2012 Buffalo Bills season

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2012 Buffalo Bills season
Head coach Chan Gailey
General manager Buddy Nix
Owner Ralph Wilson
Home field Ralph Wilson Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 4th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers

C. J. Spiller, RB

Kyle Williams, DT

Jairus Byrd, S
Timeline
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The 2012 Buffalo Bills season was the franchise's 43rd season in the National Football league, the 53rd overall and the third under head coach Chan Gailey. The team had hoped to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999, but failed and continue to own the NFL's longest playoff drought.

2012 was the final year on the Bills' current lease with Ralph Wilson Stadium as well as the final year on the current Bills Toronto Series agreement. The league has approved an additional five-year extension of the Toronto series, extending through 2017, on the condition that the Bills and Rogers Communications come to an agreement extending the series,[1] a condition that both sides have indicated willingness to do. The Bills and the league are demanding significant and expensive renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium as a condition of renewing the stadium lease.[2] The Buffalo News reported renovations could top 200 million dollars.[3] The Bills and Erie County (the owners of Ralph Wilson Stadium) missed the deadline for a long-term agreement in September 2012.[4] However, on December 21, the Bills agreed with Erie County to a 10-year lease on Ralph Wilson Stadium, extending it through for at least another 7 years.[5]

Personnel changes[edit]

On January 2, 2012, one day after the conclusion of the season, George Edwards was fired from his position as defensive coordinator. Edwards had been the defensive coordinator for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Former NFL and college head coach Dave Wannstedt was promoted to defensive coordinator. (Bills head coach Chan Gailey had been the offensive coordinator under Wannstedt in 2000 and 2001, when Wannstedt was Miami's head coach.)

Roster changes[edit]

Buffalo's defensive linemen at training camp in August 2012

In his annual season-ending press conference, general manager Buddy Nix laid out his priorities for the offseason. Nix stated that the team was eager to re-sign wide receiver Stevie Johnson, kicker Rian Lindell and offensive tackle Demetrius Bell. Johnson and Lindell were successfully re-signed; Bell was signed by Philadelphia. He also stated that he wanted to re-sign running back Fred Jackson and have him retire as a Bill.[6] Jackson whose contract ran through the end of the 2012 season was having a career season before a mid season 2011 injury. Johnson renewed his contract with the Bills for five years and $36.2 million on March 5, 2012.[7]

On March 15, 2012, the Bills made the biggest free agent acquisition in team history, signing all-pro defensive end Mario Williams to a contract worth $100 million over six years, with $50 million guaranteed, the largest contract for a defensive player in NFL history.[8] The recruiting of Williams took place over three days, starting with general manager Buddy Nix and defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt escorting Williams to Buffalo in a private jet. Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was also part of the recruiting.

On March 21, 2012 Mark Anderson, who had 12.5 sacks with the Patriots over the 2011 regular season and playoffs, has signed a four-year deal with Buffalo.[9] With announced plans to switch to the 4–3 defense the Bills could field Mario Williams at left end and Anderson on the opposite side in passing situations. Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus will anchor the middle of the defensive line.

On May 11, 2012 the Bills made yet another high profile signing by signing QB Vince Young to a one-year contract to back up Ryan Fitzpatrick.[10] Young was the 3rd overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He was nonetheless released in the middle of the preseason, with Gailey citing inconsistency as the reason, and replaced by Tarvaris Jackson, whom the Bills acquired in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. Because Jackson was not ready for the start of the regular season, the Bills will go with four quarterbacks on its roster for the first several weeks of the season.

Kickoff specialist John Potter, a rookie, made the 53-man roster. He will specialize in kickoffs to ease pressure on the team's aging kickers, placekicker Rian Lindell and punter Brian Moorman, who handled the duties in the past. (Moorman would be released from the roster three weeks into the regular season.)

2012 Draft[edit]

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 10 Stephon Gilmore Cornerback South Carolina
2 41 Cordy Glenn Guard Georgia
3 69 T. J. Graham Wide receiver NC State
4 105 Nigel Bradham Outside Linebacker Florida State
124[a] Ron Brooks Cornerback LSU
5 144 Zebrie Sanders Tackle Florida State
147[b] Tank Carder Inside Linebacker TCU
6 178 Mark Asper Guard Oregon
7 251[c] John Potter Kicker Western Michigan
Notes
^[a] The team acquired an additional fourth-round selection (#124 overall) in a trade that sent wide receiver Lee Evans to the Baltimore Ravens.
^[b] The team acquired an additional fifth-round selection (#147 overall) as part of a trade that sent running back Marshawn Lynch to the Seattle Seahawks.
^[c] Compensatory selection.

