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Ravens screwed by terrible roughing the passer call in loss to Bills

Brandon Stephens puts a hit on Josh Allen

The Baltimore Ravens blew a big lead against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, and the officials made life more difficult for them on the final drive of the game.

With the scored tied 20-20 and the Bills facing 1st-and-15 near midfield, Ravens cornerback Brandon Stephens came on a blitz and hit Josh Allen a split second after the quarterback released the ball. The pass fell incomplete. Stephens did not hit Allen in the head and neck area or stuff him into the ground. He also did not lead with the crown of his helmet, but he was flagged for roughing the passer. You can see the play below:

Even CBS rules analyst and former NFL official Gene Steratore did not believe the hit warranted a flag.

The penalty gave Buffalo a first down at the Ravens’ 26. Allen and company took care of the rest and drove the ball all the way to the 1 before kicking a game-winning field goal. Had the call not been made, the Bills would have been faced with 2nd-and-15 at the 41, which is a much more difficult situation.

There is no way to know if the Bills would have won anyway, but the NFL will almost certainly be hearing from the Ravens about that roughing the passer call. We have seen plenty of bad ones over the years, and that was among the worst.

Bills add former All-Pro cornerback

Xavier Rhodes looks over

The Buffalo Bills’ secondary has suffered significant injuries, so the team has called in some reinforcements.

Free agent cornerback Xavier Rhodes visited with the Bills on Tuesday. According to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, Rhodes is signing with the team.

Rhodes, 32, was a first-round pick by the Vikings in 2013 out of Florida State. Current Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was his head coach in Minnesota at the time.

Rhodes made the Pro Bowl in 2016, 2017 and 2019 with Minnesota. He was also named All-Pro in 2017.

Rhodes spent the last two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He had 39 tackles and an interception in 13 games with the Colts last season.

Buffalo is dealing with injuries to cornerback Dane Jackson, cornerback Christian Benford and safety Jordan Poyer. On top of that, Micah Hyde is out for the season with a neck injury, and Tre’Davious White is on injured reserve. They are a thin unit.

Bills OC Ken Dorsey addresses his coaching box meltdown

Ken Dorsey on the field

Jun 14, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey looks on during minicamp at the ADPRO Sports Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey blew a gasket toward the end of his team’s loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, and the coach says he regrets the way he handled himself.

Dorsey was shown on the CBS broadcast slamming his notes around after the Bills blew a chance to orchestrate a game-winning touchdown drive (video here). He addressed the situation while speaking with the media on Monday and vowed to “learn from it.”

No one really faulted Dorsey for how upset he was. The Bills badly mismanaged the clock multiple times in a game they had a chance to win. Josh Allen also missed a wide-open Isaiah McKenzie on 4th-and-goal late in the game for what would have been a go-ahead touchdown.

Dorsey, who has been with the Bills since 2019 and is in his first year as OC, had every right to be furious. Fans and players should love that he is that passionate about winning.

Bills show poor clock management in loss to Dolphins

Josh Allen wears a Bills hat

Sep 27, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) jogs off the field following the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills showed some poor clock management in their 21-19 loss at the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

The Bills displayed poor clock management at the end of both halves, costing themselves potential points in what was a very close game.

At the end of the first half, the game was tied at 14. The Bills had a 3rd-and-4 at the Miami 49 with no timeouts left. Josh Allen completed a pass to Isaiah McKenzie that went for 8 yards to the 41. Allen then spiked the ball to stop the clock with 14 seconds left.

On 2nd-and-10, Allen completed another pass to McKenzie that went for 7 yards to the 34. The Bills then took a shot and ran a fake spike play, throwing the ball to Stefon Diggs, who was pushed out of bounds after time expired.

Buffalo ended up not scoring any points on the possession and went into halftime tied at 14.

Things were just as bad at the end of the game.

The Bills had a 2nd-and-20 at their 47 with 18 seconds left and no timeouts. They were down by two and needed to get into field goal range. Allen avoided a sack and dumped the ball off in the middle of the field ot McKenzie, who tried to get out of bounds but was tackled in the field of play after gaining 12. The Bills weren’t able to spike the ball before time ran out, and they lost.

Buffalo seemed to put a lot of trust into Allen at the end of both halves. He did not handle things well. Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey certainly was fuming over the performances.

Video: Bills OC Ken Dorsey goes nuts in box after Bills lose

Ken Dorsey slams things down

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey blew up in the team’s coaching box on Sunday over the way their game ended.

The Bills had a 2nd-and-20 at their 47 with 18 seconds left down 21-19 to the Miami Dolphins. The Bills didn’t have any timeouts left, so they had to be careful with the ball.

Josh Allen was under pressure and worked to avoid a sack. Then he dumped the ball off over the imddle to Isaiah McKenzie for a short pass. McKenzie couldn’t get out of bounds and was tackled on the field with the clock running. Time ran out before the Bills could spike the ball to set up a field goal attempt.

