|2016 Buffalo Bills season|
|Head coach||Rex Ryan (fired week 16, 7-8 record)|
Anthony Lynn (interim, 0-1 record)
|General manager||Doug Whaley|
|Owner||Terry and Kim Pegula|
|Home field||New Era Field|
|Division place||3rd AFC East|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
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.
|Position||Player||2015 Team||Date signed||Notes||Source|
|RB||Mike Gillislee||Buffalo Bills||January 4, 2016||1-year extension/$600,000|||
|RB||James Wilder, Jr.||Cincinnati Bengals||January 20, 2016||1 year/$525,000 (Reserve/Future)|||
|RB||Reggie Bush||San Francisco 49ers||August 1, 2016||1 year/$3 million|||
|TE||Jim Dray||Cleveland Browns||March 16, 2016||1 year/$760,000|||
|WR||Greg Salas||Buffalo Bills||January 4, 2016||1-year extension/$600,000|||
|WR||Leonard Hankerson||Buffalo Bills||April 4, 2016||1 year/$840,000|||
|WR||Kain Colter||Minnesota Vikings||August 1, 2016||1 year/$450,000|||
|OG||Richie Incognito||Buffalo Bills||March 8, 2016||3-year extension/$15.75 million|||
|OG||Fernando Velasco||Carolina Panthers||April 7, 2016||1 year/$965,000|||
|OT||Jordan Mills||Buffalo Bills||March 30, 2016||1 year tender/$1.67 million|||
|OT||Chris Martin||Miami Dolphins||June 13, 2016||1 year/$525,000|||
|OT||Cordy Glenn||Buffalo Bills||May 3, 2016||5-year extension/$65 million|||
|OT||Justin Renfrow||San Francisco 49ers||June 17, 2016||1 year/$450,000|||
|DT||Corbin Bryant||Buffalo Bills||March 7, 2016||1 year tender/$1.67 million|||
|DT||Casey Walker||Dallas Cowboys||July 30, 2016||1 year/$525,000|||
|LB||Zach Brown||Tennessee Titans||April 4, 2016||1 year/$1.25 million|||
|LB||Lorenzo Alexander||Oakland Raiders||April 13, 2016||1 year/$885,000|||
|CB||Mario Butler||Buffalo Bills||January 4, 2016||1-year extension/$600,000|||
|CB/KR||Javier Arenas||New York Jets||February 3, 2016||1 year/$600,000 (Reserve/Future)|||
|CB||Corey White||Arizona Cardinals||April 4, 2016||1 year/$840,000|||
|CB||Sterling Moore||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||April 5, 2016||1 year/$840,000|||
|SS||Robert Blanton||Minnesota Vikings||March 18, 2016||1 year/$840,000|||
|SS||Colt Anderson||Indianapolis Colts||April 13, 2016||1 year/$840,000|||
|P||Colton Schmidt||Buffalo Bills||January 4, 2016||1-year extension/$600,000|||
|WR||Percy Harvin||Buffalo Bills||November 1, 2016|
|Position||Player||2016 Team||Date signed||Notes||Source|
|WR||Chris Hogan||New England Patriots||March 11, 2016||3 years/$12 million|||
|DT||Stefan Charles||Detroit Lions||March 10, 2016||1 year/$1.75 million|||
|LB||Nigel Bradham||Philadelphia Eagles||March 9, 2016||2 years/$7 million|||
|CB||Ron Brooks||Philadelphia Eagles||March 9, 2016||3 years/$5.5 million|||
|CB||Leodis Mckelvin||Philadelphia Eagles||March 10, 2016||3 years/$9 million|
|RB||Boobie Dixon||March 1, 2016|||
|WR||Davonte Allen||August 1, 2016|||
|TE||MarQueis Gray||March 1, 2016|||
|TE||Jacob Maxwell||April 29, 2016|||
|T||Tyson Chandler||April 15, 2016|||
|T||Keith Lumpkin||June 13, 2016|||
|G||Kraig Urbik||March 1, 2016|||
|C||Ronald Patrick||May 2, 2016|||
|DE||Mario Williams||March 1, 2016|||
|DE||Cedric Reed||July 30, 2016|||
|DE||Claudell Louis||June 13, 2016|||
|DE||Jarius Wynn||May 2, 2016|||
|LB||Tony Steward||April 19, 2016|||
|CB||Leodis McKelvin||March 4, 2016|||
|CB||Cam Thomas||April 18, 2016|||
|CB||Julian Whigham||June 9, 2016|||
|CB||Merrill Noel||May 2, 2016|||
