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Bills' offensive performance might be worst in four decades

By Tim Graham

TAMPA, Fla. -- In a week when NFL touchdowns were easier to order than a Super Pack at Mighty Taco, the Buffalo Bills turned in one of the worst offensive performances in their history.

Da'Rick Rogers, an undrafted rookie receiver the Bills cut in the preseason, scored twice as many points as they did Sunday.

Rogers had a pair of touchdowns for the Indianapolis Colts, while the Bills were pulverized, 27-6, by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium.

The particulars were foul. The Bills had five giveaways, allowed seven sacks and committed a dozen penalties.

A search of Pro-Football-Reference.com found the Bills became only the 13th team in NFL history to give up at least seven sacks, throw at least four interceptions and not score an offensive touchdown.

Pro-Football-Reference.com's database shows the last time the Bills met that thoroughly impotent criteria was 1971.

The Bills gave up nine sacks unofficially (sacks became an NFL stat in 1982) in a 43-0 loss to the Baltimore Colts at the Rockpile. Dennis Shaw threw three interceptions, and James Harris threw one. O.J. Simpson ran seven times for minus-10 yards.

Also Sunday, rookie quarterback EJ Manuel had the 15th game in Bills history with at least four interceptions and no touchdown passes. The last time was Drew Bledsoe against the Baltimore Ravens in 2004.

Joe Ferguson did it three times, including a six-interception (1974 against the Houston Oilers) and a five-interception (1982 versus the Miami Dolphins) game without a TD toss.

More info from Pro-Football-Reference: Buffalo had its 15th game in which it lost by at least 21 points, failed to score an offensive touchdown and committed five turnovers. But it has happened three times in the past four seasons.

Remember Danny Abramowicz playing for Bills? He doesn't either

By Tim Graham

Along a One Bills Drive corridor that goes past the weight room and to the field house are tiles for everyone who has played for the Buffalo Bills.

One of those tiles has Danny Abramowicz on it.

Stat databases, however, don't show Abramowicz played for the Bills.

While speaking with Abramowicz this week for an NFL Sunday story on Drew Brees, I asked the original New Orleans Saints' star about it.

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New Bills QB Matt Flynn: 'I always think I can get the job done'

By Tim Graham

Nineteen months ago, Matt Flynn was considered a hot NFL commodity.

This afternoon, Flynn signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills, his fourth team since the 2011 season.

Flynn was a high-profile free agent last year. He's served as Aaron Rodgers' understudy and had shown the requisite flashes of backup brilliance to earn a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

His career has unfolded limply.

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Jets recognize former Bills backup Gary Marangi as a winner

By Tim Graham

Ever wonder what Gary Marangi is up to?

Winning high school football games and receiving a coaches award from the New York Jets.

Marangi, the former Buffalo Bills quarterback, has been honored with the latest New York Jets High School Coach of the Week Award. He's the head coach at Patchogue-Medford High on Long Island.

Now you know.

The Jets have given the award each week for the past 18 years to "a coach in the tristate area who serves the best interests of the game through the teaching of sound football fundamentals, the motivation of young players to achieve and the promotion of youth football by way of dedication to their community, their school and their student-athletes."

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Joe Ferguson as Mark Sanchez, Don Beebe on overrated Bills list

By Tim Graham

NFL.com has been naming the most underrated and overrated players for each team. The Buffalo Bills' all-time lists were posted today, and they look solid to me.

Feel free to add your thoughts or list some omissions in the comments section below.

Here are the winners and losers, with a snippet from author Patrick Crawley's review:

Overrated

Drew Bledsoe: "Bledsoe was expected to be Jim Kelly 2.0. Instead, he was just another Joe in a decade-long line of disappointing Bills quarterbacks."

Don Beebe: "He's a memorable player and an inspirational one. He's just not quite as impressive as the mythic persona that's been built around him."

Peerless Price: "Price has one great season (94 catches, 1,252 yards receiving, nine touchdowns) causing the speed-starved Atlanta Falcons to cough up a first-round pick to pair him with Michael Vick."

Joe Ferguson: "He was Mark Sanchez before Mark Sanchez."

Shane Conlan: "The most damning piece of evidence against Conlan? The Bills didn't skip a beat without him. After he left in 1992, they actually improved their league defensive ranking."

Underrated

Fred Smerlas: "Smerlas was point man on the so-called 'Bermuda Triangle' defense that paved the way for Buffalo's success in the early 90s."

Butch Byrd: "He had 40 [interceptions] in seven seasons. Even if you totaled the seven best seasons of Hall of Famers Deion Sanders (36) and Rod Woodson (38) they can't match that."

Howard Ballard: "He went on to start 80 straight games at right tackle for a Bills offensive line that set high marks for success, peaking with back-to-back 2,000 yards from scrimmage seasons for Thurman Thomas in 1991 and 1992."

Kenneth Davis: "The consummate 'deliver when it counts' guy, Davis scored seven postseason touchdowns in his six seasons with the Bills."

Aaron Schobel: "He had four seasons with 10-plus sacks, including back-to-back double-digit sack seasons in 2005 and 2006 -- the only Bills player other than Bruce Smith to do so."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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