27 October 2014

Bills ride six takeaways to win over Jets & 14 fast facts after the Bills-Jets game 26&27OKT14

HOW SWEET IT IS!!!!! SHOUT out to the 5-3 BUFFALO BILLS!!!!! Now they have their bye week so hopefully Fred Jackson will be back in time for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bills ride six takeaways to win over Jets

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Buffalo generated most of their scoring via turnovers Sunday against the Jets.

Final Score: Bills 43 – Jets 23
Location: East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
W-L records: Buffalo (5-3); New York (1-7)
In a Nutshell:
In a pivotal division contest that the Bills needed to have, Buffalo generated most of their scoring via turnovers Sunday against the Jets, notching 20 points off six takeaways by their defense in a 43-23 victory at MetLife Stadium. It was the first time the Bills had six takeaways in a game in five seasons, and the 43 points scored were the most since a 49-point outburst against Cincinnati on Nov. 21, 2010.
Buffalo’s defense chased Jets’ QB Geno Smith from the game after each of New York’s first three possessions ended in Smith interceptions. Michael Vick came in to relieve Smith, but did not fare much better losing a pair of fumbles and throwing an interception of his own.
The Jets were able to close an early 17-point lead by the Bills (24-7) to seven at the half (24-17), but it would be as close as they would get in Buffalo’s largest margin of victory this season (20).
The Bills with new running backs Boobie Dixon and Bryce Brown in the lineup found it tough to run the ball, but it mattered little as New York could not execute consistently for most of the afternoon on offense.
With the victory Buffalo improved to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the AFC East, and remained just a game behind division-leading New England (6-2). They have a bye in Week 9.
How it went down:
--For the first time this season the Bills scored on their opening possession to take an early 7-0 lead. Kyle Orton hit Robert Woods on a 22-yard post for a touchdown to cap a seven-play 64-yard drive early in the first quarter.
--Buffalo tacked on another touchdown, this time off their third takeaway of the opening quarter as an Aaron Williams interception return set the offense up at the Jets’ one-yard line. Kyle Orton found Lee Smith all by himself for a one-yard touchdown catch to put the Bills up 14-0 with four minutes left in the first quarter.
--Chris Ivory pulled the Jets to within a touchdown on a three-yard touchdown run (14-7) early in the second quarter.
--Sammy Watkins 84-yard catch and run set up a 1st-and-goal situation for the Bills at the Jets’ five-yard line. Frank Summers powered in from two yards out to push Buffalo’s lead back to 14 early in the second quarter (21-7).
--The Bills made it 10 points off turnovers when Dan Carpenter put a 53-yard field goal through after a fumble recovery by Duke Williams at the Jets 34-yard line midway through the second quarter (24-7).
--New York scored 10 unanswered points to close out the first half to cut a 17-point deficit to a touchdown. The Jets put together an 11-play 74-yard drive capped by Chris Ivory’s three-yard TD run. Then after the Bills went three-and-out with 1:50 left in the half, Michael Vick completed a pair of passes to put Nick Folk in position to bomb a 55-yard field goal as time expired to make it 24-17 at the break.
--The Bills pushed the lead back up to 10, thanks mainly to a 24-yard punt return by Leodis McKelvin that gave the offense a drive start at the Jets’ 27-yard line. Dan Carpenter hit a 36-yard attempt up and through with 8:31 left in the third quarter (27-17).
--Winning the battle of field position in the second half the Bills posted another field goal off a short drive with Carpenter making good on a 29-yarder to make it 30-14 late in the third quarter.
--Buffalo then made the most of their fourth interception of the game by Da’Norris Searcy as Kyle Orton threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Scott Chandler to put the game away with 14 minutes left (37-17).
--Those weren’t the last points scored by Buffalo. Orton found Sammy Watkins for a 61-yard catch and run for a touchdown to make it 43-17 Bills with nine minutes left.
--New York tacked on a meaningless touchdown with four minutes remaining (43-23).
Stat lines
--Kyle Orton was 10 of 17 passing for 238 yards and four touchdowns with a passer rating of 142.8.
--Sammy Watkins posted another 100-yard receiving day Sunday with 157 yards on three receptions with a touchdown. He’s the first Bills rookie WR with consecutive 100-yard receiving games. He’s also the first Bills receiver to post back-to-back 100-yard receiving days since Lee Evans did in 2007.
--RBs Bryce Brown and Boobie Dixon combined for 59 rushing yards on 29 carries for a 2.03 yards per carry average.
--Stephon Gilmore, rookie LB Preston Brown and Aaron Williams posted first quarter interceptions of Jets QB Geno Smith chasing him from the game.
--Buffalo posted a total of six takeaways in the game. It was the first time the Bills forced six turnovers since an overtime win over the Jets on Oct. 19, 2009.
--The Bills offense was 4-for-6 in the red zone Sunday (66.6%).
--Buffalo notched three interceptions off of Jets QB Geno Smith in the first quarter. It’s the first time since the 2012 season that an NFL team posted three interceptions in an opening quarter (Arizona – 11/18/12).
--Kyle Williams with 1.5 sacks moved into 10th place on the team’s all-time sack list with 31.5 in his career.
--Kyle Orton eclipsed the 16,000-yard passing plateau Sunday. He also tied a career high with four touchdown passes last doing it with Denver in the 2010 season.
--The Bills are 5-3 or better at the midway point of the season for the first time since 2011.
CB Ross Cockrell, RB Fred Jackson, RB Phillip Tanner, LB Ty Powell, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, WR Marcus Easley, WR Marquise Goodwin.

