Buffalo Bills

AFC East

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    BUF @ CHI

    09/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    MIA @ BUF

    09/14/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    SD @ BUF

    09/21/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    BUF @ HOU

    09/28/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    BUF @ DET

    10/05/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    NE @ BUF

    10/12/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    MIN @ BUF

    10/19/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    BUF @ NYJ

    10/26/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    bye

  • Week 10

    KC @ BUF

    11/09/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    BUF @ MIA

    11/13/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 12

    NYJ @ BUF

    11/23/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    CLE @ BUF

    11/30/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    BUF @ DEN

    12/07/14

    4:00 pm

  • Week 15

    GB @ BUF

    12/14/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    BUF @ OAK

    12/21/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 17

    BUF @ NE

    12/28/14

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

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There is a long list of things I never thought I would utter. “Mr. Bieber, can I have your autograph”;  “That’s it, there’s just TOO MUCH cowbell!” ; and finally, “What time are the London Bills playing?”. In the world of fantasy, it is easy to lose sight of reality, what is really important. Sometimes a city means more to a team than an address, a simple stadium location. Sometimes, an athlete can mean more to a town than just a poster. And sometimes, a player can be just the kind of guy that can unit a whole community. Jim Kelly, who is battling his second fight with mouth cancer, is just that kind of guy. Kelly reminds us to keep things in perspective. At a time when it is easy to be turned off by some of the antics of supposed role models, Kelly is the real deal in Buffalo. He spoke about keeping the Bills in Buffalo as well as the support he has received from the community. Keep fighting the good fight Jim.
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The new gunslinger in town is EJ Manuel. Although his rookie campaign showed some inconsistent passing, it also showed some raw talent. He played in 10 games last year. He completed 58.8% of his passes. He threw 11 TDs and 9 Interceptions.  All in all, his passer rating was 77.7. That does not inspire confidence. But, keep in mind he was a rookie, with an offensive line that ranked near the bottom for pass blocking (29th). Manuel says he feels 100% healthy going into the 2014 season after struggling to stay on the field last year. His goal is to play smarter. A definite sleeper pick at the quarter back position, Manuel could be one of the next big running QBs. Not only that, Buffalo is brimming with just the kind of young talent that can boost an inexperienced quarterback. Another thing going for this young scrambler is the competition. Last year, Buffalo’s strength of schedule for the pass was 16th. Buffalo comes in with the 2nd easiest pass schedule this year. There O-line will need all the help it can get as only three other teams gave up more sacks than the Bills last year. Buffalo spent 3 of their 7 draft picks on offensive lineman in order to beef up pass protection. Not only will the new faces on the line help to improve Manuel’s performance in his second year, he has the legs to extend the play. There are a lot of factors in Manuel’s chance for fantasy success. Not only does he have a cherry of a passing schedule, he has dynamic trio in the backfield, and an incredibly talented group of receivers.


 




Read This: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000240169/EJ-Manuel-18-yard-touchdown-pass-to-Robert-Woods






Arguably the most gifted athlete in the draft, Sammy Watkins is indeed a freak. The Bills traded up for the chance to land him at the number four spot. Any time an organization makes moves to land a player, you know they will give him every opportunity to shine. Watkins put up some impressive numbers his last year at Clemson. He gained 1,464 receiving yards in 2013 on 101 catches. He went for over 90 yards in 9 different games. He scored 12 receiving TDs. What is amazing is where he caught the ball. 45% of his receptions were grabbed behind the line of scrimmage on screen plays. He then went on to average an amazing 9.7 YAC (yards after the catch). Perhaps the most explosive guy in space from this year’s draft, Watkins is a gifted route artisan with the ability to run a number of different patterns with precision. Watkins could be one of the most talented rookies in this year’s class. For more about this year’s rookies, check out Pyro’s  “3 Hours of Nothing but Rookies” Podcast.




 



 


 


Watkins joins a young, talented receiving core that boasts the 4th best schedule for the position. Two rookies from last year hope to make strides entering their sophomore seasons.  Marquise Goodwin, who should backup to Watkins, snagged 17 balls for 283 yards last year. The slot receiver for the Bills is Robert Woods. He had 40 receptions, 587 yards, and 3 TDs in 2013. Finally, Mike Williams will be looking to rebound from Tampa Bay. Williams burst onto the NFL scene in 2010 with 964 yards and 11 TDs. He followed that up two years later with 996 yards and 9 TDs. Last year saw him hobbled by injuries. Williams is looking to rebuild his young career in Buffalo. The Bills will have a chance to put up some numbers in the passing game as long as Manuel takes strides this season. While I like Watkins in dynasty leagues, these receivers could end up cannibalizing one another. Keep your eyes on the preseason to see wear the chemistry develops.






