Bills surprise Broncos with 26-16 win

The Buffalo defense comes up with two interceptions of Trevor Siemian to improve to 2-1 on the season

September 24, 2017 - 12:31 pm

After an ugly 9-3 loss last Sunday to the Carolina Panthers, the Buffalo Bills rebounded with a 26-16 win over the Denver Broncos at the friendly confines of New Era Field.

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor came out with an efficient performance, going 20 of 26 in the air for 213 yards and two touchdowns. The defense came out with a good performance over the Broncos, making some big plays, including a stop on a fake punt and two interceptions of quarterback Trevor Siemian.

The Bills did not have the services of two of their starters on Sunday, as defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn sat out with ankle and foot injuries. The Bills were also without defensive tackle Jerel Worthy for a third straight week with a concussion.

Rookie offensive tackle Dion Dawkins got the start on the left side for Glenn, while Jordan Mills got the start at right tackle and faced pass rusher Von Miller for a majority of the game.

The Broncos did have starting offensive tackle Garrett Bolles active and in the lineup. Bolles was carted off the field last week against Dallas with, what appeared to be, a season-ending injury. Instead, he was back on the field this week for practice and was ready to play.

The Broncos and Bills started the game with a couple of three-and-outs, and both teams open the game with a pair of punts.

Nearing the end of the first quarter, the Bills find themselves in some penalty trouble with a couple of defensive pass interference penalties to extend the drive for the Broncos. However, Denver only managed to get to the Bills' 20-yard line before Trevor Siemian overthrows wide receiver Cody Latimer on third down to bring out the field goal team. Brandon McManus comes out and converts on a 38-yard field goal attempt to give the Broncos the lead before the end of the quarter.

Tyrod Taylor and the Bills offense take the next drive into the second quarter, where he makes a couple of nice passes to receivers Jordan Matthews and Kaelin Clay to put them in scoring territory. On a third and goal at the two-yard line, Taylor attempted a pass to rookie Zay Jones at the goal line that was deflected in the air and up for grabs in the endzone. Wide receiver Andre Holmes ends up coming up with the football near the back of the endzone to give the Bills their first touchdown since Week 1 against the Jets. With Stephen Hausckha's extra-point, the Bills grabbed the 7-3 lead.

The Bills got into some more undisciplined play on the Broncos' next drive with a couple of personal foul penalties. After a 32-yard run by Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, Bills safety Micah Hyde throws a late out of bounds to add 15-more yards to the run. On the next play, defensive end Jerry Hughes bumps Siemian late and is flagged for roughing the passer. On the next play, running back Jamaal Charles goes up the middle for a 12-yard touchdown run to put the Broncos back up by a field goal.

The Bills got another chance on the next drive to put up some points, but only manage to get to the Broncos' 40-yard line. Buffalo attempted to get Denver to jump offsides on a 4th and 2, but the Bills let the play clock run down for a delay of game penalty and elected to punt.

The Broncos thought they had a big 3rd down conversion to Emmanuel Sanders on the next drive, but Bills head coach Sean McDermott challenged the play and the reception was overturned. As Sanders was coming down from the catch, he did not cleanly transfer on the reception and the ball hit the ground. As a result of the challenge, the Broncos elected to punt deep in their own territory.

Buffalo got a decent punt return from Brandon Tate to the Denver 32-yard line, but only got the ball up to the 31-yard line after a penalty to push the Bills back 10-yards. The Bills did tie the game at the 2:56 mark with a 49-yard field goal from Hauschka.

Denver produces three more points on the very next drive after Siemian extends the drive with a highlight 21-yard catch on 3rd down from Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos got as far as the Buffalo 17-yard line before McManus converts on a 35-yard field goal.

The Bills' two-minute offense went to work on the next drive, getting up to Denver's 37-yard line with 6-seconds left on the clock. Hauschka comes on to tie the game before halftime, and is successful from 55-yards out.

