|2007 Buffalo Bills season|
|Head Coach||Dick Jauron|
|Home Field||Ralph Wilson Stadium|
|Place||2nd AFC East|
|Playoff Finish||did not qualify|
|Previous season||Next season|
The 2007 Buffalo Bills season was the 38th season for the team in the National Football League and their 48th season overall. They finished their 2007 season with a record of 7–9 and tied their 7–9 record in 2006 but failed to qualify for the playoffs, and continues a playoff appearance drought since the 1999–2000 season. The 8-year playoff drought is the longest in team history.
|1||12||Marshawn Lynch||Running Back||California|
|2||34||Paul Posluzny||Linebacker||Penn State|
|4||111||Dwayne Wright||Running Back||Fresno State|
|7||222||Derek Schouman||Tight End||Boise State|
|7||239||C. J. Ah You||Defensive End||Oklahoma|
|Week||Date||Opponent||Time/Result||Game Site||TV||Final Score||Record|
|1||August 10, 2007||New Orleans||8 PM EDT||Louisiana Superdome||CBS||W 13–10||1–0|
|2||August 17, 2007||Atlanta||7 PM EDT||Ralph Wilson Stadium||WKBW-TV||L 13–10||1–1|
|3||August 24, 2007||Tennessee||7 PM EDT||Ralph Wilson Stadium||WKBW-TV||L 28–17||1–2|
|4||August 30, 2007||Detroit||7 PM EDT||Ford Field||WKBW-TV||W 16–13||2–2|
The 2007 NFL regular season schedule was announced, and brought a favorable schedule where the Bills play six of their first 10 games at home.
|Week||Date||Opponent||Time/Result||Game Site||TV||Final Score||Record|
|1||September 9, 2007||Denver||1 PM EDT||Ralph Wilson Stadium||CBS||L 15–14||0–1|
|2||September 16, 2007||Pittsburgh||1 PM EDT||Heinz Field||CBS||L 26–3||0–2|
|3||September 23, 2007||New England||1 PM EDT||Gillette Stadium||CBS||L 38–7||0–3|
|4||September 30, 2007||New York Jets||1 PM EDT||Ralph Wilson Stadium||CBS||W 17–14||1–3|
|5||October 8, 2007||Dallas||8:30 PM EDT||Ralph Wilson Stadium||ESPN||L 25–24||1–4|
|7||October 21, 2007||Baltimore||1 PM EDT||Ralph Wilson Stadium||CBS||W 19–14||2–4|
|8||October 28, 2007||New York Jets||1 PM EDT||The Meadowlands||CBS||W 13–3||3–4|
|9||November 4, 2007||Cincinnati||1 PM EST||Ralph Wilson Stadium||CBS||W 33–21||4–4|
|10||November 11, 2007||Miami||1 PM EST||Dolphin Stadium||CBS||W 13–10||5–4|
|11||November 18, 2007||New England||8:15 PM EST||Ralph Wilson Stadium||NBC||L 56–10||5–5|
|12||November 25, 2007||Jacksonville||1 PM EST||Jacksonville Municipal Stadium||CBS||L 36–14||5–6|
|13||December 2, 2007||Washington||1 PM EST||FedEx Field||CBS||W 17–16||6–6|
|14||December 9, 2007||Miami||1 PM EST||Ralph Wilson Stadium||CBS||W 38–17||7–6|
|15||December 16, 2007||Cleveland||1 PM EST||Cleveland Browns Stadium||CBS||L 8–0||7–7|
|16||December 23, 2007||New York Giants||1 PM EST||Ralph Wilson Stadium||Fox||L 38–21||7–8|
|17||December 30, 2007||Philadelphia||1 PM EST||Lincoln Financial Field||CBS||L 17–9||7–9|
|z (1) New England Patriots||16||0||0||1.000||6–0||12–0||589||274||W16|
|New York Jets||4||12||0||.250||2–4||4–8||268||355||W1|
|This article reads more like a story than an encyclopedia entry. (December 2007)|
Week 1: vs. Denver Broncos Edit
The Bills began their 2007 campaign at home against the Denver Broncos. In the first quarter, the Bills struck first with WR/PR Roscoe Parrish returning a punt 74 yards for a touchdown. Then, near the end of the period, the Broncos got on the board with kicker Jason Elam getting a 21-yard field goal. Denver would go on to get the only score of the second quarter, as Elam kicked a 48-yard field goal.
