AFC East: Buffalo Bills
Here is what to watch for from the Bills' side:
1. Getting back on track at home: The Bills have arguably been worse at home this season (3-3) than on the road (3-2), a message not lost on Doug Marrone's team this week. "I just talked to them about it," Marrone said Wednesday. "We have not done a very good job here. It’s been a long time since we’ve won a game at our stadium, so I talked to our players about that right after I brought them up after practice." The Bills' meeting Sunday with the Browns will be just their second true home game in a span of 41 days, the other being a 17-13 loss to the Chiefs. Turnovers were a problem in that game, and overall the Bills are minus-4 in turnovers at home. In what will be their second to last home game of the season, the Bills will have quarterback Jim Kelly as part of the pre-game festivities. That should fire up the crowd, but we'll see if it lasts.
3. Shake up at skill positions, returner: The Bills' active roster was shuffled last week when fullback Frank Summers and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin were both healthy scratches. I asked offensive coordinator Nate Hackett on Friday what Goodwin had to do to get back on the 46-man roster. "It's just like anybody," Hackett said. "Just continually improving and getting better and getting a good rapport with the quarterback, and so I wouldn't be surprised if we see him soon, because I'm a big fan of Marquise." If Goodwin returns to the active roster Sunday, it might not be on special teams, where Marcus Thigpen looks poised to take over as a kick and punt returner. Meanwhile, with Chris Gragg (knee) out this week, look for MarQueis Gray to make his debut Sunday.
4. Besting their 2013 record: With a win Sunday, the Bills will guarantee their first 7-win season since 2008, when they finished 7-9 for a third consecutive season. That could be "exhibit A" when Doug Marrone and Doug Whaley's jobs come up for review after this season. The Bills will have tough sledding in December, beginning with their trip to Denver next week, but having their best season in six years will be a selling point for this coaching staff. If the Bills can win two more games this season, guaranteeing at least an 8-8 season, it would be their best mark since 2004.
After the Buffalo Bills' 38-3 blowout over the Jets on Monday night, coach Doug Marrone wanted one thing more than anything else.
"The best thing that I said -- and I told this to the players, and I've been dying to say it: I just want to go home," Marrone said. "I just want to go home. It's been a long week."
After an all-hands-on-deck effort from the team -- and from the fans who were paid to shovel out seats -- the Bills (6-5) will be back home at Ralph Wilson Stadium for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns (7-4), just the Bills' second game on their home turf in a span of 41 days.
ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak and ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon break it all down:
Rodak: Pat, I had almost forgotten that QB Johnny Manziel is still on the Browns until last week's incident made headlines. What impact, if any, did that story have on the team, especially with coach Mike Pettine, who was the Bills' defensive coordinator last season?
McManamon: Well, the team wasn’t happy about it, and that includes Pettine. Not so much because of the incident. The team believes Manziel’s version -- that he was going to his room and an aggressive fan approached him. But the team is upset that on the day it was flying to a road game, Manziel was involved in something that required the police at 2:36 in the morning. The Browns know they can’t control what fans do, but they believe their players can avoid these kinds of things on the day they fly to a game by making smarter decisions about where they are and when. It won’t affect the team much, but it doesn’t enhance Manziel’s case that he is truly NFL-ready.
Mike, let's start with a personal note. How are you and folks you know coping with the snowfall, and what is the situation there as far as safety and the digging-out process?
Rodak: Pat, thanks for asking. I'll say this: I was astonished when I came back to the area Tuesday after three days in Detroit to see almost all the snow gone. While there was some flooding, I think most people were spared of any major problems during a much-needed weekend warm-up. That was key for area families to get back to normal and for the Bills to get their stadium ready. As Marrone said after the game, it was a long week. I had at least 5 feet of snow in my parking lot and couldn't get my car out until late Friday night, so I was able to fly to Michigan early Saturday morning. Even then, soon after the snow stopped falling, the New York State Thruway was basically clear. I haven't lived in western New York long, but it was quite an impressive effort by all the parties involved to keep people safe and get the region back to normal.
WR Josh Gordon didn't waste any time getting back to work, catching eight passes for 120 yards in his first game back from a suspension. How does he change the complexion of the Browns' offense?
