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Buffalo Bills News - September 26, 2016

Marker Defense the real story in Bills' stunning victory [3:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Facing one of the more talented and explosive offenses in the NFL, the Bills gave an inspired showing highlighted by the first four interceptions of the season by Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer. Buffalo's defenders were physically dominant, stuffing the run, sacking Palmer five times and hitting him nine times.'

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Marker Mark Gaughan's 10 Plays That Shaped the Game: Cards pay for failing to contain Tyrod [7:07 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cardinals edge rusher Markus Golden rushed up-field to Taylor’s right and easily was shoved 5 yards behind the quarterback by Jordan Mills. Cardinals linebacker Kevin Minter, doing an Aaron Maybin impersonation (aka going 100 mph in the wrong direction), flew beyond the pocket on a blitz. The right side of the field was wide open and Taylor cruised into the end zone.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills applied necessary heat, ran with authority [7:06 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills hadn't shown that look in either if their previous two games, and Palmer and the Cardinals weren't ready for it.'

Marker Report card [7:05 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This was an impressive performance all the way across the board. And as much as it might hurt the Rex Ryan haters to admit it, he had the Bills ready to play against all odds. You can’t deny that. There were a lot of things conspiring against the Bills, not the least of which was the possibility of their season blowing up before the end of the September. It certainly wasn’t perfect, but the Bills beat a good Arizona team that no one thought they had a chance against.'

Marker Minutes after Bills' win, Rex Ryan already joking about Patriots, Bill Belichick [7:05 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"That's what we have to be ready in case Edelman (is the quarterback), right?" Ryan said while answering a question about his own quarterback's mobility. "I have a funny feeling he isn't going to be Brady back there."'

Marker How coach John Blake used '93 Cowboys to motivate Bills before win over Cardinals [7:04 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'That made Blake the perfect candidate to deliver the Bills' Saturday night speech before they dominated the Arizona Cardinals with a 33-18 beatdown at New Era Field. That 1993 Cowboys team beat the Cardinals, too. And they also went on to win the Super Bowl.'

Marker Bills defense comes up big [7:04 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Give Rex and the defensive staff credit for coming up with a new look to baffle Palmer and company. The Bills used a seven defensive back personnel grouping a number of times in the game and it derailed Arizona’s passing game. They also did it while playing without starting cornerback Ronald Darby who was inactive due to a hamstring injury. At halftime, the big three passing weapons of Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown had combined for just three catches on 12 targets for 20 yards.'

Marker That's what's called a team win [7:03 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Arizona didn’t get its first first down until there was 9:25 left in the second quarter. At that point the total yardage was 186-7. By the end of the game, Arizona outgained Buffalo 348-296, but the Bills only turned the ball over once while Arizona had four picks against and a botched field goal attempt that was ruled a lost fumble by Drew Butler.'

Marker Bills offense, defense find its groove in 33-18 win over Cardinals [7:03 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Despite not having cornerback Ronald Darby in the lineup due to a hamstring injury, the Bills secondary remained strong, intercepting Palmer four times in the final six minutes as the Cardinals threatened to rally down 33-18 late in the game.'

Marker Rex Ryan: Bills 'knew we were better' than others thought [5:55 PM]
USA Today reports: 'The Bills improve their record to 1-2 and face a New England Patriots team next week that has many questions surrounding their quarterback. Rex Ryan may be off the hot seat for now, but he must find a way to maintain this success.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 3 Report Card [5:49 PM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'The defense deserves a lot of credit. After a terrible performance against the Jets, the unit came in against one of the NFL's better teams and shut them down for most of the game.'

Marker Bucky Gleason's Hot Read: Bills reveal what had been missing [5:46 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Cardinals were precisely the team the Bills needed to play if they wanted to pull themselves from misery. Super Bowl contenders? The Bills made them look like … they made them look the Bills did in the first two games. Buffalo trampled over Arizona in a 33-18 victory that gave their sun-soaked crowed reasons for optimism.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Hot Read: Maybe the Bills should fire someone every week [5:45 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With Lynn using a more streamlined playbook and running plays at a quicker tempo, the Bills got their running game going, piling up 200 rushing yards and three touchdowns against an Arizona team that had shut down the Buccaneer the week before.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Hot Read: Bills fans can put the pitchforks away for at least a week [5:44 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The defense, playing without starting cornerback Ronald Darby, largely contained a potent Cardinals’ passing attack, with Stephon Gilmore recording two interceptions, and Corey White and Corey Graham adding one more each. The defense won’t come up with four interceptions every week, but it’s exactly what they needed for this one.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Hot Read: With Lynn pushing right buttons, Bills get their mojo back [5:42 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'LeSean McCoy looked like his Pro Bowl self. With Lynn mixing the run and the pass to keep Arizona off balance, McCoy gashed a Cardinals defense that ranked sixth in the NFL against the run last season.'