One of last year’s biggest disappointments was undoubtedly C.J. Spiller. Without question, this 2013 first round pick was closer to Clark Kent than he was Superman. Spiller fell far short of expectations, leaving owners leery. Interestingly enough, his counterpart, Fred Jackson, was almost a mirror image in the stat. department. In fact, Spiller finished as the number 15 back when it came to total rushing yards (933), right behind him at 16, you guessed it, Fred Jackson (890). Spiller averaged 4.6 per tote, juxtaposed with Jackson who earned 4.3. So why did Spiller owners come away cursing draft day where as Jackson owners had that minty fresh feeling all season? Value -that plus the fact Spiller eked out only 2 touch downs and Jackson 9. I am betting Spiller is more of the player we saw in 2012 where he ran for 1,244 yards and averaged 6.0 yards per carry. The Bills have the 10th best run schedule this coming year. Spiller can score from anywhere on the field. Although Jackson still has value as a 10th round pick in a 12 team league, keep in mind he is 33 years old. Not only that, the Bills acquired Bryce Brown who ran for 341 yards on 75 carries for the Eagles last year. Brown’s presence means less action for Jackson. Both Spiller and Jackson are in the final year of their contracts. Don’t get me wrong, Jackson still has value for a 10th rounder. Last year, the old man averaged the 4th best fantasy points per game average for running backs. In 2014 however, Jackson may not receive as many opportunities he did last year. Because Spiller should only touch the ball 15 times a game if they want to maximize his performance, someone else needs to pick up the slack. That someone else could very well be Bryce Brown, who has a lot less tread on the tires. I would rather be the guy who gets off the sinking ship too early as opposed to too late with Jackson. This could be the year gamble on Spiller, especially if you can get him in the 5th round.  Here is an interesting stat. Spiller was approximately the 27th best fantasy running back last year when it came to points. He only scored 2 TDs. Pyro looked at percentages from last year. We asked - where do guys build their points? Touch downs are entirely too hard to predict or rely on. Yardage is a better indicator of a player’s value. Out of all of C.J. Spiller’s total fantasy points from last year, 75.7% came from yards on the ground. That was the fourth highest percentage for running backs. Keep in mind, last year was a down year for him. If he had just three more touchdowns, he would have been in the top 20 for fantasy running back scoring. In comparison, only 47.9% of Fred Jackson’s fantasy value was tied to rushing yards. Do you want to bet on Jackson getting into the end zone 9 times?  I want guys that amass points through yardage. Looking at the last five games of the 2013 season, Spiller gained 420 yards rushing (5th best for that span), whereas Jackson only amassed 305. Again, yardage is a better indicator of consistency and performance. You want to draft guys that are not touch down dependant, simply because it is too hard to repeat scoring from year to year. We have crunched the numbers, you can find the “Touchdown Dependency Chart” on this year’s draft kit.


 




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The Bills have two tight ends to discuss. Last year, Scott Chandler had 53 receptions for 655 yards and 2 TDs. He only averaged 4.72 fantasy points per game. Chandler is a name that only comes into play in 16 team leagues. However, with such depth at the position, chances are you will be able to find a better option. Tony Moeaki is a guy who will never see his full potential due to injury. He is on the bubble to make the team, but should be the backup this year.




Several members of last year’s 7th best fantasy defense will not be on the roster for opening day. Marcell Dareus, defensive tackle, will most likely be suspended for the start of the 2014 season for two incidents: one involves synthetic marijuana, and the other drag racing. Mmmm, when have you ever told a pothead to slow down because they were moving was moving too fast? Anyway,  Kiko Alonso, a rising force to be reckoned with, is out for the season with a torn ACL. Finally, pro bowl strong safety, Jairus Byrd, was lost to free agency. However, they have a strong depth of line-backers and a healthy mix of veterans and young talent. The Bills will be changing their scheme under new defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz. The Lions, under the power of the Schwartz, was a bit of a rudder-less ship last year. Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet could have controlled the locker room better than old Schwartz.


 









 




The Lions, despite having a wealth of young talent on the defensive side of the ball, finished 26th in fantasy last year with Schwartz at the helm.  He has some big shoes to fill in Buffalo now that Mike Pettine is running things in Cleveland. The Bills D should still be a top five talent. The bonus here is value. You will be likely to get them with the last pick in your draft as some of the fantasy douche canoe sites do not even have them rated in their top 12. The Bills will undoubtedly get a boost from their divisional opponents.  They play the Dolphins and the Jets twice. Statistically, both offenses were in the bottom 25% for yards per game last year, neither offense averaged 20 points per game.  The meager offensive talent the Bills will face should help Schwartz’s D. If that doesn’t work, the devastating taunt of “Our coordinator can beat up your coordinator” will undoubtedly do the trick. We all remember Harbaugh running for the hills after Schwartz came after him with the eye of the tiger.


 









 


 


 


 

 


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ANDRE REED FINALLY GETS HIS RESPECT


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Andre Reed is the Rodney Dangerfield of NFL wide receivers...he gets no respect. Reed spent 15 of his 16 seasons in Buffalo and posted some amazing numbers for the Bills, yet he is not mentioned enough as one of the best receivers of his era. It took until now, 2014, for Andre Reed to get his due and make it into the Hall of Fame. Congratulations! I will examine his career and demonstrate why he was one of the best receivers of his era, and why it is travesty it took this long for him to get the honor he deserved. 


Andre Reed and his no respect goes all the way back to his college days. Reed did not attend one of the college football factories, and instead played for the University of Pennsylvania at Kutztown. He was a dominant force in college, demonstrating great speed and the ability to make a tough catch in traffic. Although, he fell to the fourth round in the 1985 draft, where he was selected 86th overall by the Bills. This was due to the college he went to, as well as the fact that he did not have the prototypical size for what general managers were looking for in receivers, at 6’2” and 190 pounds.


Rodney Dangerfield: With my dog I don't get no respect. He keeps barking at the front door. He don't want to go out. He wants me to leave.