On the opening kickoff for the second half, a scary injury occurred to Bills TE Kevin Everett, as he suffered a cervical spine injury. He would end up being carted off the field, and was rushed to Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital for an emergency surgery. It was due to the fastest application of cold ever applied to an injured spine that gave Everett a chance to walk again despite the initial grim prognosis.
In the third quarter, Buffalo struck again as rookie RB Marshawn Lynch got a 23-yard TD run. Afterwards, the Broncos pulled within two as QB Jay Cutler completed a 5-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Marshall (followed by a failed 2-Point Conversion). Near the end of the fourth quarter, Cutler drove his team into field goal range and with no timeouts left, Denver's special teams came on and Elam kicked the game-winning 42-yard field goal with no time left on the clock.
With the shocking loss, the Bills began the season at 0–1.
Week 2: at Pittsburgh SteelersEdit
Hoping to rebound from a last-second home loss to the Broncos, the Bills (with TE Kevin Everett on the mind) went to Heinz Field for their Week 2 match-up against the throwback-clad Pittsburgh Steelers. In the first half, the Bills struggled on offense while their defense only allowed three Jeff Reed field goal (a 34-yard field goal in the first quarter, along with a 28-yard and a 39-yard field goal). In the third quarter, Buffalo would get their only score of the game as kicker Rian Lindell nailed a 24-yard field goal. For the rest of the game, the Steelers dominated with QB Ben Roethlisberger completing a 1-yard TD pass to TE Matt Spaeth later in the period, along with RB Willie Parker getting an 11-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
With the loss, the Bills fell to 0–2.
Week 3: at New England PatriotsEdit
Trying to snap a two-game skid, the Bills flew to Gillette Stadium for a Week 3 divisional fight with the New England Patriots. In the first quarter, QB J.P. Losman was immediately injured on the first offensive play of the game. He would finish the series, but ended up on the bench for the rest of the game. After New England took the lead with kicker Stephen Gostkowski's 24-yard field goal, rookie QB Trent Edwards played the rest of the game for Buffalo. The Bills would get their only score of the game as RB Marshawn Lynch got an 8-yard TD run, and a Rian Lindell field goal put the Bills ahead surprisingly 7–3. However, in the second quarter, the Patriots were able to open up their running game when Bills rookie standout Paul Posluszny was lost due to a broken arm. This left passing lanes open, and for the rest of the game, the Patriots dominated. QB Tom Brady's 8-yard TD pass to TE Benjamin Watson and a 3-yard TD pass to WR Randy Moss made it 17–7 at the half. In the third quarter, New England continued its conquest with Brady's 4-yard TD pass to WR Jabar Gaffney and RB Sammy Morris' 4-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Patriots ended the day with Brady and Moss hooking up with each other again on a 45-yard TD pass.
With their third-straight loss, the Bills fell to 0–3.
Week 4: vs. New York JetsEdit
There were many factors that made the Bills underdogs before Week 4- an 0–3 start coming off of a demoralizing loss to the New England Patriots, a starting quarterback in Trent Edwards who was starting his very first NFL game, numerous defensive injuries of starters, and an opponent in the New York Jets that had just gotten its first win over the Miami Dolphins. Things started off well for the Bills as Edwards led the offense down into Jets territory, but a Robert Royal fumble caused by Jonathan Vilma ended a promising drive. The Jets could not get any sort of momentum from the turnover, and were forced to punt.
