Broncos Best Bills 24-17

The Buffalo Bills defense did their job on Sunday. Unfortunately, the offense once again fell short. The Denver Broncos defeated the Bills 24-17 behind three C.J. Anderson touchdowns.

The Buffalo Bills prevented Peyton Manning from throwing a touchdown pass for the first time since November 14, 2010. The future Hall of Famer was held to 173 yards passing and threw two interceptions.

C.J. Anderson was held to 58 yards rushing and Wes Welker led the Broncos in receiving with 82 yards. 

So the Denver Broncos lost, right?!

Wrong. 

The Broncos defeated the Bills 24-17 on Sunday as the Bills couldn't come back from a 24-3 deficit. 

Anderson scored all three Broncos touchdowns. The rushes came from six, one and three yards out. The first two touchdown drives by the Broncos were extended by questionable penalties. The first was a defensive holding call on Nickell Robey. Replays showed minimal contact. On Denver's second touchdown drive, Stephon Gilmore timed a hit on Emmanuel Sanders perfectly and was flagged. Jerry Hughes was penalized for a personal foul after the call for arguing with the referees. The replay of the hit on Sanders showed that Gilmore hit Sanders with his shoulder right as the pass came in. What made the penalties even harder to deal with was the fact that both penalties came on third down.

Overall, Buffalo's defense was terrific on Sunday. The Bills lost the field position battle badly in the first half and giving the Broncos a short field was too much to overcome.

Offensively, Buffalo only had a 44-yard Dan Carpenter field goal to show for their efforts in the first half. It wasn't until early in the 4th quarter that the Bills scored a touchdown. Chris Hogan's 14 yard touchdown reception came one play after a Scott Chandler touchdown was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty. Buffalo should have been aggressive at this point, but that wasn't the case. With 5:33 remaining in the game, the Bills punted on a 4th and 2 from their 16 rather than go for it. It was a poor decision by Doug Marrone.

Buffalo's last touchdown, a Kyle Orton 1-yard run, came with 55 seconds remaining. Buffalo was unable to recover an onside kick after the score. 

Orton finished the game 38-of-57 with 355 yards passing, a touchdown and two interceptions. Sammy Watkins led all receivers with 127 yards on seven receptions. 

Buffalo's final offensive stats like good on paper, but it was another case of too little, too late. Next week, the Bills play the Green Bay Packers. Buffalo will need to play inspired football in their final home game at the Ralph to stay in the Wild Card hunt.


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