When Andre got to Buffalo he became the best receiver in Bills history. The most impressive feat Reed had was that he was so durable and consistent during his 15 years as a Bills receiver, most of which was spent in the slot. #83 lived over the middle and was not afraid to stick his nose into traffic to make a catch. The era in which Reed played was one that favored running attacks over passing games. When Andre Reed played the NFL looked very different than it does today, and Jim Kelly provides the perfect evidence.


Kelly was the leader of the Bills K-Gun offense, and was known as one of the best passing quarterbacks of his day. Although, you would not know that if you went back and looked at Kelly’s stats. Jim Kelly never had a season with more than 4,000 yards passing and only two seasons with more than 3,500 yards. Kelly did throw for more than 3,000 yards eight times in his career. If Kelly had played into today’s era, he would definitely have been a candidate to throw for over 5,000 yards.


Rodney Dangerfield: A girl phoned me and said, "Come on over. There's nobody home." I went over. Nobody was home!


Not only did Andre play in an era where the passing game was dwarfed by the running attack, he played with a ton of other talented players on the offensive side of the ball that limited his overall touches. The Bills had one of the greatest running backs of the day in Thurman “Thurmal” Thomas who was an absolute dual threat running back. Thomas had over 40 catches in a season six times, and more than 25 catches ten times. Then there all the other receivers that Reed had to fight against for attention.


 The Bills were one of the most dominating teams in the NFL during Reed’s time there. A big reason for this was the fact that Reed never had to do it alone. The Bills had plenty of other receivers that Jim Kelly could spread the ball around to: James Lofton, Quinn Early, Chris Burkett, Bill Brooks, Don Beebe, Pete Metzelaars and Eric Moulds. Even with all of these receivers stealing catches from Reed, he was still able to post great and consistent numbers.


Rodney Dangerfield: I remember I was so depressed I was going to jump out a window on the tenth floor. They sent a priest up to talk to me. He said, "On your mark..."


Reed had four 1,000-yard receiving seasons in his Bills career, but had more than 739 receiving yards 12 times. Andre was just as consistent with receptions having 90 catches once, but more than 60 catches nine times and more than 50 grabs 13 times. Reed was a consistent source of production throughout his entire 15-year career with the Bills, and showed just how durable and great he was.


When you compare Reed’s numbers versus the rivals of his day his numbers do stack up. Of the receivers that played in his era that have made the Hall of Fame, Reed’s numbers are very comparable to James Lofton, Art Monk and Steve Largent. His yearly consistency was just as good as all of these players with seven seasons over 900 yards receiving, which was more than Monk, the same as Lofton and two less than Largent. Reed was a more prolific in his receptions than both Largent and Lofton, both of whom never had 80 or more catches in a season, which Reed did three times. When it comes to ability to score touchdowns, Reed was better than Monk (79) and Lofton (75) with 87 scores in his career. Largent bested him with 100, but Largent did not have many other receivers to steal targets away from him as Reed did.


Rodney Dangerfield:  When I was a kid I got no respect. The time I was kidnapped, and the kidnappers sent my parents a note they said, "We want five thousand dollars or you'll see your kid again."


Andre finished his career with 951 catches for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns. Those numbers rank him 11th all-time in receptions, 12th in touchdowns, and 13th in yardage. In terms of receptions Reed finished in the top 25 amongst receivers eight times, top 10 five times and top five twice. As for yardage he finished top 25 nine times, top 10 three times and top five twice. Reed may have played in the slot, but he scored touchdowns with frequency, and finished top 25 eight times, top 10 four times, and top five once. What he did for the Bills during his 15 years was even more amazing.


With all the talent the Bills had on their roster during Reed’s time, he still led the team in touchdowns and catches 10 times and in receiving yards nine times during his 15 years with the team. While Reed dominated for the Bills, he still gets no respect as one of the greatest receivers of his day. Reed was the leading receiver on a team that went to four straight Super Bowls. He also made seven Pro Bowls and was named an All-Conference player four times in his career.


Rodney Dangerfield: I was making love to this girl and she started crying. I said, "Are you going to hate yourself in the morning?" She said, "No, I hate myself now."


There is no doubt in my mind that Andre Reed was one of the greatest receivers of his generation. If Reed did not have all the other great complimentary players around him he would have posted bigger individual numbers, but Reed was never about individual accomplishment. He was a consummate team player and team leader in that regard. The reason the Bills were as successful as they were, was due to the unselfish nature of the guys on offense, and that started with Andre Reed. So when you go back and think about Reed, don’t you think it is time to give him credit as a player that posted awesome numbers while also being a great team player, on a great team? Give the man his RESPECT!!!  HOF!!!  Worthy!!! Worthy!!! Worthy!!!          


 


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Eric Moulds was A Beast with bad quarterbacks

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Eric Moulds will always be one of my favorite wide receivers ever!!!  Moulds was a fantastic receiver for the Buffalo Bills from 1996-2005 and was their big play threat.  Moulds did not have the benefit of a great quarterback throughout his career, but was a dominant receiver and helped me win a fantasy title with his 1998 season. 