After the game ended, Dorsey flipped out. He was seen slamming his headset down and throwing around some of his notes.

Dorsey was justifiably upset.

Not only did Allen mismanage the clock on that possession, but the Bills QB also missed a wide open McKenzie for a go-ahead touchdown on 4th-and-goal on the team’s previous possession. Plus, Allen mismanaged the clock before halftime and cost his team a shot at an additional three points.

Allen’s 400 passing yards and 2 touchdowns looked nice on the stat sheet, but he really blew it in this one.

Good news surfaces about Dane Jackson after frightening collision

Dane Jackson waits with an ambulance

Buffalo Bills defensive back Dane Jackson left Monday night’s game in an ambulance after suffering a frightening injury, but fortunately the news has been all positive since.

Jackson’s head and neck bent back awkwardly after he was inadvertently hit by teammate Tremaine Edmunds, who was trying to assist with a tackle. The Bills said Jackson was taken to Erie County Medical Center for X-rays and a CT scan. They later announced that he had full movement in all of his extremities.

On Tuesday morning, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network shared even better news. He reported that Jackson walked out of the hospital under his own power and was able to go home on Monday night. All signs are that the former 7th-round pick avoided a major injury.

Given how terrible the play looked, that is pretty remarkable. It sounds like Jackson has a chance to return to the Bills in the near future.

Jackson is in his third NFL season. He had 41 tackles in 17 games last season.

Bills WR pulled off awesome gender reveal for sister’s baby after TD

Isaiah McKenzie celebrates a touchdown

Isaiah McKenzie scored a touchdown to help the Buffalo Bills beat the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, but that may not have been the wide receiver’s biggest feat of the night.

McKenzie briefly said something into the TV camera after he caught a touchdown from Josh Allen to put the Bills up 17-10 in the third quarter. Most people had no idea what the message was, but McKenzie’s sister certainly knew. He was telling her and the McKenzie family that “It’s a boy!”

Gender reveals have been so played out on social media that it is hard to come up with a unique one. Whoever thought of that did a great job, and it’s a good thing McKenzie found the end zone. Otherwise, his family probably would have needed to wait for the news.

That reminded us of the time Zion Williamson helped a member of the Duke basketball program with a gender reveal.

Old Jalen Ramsey quote goes viral after Josh Allen, Bills roast him

Jalen Ramsey in pads

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills showed the world on Thursday night why they are the favorite to win the Super Bowl this year, and no one came out of the game looking worse than Jalen Ramsey.

Ramsey was absolutely cooked during the Bills’ 31-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams. According to Pro Football Focus, Josh Allen had a perfect passer rating of 158.3 when targeting the All-Pro cornerback. Ramsey was thrown at seven times and allowed six catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

The second score Ramsey allowed came when Stefon Diggs burned him in the second half. It appeared there may have been a blown coverage, but Diggs still let Ramsey hear about it.

Not that anyone would feel badly for Ramsey, but the five-time Pro Bowler had it coming. After the game, an old quote went viral in which Ramsey called Allen “trash.”

We are guessing Ramsey’s opinion of Allen has changed quite a bit over the past five years. Between his perfectly placed passes and the ferocious stiff-arm he mixed in (video here), Allen showed once again why he is arguably the most talented quarterback in the NFL.

Video: Bills score first touchdown of NFL season on beautiful fake

Josh Allen fakes a handoff

The Buffalo Bills were a popular Super Bowl pick for many NFL analysts. It didn’t take long for them to show why.

The Bills scored on a 9-play, 75-yard drive to open up their game Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

Buffalo had a 3rd-and-1 at the Rams 26 and ran a beautiful play. Quarterback Josh Allen faked a handoff to Devin Singletary and bootlegged to his right. Then he found Gabriel Davis wide open for a touchdown.

That could not have been executed any better.

Though the Bills got off to a great start, they turned the ball over on each of their next two possessions.

Maybe the reigning AFC East champs have some rustiness they need to work out too.

1 popular Super Bowl pick has officially been cursed

Rich Eisen at the Super Bowl

Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Rich Eisen of the of the NFL Network prior to the Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills fans have to be feeling good about their team heading into the 2022 season, but they certainly are not going to be able to play the underdog card. Rather, they should probably be concerned that so many members of the media are picking Buffalo to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

The Bills are entering the year as the betting favorite to win the Super Bowl for the first time since 1991. Expectations for the team are astronomically high — so high, in fact, that every single member of NFL Network’s “GameDay” crew picked Buffalo to win it all.

That can’t be a great sign.

Perhaps the Bills will answer the call, but there is just something unsettling about one team being such a consensus favorite. The Bills are definitely going to have a target on their back this year.

Buffalo went 11-6 last season and lost in the Divisional Round. The “GameDay” crew and dozens of other members of the media have made it a certainty that opponents are not going to underestimate them this year.