After the Bills go three-and-out on the opening drive of the second half, Denver moves the ball down the field once again. The Broncos got a few nice runs from Charles on the drive, but only get as far as Buffalo's 10-yard line. McManus comes out and hits his third field goal of the game from 28-yards out.

It was back down the field for the Bills offense and in a timely matter with a four-play, 69-yard drive to regain the lead. The drive started with a beautiful 31-yard strick along the sidelines from Taylor to Nick O'Leary. Two plays later, Taylor looked deep again for Jordan Matthews and hit him for 25-yards. On the next play, Taylor rolls out and finds a wide-open Charles Clay for a 6-yard touchdown reception. Hauschka's extra-point gave the Bills a 20-16 lead with 6:20 to go in the third quarter.

The Broncos got pinned deep in their own zone after a holding penalty on 1st down, and eventually faced a 2nd down and 23. On that 2nd down, Siemian was rushed out of the pocket and lobbed up a pass intended for Bennie Fowler III. The ball was behind Fowler, and Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines made a good read to intercept the pass.

The Bills, however, did nothing with the turnover and were forced out of field goal range after Taylor is sacked on 3rd down.

Looking to make something happen late in the third quarter, the Broncos attempt a fake punt on 4th and 2 from their own 31-yard line. The snap went directly to De'Angelo Henderson, who tried to get around the right side for a 1st down. However, it was linebacker Deon Lacey who comes up with a big tackle to force the turnover on downs.

The Bills end up losing yards on the following drive, but still get a 53-yard field goal from Hauschka to extend the lead to 23-16.

Denver started their next drive with a 23-yard play from Siemian to Demaryius Thomas that got the Broncos into Bills territory. The Broncos got a break during the drive as Adolphus Washington was flagged for illegal hands to the face on a 3rd down play at the Bills' 41-yard line. Three plays later, Siemian was pressured out of the pocket and lobbed another bad pass down the field. This time, it was Tre'Davious White coming up with his first career interception at the 24-yard line. White returned the interception 14-yards to set up the Bills for their next drive.

The Bills did some damage on the next drive, chewing up seven and a half minutes off the clock thanks to three big 3rd down conversions on the drive. The drive also featured an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by Von Miller on a 3rd down play that likely would've set up a Bills punt.

The Bills ended up extending their lead to 10 with 3:14 left to play in the game with a 27-yard field goal from Hauschka.

The Broncos were given one last chance to get within a score late in the fourth quarter, but only got as far as the Buffalo 42-yard line. On 4th down and 2, Siemian underthrows Sanders at the Bills' 20-yard line to give the ball back to Buffalo.

The Bills knelt the ball down to run out the clock and finalize their second win of the season.

Up next for the Bills is a meeting with the Atlanta Falcons from the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. with Murph, Kelso and Sal on the call. Coverage on WGR begins at 7 a.m. with Breakfast with the Bills - Fantasy Style.


First Quarter:

  • 3-0 Broncos (0:53) - Denver kicker Brandon McManus is successful on a 38-yard field goal attempt.
    • Drive info: 12 plays, 53 yards, 5:03

Second Quarter:

  • 7-3 Bills (11:45) - Tyrod Taylor's pass intended for Zay Jones is tipped in the air and caught by Andre Holmes for a two-yard touchdown reception. Stephen Hauschka's extra-point attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 10 plays, 74 yards, 4:08
  • 10-7 Broncos (10:33) - Broncos running back Jamaal Charles breaks up the middle for a 12-yard touchdown run. McManus' extra-point is good.
    • Drive info: 3 plays, 79 yards, 1:15
  • 10-10 TIE (2:56) - Hauschka's 49-yard field goal attempt is good to tie the game.
    • Drive info: 5 plays, 1 yard, 1:55
  • 13-10 Broncos (0:46) - McManus is successful on his field goal attempt from 35-yards out.
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 58 yards, 2:09
  • 13-13 TIE (0:06) - Hauschka is good on his 55-yard field goal attempt at the end of the half.
    • Drive info: 5 plays, 38 yards, 0:41