In the second quarter, things heated up as the Bills once again managed to gain several first downs, only to see the Jets force another turnover as a deep ball by Edwards meant for Lee Evans was intercepted by Andre Dyson. Three events late in the first half led to a flurry of big plays- Bills safety Donte Whitner tackled Jets RB Leon Washington inbounds to keep the clock running, quarterback Chad Pennington faked a spike and completed a pass to put the Jets in field goal range with a couple of seconds left, and Jets kicker Mike Nugent clanged the ball off the right upright, leaving the game scoreless at the half.
The second half saw the Bills take the lead on a 10 yard run by Marshawn Lynch, his second of the year. It was all set up by Edwards going 4 for 4 on the drive. The Jets tied it at 7 on an inspired drive by Pennington, who found Laveranues Coles in the end zone for a touchdown.
The fourth quarter saw the Bills take advantage of the Jets when reserve defensive back Jabari Greer intercepted Pennington. The Bills cashed in as Edwards found reserve tight end Michael Gaines on a bootleg 4th down play at the Jets 1 yard line, and once again the Bills got more points when kicker Rian Lindell kicked a 46 yard field goal to make it 17–7. The Jets came right back with points of their own as Leon Washington rambled in to cut the lead to 17–14. After a Buffalo punt with less than 2 minutes remaining, the Jets failed to score as a forced pass by Pennington with 6 seconds left ended up in the acrobatic arms of Terrence McGee, preserving the 17–14 victory. The Bills took over second place in the AFC East at 1–3 because of the win, while the Jets fell to 1–3.
Week 5: vs. Dallas CowboysEdit
Coming off their divisional home win over the Jets, the Bills stayed at home, donned their throwback uniforms, and played their first home Monday Night football game in 13 years against the undefeated Dallas Cowboys. In the first quarter, Buffalo got off to a fast start with DB George Wilson returning an interception 25-yard for a touchdown, along with the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Cowboys tied the game with QB Tony Romo completing a 22-yard TD pass to TE Jason Witten. Afterwards, Buffalo increased its lead with kicker Rian Lindell getting a 24-yard field goal, along with DE Chris Kelsay intercepting a Romo pass in the endzone for a touchdown. Dallas would end the half with kicker Nick Folk getting a 47-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Dallas drew closer with Folk kicking a 29-yard field goal. Fortunately, the Bills immediately responded with CB Terrence McGee returning a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown. The Bills led 24–13 until 3:46 left in the fourth quarter, when the Cowboys got within 8 points with Folk getting a 37-yard field goal. From there, things began to look grim for Buffalo as a Trent Edwards interception eventually turned into Romo's 4-yard TD pass to WR Patrick Crayton. The two-point conversion was no good, but Dallas got a successful onside kick. With only 3 seconds left, Folk came out for a 53-yard field goal. The first try was good, yet it was negated with Head Coach Dick Jauron calling time out (repeating a move done by both the Denver Broncos in week 2 and the Oakland Raiders in week 3). However, the technique that worked for Denver and Oakland for this year failed as Folk got the game-winning 53-yard field goal as time ran out, despite the Bills defense getting 6 turnovers from Romo (5 interceptions and 1 fumble).
With the heart-breaking loss, the Bills entered their bye week at 1–4.
Week 7: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit
Coming off their bye week, the Bills stayed at home for a fierce Week 7 intraconference duel with the Baltimore Ravens. This match-up would be notable for RB Willis McGahee heading back to Buffalo to play against his former team.
In the first quarter, the Bills got the first blood with kicker Rian Lindell getting a 29-yard field goal for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, Buffalo increased its lead with Lindell nailing a 26-yard and a 35-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Ravens began to climb back into the game with McGahee getting a 46-yard TD run. Fortunately, the Bills would respond with Lindell getting a 41-yard field goal, along with McGahee's successor, RB Marshawn Lynch, getting a 1-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, Baltimore drew closer as QB Kyle Boller completed a 15-yard TD pass to WR Derrick Mason. Fortunately, Buffalo managed to hold on for a well-earned victory.
