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Buffalo Bills Put Immense Pressure on Kyle Orton in Must-Win Game Against the Detroit Lions

September 30th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills announced yesterday that Kyle Orton will start in Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, putting a mountain of pressure on the veteran quarterback.

The Bills went 2-2 under EJ Manuel in September, but his instability caused head coach Doug Marrone to make the switch to Orton. Now, Buffalo heads into a must-win game against the Lions and expect Orton to be the answer to their quarterback troubles. The Bills know they need to have a winning record when the New England Patriots come to town in week six, which means they absolutely need to beat the Lions. That is why this move was made in the first place. Marrone believes that Orton gives the Bills the best chance to win right now, and that the team has the ability to make the playoffs.

Absolutely we have a playoff caliber team,” Marrone told Buffalobills.com. “We have to play better than we have been playing the last two weeks. This decision was based on what’s giving us the best opportunity to win.”

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Buffalo Bills Make Statement with EJ Manuel Benching in Favor of Kyle Orton

September 30th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Coming into the season, the Buffalo Bills made it clear that they expected this season to be different than the last 14 years.

They proved that with the bold decision to start Kyle Orton over struggling sophomore quarterback EJ Manuel this Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Manuel has struggled most of the first four weeks of the season, though the team won its first two games. The Bills have not been productive in the redzone in particular, and the last two games have been difficult to watch. Manuel, however, didn't get much support from his offensive line or his receivers in those games, as he was constantly under pressure and first down passes were being dropped. That being said, the Bills still felt they needed to make a change, and it could be for the better.

Manuel struggled with his decision making, especially when he had receivers that were clearly open. He elected not to hit Scott Chandler on an easy throw that would have given the Bills a first down, and both of his interceptions on Sunday against the Houston Texans were poor decisions, one of which sealed the game for Houston.

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Buffalo Bills Remain Tied for First Place in AFC East Despite Early Turmoil

September 29th, 2014 at 11:39 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills have lost their last two games and announced a change in quarterback, but they remain tied for first in the AFC East after the Kansas City Chiefs blew out the New England Patriots.

The Bills technically hold the tie-breaker over the Miami Dolphins because of the head-to-head win, and the Patriots because of the better division record.

The Patriots are in panic mode at the moment. The team cannot protect Tom Brady and the defense couldn't tackle an infant. The Dolphins, despite having an impressive week one win over New England, does not look like a very good team. Their other win came Sunday against the Oakland Raider, who may be one of the worst teams in the NFL and Ryan Tannehill doesn't appear to be the answer for them at quarterback. The 1-3 New York Jets are still playing with Geno Smith at quarterback, so they remain irrelevant.

After two tough losses, the Bills are still in the best position possible. Buffalo will start Kyle Orton against the Detroit Lions in a game that is considered another early must-win. Miami has a bye in week five and the Patriots will play a tough Cincinnati Bengals team that remains the only undefeated team in the AFC. If Buffalo can pull off a win against the Lions, they could potentially sit alone in first place.

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Buffalo Bills Near the Top in All the Wrong Categories

September 29th, 2014 at 7:00 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

The Buffalo Bills have completed a quarter of their 2014 season, and are presently near the top of several dubious categories, which is evident in the 2-2 record they currently sport.

While the Bills have won a game against an opponent nobody thought they should defeat in the Chicago Bears, they also lost to Houston Texans and former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Houston does have all-pro defensive end JJ Watt, who scored one of the two Houston touchdowns on Sunday.

A team with Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't usually perceived as a threat to win a game, barring a otherworldly performance by ancillary players. The quarterback is always the most important player on a football team. He is the one to guide a team to the penthouse or the outhouse. Fitzpatrick proved on Sunday that a team doesn't always need a superstar to win a game in the NFL. What they do need is adequate to average play to at least have a chance to emerge victorious.

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Kyle Orton to Start at Quarterback for Buffalo Bills on Sunday Against the Detroit Lions

September 29th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

After a 2-0 start followed by a two game losing streak, the Buffalo Bills are making a change at quarterback. Starting quarterback EJ Manuel is being benched in favor of Kyle Orton, who will start on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Manuel, who played poorly on Sunday in a 23-17 loss at the Houston Texans. Manuel went 21/44 for 225 yards with two touchdown passes and two interceptions. The team is under pressure to win after being purchased by new owner Terry Pegula.

Orton was signed late in the preseason to a two-year, $11 million contract with the Bills in August. Orton, 31, was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth-round(106th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. The ten-year veteran has also played for the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, and Dallas Cowboys.

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