Bills Pound Jets 38-3 in Home Game Played in Detroit

Bad weather and a home game played on the road didn’t stop the Bills Monday night, as they demolished their AFC East rivals the Jets in Detroit 38-3 to improve to 6-5 on the year and stay in the AFC Playoff race.

Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes in the win, and WR Robert Woods pulled off a great one-handed catch that was the highlight of the runaway win.

A number of Bills fans made the ride from Buffalo to Detroit, and made their presence felt with the Bills logo on the field making it as close to a home game as they could make it at Ford Field.

Orton threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Woods in the first quarter, and the second-year receiver’s one-handed catch set up another touchdown in the second.

Tight end Scott Chandler caught a 19-yard scoring pass from Orton to make it 14-3 late in the half, and the Bills defense stuffed the Jets the whole night.

The Bills put the game away in the third quarter, scoring 17 points. Boobie Dixon blocked a punt and Manny Lawson recovered it in the end zone, and Fred Jackson added a 5-yard touchdown run.

Michael Vick went 7 of 19 for 76 yards for the Jets before being replaced by Geno Smith in the third quarter. The Jets missed a great chance at the end of the first half, when the Bills inexplicably let Eric Decker slip behind the defense with only a few seconds left, and Vick’s pass sailed inches beyond the receiver’s grasp.

Buffalo, which has not made the playoffs since the 1999 season, is a game out of a wild card in the AFC.

Orton went 24 of 32 for 230 yards. Woods caught nine passes for a career-high 118 yards.

Dixon’s 30-yard run in the fourth made it 38-3.

The Bills are hopeful they can play at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday as they take on the 7-4 Cleveland Browns.

Bills Not Likely to Be Able To Play Home Game Sunday Vs Jets

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The Bills’ home game against the Jets is not expected to be played Sunday afternoon, Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan of ESPN report citing sources, as another storm brought the Buffalo area’s paralyzing three-day snowfall total Thursday to six feet or more.

The Bills “will be hard-pressed to get their stadium ready for their next home game,” a source said. That next home game is Nov. 30, against the Browns.

The question now is when and where Sunday’s game will be played. The NFL will conduct a conference call with Bills and Jets officials Thursday afternoon to figure it out.

“Public safety is the first priority. We have been in discussions regarding potential alternatives. We will provide an update later today,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Thursday.

Possible locations, according to sources, include Detroit, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. The Lions and Redskins are on the road this weekend; the Steelers have a bye.

It’s 215 miles from Buffalo to Pittsburgh, 256 miles from Buffalo to Detroit and 389 miles from Buffalo to FedEx Field in Washington.

Coaches for the teams are preparing with the belief the game will be moved to Monday evening in one of those three cities. The Bills have been unable to practice for the past two days and will have to leave Buffalo in order to do so.

NFL Week 12 Capsule – Jets vs Bills

NEW YORK JETS (2-8) AT BUFFALO BILLS (5-5)

SERIES

JETS BILLS
SERIES LEADER 56-51
STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Ryan: 7-4 Marrone: 2-1
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 10: W 20-13 vs. Steelers) L 22-9 at Dolphins
LAST GAME 10/26/14: Bills 43 at Jets 23. Buffalo rookie WR Sammy Watkins has three catches for 157 yards, including 84-yarder & TD. Bills defense has 4 sacks, 4 INTs and forces 3 fumbles.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/17/13: Bills 37, Jets 14. Buffalo rookie QB EJ Manuel throws for 245 yards & 2 TDs. Bills defense records 4 sacks & 3 INTs, including S Da’Norris Searcy’s 32-yard INT-TD.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 133 (NYJ), 108 (Buf.). XM: 229 (Buf.).

STATS

PASSING Vick: 57-102-528-3-1-75.9 Orton: 146-228-1580-10-3-93.5
RUSHING Ivory: 123-548-4.5-5 (T3C) Dixon: 68-278-4.1-0
RECEIVING Decker: 43-450-10.5-4 Watkins (R): 45-649-14.4-5
OFFENSE 319.4 321.6
TAKE/GIVE -11 +7
DEFENSE 323.7 321.6 (3C)
SACKS Wilkerson: 4.5 Dareus, Ma. Williams: 10 (T3C)
INTs Jarrett: 2 Gilmore: 2
PUNTING Quigley: 47.4 (1C) Schmidt: 43.8
KICKING Folk: 66 (15/15 PAT; 17/19 FG) Carpenter: 82 (16/17 PAT; 22/25 FG)