McManamon: In large ways. Gordon seemed to be about 80 or 85 percent of himself, and he had the Falcons' best cornerback assigned to him the entire game, but he still came up with eight catches for 120 yards. Gordon’s impact in the passing game is obvious, but he might help more in the run game because he forces defenses to play honestly by keeping a safety back in coverage. That opens up run lanes, which allowed Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell to combine for 150 yards. Gordon is a superb talent, and as he becomes more adjusted to the game post-suspension, he will only get better.
The Browns have had serious issues with the physical defensive fronts of Houston and Jacksonville. Do the Bills present any similar issues?
Rodak: Do they ever. The Bills have the NFL's best defensive line. It's a dominant group that includes three Pro Bowlers from last season (Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus), along with a former first-round pick (Jerry Hughes) who has racked up 19.5 sacks in 27 games in Buffalo. The Browns' entire offensive line will have to be on alert; it's tough to double-team any of the Bills' front line, since you'll just free up another pass-rusher to beat a single block. The Bills, who set a franchise record in sacks last season, lead the NFL this season with 46 sacks. No other team has more than 40 sacks. It's not a matter of blitzing by this defense, either. They can do it simply with their four guys up front.
Let's cut to the chase here: Will the Browns make the playoffs?
McManamon: I’ll cut to the chase as well: It will be tough, but in this season I would not rule anything out. When NFL Nation writers outside Cleveland picked the games before the season, they expected the Browns to lose 15 of 16 games. That’s how much respect the Browns had. Manziel was the most-hyped player to come out of college in a long time, but Brian Hoyer has a steadfast lock on the quarterback job. RB Ben Tate was going to lead the run game. He’s been cut. Josh Gordon missed 10 games. TE Jordan Cameron missed games with a concussion. Three defensive linemen are out, as was the middle linebacker. Yet the Browns are 7-4, with a rookie head coach. Can they make the playoffs? They have a tough route. But as long as Hoyer stays healthy, anything can happen -- including a January game for the former Team Woeful.
Has the Sammy Watkins trade worked out for the Bills to the point that the team is not worried about lacking a first-round pick in 2015?
Rodak: I would say the trade has worked out in the sense that Watkins has shown he is everything as advertised. The wide receiver isn't putting up extraordinary numbers -- he has 48 catches (tied for 36th in the NFL) for 684 yards (23rd) -- but I'm convinced that with a better quarterback situation and better health (he has battled groin and rib injuries), he'd be higher on the charts. However, the debate about the trade continues around here, and for good reason: A bunch of rookie receivers are flashing big-time talent. The Bills gave up their 2015 first-round pick to move up just five spots for Watkins. Three selections later, Mike Evans was taken. Odell Beckham Jr. was taken at No. 12, so the Bills could've had him at their original spot, No. 9. They also could have moved further down in the first round and picked up Brandin Cooks or Kelvin Benjamin. So given the depth of the position in the draft, it's very easy to question why the Bills gave up so much to grab Watkins. The cost is steep for the Bills, who are 6-5 and would send the 14th overall pick next season to Cleveland if the season ended today.
"He'll be fine," coach Doug Marrone said after practice.
Meanwhile, running back Fred Jackson (groin) and Sammy Watkins (groin) were both removed from the injury report.
Here is the full list:
Did not practice:
DE Jarius Wynn (knee)
TE Lee Smith (illness)
TE Chris Gragg (knee)
WR Robert Woods (ankle)
K Dan Carpenter (right groin)
S Bacarri Rambo (hamstring)
With fans' jaws still dropping at New York Giants rookie Odell Beckham Jr.'s physics-defying grab Sunday night, Buffalo Bills receiver Robert Woods put on his own show Monday night.
On third-and-2, Woods streaked past Jets cornerback Darrin Walls down the right sideline, stretching out his right hand for Orton's pass. Bobbling the pass as he continued to run, Woods was able to momentarily pin it against his helmet while keeping his feet in bounds.
Talk about concentration.
"He could have caught it with two hands," teammate Sammy Watkins opined. "But being Robert, he wanted to go one-handed and it was a great catch."
Yet it wasn't Woods' only impressive grab of the night. Darting into the end zone on a third-and-goal in the first quarter, Woods turned his body and fell backward while snagging a 7-yard touchdown pass from Orton.
