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2016 Buffalo Bills season
Head Coach Rex Ryan (weeks 1–16)
Anthony Lynn (interim, week 17)
General Manager Doug Whaley
Home Field New Era Field
Results
Record 7–9
Place 3rd AFC East
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
Uniform
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The 2016 Buffalo Bills season was the franchise's 57th overall season as a football team, 47th in the National Football League, fourth under leadership of general manager Doug Whaley and second under head coach Rex Ryan. The Bills hoped to improve on their 8–8 record from 2015, the team's first since 2002, but a 34–31 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 16 eliminated the Bills from playoff contention for a 17th season in a row, extending the longest active drought among all four North American major professional sports leagues. It would be Ryan's final season as head coach of the Bills, as he and his twin brother, Rob, were fired with one game remaining in the regular season.[1]

OffseasonEdit

Roster changesEdit

SigningsEdit

Position Player 2015 Team Date signed Notes Source
RB Mike Gillislee Buffalo Bills January 4, 2016 1-year extension/$600,000 [2]
RB James Wilder, Jr. Cincinnati Bengals January 20, 2016 1 year/$525,000 (Reserve/Future) [3]
RB Reggie Bush San Francisco 49ers August 1, 2016 1 year/$3 million [4]
TE Jim Dray Cleveland Browns March 16, 2016 1 year/$760,000 [5]
WR Greg Salas Buffalo Bills January 4, 2016 1-year extension/$600,000 [2]
WR Leonard Hankerson Buffalo Bills April 4, 2016 1 year/$840,000 [6]
WR Kain Colter Minnesota Vikings August 1, 2016 1 year/$450,000 [7]
OG Richie Incognito Buffalo Bills March 8, 2016 3-year extension/$15.75 million [8]
OG Fernando Velasco Carolina Panthers April 7, 2016 1 year/$965,000 [9]
OT Jordan Mills Buffalo Bills March 30, 2016 1 year tender/$1.67 million [10]
OT Chris Martin Miami Dolphins June 13, 2016 1 year/$525,000 [11]
OT Cordy Glenn Buffalo Bills May 3, 2016 5-year extension/$65 million [12]
OT Justin Renfrow San Francisco 49ers June 17, 2016 1 year/$450,000 [13]
DT Corbin Bryant Buffalo Bills March 7, 2016 1 year tender/$1.67 million [14]
DT Casey Walker Dallas Cowboys July 30, 2016 1 year/$525,000 [15]
LB Zach Brown Tennessee Titans April 4, 2016 1 year/$1.25 million [16]
LB Lorenzo Alexander Oakland Raiders April 13, 2016 1 year/$885,000 [17]
CB Mario Butler Buffalo Bills January 4, 2016 1-year extension/$600,000 [2]
CB/KR Javier Arenas New York Jets February 3, 2016 1 year/$600,000 (Reserve/Future) [18]
CB Corey White Arizona Cardinals April 4, 2016 1 year/$840,000 [16]
CB Sterling Moore Tampa Bay Buccaneers April 5, 2016 1 year/$840,000 [19]
SS Robert Blanton Minnesota Vikings March 18, 2016 1 year/$840,000 [20]
SS Colt Anderson Indianapolis Colts April 13, 2016 1 year/$840,000 [17]
P Colton Schmidt Buffalo Bills January 4, 2016 1-year extension/$600,000 [2]
WR Percy Harvin Buffalo Bills November 1, 2016

Free agents lostEdit

Position Player 2016 Team Date signed Notes Source
WR Chris Hogan New England Patriots March 11, 2016 3 years/$12 million [21]
DT Stefan Charles Detroit Lions March 10, 2016 1 year/$1.75 million [22]
LB Nigel Bradham Philadelphia Eagles March 9, 2016 2 years/$7 million [23]
CB Ron Brooks Philadelphia Eagles March 9, 2016 3 years/$5.5 million [23]
CB Leodis Mckelvin Philadelphia Eagles March 10, 2016 3 years/$9 million