NOTES

JETS: In 2 starts with NYJ, QB MICHAEL VICK has completed 31 of 46 (67.4 pct.) for 328 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.7 rating. Rushed for 39 yards vs. Pit. & became 1st QB in NFL history with 6,000 career (6,006). Has 223 rush yards in 3 career meetings, incl. 69 yards on 10/26/14…RB CHRIS IVORY has 3 rush TDs in past 2 vs. Buf, incl. 2 in last meeting. Since entering NFL in 2008, RB CHRIS JOHNSON ranks 2nd in NFL with 8,325 rush yards…In only road game with Jets (Week 9 vs. KC), WR PERCY HARVIN led team in catches (11) & yards (129). Since entering NFL in 2010, WR ERIC DECKER has 37 TD catches, tied for most among AFC WRs (MIKE WALLACE). JACE AMARO (Round 2, No. 49 overall) leads NFL rookie TEs in catches (34) & rec. yards (291). Had TD catch vs. Pit…LB DEMARIO DAVIS leads team with 74 tackles. In Wk. 10 vs. Pit., S JAIQUAWN JARRET became 1st NFL player with 2 INTs, sack & FR in game since 2009 (CHARLES WOODSON)…BILLS: In last meeting, QB KYLE ORTON completed 10 of 17 for 238 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 142.8 rating, 1st player since 1990 with 10 or fewer comp. & 4+ TDs in game (BUBBY BRISTER). Orton’s teams are 12-3 (.800) when he starts & posts 100+ rating…RB FRED JACKSON (5,370 rush; 2,439 rec.) needs 61 rec. yards to join HOFer THURMAN THOMAS as only Bills with 5,000+ career rush & 2,500+ rec. yards. In last home game (Week 10), RB BOOBIE DIXON led team with season-high 62 yards on 9 att. (6.9 avg.). In past 2, RB BRYCE BROWN has 13 rec. for 122 yards (9.4 avg.)…WR SAMMY WATKINS (No. 4 overall) leads AFC rookies in rec. yards (649) on 45 catches with 5 TDs. In only career meeting, had 3 rec. for 157 yards & TD with single-game club record 52.3 rec. avg…Bills lead league with 39 sacks & are only NFL team with 2 players with 10+ sacks each (DE MARIO WILLIAMS & DT MARCELL DAREUS). Williams had season-high 3.5 sacks vs. Mia. & now has 5 career 10-sack seasons. Dareus leads NFL DTs with 10 sacks. Rookie LB PRESTON BROWN (Rd. 3, No. 73 overall) leads team with 73 tackles.

NFL Week 12 Lines – Bills Home Favorites Vs Jets

Kansas City Chiefs v Oakland Raiders

Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
11/20 8:25 ET Kansas City -7 At Oakland 43
11/23 1:00 ET At Atlanta -3 Cleveland 47
11/23 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -11.5 Tennessee 48
11/23 1:00 ET At New England -7 Detroit 48
11/23 1:00 ET Green Bay -9.5 At Minnesota 48.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Indianapolis -13.5 Jacksonville 50
11/23 1:00 ET At Houston -2 Cincinnati 43.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Buffalo -4.5 NY Jets 40
11/23 1:00 ET At Chicago -6 Tampa Bay 46.5
11/23 4:05 ET At Seattle -6.5 Arizona 42
11/23 4:05 ET At San Diego -6 St. Louis 44
11/23 4:25 ET At Denver -7.5 Miami 49.5
11/23 4:25 ET At San Francisco -8.5 Washington 44.5
11/23 8:30 ET Dallas -3.5 At NY Giants 47.5

Monday Night Football Line

11/24 8:30 ET At New Orleans -3.5 Baltimore 49.5

Bills Blow 10-Point Fourth Quarter Lead; Fall To Chiefs 17-13

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Leodis McKelvin put it all on the line Sunday after the Bills blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead in an eventual 17-13 loss to the Chiefs at home.

The Bills kick returner, who had a key fumble in the fourth quarter collapse, showed raw emotion after the setback in the Bills locker room.

”I take this … to heart,” McKelvin said. ”I fumbled the ball. It hurt us. But we still had a chance to come back and win the game. (Stuff) happens in the game. But you’ve still got to overcome it.”