With the win, the Bills improved to 2–4.
Week 8: at New York JetsEdit
Coming off their impressive home win over the Ravens, the Bills flew to The Meadowlands for an AFC East rematch with the New York Jets. In the first quarter, Buffalo busted out early with kicker Rian Lindell getting a 30-yard field goal for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, New York tied the game with kicker Mike Nugent getting a 27-yard field goal for the only score of the period.
During a scoreless third quarter, the Bills' starting QB (rookie Trent Edwards-14/21 for 130 yards and 1 interception) had to leave the game with a sprained right wrist, forcing a fully healed J.P. Losman into the game. In the fourth quarter, Buffalo took control with Lindell nailing a 40-yard field goal, along with Losman's 85-yard TD pass to WR Lee Evans.
With the win, not only did Buffalo improve to 3–4, but they also swept the Jets for the first time since 1997.
Week 9: vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit
Coming off a season-sweeping road win over the Jets, the Bills went home for a Week 9 intraconference duel with the Cincinnati Bengals. with rookie QB Trent Edwards out for a sore right wrist, J.P. Losman got the chance to reclaim his starting job.
In the first quarter, Buffalo drew first blood with Losman completing an 8-yard TD pass to WR Lee Evans that was initially ruled incomplete. The Bengals would respond with QB Carson Palmer completing a 15-yard TD pass to WR T. J. Houshmandzadeh. In the second quarter, the Bills went back into the lead with kicker Rian Lindell getting a 23-yard field goal. However, Cincinnati immediately responded with WR/KR Glenn Holt returning the kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Buffalo ended the half with Lindell kicking a 21-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, the Bills went back to work with Lindell getting a 21-yard field goal. However, the Bengals answered with Palmer completing a 1-yard TD pass to FB Jeremi Johnson. Fortunatenly, in the fourth quarter, Buffalo began its final assault with Lindell nailing a 38-yard field goal. Afterwards, rookie RB Marshawn Lynch was a key player as he threw an 8-yard TD pass to TE Robert Royal on a trick play, along with getting his best run of the year with a 56-yard TD run.
With the win, not only did the Bills improve to 4–4, but they have won three-straight games for the first time since 2004.
Losman ended the day completing 24 out of 34 passes for 295 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Meanwhile, Lynch finally managed to get not only his first 100-yard game, but also his first 150-yard game. He ended the day with 29 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown, along with his touchdown pass.
Week 10: at Miami DolphinsEdit
Coming off an impressive home win over the Bengals, the Bills flew to Dolphin Stadium for an AFC East duel with the winless Miami Dolphins. In the first quarter, Buffalo trailed early as Dolphins kicker Jay Feely managed to get a 38-yard field goal for the only score of the half. In the third quarter, the Bills began their comeback as DE Chris Kelsay sacked Miami QB Cleo Lemon in the endzone for a safety. However, the Dolphins respond with Lemon getting a 5-yard TD run. Fortunately, in the fourth quarter, Buffalo took control as rookie RB Marshawn Lynch got a 3-yard TD run, along with getting a 2-point conversion run to tie the game. Later in the game, kicker Rian Lindell sealed Miami's fate as he nailed the game-winning 34-yard field goal.
With their fourth-straight win, the Bills improved to 5–4, while Miami remains winless at 0–9.
This win gave Buffalo their first four-game winning streak for the first time since 2004.