|S||Phillip Thomas||June 17, 2016|||
|K||Marshall Morgan||August 1, 2016|||
|LB||A.J. Tarpley||April 6, 2016|
|2016 Buffalo Bills draft|
|2||41||Reggie Ragland||LB||Alabama||Pick from CHI|
|3||80||Adolphus Washington||DE||Ohio State|
|4||139||Cardale Jones||QB||Ohio St||Compensatory|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|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||Garry Chambers||Arizona State|
|OG||Jamison Lalk||Iowa State|
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).
|1||August 13||Indianapolis Colts||L 18-19||0-1||Ralph Wilson Stadium||Recap|
|2||August 20||New York Giants||W 21-0||1-1||New Era Field||Recap|
|3||August 26||at Washington Redskins||L 16-21||1-2||FedExField||Recap|
|4||September 1||at Detroit Lions||L 0-31||1-3||Ford Field||Recap|
|1||September 11||at Baltimore Ravens||L 7-13||0-1||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|2||September 15||New York Jets||L 31-37||0-2||New Era Field||Recap|
|3||September 25||Arizona Cardinals||W 33-18||1-2||New Era Field||Recap|
|4||October 2||at New England Patriots||W 16-0||2-2||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|5||October 9||at Los Angeles Rams||W 30-19||3-2||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Recap|
|6||October 16||San Francisco 49ers||W 45-16||4-2||New Era Field||Recap|
|7||October 23||at Miami Dolphins||L 25-28||4-3||Hard Rock Stadium||Recap|
|8||October 30||New England Patriots||L 25-41||4-4||New Era Field||Recap|
|9||November 7||at Seattle Seahawks||L 25-31||4-5||CenturyLink Field||Recap|
|11||November 20||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 16-12||5-5||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
|12||November 27||Jacksonville Jaguars||W 28-21||6-5||New Era Field||Recap|
|13||December 4||at Oakland Raiders||L 24-38||6-6||Oakland Alameda Coliseum||Recap|
|14||December 11||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 20-27||6-7||New Era Field||Recap|
|15||December 18||Cleveland Browns||W 33-13||7-7||New Era Field||Recap|
|16||December 24||Miami Dolphins||L 31-34 (OT)||7-8||New Era Field||Recap|
|17||January 1||at New York Jets||L 10-30||7-9||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
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.
With the win, the Bills improved to 1-2 in Lynn's first game as offensive coordinator.
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).
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).
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).
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.
With the loss, not only did the Bills drop to 4-5, but they also lost center Eric Wood for the season.
With the loss, the Bills dropped to 6-6.
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. This was also the 400th regular-season win in franchise history.
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.
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.
|(1)New England Patriots||14||2||0||.875||5-1||11-1||441||250||W7|
|New York Jets||5||11||0||.313||2-4||4-8||275||409||W1|
|1||New England Patriots||East||14||2||0||.875||5-1||11-1||.439||.424||W7|
|2[a]||Kansas City Chiefs||West||12||4||0||.750||6-0||9-3||.508||.479||W2|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|13[e]||New York Jets||East||5||11||0||.313||2-4||4-8||.518||.313||W1|
|14[e]||San Diego Chargers||West||5||11||0||.313||1-5||4-8||.543||.513||L5|