2013 Buffalo Bills Season
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2013 Buffalo Bills Season

2013 Buffalo Bills season
Head coachDoug Marrone
General managerBuddy Nix, Doug Whaley
OwnerRalph Wilson
Home fieldRalph Wilson Stadium
Results
Record6-10
Division place4th AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersMario Williams
Kyle Williams
Jairus Byrd
Marcell Dareus

The 2013 Buffalo Bills season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League and the first under head coach Doug Marrone. It was also the final season under the ownership of Ralph Wilson, who died in March 2014 at the age of 95. The team equaled their record from 2012 and missed the playoffs, increasing their playoff drought to 14 seasons. This was the first year of renewed leases on Ralph Wilson Stadium and for the Bills Toronto Series, both of which were signed in the preceding offseason. The Toronto series was originally set to expire in 2017, but was cancelled in December 2014; the lease on Ralph Wilson Stadium expires in 2022 and will presumably be the last agreement with the aging stadium, as the lease specifies that the process of exploring a new stadium begins during the lease period. The Bills also started the 2013 season with a new starting quarterback, first-round draft pick EJ Manuel, after previous starter Ryan Fitzpatrick refused a pay cut and was subsequently released.

2013 draft

2013 Buffalo Bills draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 16 EJ Manuel  QB Florida State Pick from STL[a]
2 41 Robert Woods  WR USC
2 46 Kiko Alonso  LB Oregon Pick from STL[a]
3 78 Marquise Goodwin  WR Texas Pick from STL[a]
4 105 Duke Williams  S Nevada
5 143 Jonathan Meeks  S Clemson
6 177 Dustin Hopkins  K Florida State
7 222 Chris Gragg  TE Arkansas Pick from STL[b][a]
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

^[a] The Bills traded their first- and third-round selections (8th and 71st overall) to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the Rams' first-, second-, third- and seventh-round selections (16th, 46th, 78th and 222nd overall).
^[b] The Bills traded their original seventh-round selection (214th overall) to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

Staff

Final roster

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 at Indianapolis Colts W 44-20 1-0 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
2 August 16 Minnesota Vikings W 20-16 2-0 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
3 August 24 at Washington Redskins L 7-30 2-1 FedExField Recap
4 August 29 Detroit Lions L 13-35 2-2 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 8 New England Patriots L 21-23 0-1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
2 September 15 Carolina Panthers W 24-23 1-1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
3 September 22 at New York Jets L 20-27 1-2 MetLife Stadium Recap
4 September 29 Baltimore Ravens W 23-20 2-2 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
5 October 3 at Cleveland Browns L 24-37 2-3 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
6 October 13 Cincinnati Bengals L 24-27 (OT) 2-4 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
7 October 20 at Miami Dolphins W 23-21 3-4 Sun Life Stadium Recap
8 October 27 at New Orleans Saints L 17-35 3-5 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
9 November 3 Kansas City Chiefs L 13-23 3-6 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
10 November 10 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 10-23 3-7 Heinz Field Recap
11 November 17 New York Jets W 37-14 4-7 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
12 Bye
13 December 1 Atlanta Falcons L 31-34 (OT) 4-8 Rogers Centre (Toronto) Recap
14 December 8 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 6-27 4-9 Raymond James Stadium Recap
15 December 15 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 27-20 5-9 EverBank Field Recap
16 December 22 Miami Dolphins W 19-0 6-9 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
17 December 29 at New England Patriots L 20-34 6-10 Gillette Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
 #  Indicates that the game was part of the Bills Toronto Series.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. New England Patriots

Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 35-yard field goal with five seconds left to give the Patriots the win.

With the loss, the Bills began the season 0-1.

Week 2: vs. Carolina Panthers

Buffalo trailed for most of their Week 2 game against the Panthers but took the lead with two seconds left after Stevie Johnson caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from EJ Manuel. Dan Carpenter kicked the extra point to give the Bills a 24-23 win.

With the win, Buffalo improved to 1-1.

Week 3: at New York Jets

With the loss, the Bills fell to 1-2.

Week 4: vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Bills defense intercepted Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco five times in this game, as Flacco completed only 50% of his passes. Despite the five turnovers, the game was still somewhat close, but the Bills won the game 23-20.

With the win, the Bills improved to 2-2.

