Dec 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of Sports Authority Field at Mile High in the fourth quarter of the game between the Denver Broncos and the Buffalo Bills. The Broncos defeated the Bills 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
The Buffalo Bills limited the Broncos offense to only 24 points. This was one of the keys that everyone was talking about for the Bills to be successful. Limit Peyton Manning and the Broncos weapons to under 30 points and there would be a chance. There was. The Buffalo Bills offense was also limited by a top 10 Denver defense to only 17 points.
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The Buffalo Bills played an OK game on defense. They were able to stop the run at times but other times let up huge amounts of yards at one time. They were not able to get to Peyton Manning in any form, but played good defense against the pass for the most part and was able to get a couple of interceptions against Peyton, which had great returns but were called back on penalties.
I usually only look at the offense, defense, and coaching, but this game adds another leveled dimension into the mix that the Bills had to overcome. The referees. The refs called a less than perfect game, to be nice. There were a number of calls that were questionable at best and then even the refs congratulating each other as well as some of the Broncos players after plays, was definitely questionable. Most of it will get swept under the rug, because you can have one of the best teams in the league lose to a 7-5 team struggling to make the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.
The Bills offense and the play calling was definitely questionable. We saw the true colors of Kyle Orton and his limitations that he brings to the game. Shall I say Statuesque; at least minimally. He has a great arm and brings in veteran leadership and I think you bring him back next year to compete with EJ Manuel, but the lack of mobility is a big concern in this days game, especially with the type of offensive line that we have.
The Bills will now have a decision to make. If they in out, they still go 10-6 and have a shot at the playoffs, but as always will need help. They did get help this weekend from the Dolphins and Browns, but they didn’t help themselves which is first and foremost.
If they choose that the season is over, why not start Manuel from here on out and see what improvements he has made and where he is at. At least you have a benchmark from last year and the beginning of this year to go off of and he you never know. Even 2 wins out of the last 3 might just be enough to get the Bills where they need to go next year, plus they end the season with a winning record. First time since 2004.