INFOGRAPHIC: How the Bills beat the Vikings

Posted Oct 20, 2014

Examine the Bills 17-16 last-second comeback win over the Vikings to improve to 4-3 on the season.

14 fast facts after the Bills-Jets game

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Re-examine the Bills-Jets game with these facts you may have missed.

1. In Buffalo’s five wins, Sammy Watkins is averaging 102.8 yards per game and 17.13 yards per reception and has a total of four touchdowns. 2. Watkins leads or is tied for the lead among NFL rookies in the following five categories: receiving yards (590), yards per game (73.8), longest reception (84 yards), touchdown receptions (five, tied with Kelvin Benjamin-CAR), 20-plus yard receptions (nine, tied with Kelvin Benjamin-CAR), first downs (29).
3. With 157 receiving yards, Sammy Watkins became the first Bills rookie wide receiver to post consecutive 100-yard receiving games (122 on 10/19/14 vs. Minnesota).
4. Watkins also set a team single-game record with a 52.3 yards per reception average (three receptions for 157 yards) breaking the old mark of 43.60 set by Elbert Dubenion on 10/24/64 vs. NY Jets (five receptions for 218 yards).
5. The Bills became the first NFL team to post three interceptions in the first quarter since Arizona had three on 11/18/12 at Atlanta. 6. The Bills registered four interceptions (one each by Stephon Gilmore, Preston Brown, Aaron Williams and Da’Norris Searcy) on Sunday and now lead the NFL with 12 in 2014 ... The Bills also rank third in the NFL with a plus-seven turnover margin.
7. Sunday marked the second game in Bills history in which the team scored 40-plus points and had less than 300 yards of total offense (last time 9/17/61 vs. NY Titans in 41-31 win) ... Sunday’s 43-point total was the highest by a Bills team since its 49-31 victory on 11/21/10 at Cincinnati
8. The Bills’ 6 turnover differential was tied for the second-most in team history – last time it happened on 12/5/04 at Miami (seven takeaways vs. one turnover).
9. After 4.0 sacks on Sunday, the Bills now lead the NFL with 28 sacks this season. The total is the second-most in team history through eight games trailing only 30 in 1997.
10. Kyle Williams posted 1.5 sacks on Sunday and now ranks tied for 10th on the team’s all-time sack list with Jeff Wright at 31.5 sacks.
11. Kyle Orton became the first NFL quarterback to throw four touchdown passes with 10 or less completions since Bubby Brister with Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland on 12/23/90. ... Orton’s four touchdown passes tied a career-high. 12. Orton ranks sixth in the NFL with an 8.0 average yards per pass attempt.
13. Orton leads the NFL in fourth quarter passer rating at 132.5.
14. Dan Carpenter played in his 100th NFL game on Sunday and totaled 13 points. Carpenter ranks fourth in the NFL with 66 points on the season.

25 October 2014

Scouting Report: Bills at Jets 24OKT14

THE 4-3 Buffalo Bills play the 1-6 New York Jets this Sunday, 26 OCT 14 at the Meadowlands. This is going to be a tough game for Buffalo since C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are both IR. The offensive line is going to be key for the Bills to win this game, QB Kyle Orton has to be protected, he can make some great plays but they have to protect him from sacks. I have the feeling Buffalo can pull this one off and give the New England Patriots a run for their money for the AFC East! GO BUFFALO, MAKE ME SHOUT!!!!!