Undrafted free agents[edit]

Stanford safety Delano Howell, Missouri State running back Chris Douglas, Virginia Tech cornerback Cris Hill, Colorado State offensive lineman Paul Madsen, Florida State punter Shawn Powell, Texas offensive lineman David Snow, Penn State safety Nick Sukay, Mercyhurst safety/long snapper Ian Wild, Texas A&M linebacker Garrick Williams and Richmond quarterback Aaron Corp.[11] Corp was later released.

Broadcast changes[edit]

On January 4, 2012 it was announced that Bills radio broadcasts would be changing from Cumulus Media to Entercom. Cumulus broadcast games on 103.3 WEDG and 96.9 WGRF from 1999 to 2011. Entercom will broadcast games in Buffalo on 550 AM WGR and 96.5 WCMF and 950 AM WROC in Rochester.[12]

On June 12, WGR and the Bills announced the creation of a show that will air year round, Monday through Friday, starting July 26, 2012 hosted by John Murphy.[13]

The lone Thursday Night Football broadcast during the 2012 season was shown on WBBZ-TV. Bills cable games had, for the past several years, been carried on WKBW-TV; WKBW is still slated to carry the Bills' preseason games.

Staff[edit]

2012 Buffalo Bills staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2012 Buffalo Bills final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 15 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Bills' preseason opponents and schedule will be announced in the spring. As in previous years, the final preseason game is expected to be against the Detroit Lions.

One of the Bills' two preseason home games was to be held in Toronto as part of the Bills Toronto Series, but because of schedule conflicts between the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Argonauts, who held home games in all four weeks of the NFL preseason, there were no dates available at the stadium, and the game was moved back to Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Week Date Kickoff (EDT) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 9 7:00 p.m. Washington Redskins L 6–7 0–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
2 August 17 8:00 p.m. at Minnesota Vikings L 14–36 0–2 Mall of America Field Recap
3 August 25 7:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers L 7–38 0–3 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
4 August 30 7:00 p.m. at Detroit Lions L 32–38 0–4 Ford Field Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 9 1:00 p.m. at New York Jets L 28–48 0–1 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
2 September 16 1:00 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs W 35–17 1–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 23 1:00 p.m. at Cleveland Browns W 24–14 2–1 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
4 September 30 1:00 p.m. New England Patriots L 28–52 2–2 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 7 4:25 p.m. at San Francisco 49ers L 3–45 2–3 Candlestick Park CBS Recap
6 October 14 4:05 p.m. at Arizona Cardinals W 19–16 (OT) 3–3 University of Phoenix Stadium CBS Recap
7 October 21 1:00 p.m. Tennessee Titans L 34–35 3–4 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
8 Bye
9 November 4 1:00 p.m. at Houston Texans L 9–21 3–5 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
10 November 11 1:00 p.m. at New England Patriots L 31–37 3–6 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
11 November 15 8:20 p.m. Miami Dolphins W 19–14 4–6 Ralph Wilson Stadium NFLN[a] Recap
12 November 25 1:00 p.m. at Indianapolis Colts L 13–20 4–7 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
13 December 2 1:00 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars W 34–18 5–7 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
14 December 9 1:00 p.m. St. Louis Rams L 12–15 5–8 Ralph Wilson Stadium Fox Recap
15 December 16 4:05 p.m. Seattle Seahawks L 17–50 5–9 Rogers Centre (Toronto) Fox Recap
16 December 23 1:00 p.m. at Miami Dolphins L 10–24 5–10 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
17 December 30 1:00 p.m. New York Jets W 28–9 6–10 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
LEGEND
Bold indicates division opponents.
^[a] Simulcast locally on WBBZ-TV.
 #  Indicates the game was part of the Bills Toronto Series.
     Indicates that the game was blacked out locally due to low ticket sales.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at New York Jets[edit]

Week One: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 7 7 14 28
Jets 7 20 14 7 48

