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2015 Buffalo Bills season
Head Coach Rex Ryan
General Manager Doug Whaley
Home Field Ralph Wilson Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Place 3rd AFC East
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers RB LeSean McCoy
QB Tyrod Taylor
C Eric Wood
OG Richie Incognito
Timeline
Previous season Next season
2014 2016

The 2015 Buffalo Bills season was the franchise’s 56th overall season as a football team, 46th in the National Football League, third under leadership of general manager Doug Whaley and first under new head coach Rex Ryan. It was also the first full season under the ownership of Terry and Kim Pegula (who also own the Buffalo Sabres), having purchased the Bills partway through 2014 after the death of longtime owner Ralph Wilson in March at the age of 95.

The Bills began their season with an open competition for the starting quarterback position after Kyle Orton, the starter for most of the 2014 campaign, retired during the offseason, so the team acquired free agent Tyrod Taylor, a former backup quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, who won the competition over incumbent second-string quarterback EJ Manuel and trade acquisition Matt Cassel, the latter of whom the team later traded along with a seventh-round pick in 2017 to the Dallas Cowboys, in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2017.

Despite Ryan's bold prediction of the Bills making the playoffs at his introductory press conference, the Bills were unable to do so in their first season with Ryan as head coach, finishing with a record of 8-8 (the team’s first since 2002), making it the 16th straight season without a playoff appearance, which became the longest active in major professional sports after Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays broke their 22-year playoff drought on September 25, 2015.[1]

OffseasonEdit

The Bills made headlines when they hired a new head coach in Rex Ryan, who signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract on January 12, 2015 after having previously spent the past six seasons coaching the division-rival New York Jets. Ryan had led the Jets to two straight AFC Championship games in 2009 and 2010 before his firing in 2014. He became the 18th head coach in Bills history and the fifth in the past seven years in the process. Ryan replaced Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract on December 31, 2014 in order to take advantage of a contract loophole.[2]

Roster changesEdit

SigningsEdit

Position Player 2014 Team Date signed Notes and references
OG Richie Incognito No Team February 8, 2015 1-year/$2.25 million
DE Jerry Hughes Buffalo Bills March 9, 2015 5-years/$45 million
FB Jerome Felton Minnesota Vikings March 11, 2015 4-years/$9.2 million
WR Marcus Easley Buffalo Bills March 12, 2015 4-years/$7 million
DE Jarius Wynn Buffalo Bills March 12, 2015 2-years/$2.2 million
QB Tyrod Taylor Baltimore Ravens March 12, 2015 2-years/$7 million
WR Percy Harvin New York Jets March 13, 2015 3-years/$24 million
TE Charles Clay Miami Dolphins March 19, 2015 5-years/$38 million
DE Alex Carrington St. Louis Rams May 4, 2015 1-year
FB John Conner New York Jets May 13, 2015 1-year/$745,000
QB Matt Simms New York Jets May 29, 2015 1-year/$585,000

Free agents lostEdit

Position Player 2015 Team Date signed Notes and references
CB Da’Norris Searcy Tennessee Titans March 10, 2015 4-years/$24 million
TE Lee Smith Oakland Raiders March 10, 2015 3-years/$9.1 million
RB C. J. Spiller New Orleans Saints March 13, 2015 4-years/$18 million
TE Scott Chandler New England Patriots March 13, 2015 2-years/$5.3 million
OL Erik Pears San Francisco 49ers March 14, 2015 2-years/$4.7 million
LB Larry Dean Tampa Bay Buccaneers April 9, 2015 1-year/$745,000
OT Chris Hairston San Diego Chargers April 15, 2015 1-year
LB Brandon Spikes New England Patriots May 18, 2015 1-year (Released June 8, 2015)

TradesEdit

Player/picks acquired From Date traded Player/picks traded
LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles March 10, 2015 Kiko Alonso
Matt Cassel
Minnesota’s 2015 6th Round Pick
Minnesota Vikings March 10, 2015 Grady Jarrett
Buffalo’s 2016 7th Round Pick
Dallas’ 2017 5th Round Pick Dallas Cowboys September 25, 2015 Matt Cassel
Buffalo’s 2017 7th Round Pick

