Buffalo Bills Rank 27th In Team Value

Forbes Magazine recently estimated each National Football League team’s overall value. The Buffalo Bills came in at 27 out of the league’s 32 teams. Their overall value was estimated at $821 million. This leaves only 5 teams behind. Those teams are the Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons and finally, the Minnesota Vikings.

The league’s most valuable team, according to Forbes, is the Dallas Cowboys.

Source: Bills said to be worth $821 million by magazine

Everett’s Outlook Improving

Great news has just come from the medical staff involved with the injury of Kevin Everett. After backing off the heavy sedation that had been administered to Everett, it was found that he is now able to move his arms and legs voluntarily. Doctors say that this kind of movement so soon after a spinal injury is a great sign that he will likely be able to walk again. It may not be sooner than months down the road, but his chances have greatly improved from the initial 5% to walk again.

It was a modern medical breakthrough that helped Everett sustain less damage than he may have taken in the past. Dr. Andrew Cappuccino put Everett in a state of “modest hypothermia” which is explained as putting an ice pack on the injured spinal cord area. This helped prevent more damage that may have been caused due to swelling and movement. Bills owner Ralph Wilson has been donating millions of dollars to support the Miami project, which is the name given to the research of this technology, over the entire life of the project for the past two decades.

I don’t think I’m alone with my joy to hear about this improvement. It comes so quickly that it is really a miraculous turn around of his condition. I’ll try to keep this blog up to date on Kevin as he faces a tough, but optimistic, road through rehab to recovery.

Related: Report: Doctor says Everett has voluntary movement of arms, legs

Update: Kevin Everett

Kevin Everett, the Bills’ tight end who suffered a terrible injury on Sunday in the home opener against the Denver Broncos is in our thoughts and prayers. Orthopedic surgeon Andrew Capuccino operated on Everett after the injury, removing bone chips and using some hardware to get his vertebrae back into their proper place. Everett is now in the Intensive Care Unit of Buffalo’s Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital.

Kevin EverettCappuccino addressed the press on Monday regarding the surgery and Everett’s outlook. The surgery went well, but damage to Everett’s spinal cord may prevent him from ever gaining complete neurological recovery. Everett was completely conscious before and after the surgery, said Cappuccino, and is fully aware of his situation. Cappuccino said he is warned to be an optimist, but to his patients, he is 100% truthful. He let Kevin know that the likelihood of his full physical recovery was bleak, giving an estimate of a 5% chance. Close care is needed for Everett as Cappuccino said that an injury of this nature may cause blood clotting, infection, and breathing failure. This is indeed a very serious, life-threatening injury.

Everett was just entering the third and most hopeful year of his short NFL career. He was drafted by Buffalo from the University of Miami. He suffered a knee injury in his first year. Last year he was used primarily on the Bills’ great special teams unit. This year the team had hopes of using Everett in games as a #2 tight end. He was improving and head coach Dick Jauron was excited to get him involved in the offense. At this point, it is not how many touches he will get, but his full physical recovery for which we are hopeful. I’m happy to hear that there is at least a chance of recovery. Stranger things have happened, and with the support and prayers of all football fans out there, he still has a chance of a full recovery.

In other Bills injury news, Ko Simpson and Jason Webster are both likely out for the entire season. Coy Wire is out indefinitely. Both Simpson and Webster had surgery on Monday to repair their injuries. Simpson with a broken ankle and Webster with a broken forearm. Wire injured his MCL.

Related:Surgeon: Everett has life-threatening spinal-cord injury
Simpson, Webster undergo surgery

Denver 15, Buffalo 14

Oh man what a way to start the season! The Buffalo Bills never trailed the Denver Broncos while there was any time remaining on the clock. In a pretty sloppy, very defensive game, the Bills seemed to have done just enough to sneak away with an opening day victory. That all changed just after the clock hit 0:00 in the 4th quarter as the football, kicked by Jason Elam, sailed through the uprights to give Denver a 15 – 14 victory.

JP LosmanIt was a game that probably should have been a pretty ugly loss for Buffalo. Denver’s defense choked almost every aspect of Buffalo’s offense with one exception; rookie Marshawn Lynch. Lynch played a very impressive game. He was always moving forward to gain a few yards here and there. He proved to have the power and decision making it takes to make it in the NFL. His most impressive display came midway through the 3rd quarter when he broke free for about a 15 yard run, then once a would-be tackler locked him up, pounded forward into the end zone for a 23 yard touchdown run. You could almost hear a sigh of relief from the fans in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Those were the type of plays that seemed to elude Willis McGahee. The red zone always prevented Willis from really performing well. Let’s hope that Lynch’s great opening game is just the beginning of something much bigger.

True to their usual form, the Bills special teams actually ended up keeping Buffalo in this one. With the exception of Lynch, the special teams were just about the only players able to move the ball in the Bills’ favor. Early in the first quarter, Roscoe Parrish received a punt at his own 26 yard line, then proceeded to turn into a speedy blur for 74 yards to score the first touchdown of the game. As predicted, the special teams were the shining pillar for Buffalo.