Moulds was a player that was seldom used in his first 2 seasons, sitting behind Andre Reed and Quinn Early, but he made a splash in 1998.  Moulds made the mystical third year wide receiver jump and had a breakout season.  Moulds finally got playing time and showed his big play ability with a monster 20.4 yards per reception. Rob Johnson was his quarterback to start the season, but after a 1-3 start he was lifted for Doug Flutie.  Flutie was just what Moulds needed to show how dominant he could be. 

With Rob Johnson under center he had 18 receptions for 314 yard and 1 TD in 5 games.  That was still an impressive 17.44 yards per catch, but there was still a lack of TD production.  Doug Flutie was the starter the next 11 games and Moulds exploded.  Moulds had 49 receptions for 1,054 yards and 8 TD, for an amazing 21.51 yards per reception and nearly 100 yards a game. In a week 7 win at Carolina, Flutie hooked up with Moulds for 2 TD bombs in a 145-yard performance.  Moulds was then held under 100 yards for the next 4 games and scored only 1 TD, but starting in week 12 went on a mad run. 

Moulds had 8 receptions for 177 yards and a TD in a week 12 loss to New England, and followed it up with his best performance of the regular season.  The next week, against the Cincinnati Bengals, Moulds caught 6 passes for 196 yards, including 2 big TD bombs from Flutie, the signature of their on-field chemistry.  Moulds showed his long catch ability again in the final game of the regular season with 2 receptions for 90 yards and a TD.  Moulds, though, would save his best for last.  

The Bills would have to travel to division foe Miami for a playoff match-up, and while Moulds had scored a TD in each of the 2 games they played that season, the Dolphins had held him to 140 total yards in those games.  Moulds showed early that he was the only receiver on the Bills that was ready to play this game and Doug Flutie looked to him early and often.  The two finally hooked up on a 32-yard TD pass early in the 3rd quarter to answer a quick Miami score and tie the game at 14.  Moulds would continue to find big holes in the Dolphins secondary on the way to an NFL post-season receiving yard record.   Moulds would finish a brilliant performance with 9 receptions for 240 yards and 1 TD in a tough 24-17 loss. 

Moulds would have trouble getting continuity with the constant quarterback controversy between Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson through the 2000 season.  It did not get much better for Moulds in 2001 when Alex Van Pelt tried his hand at quarterbacking.  Finally, for Moulds, Drew Bledsoe arrived in 2003 and remained his starter for the rest of his time in Buffalo.  Moulds was never able to put up great back to back seasons, but from 1998-2005 Moulds would put up a great season every other year.  

Moulds had his best season in 2002, when Drew Bledsoe arrived.  Moulds had 100 receptions for 1,292 yards and his career best 10 TD.  Moulds had become a more consistent receiver that year, but this season was also the first season he averaged less than 13 yards a catch (12.9 YPC) since his second season in the league and he would never top that mark again in his career. 

Moulds was a pure excitement player to watch and to have on your fantasy team (if you bet on a breakout or a comeback season).  It would have been interesting to see what kind of stats Moulds would have put up with Jim Kelly as his quarterback.  As it stands Moulds was one of the most exciting players of his era and the fact that he was able to produce with inconsistent play from the quarterback position is a testament to his skill and ability.


 







 


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Frank Reich and the Comeback

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Frank Reich is not a name that comes to mind when you think of great quarterbacks.  Frank Reich was a player who had lightning strike twice. Reich was the quarterback responsible for orchestrating the biggest comeback in college football and NFL post-season history.  If Frank Reich were in the old west his name would have been “The Comeback Kid”.  



Frank Reich was the backup to quarterback Jim Kelly for the Bills in 1992.  Reich had to take over for the Playoff run after Kelly was injured in the final game of the season.  The Bills were a team known for their K-Gun offense, although they would be without the K for their wildcard matchup with the Houston Oilers, another high-powered offensive team. 

Hall of Famer Warren Moon and a trio of deadly receivers, Haywood Jeffires, Ernest Givens and Curtis Duncan led the Oilers.  The Oilers would have to leave the comfort of the Astrodome and head to Rich Stadium and play in the nasty elements.  The moment the game started it looked like the Bills were the dome team, while the Oilers looked quite comfortable in the cold.  Moon was nearly flawless; completing 19 of 22 passes for 220 yards and 4 TD.  The Oilers had a commanding 28-3 lead at the half.

The second half did not start out any better for Reich and the Bills.  On the Bills first drive of the second half Reich was intercepted when his pass went off his tight end, Keith McKeller’s, hands and Bubba McDowell returned the interception 58 yards to pay dirt.  Thurman Thomas was also injured on this drive and would not return to the game: Oilers 35 Bills 3. Reich was starring down a 32-point deficit with just under a half of football to play, but he had been here before.    

In college Reich was the backup to quarterback Stan Gelbaugh for the Maryland Terrapins.  The Terps were playing the unbeaten Miami Hurricanes, led by quarterback Bernie Kosar.  Kosar and the Canes jumped all over the Terps and led 31-0 at the half.  Reich came in to relieve Gelbaugh and preceded to lead the Terps back to a 42-40 victory.  This was the largest comeback in college football history at the time.  Reich was now in a similar situation facing a 32-point deficit and team that had all the momentum in the game. 

The Bills would get good field position on their next possession and drove 10 plays for a TD run by Kenny Davis.  Half of the third quarter was now gone and the Bills were still down 25 points.  The Bills needed a spark, and Steve Christie kicked and recovered an onside kick.  Four plays later Reich hit Don Beebe on a 38-yard TD cutting the deficit to 18 and taking less than a minute off the clock.  Reich had Rich stadium rocking and believing and now it was the defenses turn to step up. 