CutsEdit

Position Player Date Source
RB Boobie Dixon March 1, 2016 [24]
WR Davonte Allen August 1, 2016 [25]
TE MarQueis Gray March 1, 2016 [24]
TE Jacob Maxwell April 29, 2016 [26]
T Tyson Chandler April 15, 2016 [27]
T Keith Lumpkin June 13, 2016 [11]
G Kraig Urbik March 1, 2016 [24]
C Ronald Patrick May 2, 2016 [28]
DE Mario Williams March 1, 2016 [24]
DE Cedric Reed July 30, 2016 [15]
DE Claudell Louis June 13, 2016 [11]
DE Jarius Wynn May 2, 2016 [28]
LB Tony Steward April 19, 2016 [29]
CB Leodis McKelvin March 4, 2016 [30]
CB Cam Thomas April 18, 2016 [31]
CB Julian Whigham June 9, 2016 [32]
CB Merrill Noel May 2, 2016 [28]
S Phillip Thomas June 17, 2016 [13]
K Marshall Morgan August 1, 2016 [25]

RetirementsEdit

Position Player Date
LB A.J. Tarpley April 6, 2016

DraftEdit

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2016 Buffalo Bills draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 19 Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
2 41 Reggie Ragland LB Alabama Pick from CHI
3 80 Adolphus Washington DT Ohio St
4 139 Cardale Jones QB Ohio St Compensatory
5 156 Jonathan Williams RB Arkansas
6 192 Kolby Listenbee WR TCU
6 218 Kevon Seymour CB USC Compensatory
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

Undrafted free agentsEdit

All undrafted free agents were signed after the 2016 NFL draft concluded on April 30 unless otherwise noted.

Position Player College Notes
QB Joe Licata Buffalo Tryout basis. Signed with Cincinnati Bengals before training camp.
FB Glenn Gronkowski Kansas State Brother of Chris, Dan and Rob Gronkowski. Signed with New England Patriots after training camp to reunite with his brother Rob.
WR Davonte Allen Marshall
WR Garry Chambers Arizona State
OT Keith Lumpkin Rutgers
OG Jamison Lalk Iowa State
OG Marquis Lucas WVU
C Robert Kuglar Purdue
DT Justin Zimmer Ferris
DE Bryson Albright Miami
LB Eric Striker Oklahoma
CB Julian Whigham Syracuse
LS Reid Ferguson LSU
K Marshall Morgan Georgia

StaffEdit

On January 10, 2016, one week after the 2015 season ended, Doug Whaley signed a three-year contract extension to remain the Bills general manager. That same day, it was announced that Ryan had hired his twin brother, Rob, to the Bills coaching staff to serve as an assistant head coach and will also work with the defense. Three days later, Ryan hired former NFL standout Ed Reed to be an assistant defensive backs coach. On January 20, 2016, the Bills promoted Kathryn Smith to special teams quality control coach, making her the first female full-time coach in NFL history. On September 16, 2016, less than 24 hours after losing 37-31 to the New York Jets in their home opener in a game in which the defense failed to stop Jets running back Matt Forte, instead of firing defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, Ryan pretty much sealed his own fate by firing offensive coordinator Greg Roman and promoting running backs coach Anthony Lynn to the position (Lynn would later be promoted to interim head coach on December 27, 2016 after the Ryan brothers were fired after the 34-31 overtime loss to the Dolphins eliminated the team from the playoffs).[33]

StaffEdit

2016 Buffalo Bills final staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 13 Indianapolis L 18–19 0–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
2 August 20 NY Giants W 21–0 1–1 New Era Field Recap
3 August 26 at Washington L 16–21 1–2 FedEx Field Recap
4 September 1 at Detroit L 0–31 1–3 Ford Field Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 11 at Baltimore L 7–13 0–1 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
2 September 15 NY Jets L 31–37 0–2 New Era Field Recap
3 September 25 Arizona W 33–18 1–2 New Era Field Recap
4 October 2 at New England W 16–0 2–2 Gillette Stadium Recap
5 October 9 at LA Rams W 30–19 3–2 LA Coliseum Recap
6 October 16 San Francisco W 45–16 4–2 New Era Field Recap
7 October 23 at Miami L 25–28 4–3 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
8 October 30 New England L 25–41 4–4 New Era Field Recap
9 November 7 at Seattle L 25–31 4–5 CenturyLink Field Recap
10 Bye
11 November 20 at Cincinnati W 16–12 5–5 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
12 November 27 Jacksonville W 28–21 6–5 New Era Field Recap
13 December 4 at Oakland L 24–38 6–6 Oakland Coliseum Recap
14 December 11 Pittsburgh L 20–27 6–7 New Era Field Recap
15 December 18 Cleveland W 33–13 7–7 New Era Field Recap
16 December 24 Miami L 31–34 (OT) 7–8 New Era Field Recap
17 January 1 at NY Jets L 10–30 7–9 MetLife Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Baltimore RavensEdit

