Orton Pulls Heroics In Final Seconds as Bills Beat Vikings 17-16

Minnesota Vikings v Buffalo Bills

All the Bills needed Sunday was a little Kyle Orton/Sammy Watkins connection.

The pair beat the clock Sunday, as Orton hit a 2-yard pass to Watkins in the left front-corner of the end zone with 1 second remaining as the Bills in miracle fashion topped the Vikings at home Sunday 17-16.

Orton’s TD pass ended a great a 15-play, 80-yard drive that saw the QB convert a fourth-and-20 with a 24-yard pass to tight end Scott Chandler over the middle.

Three plays later, Orton hit Watkins on a crossing pattern for an 18-yard gain on third-and-12. The eventual game-winner was set up by a 28-yard pass to Chris Hogan at 2 along the left sideline.

Orton was the hero, going 31 of 43 for 283 yards and two touchdowns, both to the rookie Watkins, who finished with nine catches for 122 yards

While it was a great win, the Bills did suffer two huge losses, as both running backs, Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (left shoulder) left in the first half.

Spiller suffered a broken collarbone, and will have surgery on Monday. Jackson will have an MRI on his groin.

Vikings rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater went 15 of 26 for 157 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions as Minnesota (2-5) lost its third in a row.

The Minnesota D was very good for a majority of the afternoon against the Bills, forcing four turnovers (an interception and three fumbles) and had six sacks, including a career-best four by Everson Griffen.

Cordarrelle Patterson had 4-yard touchdown catch, and rookie running back Jerick McKinnon had 103 yards rushing, but it was not enough to stop Orton and the Bills in the final seconds.

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Minnesota Vikings v Buffalo Bills


NFL Week 7 Capsule – Vikings At Bills

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-4) AT BUFFALO BILLS (3-3)

SERIES

VIKINGS BILLS
SERIES LEADER 8-4
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Zimmer: 0-0 Marrone: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 17-3 vs. Lions L 37-22 vs. Patriots
LAST GAME 12/5/10: Bills 14 at Vikings 38. Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson rushes for 107 yards & 3 TDs, including 43-yard score. Vikings WR Sidney Rice adds 105 receiving yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/1/06: Bills 17, Vikings 12. Buffalo RB Willis McGahee rushes for 78 yards & TD. Buffalo WR Lee Evans catches 7 passes for 92 yards & WR Peerless Price records receiving TD.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Tim Brando, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Peter Schrager (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 102 (Min.), 139 (Buf.). XM: 225 (Buf.).

STATS

PASSING Bridgewater (R): 54-87-655-0-3-70.8 Orton: 54-81-607-3-2-90.9
RUSHING Asiata: 64-226-3.5-3 (T2C) Spiller: 68-234-3.4-0
RECEIVING Jennings: 20-268-13.4-1 Jackson (RB): 30-245-8.2-1
OFFENSE 314.7 327.0
TAKE/GIVE -5 +3
DEFENSE 332.0 (3C) 336.7
SACKS Griffen: 4 Dareus: 5 (T3C)
INTs
  1. Smith: 3 (T1L)
McKelvin: 2 (T1C)
PUNTING Locke: 44.4 Schmidt: 43.9
KICKING Walsh: 42 (9/9 PAT; 11/13 FG) Carpenter: 48 (9/9 PAT; 13/15 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: Rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER makes 1st career road start. In 1st 3 games (2 starts), has completed 62.1 pct. (54 of 87) & has 7.53 avg. gain…RB JERICK MC KINNON has 206 rush yards, 2nd most by NFC rookie. Averaging 5.0 yards per carry, 2nd highest by NFL rookie with 200+ yards. Had career-high 6 receptions last week. RB MATT ASIATA has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5 games. WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has TD in 6 of past 11 (4 rush, 3 rec.). In past 3 vs. AFC, has 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) & averages 57 yards per TD. WR GREG JENNINGS leads club with 20 receptions & 268 rec. yards…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 6.5 sacks in past 8. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN has 41-yard INT-TD & 2 sacks in past 2 vs. AFC. S HARRISON SMITH has INT in 2 of past 3. Leads team with 3 INTs, incl. 81-yard INT-TD. Munnerlyn ties for NFL lead with 4 INT-TDs since 2012. Smith ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. LB ANTHONY BARR has 2 sacks, tied for most by NFL rookie. LB JASPER BRINKLEY had sack last week. DT TOM JOHNSON has career-high 3 sacks, tied for 2nd most by NFC DT…BILLS:  In 2 starts with Bills, QB KYLE ORTON has completed 54 of 81 (66.7 pct.) for 607 yards with 3 TDs for 90.9 rating. In last home game vs. Min. (10/19/08 w/ Chi.), passed for 283 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 114.5 rating…In past 6 vs. NFC, RB C.J. SPILLER has 520 scrimmage yards (438 rush, 82 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). RB FRED JACKSON scored 29th career rush TD last week, tying WRAY CARLTON for 4th in club history. Leads AFC RBs with 30 catches…WR SAMMY WATKINS (No. 4 overall) has 26 catches & 311 rec. yards, tied for most among AFC rookies, with 2 TDs. Last week, TE SCOTT CHANDLER had 6 rec. for career-high 105 yards. WR CHRIS HOGAN had career-highs in catches (5) & yards (72) & scored 1st career TD vs. NE …DE MARIO WILLIAMS has 11.5 sacks in past 9 vs. NFC. DT MARCELL DAREUS has 5 sacks in past 4. Rookie LB PRESTON BROWN (Rd. 3, No. 73 overall) leads team with 45 tackles.