It was all in a day's work for Woods, a second-round pick last season who set career highs with nine catches for 118 yards.
Part of that production, coach Doug Marrone explained, was courtesy of the Jets shading their coverage to help take Sammy Watkins out of the game.
"If you look at it, they kept rolling everything to Sammy so it was difficult for us to get him the football," Marrone said. "Like I said before, when they do that you're going to need the other guys to step up because they're going to be in one-on-one coverage.
"I thought Robert really stepped up and played extremely well and if he doesn't then we're in trouble. That's just the way it is."
Compared to Woods' 11 targets, Orton threw at Watkins just five times and the rookie finished with three catches for 35 yards.
"When you're winning the game, you don't get caught up into that. If I was losing, it probably would've been a problem," Watkins said. "But when you're winning and seeing your boys, the team who you grind with every day, [Chris Hogan] and Robert making plays, it's nothing. But it can get scrapping if you're losing the game. But if we're winning, I'm fine."
A month after the Bills quarterback posted a career-high 142.8 quarterback rating in a Week 8 win against the Jets, Orton set a career high in completion percentage Monday night.
Orton completed 24 of 32 passes, a 75 percent rate that topped his previous career high of 74.2 percent set in 2011 when he was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
It wasn't exactly a high-flying outing by any means -- his 7.19 yards per attempt ranked 13th among QBs in Week 12 -- but even with 230 yards passing, Orton had little trouble against the Jets' defense.
With the win, Orton improved to 4-0 all time in games at Ford Field. After two wins in Detroit as a member of the Chicago Bears, he now has added two more victories at the facility in a span of two months.
DETROIT -- Days after their region was paralyzed by a three-day storm that dropped 6 feet of snow, the people of Buffalo needed a reason to smile.
Enter the Buffalo Bills, who delivered a laugher of a win over the New York Jets, 38-3 in Detroit on Monday night.
From Robert Woods' acrobatic catches to the Jets imploding yet again in the face of their AFC East rivals, there was plenty for the decidedly pro-Bills crowd of 56,004 to cheer -- and, yes, even laugh -- about at the Bills' makeshift home of Ford Field.
"We wanted to give the people back in our region a chance to smile a little bit by the way we play," coach Doug Marrone said after the game.
That's exactly what the Bills did, silencing questions about how they'd respond to an abnormal practice week by delivering a start-to-finish thumping of the Jets. There was no rust to knock off and nothing sluggish about the Bills; they just went out there and got the job done.
"The players did a heck of a job coming out tonight and really playing well," Marrone said. "I thought pretty much our guys were ready to go."
Players and coaches wouldn't lie -- they weren't sure how many fans would show for essentially a neutral-site game in a city more than 200 miles from their home turf.
"You don't know what to expect. I know there was a radio station trying to garner up a bunch of [Jets] green-out or something like that," Marrone said. "Obviously, you get concerned about, 'Is there going to be a home-field [advantage]?' and things like that. 'Do you get ready for a silent count?'"
"When I first came out, I was like, 'Aw, man. We'll have to find a way to crank ourselves up,'" receiver Sammy Watkins said.
Yes, the crowd -- filled with jerseys from just about every NFL team -- was sparse during warm-ups. But by kickoff, the entire lower bowl of Ford Field was full. By halftime nearly the entire stadium was packed -- and there was no mistaking which team had the fans' support.
"As soon as I came out and looked to the right and saw all the blue jerseys, I was like, 'Holy cow, baby. Here we go. We got the crowd,'" Marrone said. "That was a little bit of a relief for me in the beginning of the game."
The Detroit Lions went out of their way to make their place feel like home for the Bills, painting Buffalo's logos on the field, playing the Bills' signature "Shout" song after touchdowns and even serving Buffalo wings in the press box.
Bills fans -- sorely in need of a rallying point after a week in which families in the Buffalo area were low on food and, in some cases, without heat -- soaked in every minute of it.
That wasn't lost on tight end Scott Chandler, who celebrated his 19-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter by pretending to shovel snow.
"I broke two shovels this week, so that's the only shovel I got right now," he said. "It was a little bit of a tribute to the people of Buffalo. Just kind of one of those things where you want to do something special for our fans. They did a great job of showing up for us tonight, and for the people back there, they're behind us as well."