On the next drive the Bills defense finally stood strong and forced the Oilers to punt for the first time in the game.  The Oilers had dominated the time of possession in the first half, but with the defensive TD to start the second half their starters stood on the sidelines in the cold for over 30 minutes before getting onto the field, and starting to look like a dome team out in the cold. 

The Bills took over at their own 41-yard line and Reich completed big passes to James Lofton and Kenny Davis before connecting with Andre Reed for a 26-yard TD.  The Bills now trailed the Oilers 35-24 with all the momentum of the crowd and a quarter left to play. 

Houston started on their next drive and disaster struck.  Moon threw a pass intended for Webster Slaughter that went off his hands and was intercepted by Henry Jones and returned to the Houston 23-yard line.  Reich was not able to get a first down and the Bills decided to go for it on 4th and 5.  Reich showed his “Comeback Kid” savvy as he hit Andre Reed for a TD.  Reich had just cut a 32-point deficit down to 4 in 6:52 of game clock: Oilers 35 Bills 31.  The Bills had stormed back into the game. 

The pace of the game slowed down in the fourth quarter, but the magic was still behind the Bills.  The Oilers had finally put together an offensive drive and were going for a field goal to extend their lead, but the snap was fumbled and recovered by Darryl Talley.  Reich began to orchestrate a beautiful drive down field with a nice combination of pass and run plays.  Reich finished the drive hitting Andre Reed on a 17-yard TD pass: Oilers 35 Bills 38.  The Bills had taken their first lead of the game with 3:08 left in the game.  Reich was happy, but there was still a lot of time and Warren Moon on the other side.

Moon responded and drove the Oilers 63 yards downfield to put them in field goal range.  Al Del Greco nailed a 26-yard field goal to tie the game and send it to overtime.   The Oilers got the kick and on their first drive of overtime Warren Moon threw a pass to Ernest Givens, but was intercepted by Nate Odomes and after a penalty on the Oilers, during the return, the Bills had the ball at the Oilers 20-yard line.  Reich then ran 2 running plays and held the ball as Steve Christie kicked the game winning field goal to advance the Bills to the AFC championship. 

Reich had just completed the greatest comeback in NFL post-season history.  Reich is one of those players in the history of sports that was able to catch lightning in a bottle.  Reich was not a great quarterback and would never have a moment in his career that would come close to this one.  The amazing feat for Reich is that he did in college as well, under just as strange circumstances as a backup quarterback.  So in my mind he will never be a backup, instead he will always be “The Comeback Kid”. 



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First Team

Anthony Dixon is practicing with the first team, according to Mike Rodak. Buffalo Bills reporter. "Anthony Dixon is running with Orton in warmups. Bruce [Bryce] Brown lined up with Manuel."




Pyro's take: By the looks, Dixon will be entering as the Fred Jackson role, and Brown is the CJ Spiller role. Truth is that, the only ones that know what the Bills are doing are the Bills. Who lines up with which group at this point is not significant, in telling how many snaps either one will get.

10/23/14, 10:44 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Dixon Da' Man?

Joe Buscaglia has stated via twitter that"I know everyone is waiting for Bryce Brown to be unleashed... don't be surprised if Anthony Dixon leads the way against NYJ. #Bills love him"


Pyro's take: This situation has really grown its own legs, as many people are expecting the opposite to occur, but at the same time, many think Dixon is he man. We will find out this Sunday, as one will get the carries. I would avoid both right now, or until the Bills show their hand.

10/21/14, 08:01 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: mobile.twitter.com

Time Table

Mike Rodak, reporter for the Buffalo Bills has stated via his twitter account that "Bills RB Fred Jackson says on weekly @WGR550 appearance this morning that his groin injury is typically a 4-week injury. No surgery."

Pyro's take: Good news for fantasy owners as he has the bye week in week nine to use as one of his healing weeks. So, you will only be without him for three. He was playing well up to the point of his injury at the end of the first quarter.

10/21/14, 01:10 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Spiller Spilled

CJ Spiller will be lost for the year after he broke his collar bone. Eric Wood stated about Spiller "He was in a lot of pain," Wood said. "I was just praying for him, telling him to stay strong. I've been there before." Fred Jackson was lost to a groin injury, just two plays before. "I don't know how it'll change moving forward," Wood said of Buffalo's backfield, "but it's never good when you lose two players of that caliber."

Pyro's take: Anthony Dixon or Bryce Brown will get an opportunity here, while both starters are out. Dixon stated "This is opportunity I've been waiting for, to get back in that workhorse role and show people what I can do," Dixon said. "I want to show people what I could do in college and high school."

10/20/14, 12:18 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: bills.buffalonews.com

Groin

Jason La Confora has stated via his twitter that "Fred Jackson out at least 2 weeks with his groin injury after undergoing an MRI. Bills have the bye Week 9. Possible he plays Week 10"


Pyro's take: The Bills took a crushing blow losing Jackson and Spiller both in the same day. Spiller will be gone for the season. This makes Bryce Brown an intriguing product which should be on your radar.

10/20/14, 12:15 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Coaching Staff Not Happy

Buffalo Bills reporter Mike Rodak stated via his twitter account that "Bills OC Nate Hackett said today the coaching staff wants C.J. Spiller to 'see three, get three.' Said Spiller is trying to "do too much."