DraftEdit

2015 Buffalo Bills draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 50 Ronald Darby  CB Florida St
3 81 John Miller  OG Louisville
5 155 Karlos Williams  RB Florida St
6 188 Tony Steward  OLB Clemson
6 194 Nick O'Leary  TE Florida St
7 234 Dezmin Lewis  WR Central Arkansas
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

StaffEdit

2015 Buffalo Bills staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2015 Buffalo Bills roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 19 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 14 Carolina Panthers L 24–25 0–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
2 August 20 at Cleveland Browns W 11–10 1–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
3 August 29 Pittsburgh Steelers W 43–19 2–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
4 September 3 at Detroit Lions L 10–17 2–2 Ford Field Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 13 Indianapolis Colts W 27–14 1–0 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
2 September 20 New England Patriots L 32–40 1–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
3 September 27 at Miami Dolphins W 41–14 2–1 Sun Life Stadium Recap
4 October 4 New York Giants L 10–24 2–2 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
5 October 11 at Tennessee Titans W 14–13 3–2 Nissan Stadium Recap
6 October 18 Cincinnati Bengals L 21–34 3–3 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
7 October 25 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 31–34 3–4 Wembley Stadium Recap
8 Bye
9 November 8 Miami Dolphins W 33–17 4–4 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
10 November 12 at New York Jets W 22–17 5–4 MetLife Stadium Recap
11 November 23 at New England Patriots L 13–20 5–5 Gillette Stadium Recap
12 November 29 at Kansas City Chiefs L 22–30 5–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
13 December 6 Houston Texans W 30–21 6–6 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
14 December 13 at Philadelphia Eagles L 20–23 6–7 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
15 December 20 at Washington Redskins L 25–35 6–8 FedExField Recap
16 December 27 Dallas Cowboys W 16–6 7–8 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
17 January 3, 2016 New York Jets W 22–17 8–8 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Week One: Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 0 0 14

14

Bills 7 10 7 3

27

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

First quarter

  • BUF: Percey Harvin 51-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 7–0). Drive: 5 plays, 68 yards, 2:39

Second quarter

  • BUF Dan Carpenter 41-yard field goal, (BUF 10-0). Drive: 7 plays, 43 yards, 3:22
  • BUF: Karlos Williams 26-yard run, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 17-0). Drive: 5 plays, 58 yards, 2:22

Third quarter

  • BUF: Anthony Dixon 1-yard run, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 24-0). Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 5:26
  • IND: Donte Moncrief 2-yard pass from Andrew Luck, Andrew Luck-Coby Fleener 2-point conversion good, (BUF 24-8). Drive: 18 plays, 65 yards, 8:40

Fourth quarter

  • BUF Dan Carpenter 45-yard field goal, (BUF 27-8). Drive: 4 plays, 1 yard, 1:30
  • IND: Dwayne Allen 6-yard pass from Andrew Luck, 2-point conversion failed, (BUF 27-14). Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 2:18

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Top tacklers

The Bills franchise reached the 400th career win in its history [3]with a 27-14 win over the Colts. Running backs Karlos Williams, LeSean McCoy and quarterback Tyrod Taylor combined for 137 rushing yards and a touchdown (Anthony Dixon added another on the ground) and Taylor completed 14/19 for 195 yards and a touchdown. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had two touchdowns, but he was intercepted and sacked twice.

Week 2: vs. New England PatriotsEdit

Week Two: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 14 10 13 3

40

Bills 7 6 0 19

32

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

First quarter

  • BUF: Karlos Williams 2-yard run, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 7-0). Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 5:00
  • NE: Julian Edelman 8-yard pass from Tom Brady, Stephen Gostkowski XP good, (TIE 7-7). Drive: 5 plays, 62 yards, 2:30
  • NE: Dion Lewis 6-yard run, Stephen Gostkowski XP good, (NE 14-7). Drive: 2 plays, 13 yards, 00:31