As the game progressed and the Bills kept racking up points, the night got even better for Bills fans. They witnessed the Jets continue to stumble through their season, the latest chapter marked by a blocked punt recovered in the end zone for a touchdown, as well as quarterback Michael Vick benched in the second half in favor of Geno Smith.
Bills fans -- who had plenty of reason to jeer Smith after he threw three interceptions and was benched in his last outing against Buffalo -- quickly serenaded him with chants of "Ge-no! Ge-no!" during his first few plays on the field.
The lopsided win over the Jets might not have been on national television, but with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the house, it had all the buzz of a prime-time game.
For the beleaguered Bills and their fans, it was the perfect medicine.
Bills thank Lions: The Lions stepped up to host Monday's game, even going as far to paint the Bills' logos on the Ford Field turf and to set up a temporary locker room at their facility. Marrone thanked them after the game. "I don't think we would have been as prepared if it wasn't how they opened their arms up this week to do everything to help us," he said.
Radio station gets mentioned: The crowd at Monday's game was decidedly pro-Bills, despite representation from fans of just about every other NFL team. Earlier in the week, a Detroit radio station tried to rally fans to root for the Jets (and against former Lions coach Jim Schwartz), something Eric Wood heard about. "A little insensitive, given the circumstances," Wood said. "But I don't want to make too big a deal about it. I don't know how much of the city they truly represent."
Unprompted, Marrone also brought up the radio station's campaign. "I know there was a radio station trying to garner up a bunch of green out or something like that. We had heard that," he explained. "Obviously you get concerned about, 'Is there going to be a home field?' and things like that. 'Do you get ready for a silent count?' All of the sudden, as soon as I came out and looked to the right and saw all the blue jerseys, I was like, 'Holy cow, baby. Here we go. We got the crowd.' That was a little bit of a relief for me in the beginning of the game."
DETROIT -- A few thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 38-3 win Monday over the New York Jets at Ford Field:
What it means: For both the team and the city, the Bills needed this win and they went out and got it. On a night when just about everything went wrong for the Jets, the Bills were able to capitalize on all of their opportunities and run away with their second blowout win over their division opponent this season. It was easily the Bills' most impressive win of the season, even before you consider the circumstances for the organization last week. Quality performance.
Special atmosphere: This was a unique, fun night for Bills fans and the NFL. With a full allotment of free tickets distributed, nearly the entire stadium was full. The official attendance at Ford Field -- which holds 65,000 -- was announced as 56,004. The crowd was decidedly pro-Bills, although we spotted jerseys for at least 29 different NFL teams in the stands. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also attended.
Stock watch: Quarterback Kyle Orton, up. We've put the veteran in the "down" category the past two weeks, so it's only right that he gets credit here. Orton bounced back in a big way from his recent shaky outings, completing 24 of 32 passes for 230 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Both of those touchdown throws were in the red zone, part of an overall 3-for-3 showing for the Bills inside the 20-yard line, a big improvement for the NFL's worst red zone offense entering the weekend.
Game ball: Wide receiver Robert Woods. Who needs Sammy Watkins? The Bills' No. 2 receiver set career highs with nine catches for 118 yards, stealing the spotlight from Watkins, who finished with three catches for 35 yards. But it wasn't just the statistical production from Woods that earns him this game ball, it was also a pair of acrobatic catches: one for a touchdown in the first quarter, and another for a 27-yard gain in the second quarter where Woods caught the ball with one hand and pinned it against his helmet. It was David Tyree-esque.
Another sack party: The Bills' defense line cannot be stopped. Already leading the NFL in sacks (39) entering the game, the Bills added another seven. It's the fifth time this season the Bills have notched five or more sacks in a game. Mario Williams tallied two of them.
What's next: On a short week, the Bills will return home and prepare for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. After some questions about whether the Bills could clear Ralph Wilson Stadium in time, that game will be played on the Bills' home field, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Here is what to watch for from the Bills' side:
1. Back to football: It's been 11 days since the Bills last played, so all eyes will be on how they respond after the time off. Given the circumstances, it wouldn't be surprising if the Bills come out of the gate sluggish. But for a team that's essentially in a must-win situation for the rest of the season, they will have to shake off any rust quickly. As team president Russ Brandon said Saturday, "No one feels sorry for us." That's also the message head coach Doug Marrone delivered to his team. Once the clock starts Monday night, the Bills will need to perform.
