2013 Buffalo Bills season

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2013 Buffalo Bills season
Head coachDoug Marrone
General managerBuddy Nix, Doug Whaley
OwnerRalph Wilson
Home fieldRalph Wilson Stadium
Results
Record6–10
Division place4th AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersMario Williams
Kyle Williams
Jairus Byrd
Marcell Dareus

The 2013 Buffalo Bills season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League and the first under head coach Doug Marrone. It was also the final season under the ownership of Ralph Wilson, who died in March 2014 at the age of 95. The team equaled their record from 2012 and missed the playoffs, increasing their playoff drought to 14 seasons. This was the first year of renewed leases on Ralph Wilson Stadium and for the Bills Toronto Series, both of which were signed in the preceding offseason. The Toronto series was originally set to expire in 2017, but was cancelled in December 2014; the lease on Ralph Wilson Stadium expires in 2022 and will presumably be the last agreement with the aging stadium, as the lease specifies that the process of exploring a new stadium begins during the lease period. The Bills also started the 2013 season with a new starting quarterback, first-round draft pick EJ Manuel, after previous starter Ryan Fitzpatrick refused a pay cut and was subsequently released.

2013 draft[edit]

2013 Buffalo Bills draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 16 EJ Manuel  QB Florida State Pick from STL[a]
2 41 Robert Woods  WR USC
2 46 Kiko Alonso  LB Oregon Pick from STL[a]
3 78 Marquise Goodwin  WR Texas Pick from STL[a]
4 105 Duke Williams  S Nevada
5 143 Jonathan Meeks  S Clemson
6 177 Dustin Hopkins  K Florida State
7 222 Chris Gragg  TE Arkansas Pick from STL[b][a]
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

^[a] The Bills traded their first- (No. 8 overall) and third- (No. 71 overall) round selections to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the Rams' first- (No. 16 overall), second- (No. 46 overall), third- (No. 78 overall) and seventh- (No. 222 overall) round selections.
^[b] The Bills traded their original seventh-round selection (No. 214 overall) to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

Staff[edit]

2013 Buffalo Bills staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Head Strength and Conditioning – Eric Ciano
  • Assistant Head Strength and Conditioning – Hal Luther

Final roster[edit]

2013 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, 7 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 at Indianapolis Colts W 44–20 1–0 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
2 August 16 Minnesota Vikings W 20–16 2–0 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
3 August 24 at Washington Redskins L 7–30 2–1 FedExField Recap
4 August 29 Detroit Lions L 13–35 2–2 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 8 New England Patriots L 21–23 0–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
2 September 15 Carolina Panthers W 24–23 1–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
3 September 22 at New York Jets L 20–27 1–2 MetLife Stadium Recap
4 September 29 Baltimore Ravens W 23–20 2–2 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
5 October 3 at Cleveland Browns L 24–37 2–3 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
6 October 13 Cincinnati Bengals L 24–27 (OT) 2–4 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
7 October 20 at Miami Dolphins W 23–21 3–4 Sun Life Stadium Recap
8 October 27 at New Orleans Saints L 17–35 3–5 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
9 November 3 Kansas City Chiefs L 13–23 3–6 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
10 November 10 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 10–23 3–7 Heinz Field Recap
11 November 17 New York Jets W 37–14 4–7 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
12 Bye
13 December 1 Atlanta Falcons L 31–34 (OT) 4–8 Rogers Centre (Toronto) Recap
14 December 8 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 6–27 4–9 Raymond James Stadium Recap
15 December 15 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 27–20 5–9 EverBank Field Recap
16 December 22 Miami Dolphins W 19–0 6–9 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
17 December 29 at New England Patriots L 20–34 6–10 Gillette Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
 #  Indicates that the game was part of the Bills Toronto Series.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week One: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 10 7 0623
Bills 0 14 7021

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

Stephen Gostkowski would kick a game-winning 35 yard field goal with 5 seconds left to give the Patriots the win.

With the loss, the Bills began the season 0-1.

Week 2: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Two: Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 0 7 7923
Bills 0 3 111024

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

Buffalo would trail for most of this game against the Panthers. But they would get the lead and the win after Stevie Johnson caught a 2-yard touchdown pass EJ Manuel with 2 seconds left. Dan Carpenter would kick the extra point and give the Bills a 24-23 win. According to ESPN's Monday Night kickoff, after the game, the Bills Twitter page posted a tweet saying "Extra Point good, overtime, here we go", to which they were wrong, as Buffalo had won the game.

With the win, Buffalo improved to 1-1.

Week 3: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Three: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 0 6 6820
Jets 7 10 3727

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

With the loss, the Bills fell to 1-2.

Week 4: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Four: Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 0 7 7620
Bills 6 14 3023

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

The Bills defense would intercept Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco 5 times in this game, as Flacco completed only 50% of his passes in the game. Despite the 5 turnovers, the game was still somewhat close, but the Bills would win the game 23-20.

With the win, the Bills improved to 2-2.