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: September 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 74 °F (23 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 79,088
  • Referee: Robert Frazer
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • Stephen Hill 33-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick) Jets 14–0, Drive: 5 plays, 52 yards, 2:31.
  • Jeremy Kerley 68-yard punt return Jets 21–0
  • CJ Spiller 56-yard run (Rian Lindell kick), Jets 21–7, Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 3:34.
  • Nick Folk 25-yard field goal, Jets 24–7, Drive: 15 plays, 73 yards, 7:09.
  • Nick Folk 39-yard field goal, Jets 27–7, Drive: 7 plays, 32 yards, 1:24.
Third quarter
  • Antonio Cromartie 40-yard interception return (Nick Folk kick), Jets 34–7
  • Stephen Hill 33-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick) Jets 41–7, Drive: 4 plays, 48 yards, 2:10.
  • Scott Chandler 5-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), Jets 41–14, Drive: 9 plays, 77 yards, 5:12.
Fourth quarter
  • Donald Jones 6-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), Jets 41–21, Drive: 13 plays, 96 yards, 6:14.
  • Steve Johnson 29-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), Jets 41–28, Drive: 5 plays, 41 yards, 0:54.
  • Shonn Greene 1-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Jets 48–28, Drive: 8 plays, 49 yards, 4:41.
Top passers
  • BUF –Ryan Fitzpatrick , 18/32, 195 Yds, 3 TD, 3 INT
  • NYJ –Mark Sanchez , 19/27, 266 Yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
  • BUF –C.J. Spiller , 14 Car, 169 Yds, 1 TD
  • NYJ –Shonn Greene , 27 Car, 94 Yds, 1 TD
Top receiverss
  • BUF –Steve Johnson , 4 Rec, 55 Yds, 1 TD
  • NYJ –Stephen Hill , 5 Rec, 89 Yds, 2 TD
Top tacklers

Week 2: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Two: Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 0 3 14 17
Bills 7 14 14 0 35

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: September 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 66 °F (19 °C), mostly sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,402
  • Referee: Robert Dalton
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Steve Beuerlein
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • C.J. Spiller 5-yard run (Rian Lindell kick) Bills 14–0, Drive: 7 plays, 67 yards, 2:55.
  • Scott Chandler 10-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick) Bills 21–0, Drive: 6 plays, 43 yards, 3:29.
Third quarter
  • Ryan Succop 33-yard field goal Bills 21–3, Drive: 7 plays, 23 yards, 3:33.
  • Steve Johnson 49-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), Bills 28–3, Drive: 4 plays, 90 yards, 1:57.
  • Leodis McKelvin 88-yard punt return (Rian Lindell kick), Bills 35–3
Fourth quarter
  • Dwayne Bowe 33-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop kick), Bills 35–10, Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:13.
  • Dwayne Bowe 2-yard pass from Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop kick), Bills 35–17, Drive: 9 plays, 83 yards, 2:51.
Top passers
  • KC –Matt Cassel , 23–42, 301 Yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
  • BUF –Ryan Fitzpatrick , 10–19, 178 Yds, 2 TD
Top rushers
  • KC –Peyton Hillis, 11 Car, 66 Yds, 0 TD
  • BUF –C.J. Spiller , 15 Car, 123 Yds, 2 TD
Top receivers
  • KC –Dwayne Bowe , 8 Rec, 102 Yds, 2 TD
  • BUF –Steve Johnson , 2 Rec, 56 Yds, 1 TD
Top tacklers

Week 3: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Three: Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 14 0 3 7 24
Browns 0 7 7 0 14

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: September 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 69,353
  • Referee: David Scott
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Steve Beuerlein
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • Rian Lindell 37-yard field goal, Bills 17–7, Drive: 9 plays, 39 yards, 4:22.
  • Travis Benjamin 22-yard pass from Brandon Weeden (Phil Dawson kick), Bills 17–14, Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 4:38.
Fourth quarter
  • Steve Johnson 9-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), Bills 24–14, Drive: 10 plays, 68 yards, 5:27.
Top passers
  • BUF –Ryan Fitzpatrick , 22–35, 208 Yds, 3 TD
  • CLE –Brandon Weeden , 27–43, 237 Yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Top rushers
  • BUF –Tashard Choice, 20 Car, 91 Yds, 0 TD
  • CLE –Trent Richardson , 12 Car, 27 Yds, 1 TD
Top receivers
  • BUF –Steve Johnson , 7 Rec, 61 Yds, 1 TD
  • CLE –Jordan Cameron, 5 Rec, 45 Yds, 0 TD
Top tacklers