Second quarter

  • NE: Rob Gronkowski 2-yard pass from Tom Brady, Stephen Gostkowski XP good, (NE 21-7). Drive: 5 plays, 30 yards, 1:36
  • BUF: Charles Clay 9-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor, Dan Carpenter XP failed, (NE 21-13). Drive: 2 plays, 48 yards, 1:25
  • NE: Stephen Gostkowski 46-yard FG, (NE 24-13). Drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 2:55

Third quarter

  • NE Stephen Gostkowski 21-yard FG, (NE 27-13). Drive: 12 plays, 77 yards, 4:58
  • NE: Julian Edelman 22-yard pass from Tom Brady, Stephen Gostkowski XP good, (NE 34-13). Drive: 9 plays, 83 yards, 3:12
  • NE: Stephen Gostkowski 50-yard FG, (NE 37-13). Drive: 6 plays, 23 yards, 00:59

Fourth quarter

  • BUF: Robert Woods 32-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor, 2-point conversion failed, (NE 37-19). Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 3:46
  • BUF: Tyrod Taylor 7-yard run, 2-point conversion failed, (NE 37-25). Drive: 7 plays, 59 yards, 2:43
  • BUF: Sammy Watkins 24-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor, Dan Carpenter XP good, (NE 37-32). Drive: 2 plays, 50 yards, 00:15
  • NE: Stephen Gostkowski 25-yard FG, (NE 40-32). Drive: 7 plays, 72 yards, 3:01

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Top tacklers

With the close loss, the Bills dropped to 1-1. As if the loss wasn’t bad enough, the team also lost safety Aaron Williams for the season with a neck injury sustained trying to keep Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski from reaching the end zone.

Week 3: at Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Three: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 14 13 0 14

41

Dolphins 0 0 0 14

14

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: September 27
  • Game time: 4:25pm EDT
  • Game weather: 87 °F (31 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 64,869
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • BUF: Charles Clay 25-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 7-0). Drive: 5 plays, 77 yards, 2:17
  • BUF: LeSean McCoy 10-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 14-0). Drive: 8 plays, 81 yards, 3:40

Second quarter

  • BUF: Dan Carpenter 26-yard field goal, (BUF 17-0). Drive: 9 plays, 57 yards, 5:00
  • BUF: Preston Brown 43-yard INT return, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 24-0).
  • BUF: Dan Carpenter 51-yard field goal, (BUF 27-0). Drive: 4 plays, 16 yards, 00:42

Third quarter

  • MIA: Rishard Matthews 21-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill, 2pt conversion good, (BUF 27-8). Drive: 6 plays, 56 yards, 3:14

Fourth quarter

  • BUF: Chris Hogan 38-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 34-8). Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 5:46
  • MIA: Rishard Matthews 46-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill, Andrew Franks XP failed, (BUF 34-14). Drive: 4 plays, 48 yards, 00:51
  • BUF: Karlos Williams 41 yard run, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 41-14). Drive: 2 plays, 44 yards, 1:10

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Top tacklers

After leading 27-0, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill finally threw two touchdowns, but his three interceptions, one of which a pick-six returned by linebacker Preston Brown 43 yards for a touchdown, proved to be too much as the Bills improved to 2-1.

Week 4: vs. New York GiantsEdit

Week Four: New York Giants at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 9 7 0 8

24

Bills 3 0 0 7

10

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

First quarter

  • NYG: Josh Brown 47-yard FG, (NYG 3-0). Drive: 8 plays, 35 yards, 3:11
  • BUF: Dan Carpenter 51-yard FG, (TIE 3-3). Drive: 5 plays, 15 yards, 1:21
  • NYG: Dwayne Harris 21-yard pass from Eli Manning, Josh Brown XP failed, (NYG 9-3). Drive: 2 plays, 32 yards, 00:37

Second quarter

  • NYG: Rueben Randle 11-yard pass from Eli Manning, Josh Brown XP good, (NYG 16-3). Drive: 10 plays, 76 yards, 4:02

Third quarter

    • No scoring plays

Fourth quarter

  • BUF: Karlos Williams 23-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor, Dan Carpenter XP good, (NYG 16-10). Drive: 3 plays, 43 yards, 00:54
  • NYG: Rashard Jennings 51-yard pass from Eli Manning, Andre Williams run-2pt conversion good, (NYG 24-10). Drive: 5 plays, 72 yards, 1:59

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • NYG – Rashard Jennings, 2 receptions, 54 yards, TD
  • BUF – Charles Clay, 9 receptions, 111 yards

Top tacklers

With their third straight loss to the Giants dating back to 2011, the Bills dropped to 2-2.

