Like every Buffalo Bills season before this one, 2015 had its ups and downs. Mostly downs this year, but there were some bright spots throughout the disappointing season. Although they ultimately finished 8-8, it felt a lot worse than that to most. Here are my best and worst games from the 2015 season.
The Best: Week 3 @ Miami Dolphins
After getting destroyed by the New England Patriots the week before, the Bills looked to rebound against the Dolphins. The Bills dominated from the start and never looked back as they won 41-17. The defense fired on all cylinders as they flustered Ryan Tannehill throughout the entire game. They picked him off 3 times and one was returned for a touchdown. Preston Brown had two and Ronald Darby recorded his second of the year.
Charles Clay had a great home-coming against his former team, finishing the game with 5 catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. Tyrod Taylor played perfectly, throwing three touchdowns with no interceptions, and while LeSean McCoy may have been limited to 26 yards, that didn’t stop Karlos Williams from exploding. Karlos galloped for 110 yards on 11 carries. His violent running style literally squished the fish.
Honorable mention: Week 1 vs Indianapolis Colts
The Good: Week 13 vs Houston Texans
It feels like yesterday when the Bills were 6-6 and had appeared to have an easy ride to the playoffs ahead of them after beating a playoff team in the Houston Texans. In week 13, Buffalo beat the red-hot Texans to become a favorite to make the wild card. We all know how that turned out. In this game Sammy Watkins and Tyrod Taylor dominated as they won 31-21. J.J. Watt consistently was in the back field but didn’t show up in the box score because of all the unbalanced looks the Bills gave them.
The combination of LeSean McCoy, Tyrod Taylor, and Mike Gillislee on the ground was way too much for the Texans tough defense to control. Tyrod combined for 4 touchdowns, 3 through the air and 1 on the ground. The defense *limited* DeAndre Hopkins and his one touchdown should have been called back because he pushed of the defender which is offensive pass interference.
Honorable mention: Week 17 vs New York Jets
The Bad: Week 15 @ Washington Redskins
I could smell the smoke all the way from Pittsburgh from this dumpster-fire of a game. Many fans believed this game would be the start of a playoff run, but I had a gut feeling that the Bills would just get utterly embarrassed and sadly, I was right. After losing a late one to the Philadelphia Eagles the week before, the Bills’ only hope was to win out and get some help if they wanted to make the playoffs. At least you could say they eliminated themselves in fashion as they got annihilated 35-21. The score doesn’t describe how bad this game was. Kirk Cousins and Co. scored on their first 4 drives and never looked back.
Tyrod Taylor was constantly under pressure and had to extend plays, while Greg Roman’s play-calling was questionable to say the least.
Honorable Mention: Week 2 vs New England Patriots
The Worst: Week 7 @ Jacksonville Jaguars
This game should be known as the London Massacre. Without Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins the Bills looked absolutely pathetic. This 34-31 loss is as ugly as it gets. EJ Manuel just ruined this game and showed everybody why Rex Ryan’s best move of the year was to start Tyrod Taylor over the team’s 2013 first-round draft choice. At one point in the game he fumbled the ball and it was returned for a touchdown. The very next play he throws a pick-six and the next drive he throws another interception. I think it sums up his career very well.
Lots of fans blame the referees for this loss as they called a bad defensive pass-interference against Bills corner Nickell Robey. That play should not have mattered because it never should have got to that point. This was an absolute terrible Jaguars team that wouldn’t have won if this team was fully healthy.
Honorable Mention: Week 4 vs New York Giants