Creating the Bills' perfect season via NFL Game Pass


The National Football League is currently offering their Game Pass package free of charge to everyone. Included in Game Pass are full replays of every NFL game going all the way back to the 2009 season. That means Buffalo Bills fans can watch some of their favorite games over the past 11 seasons, or just pass the time with other random games from around the league.

I originally wanted to write an article featuring the five best, or maybe 10 best Bills games since 2009 for fans to go back and re-watch. Then I stumbled upon an even better way of doing it from one of our RADIO.COM colleagues, Daryl Ruiter, who is the Cleveland Browns beat reporter for 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland.  

Creating the Bills perfect 16-0 season!

Obviously, Daryl did it for the Browns, but I also asked him if he minded that I borrowed his idea, and he said not at all. So, thanks, Daryl.

The Bills' combined record since 2009 is 77-99. That’s 77 wins to choose from, and some seasons had a lot more wins than others. Like only four in 2010, but 10 in 2019. I wanted to make the exercise equitable, but challenging. Therefore, I gave myself two simple rules:

  1. I must choose at least one game from every season from 2009-2019.
  2. I can’t choose more than two games from any season.

Finally, I got in touch with my Bills Radio Network colleague, and former Bills center Eric Wood, who just-so-happened to begin his career in 2009. I gave him my personal list of 16 games, and he joined me on my SalSports...and Stuff podcast to go over each one in even more detail than what’s written below, giving insight into each game.

So here we go, Bills fans, the perfect 16-0 season season (in chronological order), with all games available to watch in their entirety via NFL Game Pass:


November 29, 2009 - Week 12

  • Bills - 31 vs. Dolphins - 14

The Bills stopped the Miami Dolphins' two-game winning streak and crushed any playoff hopes they may have had with Miami coming into the game at 5-5. Buffalo erased a 14-7 fourth quarter deficit with 17 unanswered points, including two touchdown runs from Fred Jackson and a 51-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Terrell Owens. 


November 21, 2010 - Week 11

  • Bills - 49 at Bengals - 31

Buffalo erased a 28-7 deficit, including going wild in the second half with 35 unanswered points. Stevie Johnson had a huge game, catching eight passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns. After one of them, he flipped up his jersey to reveal a t-shirt that read “Why so serious?”


September 18, 2011 - Week 2

  • Bills - 38 vs. Raiders - 35

The Bills came back from being down 21-3 to win this game late. Jackson racked up 140 total yards from scrimmage and David Nelson caught the game-winning touchdown with 14 seconds left in the game, coming after Denarius Moore caught a 50-yard touchdown pass for the Oakland Raiders with 3:41 left. 


September 25, 2011 - Week 3

  • Bills - 34 vs. Patriots - 31

Truly a legendary game in Bills history, especially post-2000. For the second week in a row, they came back from a huge deficit, this time trailing 21-0 to the New England Patriots, who had won the last 15 games between the two teams, and 20 of the last 21. The two offenses combined for 943 total yards. Tom Brady threw for 387, Ryan Fitzpatrick for 369. Wes Welker tied it with a touchdown pass with 3:25 left in the game, but Fred Jackson had a long catch-and-run that set up the Bills' game-winning field goal as time expired. Thousands of people stayed in the stadium to celebrate, and there was joy in the streets of Western New York all night.


September 16, 2012 - Week 2

  • Bills - 35 vs. Chiefs - 17

Complete domination by the Bills in this game. They lead 35-3 at the end of three quarters and gave up two garbage time touchdowns near the end. C.J. Spiller was a beast running the football with 123 yards and only 15 carries, including two touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 47 yards. 


September 29, 2013 - Week 4

  • Bills - 23 vs. Ravens - 20

This might be known as the Kiko Alonso Game. The Baltimore Ravens came to Orchard Park as the defending Super Bowl champions, but Alonso and the rest of the Bills defense didn’t care. They completely shut down Baltimore’s running game, allowing only 24 yards on nine carries. They also intercepted Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco five times. Alonso accounted for two of those himself to go along with five tackles. His interception with 1:04 left in the fourth quarter sealed the win. 


September 7, 2014 - Week 1

  • Bills - 23 at Bears - 20 (OT)

What a way to start the 2014 season, with a big overtime win on the road over the Chicago Bears. Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel was really efficient, going 16-for-22 for 173 yards and a touchdown, and he also added another touchdown on the ground. Kyle Williams had the only interception of his career in this game, and, of course, Fred Jackson stiff-armed Chris Conte into oblivion on his way towards the end zone in overtime, setting up the game-winning field goal from Dan Carpenter.


December 14, 2014 - Week 15

  • Bills - 21 vs. Packers - 13

The Green Bay Packers came into the game 10-3 and riding a five-game winning streak. The Bills were clinging to their playoff lives at 7-6, but the defense came up big time-and-time again, holding Aaron Rodgers to only 185 yards passing. Bacarri Rambo became a household name in Buffalo with two interceptions and two pass breakups. With only 1:58 left in the game and the Packers only down six points, Mario Williams sacked Rodgers, who fumbled into his own end zone, eventually becoming a safety for the Bills, and sealing the win. 