Scouting Report: Bills at Jets

Posted Oct 24, 2014

The Bills and Jets meet at 1 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Top 3 Individual Matchups

1 – Mario Williams vs. Breno Giacomini – Buffalo’s Pro Bowl pass rusher has had trouble putting heat on Jets’ passers since joining the Bills. He has no sacks in his four games against New York, but that was against Austin Howard, the Jets’ former right tackle. Giacomini isn’t as long-limbed or strong as Howard. 2 – Seantrel Henderson vs. Muhammad Wilkerson – The Bills rookie right tackle has had some growing pains of late. He’ll face a supremely talented defensive lineman in Wilkerson, and may need some help from a tight end to keep the Pro Bowl DL from making a major impact.
3 – Sammy Watkins vs. Darrin Walls – This is a potentially ugly mismatch for the Jets, so safety help over the top will be the order of the day for New York’s secondary if they want to keep Watkins from burning them for big plays.

Bills Top 2 Advantages

Good Advantage – Pass defense – Buffalo allowed a season-low 118 passing yards last week and they haven’t allowed an opposing passer to make more than 18 completions in three of the last five weeks. New York’s passing game has found big plays hard to manufacture.
Best Advantage – Pass offenseKyle Orton has given the Bills’ aerial attack a shot in the arm. In his three starts the completion percentage on pass plays has risen more than 10 percent helping Buffalo keep drives alive on offense. Perhaps more important is the Jets allow the second-highest opponent passer rating in football (108.3).

Bills Number 1 Must

Red zone execution – Buffalo’s red zone touchdown efficiency has jumped more than 22 percent with Kyle Orton at quarterback (55.5% success rate) as the veteran has made good decisions. They’ll need to continue on that track to post a victory on the road. What should help is the Jets have uncharacteristically struggled to defend their red zone this season allowing opponents to cross the goal line more than two-thirds of the time (68.2%) to rank 28th in the league.

Scouting Eye

Long drives
The Jets aren’t sitting near the top of the league when it comes to points per game (they rank 28th), but when they do score they go on long, clock chewing drives. In fact New York leads the league in average number of plays on scoring drives at almost nine and a half (9.48). And when a Jets’ possession lasts more than five minutes of game clock they score points almost 82 percent of the time.
Ground & pound
Part of their success in hanging onto the ball on offense is a byproduct of their rushing attack. New York stands fifth in the league in rushing at 135 yards a game, and they earn just about every one of those yards. The Jets have just four runs of 20 yards or more this season, but when it comes to short yardage New York knows how to move the sticks. Their offense ranks fourth in the league in converting on 3rd-and-1 at 89 percent and every one was a run play.
Stiff competition The Jets 1-6 record falls on them first, but taking a closer look at the opponents that handed them those losses you begin to realize they’ve faced some of the better clubs in the league through the first half of the season.
The collective record of the teams that handed the Jets their six losses so far this season is 29-14. All but one of the teams that handed the Jets their half dozen losses have five wins through the first half of the season. And in three of their losses they faced the three-highest rated quarterbacks in football right now in Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers.
Poor capitalists
The Jets haven’t finished in the top 10 in the league in interceptions since the Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie cornerback tandem was blown up after 2011. But it has never been this bad. Through the first seven games New York has just one interception and a pair of fumble recoveries. It’s a surprising statistic for a defense with an identity of being physical and aggressive. Compounding the team’s lack of takeaways are their 12 turnovers, leaving the Jets with a takeaway-giveaway margin of minus-nine, the worst in the league.
First down leaders
New York’s defensive line gets a lot of pub and deservedly so. Littered with first-round draft choices up front, the Jets dominate defensively on first down whether it’s run or pass. Rex Ryan’s defense ranks fourth in the league in first down run defense allowing an average of 3.53 yards per carry. When it comes to defending the pass on first down the Jets are tops in the league. They have allowed the lowest percentage of pass plays of four yards or more on first down (42.6%).
That all adds up to the league’s best first down defense rating. Only 40 percent of the time do Jets opponents gain four yards or more on first down.