Week 4: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Four: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 0 14 31 52
Bills 0 14 7 7 28

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: September 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 52 °F (11 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 70,684
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • Scott Chandler 24-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), TIE 7–7, Drive: 1 play, 24 yards, 0:08.
  • Scott Chandler 20-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), Bills 14–7, Drive: 5 plays, 68 yards, 2:12.
Third quarter
  • Donald Jones 68-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), Bills 21–7, Drive: 5 plays, 88 yards, 2:37.
  • Danny Woodhead 17-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), Bills 21–14, Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 2:58.
  • Tom Brady 4-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), TIE 21–21, Drive: 8 plays, 78 yards, 3:19.
Fourth quarter
  • Rob Gronkowski 28-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), Patriots 28–21, Drive: 5 plays, 63 yards, 2:01.
  • Stevan Ridley 2-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), Patriots 35–21, Drive: 6 plays, 42 yard, 1:44.
  • Brandon Bolden 7-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), Patriots 42–21, Drive: 2 plays, 12 yards, 0:50.
  • Brad Smith 35-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), Patriots 42–28, Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 3:57.
  • Brandon Lloyd 25-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), Patriots 49–28, Drive: 6 plays, 48 yards, 2:30.
  • Stephen Gostkowski 30-yard field goal, Patriots 52–28, Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 1:58.
Top passers
  • NE –Tom Brady , 22–36, 340 Yds, 3 TD
  • BUF –Ryan Fitzpatrick , 22–39, 350 Yds, 4 TD, 4 INT
Top rushers
  • NE –Brandon Bolden , 16 Car, 137 Yds, 1 TD
  • BUF –C.J. Spiller, 8 Car, 33 Yds, 0 TD
Top receivers
  • NE –Wes Welker, 9 Rec, 129 Yds, 0 TD
  • BUF –Donald Jones , 2 Rec, 90 Yds, 1 TD
Top tacklers

Week 5: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Five: Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 3 0 0 3
49ers 3 14 7 21 45

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
  • David Akers 19-yard field goal, 49ers 3–0, Drive: 6 plays, 79 yards, 3:17.
Second quarter
  • Rian Lindell 31-yard field goal, TIE 3–3, Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 5:44.
  • Kyle Williams 43-yard pass from Alex Smith (David Akers kick), 49ers 10–3, Drive: 2 plays, 79 yards, 0:52.
  • Michael Crabtree 28-yard pass from Alex Smith (David Akers kick), 49ers 17–3, Drive: 1 play, 28 yards, 0:05.
Third quarter
  • Frank Gore 1-yard run (David Akers kick), 49ers 24–3, Drive: 5 plays, 81 yards, 2:44.
Fourth quarter
  • Mario Manningham 10-yard pass from Alex Smith (David Akers kick), 49ers 31–3, Drive: 13 plays, 89 yards, 7:48.
  • Colin Kaepernick 16-yard run (David Akers kick), 49ers 38–3, Drive: 7 plays, 62 yards, 3:05.
  • Anthony Dixon 3-yard run (David Akers kick), 49ers 45–3, Drive: 11 plays, 69 yards, 6:29.
Top passers
  • BUF –Ryan Fitzpatrick, 16–26, 126 Yds, 0 TD, 1 INT
  • SF –Alex Smith , 18–24, 303 Yds, 3 TD, 0 INT
Top rushers
  • BUF –Brad Smith, 1 Car, 35 Yds, 0 TD
  • SF –Frank Gore , 14 Car, 106 Yds, 1 TD
Top receivers
  • BUF –Scott Chandler, 4 Rec, 40 Yds, 0 TD
  • SF –Michael Crabtree , 6 Rec, 113 Yds, 1 TD
Top tacklers

Week 6: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Six: Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Bills 9 0 7 0 3 19
Cardinals 3 7 3 3 0 16