Pyro's take: This pretty much sums up why Spiller is not being used and why his production has been dropped since the new coaching staff has arrived.

The Bills are asking him to change the way he runs to fit their scheme, as opposed to changing their scheme to fit him. Spiller is not that type of player, the offensive system, needs to adjust to his skill-set, and not force him to be in a box of set-runs.

This may be the last season for CJ Spiller as a Buffalo BIll, unless the coaching staff is terminated, or comes together to inspire a change of direction for Spiller.

10/18/14, 03:24 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Marrone Irritated

Mike Williams request for trade from Buffalo has head coach Doug Marrone irritated given team-first philosophy. "Yeah, I'm not gonna lie," he says.

Sammy Watkins stated about the situation:"He’s the one to keep us together, movies, out to eat, anything... he’s there. Picking us up during practice, meetings. Anything that has to do with leading, he’s our leader and I think it would hurt all of us," Watkins said. "I won’t even lie to you, it would hurt everybody that’s in our room."

Fred Jackson added about the situation: "It's just part of the game. We can't focus on that. It's part of the game, it's part of the business. What we got to do is continue to come in here and do our jobs and focus on what it is that us, as individuals, need to do," running back Fred Jackson said.

Pyro's take: Well it looks like some will miss him others not so much, if indeed he is traded. Williams has four years left on a six-year, $40.25 million deal that the Bills are wishing they hadn't dealt for in the offseason.

10/16/14, 12:44 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Spiller Over

C.J. Spiller has seen a reduction of carries over this season, Jay Skurski, writer for the Buffalo Bills, has stated that C.J. Spiller's "12 snaps were his fewest in a game dating back to 2012. He even played more in games last season with a high-ankle sprain."

Pyro's take: Spiller just has not produced. He had that one great year, two years ago, but since then has done very little. Even being moved to special teams, is an indication of his insignificance in the running game. Its Fred Jackson's team now.

10/13/14, 10:54 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Visiting Revis Island

Sammy Watkins will be drifting over to Revis island this week. He is at 100% health after his rib injury, and Watkins is ready. “Now it’s time to really unleash, make plays, and get yards after the catch.”

Prior to making plays he will have to escape Revis island, and that's no easy task. “I think it will be an outstanding task,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said of Watkins matching up with Revis, for whom he had high praise. “Darrelle Revis is, if not the best that’s played the game, he’s one of the best that’s ever played the game.”

But the island isnt as locked down as it was over the past, it has developed some cracks, and as one observer stated one analysis of his play earlier this season included the line “Revis Island appears to have developed a ferry port and light aircraft terminal” – but he’s still got the utmost respect among the Bills’ players and coaches.

This should be a good gauge for Sammy Watkins and his playing ability, if he can play well here, he will start to develop more trust. As of now he is neck and neck with Rookie of the Month Kelvin Benjamin, as Watkins has 24 catches for 284 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his first five professional games. He’s the second-leading receiver among rookies in the NFL, trailing only Carolina’s Kelvin Benjamin (24 catches, 367 yards, three touchdowns).

Watkins went on to say about his injury: “You don’t want to fall. You don’t really want to get hit on it,” he said. “You’re not responding the same. You’re kind of half speed. … Now that I’m healthy, I don’t have to think about my ribs or anything. I can zoom in there, catch the ball and get hit, and I can get back up and finish the game.”

Pyro's take: Sammy Watkins is truly special, and the Bills are lucky enough to have landed a veteran quarterback than can get him the ball. Watkins will do amazing things out there and it will be great to watch the wide receiver do his thing. He may be a flex play for you, or number two receiver, now that Orton is under center.

10/10/14, 12:03 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.buffalonews.com

Orton Bringing in the Presence

Kyle Orton got his first start as a Buffalo Bill this week, as he faced off with the Detroit Lions. Orton had a solid day as he threw for 300 yards and one touchdown.

He is also bringing in a veteran presence that the team has lacked since the arrival of EJ Manuel. His experience includes a long list:"Three seasons with the Chicago Bears (2005-2008), when he made 33 starts. Two-plus seasons with the Denver Broncos (2009-2011), when he also made 33 starts. Also, the brief stint he had with the Kansas City Chiefs (2011, three starts). And there were the last two seasons, which he spent with the Dallas Cowboys, for whom he made his last start in 2013."

Robert Woods mentioned on his Orton's veteran leadership this: “He’s directing us in the huddle, telling us what to look for and be ready for when he calls the play, when we break the huddle,” the Bills’ second-year wide receiver said. “So he’s letting us know, reminding us before we even leave the huddle.”

Sammy Watkins also has noticed some of the differences between Orton and Manuel, “He’s more of a veteran guy,” Watkins said. “The way he talks, the way he handles business, the way he looks at plays and break down defenses is kind of different than EJ. He’s really quick. The ball comes out faster. That’s just some things that you have to adjust to.”

Pyro's take: Orton brought in a leadership in the win against the Lions, as he brought them back from a 14-0 hole. Orton started off slow, as the Lions scored, and then put up another on a pick-six. After half-time Orton got the team together and completed the come-from-behind victory, when Dan Carpenter connected on a 58 yard field goal.

