Detroit Lions safety Kerby Joseph (31) tackles Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) during first-half action at Ford Field on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022.

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Tyler Bass’ field goal lifts Bills past Lions

Tyler Bass kicked a 45-yard field goal with two seconds left, giving the visiting Buffalo Bills a 28-25 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thursday afternoon.

Detroit’s Michael Badgley kicked a tying 51-yard field goal with 23 seconds left to tie it but Josh Allen’s 36-yard pass to Stefon Diggs set up the game-winner.

Allen passed for 253 yards and two scores and was intercepted once and also rushed 10 times for 78 yards and another touchdown. Isaiah McKenzie caught six passes for 96 yards and a touchdown, while Diggs caught eight passes for 77 yards and a score for Buffalo (8-3).

Jared Goff passed for 240 yards and two touchdowns for the Lions (4-7), who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Jamaal Williams rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, while Amon-Ra St. Brown caught nine passes for 122 yards and a touchdown

Bills linebacker Von Miller was carted off late in the first half with a knee injury.

Buffalo led 17-14 at the break.

The Lions got on the board first with a 61-yard drive completed by Williams’ 13th rushing touchdown this season, a 2-yard run.

The Bills answered with a 75-yard touchdown drive. Allen’s 21-yard run set up his 19-yard scoring pass to McKenzie.

A Williams fumble led to a 58-yard Buffalo scoring drive. Allen finished it off with a rush up the middle.

The Lions converted a fourth-and-1 from the own 33 during their second touchdown drive. The 15-play drive was finished off with another fourth down conversion, Goff’s 1-yard pass to St. Brown to tie it at 14.

Bass gave Buffalo the halftime lead with his 47-yard field goal.

The Bills took a 19-14 lead in the third quarter when Ed Oliver sacked Goff in the end zone.

D.J. Chark caught a 1-yard pass from Goff with 13:47 left to put Detroit back on top. The score was set up by Kalif Raymond’s 41-yard punt return. D’Andre Swift ran for the two-point conversion to make it a three-point game.

Buffalo then drove 90 yards on 14 plays. Allen finished it off with a 5-yard pass to Diggs. The extra point was missed, leaving the score at 25-22.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; A fan sits in the snow covered stands prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills cancel practice, to meet virtually during blizzard

The Buffalo Bills canceled Friday’s practice and the team will meet virtually due to blizzard conditions.

Sunday’s home game between the Bills (6-3) and the Cleveland Browns (3-6) has been moved to Detroit’s Ford Field.

The team’s travel plans to Detroit are still being determined, according to Buffalo coach Sean McDermott.

Heavy snowfall in western New York is expected to continue through Sunday.

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Aug 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Andre Smith (59) walks on the sideline during the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Buffalo Bills won 41-15. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Bills release LB Andre Smith following suspension

The Buffalo Bills released linebacker Andre Smith on Monday, the same day his PED suspension ended.

On June 1, the league suspended Smith for the season’s first six games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Smith, 25, appeared in 27 games over the previous two seasons with Buffalo after playing his first two seasons for the Carolina Panthers.

A seventh-round pick by Carolina in 2018, he has recorded 27 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 46 career games.

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Oct 9, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis (13) catches the ball and scores a touchdown with Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) defending during the first half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen has career day as Bills rout Steelers

Josh Allen threw for a career-best 424 yards as the host Buffalo Bills routed the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers 38-3 on Sunday.

Allen completed 20-of-31 passes for the Bills (4-1) with four touchdowns and one interception. His previous high mark in yardage was 415 done twice in the 2020 season, while his four TD passes tied his career-best in a game.

In addition, Allen’s 13.7 yards per pass attempt also were a career best and he also ran five times for 42 yards.

Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett went 34 of 52 through the air for 327 yards and an interception in his first career start, but Pittsburgh (1-4) could not find the end zone.

The Steelers’ rushing attack struggled as the tandem of Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren combined for 44 yards on 16 carries – a yards per carry average of 2.75.

The Bills offense delivered fireworks early and often. Facing a third and long on the first series, Allen found Gabe Davis for a 98-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring. It tied the record for the longest reception in Bills’ franchise history.