Week 5: at Cleveland Browns

EJ Manuel left the game for the Bills with a knee injury, and was replaced by Jeff Tuel. The Bills had a 24-17 lead in the third quarter, but the Browns, who also lost quarterback Brian Hoyer, won the game with Brandon Weeden at the helm. T. J. Ward returned an interception 44 yards to seal the game.

With the loss, the Bills fell to 2-3.

Week 6: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The Bills trailed 24-10 in the fourth quarter, but came back to tie the game after Marquise Goodwin caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Thad Lewis and force overtime. In the extra period, the Bills got the ball first, but were forced to punt after they went three-and-out. The Bengals returned the punt 39 yards to set them up in field goal range. A couple of plays later, Mike Nugent kicked the game winning 43-yard field goal.

With the tough loss, the Bills fell to 2-4.

Week 7: at Miami Dolphins

With the win, the Bills improved to 3-4.

Week 8: at New Orleans Saints

This marked the Bills' only game outside of the Eastern time zone during the 2013 season.

Week 9: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

With the loss, the Bills fell to 3-6.

Week 10: at Pittsburgh Steelers

With the loss, the Bills fell to 3-7.

Week 11: vs. New York Jets

With the win, the Bills improved to 4-7.

Week 13: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Bills Toronto Series

With the loss, the Bills fell to 4-8.

Week 14: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the loss, the Bills fell to 4-9.

Week 15: at Jacksonville Jaguars

With the win, the Bills improved to 5-9, but were eliminated from playoff contention with the Miami Dolphins' win over the New England Patriots.

Week 16: vs. Miami Dolphins

With the win, the Bills improved to 6-9.

Week 17: at New England Patriots

With the loss, the Bills ended their season at 6-10.

Standings

Division

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2)New England Patriots 12 4 0 .750 4-2 9-3 444 338 W2
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 3-3 5-7 290 387 W2
Miami Dolphins 8 8 0 .500 2-4 7-5 317 335 L2
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 3-3 5-7 339 388 L1

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division winners
1 Denver Broncos West 13 3 0 .813 5-1 9-3 0.469 0.423 W2
2 New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4-2 9-3 0.473 0.427 W2
3[a] Cincinnati Bengals North 11 5 0 .688 3-3 8-4 0.480 0.494 W2
4 Indianapolis Colts South 11 5 0 .688 6-0 9-3 0.484 0.449 W3
Wild cards
5 Kansas City Chiefs West 11 5 0 .688 2-4 7-5 0.445 0.335 L2
6 San Diego Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 4-2 6-6 0.496 0.549 W4
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[b][c] Pittsburgh Steelers North 8 8 0 .500 4-2 6-6 0.469 0.441 W3
8[d] Baltimore Ravens North 8 8 0 .500 3-3 6-6 0.484 0.418 L2
9[e] New York Jets East 8 8 0 .500 3-3 5-7 0.488 0.414 W2
10 Miami Dolphins East 8 8 0 .500 2-4 7-5 0.523 0.523 L2
11 Tennessee Titans South 7 9 0 .438 2-4 6-6 0.504 0.375 W2
12 Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 3-3 5-7 0.520 0.500 L1
13[f][g] Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 1-5 4-8 0.523 0.359 L6
14[h] Jacksonville Jaguars South 4 12 0 .250 3-3 4-8 0.504 0.234 L3
15 Cleveland Browns North 4 12 0 .250 2-4 3-9 0.516 0.477 L7
16 Houston Texans South 2 14 0 .125 1-5 2-10 0.559 0.500 L14
Tiebreakers[i]
  1. ^ Cincinnati defeated Indianapolis head-to-head (Week 14, 42-28).
  2. ^ Pittsburgh finished with a better division record than Baltimore.
  3. ^ Pittsburgh defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 6, 19-6).
  4. ^ Baltimore defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 12, 19-3).
  5. ^ The New York Jets finished with a better division record than Miami.
  6. ^ Oakland and Jacksonville finished with a better conference record than Cleveland.
  7. ^ Oakland defeated Jacksonville head-to-head (Week 2, 19-9).
  8. ^ Jacksonville defeated Cleveland head-to-head (Week 13, 32-28).
  9. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References

  1. ^ "2013 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "2013 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013.

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