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2011 Buffalo Bills season
Head Coach Chan Gailey
Home Field Ralph Wilson Stadium
Results
Record 5-7
Place 3rd AFC East
Playoff Finish TBD
Pro Bowlers TBD
Timeline
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The 2011 Buffalo Bills season is the team's 42nd season in the National Football League and the 52nd overall. The Bills hope to improve on their record from the 2010 season, and attempt to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999, the longest standing playoff drought in the NFL, which is tied with the Detroit Lions. Buffalo plays in the Eastern division of the American Football Conference (AFC).

In week 3 of the season, the Bills broke a 15-game losing streak that the team had accrued against the New England Patriots that dated to opening day of the 2003 season; Buffalo defeated the Patriots, 34–31. In doing so, the 2011 Bills became the only team since before 1950 (when comprehensive statistical record keeping began) to win two consecutive games in which they trailed by 18 or more points; they overcame a 21-3 deficit to Oakland in Week Two, and a 21-0 deficit to New England in Week Three.

Incidentally, Buffalo's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals the following week was the Bills' first loss to Cincinnati since the 1988 AFC Championship game.

The Bills started the season with a promising 5-2 record. However, the Bills' season was plagued by injuries to key starters, including linebacker Shawne Merriman, center Eric Wood, cornerback Terrence McGee,[1] star nose tackle Kyle Williams, and star running back Fred Jackson, all of whom were placed on injured reserve to end their respective seasons (Jackson's was somewhat controversial, as it disqualified him from Pro Bowl consideration; Jackson, whose leg is expected to heal by the time of the Pro Bowl was a contender for the game). The Bills also lost two wide receivers, Marcus Easley and Roscoe Parrish, to IR. [2] The Bills, after starting the season 5-2, have lost all five of the subsequent games to the New York Jets (twice), Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and Tennessee Titans.

OffseasonEdit

Uniform changeEdit

On February 9, 2011, the Bills announced that the team planned to introduce redesigned uniforms for the 2011 NFL season. No details were given on what the uniforms would look like, but it was said that the charging buffalo logo would be kept. Later reports leaked by a Madden NFL 12 trailer, and said to be confirmed by the league, indicated the team would be adopting the uniforms the team wore between 1975 and 1983.[3] It was also announced that an official unveiling of the new uniforms would be at a fan appreciation event later in the summer.[4] The date of the new uniform unveiling was June 24, 2011. The team also announced that the U.S. military will be involved in the unveiling. After the unveiling, there was a movie screening The Blind Side which was scheduled to round out the unveiling and fan appreciation event. Fans could vote for which film they want to see on the Bills’ Facebook page.

Due to the labor lockout that ran from March 11, 2011 through July 25, 2011, the actual Bills players were not being allowed to attend. Instead, models from the New York National Guard, along with former Bills Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas, modeled the new uniforms.[5] This is the first full redesign of the team’s uniforms since the 2002 NFL season.

The Bills wore their white jerseys at home against the New York Jets in Week Nine, which the team hadn't done since 1986 vs. Indianapolis. [6] The "White Out" did not prove successful, however, as the Bills lost to the Jets 27-11.

2011 draft boardEdit

Round Selection Player Position College
1 3 Marcell Dareus DT Alabama
2 34 Aaron Williams CB Texas
3 68 Kelvin Sheppard ILB LSU
4 100 Da'Norris Searcy DB UNC
4 122 [a] Chris Hairston OL Clemson
5 133 Johnny White RB UNC
6 169 Chris White LB Mississippi St.
7 206 Justin Rogers DB Richmond
7 245 [b] Michael Jasper DT Bethel (TN)
^[a] The Bills acquired this fourth-round selection and a 2012 conditional draft selection in an October 2010 trade that sent RB Marshawn Lynch to the Seattle Seahawks.
^[b] Compensatory selection.

PreseasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

The Bills' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Kickoff (EDT) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 13 8:00 p.m. at Chicago Bears L 3–10 0–1 Soldier Field WKBW-TV Recap
2 August 20 8:30 p.m. at Denver Broncos L 10–24 0–2 Sports Authority Field at Mile High WKBW-TV Recap
3 August 27 7:00 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars W 35–32 (OT) 1–2 Ralph Wilson Stadium WKBW-TV Recap
4 September 1 6:30 p.m. Detroit Lions L 6–16 1–3 Ralph Wilson Stadium WKBW-TV Recap

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 11 1:00 p.m. at Kansas City Chiefs W 41–7 1–0 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
2 September 18 1:00 p.m. Oakland Raiders W 38–35 2–0 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 25 1:00 p.m. New England Patriots W 34–31 3–0 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
4 October 2 1:00 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals L 20–23 3–1 Paul Brown Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 9 1:00 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles W 31–24 4–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Fox Recap
6 October 16 1:00 p.m. at New York Giants L 24–27 4–2 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
7 Bye
8 October 30 4:05 p.m. ^ Washington Redskins W 23–0 5–2 Rogers Centre (Toronto) Fox Recap
9 November 6 1:00 p.m. New York Jets L 11–27 5–3 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
10 November 13 1:00 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys L 7–44 5–4 Cowboys Stadium CBS Recap
11 November 20 1:00 p.m. at Miami Dolphins L 8–35 5–5 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
12 November 27 1:00 p.m. at New York Jets L 24–28 5–6 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
13 December 4 1:00 p.m. Tennessee Titans L 17–23 5–7 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
14 December 11 4:15 p.m. at San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium CBS
15 December 18 1:00 p.m. * Miami Dolphins Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
16 December 24 1:00 p.m. Denver Broncos Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
17 January 1 1:00 p.m. * at New England Patriots Gillette Stadium CBS

LEGEND:

     Royal blue indicates the Bills Toronto Series.
  *  Yellow indicates that the game time is subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.
     Gray indicates that the game will be blacked out locally due to low ticket sales.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week One: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 14 6 14 7

41

Chiefs 0 7 0 0

7

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 2: vs. Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Two: Oakland Raiders at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 21 0 14

35

Bills 0 3 14 21

38

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
First quarter None
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 3: vs. New England PatriotsEdit

Week Three: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 14 7 3 7

31

Bills 0 10 7 17

34

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 78° F (Mix of sun and clouds)
  • Game attendance: 68,174
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers [7]
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • NE –
  • BUF –

Week 4: at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week Four: Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 17 0 3

20

Bengals 3 0 10 10

23

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information
First quarter
  • CIN Nugent 31 yard FG (9-34, 5:04)
Second quarter
  • BUF Rian Lindell 43 yard FG (9-56, 3:29)
  • BUF Bryan Scott 43 yard interception return (Lindell kick)
  • BUF Jackson 2 yard run (Lindell kick)
Third quarter
  • CIN Nugent 21 yard FG (7-78, 3:37)
  • CIN Gresham 17 yard pass from Dalton (Nugent kick) (7-72, 3:55)
Fourth quarter
  • BUF Lindell 23 yard FG (17-75, 9:04)
  • CIN Dalton 3 yard run (Nugent kick) (10-80, 4:19)
  • CIN Nugent 43 yard FG (7-56, 1:48)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 5: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week Five: Philadelphia Eagles at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 7 7 10

24

Bills 7 14 10 0

31

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 6: at New York GiantsEdit

Week Six: Buffalo Bills at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 14 3 0 7

24

Giants 7 10 7 3

27

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BUF –
  • NYG –
Top rushers
  • BUF –
  • NYG –
Top receivers
  • BUF –
  • NYG –
Top tacklers
  • BUF –
  • NYG –

Week 8: vs. Washington RedskinsEdit

Bills Toronto Series

Week Eight: Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 0 0 0

0

Bills 7 6 7 3

23

at Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • WAS –
  • BUF –
Top rushers
  • WAS –
  • BUF –
Top receivers
  • WAS –
  • BUF –
Top tacklers
  • WAS –
  • BUF –

Week 9: vs. New York JetsEdit

Week Nine: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 3 17 7

27

Bills 0 0 3 8

11

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 57° F, Sunny
  • Game attendance: 70,133
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYJ –
  • BUF –
Top rushers
  • NYJ –
  • BUF –
Top receivers
  • NYJ –
  • BUF –
Top tacklers
  • NYJ –
  • BUF –

Week 10: at Dallas CowboysEdit

Week Ten: Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 7 0 0

7

Cowboys 14 14 6 10

44

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 85,157
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BUF –
  • DAL –
Top rushers
  • BUF –
  • DAL –
Top receivers
  • BUF –
  • DAL –
Top tacklers
  • BUF –
  • DAL –

Week 11: at Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Eleven: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 3 3 0 2