2. Jackson expected to play: The Bills listed running back Fred Jackson on their injury report as "questionable" as he continues to recover from a groin injury, but Marrone said Saturday he plans on Jackson playing. As of Monday morning, that is still the plan; Jackson hasn't had any setbacks. He'll give a boost to a running game that has struggled over the past two months of the season. The Bills rank 30th in the NFL with a 3.41 yards-per-carry average since Week 5.
3. Ending the touchdown drought: The biggest factor in the Bills' back-to-back losses in their last two games has been their inability to score touchdowns. Their drought now stands at 21 consecutive possessions, or 114 minutes and 51 seconds of game action, without a touchdown. Even if the Bills can't get anything going with their ground game against a stout Jets defensive line, New York's secondary is a much different story. With two first-round picks, one second-round pick and one third-round pick invested in Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin, there aren't many excuses for the Bills not to have a field day against the Jets' bottom-tier group of cornerbacks.
4. Another quick turnaround: For the second time in three weeks the Bills will need to prepare for another opponent on a short week. Yet unlike after the Bills' home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs (before they traveled to Miami on a Wednesday), the Bills are on the road and don't have 100 percent clarity on where they will play next weekend. The NFL has yet to make a final decision on whether Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns will be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium, adding another curveball for the Bills as they pack up and head home from Detroit.
Jackson was listed as questionable on the Bills' injury report, released Friday. He practiced both Friday and Saturday.
"We're planning on him to be ready to go," Marrone said Saturday evening. "Just take the injury and that's how we have to list it to protect ourselves."
Defensive end Jarius Wynn, who has already been declared out for Monday's game with a knee injury, was the only player not spotted.
Running back Fred Jackson (groin), who is listed as questionable, practiced.
Here are some scenes:
Finally made it to Allen Park, Michigan. Bills back on the Lions' practice field in an hour. pic.twitter.com/2mZVHCxbet— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 22, 2014
...and the Bills are back at practice tonight. pic.twitter.com/x565aW6om8— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 22, 2014
Bills DC Jim Schwartz (standing w/ Doug Marrone) back on his old stomping grounds this weekend. pic.twitter.com/R1pFkLx0e8— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 22, 2014
Temporary lockers set up for the Bills in the Lions' facility. Quite the impressive job all around from both teams. pic.twitter.com/MlwPpVW5sJ— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 22, 2014
The team released its injury report for Monday's game in advance of the practice, and running back Fred Jackson (groin) is listed as questionable.
Jackson practiced Friday evening and is expected to be back on the field Saturday.
Here is the full report:
DE Jarius Wynn (knee)
RB Fred Jackson (groin)
CB Ron Brooks (groin)
K Dan Carpenter (right groin)
DE Manny Lawson (ankle)
QB Kyle Orton (toe)
G Kraig Urbik (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (hip)
WR Marquise Goodwin (ankle)
FB Frank Summers (neck)
WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
Getting to the airport will be the biggest challenge.
With most Bills players still snowed in, some can't travel by car to Ralph Wilson Stadium, where buses are ready to bring players to the airport.
Wide receiver Chris Hogan walked to the stadium:
Still snowed in! Walking to the stadium— Chris Hogan (@ChrisHogs) November 21, 2014
With travel bans and heavy snow still blocking parking lots and roads, it's unclear if every player will be able to make the trip. Still, the team is set to practice Friday evening at the Detroit Lions' facility in Allen Park, Michigan.
The extra time before Monday's game could give the team another chance to practice over the weekend but their exact schedule has not been released.
It's Monday night football in Motown.
After several feet of snow were dumped on the Buffalo area this week, the snowed-in Buffalo Bills (5-5) will dig out Friday and shift their operation to Michigan in advance of Monday's rescheduled game against the New York Jets (2-8).
While the Jets are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season, the Bills are desperate for a victory after dropping their past two games. ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak and ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini break it all down:
Rodak: How has this affected the Jets' preparation? What has been their reaction to all of this?
