Gameday Grades: A fantastic effort by the defense and special teams along with the roar of the crowd allowed the Bills to overcome another terrible performance by the offense. The result was a satisfying 21-13 win thanks to some spirited play by two of three units. Gameday Grades.
Bills Blitz: Marcus Thigpen returned a punt 75 yards for the Bills only touchdown and Mario Williams clinched a great defensive effort with a strip sack that resulted in a safety to give the Bills a huge 21-13 victory over one of the best teams in the league in the Green Bay Packers. It is the first time since 1971 that the Bills had a punt return TD and a safety. The win clinches at least a .500 season for the Bills for the first time since 2004. League MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers became the second straight future hall of famer to have one of the worst games of his career against the vaunted Bills defense. He was just 17 of 42 for 185 yards and for the first time in his career was held without a touchdown pass while throwing two interceptions. Bacarri Rambo of all people had both picks when he came in the game for the injured Duke Williams. The Bills offense played awful and every drive unraveled as they got close but Dan Carpenter was money as usual hitting all four field goal attempts. Kyle Orton completed just 14 of 27 passes for 158 yards and an interception as they used a short passing attack. Fred Jackson had 71 yards on 20 carries. Bills Blitz.
Duke Hurt In Game: Duke Williams left the game in the third quarter with concussion like symptoms. Stephon Gilmore went down with an apparent left shoulder injury on the 2nd play of the game but came back out for the second series. Injury Page.
Gameday Inactives: Chris Gragg and Da'Norris Searcy were ruled out on Friday. Jairus Wynn was listed as questionable after missing a month with a knee injury. He is also inactive. The healty scratches are newly signed Deonte Thompson, Cyrus Kouandjio, Randell Johnson, and Frank Summers.
Nice Day For Home Finale: Can't complain about the weather for a December home finale in Orchard Park. The gametime temperature wil be 37° and the game will be played under cloudy skies but no precipitation is expected. The wind shouldn't be too much of a factor either as it will be out of the west at 11mph.
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Friday December 12, 2014
Searcy Ruled Out: Despite practicing on a limited basis again on Friday, Da'Norris Searcy has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Packers at soldout Ralph Wilson Stadium. Duke Williams will start in his place. Chris Gragg has also been ruled out after once again missing the week of practice with his knee injury. Jairus Wynn is listed as questionable after he returned to practice this week, he has been out a month with a knee injury. Stephan Charles and Dan Carpenter are both probable for the game. Injury Page.
Thursday December 11, 2014
Mario Returns: Mario Williams and Chris Hairston returned to practice on Thursday after sitting Wednesday with illnesses. Chris Gragg was the only player not on the field Thursday as he remains out with his knee injury. Jairus Wynn and Da'Norris Searcy were limited again along with Stefan Charles who has a quad injury. Dan Carpenter was limited again with his groin injury but he should kick on Sunday. Injury Page.
Packers Preview: For a second straight week the Bills take on a future hall of famer at the most important position. Aaron Rodgers tries to do what no other Packer QB has done, beat the Bills in Buffalo. The Bills need the win to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive so they will be playing in desperation mode in front of the home crowd for the final time this year. Complete Preview.
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