Week 5: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Five: Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 10 0 14024
Browns 0 17 71337

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information

EJ Manuel would leave the game for the Bills with a knee injury, and he would be replaced by Jeff Tuel during the game. The Bills would have a 24-17 lead in the third quarter, but the Browns, who also lost quarterback Brian Hoyer, would win the game with Brandon Weeden at the helm. T. J. Ward would return an interception 44 yards to seal the game.

With the loss, the Bills fell to 2-3.

Week 6: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Six: Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Bengals 10 7 70327
Bills 7 3 014024

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

The Bills would trail 24-10 in the fourth quarter, but they would come back to tie the game after Marquise Goodwin caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Thad Lewis and force overtime. In the extra period, the Bills would get the ball first, but would be forced to punt after they went 3 and out. The Bengals would return the punt 39 yards to set them up in field goal range. A couple of plays later, Mike Nugent would kick the game winning 43-yard field goal to end the game.

With the tough loss, the Bills fell to 2-4.

Week 7: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Seven: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 14 3 0623
Dolphins 0 14 7021

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

With the win, the Bills improved to 3-4.

Week 8: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Eight: Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 0 10 0717
Saints 7 14 7735

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: October 27
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 72,405
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

This marks the Bills' only game outside of the Eastern time zone during the 2013 season.

Week 9: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Nine: Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 3 101023
Bills 7 3 3013

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: November 3
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 36 °F (2 °C), overcast
  • Game attendance: 68,159
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Danny Amendola
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

With the loss, the Bills fell to 3-6.

Week 10: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Ten: Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 3 0 0710
Steelers 0 10 7623

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: November 10
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 46 °F (8 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 60,406
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

With the loss, the Bills fell to 3-7.

Week 11: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Eleven: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jets 0 0 01414
Bills 0 20 14337

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: November 17
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 62 °F (17 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,036
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

With the win, the Bills improved to 4-7.

Week 13: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Bills Toronto Series
Week Thirteen: Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Falcons 7 10 77334
Bills 14 3 77031

at Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Date: December 1
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 38,969
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber and Kris Budden
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

With the loss, the Bills fell to 4-8.

Week 14: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Fourteen: Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 3 0 306
Buccaneers 14 10 3027

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information

With the loss, the Bills fell to 4-9.

Week 15: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Fifteen: Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 3 17 0727
Jaguars 3 7 3720

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: December 15
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), 10% chance of rain
  • Game attendance: 60,085
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon and Rich Gannon
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

With the win, the Bills improved to 5–9, but were eliminated from playoff contention with the Miami Dolphins' win over the New England Patriots.

Week 16: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Sixteen: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 0 000
Bills 3 7 0919

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 22
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 41 °F (5 °C), cloudy with mist
  • Game attendance: 54,305
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Steve Beuerlein (blacked out locally)
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

With the win, the Bills improved to 6-9.

Week 17: at New England Patriots[edit]

Week Seventeen: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 3 0 71020
Patriots 6 10 01834

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: December 29
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 39 °F (4 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

With the loss, the Bills ended their season at 6-10.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) New England Patriots 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 444 338 W2
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 290 387 W2
Miami Dolphins 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 317 335 L2
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 339 388 L1

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division winners
1 Denver Broncos West 13 3 0 .813 5–1 9–3 606 399 207 W2
2 New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 444 338 106 W2
3[a] Cincinnati Bengals North 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 430 305 125 W2
4 Indianapolis Colts South 11 5 0 .688 6–0 9–3 391 336 55 W3
Wild cards
5 Kansas City Chiefs West 11 5 0 .688 2–4 7–5 430 305 125 L2
6 San Diego Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–6 396 348 48 W4
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[b][c] Pittsburgh Steelers North 8 8 0 .500 4–2 6–6 379 370 9 W3
8[d] Baltimore Ravens North 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 320 352 -32 L2
9[e] New York Jets East 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 290 387 -97 W2
10 Miami Dolphins East 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 317 335 -18 L2
11 Tennessee Titans South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 362 381 -19 W2
12 Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 339 388 -49 L1
13[f][g] Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 1–5 4–8 322 453 -131 L6
14[h] Jacksonville Jaguars South 4 12 0 .250 3–3 4–8 247 449 -202 L3
15 Cleveland Browns North 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 308 406 -98 L7
16 Houston Texans South 2 14 0 .125 1–5 2–10 276 428 -152 L14
Tiebreakers[i]
  1. ^ Cincinnati defeated Indianapolis head-to-head (Week 14, 42–28).
  2. ^ Pittsburgh finished with a better division record than Baltimore.
  3. ^ Pittsburgh defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 6, 19–6).
  4. ^ Baltimore defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 12, 19–3).
  5. ^ The New York Jets finished with a better division record than Miami.
  6. ^ Oakland and Jacksonville finished with a better conference record than Cleveland.
  7. ^ Oakland defeated Jacksonville head-to-head (Week 2, 19–9).
  8. ^ Jacksonville defeated Cleveland head-to-head (Week 13, 32–28).
  9. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "2013 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 8, 2013.

External links[edit]

Media related to 2013 Buffalo Bills season at Wikimedia Commons