Week One: Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 7 0 0 7
Ravens 3 7 0 3 13

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

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First quarter

  • BAL – Justin Tucker 50-yard field goal, 0:35. Ravens 3–0. Drive: 9 plays, 59 yards, 4:47.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays

Fourth quarter

  • BAL – Justin Tucker 37-yard field goal, 5:39. Ravens 13–7. Drive: 13 plays, 59 yards, 5:59.

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Week 2: vs. New York JetsEdit

Week Two: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 6 14 7 10 37
Bills 7 3 14 7 31

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

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First quarter

  • NYJ – Nick Folk 28-yard field goal, 6:41. Jets 3–0. Drive: 15 plays, 65 yards, 8:19.
  • BUF – Marquise Goodwin 84-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (Dan Carpenter kick), 5:16. Bills 7–3. Drive: 3 plays, 82 yards, 1:25.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 29-yard field goal, 0:00. Bills 7–6. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 5:16.

Second quarter

  • NYJ – Matt Forte 1-yard run (Nick Folk kick), 11:07. Jets 13–7. Drive: 6 plays, 66 yards, 2:15.
  • NYJ – Eric Decker 5-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Nick Folk kick), 3:53. Jets 20–7. Drive: 7 plays, 77 yards, 3:54.
  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 39-yard field goal, 0:05. Jets 20–10. Drive: 13 plays, 54 yards, 3:48.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Greg Salas 71-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (Dan Carpenter kick), 14:09. Jets 20–17. Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards, 0:51.
  • BUF – Nickell Robey-Coleman 36-yard fumble return (Dan Carpenter kick), 11:15. Bills 24–20.
  • NYJ – Matt Forte 3-yard run (Nick Folk kick), 2:12. Jets 27–24. Drive: 12 plays, 84 yards, 6:27.

Fourth quarter

  • NYJ – Nick Folk 36-yard field goal, 10:40. Jets 30–24. Drive: 8 plays, 69 yards, 4:12.
  • NYJ – Matt Forte 12-yard run (Nick Folk kick), 4:02. Jets 37–24. Drive: 5 plays, 56 yards, 3:01.
  • BUF – Mike Gillislee 18-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (Dan Carpenter kick), 1:17. Jets 37–31. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 2:45.

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The Bills saw the return of their red Color Rush uniforms from 2015 in this game. With the loss, not only did the Bills drop to 0–2, but head coach Rex Ryan fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman, promoting running backs coach Anthony Lynn to offensive coordinator the next day. They also lost wide receiver Greg Salas for the season to a groin injury and lost wide receiver Sammy Watkins for several weeks to a foot injury.

Week 3: vs. Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Three: Arizona Cardinals at Buffalo Bills
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 6 5 18
Bills 10 7 13 3 33

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
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First quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 19-yard field goal, 3:29. Bills 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 77 yards, 3:51.
  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 24-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 0:55. Bills 10–0. Drive: 5 plays, 53 yards, 1:30.

Second quarter

  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 5-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 10:25. Bills 17–0. Drive: 6 plays, 52 yards, 2:51.
  • ARI – David Johnson 4-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 1:05. Bills 17–7. Drive: 17 plays, 84 yards, 9:20.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Tyrod Taylor 20-yard run (kick failed, wide right), 10:31. Bills 23–7. Drive: 6 plays, 47 yards, 2:49.
  • BUF – Aaron Williams 53-yard fumble return (Dan Carpenter kick), 2:25. Bills 30–7.
  • ARI – David Johnson 22-yard run (pass failed), 0:12. Bills 30–13. Drive: 6 plays, 83 yards, 2:13.

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 60-yard field goal, 10:36. Bills 30–16. Drive: 5 plays, 4 yards, 2:19.
  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 45-yard field goal, 4:48. Bills 33–16. Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 1:42.
  • ARI – LeSean McCoy tackled in the end zone by Corey Peters for a safety, 3:04. Bills 33–18.