Week 11: vs. New England PatriotsEdit
Coming off their close victory over the winless Dolphins, the Bills went home to play the 9–0 New England Patriots, coming off their bye week. The game had just started when Randall Gay picked off J.P. Losman, which led to the Patriots first touchdown, a 6-yard run up the middle by Laurence Maroney. After a Brian Moorman punt, the Patriots scored again, this time on a 43-yard pass from Tom Brady to Randy Moss, with Moss' touchdown breaking the record for most touchdowns by a Patriots receiver in a single season. However, the Bills would answer back with a 47-yard touchdown pass of their own from Losman to Roscoe Parrish, to cut the lead to 14–7, which would be the score at the end of the first quarter.
However, on the first play of the 2nd quarter, Brady would hit Moss again for a touchdown from 16 yards out to give them a two score lead again. Seven minutes later, Brady threw his third touchdown of the game, again to Moss. Moss and Brady would hook up for one final touchdown in the first half when Brady hit Moss with only ten seconds left in the first half, giving the Patriots a 35–7 lead at the half.
In the 2nd half, the Patriots would add to their lead when, on a 4th down from the 6, Brady hit Benjamin Watson to put the Patriots over 40 points for the fourth time in 2007. The Bills could only muster up a 52-yard field goal by Rian Lindell.
In the 4th quarter, with Maroney out of the game, Kyle Eckel scored a 1-yard touchdown to cap off their final touchdown drive of the night. A minute after the score, Ellis Hobbs recovered a Buffalo fumble and scored from 35-yards out to finish the scoring at 56–10, a season-high for the Patriots, and the most points scored by a road team since 1976, when the Atlanta Falcons put up 62 on the New Orleans Saints. Matt Cassel relieved Brady and finished off the rout for the Patriots. At game's end, New England went over 400 points scored on the season.
With the loss, Buffalo fell to 5–5.
Week 12: at Jacksonville JaguarsEdit
Hoping to rebound from their humiliating home loss to the Patriots, the Bills flew to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for a Week 12 duel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. For QB J.P. Losman, he was playing to keep his starting job.
In the first quarter, Buffalo trailed early as Jaguars RB Fred Taylor got a 50-yard TD run, along with kicker Josh Scobee getting a 46-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Jacksonville increased its lead with Scobee kicking a 33-yard field goal. The Bills managed to get on the board with Losman's 10-yard TD pass to RB Anthony Thomas. The Jaguars would end the half with Scobee getting a 22-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Jacksonville increased its lead with Scobee kicking a 23-yard field goal. Buffalo managed to respond with WR Roscoe Parrish getting a 24-yard TD run on a reverse. However, in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars took control for the rest of the game as Scobee nailed a 20-yard field goal, QB David Garrard completing a 59-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Williams, and RB Maurice Jones-Drew getting a 17-yard TD run.
With the loss, the Bills fell to 5–6.
Week 13: at Washington RedskinsEdit
Trying to snap a two-game losing skid, the Bills flew to FedEx Field for a Week 13 interconference duel with an emotionally charged Washington Redskins. Before the kickoff, the stadium held a memorial service for Sean Taylor, as well as all players across the NFL wearing a #21 sticker on the back of their helmets.
In the first quarter, Buffalo trailed early as Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham managed to get a 27-yard field goal for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Bills continued to trail as Suisham kicked a 28-yard field goal. Afterwards, Buffalo got on the board as LB Angelo Crowell sacked Washington QB Jason Campbell in his own endzone for a safety. The Redskins would end the half with Suisham getting a 33-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, the Bills started to reply as kicker Rian Lindell got a 38-yard field goal, yet Washington replied with RB Clinton Portis getting a 3-yard TD run. Buffalo would close out the period with Lindell kicking a 43-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Buffalo drew closer as Lindell kicked a 24-yarder, followed by a 33-yard field goal. On the Bills final drive, Lindell managed to set up for a 51-yard field goal. The first try was good, but Redskins Head Coach Joe Gibbs called time out. After the first time out, Gibbs tried to call a second time out, which led to them getting called for unsportsmanlike conduct and the Bills moved 15 yards closer to the end zone, which reduced Lindell's field goal to 36 yards. In the end, Lindell managed to nail the game-winning 36-yard field goal, squeaking a last second win in the dying seconds of the game.