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Struggling to put up stop sign
Last year the Jets defense was pretty stingy in the red zone allowing opponents to register a touchdown just 45 percent of the time to rank fourth in the NFL. This year it’s been a reversal of fortune. New York is ranked 28th in red zone defense. Opponents have scored touchdowns on 15 of their 22 red zone possessions (68.2%). Their numbers are even worse in goal to go situations. In those instances the Jets defense ranks 29th in the league allowing opponents to cross the goal line 91 percent of the time.
Pop gun plays
Big plays have been hard to come by for the Jets offense. Through their first seven games New York has managed just 18 plays of 20 yards or more. That’s the second-lowest figure in the league. They’re also 31st in yards per play at 4.81 yards. That combined with a quarterback passer rating that also ranks 31st (70.3) and a red zone touchdown efficiency rating that ranks 30th, and you begin to understand why scoring points has proven difficult for the Jets this season.

Buffalo Chips

Stat of the Week

Last week the Jets became the first team in NFL history to lose a game with 40 minutes time of possession (40:54), 200-plus rushing yards (218) and no turnovers in their 27-25 loss to the Patriots.

Quote of the Week

“I told them I’m going to go out there and I’m going to play for them. I’m going to do my very best and I won’t let them down. This year is important for both of them, so now it’s up on me and Boobie and I won’t let those guys down.” -RB Bryce Brown on what he said to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller after their injuries

Milestones in reach

-Dan Carpenter needs one field goal for 175 in his career and three field goals for 50 as a Bills player.
-Marcell Dareus needs one sack to set a single-season career high of 8 sacks in a season. His previous high of 7.5 sacks was set last year.
-Kyle Orton needs two touchdown passes for 90 in his career.

Final Note

-Kyle Orton has the fourth-highest fourth quarter passer rating in the NFL at 113.4.

American Football Conference - 2014 Regular Season
AFC East Team W L T Pct PF PA Net Pts TD Home Road Div Pct Conf Pct Non-Conf Streak Last 5
New England Patriots 5 2 0 .714 187 154 33 19 3-0 2-2 2-1 .667 4-2 .667 1-0 3W 3-1
Buffalo Bills 4 3 0 .571 135 142 -7 13 2-2 2-1 1-1 .500 1-3 .250 3-0 1W 2-2
Miami Dolphins 3 3 0 .500 147 138 9 16 1-2 2-1 1-1 .500 2-2 .500 1-1 1W 2-2
New York Jets 1 6 0 .143 121 185 -64 12 1-3 0-3 0-1 .000 1-3 .250 0-3 6L 0-4

AFC North Team W L T Pct PF PA Net Pts TD Home Road Div Pct Conf Pct Non-Conf Streak Last 5
Baltimore Ravens 5 2 0 .714 193 104 89 21 3-1 2-1 2-1 .667 2-2 .500 3-0 2W 3-1
Cincinnati Bengals 3 2 1 .583 134 140 -6 14 2-0-1 1-2 1-0 1.000 2-2 .500 1-0-1 1L 1-2-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 4 3 0 .571 154 162 -8 16 2-1 2-2 1-2 .333 3-2 .600 1-1 1W 2-2
Cleveland Browns 3 3 0 .500 140 139 1 16 2-1 1-2 1-2 .333 2-3 .400 1-0 1L 2-2

AFC South Team W L T Pct PF PA Net Pts TD Home Road Div Pct Conf Pct Non-Conf Streak Last 5
Indianapolis Colts 5 2 0 .714 216 136 80 25 3-1 2-1 3-0 1.000 5-1 .833 0-1 5W 4-0
Houston Texans 3 4 0 .429 155 150 5 17 2-1 1-3 0-1 .000 2-2 .500 1-2 3L 1-3
Tennessee Titans 2 5 0 .286 121 172 -51 13 1-2 1-3 1-1 .500 2-3 .400 0-2 1L 1-3
Jacksonville Jaguars 1 6 0 .143 105 191 -86 12 1-2 0-4 0-2 .000 1-4 .200 0-2 1W 1-3

AFC West Team W L T Pct PF PA Net Pts TD Home Road Div Pct Conf Pct Non-Conf Streak Last 5
Denver Broncos 6 1 0 .857 224 142 82 29 5-0 1-1 2-0 1.000 4-0 1.000 2-1 4W 4-1
San Diego Chargers 5 3 0 .625 205 149 56 23 3-1 2-2 1-2 .333 4-2 .667 1-1 2L 3-2
Kansas City Chiefs 3 3 0 .500 142 121 21 17 1-1 2-2 1-1 .500 3-2 .600 0-1 1W 3-1
Oakland Raiders 0 6 0 .000 92 158 -66 11 0-4 0-2 0-1 .000 0-5 .000 0-1 6L 0-4