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With the win, the Bills improved to 1–2 in Lynn's first game as offensive coordinator.

Week 4: at New England PatriotsEdit

Week Four: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 7 6 3 0 16
Patriots 0 0 0 0 0

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information
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First quarter

Second quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 34-yard field goal, 14:49. Bills 10–0. Drive: 10 plays, 52 yards, 3:58.
  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 43-yard field goal, 7:46. Bills 13–0. Drive: 12 plays, 74 yards, 4:40.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 44-yard field goal, 0:28. Bills 16–0. Drive: 11 plays, 44 yards, 4:27.

Fourth quarter

  • No scoring plays

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  • BUF – Tyrod Taylor – 27/39, 246 yards, TD
  • NE – Jacoby Brissett – 17/27, 205 yards

Top rushers

  • BUF – LeSean McCoy – 19 rushes, 70 yards
  • NE – LeGarrette Blount – 13 rushes, 54 yards

Top receivers

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With the win, not only did the Bills improve to 2–2, but Ryan got his first career victory at Gillette Stadium (he was 0–7 as head coach entering the game, including six straight losses as New York Jets head coach).

Week 5: at Los Angeles RamsEdit

Week Five: Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 7 9 7 7 30
Rams 3 10 3 3 19

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information
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First quarter

Second quarter

  • BUF – Mike Gillislee 5-yard run (kick blocked), 13:59. Bills 13–3. Drive: 2 plays, 63 yards, 1:01.
  • LA – Greg Zuerlein 32-yard field goal, 7:46. Bills 13–6. Drive: 5 plays, 52 yards, 2:33.
  • LA – Todd Gurley 1-yard run (Greg Zuerlein kick), 1:56. Tied 13–13. Drive: 8 plays, 64 yards, 4:39.
  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 23-yard field goal, 0:00. Bills 16–13. Drive: 10 plays, 70 yards, 1:56.

Third quarter

  • LA – Greg Zuerlein 54-yard field goal, 8:05. Tied 16–16. Drive: 9 plays, 48 yards, 5:13.
  • BUF – Nickell Robey-Coleman 41-yard interception return (Dan Carpenter kick), 3:54. Bills 23–16.

Fourth quarter

  • LA – Greg Zuerlein 22-yard field goal, 5:51. Bills 23–19. Drive: 13 plays, 89 yards, 8:16.
  • BUF – Marquise Goodwin 6-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (Dan Carpenter kick), 2:37. Bills 30–19. Drive: 3 plays, 25 yards, 1:04.

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With the win, the Bills improve to 3–2 and their first three-game winning streak since 2011 (the team started that season 3–0).

Week 6: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Six: San Francisco 49ers at Buffalo Bills
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 10 0 3 16
Bills 7 10 7 21 45

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
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First quarter

  • SF – Phil Dawson 33-yard field goal, 5:43. 49ers 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 13 yards, 3:53.
  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 4-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 0:14. Bills 7–3. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:29.

Second quarter

  • SF – Torrey Smith 53-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick (Phil Dawson kick), 13:56. 49ers 10–7. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:18.
  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 12-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 10:18. Bills 14–10. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:38.
  • SF – Phil Dawson 48-yard field goal, 5:54. Bills 14–13. Drive: 9 plays, 59 yards, 4:24.
  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 40-yard field goal, 0:21. Bills 17–13. Drive: 14 plays, 53 yards, 5:33.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Justin Hunter 30-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (Dan Carpenter kick), 2:34. Bills 24–13. Drive: 4 plays, 60 yards, 1:55.

Fourth quarter

  • SF – Phil Dawson 47-yard field goal, 14:48. Bills 24–16. Drive: 8 plays, 46 yards, 2:46.
  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 18-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 10:53. Bills 31–16. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:55.
  • BUF – Robert Woods 5-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (Dan Carpenter kick), 10:32. Bills 38–16. Drive: 1 play, 27 yards, 0:11.
  • BUF – Mike Gillislee 44-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 5:40. Bills 45–16. Drive: 7 plays, 73 yards, 3:25.

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With the win, the Bills improve to 4–2 and their first four-game winning streak since 2008 (the team started that season 4–0 in Dick Jauron's last full season as head coach).

