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Unbalanced Offensive Strategy Leads Buffalo Bills to Defeat Against Oakland Raiders

December 22nd, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

The Buffalo Bills have certainly had a rollercoaster season. After starting 2-0, they dropped two straight games. The team has three two-game winning streaks, but also two different two-game skids. The inconsistency in the Bills record is a direct reflection of the uneven play-calling on offense.

In the Bills eight wins this season, they have run the ball 231 times for 875 yards, an average of 3.79 yards per attempt. They run the ball an average of 49 percent of the time in wins, versus 51 percent passing. They average 109.38 yards per game in their eight wins, but only 71.85 yards per game in the seven losses. The Bills have run the ball 93 more times in their eight wins this season.

An alarming trend for the Bills this season is the propensity to forget the run during the seven losses. Part of this is due to Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller missing time with injuries, but Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are both capable running backs. While not at the same caliber as Spiller and Jackson, Brown and Dixon are more physical style runners. The between-the-tackles style running is something the Bills should have tried more. In their seven losses, the Bills are averaging only 71.85 yards per game on 23.1 attempts.

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Buffalo Bills Release Wide Receiver Mike Williams

December 22nd, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement to release wide receiver Mike Williams.

Williams, who has eight receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown with the Bills this season, is now a free agent and is able to sign with another team.

Prior to his release, Williams was under contract until 2018 with a $5.2 million price tag that was set to become fully guaranteed if the Bills didn't make a move.

Williams is looking to latch on with a contender and become a red zone threat for a team looking to add receiver depth or replace an injured player. Teams that are looking to make a move to get over the top could be looking for Williams as a short-term option.

According to Williams' agent, the receiver is now fully healthy.

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Buffalo Bills Corey Graham Bothered by Big Third Down Play

December 22nd, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Bills had the Oakland Raiders at a 3rd-and-22 with five minutes to play when quarterback Derek Carr threw a 51-yard pass to Andre Holmes, who managed to reach over cornerback Corey Graham for the reception.

The Bills, who were down by two, had just scored and were looking for the defense to make a play. Graham was in position to completely swing momentum in Buffalo's favor. But instead Holmes managed to bring the momentum back for the Raiders.

“It’s a big play. The ball was just thrown up for grabs, he just threw it up. If I could do it over, I would go for a pass breakup,” Graham said. “Instead I went for an interception and misjudged it, so it is on me. I think we did enough to win the game, if you take away that play. There were a lot of plays that didn’t go our way out there today. I’m not going to say one play (lost the game), but that was a big one."

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Doug Marrone on University of Michigan’s Wish-List, Buffalo Bills Should Let Him Go

December 22nd, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The University of Michigan is searching for its next head coach, and with Jim Harbaugh uncertain if he will accept the contract the Wolverines offered him, Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone has been named as a person of interest for the job.

If Marrone were to accept the Michigan job, Bills fans should help him pack.

Marrone's incompetence was good enough to get the Bills to eight wins, but after losing yesterday to an Oakland Raiders team that had nothing to play for, Marrone proved he is not the guy to turn things around in Buffalo. The offense under Marrone and Nate Hackett is an absolute joke. Marrone is a former offensive lineman, and his strength is supposed to be at that front. Buffalo's offensive line has been terrible all season.

Marrone has done some good things for the Bills, but the bad has out-weighed the good. Buffalo didn't look like a desperate team looking to make a playoff push. They looked like an incompetent team playing against an inspired, but not very good Raiders team. Good teams don't lose these games. The San Diego Chargers overcame a 28-7 deficit on Saturday to keep their playoff hopes alive. They also traveled across the country to beat the Bills earlier this season. That is what good teams do, and those teams have solid head coaches leading them.

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Buffalo Bills Week 16 Reaction: Pathetic Performance

December 22nd, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills will miss the playoffs for the 15th year in a row after losing to an Oakland Raiders team that had won just two games coming into the contest.

The offensive line was exposed. Khalil Mack had Kyle Orton under constant pressure, and he was off-target for most of the game. The defense fell apart after Marcell Dareus left the game with a knee injury that finished his night. The Bills couldn't stop the run after that, and in turn, couldn't stop the Raiders.

The Bills won't have a losing record this season, but they might as well be there. Missing the playoffs this season, with so many opportunities to get in, is a slap to the face of the fans supporting the team. After everything this fan base has gone through, losing to a two-win team, the way that they did, is unacceptable. Doug Marrone doesn't deserve to finish the season. Nate Hackett shouldn't have been allowed on the team flight back home. The offensive line should be doing up-downs until they vomit.

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