Cimini: This has been a normal week for the Jets. Cynics might say there's no such thing, but you get my drift. They practiced outdoors on Wednesday and Thursday, thinking the game would be at Ralph Wilson Stadium. On Friday, they practiced in the field house, knowing, of course, the game will be indoors at Ford Field. With the extended week, the plan is to have two "Saturday" practices -- one Saturday, one Sunday. A Saturday practice is a light workout, basically a walk-through. Rex Ryan says he wants to keep the players' legs fresh. I don't know why that would be a concern, considering they're coming off the bye week.
I guess the obvious question is, how has the storm affected the Bills' preparation?
Rodak: It's been a week unlike any other for the Bills. Most coaches were able to make it to the facility at some point Monday night or Tuesday, and have slept there since. Players, on the other hand, have been stuck at home. Team president Russ Brandon estimated that 85 percent of players live in the towns south of Buffalo, the area hit hardest by the storm. They've been able to receive film and game plans on their iPads from the coaching staff, but that obviously isn't the same as being at practice and seeing the scout team's looks on the field. Getting to Detroit for some players will be a challenge; wide receiver Chris Hogan tweeted Friday morning that he had to walk to the stadium. However many players the Bills are able to round up, they'll hold a practice Friday evening and perhaps another over the weekend. That will put them on somewhat of a normal schedule heading into Monday night's game.
Does moving this game favor the Jets? Do you anticipate that they'll tweak the game plan?
Cimini: When Chris Johnson found out Detroit was a possible site for the game, he called over to Michael Vick in the locker room, excitedly telling him they could be playing indoors. Makes sense, right? Fast guys want to play on a fast track, especially indoors.
I absolutely believe this works in the Jets' favor. Not only do the Bills lose their home-field advantage, but now they have to defend Vick in a climate-controlled environment. Vick doesn't like bad conditions. I remember one day in training camp, when he had a brutal practice in rainy, windy and unseasonably cool conditions. I'm sure he's thrilled to be going to Ford Field. Yes, they could tweak the game plan. Why not? I would think they'd try to force-feed the ball to Percy Harvin, who has the speed to cause problems for the Bills' defense.
Are the Bills upset the league put this game indoors?
Rodak: I think the Bills are just happy that they're able to play this game, period. Of the three sites that ESPN's Adam Schefter reported were in play Thursday, two of them -- Washington and Pittsburgh -- had natural grass fields. So the feeling here is that the Bills are happy this game is being played on an artificial, indoor surface where field conditions won't be a factor. This is the second time the Bills played in Ford Field this season; the last was a Week 5 win over the Lions. Sammy Watkins caught seven passes for 87 yards in that game, a reflection of how the faster surface could benefit the Bills' passing game.
What's the outlook for the Jets the rest of this season? Was last week's win over the Steelers a fluke or are there encouraging signs that they could turn things around?
Cimini: I'd say it was a mix -- some encouraging signs and some stuff I’d characterize as lucky. Offensively, the Jets are taking baby steps. They’re three games into the Harvin experiment and, while I wouldn’t call him a game-changing player, he has brought balance to the passing game, forcing opponents to respect both sides of the field. Vick, too, has helped. Unlike Geno Smith, Vick isn’t a turnover machine -- two straight games without committing one. He’s a steadying presence, if not a prolific passer. Vick and Harvin are reasons the offense has hope. Defensively, I’m not sure how they managed to slow down Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. I mean, their cornerbacks were Marcus Williams and Phillip Adams and they received an out-of-nowhere, career game from Jaiquawn Jarrett. I don’t think the secondary will be able to sustain it for the remainder of the season; it’s just not good enough.
So, what happened to the Bills' offense?
Rodak: There are unconfirmed reports that it fled to the Caribbean to avoid the impending snow in Buffalo.
The Bills haven't scored a touchdown in 21 consecutive drives, dating back to the first possession of their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9. As Doug Marrone astutely pointed out earlier this week, the Bills' "main problem is scoring." That's broad, obviously, but the offense hasn't been able to do too much right the past two weeks, and to a lesser extent, since the beginning of the season. With Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both injured, the Bills haven't been able to get much going with Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon. That duo combined for zero yards on five carries in the second half of last Thursday's loss. Meanwhile, Kyle Orton's Total QBR is sinking lower and lower. His 38.7 QBR is ahead of only one quarterback who still has his starting job, and that's Blake Bortles (25.6).