8

Dolphins 14 14 7 0

35

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 80° F, Mostly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 57,531
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • MIA – Charles Clay 12 yard reception from Matt Moore (Shayne Graham kick), Dolphins 21–3
  • MIA – Davone Bess 4 yard reception from Matt Moore (Shayne Graham kick), Dolphins 28–3
  • BUF - Dave Rayner 56 yd. FG, Dolphins 28-6
Third quarter
  • MIA - Lex Hillard 0 yard blocked punt return (Shayne Graham kick), Dolphins 35-6
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • BUF –
  • MIA –

Trying to snap a two-game losing streak, the Bills flew to Sun Life Stadium for a Week 11 AFC East showdown with the Miami Dolphins. Buffalo delivered the game's opening punch in the first quarter with a 30-yard field goal from kicker Dave Rayner, but the Dolphins answered with quarterback Matt Moore completing a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Anthony Fasano, followed by running back Reggie Bush getting a 5-yard touchdown run. Miami added onto their lead in the second quarter with Moore completing a 12-yard touchdown pass to fullback Charles Clay and a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Davone Bess. The Bills would close out the half with a 56-yard field goal from Rayner.

The Dolphins added onto Buffalo's misery in the third quarter with running back Lex Hilliard recovering a blocked punt in the endzone for a touchdown. The Bills tried to rally in the fourth quarter as rookie linebacker Kelvin Sheppard tackled running back Daniel Thomas in the endzone for a safety, but Miami's lead proved to be too much to overcome.

With the loss, Buffalo fell to 5-5.

Week 12: at New York JetsEdit

Week Twelve: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 7 7 7 3

24

Jets 0 14 7 7

28

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 60° F, Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 79,088
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BUF –
  • NYJ –
Top rushers
  • BUF –
  • NYJ –
Top receivers
  • BUF –
  • NYJ –
Top tacklers
  • BUF –
  • NYJ –

Week 13: vs. Tennessee TitansEdit

Week Thirteen: Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 10 7 3 3

23

Bills 7 3 0 7

17

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • TEN –
  • BUF –
Top rushers
  • TEN –
  • BUF –
Top receivers
  • TEN –
  • BUF –
Top tacklers
  • TEN –
  • BUF –

Week 14: at San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Fourteen: Buffalo Bills at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills

0

Chargers

0

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 4:15 p.m. EST/1:15 p.m. PST
  • TV: CBS
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BUF –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • BUF –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • BUF –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • BUF –
  • SD –

Week 15: vs. Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Fifteen: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins

0

Bills

0

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST[a]
  • TV: CBS
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • BUF –

Week 16: vs. Denver BroncosEdit

Week Sixteen: Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos

0

Bills

0

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • TV: CBS
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DEN –
  • BUF –
Top rushers
  • DEN –
  • BUF –
Top receivers
  • DEN –
  • BUF –
Top tacklers
  • DEN –
  • BUF –

Week 17: at New England PatriotsEdit

Week Seventeen: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills

0

Patriots

0

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: January 1
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST[a]
  • TV: CBS
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BUF –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • BUF –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • BUF –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • BUF –
  • NE –
^[a] Gametime subject to change due to flexible scheduling.

StandingsEdit

AFC East
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
z (1) New England Patriots 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 513 342 W8
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 394 382 L3
Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 348 330 W1
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 372 434 L1


Current staffEdit

Buffalo Bills staffv · d · e
Front Office
Head Coaches
Offensive Coaches
 
Defensive Coaches
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
  • Head Strength and Conditioning – Eric Ciano
  • Assistant Head Strength and Conditioning – Hal Luther
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Dan Liburd

Coaching Staff
Management
More NFL staffs <tr><td style="text-align:center; border:2px solid #c60c30;" colspan="7">AFC East: BUF  · MIA  · NE  · NYJNorth: BAL  · CIN  · CLE  · PITSouth: HOU  · IND  · JAC  · TENWest: DEN  · KC  · OAK  · SD
NFC East: DAL  · NYG  · PHI  · WASNorth: CHI  · DET  · GB  · MINSouth: ATL  · CAR  · NO  · TBWest: ARI  · STL  · SF  · SEA
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Current rosterEdit

Buffalo Bills rosterview · talk · edit
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

Unrestricted FAs

Restricted FAs

Exclusive-Rights FAs

Rookies in italics
Roster updated April 30, 2011
Depth ChartTransactions

53 Active, 0 Inactive, 13 FAs

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ReferencesEdit

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