’s Week 13 matchup against the New England Patriots, the Bills recognized the Matt Urban Hope Center as the One Buffalo Organization of the Game. In honor of the organization’s contributions and commitment to enriching our community, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor presented the group with a commemorative game ball. Additionally, the Matt Urban Hope Center will receive a donation.

With input from the players, the Buffalo Bills will continue to celebrate a different local organization at each home game this season.

Congratulations!

 


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L. Alexander among finalists for Bart Starr Award

Posted by Kelly Baker on December 6, 2017 – 9:27 am

Each year, the Athletes in Action Bart Starr Award is given to a NFL athlete whose impact on the field is equally matched by their positive presence in the home and community. A nominee from each of the NFL’s 32 teams is selected and from there 10 finalists are chosen. This season, Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander has been named as one of the finalists.

A perfect example of what the award represents, Alexander has made an impact on Buffalo’s locker room and touched the lives of many across the country. Through his ACES Foundation, the 11-year NFL veteran has helped provide youth with the tools they need to become successful. His continual efforts to create change are unwavering and have inspired others to act.

Voted on by NFL players around the League, the 2018 Bart Starr Award winner will be announced at the Athletes in Action Super Bowl Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 18. The full list of finalists includes, Ravens TE Benjamin Watson, Bears LB Sam Acho, Jaguars DE Calais Campbell, Jets RB Matt Forte, Rams T Andew Whitworth, Browns OL Joe Thomas, Chargers QB Philip Rivers, Bengals QB Andy Dalton and Redskins QB Colt McCoy.  Lining the list of past winners is Bills defensive backs coach Gill Byrd.


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Season Ticket Member of the Game-Robert Beach

Posted by Megan Zenger on December 5, 2017 – 11:43 am

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Over the past 32 years, North Tonawanda native, Robert Beach, has made numerous memories as a Buffalo Bills Season Ticket Member. From attending three Super Bowls, to traveling to away games in Indianapolis or Nashville, Beach has remained a dedicated and loyal fan.

All it took for Beach to fall in love with the idea of being a Bills Season Ticket Member, was one look at a perfect pair of seats on the upper deck of the 35-yard line back in 1986.

“We just had to take them,” stated Beach.

Since then, Beach has shared his love for the Bills with those around him. From watching the first season opener with his cousin, to attending current games with his son who sits beside him and his daughter who sits a few rows back, Beach views game days as an opportunity to spend quality time with his loved ones.

Throughout the years, Beach has cherished his time as a Bills fan. When he reminisces on moments such as Buffalo’s first Super Bowl appearance and the day his daughter took her wedding pictures in the ADPRO Sports Training Center, he is filled with happiness.

Beach has also enjoyed cheering on his all-time favorite players, quarterbacks Joe Ferguson and Jim Kelly, as well as his current favorite player, defensive tackle Kyle Williams.

“He is the epitome of what these guys should be,” stated Beach of Williams. “He’s just a class act all the way around.”

If he were to pick his favorite part about Sundays at New Era Field, it would be the one-of-a-kind atmosphere and the tailgates with his family and friends.

“Watching the players on the sideline, whopping and hollering, sends a chill down your spine,” stated Beach.

As a Season Ticket Member, Beach appreciates the many perks that accompany his membership. His favorite benefit is his personal Account Representative.

Congratulations, Robert!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Robert for his many years of being a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Game. In addition to Robert being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, he received two pregame on-field passes to the Bills versus Patriots game on Dec. 3, a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select 2017 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Game, please fill out the form located here.


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Original Bill, Jack Laraway passes

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2017 – 12:47 pm

He was a member of the “Original Buffalo Bills” in 1960 when the franchise started. He came to Buffalo with Ed Abramoski, the Bills Wall of Fame athletic trainer, whom he grew up with in Erie, Pennsylvania. LB Jack Laraway,  who played for Buffalo in their inaugural season before playing for a couple of other AFL clubs, unfortunately passed away over the weekend after battling ALS.

 

After playing for the Buffalo Bills he went on to play two seasons with the Houston Oilers 1961, 62, winning the AFL championship in 1961.

He later joined the New York Jets in 1963 where he scored the first points in franchise history by sacking Bills QB Jack Kemp for a safety.

After his pro career, he entered the teaching profession and retired with with over 25 years in education, most of it spent in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio, coaching and teaching at Cleveland John Marshall High.  His love for the game of football never ended as taught the game of life daily through football and challenged young men to achieve their full potential both on and off the field.

Laraway was 82-years old. Below is a photo of Laraway (#57) with Elbert Dubenion, head coach Buster Ramsey and athletic trainer Ed Abramoski.


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Logan Thomas gets bulk of work with O’Leary out

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2017 – 10:50 am

Nick O’Leary missed his first game of the season with a back injury. The tight end called upon who filled most of the void was Logan Thomas.

Charles Clay naturally led all tight ends with 44 plays (66% of the snaps) with Thomas right behind him with 22 plays (33%) and Khari Lee saw action on five offensive plays (7%).

 


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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2017 – 10:22 pm

Here are some of the stats that stood out from Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

5.5 – Patriots yards per carry
7.0 – Bills yards per carry

34:01 – Patriots time of possession
25:59 – Bills time of possession

2 – Number of red zone possessions by Bills
0 – Number of points scored of those red zone possessions

258 – Patriots net yards passing
85 – Bills net yards passing

7.4 – Patriots yards per pass play
2.2 – Bills yards per pass play

10 – Number of Patriots plays that went for 15 yards or more
3 – Number of Bills plays that went for 15 yards or more

3 – Number of times Bills possession ended in a turnover on downs

3 – Number of sacks on Tom Brady

14 – Second half point differential

22 – Combined tackles of Buffalo’s starting safeties Micah Hyde (12) and Jordan Poyer (10)


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Pass ‘D’ has to hold form in red zone

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2017 – 10:54 am

Buffalo’s pass defense might rank a subpar 22nd in the league overall, but as coach McDermott says, points are the thing. And when it comes to allowing passing touchdowns, the Bills are among the stingiest defenses in the NFL.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier’s group has allowed just 10 passing touchdowns all season. It’s the second-lowest total allowed in the league next to Jacksonville’s nine.

That consistency will certainly be tested by New England’s Tom Brady, who is not only second in the league in touchdown passes with 26, but has helped the Patriots log 10 touchdowns on their last 11 red zone drives. Brady was responsible for eight of those 10 touchdowns with scoring throws.

Of Buffalo’s 10 passing touchdowns allowed this season, seven have come in the red zone.


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