Patriots vs Bills Wednesday Injury Report

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

S Nate Ebner (finger), T Cameron Fleming (finger)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

LB Jamie Collins (thigh), DE Dominique Easley (shoulder, knee), LB Dont’a Hightower (knee), DE Chandler Jones (shoulder), S Devin McCourty (rib), WR Matt Slater (shoulder)

BUFFALO BILLS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

WR Marcus Easley (knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

LB Nigel Bradham (knee), CB Ron Brooks (neck), RB Fred Jackson (knee), S Da’Norris Searcy (knee), LB Brandon Spikes (ribs), S Aaron Williams (wrist), G Chris Williams (back), DT Kyle Williams (knee)

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Buffalo Bills v New England Patriots


Patriots vs Bills NFL Week 6 Capsule

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-2) AT BUFFALO BILLS (3-2)

SERIES

PATRIOTS BILLS
SERIES LEADER 65-41-1
STREAKS 20 of past 21
COACHES VS. OPP. Belichick: 25-4 Marrone: 0-2
LAST WEEK W 43-17 vs. Bengals W 17-14 at Lions
LAST GAME 12/29/13: Bills 20 at Patriots 34. New England RB LeGarrette Blount rushes for 189 yards & 2 TDs, including 36-yarder. Patriots RB Shane Vereen catches 3 passes for 42 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/13: Patriots 23, Bills 21. New England WR Julian Edelman catches 7 passes for 79 yards & 2 TDs. Patriots RB Shane Vereen adds 104 rushing yards.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 85 (NE), 135 (Buf.). XM: 85 (NE), 225 (Buf.).

STATS

PASSING Brady: 104-172-1083-6-2-85.5 Orton: 30-43-308-1-1-88.1
RUSHING Ridley: 84-317-3.8-2 Spiller: 62-215-3.5-0
RECEIVING Edelman: 31 (T3C)-318-10.3-1 Jackson (RB): 26-228-8.8-1
OFFENSE 339.8 325.2
TAKE/GIVE +6 (T1L) +6 (T1L)
DEFENSE 316.2 (2C) 322.8
SACKS Cha. Jones: 2.5 Dareus: 5 (T3L)
INTs 6 tied: 1 McKelvin: 2 (T1C)
PUNTING Allen: 46.1 Schmidt: 43.0
KICKING Gostkowski: 51 (1L) (12/12 PAT; 13/13 FG) Carpenter: 46 (7/7 PAT; 13/15 FG)

NOTES

PATRIOTS: Last week, QB TOM BRADY passed for 292 yards & 2 TDs, becoming 6th player in NFL history with 50,000 career passing yards (50,232). Has 22-2 (.917) career record vs. Buf., passing for 5,817 yards & 54 TDs vs. 19 INTs for 100.1 rating…RB STEVAN RIDLEY led team with 113 rush yards & TD last week. Since 2012, ranks 1st in AFC with 21 rush TDs. Averages 4.4 yards/att. (2,794 yards, 639 att.), highest avg. in club history (min. 500 att.). RB SHANE VEREEN rushed for career-high 101 yards on 14 att. (7.2 avg.) vs. Bills on 9/8/13…WR JULIAN EDELMAN aims for 12th in row with 4+ catches. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI had season-high 100 rec. yards on 6 catches (16.7 avg.) & TD vs. Cin. Has TD catch in 8 of past 10. Last week, TE TIM WRIGHT had 5 catches for 85 yards & TD, 1st since joining NE…Defense is tied for 1st in AFC with 6 INTs…DT CHRIS JONES has 1.5 sacks in past 2. LB JEROD MAYO leads team with 48 tackles, including team-high 8 last week. In 10 career games vs. Buf., CB DARRELLE REVIS has 5 INTs, 2 sacks, 2 FF & FR… BILLS: Last week in Bills debut, QB KYLE ORTON completed 30 of 43 passes (69.8 pct.) with 308 yards & 1 TD for 88.1 rating. In only career meeting (10/11/09 with Den.), completed 35 of 48 passes (72.9 pct.) for 330 yards & 2 TDs for 96.7 rating…RB C.J. SPILLER had 133 scrimmage yards in last meeting (105 rush, 28 rec.). RB FRED JACKSON (28) needs 2 rush TDs to surpass WRAY CARLTON (29) for 4th in club history. Led team with 107 scrimmage yards last week (49 rush, 58 rec.). Has 4 rush TDs in past 5 vs. NE…WR SAMMY WATKINS (No. 4 overall) had 8 rec. for 87 yards vs. Det. & leads AFC rookies in catches (24) & yards (284) with 2 TDs…Defense is tied for 1st in AFC with 6 INTs…DT MARCELL DAREUS has 5 sacks in past 3, including career-high 3 last week. Since joining NFL in 2011, ranks 2nd among DTs with 23.5 sacks (GENO ATKINS). Rookie LB PRESTON BROWN (Rd. 3, No. 73 overall) leads team with 43 tackles.

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Jim Schwartz Gets a Ride After Bills Beat Lions 17-14

Buffalo Bills v Detroit Lions

The Bills were able to rally today for a huge win over the Lions, but what happened after the game was a little head scratching – win or lose.

After the game ended thanks to a 58-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter, the Bills put defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz on their shoulders and carried him off the field.

Huh?

Schwartz was the head coach of the Lions for five seasons and compiled a 29-51 record, but lost his job after a 7-9 season in 2013. Word is the move was premeditated by Schwartz, a rather odd move for a guy that was fired in Detroit.

Nevertheless, the win was a big one for the Bills, and one that was helped by the fact that Lions kicker Alex Henery missed three field goals, including a 50-yarder that likely would have won the game with under 30 seconds left.

The Bills took over at their own 40-yard line, and Sammy Watkins made an incredible 20-yard catch to set up Carpenter’s unlikely field goal for the big win.