Orton will remain the starter throughout the season, so he can make a desperate grab for the waiver wire.

10/06/14, 02:48 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.buffalonews.com

Now starting

The Buffalo Bills had enough with the inadequacies of E.J. Manuel, and felt it was time for him to ride the pine. This left the gate open for 10 year veteran Kyle Orton. It has been rumored since the off-season that Manuel was struggling, and due to his shoddy play, they felt the need to pick-up Orton from waivers.

Manuel went 21/44 for 225 yards with two touchdown passes and two interceptions in Sunday's loss to the Texans, and brought their record to 2-2 after winning the first two games.

Pyro's take: Kyle Orton is only a temporary fix, as EJ Manuel is just not starter material. He has good skills in some areas, but as a quarterback, you cant have a passing average of 50% or less. This is just taking the game away from your offense. Orton should do much better in that category, and get players such as Sammy Watkins, Fred Jackson, and CJ Spiller more involved in the offense.

09/29/14, 04:33 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.buffalobills101.com

Confidence

Woods looks like he escaped an injury that almost put him out for Sunday's game, fortunately he will be okay.The injury was to his right ankle. and left practice, he also took practice off Thursday. “Felt good. Able to participate and be back out there, and just get ready to take on San Diego,” he said, before being asked if he thinks he’ll play on Sunday. “Yeah, I believe so. It feels pretty good,” he replied.

Pyro's take: Woods has five receptions on nine targets for 80 yards and no touchdowns. Woods is the Bills slot receiver and makes it possible for Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams to run the seams. He should get some good opportunities against the mediocre Charger defense

09/20/14, 06:46 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.wgr550.com

Underdog

In the seasons prior to 2014, nobody ever gave Fred Jackson a chance. Even the Bills didn't like him, as both CJ Spiller and Marshawn Lynch were taken to kick him to the curb. He is the oldest running back in the league, and he was never drafted, or even offered a scholarship, graduating out of Coe College a Division III school.

He landed with the Bills in 2006, because former Coe College alum Marv Levy wanted to take a chance on him. In 2007, he got his first start, and by 2012, he had beat out Lynch for the starting job. Since then he has had to battle CJ Spiller for touches.

As of last week, Buffalo was fighting hard for a victory, they took Chicago into overtime, and that's when FJax took over. He busted out of the hole, and ran up around the guard side, and through for a 38 yard run, taking out Chris Conte in the process, with two vicious stiff arms. This run put the Bills at the three yard-line and a chip field goal won the opening week game.

Pyro's take: Fred Jackson is 6'1" but only 195 lb, Spiller ways the same amount and is 5'11" There has been no doubt that Jackson is the heart of the Buffalo Bills, and has outplayed anyone trying to take his role. Yes, he's old, and yes, CJ Spiller has more talent, but sometimes this game isn't about talent, and Jackson proves it every time he's on the field.

09/13/14, 09:06 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.buffalonews.com

Spiller on kickoffs

Head coach Doug Marrone will be using ultra-talented CJ Spiller on kickoff returns, and denied any comment that it would be too risky to have a star running back in these type of situations. “I look at it as how many guys have been injured returning the football compared to people injured with the ball being handed off to them,” said Marrone. “I don’t view it as much of a risk as some people would. I could understand why people could see that because of the distance and the way people are running down the field. But again I don’t look at it that way. As much as we can get our playmakers out there whether it be punt returns or kickoff returns we have to make sure we explore that.”

Pyro's take: CJ Spiller has been used in kickoffs in both college and the pros, so this nothing new. At Clemson, he averaged almost 28 yards a return (27.7) and had seven returns for touchdowns. In his Bills career he’s had 50 kick returns for 1,157 yards and a touchdown, a 95-yarder against New England on Sept. 26th of his rookie season (2010).

Doug Marrone on the other hand realizes he needs some kind of offense, so if it means using Spiller to return kicks, he is going to do so. This is great news for those that use a scoring system that incorporates using a player in kick returns as a roster spot, for all other owners, pray he doesnt blow out a knee returning a kick.

09/04/14, 05:57 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.buffalobills.com

Orton signs with Buffalo

The Buffalo Bills have signed Kyle Orton to a one year contract. Orton was released by the Cowboys this summmer, which had one year left on his three-year, $10.5 million contract before his release. His last game in Dallas saw him throw 46 pass attempts, completing 30 for 358 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Orton was on the verge of retirement before the Bills lured him back into the league. Kyle Orton has been a mix bag of starter and back-up material, and has played in at least one game since 2005.

Pyro's take: Many have wondered if this move is to quietly say that the Bills need someone else other than EJ Manuel calling the plays. Manuel has continued to struggle throughout the preseason, and just does not look like he has the talent to be a full-time starting quarterback. I would ignore both quarterbacks in any draft at this moment.

08/30/14, 11:37 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.dallasnews.com

Troubles

EJ Manuel in the first half, was at a 50% completion rate 9-of-18 for 67 yards, one pick and one fumble. In the second half, he was perfect as he 10-for-10 for 131 yards and a touchdown. Perfect against Tampa Bay second team defense.

Pyro's take: A complete bust in the first half against the first team, and perfect against the second team defense, does not give chills of excitement to Manuel fantasy owners.

This is EJ Manuel as a quarterback. The Bills led the league in rushing, to avoid him throwing the ball. He tried to work on his completion rate in camp and in the off-season, but just does not look like he has that in him.