Week 5: at Tennessee TitansEdit

Week Five: Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 0 0 14

14

Titans 0 3 7 3

13

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

  • TEN: Ryan Succop 21-yard FG, (TEN 3-0). Drive: 13 plays, 62 yards, 7:39

Third quarter

  • TEN: Antonio Andrews 1-yard run, Ryan Succop XP good, (TEN 10-0). Drive: 7 plays, 39 yards, 4:15
  • BUF: Tyrod Taylor 22-yard run, Dan Carpenter XP good, (TEN 10-7). Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 5:31

Fourth quarter

  • TEN: Ryan Succop 41-yard FG, (TEN 13-7). Drive: 13 plays, 72 yards, 6:44
  • BUF: Chris Hogan 2-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 14-13). Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 4:11

Top passers

Top rushers

  • BUF – Tyrod Taylor, 8 carries, 76 yards, TD
  • TEN – Marcus Mariota, 5 carries, 47 yards

Top receivers

Top tacklers

With the win, the Bills improved to 3-2.

Week 6: vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week Six: Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 10 14 3

34

Bills 7 7 0 7

21

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: October 18
  • Game time: 1:00pm EDT
  • Game weather: 40 °F (4 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,593
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • BUF: EJ Manuel 2-yard run, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 7-0). Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 5:39
  • CIN: Jeremy Hills 13-yard pass from Andy Dalton, Mike Nugent XP good, (TIE 7-7). Drive: 7 plays, 49 yards, 2:43

Second quarter

  • CIN: Giovani Bernard 17-yard run, Mike Nugent XP good, (CIN 14-7). Drive: 5 plays, 55 yards, 2:11
  • CIN: Mike Nugent 47-yard FG, (CIN 17-7). Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 1:34
  • BUF: Sammy Watkins 22-yard pass from EJ Manuel, Dan Carpenter XP good, (CIN 17-14). Drive: 14 plays, 86 yards, 6:55

Third quarter

  • CIN: Marvin Jones 10 yard pass from Andy Dalton, Mike Nugent XP good, (CIN 24-14). Drive: 8 plays, 90 yards, 4:05
  • CIN: Tyler Eifert 4-yard pass from Andy Dalton, Mike Nugent XP good, (CIN 31-14). Drive: 12 plays, 78 yards, 4:41

Fourth quarter

  • CIN: Mike Nugent 39-yard FG, (CIN 34-14). Drive: 10 plays, 45 yards, 5:07
  • BUF: LeSean McCoy 4-yard run, Dan Carpenter XP good, (CIN 34-21). Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 3:50

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Top tacklers

With their third straight loss to the Bengals dating back to 2011, the Bills dropped to 3-3.

Week 7: at Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

NFL International Series

Week Seven: Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 3 10 0 18

31

Jaguars 0 27 0 7

34

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

  • Date: October 25
  • Game time: 1:30pm GMT/9:30am EDT
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C), sunny intervals
  • Game attendance: 84,021
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (Yahoo! Screen, WIVB): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • BUF: Dan Carpenter 31-yard FG, (BUF 3-0). Drive: 7 plays, 43 yards, 2:38

Second quarter

  • JAX: Allen Robinson 13-yard pass from Blake Bortles, Jason Myers XP good, (JAX 7-3). Drive: 7 plays, 73 yards, 3:08
  • JAX: Chris Clemons 6 yard fumble return, Jason Myers XP good, (JAX 14-3).
  • JAX: Telvin Smith 26-yard INT return, Jason Myers XP good, (JAX 21-3).
  • JAX: T. J. Yeldon 28-yard run, Jason Myers XP failed, (JAX 27-3). Drive: 3 plays, 36 yards, 1:30
  • BUF: Robert Woods 16-yard pass from EJ Manuel, Dan Carpenter XP good, (JAX 27-10). Drive: 12 plays, 85 yards, 5:39
  • BUF: Dan Carpenter 38-yard FG, (JAX 27-13). Drive: 7 plays, 30 yards, 1:30