The Bills had some great blocks and hard hits. One great special teams tackle on the kickoff to start the second half was made by Kevin Everett, a reserve tight end. Everett’s head snapped back on the tackle and he dropped to the field. He was rushed to a hospital where he underwent immediate surgery. Everett suffered a cervical spine injury. I saw reports on SportsCenter that as of Sunday night, he was out of surgery and in ICU. Doctors said they wouldn’t have much of an idea on his condition until another 24 to 72 hours. There was a report that at the moment he has incomplete paralysis, with very little movement in his extremities. I hope that every football fan out there is praying for the full recovery of Kevin Everett. I’ll try to keep this blog up to speed on his status.

Other Bills went down today. Free safety Ko Simpson went down early when he fractured his left ankle. Cornerback Jason Webster broke his forearm in the fourth quarter. Neither of those players have a time table for their return at the moment. Safety Coy Wire, playing at linebacker for this game to fill in for injured Keith Ellison, went down with a sprained knee early in the game.

Overall, we saw that Buffalo looks pretty similar to last year’s team, but with an improved running back. They got off to a quick start, had great special teams plays, then almost completely shut down on offense, with the defense and special teams keeping them in the game. Look for the passing game to do better in upcoming games. Denver has one of the best secondaries in the league, so today’s lack of aerial performance was no surprise.

Bills Record: 0-1
Buffalo vs Denver Box Score

Week 1: Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills

Alright, it’s about time to kick off the 2007 Buffalo Bills season! This year brings us a home opener in Orchard Park where the weather should be in the high 60’s and rainy, just what the Bills like.

This is a tough match up for Buffalo. First we can look at Buffalo’s strong points on offense from last year, or maybe strong point; the long passing. Denver’s corners, Champ Bailey and Dre Bly, will certainly provide a problem for JP Losman when he tries to get the ball to Lee Evans and Peerless Price. Look for Roscoe Parrish and Josh Reed to see some action in this one. On the ground, the Bills will look to perform much better than in recent years. Marshawn Lynch looks great on paper against the relatively weak defensive line of the Broncos. Look for him to have at least a decent inaugural NFL game.

Buffalo Bills vs. Denver BroncosNow on defense, the Bills painfully weak rush defense may not improve…at least against former Buffalo Bill Travis Henry. Henry has proven his worth with two NFL teams, and now expects to have his best year while playing for a proven rushing-focused team in the Denver Broncos. Last time Henry played against the Bills, he ran for 135 yards with the Tennessee Titans. I don’t expect him to do any worse in this week 1 home opener. Terrence McGee and Donte Whitner headline the Bills’ secondary. Jay Cutler put up a decent showing last year, but against a tough pass rush and a secondary like that of the Bills, I expect him to have a tough week 1.

This should be a very physical game, and the weather could keep both teams trying to get to the end zone on the ground instead of in the air. Buffalo’s excellent special teams are always a threat to give the Bills a fighting chance in a tough match up. In many Bills games, the most exciting part is the play of the special teams, and I expect this game will be no different. This should be a defensive bruiser of a game. I’m predicting a low scoring game with Buffalo squeezing out a narrow victory.

Prediction: Buffalo 13 | Denver 9

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2007 Buffalo Bills

The 2007 NFL season will mark the beginning of a new direction for the Buffalo Bills. What direction is that? I’m not sure anybody knows just yet.

In recent years, the Bills had been a primarily defensive team. With the loss of Nate Clements, London Fletcher, and Takeo Spikes, the defensive force is in serious question. In addition to the losses, 6 year veteran Ryan Denney is out with a foot injury until some time around week 6 of the season. Aaron Schobel, one of the league’s most under rated players, is easily the best Bills defensive player. We’ll see if he can lead the team to play how they have in the past.

The offensive side of the ball is moving in the opposite direction. With the loss of Willis McGahee, a running-back-by-committee style is now in effect. This is a nice change of pace since the last 3 years have featured an arrogant, although talented, running back who wants every carry. Rookie Marshawn Lynch is already in conversations about offensive rookie of the year. He’ll likely share carries with 7 year veteran Anthony “A-Train” Thomas. With last year’s emergence of duo of J.P. Losman and Lee Evans, the offense is hoping to end more drives with touchdowns this year.

Most Buffalo highlights in recent years have come from the Bills special teams. I expect that to remain a strong point of the team.
Like many Bills fans, I am going into the 2007-08 season optimistic. I won’t be too shocked, however, if the highlights of the season end up being the first Bills appearance on Monday Night Football in seven years, and possibly a top draft pick in 2008. At least they’ve still got the AFC’s best punter in Brian Moorman!

Prediction: 9-7 (being very optimistic here)
2007 Buffalo Bills Schedule

Here We Go Bills!

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