Avoid him if possible in your leagues, as his ADP indicates that he would be more valuable in the free-agency market, and could allow you to take a risk on somebody else.

08/24/14, 01:08 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.buffalorumblings.com

Watkins has a rib injury

Buffalo Bills rookie Sammy Watkins has a rib injury that kept him out of practice Monday night.

As far as concrete information goes about the injury to the team’s first-round draft pick, that’s all there is to offer.

While announcing that he wouldn’t comment on injuries, Marrone did explain the nature of Watkins’ injury can sometimes vary greatly.

“You can practice the next day sometimes. You can come back into a game,” the coach said. “Sometimes on the X-ray it shows that it’s a crack. Sometimes it shows that it’s not and then you take a better X-ray and there is a crack. Sometimes, depending on the player, you can be out two weeks, four weeks, six weeks or two months.

“I’m not going to get into that stuff this year. I appreciate everyone understanding that. Scott is going to handle that. I’ll do my best and tell you who is going to step up in that position and what we’re preparing to do and all those things.”

Watkins rode a stationary bike during a part of the team’s practice

Pyro's take: This is a bad start for the top rookie wide receiver. Not only did he suffer this rib injury against the Steelers, he also has an unimpressive three catches for 21 yards on eight targets trough two and a partial preseason games.

The talk has been about how impressive the rookie has been in camp, but when it comes to the games he has failed to live up to the hype. Now he is dealing with an injury, which is not being disclosed. This is a very inauspicious start for Sammy.

08/19/14, 10:28 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: bills.buffalonews.com

Manuel finally has a good practice

After the Steelers' defense set the tone on Wednesday, Manuel came out a day later and carved up Pittsburgh's defense. During 11-on-11 work going up against a mixture of the Steelers' first- and second-team defenses, Manuel went 17-for-22 and looked as confident as he has during training camp. Wide receiver Mike Williams has never seen Manuel look as good as he did on Thursday.

"I told EJ, to be honest, my exact words were this is the best I've ever seen him," Williams said. "I don't think he incompleted a pass today. Everything was on time, we got everything we wanted. It was perfect. Coming out of our breaks and the ball is right there. It's just the best I've seen him. If he keeps going like this, we're going to be something to play with."

Pyro's take: E.J has not looked good out of the gate, so this performance in a joint practice is encouraging. The Bills are a young team, and Manuel's development is the key to their success. Practice is one thing, but E.J. needs to show it when it matters. Those who were thinking this could be the year for Manuel to step up, I will count myself in this group, need to reevaluate that position. I still believe in the kid, but this is not the breakout fantasy year for him.

08/15/14, 05:42 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.syracuse.com

Pre-season falter

Yesterday's Hall of Fame game was backed by a lot of emotion. The game was the top off of seeing for the first time in history a punter, Ray Guy, get enshrined. Also, in attendance was cancer-stricken Jim Kelly was there to back former teammate Andre Reed. What lacked emotion was the performance of E.J. Manuel.

Manuel completed only 2 of 7 passes for 19 yards and had two batted down at the line and one other nearly intercepted. Manuel commented about his performance "I'm a lot more confident. That's the biggest thing, having confidence in myself and my teammates having confidence in me that I can get the job done. We've had 10, 11 good practices up to this game, so we just have to continue to build."

What may make this situation even worse it that Jeff Tuel outperformed E.J. Manuel. When Tuel took over Manuel he promptly drove the Bills on a 15-play, 80-yard drive, hitting Robert Woods with a two-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-goal. Tuel completed 6 of 8 passes on that drive for 22 yards.

Pyro's take: E.J. Manuel is picked to be the starting quarterback for the long-haul, but when he gets outperformed easily by a back-up quarterback, it becomes a frustrating aspect for all those involved. It is still way to early to base what Manuel is capable of, but it is never to early to watch how the next few games unfold.

Keep Manuel where you have him on your tier sheet rankings, but dont be hesitant to drop him lower if he continues to perform as he did.

08/04/14, 11:38 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.sportsmanias.com

Spiller looking for new contract and a rebound season

The Bills now have three proven NFL running backs – Jackson, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon – under contract for at least the next two seasons. So where does Spiller fit in that equation?

“Right now, I really haven’t given it any thought,” he said this week. “I’ve just been focusing on trying to get better at my craft. We’ve got time. Hopefully both sides will be able to get something done, and we can keep 28 and 22 together.”

A high-ankle sprain in 2013 robbed him of much of his explosiveness, resulting in significant drops in yards per carry (from 6.0 to 4.6), receiving yards (from 459 to 185) and total touchdowns (from eight to two) from 2012.

The injury, though, is fully healed.

“He doesn’t look hampered now. He looks more explosive than he did during the season last year,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “We just have to do a good job in the preseason with the amount of carries we give him and how much work he needs to get to get ready for the season.”

Pyro's take: Spiller is one of the bigger question marks at the running back position. He has the ability to be a top 10 back, but he made such a bad impression on fantasy owners last season that his ADP has dropped dramatically. The Bills extended the contract of the 33 year old Fred Jackson, while the 26 year old Spiller is still playing to get a new contract. C.J. could be one of this year's great values at the running back position, especially if he has that explosion back in his game.

08/02/14, 11:20 AM CDT by Houdini
Source: bills.buffalonews.com

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