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: October 14
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EDT/1:05 p.m. Arizona time
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 60,385
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • Larry Fitzgerald 9-yard pass from Kevin Kolb (Jay Feely kick), Cardinals 10–9, Drive: 10 plays, 67 yards, 5:38.
Third quarter
  • Jay Feely 49-yard field goal, Cardinals 13–9, Drive: 12 plays, 53 yards, 6:18.
  • Fred Jackson 1-yard run (Rian Lindell kick), Bills 16–13, Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:35.
Fourth quarter
  • Jay Feely 61-yard field goal, TIE 16–16, Drive: 10 plays, 52 yards, 1:58.
Overtime
  • Rian Lindell 25-yard field goal, Bills 19–16, Drive: 2 plays, −1 yards, 0:45.
Top passers
Top rushers
  • BUF –C.J. Spiller , 12 Car, 88 Yds, 1 TD
  • ARI –William Powell, 13 Car, 70 Yds, 0 TD
Top receivers
  • BUF –Steve Johnson, 6 Rec, 82 Yds, 0 TD
  • ARI –Larry Fitzgerald , 6 Rec, 93 Yds, 1 TD
Top tacklers

Week 7: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Seven: Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 14 7 7 7 35
Bills 14 6 14 0 34

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: October 21
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 55 °F (13 °C), mostly sunny
  • Game attendance: 68,836
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • Jamie Harper 1-yard run (Rob Bironas kick), Titans 21–14, Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 7:13.
  • Rian Lindell 31-yard field goal, Titans 21–17, Drive: 10 plays, 68 yards, 6:22.
  • Rian Lindell 42-yard field goal, Titans 21–20, Drive: 10 plays, 53 yards, 1:47.
Third quarter
  • Jamie Harper 1-yard run (Rob Bironas kick), Titans 28–20, Drive: 8 plays, 32 yards, 2:58.
  • Donald Jones 15-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), Titans 28–27, Drive: 7 plays, 66 yards, 3:53.
  • Steve Johnson 27-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), Bills 34–27, Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:36.
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • TEN –Matt Hasselbeck , 22–33, 205 Yds, 1 TD
  • BUF –Ryan Fitzpatrick , 27–35, 225 Yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
  • TEN –Chris Johnson , 18 Car, 195 Yds, 2 TD
  • BUF –Fred Jackson , 9 Car, 71 Yds, 0 TD
Top receivers
  • TEN –Nate Washington , 6 Rec, 43 Yds, 1 TD
  • BUF –Steve Johnson , 5 Rec, 71 Yds, 1 TD
Top tacklers

Week 9: at Houston Texans[edit]

Week Nine: Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 6 3 0 9
Texans 7 0 7 7 21

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: November 4
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,698
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • Rian Lindell 22-yard field goal, Texans 7–3, Drive: 10 plays, 65 yards, 4:40.
  • Rian Lindell 38-yard field goal, Texans 7–6, Drive: 6 plays, 47 yards, 0:47.
Third quarter
  • Arian Foster 3-yard run (Shayne Graham kick), Texans 14–6, Drive: 5 plays, 43 yards, 2:16.
  • Rian Lindell 39-yard field goal, Texans 14–9, Drive: 8 plays, 56 yards, 4:30.
Fourth quarter
  • Garrett Graham 5-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Shayne Graham kick), Texans 21–9, Drive: 11 plays, 68 yards, 6:30.
Top passers
  • BUF –Ryan Fitzpatrick, 25–38, 239 Yds, 0 TD
  • HOU –Matt Schaub , 19–27, 268 Yds, 2 TD
Top rushers
  • BUF –C.J. Spiller, 6 Car, 39 Yds, 0 TD
  • HOU –Arian Foster , 24 Car, 111 Yds, 1 TD
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 10: at New England Patriots[edit]

Week Ten: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 17 7 7 31
Patriots 10 14 7 6 37