Allen found Davis again for another long score in the second quarter as the wideout hauled in a pass for a 62-yard touchdown for a 17-3 lead. Davis finished with three catches for 171 yards. Fellow wideout Stefon Diggs had eight catches for 102 yards and a score.

Buffalo was 5 of 9 on third down, while Pittsburgh was 5 of 15 on third down and 0 for 3 on fourth down. The Bills doubled up the Steelers on yards per play – 10.2 to 5.1. The Steelers had the ball for nearly 13 minutes more than the Bills.

The Bills led 31-3 at halftime and didn’t attempt their first punt until the fourth quarter.
Buffalo rookie running back James Cook scored his first career rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 24-yard scamper.

Pittsburgh saw cornerback Cam Sutton (hamstring), defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (back), tight end Pat Freiermuth (concussion) and cornerback Levi Wallace (concussion) exit the game with injuries.

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Nov 25, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde (23) on the sidelines in the second half of their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Agent: Bills S Micah Hyde (neck) out for season

Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde will miss the rest of the season with a neck injury, his agent confirmed Saturday.

“Unfortunately client Micah Hyde will be put on IR today due to his recent neck injury. Fortunately, we expect a healthy return for #23 in 2023,” Jack Bechta of JB Sports posted on Twitter.

Hyde was injured during Monday night’s 41-7 victory against the Tennessee Titans. He finishes his 10th NFL season with seven tackles in two starts.

Hyde, 31, has posted 590 tackles, 22 interceptions, eight fumble recoveries and five sacks in 144 games (114 starts) with the Green Bay Packers (2013-16) and Bills. He made the Pro Bowl in his first season with Buffalo in 2017.

Jaquan Johnson is expected to take over in Hyde’s absence, starting with Sunday’s AFC East showdown in Miami. The Bills’ other starting safety, Jordan Poyer, was limited in Friday’s practice and is questionable for Sunday.

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Jun 15, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Tavon Austin (86) catches the ball during minicamp at the ADPRO Sports Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills release P Matt Haack, WR Tavon Austin

The Buffalo Bills released punter Matt Haack and wide receiver Tavon Austin on Monday.

Haack’s departure means rookie sixth-round pick Matt Araiza — dubbed the “Punt God” — won the training camp competition.

Haack, 28, played all 17 games for Buffalo last season and averaged 42.9 yards on 52 punts. He spent the previous four seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

Austin, 32, signed a one-year deal with the Bills in free agency in June. He caught 24 passes for 213 yards and one touchdown in 13 games last season with Jacksonville.

A first-round pick by the then-St. Louis Rams in 2013, Austin has 244 receptions for 2,239 yards and 16 scores in 113 games (53 starts) with the Rams (2013-17), Dallas Cowboys (2018-19), Green Bay Packers (2020) and Jaguars.

Araiza, 22, won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s best punter and was a consensus All-American during his final season at San Diego State in 2021.

–Field Level Media

Jun 14, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) passes the ball during minicamp at the ADPRO Sports Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Going Camping: Buffalo Bills

On the losing end of one of the most entertaining playoff games ever, the Buffalo Bills are plotting an alternate ending to the 2022 season.

One that doesn’t come down to the flip of a coin in a road game in the postseason.

Buffalo appears to be the clear class of the AFC East and is one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl.

Training camp location: Rochester, N.Y.
St. John Fisher College
Rookie report date: July 18
Veteran report date: July 23

Key Acquisitions: WR Jamison Crowder, RB Duke Johnson, DE Shaq Lawson, DE Von Miller, TE O.J. Howard, OG Rodger Saffold, DT DaQuan Jones, DT Tim Settle, DT Jordan Phillips, QB Case Keenum

Key Losses: DT Harrison Phillips, QB Mitch Trubisky, CB Levi Wallace, RB Matt Breida, DT Vernon Butler, DE Efe Obada, DE Mario Addison, WR Cole Beasley, DE Jerry Hughes, WR Emmanuel Sanders

Buffalo had the best defense in the league last season, and it would appear they only got better on that side of the ball this offseason.

The Bills reconfigured their front seven, headlined by Von Miller’s arrival on a six-year, $120 million contract.

