2013 Buffalo Bills season

The 2013 Buffalo Bills season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League and the first under head coach Doug Marrone. It was also the final season under the ownership of Ralph Wilson, who died in March 2014 at the age of 95. The team equaled their record from 2012 and missed the playoffs, increasing their playoff drought to 14 seasons. This was the first year of renewed leases on Ralph Wilson Stadium and for the Bills Toronto Series, both of which were signed in the preceding offseason. The Toronto series was originally set to expire in 2017, but was cancelled in December 2014; the lease on Ralph Wilson Stadium expires in 2022 and will presumably be the last agreement with the aging stadium, as the lease specifies that the process of exploring a new stadium begins during the lease period. The Bills also started the 2013 season with a new starting quarterback, first-round draft pick EJ Manuel, after previous starter Ryan Fitzpatrick refused a pay cut and was subsequently released.

2013 Buffalo Bills season
Head coachDoug Marrone
General managerBuddy Nix, Doug Whaley
OwnerRalph Wilson
Home fieldRalph Wilson Stadium
Results
Record6–10
Division place4th AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersMario Williams
Kyle Williams
Jairus Byrd
Marcell Dareus

2013 draft

2013 Buffalo Bills draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 16 EJ Manuel  QB Florida State Pick from STL[a]
2 41 Robert Woods  WR USC
2 46 Kiko Alonso  LB Oregon Pick from STL[a]
3 78 Marquise Goodwin  WR Texas Pick from STL[a]
4 105 Duke Williams  S Nevada
5 143 Jonathan Meeks  S Clemson
6 177 Dustin Hopkins  K Florida State
7 222 Chris Gragg  TE Arkansas Pick from STL[b][a]
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

^[a] The Bills traded their first- (No. 8 overall) and third- (No. 71 overall) round selections to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the Rams' first- (No. 16 overall), second- (No. 46 overall), third- (No. 78 overall) and seventh- (No. 222 overall) round selections.
^[b] The Bills traded their original seventh-round selection (No. 214 overall) to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

Staff

2013 Buffalo Bills staff
Front office
  • Owner – Ralph Wilson
  • President/CEO – Russ Brandon
  • General Manager – Buddy Nix/Doug Whaley
  • Senior Vice President of Football Administration – Jim Overdorf
  • Special Assistant – Buddy Nix
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Jim Monos
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Tom Gibbons
  • Director of College Scouting – Chuck Cook

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Danny Crossman
  • Assistant Special Teams – John Anselmo

Strength and conditioning

  • Head Strength and Conditioning – Eric Ciano
  • Assistant Head Strength and Conditioning – Hal Luther

Final roster

2013 Buffalo Bills final 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, 7 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 at Indianapolis Colts W 44–20 1–0 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
2 August 16 Minnesota Vikings W 20–16 2–0 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
3 August 24 at Washington Redskins L 7–30 2–1 FedExField Recap
4 August 29 Detroit Lions L 13–35 2–2 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 8 New England Patriots L 21–23 0–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
2 September 15 Carolina Panthers W 24–23 1–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
3 September 22 at New York Jets L 20–27 1–2 MetLife Stadium Recap
4 September 29 Baltimore Ravens W 23–20 2–2 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
5 October 3 at Cleveland Browns L 24–37 2–3 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
6 October 13 Cincinnati Bengals L 24–27 (OT) 2–4 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
7 October 20 at Miami Dolphins W 23–21 3–4 Sun Life Stadium Recap
8 October 27 at New Orleans Saints L 17–35 3–5 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
9 November 3 Kansas City Chiefs L 13–23 3–6 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
10 November 10 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 10–23 3–7 Heinz Field Recap
11 November 17 New York Jets W 37–14 4–7 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
12 Bye
13 December 1 Atlanta Falcons L 31–34 (OT) 4–8 Rogers Centre (Toronto) Recap
14 December 8 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 6–27 4–9 Raymond James Stadium Recap
15 December 15 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 27–20 5–9 EverBank Field Recap
16 December 22 Miami Dolphins W 19–0 6–9 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
17 December 29 at New England Patriots L 20–34 6–10 Gillette Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
 #  Indicates that the game was part of the Bills Toronto Series.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. New England Patriots

Stephen Gostkowski would kick a game-winning 35 yard field goal with 5 seconds left to give the Patriots the win.

With the loss, the Bills began the season 0-1.

Week 2: vs. Carolina Panthers

Buffalo would trail for most of this game against the Panthers. But they would get the lead and the win after Stevie Johnson caught a 2-yard touchdown pass EJ Manuel with 2 seconds left. Dan Carpenter would kick the extra point and give the Bills a 24-23 win. According to ESPN's Monday Night kickoff, after the game, the Bills Twitter page posted a tweet saying "Extra Point good, overtime, here we go", to which they were wrong, as Buffalo had won the game.

With the win, Buffalo improved to 1-1.

