Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills

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Game Information
Location: New Era Field Orchard Park, New York
Attendance: 68,865

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Turns out, the Buffalo Bills can win without LeSean McCoy carrying the load.

With McCoy bottled up for a second straight week, the Bills leaned on Tyrod Taylor's efficient passing attack and an opportunistic defense in a 26-16 win over the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Taylor completed 20 of 26 for 213 yards and two touchdowns. The defense closed the victory by forcing the Broncos to turn over the ball on each of their final four possessions with two interceptions and two fourth-down stops.

That's fine with the running back nicknamed "Shady," who was limited to 21 yards on 14 carries, while adding seven catches for 48 yards.

"Hey, if we have to sacrifice the run game to get guys open downfield, if they want to stack the box, we've got to find other ways to win," McCoy said. "Tyrod responded in a major way. And if we have to win like that, I'd bet my last dollar on Tyrod. And I'm a betting man."

Taylor was fortunate on his first touchdown pass, a 2-yarder that deflected off the hands of Zay Jones just inside the goal line, and ended up in Andre Holmes' hands in the back of the end zone.

There was nothing faulty about his second touchdown, a 6-yarder to Charles Clay that put Buffalo up 20-16 with 6:20 left in the third quarter. Rolling to his right, Taylor, stopped and threw across his body to find Clay wide open in the end zone.

The Bills (2-1) bounced back from a 9-3 loss at Carolina in which their offense was stuck in neutral with McCoy limited to a 9 yards rushing .

Their defense finally generated turnovers, something it failed to do against the Panthers.

E.J. Gaines and rookie Tre'Davious White each intercepted Trevor Siemian. Then there were Buffalo's two fourth-down stops.

Deon Lacey tackled De'Angelo Henderson for a 1-yard gain when Denver attempted a fake punt on fourth-and-2 at its own 31 early in the fourth quarter. And the Broncos' final drive ended when Siemian underthrew a pass to Emmanuel Sanders with 1:47 remaining.

In falling to 2-1, Denver looked nothing like the team that dominated in a 42-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys last week.

"We didn't play the critical parts of the game well today," Broncos coach Vance Joseph said.

And the Broncos have some work to do on fake punts, including cornerback Lorenzo Doss scrambling on the field at the last moment.

"We had a late sub on the field so we kind of gave them time to adjust," Joseph said. "It didn't work, but in my opinion, it was the perfect timing."

The Bills capitalized on their next possession, with Stephen Hauschka hitting a 53-yard field goal to put Buffalo ahead 23-16. Then after White intercepted Siemian on the next Broncos drive, Hauschka sealed the win by hitting a 27-yard field goal with 3:14 remaining.

Denver's points came on Jamaal Charles' 12-yard touchdown and Brandon McManus hitting three field goals.

PSYCHE!

Broncos linebacker Von Miller's attempt to pull a fast one on Taylor backfired. Offering his hand as if to help up Taylor, Miller then pulled it away at the last second right in front of an official. Miller was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct to extend Buffalo's final scoring drive.

"I killed the game today with that penalty," Miller said. "I just have to be better than that and I will be better than that."

ANTHEM PROTEST

McCoy knelt, then sat and stretched during the anthem a day after he caused a stir by tweeting, "It's really sad man" and then used an obscenity to describe Trump. Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly joined the team on the field during the anthem and held up his left hand while holding a Bills cap.

"As a president, you are supposed to lead," McCoy said. "I can't stand and support something where our leader of this country is acting like a jerk."

More than half of the Broncos players, including Miller, safety Aqib Talib and receiver Demaryius Thomas, knelt on their side of the field.

Fans began to boo as the Bills players walked in unison onto the field. They stopped booing once the anthem began.

INACTIVES

Broncos: Rookie starting left tackle Garett Bolles started a week after fearing he tore his left Achilles tendon. Tests, however, revealed he sustained a bruised bone and returned to practice on Thursday.

Bills: Starting left tackle Cordy Glenn (right ankle) and DT Marcell Dareus (right ankle) were ruled out after being hurt in a 9-3 loss at Carolina last week. Third-round draft pick Dion Dawkins started in place of Glenn, while Cedric Thornton started for Dareus.

UP NEXT

Broncos: Host Oakland Raiders next Sunday.