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: November 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
  • Stephen Gostkowski 43-yard field goal, Patriots 3–0, Drive: 13 plays, 48 yards, 4:27.
  • Stevan Ridley 1-yard run (Stepen Gostkowski kick), Patriots 10–0, Drive: 3 plays, 13 yards, 1:30.
Second quarter
  • Rian Lindell 41-yard field goal, Patriots 10–3, Drive: 11 plays, 57 yards, 6:47.
  • Danny Woodhead 15-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), Patriots 17–3, Drive: 8 plays, 83 yards, 2:58.
  • Fred Jackson 14-yard run (Rian Lindell kick), Patriots 17–10, Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:06.
  • Rob Gronkowski 2-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), Patriots 24–10, Drive: 6 plays, 82 yards, 2:09.
  • Scott Chandler 3-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), Patriots 24–17, Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 3:23.
Third quarter
  • Danny Woodhead 18-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), Patriots 31–17, Drive: 4 plays, 39 yards, 1:38.
  • Fred Jackson 1-yard run (Rian Lindell kick), Patriots 31–24, Drive: 11 plays, 84 yards, 5:29.
Fourth quarter
  • Stephen Gostkowski 48-yard field goal, Patriots 34–24, Drive: 7 plays, 50 yards, 2:27.
  • Donald Jones 2-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), Patriots 34–31, Drive: 5 plays, 45 yards, 1:29.
  • Stephen Gostkowski 27-yard field goal, Patriots 37–31, Drive: 14 plays, 59 yards, 5:41.
Top passers
  • BUF –Ryan Fitzpatrick , 27/40, 337 Yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
  • NE –Tom Brady , 23/38, 237 Yds, 2 TD
Top rushers
  • BUF –Fred Jackson , 16 Car, 80 Yds, 2 TD
  • NE –Stevan Ridley , 22 Car, 98 Yds, 1 TD
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the loss, the Bills dropped to 3–6 and 0–11 against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Week 11: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Eleven: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 7 0 0 7 14
Bills 13 6 0 0 19

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –

By beating the Dolphins on a Thursday Night Football showdown, Buffalo improved to 4–6 and snapped an 8-game losing skid against division rivals.

Week 12: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week Twelve: Buffalo Bills at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 3 3 0 7 13
Colts 7 6 7 0 20

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 64,366
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BUF –
  • IND –
Top rushers
  • BUF –
  • IND –
Top receivers
  • BUF –
  • IND –
Top tacklers
  • BUF –
  • IND –

Week 13: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Thirteen: Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 10 0 8 18
Bills 7 10 10 7 34

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 52 °F (11 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 53,971
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Steve Beuerlein (blacked out locally)
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • JAC –
  • BUF –
Top rushers
  • JAC –
  • BUF –
Top receivers
  • JAC –
  • BUF –
Top tacklers
  • JAC –
  • BUF –

Week 14: vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Fourteen: St. Louis Rams at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 0 7 8 15
Bills 3 3 6 0 12

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • BUF –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • BUF –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • BUF –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • BUF –

Week 15: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Bills Toronto Series

Week Fifteen: Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 14 17 16 3 50
Bills 7 10 0 0 17

at Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 40,770
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SEA –
  • BUF –
Top rushers
  • SEA –
  • BUF –
Top receivers
  • SEA –
  • BUF –
Top tacklers
  • SEA –
  • BUF –

With the loss, the Bills fall to 5–9 and are officially eliminated from postseason contention.

Week 16: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Sixteen: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 3 0 7 10
Dolphins 7 7 10 0 24

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 73 °F (23 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 54,462
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Don Criqui and Randy Cross
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –

Week 17: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Seventeen: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 3 6 0 0 9
Bills 7 7 0 14 28

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 28 °F (−2 °C), mostly sunny
  • Game attendance: 54,533
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon (blacked out locally)
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
New England Patriots(2) 12 4 0 .750 6–0 11–1 557 331 W2
Miami Dolphins 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 288 317 L1
New York Jets 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 281 375 L3
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 344 435 W1

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Ryan Fitzpatrick 2471 Yards
Passing Touchdowns Ryan Fitzpatrick 20 TDs
Rushing Yards C.J. Spiller 907 Yards
Rushing Touchdowns C.J. Spiller 5 TDs
Receiving Yards Steve Johnson 705 Yards
Receiving Touchdowns Scott Chandler 6 TDs
Points Rian Lindell 83 Points
Kickoff Return Yards Leodis McKelvin 453 Yards
Punt Return Yards Leodis McKelvin 387 Yards
Tackles Nick Barnett 82 Tackles
Sacks Mario Williams 9.5 Sacks
Interceptions Jairus Byrd 5 INTs

stats values are correct through Week 14. '

League rankings[edit]

  • Total Offense (YPG): 346.4 (17th)
  • Passing (YPG): 199 (26th)
  • Rushing (YPG): 147.9 (4th)
  • Total Defense (YPG): 368.5 (24th)
  • Passing (YPG): 229 (13th)
  • Rushing (YPG): 139.2 (30th)

Stats correct through week 14.

References[edit]

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