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Bills Get Complete Team Win 26-16 Over Denver
Solid game from Taylor and great defensive effort leads to upset.
by Steve Saslow
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Week 3
Broncos  16
Bills  26
Gameday Grades
The Skinny:
Tyrod Taylor threw touchdown passes to Andre Holmes and Charles Clay while Stephen Hauschka hit four field goals including ones from 53 and 55 yards out as the Bills shocked the formerly undefeated Broncos 26-16. The running game struggled so Taylor made plays in the passing game hitting 20 of 26 passes for 213 yards and no interceptions to go with his two touchdowns. With the Bills trailing 16-13 early in the third quarter they went on a four play 69 yard drive in just 1:27 to take a lead they would not relinquish. The defense struggled in the passing game in the first half but E.J. Gaines and Tre'Davious White were solid down the stretch to help the Bills gain the victory. Both players had fourth quarter interceptions.

The Turning Point:
Ridiculous Von Miller Penalty: The Bills were going to have to punt on their game clinching FG drive when Von Miller faked helping Taylor up and they called an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on him keeping the drive alive. It was an absolutely ridiculous penalty as Taylor was laughing coming off the field before the flag came out. The Bills deserved the flag though after a series of terrible calls against them in the first half.

The Big Drive:
Final FG Drive: Thanks in part to the Miller penalty the Bills drove 53 yards in 16 plays and took 7:30 off the clock which was huge. Hauschka hit a 27 yard FG to clinch the win. A big play in the drive was LeSean McCoy taking a 3rd and 6 screen pass and getting the first down. Earlier in the drive on a 3rd and 5, Taylor slipped down but got up and ran for the first down. Of course, the Miller penalty was huge on the drive as well.

Stat I Did Like:
Turnovers: The Bills did not turn the ball over at all but forced two second half interceptions and you can add the fake punt stop by Deon Lacey as another takeaway.

Stat I Didn't Like:
Rushing Yards: That had 75 on 33 carries for just a 2.3 yard average per carry.

Scene Setters:
- The Penn State Marching Band performed at halftime.
- Jay Riemersma was the man leading the charge before the game.
- The Bills alumni held a huge tailgate party before the game for charity that had alumni such as Fred Jackson, Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed and Marv Levy are scheduled to attend the event, along with Bills alumni Booker Edgerson, Ed Rutkowski, Jeff Nixon, Lou Piccone, Darryl Talley, Pete Metzelaars, Don Beebe, Donovan Greer, Eric Moulds, Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish in attendance according to the Buffalo News. Smith spoke to the entire defensive line in a huddle before the game.
- Today's game was the hottest one in Buffalo since 2002 and the first one above 80° since 2011.
- Everyone was waiting to see what type of protest would take place during the National Anthem. McCoy was sitting and stretching during the Anthem then finally kneeled near the end. The team came out about 7 yards off the sidelines. Several players knelt down including Ryan Davis, Mike Tolbert, Jordan Matthews, Lorenzo Alexander, Shareece Wright, Leonard Johnson, Cedric Thornton, Shaq Lawson, Marcell Dareus, Taiwan Jones and Kaelin Clay according to the Buffalo News. Many standing players had arms locked with each other and Coach McDermott. More Broncos were kneeling than Bills players.

Key Matchup Results:
The winners of the battles highlighted in our preview article:
RB LeSean McCoy vs. LB Brandon Marshall: Winner: Marshall. Shady only had 21 yards on 14 carries but did some damage in the passing game.
LT Dion Dawkins vs. LB Von Miller: Winner: Dawkins. Miller had a sack and six tackles but didn't dominant the game. So the Bills had success against him.
DE Jerry Hughes vs. LT Donald Stephenson: Winner: Bolles. He ended up playing instead of Stephenson and he held Hughes in check.
LB Ramon Humber vs. RB C.J. Anderson: Winner: Humber. He had eight tackles and if you take away a 32 yard run, Anderson only had four yards on seven carries.

Keys To The Game Results:
How the keys highlighted in our preview article turned out:
1. Get Passing Game Going: Success! Tyrod Taylor was solid in this game.
2. Keep Up Defensive Pressure: Failure! They didn't get consistent pressure on Siemien but had two sacks.
3. Take The Ball Away: Success! Two second half interceptions and a fake punt stop was huge.