September 13, 2015 - Week 1

  • Bills - 27 vs. Colts - 14

This was Rex Ryan‘s first game as head coach of the Bills and Tyrod Taylor’s first start at quarterback in the NFL. Then-Ralph Wilson Stadium was rocking all day. The Bills jumped out to a 24-0 lead and never looked back thanks to Taylor’s 14-of-19 passing for 185 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown strike to Percy Harvin to open the scoring on the season.


September 25, 2016 - Week 3

  • Bills - 33 vs. Cardinals - 16

The Bills started the 2016 season 0-2. They fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman after just two games. Things weren’t looking very good until the Arizona Cardinals showed up and they completely throttled them. LeSean McCoy ran for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Taylor had 76 yards on the ground himself, and Aaron Williams returned a botched field-goal snap 57 yards to put them up 30-7. The victory kicked off a four-game winning streak for the Bills.


October 16, 2016 - Week 6

  • Bills 45 vs. 49ers - 16

The story coming into this game was San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem and the controversy it had created throughout the league and nationally. The story during and after the game was the Bills' dominating run game, rolling up 313 yards, fifth-most in team history, led by McCoy’s 140 yards and three touchdowns. Taylor had 68 yards himself and Mike Gillislee added another 61 yards on the ground. The Bills were up 14-13 late in the second half, then went on to outscore San Francisco 31-3 over the course of the rest of the game.


October 1, 2017 - Week 4

  • Bills - 23 at Falcons - 17

The Atlanta Falcons came into the game unbeaten at 3-0 and were eight-point favorites to beat the visiting Bills. It was only the second game ever at their new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and it was the first afternoon game. The game went back-and-forth with both teams trading early leads, but a controversial fumble return touchdown by Tre’Davious White put Buffalo up 14-10 at halftime. Then, after the Falcons had tied it at 17 in the fourth quarter, Stephen Hauschka turned in one of the greatest kicking performances in franchise history, booting 56 and 55-yarders, becoming the first Bills kicker to ever kick two 55-yard plus field goals in one game. Micah Hyde had two huge second half interceptions to hold the lead down. The Falcons were set up with a 1st-and-5 from the Bills' 10 yard line with only 1:03 left, only down six points, but the Bills defense held, sealing the win.


October 22, 2017 - Week 7

  • Bills - 30 vs. Buccaneers - 27

The Bills were 3-2 and coming off their bye week with two winnable games at home. Fans were starting to get really excited about the season. The two teams combined for 881 yards of offense. Buffalo led through three quarters, but back-to-back touchdown passes from Jameis Winston gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a 27–20 lead with 3:14 left. The Bills came right back with a McCoy touchdown to tie it, then White’s strip of wide receiver Adam Humphries gave the Bills the ball back and set up a game-winning field goal by Hauschka with just 14 seconds left.


September 23, 2018 - Week 3

  • Bills - 27 at Vikings - 6

The Bills came into the game 16.5-point underdogs. They left having pulled off the third-biggest upset in NFL history, the biggest since 1995, and it was never in doubt. They raced out to a 17-0 halftime lead and lead 27-0 at the end of three quarters. Josh Allen was 15-for-23 for 186 yards and a touchdown, and added 39 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The defense sacked Kirk Cousins four times, and lots of people were knocked out of their survivor pools.


November 28, 2019 - Week 13

  • Bills - 26 at Cowboys - 15

Thanksgiving Day, national television, and in Dallas to play America’s Team on America’s Football Day. The Bills showed the nation why they were 8-3 and should be taken seriously. Allen was really efficient, going 19-for-24 for 231 yards and a touchdown. Cole Beasley‘s return to Dallas could not have gone any better, catching six passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Devin Singletary ran for 63 yards and also caught a touchdown pass from wide receiver John Brown on a trick play right after the two-minute warning in the first half. The Bills took a 23-7 lead after three quarters and never looked back - until Allen looked back at White, who took a big bite of his turkey leg on the CBS postgame show.


December 15, 2019 - Week 15

  • Bills - 17 at Steelers - 10

The Bills showed up on Sunday Night Football for the first time since 2007, and only after being flexed into the spot because of the season they were having. They needed one win to clinch a playoff spot and got it by completely shutting down the Pittsburgh Steelers offense, intercepting quarterback Devlin Hodges four times, sacking him four times, and holding their running game to 51 total yards. Buffalo actually trailed 10-7 at the end of three quarters, but a Hauschka field goal tied it, then with just over 10 minutes left, right after the Steelers anthem of “Renegade” blasted throughout Heinz Field, Allen hit John Brown for a 40-yard strike, setting up a game-winning touchdown pass to Tyler Kroft. The Bills were back on the national scene, and back in the playoffs after the win.