Week 7: at Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Seven: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 3 7 7 8 25
Dolphins 3 3 8 14 28

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information
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First quarter

  • MIA – Andrew Franks 36-yard field goal, 7:28. Dolphins 3–0. Drive: 15 plays, 64 yards, 7:32.
  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 29-yard field goal, 0:49. Tied 3–3. Drive: 6 plays, 20 yards, 1:59.

Second quarter

  • BUF – Tyrod Taylor 10-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 11:47. Bills 10–3. Drive: 7 plays, 40 yards, 2:50.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 33-yard field goal, 3:47. Bills 10–6. Drive: 12 plays, 58 yards, 8:00.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • MIA – Damien Williams 12-yard run (Andrew Franks kick), 3:56. Dolphins 21–17. Drive: 6 plays, 64 yards, 3:49.
  • MIA – Kenny Stills 66-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill (Andrew Franks kick), 2:24. Dolphins 28–17. Drive: 3 plays, 70 yards, 1:03.
  • BUF – Reggie Bush 1-yard run (Tyrod Taylor–Reggie Bush pass), 0:14. Dolphins 28–25. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 2:10.

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The Bills led 17–6 by the start of the fourth quarter, but the Dolphins came back to win 28–25, causing the Bills to drop to 4–3.

Week 8: vs. New England PatriotsEdit

Week Eight: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 14 10 14 3 41
Bills 3 7 7 8 25

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
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First quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 23-yard field goal, 11:07. Bills 3–0. Drive: 10 plays, 70 yards, 3:55.
  • NE – Danny Amendola 9-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 4:35. Patriots 7–3. Drive 14 plays, 70 yards, 6:30.
  • NE – Chris Hogan 53-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 1:41. Patriots 14–3. Drive: 3 plays, 45 yards, 2:08.

Second quarter

  • BUF – Mike Gillislee 3-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 6:26. Patriots 14–10. Drive: 5 plays, 59 yards, 2:14.
  • NE – Rob Gronkowski 53-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 4:18. Patriots 21–10. Drive: 4 plays, 79 yards, 2:08.
  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 51-yard field goal, 0:03. Patriots 24–10. Drive: 5 plays, 28 yards, 0:27.

Third quarter

  • NE – Julian Edelman 12-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 14:00. Patriots 31–10. Drive: 2 plays, 24 yards, 1:00.
  • BUF – Tyrod Taylor 26-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 7:57. Patriots 31–17. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 6:03.
  • NE – LeGarrette Blount 1-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 7:10. Patriots 38–17. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 4:52.

Fourth quarter

  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 32-yard field goal, 7:10. Patriots 41–17. Drive: 13 plays, 76 yards, 4:52.
  • BUF – Jonathan Williams (EJ ManuelNick O'Leary pass), 0:33. Patriots 41–25. Drive: 6 plays, 66 yards, 1:56.

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  • NE – Tom Brady – 22/33, 315 yards, 4 TD
  • BUF – Tyrod Taylor – 19/38, 183 yards

Top rushers

  • NE – LeGarrette Blount – 18 rushes, 43 yards, TD
  • BUF – Mike Gillislee – 12 rushes, 85 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • NE – Rob Gronkowski – 5 receptions, 109 yards, TD
  • BUF – Walt Powell – 3 receptions, 59 yards

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Week 9: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Nine: Buffalo Bills at Seattle Seahawks
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 14 3 0 8 25
Seahawks 7 21 0 3 31

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
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First quarter

Second quarter

  • SEA – Jimmy Graham 17-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka kick), 14:54. Tied 14–14. Drive: 5 plays, 65 yards, 2:27.
  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 31-yard field goal, 9:32. Bills 17–14. Drive: 12 plays, 62 yards, 5:22.
  • SEA – Christine Michael 3-yard run (Steven Hauschka kick), 4:29. Seahawks 21–17. Drive: 3 plays, 40 yards, 1:42.
  • SEA – Jimmy Graham 18-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka kick), 1:00. Seahawks 28–17. Drive: 6 plays, 68 yards, 1:19.

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Mike Gillislee 1-yard run (Tyrod Taylor run), 14:26. Seahawks 28–25. Drive: 13 plays, 82 yards, 6:49.
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 49-yard field goal, 9:49. Seahawks 31–25. Drive: 8 plays, 44 yards, 4:37.