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays

Fourth quarter

  • BUF: Dan Carpenter 26-yard FG, (JAX 27-16). Drive: 14 plays, 91 yards, 5:40
  • BUF: Marcus Easley 58-yard pass from EJ Manuel, LeSean McCoy-run 2pt conversion good, (JAX 27-24). Drive: 2 plays, 52 yards, 00:42
  • BUF: Corey Graham 44-yard INT return, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 31-27).
  • JAX: Allen Hurns 31-yard pass from Blake Bortles, Jason Myers XP good, (JAX 34-31). Drive: 7 plays, 84 yards, 3:05

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Top tacklers

This was the Bills’ first game in London since 1991. Sadly, with the stunning loss, the Bills dropped to 3-4 heading into the bye week, marking the first time they had been under .500 all season.

Week 9: vs. Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Nine: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 7 7 3

17

Bills 9 10 7 7

33

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: November 8
  • Game time: 1:00pm ET
  • Game weather: 49 °F (9 °C), sunny with some clouds
  • Game attendance: 70,214
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • BUF: Ryan Tannehill fumble out of bounds in end zone for safety, (BUF 2-0).
  • BUF: LeSean McCoy 48-yard run, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 9-0). Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:58

Second quarter

  • MIA: Lamar Miller 1-yard run, Andrew Franks XP good, (BUF 9-7). Drive: 9 plays, 85 yards, 4:25
  • BUF: Dan Carpenter 43-yard FG, (BUF 12–7). Drive: 8 plays, 47 yards, 4:20
  • BUF: Karlos Williams 11-yard run, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 19-7). Drive: 4 plays, 84 yards, 2:07

Third quarter

  • MIA: Lamar Miller 1-yard run, Andrew Franks XP good, (BUF 19-14). Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:55
  • BUF: Sammy Watkins 44-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 26-14). Drive: 3 plays, 40 yards, 2:12

Fourth quarter

  • BUF: Karlos Williams 38-yard run, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 33-14). Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 6:16
  • MIA: Andrew Franks 48-yard FG, (BUF 33-17). Drive: 9 plays, 63 yards, 4:42

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • MIA – Lamar Miller, 7 receptions, 97 yards
  • BUF – Sammy Watkins, 8 receptions, 168 yards, TD

Top tacklers

With the win, not only did the Bills improve to 4-4, but they swept Miami for the first time since 2013.

Week 10: at New York JetsEdit

Week Ten: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 12 10 0

22

Jets 3 0 7 7

17

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

First quarter

  • NYJ: Randy Bullock 29-yard field goal, (NYJ 3-0). Drive: 10 plays, 76 yards, 4:57

Second quarter

  • BUF: Dan Carpenter 47-yard field goal, (TIE 3-3). Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 1:28
  • BUF: Duke Williams 19-yard fumble return, Dan Carpenter XP failed, (BUF 9-3).
  • BUF: Dan Carpenter 41-yard field goal, (BUF 12-3). Drive: 12 plays, 57 yards, 4:47

Third quarter

  • BUF: Karlos Williams 26-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor, Dan Carpenter XP good, (BUF 19-3). Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 3:45
  • BUF: Dan Carpenter 29-yard field goal, (BUF 22-3). Drive: 5 plays, 12 yards, 2:24
  • NYJ: Brandon Marshall 14-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick, Randy Bullock XP good, (BUF 22-10). Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 4:03

Fourth quarter

  • NYJ: Eric Decker 31-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick, Randy Bullock XP good, (BUF 22-17). Drive: 9 plays, 69 yards, 2:51

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Top tacklers

Rex Ryan made his return to MetLife Stadium for the first time since the Jets fired him after the 2014 season. The Bills wore their red Nike “color rush” uniforms. With 0:18 remaining, Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick attempted a comeback, but a game-saving interception by Bills safety Bacarri Rambo sealed the 22-17 victory over the Jets. With the win, the Bills improved to 5-4.

