Team Report - Buffalo Bills
|Buffalo vs Tampa Bay Wrap - Tampa Bay Wins 27-6|
|Buffalo Falls 34-31 to Falcons - Recap|
|Bills vs Jets Final: 37-14 - Recap|
|Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars|
|No Injuries to Report|
|Buffalo is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Buffalo is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo's last 9 games|
|Buffalo is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games on the road|
|Buffalo is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games on the road|
|Buffalo is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Jacksonville|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games when playing Jacksonville|
|Buffalo is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Jacksonville|
|Jonathan Meeks||S||Placed on injured reserve|
|Dustin Hopkins||K||Placed on injured reserve|
|Drew Smith||FB||Placed on injured reserve|
|Brad Smith||WR||Placed on injured reserve|
|Kevin Kolb||QB||Placed on injured reserve|
|Kevin Elliott||WR||Placed on injured reserve|
|LAST 5 GAMES|
|Game Date||Result||Line||Total||ATS Result||OU Result|
|Dec 8, 2013||Lost 27-6 @ Tampa Bay||3||42.5||L||U|
|Dec 1, 2013||Lost 34-31 vs Atlanta||-5||48||L||O|
|Nov 17, 2013||Won 37-14 vs NY Jets||2.5||39||W||O|
|Nov 10, 2013||Lost 23-10 @ Pittsburgh||2.5||42.5||L||U|
|Nov 3, 2013||Lost 23-13 vs Kansas City||4.5||40.5||L||U|
|Offensive Total Yards||327.77||23|
|Offensive Rush Yards||133.62||5|
|Offensive Passing Yards||194.15||28|
|Average Score For||21.00||25|
|Defensive Total Yards||345.77||15|
|Defensive Rush Yards||124.85||26|
|Defensive Passing Yards||220.92||6|
|Average Score Against||25.69||22|
Buffalo is mired in a 13-year playoff drought, and is looking to rebuild on offense around emerging star running back C.J. Spiller with the addition of QB E.J. Manuel and wideouts Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. While the young offense should be fun to watch and good for a few upsets, the defensive issues that have plagued the Bills over the last few seasons should continue to do so. Playing in the AFC East with an improved Miami Dolphins team and a never-faltering New England Patriots team won’t help matters much, either. This season will be all about the development of new quarterback E.J. Manuel.
Buffalo Bills 2012-2013 Season Odds
Buffalo's long awaited return to the postseason was extended into another season last year. Despite a 3-0 start the Bills ended up 6-10 and still haven't reached the playoffs since 1999. After their hot starting not much went right for the Bills, who were 1-8 in their last nine games.
Odds to win AFC East: +600
Playing in the AFC East continues to be a thorn in the Bills side. Last season they were 1-5 within the division and in their last four seasons combined they're an awful 4-20 within the division.
The Bills offense was mediocre last season, finishing 14th overall in the league after averaging 351.5 yards per game. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick held on to the starting job after passing for just over 3800 yards with 24 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. He's found solid chemistry with wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who posted a second-straight 1000 yard season, but Buffalo really needs someone from the group of Donald Jones, David Nelson and Derek Hagen to step up and take hold of the No.2 spot.
The running game was surprisingly strong last season until Fred Jackson got hurt. Through 10 games Jackson was among the league's leading rushers with 934 yards before a broken leg ended his season prematurely. He'll team up with the speedy C.J. Spiller to give the Bills an interesting thunder and lightning attack out of the backfield this season.
The Buffalo defense to a big step back last season and the Bills are hoping a pair of free agent signings will get them moving in the right direction again. The Bills ranked 26th (371.1 yards per game) in the league on defense last season, which included being atrocious against the run, ranking 28th (139 yards per game) in the league.
To add some much needed clout to the defense the Bills brought in former No. 1 pick Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. Williams, the centerpiece of the Houston defense for years is coming off an injury-shortened season, while Anderson had 10 sacks with New England a year ago.
If the defense hows no improvement it could be another season fighting to stay out of the AFC East basement for the Bills.
AFC East Odds at Bovada as of August 20
2012 Buffalo Bills Schedule (All times Eastern)
01 Sep 9 BUF @ NYJ (MetLife Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
Buffalo Bills 2011-2012 Season Odds Preview
For a team that finished near the bottom of the league at 4-12, Buffalo wasn’t all that bad. Half of those losses were by eight points or less, including three overtime losses to Baltimore, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh; all eventual playoff teams.
Buffalo has some bright spots on the roster, and at times looked like a team on the brink of being competitive. But stuck at the bottom of one of the NFL’s most unforgiving divisions in the AFC East, they’ll have to take a lot more strides forward before they get back in the playoff hunt.
Odds to Win AFC East: +2000
Ryan Fitzpatrick bought himself another year as the Bills’ starting quarterback last season with a solid 3,000-yard, 23-touchdown campaign. Fitzpatrick meshed well with breakout wide receiver Steve Johnson, who had 82 catches for 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
Fred Jackson also proved to be a reliable back last season, rushing for 927 yards on just 222 carries. Along with CJ Spiller, Buffalo has a respectable young 1-2 punch at running back.
Defensively, Buffalo finished third in the NFL in pass defense in 2010, allowing just 192 passing yards per game. Of course, part of that was simply due to the fact that teams were too busy running all over the Bills to pass, as the defense gave up a league-worst 169.6 yards per game on the ground.
To help slow down opposing running backs, Buffalo used their third overall pick to select 319-pound defensive tackle Marcell Dareus out of Alabama. Dareus was a force for the Crimson Tide in college, and should help the Buffalo defense clog up the middle.
Other than adding Dareus, it was a fairly quiet offseason for Buffalo, who signed wideout Brad Smith to replace the departed Lee Evans. As a result, it is hard to imagine Buffalo taking a big leap forward this season. They have a decent team and seem to be going in the right direction, but decent won’t be good enough; especially in the AFC East.
Week 1: at Kansas City
NFC West Odds at Bovada as of August 29:
2011 Buffalo Bills Schedule (All times Eastern)
01 Sep 11 BUF @ KC (Arrowhead Stadium 1:00pm CBS)