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With the loss, not only did the Bills drop to 4–5, but they also lost center Eric Wood for the season.

Week 11: at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week Eleven: Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 7 3 3 3 16
Bengals 6 6 0 0 12

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information
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First quarter

  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 7-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 8:52. Bills 7–0. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 4:23.
  • CIN – Andy Dalton 2-yard run (kick failed, hit right upright), 2:34. Bills 7–6. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 6:18.

Second quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 26-yard field goal, 9:03. Bills 10–6. Drive: 4 plays, −5 yards, 2:05.
  • CIN – Tyler Boyd 1-yard pass from Andy Dalton (kick failed, hit right upright), 3:10. Bengals 12–10. Drive: 13 plays, 66 yards, 5:53.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 54-yard field goal, 10:25. Bills 13–12. Drive: 8 plays, 32 yards, 4:35.

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 20-yard field goal, 12:05. Bills 16–12. Drive: 15 plays, 88 yards, 8:12.

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With the win, the Bills improved to 5–5, but running back LeSean McCoy, wide receiver Robert Woods and safety Robert Blanton left the game with injuries.

Week 12: vs. Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week Twelve: Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills
1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 7 0 7 7 21
Bills 0 6 14 8 28

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
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First quarter

Second quarter

  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 7-yard run (kick failed, wide left), 0:20. Jaguars 7–6. Drive: 5 plays, 22 yards, 1:04.

Third quarter

  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 75-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 14:47. Bills 7–13. Drive: 1 play, 75 yards, 0:13.
  • JAX – Marqise Lee 20-yard pass from Blake Bortles (Jason Myers kick), 9:26. Jaguars 14–13. Drive: 11 plays, 65 yards, 5:21.
  • BUF – Tyrod Taylor 7-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 3:00. Bills 20–14. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:34.

Fourth quarter

  • JAX – Allen Hurns 12-yard pass from Blake Bortles (Jason Myers kick), 14:52. Jaguars 21–20. Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards, 3:08.
  • BUF – Justin Hunter 16-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (LeSean McCoy run), 10:46. Bills 28–21. Drive: 8 plays, 76 yards, 4:06.

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With the win, the Bills improved to 6–5, but defensive tackle Corbin Bryant and wide receiver Walt Powell are lost for the season.

Week 13: at Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Thirteen: Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 3 7 14 0 24
Raiders 3 6 14 15 38

at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information
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First quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 27-yard field goal, 8:02. Bills 3–0. Drive: 10 plays, 72 yards, 4:10.
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 47-yard field goal, 4:35. Tied 3–3. Drive: 8 plays, 46 yards, 3:27.

Second quarter

  • BUF – Mike Gillislee 1-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 13:28. Bills 10–3. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 6:07.
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 41-yard field goal, 2:56. Bills 10–6. Drive: 11 plays, 38 yards, 4:24.
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 47-yard field goal, 0:00. Bills 10–9. Drive: 5 plays, 57 yards, 0:30.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Tyrod Taylor 12-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 14:03. Bills 17–9. Drive: 2 plays, 66 yards, 0:57.
  • BUF – Mike Gillislee 2-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 9:01. Bills 24–9. Drive: 10 plays, 54 yards, 4:10.
  • OAK – Michael Crabtree 3-yard pass from Derek Carr (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 5:17. Bills 24–16. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:44.
  • OAK – Latavius Murray 1-yard run (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 0:57. Bills 24–23. Drive: 5 plays, 38 yards, 3:03.

Fourth quarter

  • OAK – Amari Cooper 37-yard pass from Derek Carr (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 14:08. Raiders 30–24. Drive: 5 plays, 59 yards, 0:40.
  • OAK – Latavius Murray 1-yard run (Derek Carr–Seth Roberts pass), 8:34. Raiders 38–24. Drive: 4 plays, 16 yards, 2:11.

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With the loss, the Bills dropped to 6–6.

Week 14: vs. Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Week Fourteen: Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 7 6 27
Bills 0 7 0 13 20

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Game weather: Template:Convert/F, snow showers
  • Game attendance: 69,657
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Game book
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Second quarter

  • PIT – Le'Veon Bell 7-yard run (Chris Boswell kick), 12:00. Steelers 14–0. Drive: 10 plays, 61 yards, 5:14.
  • BUF – Sammy Watkins 8-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (Dan Carpenter kick), 7:07. Steelers 14–7. Drive: 3 plays, 7 yards, 1:27.