Week 11: at New England PatriotsEdit

Week Eleven: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 3 7 3

13

Patriots 3 7 10 0

20

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information

First quarter

  • NE: Stephen Gostkowski 35-yard FG, (NE 3-0). Drive: 11 plays, 49 yards, 5:56

Second quarter

  • BUF: Dan Carpenter 52-yard FG, (3-3). Drive: 11 plays, 51 yards, 5:36
  • NE: James White 20-yard pass from Tom Brady, Stephen Gostkowski XP good (NE 10-3). Drive: 6 plays, 62 yards, 0:33

Third quarter

  • BUF: LeSean McCoy 27-yard run, Dan Carpenter XP good (10-10). Drive: 5 plays, 56 yards, 2:06
  • NE: James White 6-yard run, Stephen Gostkowski XP good (NE 17-10). Drive: 6 plays, 64 yards, 2:04
  • NE: Stephen Gostkowski 35-yard FG, (NE 20-10) Drive: 6 plays, 14 yards, 1:50

Fourth quarter

  • BUF: Dan Carpenter 33-yard FG, (NE 20-13). Drive: 9 plays, 60 yards, 4:05

Top passers

  • BUF – Tyrod Taylor, 20-36, 233 yards
  • NE – Tom Brady, 20-39, 277 yards, TD, INT

Top rushers

  • BUF – LeSean McCoy, 20 attempts, 82 yards, TD
  • NE – LeGarrette Blount, 16 attempts, 56 yards

Top receivers

  • BUF – Chris Hogan, 6 receptions, 95 yards
  • NE – Danny Amendola, 9 receptions, 117 yards

Top tacklers

  • BUF – Preston Brown, 5 solo, 4 assist
  • NE – Logan Ryan, 7 solo, 2 assist

With yet another close loss, the Bills dropped to 5-5.

Week 12: at Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Twelve: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 10 6 6 0

22

Chiefs 0 14 10 6

30

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: November 29
  • Game time: 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT
  • Game weather: 35 °F (2 °C), cloudy and rainy
  • Game attendance: 72,493
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • BUF – Tyrod Taylor, 21-38, 291 yards, 3 TD
  • KC – Alex Smith, 19-30, 255 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

  • BUF – LeSean McCoy, 19 attempts, 70 yards
  • KC – Spencer Ware, 19 attempts, 114 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • BUF – Sammy Watkins, 6 receptions, 158 yards, 2 TD
  • KC – Jeremy Maclin, 9 receptions, 160 yards, TD

Top tacklers

  • BUF – Marcell Dareus, 6 solo
  • KC – Josh Mauga, 9 solo, 1 TFL

With the loss, the Bills dropped to 5-6.

Week 13: vs. Houston TexansEdit

Week Thirteen: Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 6 7 0 8

21

Bills 7 14 0 9

30

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 6
  • Game time: 1:00pm ET
  • Game weather: 47 °F (8 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,544
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • HOU – Brian Hoyer, 26-43, 293 yards, 3 TD, INT
  • BUF – Tyrod Taylor, 11-21, 211 yards, 3 TD

Top rushers

  • HOU – Chris Polk, 12 attempts, 61 yards
  • BUF – LeSean McCoy, 21 attempts, 112 yards

Top receivers

  • HOU – Cecil Shorts III, 6 receptions, 91 yards
  • BUF – Sammy Watkins, 3 receptions, 109 yards, TD

Top tacklers

  • HOU – Kareem Jackson, 5 solo, 1 assist
  • BUF – Preston Brown, 5 solo, 4 assist

With the win, not only did the Bills improve to 6-6, they remained in the wild card race. It’s also the Bills first win against the Texans since 2006.

