Buffalo Bills Betting: Will Kyle Orton start?

kyle-orton-buffalo-billsWhen the Buffalo Bills drafted E.J. Manuel with the 16th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, they thought that they were getting their quarterback of the future. And he didn’t perform too badly after throwing for 1,972 yards, 11 TD’s and 9 INT’s during a 10-game rookie campaign.

However, Manuel hasn’t looked good in the preseason. He especially did poorly in the team’s third preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Manuel was 9-for-18 passing with just 67 yards, one interception and a lost fumble in the first half. He came back strong in the third quarter by going 10-for-10 with 131 yards. But was this enough to instill confidence in him to the Bills organization?

Based on how Buffalo signed Kyle Orton to a two-year deal worth $11 million, it doesn’t seem likely. The deal includes a $3 million signing bonus and an option for the second year. With the $5 million that Orton is guaranteed in 2014, he now becomes the league’s highest-paid backup.

ej-manuelOf course, the Bills aren’t coming right out and saying that they’re worried about Manuel, or that Orton will likely start some games. Instead, coach Doug Marrone is pretty veiled about the matter. He says that the quarterback situation has improved and the team targeted Orton “very early” in free agency. “It’s better,” Marrone told Syracuse.com. “Kyle is much better for us. He’s an experienced veteran. He’s what we were looking for and we were fortunate to get him.”

Marrone was merely expressing his joy over shoring up the backup QB position. However, one could easily think that his words apply to the starting position as well. This is especially the case when you consider what Orton recently said to the media. “The more you’re around you just get that feeling that you’ve got the right fit,” he said. “I didn’t really think of many other places. When this opportunity arose, I jumped at it.”

Orton certainly didn’t think that Dallas was the “right fit” this past offseason. After backing up Tony Romo for two years, he chose to skip the Cowboys offseason training program. Orton did talk to the team’s owner, Jerry Jones, about playing for Dallas. However, Jones explained that the Cowboys remained committed to making new-signing Brandon Weeden their primary backup.

After being fined for skipping workouts, Orton was finally released by the Cowboys – thus putting him out in free agency. Following interest from several teams, the Bills finally proved the most-attractive destination with their generous offer.

As for if Orton will start any time soon, he doesn’t appear to be thinking about this matter. “My role on the team is a backup and to be ready to play whenever I need to be,” the 31-year-old said. “Job number one is to help E.J. and that’s what I plan to do.”

We at GTBets.eu, however, think that Orton will be helping Manuel to a bench role. The latter suffered three knee injuries last season and isn’t playing well right now. Plus, the Bills are up for sale and should be sold later this year. So the current coaching staff needs to win now and give the new owners reason to keep them around. Assuming Manuel gets off to a bad start, Orton is another option that gives the Bills a chance to win.

College Football Power Rankings for Week 9 (Oct. 31st, 2013)

byron-marshall-oregonLast week, Missouri and Texas Tech entered our top-10 power rankings for the first time this season. But that was short-lived because both teams suffered losses to ranked teams. And while this won’t kill their chances of winning conference titles, it will knock them out of our top 10.

Everybody else was a winner, though, which sets up a very interesting matchup between Miami and Florida State. The Seminoles blew out Clemson two weeks ago and will be looking to slay their second giant this week at home.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0); beat Tennessee 45-10, retains same ranking – Alabama quickly jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back. It wasn’t until the third quarter that the Vols finally put points on the board. T.J. Yeldon had another big game after running for 72 yards and three touchdowns.

2. Oregon Ducks (8-0); beat UCLA 42-14, retains same ranking – Not surprisingly, Oregon’s home contest against the 12th-ranked Bruins was pretty close for a while. However, Oregon broke a 14-14 tie in the third quarter and quickly turned this into a route. Byron Marshall led the charge as he rushed for 133 yards and three scores.

3. Florida State Seminoles (8-0); beat NC State 49-17, retains same ranking – This one got ugly right away as Florida State jumped out to a 35-0 lead in the first quarter. FSU probably spent the next three quarters discussing their game plan for Miami.

4. Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0); beat Penn State 63-14, retains same rankingcarlos-hyde-running-backKnowing that they have some ground to make up in the BCS Standings, the Buckeyes gave Penn State their worst loss in 114 years. Braxton Miller threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, while Carlos Hyde rushed for 147 yards and two TD’s.

5. Miami Hurricanes (7-0); beat Wake Forest 24-21, retains same ranking – The Hurricanes got a surprisingly tough game from Wake Forest. Lucky for them, Duke Johnson provided just enough offense after running for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Miami will definitely have to move the ball better against the Seminoles this week.

6. Stanford Cardinals (7-1); beat Oregon State 20-12, moves up one spot – The Cardinals ground out a tough road game in Corvallis, Oregon on the strength of Tyler Gaffney’s 168 rushing yards and three TD’s. Overall, it was an ugly affair, but Stanford survives and gets a week of rest before playing Oregon.

7. Baylor Bears (7-0); beat Kansas 59-14, moves up one spot – Baylor has been crushing teams, having scored 50-plus points on an opponent for the sixth time this year. Chances are that they won’t keep up with this trend when they play Oklahoma next week. Still, it’s incredible how badly the Bears are obliterating other teams.

8. Clemson Tigers (7-1); beat Maryland 40-27, moves up one spot – The Tigers got sammy-watkinsback on the winning track by grabbing a road win in College Park, Maryland. Sammy Watkins had another huge day as he racked up 163 yards and a TD on 14 catches.

9. Auburn Tigers (7-1); beat Florida International 45-10, unranked last week – Auburn has a shot to take the SEC West if they can continue winning. Their lone loss was on the road against a very good LSU team, and they have victories over Washington State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.

10. Oklahoma Sooners (7-1); beat Texas Tech 38-30, unranked last week – It seems like ages ago when Oklahoma was beaten by 16 points at home by Texas. Of course, a win against a top 10-ranked team will certainly help you forget about losses. The Sooners will continue climbing if they can get a huge road victory at Baylor.