Third quarter

  • PIT – Le'Veon Bell 5-yard run (Chris Boswell kick), 5:28. Steelers 21–7. Drive: 10 plays, 82 yards, 6:33.

Fourth quarter

  • PIT – Chris Boswell 37-yard field goal, 9:57. Steelers 24–7. Drive: 6 plays, 29 yards, 3:34.
  • BUF – Charles Clay 40-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (kick failed, hit left upright), 7:27. Steelers 24–13. Drive: 5 plays, 82 yards, 2:30.
  • PIT – Chris Boswell 39-yard field goal, 3:38. Steelers 27–13. Drive: 9 plays, 54 yards, 3:49.
  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 3-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 1:25. Steelers 27–20. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 2:13.

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Week 15: vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Fifteen: Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 0 10 0 13
Bills 10 7 7 9 33

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

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First quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 21-yard field goal, 10:14. Bills 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 44 yards, 3:06.
  • CLE – Cody Parkey 35-yard field goal, 3:50. Tied 3–3. Drive: 12 plays, 63 yards, 6:24.
  • BUF – Mike Gillislee 3-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 0:00. Bills 10–3. Drive: 8 plays, 74 yards, 3:50.

Second quarter

  • BUF – Charles Clay 19-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (Dan Carpenter kick), 0:34. Bills 17–3. Drive: 13 plays, 91 yards, 7:29.

Third quarter

  • CLE – Robert Griffin III 18-yard run (Cody Parkey kick), 8:58. Bills 17–10. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:54.
  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 3-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 5:50. Bills 24–10. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:08.
  • CLE – Cody Parkey 40-yard field goal, 1:32. Bills 24–13. Drive: 8 plays, 45 yards, 4:18.

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 8-yard run (kick failed, wide right), 12:38. Bills 30–13. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:54.
  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 34-yard field goal, 7:21. Bills 33–13. Drive: 7 plays, 34 yards, 4:00.

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With the win, the Bills improved to 7–7 and keep their slim playoff chances alive. The team set a new franchise record for rushing touchdowns in a season (27) with LeSean McCoy's second rushing score of the game.

Week 16: vs. Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Sixteen: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 7 7 14 3 34
Bills 0 7 14 10 31

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

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Third quarter

  • MIA – DeVante Parker 56-yard pass from Matt Moore (Andrew Franks kick), 12:05. Dolphins 21–7. Drive: 5 plays, 70 yards, 2:55.
  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 19-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 6:46. Dolphins 21–14. Drive: 10 plays, 77 yards, 5:19.
  • MIA – Kenny Stills 6-yard pass from Matt Moore (Andrew Franks kick), 3:14. Dolphins 28–14. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:32.
  • BUF – Charles Clay 18-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (Dan Carpenter kick), 2:02. Dolphins 28–21. Drive: 4 plays, 78 yards, 2:02.

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 28-yard field goal, 5:51. Dolphins 28–24. Drive: 10 plays, 89 yards, 4:24.
  • BUF – Charles Clay 7-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (Dan Carpenter kick), 1:20. Bills 31–28. Drive: 10 plays, 89 yards, 2:40.
  • MIA – Andrew Franks 55-yard field goal, 0:06. Tied 31–31. Drive: 6 plays, 24 yards, 1:14.

Overtime

  • MIA – Andrew Franks 27-yard field goal, 0:47. Dolphins 34–31. Drive: 7 plays, 77 yards, 3:13.

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After the Bills took the lead with a touchdown inside the two-minute warning at the end of the fourth quarter, the Dolphins took the game to overtime with a 55-yard field goal with six seconds on the clock. They then secured the win with 47 seconds left in the extra period with another field goal from 27 yards. The loss for the Bills meant they were eliminated from playoff contention for the 17th consecutive season. Two days later, the Bills fired head coach Rex Ryan and assistant head coach Rob Ryan.