Week 14: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit

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

20

Eagles 7 10 3 3

23

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: December 13
  • Game time: 1:00pm ET
  • Game weather: 66 °F (19 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,596
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • BUF – Tyrod Taylor, 19-36, 268 yards, TD, INT
  • PHI – Sam Bradford, 23-38, 247 yards, TD, INT

Top rushers

  • BUF – LeSean McCoy, 20 attempts, 74 yards
  • PHI – Darren Sproles, 7 attempts, 41 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • BUF – Robert Woods, 5 receptions, 106 yards
  • PHI – Zach Ertz, 5 receptions, 98 yards

Top tacklers

  • BUF – Corey Graham, 8 solo, 1 assist
  • PHI – Fletcher Cox, 7 solo, 1 assist, 1 sack, 2 TFL

LeSean McCoy made his return to Philadelphia for the first time since the Eagles traded him in the offseason. McCoy was seen kissing the Eagles logo, but did not stick around to interact with his former teammates or coach Chip Kelly.

Week 15: at Washington RedskinsEdit

Week Fifteen: Buffalo Bills at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 0 0 25

25

Redskins 7 14 7 7

35

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: December 20
  • Game time: 1:00pm ET
  • Game weather: 43 °F (6 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 80,124
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • BUF –
  • WAS –

Top rushers

  • BUF –
  • WAS –

Top receivers

  • BUF –
  • WAS –

Top tacklers

  • BUF –
  • WAS –

With the loss, not only did the Bills drop to 6-8, but they were officially eliminated from playoff contention for the 16th consecutive season.[4]

Week 16: vs. Dallas CowboysEdit

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

6

Bills 6 0 3 7

16

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 27
  • Game time: 1:00pm ET
  • Game weather: 39 °F (4 °C), rain showers
  • Game attendance: 70,172
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 46-yard field goal, 9:45. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 11 plays, 52 yards, 5:19.
  • BUF – Karlos Williams 1-yard run (kick failed), 0:51. Bills 6–3. Drive: 5 plays, 60 yards, 1:57.

Second quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 22-yard field goal, 5:29. Tied 6–6. Drive: 6 plays, 40 yards, 2:51.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 32-yard field goal, 6:21. Bills 9–6. Drive: 10 plays, 56 yards, 5:37.

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Mike Gillislee 50-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 2:34. Bills 16–6. Drive: 9 plays, 92 yards, 4:28.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Top tacklers

With the win, the Bills improved to 7-8 heading into the season finale.

Week 17: vs. New York JetsEdit

Week Seventeen: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 7 10 0

17

Bills 7 9 3 3

22

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: January 3, 2016
  • Game time: 1:00pm ET
  • Game weather: 35 °F (2 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,670
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • BUF – Karlos Williams 2-yard run (kick failed), 13:02. Bills 13–0. Drive: 13 plays, 70 yards, 6:21.
  • NYJ – Brandon Marshall 17-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Randy Bullock kick), 9:42. Bills 13–7. Drive: 3 plays, 60 yards, 1:26.
  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 20-yard field goal, 0:27. Bills 16–7. Drive: 15 plays, 70 yards, 9:16.

Third quarter

  • NYJ – Randy Bullock 39-yard field goal, 13:24. Bills 16–10. Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards, 0:49.
  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 37-yard field goal, 5:05. Bills 19–10. Drive: 14 plays, 66 yards, 8:19.
  • NYJ – Eric Decker 21-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Randy Bullock kick), 1:15. Bills 19–17. Drive: 11 plays, 77 yards, 3:52.

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Dan Carpenter 42-yard field goal, 3:53. Bills 22–17. Drive: 13 plays, 56 yards, 6:54.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Top tacklers

  • NYJ – David Harris, 10 total, 4 assists, 2 sacks, 2 TFL
  • BUF – Corey Graham, 6 solo, 1 TFL

Prior to the game, the team called for paid volunteers to help shovel snow out of Ralph Wilson Stadium.[5] Former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick made his first return to Buffalo since being cut after the 2012 season, hoping to clinch a playoff spot for his new team with a win. Despite the Jets setting various team records, the Bills ultimately pulled out a win to close the season at 8-8 for the first time since 2002 in their final regular season game before Ralph Wilson Stadium was renamed New Era Field the following summer, not only keeping the Jets out of the playoffs for a fifth straight year, but helping the Pittsburgh Steelers reach the playoffs. As a thank you gift of sorts, the Steelers sent the Bills a care package of Primanti Brothers sandwiches.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Template:2015 AFC East standings

ConferenceEdit

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ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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