Marker Insta-Graham: Only a fool would've counted out Bills against Cardinals [5:41 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo's defense was wicked at times. Arizona didn't earn a first down on its first five possessions. By the time Buffalo scored 17 points (4:35 into the second quarter), Arizona's offense traveled 7 yards.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Points After: Bills 33, Cardinals 18 [5:39 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The offense made Rex Ryan look like a genius for replacing offensive coordinator Greg Roman with Anthony Lynn after only two games. The players who helped persuade ownership to get aboard with the idea, and the owners themselves, also come out of this looking good. The defense made Ryan's declaration earlier in this week about the coaching prowess of his twin brother, Rob, spot on.'

Marker Fourth quarter analysis: Bills put away Cards and keep season alive [5:39 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Stephon Gilmore had two picks while Corey Graham and Corey White had one while the Bills sacked Palmer four times in the game. Graham's interception put the Bills on their own 1-yard line, which led to a safety that made things interesting – especially after John Brown returned the free kick to the Bills' 14-yard line – but Gilmore came up with another interception to put the game away.'

Marker Third quarter analysis: Bills break game open after Cardinals' miserable fourth down [5:37 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So Chandler Catanzaro went out for a field goal attempt, but a high snap went through holder Drew Butler’s hands. Aaron Williams recovered the ball and took it 53 yards for a touchdown to make it 30-7 Bills. It was the Cardinals’ first turnover of the season.'

Marker Second quarter analysis: Jerry Hughes penalty leads to Cardinals' first score [5:36 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills would've gotten the ball back with about 7 minutes left in the quarter. Instead, the Cardinals drove down and scored on a David Johnson run with only 1:05 remaining before halftime. That cut the Bills' lead to 17-7.'

Marker First quarter analysis: Bills defense absolutely dominant as team jumps out to 10-0 lead [5:35 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills had fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with the score still 0-0. Fans booed as Rex Ryan sent out the field goal team, but Dan Carpenter’s 19-yarder gave the Bills the lead.'

Marker All Bills stand during national anthem vs. Cardinals [5:34 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I’d be ok with — ok, my feeling is, I think the National Football League gives you an incredible platform as it is," Ryan said. "And there’s guys in this room right now, if some of our players wanted to have a platform to speak with the media, then we’d allow that. There’s no doubt about it. I think, you know my personal opinion, I think the national anthem is an opportunity for us as a football team to show respect to the men and women that serve our country and have served our country. And I think that’s how I would approach it."'

Marker Sammy Watkins, Greg Salas, Ronald Darby all out against Cardinals [5:33 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cornerback Ronald Darby, who suffered a hamstring injury in Week Two against the Jets and was limited in practice during the week, will also sit out. Other inactives include: left tackle Cordy Glenn (ankle), safety Colt Anderson (foot), quarterback Cardale Jones and center Patrick Lewis.'

Marker Bills pull off shocker and deck Cards 33-18 [5:07 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Rather than getting pummeled by the Arizona Cardinals as everyone expected, the exact opposite transpired as the Bills rolled to a stunning 33-18 victory in front of an electric, sun-drenched sellout crowd.'

Marker Arizona Cardinals embarrassed in road loss to Buffalo Bills [5:06 PM]
Arizona Republic reports: 'There are numerous ways to quantify how bad the Cardinals were in the first half.'

Marker Bills injury report: Ronald Darby, Sammy Watkins among inactives against Cardinals [5:05 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'That leaves either rookie Kevon Seymour or cornerback Corey White to fill in at cornerback, while Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Brandon Tate and Walt Powell are the wide receivers left for the Bills. Adding to the challenge for the offense, Cyrus Kouandjio will play left tackle in place of Cordy Glenn while going up against dominant pass rusher Chandler Jones.'

Marker Bills bounce back with 33-18 win over Cardinals [5:02 PM]
AP reports: 'The Cardinals combined for just 2 yards net offense and no first downs on their first five possessions. Palmer finished 26 of 50 for 264 yards and was sacked five times.'

Marker Bills return to run, roar past Cardinals [5:01 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Playing without top wideout Sammy Watkins (foot) and left tackle Cordy Glenn (ankle), the Bills rediscovered the rushing attack that led the NFL last season to secure their first victory. In their first game since promoting running backs coach Anthony Lynn to replace fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman, the Bills gained 209 yards on the ground after totaling 151 in the season's first two games.'

Marker Bills Never Trail; Beat Cardinals 33-18 [5:00 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills would come out for the second half with the same aggressiveness that they started the game by forcing the Cardinals to go three-and-out on their first possesion. After another poor punt by the Cardinals to give the Bills excellent field position, the Bills would once again find the endzone this time by a 20-yard Tyrod Taylor touchdown scramble.'

Marker Bills fast start, solid defense grounds Cards in 33-18 win [4:55 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo’s running game resurfaced in a big way as they rolled up better than 200 yards on the ground under new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn. LeSean McCoy rushed more over 100 yards and had a pair of touchdowns in the victory, while Taylor rushed for 79.'

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