With the win, Buffalo snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 6–6.
Week 14: vs. Miami DolphinsEdit
Coming off their road win over the Redskins, the Bills went home, donned their throwbacks again, and played a Week 14 AFC East rematch with the still-winless Miami Dolphins. In the first quarter, Buffalo drew first blood with rookie QB Trent Edwards completing a 13-yard TD pass and a 28-yard TD pass to TE Robert Royal. Afterwards, the Bills continued their early pounding as Safety George Wilson returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown. The Dolphins would get on the board with RB Samkon Gado getting a 12-yard TD run, yet Buffalo would answer right back with kicker Rian Lindell getting a 51-yard field goal, setting a new Buffalo Bills record for 18 consecutive field goals (beating Steve Christie's old record of 17; Lindell would later miss wide left from 46). In the second quarter, the Bills continued their domination with Edwards completing a 9-yard TD pass to WR Lee Evans for the only score of the period.
In the third quarter, Miami tried to rally as Gado got a 20-yard TD run, while kicker Jay Feely nailed a 41-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Buffalo would put the game away as Edwards hooked up with Evans again on a 70-yard TD pass to secure a season-sweep.
With the win, the Bills improved to 7–6.
Buffalo's 24 first-quarter points became their most since 1992.
Week 15: at Cleveland BrownsEdit
Coming off their dominating win over the Dolphins, the Bills flew to Cleveland Browns Stadium for a Week 15 intraconference duel with the Cleveland Browns in a race for the wild card. In the first quarter, Buffalo trailed early as Browns kicker Phil Dawson managed to get a 35-yard field goal for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Bills continued to trail as LS Ryan Neill's snap to Punter Brian Moorman went over Moorman's head, causing him to kick the ball through his endzone for a Cleveland safety. Later, the Browns increased their lead with Dawson just managing to nail a 49-yard field goal. Near the end of the game, Buffalo managed to get deep into Cleveland territory. However, the Browns' defense proved to be too much to overcome.
With their first shutout loss since 2003, not only did the Bills fall to 7–7, but it also knocked them out of the playoff race.
Week 16: vs. New York GiantsEdit
Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Browns, the Bills went home for their last home game of the season as they hosted a Week 16 interconference duel against the New York Giants. In the first quarter, Buffalo got off to a fast start as rookie QB Trent Edwards completed a 3-yard TD pass to TE Michael Gaines and a 4-yard TD pass to WR Lee Evans. In the second quarter, the Giants took the lead with RB Brandon Jacobs getting a 6-yard and a 43-yard TD run, along with kicker Lawrence Tynes getting a 42-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, the Bills regained the lead with rookie RB Marshawn Lynch getting a 3-yard TD run for the only score of the period. However, in the fourth quarter, New York pulled away as LB Kawika Mitchell returning an interception 30 yards for a touchdown, RB Ahmad Bradshaw getting an 88-yard TD run, and CB Corey Webster returning an interception 34 yards for a touchdown.
With the loss, Buffalo fell to 7–8.
Week 17: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit
Hoping to end their season on a high note, the Bills flew to Lincoln Financial Field for a Week 17 interconference duel with the Philadelphia Eagles. In the first quarter, Buffalo trailed early as Eagles QB Donovan McNabb completed a 2-yard TD pass to TE Brent Celek for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, Buffalo got on the board with kicker Rian Lindell getting a 29-yard field goal. Philadelphia would end the half with kicker David Akers getting a 38-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, the Bills replied with Lindell kicking a 23-yard field goal. However, the Eagles increased their lead with WR Kevin Curtis recovering a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown. Buffalo would answer with Lindell nailing a 22-yard field goal, but Philadelphia held on for the rest of the game.
With the loss, Buffalo ended its season at 7–9, tying its record from last season.