Week 3: at New York Jets

With the loss, the Bills fell to 1-2.

Week 4: vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Bills defense would intercept Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco 5 times in this game, as Flacco completed only 50% of his passes in the game. Despite the 5 turnovers, the game was still somewhat close, but the Bills would win the game 23-20.

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

Week 5: at Cleveland Browns

EJ Manuel would leave the game for the Bills with a knee injury, and he would be replaced by Jeff Tuel during the game. The Bills would have a 24-17 lead in the third quarter, but the Browns, who also lost quarterback Brian Hoyer, would win the game with Brandon Weeden at the helm. T. J. Ward would return an interception 44 yards to seal the game.

With the loss, the Bills fell to 2-3.

Week 6: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The Bills would trail 24-10 in the fourth quarter, but they would come back to tie the game after Marquise Goodwin caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Thad Lewis and force overtime. In the extra period, the Bills would get the ball first, but would be forced to punt after they went 3 and out. The Bengals would return the punt 39 yards to set them up in field goal range. A couple of plays later, Mike Nugent would kick the game winning 43-yard field goal to end the game.

With the tough loss, the Bills fell to 2-4.

Week 7: at Miami Dolphins

With the win, the Bills improved to 3-4.

Week 8: at New Orleans Saints

This marks the Bills' only game outside of the Eastern time zone during the 2013 season.

Week 9: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

With the loss, the Bills fell to 3-6.

Week 10: at Pittsburgh Steelers

With the loss, the Bills fell to 3-7.

Week 11: vs. New York Jets

With the win, the Bills improved to 4-7.

Week 13: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Bills Toronto Series

With the loss, the Bills fell to 4-8.

Week 14: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the loss, the Bills fell to 4-9.

Week 15: at Jacksonville Jaguars

With the win, the Bills improved to 5–9, but were eliminated from playoff contention with the Miami Dolphins' win over the New England Patriots.

Week 16: vs. Miami Dolphins

With the win, the Bills improved to 6-9.

Week 17: at New England Patriots

With the loss, the Bills ended their season at 6-10.

Standings

Division

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) New England Patriots 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 444 338 W2
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 290 387 W2
Miami Dolphins 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 317 335 L2
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 339 388 L1

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division winners
1 Denver Broncos West 13 3 0 .813 5–1 9–3 606 399 207 W2
2 New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 444 338 106 W2
3[a] Cincinnati Bengals North 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 430 305 125 W2
4 Indianapolis Colts South 11 5 0 .688 6–0 9–3 391 336 55 W3
Wild cards
5 Kansas City Chiefs West 11 5 0 .688 2–4 7–5 430 305 125 L2
6 San Diego Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–6 396 348 48 W4
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[b][c] Pittsburgh Steelers North 8 8 0 .500 4–2 6–6 379 370 9 W3
8[d] Baltimore Ravens North 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 320 352 -32 L2
9[e] New York Jets East 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 290 387 -97 W2
10 Miami Dolphins East 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 317 335 -18 L2
11 Tennessee Titans South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 362 381 -19 W2
12 Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 339 388 -49 L1
13[f][g] Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 1–5 4–8 322 453 -131 L6
14[h] Jacksonville Jaguars South 4 12 0 .250 3–3 4–8 247 449 -202 L3
15 Cleveland Browns North 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 308 406 -98 L7
16 Houston Texans South 2 14 0 .125 1–5 2–10 276 428 -152 L14
Tiebreakers[i]
  1. ^ Cincinnati defeated Indianapolis head-to-head (Week 14, 42–28).
  2. ^ Pittsburgh finished with a better division record than Baltimore.
  3. ^ Pittsburgh defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 6, 19–6).
  4. ^ Baltimore defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 12, 19–3).
  5. ^ The New York Jets finished with a better division record than Miami.
  6. ^ Oakland and Jacksonville finished with a better conference record than Cleveland.
  7. ^ Oakland defeated Jacksonville head-to-head (Week 2, 19–9).
  8. ^ Jacksonville defeated Cleveland head-to-head (Week 13, 32–28).
  9. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
  1. ^ Cincinnati defeated Indianapolis head-to-head (Week 14, 42–28).
  2. ^ Pittsburgh finished with a better division record than Baltimore.
  3. ^ Pittsburgh defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 6, 19–6).
  4. ^ Baltimore defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 12, 19–3).
  5. ^ The New York Jets finished with a better division record than Miami.
  6. ^ Oakland and Jacksonville finished with a better conference record than Cleveland.
  7. ^ Oakland defeated Jacksonville head-to-head (Week 2, 19–9).
  8. ^ Jacksonville defeated Cleveland head-to-head (Week 13, 32–28).
  9. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References

  1. ^ "2013 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "2013 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 8, 2013.

External links

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Jeff Tuel

Jeffrey Victor Tuel (born February 12, 1991) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for Washington State. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and spent most of 2013 and 2014 as the Bills' third-string quarterback. He was also a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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