My Take:
This was one of the biggest, and most fun victories for the Bills in a long time. They came in against a red hot Broncos team and took it to them in the second half. The made the adjustments they needed to at halftime to get the edge and a big victory. One thing is certain under Sean McDermott, they will play hard, aggressive football and not give up.

What's Ahead:
The Bills face their biggest test of the season before facing New England in December as they battle the undefeated NFL Champion Falcons.

Gameballs
  • Stephen Hauschka - He became the first Bills kicker to ever have two 53+ yard FGs in a game. He was 4 for 4 on his FGs and a huge part of the offense.
  • Tyrod Taylor - He had a solid game and made plays when he had to. It was an efficient game against a great defense. A well earned win.
  • E.J. Gaines - He made a lot of plays including a big interception.
  • Tre'Davious White - He was firmly in the goat column in the first half but bounced back real nice for a rookie and was solid in the second half including a big interception.


  • Goats
  • Jerry Hughes - They needed a big game from him but his name was only called with a penalty.
  • Zay Jones - He just isn't connecting with Taylor. He had two balls go off his hands, luckily one went into the hands of Andre Holmes for a score.


  • Player Of The Week
  • Stephen Hauschka - He was the main reason they won.


  • Positional Breakdown and Grades
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    2017 Buffalo Bills
    Record: (2-1) Division: (1-0)
    vs AFC: (2-0) vs NFC: (0-1)
    Home: (2-0) Road: (0-1)
    Place: t-1st

    Team Rankings: Through Week 2
    Total Offense: 24th
    Passing: 27th
    Rushing: 8th
    Total Defense: 2nd
    Passing: 8th
    Rushing: 5th

    Player Of The Week
    Stephen Hauschka - Hit all four field goal attempts including two from 50+ to lead the Bills to victory.

    The Bills are now...
    402-461 all time in the regular season.
    3-11 with Tyrod Taylor at QB when down by one possession or tied entering the fourth quarter.
    114-161 since 2000.
    64-66 in home games since 2001.
    15-34 in road games since 2011.
    16-37 in road divison games since 2000.
    7-14 in their last 21 road divison games.
    38-86 against team's with a winning record since 2000.
    36-63 against the AFC East since 2001.
    19-36 against the AFC East since 2008.
    20-15 in OT.
    9-19-1 when allowing a safety.
    11-13 when they have a punt return TD.
    38-13 when winning the turnover battle since 2009.
    7-8 in their history in games where there are no turnovers.
    5-0 when each team has a 140+ yard rusher.
    1-9 when Tyrod Taylor throws more than 30 passes.
    43-33 when the QB throws for over 300 yards.
    17-11 since 1990 following a bye week.
    4-16 in primetime since 2001.

    Did you know...
    Jerry Hughes and Marcell Dareus are tied for 10th on the team's all time sack list with 34.
    Steve Hauschka became the first kicker in Bills history to gave two 53+ yard field goals in one game.
    LeSean McCoy became the 4th active RB with 3,000 receiving yards in his career.
    Tyrod Taylor moved into 1st place on the team's all time QB rushing list ahead of Joe Ferguson.
    Tyrod Taylor is 2nd on the team's all time rushing TD list for a QB with 10.
    Jerry Hughes is the 6th fastest Bill to 30 sacks as a member of the team.
    LeSean McCoy is now over 12,000 yards from scrimmage in his career.
    Kyle Williams has 41.5 career sacks moving him into 7th place on the team's all time list, 1st among interior linemen.

     2016 Schedule/Results
    Click on the final score for Bills Daily review/analysis of the game.
    Sept. 10NY JetsW 21-12
    Sept. 17@ CarolinaL 9-3
    Sept. 24DenverW 26-16
    Oct. 1@ Atlanta1:00pm
    Oct. 8@ LA Chargers4:05pm
    Oct. 15Bye
    Oct. 22Tampa Bay1:00pm
    Oct. 29Oakland1:00pm
    Nov. 5@ NY Jets8:25pm
    Nov. 12New Orleans1:00pm
    Nov. 19@ Cincinnati1:00pm
    Nov. 26@ Kansas City1:00pm
    Dec. 3New England1:00pm
    Dec. 10Tennessee1:00pm
    Dec. 17Miami1:00pm
    Dec. 24@ New England1:00pm
    Dec. 31@ Miami1:00pm

     

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