Bills: At Atlanta Falcons next Sunday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Bills
00:49 Brandon McManus 38 yd FG 3 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Bills
11:41 Andre Holmes 2 yd pass from Tyrod Taylor (Stephen Hauschka kick) 3 7
10:26 Jamaal Charles 12 yd run (Brandon McManus kick) 10 7
02:51 Stephen Hauschka 49 yd FG 10 10
00:42 Brandon McManus 35 yd FG 13 10
00:01 Stephen Hauschka 55 yd FG 13 13

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Bills
07:47 Brandon McManus 28 yd FG 16 13
06:20 Charles Clay 6 yd pass from Tyrod Taylor (Stephen Hauschka kick) 16 20

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Bills
13:52 Stephen Hauschka 53 yd FG 16 23
03:14 Stephen Hauschka 27 yd FG 16 26

Team Stats
  Denver Buffalo
1st Downs 21 16
Total Yards 366 272
Passing 255 197
Passing Completions/Attempts 24-40 20-26
Yards/Pass 5.9 6.6
Rushing 111 75
Rushing Attempts 23 33
Yards/Rush 4.8 2.3
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Possession 29:34 30:26

Denver Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Trevor Siemian 24 40 259 6.5 0 2

Buffalo Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Tyrod Taylor 20 26 213 8.2 2 0

Denver Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Jamaal Charles 9 56 6.2 1 19
C.J. Anderson 8 36 4.5 0 32
Trevor Siemian 3 12 4.0 0 7
Isaiah McKenzie 1 4 4.0 0 4
Andy Janovich 1 2 2.0 0 2
De'Angelo Henderson 1 1 1.0 0 1

Buffalo Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Mike Tolbert 11 41 3.7 0 10
LeSean McCoy 14 21 1.5 0 7
Tyrod Taylor 8 13 1.6 0 7

Denver Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Demaryius Thomas 6 98 16.3 0 29
Emmanuel Sanders 7 75 10.7 0 29
Bennie Fowler 4 55 13.8 0 20
Virgil Green 3 18 6.0 0 14
C.J. Anderson 2 7 3.5 0 5
A.J. Derby 1 5 5.0 0 5
Jamaal Charles 1 1 1.0 0 1
Cody Latimer 0 0 0.0 0

Buffalo Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Jordan Matthews 3 61 20.3 0 28
LeSean McCoy 7 48 6.9 0 15
Charles Clay 6 39 6.5 1 10
Nick O'Leary 1 31 31.0 0 31
Kaelin Clay 1 28 28.0 0 28
Andre Holmes 2 6 3.0 1 4
Zay Jones 0 0 0.0 0
Mike Tolbert 0 0 0.0 0

Denver Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Todd Davis 9 1 1 2
Brandon Marshall 8 2 1 2
Von Miller 6 0 1 7
Darian Stewart 6 1 0 0
Justin Simmons 4 1 0 0
Chris Harris Jr. 3 0 0 0
Bradley Roby 3 1 0 0
Shaquil Barrett 2 0 0 0
Adam Gotsis 2 1 0 0
Aqib Talib 2 0 0 0
Derek Wolfe 2 1 0 0
Shelby Harris 1 1 1 5
Will Parks 1 0 0 0
Domata Peko 1 2 0 0
Jamal Carter Sr. 0 0 0 0
Riley Dixon 0 0 0 0
Bennie Fowler 0 0 0 0
De'Angelo Henderson 0 0 0 0
Zach Kerr 0 1 0 0
DeMarcus Walker 0 0 0 0
Menelik Watson 0 0 0 0

Buffalo Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
E.J. Gaines 6 1 0 0
Ramon Humber 6 2 0 0
Tre'Davious White 6 1 0 0
Micah Hyde 5 0 0 0
Kyle Williams 4 0 1 3
Preston Brown 4 6 0 0
Lorenzo Alexander 2 0 1 0
Jerry Hughes 2 1 0 0
Leonard Johnson 2 0 0 0
Jordan Poyer 2 2 0 0
Adolphus Washington 2 0 0 0
Shaq Lawson 1 0 1 1
Ryan Davis 1 0 0 0
Deon Lacey 1 0 0 0
Cedric Thornton 1 1 0 0
Eddie Yarbrough 1 0 0 0
Colt Anderson 0 0 0 0
Robert Blanton 0 0 0 0
Tanner Vallejo 0 0 0 0
Joe Webb 0 0 0 0

Denver Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Buffalo Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Tre'Davious White 1 14 0
E.J. Gaines 1 1 0

Denver Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Cody Latimer 3 81 27.0 0 36

Buffalo Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Brandon Tate 2 41 20.5 0 23

Denver Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Isaiah McKenzie 1 16 16.0 0 16

Buffalo Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Brandon Tate 2 20 10.0 0 17

Denver Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Brandon McManus 3 3 100.0 38

Buffalo Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Stephen Hauschka 4 4 100.0 55

Denver Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Riley Dixon 3 125 45

Buffalo Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Colton Schmidt 5 226 58