Third Quarter:

  • 16-13 Broncos (7:49) - McManus' 28-yard field goal attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 10 plays, 49 yards, 4:58
  • 20-16 Bills (6:25) - Taylor rolls out to find a wide-open Charles Clay in the endzone. Hauschka's extra-point is good.
    • Drive info: 4 plays, 69 yards, 1:27
  • 20-16 Bills (5:21) - Siemian is flushed out of the pocket on 2nd and 23, lobs up a pass for Bennie Fowler III and it's intercepted by E.J. Gaines.
  • 20-16 Bills (:33) - The Bills stop the Broncos on a fake punt attempt on 4th and 2 from the Denver 31-yard line. Deon Lacey stops De'Angelo Henderson after a 1-yard gain.

Fourth Quarter:

  • 23-16 Bills (13:56) - Hauschka is successful on his field goal attempt from 53-yards out.
    • Drive info: 4 plays, -3 yards, 1:37
  • 23-16 Bills (10:55) - Siemian is picked off for the second time on the day; this time in Buffalo territory as his pass towards the sideline is intercepted by Tre'Davious White.
  • 26-16 Bills (3:18) - Hauschka converts on his fourth field goal attempt of the day; this time from 27-yards out
    • Drive info: 16 plays, 53 yards, 7:30




Buffalo Bills:

Tyrod Taylor: 20 of 26, 213 yards, 2 TDs

Denver Broncos:

Trevor Siemian: 24 of 40, 259 yards, 2 INTs


Buffalo Bills:

Mike Tolbert: 11 carries, 41 yards

LeSean McCoy: 14 carries, 21 yards

Tyrod Taylor: 8 carries, 13 yards

Denver Broncos:

Jamaal Charles: 9 carries, 56 yards, 1 TD

C.J. Anderson: 8 carries, 36 yards

Trevor Siemian: 3 carries, 12 yards

Isaiah McKenzie: 1 carry, 4 yards

Andy Janovich: 1 carry, 2 yards

De'Angelo Henderson: 1 carry, 1 yard


Buffalo Bills:

Jordan Matthews: 3 receptions, 61 yards

LeSean McCoy: 7 receptions, 48 yards

Charles Clay: 6 receptions, 39 yards

Nick O'Leary: 1 reception, 31 yards

Kaelin Clay: 1 reception, 28 yards

Andre Holmes: 2 reception, 6 yards, 1 TD


Denver Broncos:

Demaryius Thomas: 6 receptions, 98 yards

Emmanuel Sanders: 7 receptions, 75 yards

Bennie Fowler III: 4 receptions, 55 yards

Virgil Green: 3 receptions, 18 yards

C.J. Anderson: 2 reception, 7 yards

A.J. Derby - 1 reception, 5 yards

Jamaal Charles: 1 reception, 1 yard



Buffalo Bills:

Tre'Davious White: 1 INT, 4 passes defended

E.J. Gaines: 1 INT, 3 passes defended

Preston Brown: 10 tackles

Ramon Humber: 8 tackles

Shaq Lawson: 1 sack

Lorenzo Alexander: 1 sack

Kyle Williams: 1 sack

Micah Hyde: 1 pass defended

Denver Broncos:

Von Miller: 1 sack

Brandon Marshall: 1 sack

Todd Davis: 1 sack

Shelby Harris: 1 sack

Aqib Talib: 1 pass defended

Bradley Roby: 1 pass defended

Adam Gotsis: 1 pass defended


Total Yards:

Bills: 272
Broncos: 366

Passing Yards:

Bills: 197
Broncos: 255

Rushing Yards:

Bills: 75
Broncos: 111

First Downs:

Bills: 16
Broncos: 21


Bills: 8 for 69 yards
Broncos: 10 for 79 yards

Time of Possession:

Bills: 30:26
Broncos: 29:34

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