Week 17: at New York JetsEdit

Week Seventeen: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 3 0 7 10
Jets 0 10 10 10 30

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

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First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

  • NYJ – Bilal Powell 2-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Nick Folk kick), 9:28. Jets 7–0. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 4:34.
  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 34-yard field goal, 1:45. Jets 7–3. Drive: 11 plays, 54 yards, 4:12.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 30-yard field goal, 0:00. Jets 10–3. Drive: 10 plays, 63 yards, 1:45.

Third quarter

  • NYJ – Jalin Marshall 6-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Nick Folk kick), 4:03. Jets 17–3. Drive: 3 plays, 13 yards, 1:28.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 36-yard field goal, 0:01. Jets 20–3. Drive: 5 plays, 14 yards, 2:35.

Fourth quarter

  • NYJ – Nick Folk 25-yard field goal, 3:21. Jets 23–3. Drive: 4 plays, −4 yards, 1:42.
  • NYJ – Doug Middleton kickoff recovery in the end zone (Nick Folk kick), 3:21. Jets 30–3. Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:00.
  • BUF – Mike Gillislee 1-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 0:39. Jets 30–10. Drive: 5 plays, 71 yards, 2:42.

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Anthony Lynn served as interim head coach, and EJ Manuel made his first start of the season. With the loss, Buffalo ended the season 7–9.

StandingsEdit

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Final rosterEdit

2016 Buffalo Bills final roster
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Rookies in italics
53 Active, 16 Inactive, 12 Practice squad

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.sbnation.com/2016/12/24/14076572/miami-dolphins-buffalo-bills-final-score-rex-ryan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Brown, Chris (2016-01-04). Bills sign four players to extensions.
  3. Brown, Chris (2016-01-20). RB James Wilder Jr. signed by the Bills.
  4. Orr, Conor (2016-08-01). Buffalo Bills sign Reggie Bush to one-year deal.
  5. Brown, Chris (2016-03-16). Bills sign free agent TE Jim Dray.
  6. Bills re-sign WR Leonard Hankerson (2016-04-04).
  7. Bills sign WR Kain Colter (2016-08-01).
  8. Rodak, Mike (2016-03-08). Richie Incognito will be back with Bills in 2016.
  9. Brown, Chris (2016-04-07). Bills sign C-G Fernando Velasco.
  10. Jackson, Zac (2016-03-30). OT Mills signs tender with Bills.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Brown, Chris (2016-06-13). Bills sign DL Douzable, OT Martin.
  12. Wesseling, Chris (2016-05-03). Glenn, Bills agree to 5-year deal worth up to $65M.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Brown, Chris (2016-06-17). Tryout player Renfrow signs with Bills.
  14. Brown, Chris (2016-03-07). Bills tender contracts for three restricted free agents.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Bills sign DT Casey Walker (2016-07-30).
  16. 16.0 16.1 Brown, Chris (2016-04-04). LB Zach Brown, CB Corey White sign with Bills.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Brown, Chris (2016-04-12). LB Alexander, S Anderson agree to terms with Bills.
  18. Bills sign CB/KR Javier Arenas (2016-02-03).
  19. Brown, Chris (2016-04-05). Bills sign free agent CB Sterling Moore.
  20. Brown, Chris (2016-03-18). Bills sign S Robert Blanton.
  21. Sessler, Marc (2016-03-11). Chris Hogan signs offer sheet with Patriots.
  22. Lions sign free agent DT Stefan Charles (2016-03-10).
  23. 23.0 23.1 Bradham, Michael (2016-03-09). Eagles sign ex-Bills Nigel Bradham, Ron Brooks.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Alper, Josh (2016-03-01). Boobie Dixon says his "time is up" in Buffalo.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Jackson, Zac (2016-08-01). Bills add a wide receiver, cut down to one kicker.
  26. Bills release linebacker AJ Tarpley, tight end Jacob Maxwell (2016-04-29).
  27. Bills release offensive lineman Tyson Chandler (2016-04-15).
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Bills release three veterans (2016-05-02).
  29. Brown, Chris (2016-04-19). Bills release LB Tony Steward.
  30. Brown, Chris (2016-03-04). Bills release CB Leodis McKelvin.
  31. Jackson, Zac (2016-04-18). Bills release DB Cam Thomas.
  32. Hunter, Jeff (2016-06-09). Buffalo Bills bring back RB Boom Herron.
  33. Bills hire Kathryn Smith, first full-time female coach.

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