Additional signings include defensive tackles DaQuan Jones, Tim Settle and Jordan Phillips and defensive end Shaq Mason, as Mario Addison, Efe Obada and Jerry Hughes all signed elsewhere. Buffalo also lost defensive tackles Harrison Phillips and Vernon Butler.

Josh Allen got a pair of veteran wide receivers in Jamison Crowder and Tavon Austin, and Crowder will likely take on Cole Beasley's role out of the slot. O.J. Howard adds nice depth at tight end, and Duke Johnson might not see a significant workload, but he’s another reliable piece for the Bills’ backfield.

Adding players through the draft also filled in some holes, as Buffalo selected cornerback Kaiir Elam with the 23rd overall pick after Levi Wallace signed with the Steelers. Running back James Cook was snagged in the second round and is slated to be the RB2, and receiver Khalil Shakir was taken in the fifth round to help replace Emmanuel Sanders.

The Bills made a number of smart moves, adding pieces that are good fits on both sides of the ball. Acquiring Miller made this past offseason that much sweeter, and Buffalo is once again in a position to make a deep playoff run.

–WEEK 1 IN FOCUS:

Thursday,
Bills at Rams, 8:20 p.m. ET
Line: Rams -1
Total: 52 points

Opening lines varied from Rams -2 to Rams -0.5 before settling in at a pick ’em, then Rams -1.

Buffalo is getting unparalleled support in AFC futures markets since the Chiefs traded away Tyreek Hill. The defending Super Bowl champion Rams get their rings in this NFL Kickoff Game, which has the makings of a high-scoring affair.

–ELEVEN AND UP

Even with Super Bowl winner (Rams, Week 1) and runner-up (Bengals, Week 17) on the schedule, Buffalo can win 12 games and settle the futures tickets that placed their 17-game wins projection line at 11.5 (FanDuel, DraftKings). The slate is particularly soft after Thanksgiving. But if Miami is sneaky improved and New England picks up the pace, the schedule has more mines than anticipated and the under for regular-season wins becomes the value play.

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Tavon Austin (7) gains yards after a catch against the New York Jets during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Bills sign veteran WR Tavon Austin to one-year deal

The Buffalo Bills signed veteran wide receiver Tavon Austin to a one-year contract Friday.

A first-round pick (eighth overall) in 2013, the 32-year-old Austin is entering his 10th NFL season.

He caught 24 passes for 213 yards and one touchdown in 13 games (three starts) with Jacksonville in 2021.

Austin has 244 receptions for 2,239 yards and 16 touchdowns in 113 games (53 starts) with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams (2013-17), Dallas Cowboys (2018-19), Green Bay Packers (2020) and Jaguars.

He has also rushed for 1,361 yards and has career totals of 5,534 all-purpose yards and 29 touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Dec 23, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle David Quessenberry (72) celebrates after a win against the San Francisco 49ers at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Bills sign OL David Quessenberry to one-year deal

The Buffalo Bills signed free agent offensive lineman David Quessenberry to a one-year contract Thursday. Terms were not disclosed.

Quessenberry played the past three seasons with the Tennessee Titans after one season with the Houston Texans, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2013.

Quessenberry, 31, started all 17 games for the AFC South champion Titans last season, bringing his career totals to 35 games and 23 starts with Tennessee (2019-21) and Houston (2017).

He missed the 2013 campaign with a foot injury. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2014 and spent the next three seasons on the reserve/non-football illness list.

Quessenberry made his long-awaited NFL debut on Christmas Day in 2017 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. “It was everything I dreamed of when I was going through my treatments,” he said at the time.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills outside linebacker A.J. Klein (54) prior to the game against the New York Jets at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills release LB A.J. Klein to clear cap space

The Buffalo Bills released veteran linebacker A.J. Klein on Tuesday to free up some cap space.

The move will save the Bills $5.2 million against the salary cap in 2022 and will cost the club $400,000 in dead money.

Klein, 30, was entering the final season of a three-year, $18 million deal he signed with Buffalo as a free agent in March 2020.

He played 15 games (four starts) in 2021 and contributed 35 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.

The former fifth-round draft pick has 449 tackles, 15.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and four interceptions in 134 games (80 starts) with the Carolina Panthers (2013-16), New Orleans Saints (2017-19) and Bills.

–Field Level Media