The loss hurts in a number of ways. The Bills were playing well enough to win, and seemed to have it going their way in building a 13-3 lead entering the fourth quarter.

They led it 13-10 when the Bills defense forced a three-and-out, forcing the Chiefs to punt out of their own end zone.

McKelvin fielded Dustin Colquitt’s punt cleanly at his own 31 and took a few steps to his right. That’s when he was initially hit by Albert Wilson. Anthony Sherman then knocked the ball loose, and recovered the fumble at the Bills 26.

Two plays later, Chiefs QB Alex Smith faked a handoff to the right to leading rusher Jammal Charles, and then took off left for the go-ahead score with nearly nine minutes left.

The Bills nearly had a comeback of their own, as down 17-13, McKelvin took a punt 23 yards that gave the Bills the ball at the Chiefs 25 with 4:35 remaining.

The drive stalled at the 15, when Kyle Orton threw four consecutive incompletions, including an underthrown attempt to Sammy Watkins at the 1 on fourth down.

Defensive back Ron Parker knocked down three Orton attempts, while another sailed through the end zone past Chris Hogan.

The loss puts the Bills at 5-4 on the year, and the only good thing about the day was the fact that the Dolphins also lost, keeping both the Bills and Dolphins at 5-4 in the AFC East, both in second place.

”It’s disappointing, it’s frustrating, all those words,” Bills TE Scott Chandler said. ”I don’t know what to say about it. We’ve got to be better.”

Chiefs at Bills Friday Injury Report

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Status Report
OUT WR Donnie Avery (groin), CB Jamell Fleming (hamstring), LB Jerry Franklin (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE CB Phillip Gaines (ankle, quadricep), LB Josh Martin (hamstring, knee), CB Christopher Owens (knee)
PROBABLE S Eric Berry (ankle), RB Cyrus Gray (hand), LB Tamba Hali (knee), WR Junior Hemingway (hamstring), TE Travis Kelce (ribs), CB Sean Smith (groin)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Jamell Fleming (hamstring), LB Jerry Franklin (hamstring), LB Josh Martin (hamstring, knee)
Thursday CB Jamell Fleming (hamstring), LB Jerry Franklin (hamstring), LB Josh Martin (hamstring, knee)
Friday WR Donnie Avery (groin), CB Jamell Fleming (hamstring), LB Jerry Franklin (hamstring)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Donnie Avery (groin), LB Tamba Hali (knee), CB Christopher Owens (knee)
Thursday WR Donnie Avery (groin), LB Tamba Hali (knee), CB Christopher Owens (knee), LB Frank Zombo (not injury related)
Friday LB Tamba Hali (knee), LB Josh Martin (hamstring, knee), CB Christopher Owens (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Eric Berry (ankle), CB Phillip Gaines (ankle, quadricep), RB Cyrus Gray (hand), WR Junior Hemingway (hamstring), TE Travis Kelce (ribs)
Thursday S Eric Berry (ankle), CB Phillip Gaines (ankle, quadricep), RB Cyrus Gray (hand), WR Junior Hemingway (hamstring), TE Travis Kelce (ribs), CB Sean Smith (groin)
Friday S Eric Berry (ankle), CB Phillip Gaines (ankle, quadricep), RB Cyrus Gray (hand), WR Junior Hemingway (hamstring), TE Travis Kelce (ribs), CB Sean Smith (groin)
BUFFALO BILLS
Status Report
QUESTIONABLE CB Ron Brooks (groin), RB Fred Jackson (groin), WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
PROBABLE WR Marcus Easley (knee), WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring), LB Ty Powell (ankle), G Cyril Richardson (not injury related), WR Robert Woods (back)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Thursday G Cyril Richardson (not injury related), WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
Friday G Cyril Richardson (not injury related), WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Ron Brooks (groin), WR Marcus Easley (knee), WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring), RB Fred Jackson (groin), LB Ty Powell (ankle), WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
Thursday CB Ron Brooks (groin), WR Marcus Easley (knee), WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring), RB Fred Jackson (groin), LB Ty Powell (ankle)
Friday CB Ron Brooks (groin), WR Marcus Easley (knee), WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring), RB Fred Jackson (groin), LB Ty Powell (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Robert Woods (back)
Thursday WR Robert Woods (back)
Friday WR Robert Woods (back)

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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