3 things we learned about the Bills [1:27 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills don't know how to finish yet. Buffalo had the Jets buried, up 22-3 midway through the third, before allowing New York -- which had five first downs in its first seven possessions, including four first downs on a drive that ended with a field goal -- to storm back into the game. If the Jets could have executed inside the 10-yard-line in the final five minutes -- they had a second-and-2 from the 5-yard-line but lost a yard apiece on the next two plays before quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw incomplete on fourth down -- then the Bills might have absorbed a come-from-ahead loss as agonizing as the 34-31 defeat they took against the Jacksonville Jaguars three weeks ago. The Bills will need to figure out how to put teams away in order to reach the playoffs for the first time this century.'
In victory, Rex Ryan was still the biggest loser [1:26 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The NFL never should have allowed this to happen. Roger Goodell should have forced Ryan to stand down on this or face a heavy fine and/or suspension. For all of its problems with off-field violence, most of it perpetrated against women, the league should be embarrassed for allowing Ryan to use a national TV game, or any game, to reward a player who assaulted and injured a teammate who ended up in surgery and out of a first-string job.'
McCoy, Bills Hold Off Jets 22-17 [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Duke Williams and Rambo teamed up to give Buffalo the lead on the ensuing kickoff. Rambo rocked Jets returner Devin Smith, jarring the ball loose and Williams returned the fumble 16 yards to the end zone. Carpenter's extra point attempt sailed wide left, making the score 9-3. The Bills' kicker redeemed himself just before the end of the first half, nailing a 41-yard field goal to put Buffalo up by nine points at the half.'
Bills-Jets Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:24 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This isn’t a misprint. “Penalties” aren’t listed under "Arrow Down." They were a positive in this one, with only 5 flags for 44 yards on the Bills, both less than half their normal totals which lead the league per game. They didn’t give New York the extra opportunities they’d been giving their opponents too many times all season.'
Bills get big win in Rex Ryan's return to face Jets [1:23 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The win is the biggest of the Bills season so far, as they pull even with the Jets in the playoff race. The victory puts Buffalo in the 5th playoff spot in the AFC, which is the first wild card.'
7 observations from Bills - Jets [1:22 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Resting on their laurels very nearly cost the game.'
Surprise! Bills make EJ Manuel a healthy scratch [1:21 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Manuel effectively has fallen behind Josh Johnson on the team's depth chart for the time being. Johnson will serve as the immediate backup to Tyrod Taylor, after just signing with the Bills on October 13 when Taylor was originally injured.'
Bills squeak by the Jets 22-17 in Thursday night matchup [1:20 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The Bills struggled in the air against a stout Jets defense as Sammy Watkins and Darrelle Revis dueled. Revis found answers for Watkins’ speed, but not always his hands. The Bills, led by the still recovering Tyrod Taylor, looked to other receivers to help make up for strong coverage on Watkins. Robert Woods, Charles Clay and an unlikely Karlos Williams pitched in to help Buffalo reach just over 130 passing yards.'
Taylor: Jets win is “definitely big for us” [1:19 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '“We knew that coming into this game. We knew that coming into this stretch for two games over five days. Definitely a big win for us, and moving forward, each game is going to get even bigger.” Taylor continues.'
Bills Hold On For 22-17 Win Over The Jets [1:18 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'This game meant the world to Rex Ryan and the much maligned defense knew that and stepped up when the offense faltered in the second half. The bottom line is, it was a huge win and the Bills are very much back in the playoff hunt with a mini bye week ahead of them. They can enjoy this one more than Sunday's win. Last year the Bills playoff hopes imploded in a five day span. This year those hopes have risen up with back to back division wins in five days. It's time to relax and enjoy for Bills fans before they worry about what is ahead.'
Defense Makes Big Plays Down The Stretch [1:17 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Tyrod Taylor struggled against a fierce Jets pass rush and got his first win when he didn't play that well. He had pedestrian numbers completing 17 of his 27 passes for just 158 yards. He did throw a touchdown pass and didn't turn the ball over giving him a solid 91.3 yard QB rating. He struggling running the ball gaining just 12 yards on six carries.'
LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams duo fueling Bills' O [1:16 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'Now that their playmaking trio is healthy and contributing big plays each game, the Bills are assuming pole position in the AFC Wild Card race.'
What we learned: Bills hold off Jets in Rex's return [1:15 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'Egregious uniform violations aside, this game was still quite ugly. Thursday nighters are never truly beautiful, but in a rain-soaked matchup between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tyrod Taylor, we were treated to a contest marred with drops and fumbles and generally bad offensive playcalling. This goes without really digging into the fact that the game hinged on a perfect snap that flew through the hands of Bills punter Colton Schmidt deep in his own territory. These are the types of games that Rex Ryan's teams are built to win, though.'
Bill Cowher: Rex has made 'mockery' of captain tag [1:14 AM]
NFL.com reports: '"The captain tag is something that every head coach in this league takes seriously," Cowher said. "The captain tag is something that players vote on, head coaches they give their title to. It requires a player that you think exemplifies leadership. You earn that. Rex Ryan has made a mockery of it and to me it's annoying.'
Rex Ryan defends decision to make IK captain [1:13 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'This is a classic example of how Ryan endears himself to his players. He doesn't care if he's hated by every other team and fanbase. Signing Enemkpali and then defending him relentlessly makes his locker room feel like a protected space and makes it seem like it's Buffalo against the world.'
Bills use turnovers to beat Jets 22-17 [1:12 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo used turnovers to overcome an early three-point deficit as part of a string of 22 unanswered points to stake themselves to a 22-3 third quarter lead. Two forced fumbles by Bacarri Rambo and a Corey Graham interception led to 13 points off turnovers for the Bills.'
Bacarri Rambo makes big impact in big Bills win [1:11 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“All week we were talking about their running of a certain route and I knew it was coming so it just allowed me to make a play,” said Rambo.'
EJ Manuel inactive; Josh Johnson serves as backup QB [1:10 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Josh Johnson, who was signed by the club on Oct. 14th, served as the backup to starter Tyrod Taylor in Week 10. Bills head coach Rex Ryan addressed the move after the Bills win over the Jets citing it as a one game switch.'
The Rex factor [11:10 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Ryan is coaching his first game against the team that fired him, after a six-year stint, last January. And if you think that’s not a factor, let me tell you how to get rich selling rotary phones.'
Soft-spoken Gilmore the mentor of young defensive backfield [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s prime time,” Stephon Gilmore adds. “Everybody’s watching. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play in this situation? The guys who show up, that’s who they’ll be talking about. It should hype you up more to play in this game.”'
Bills need to rattle Fitz in a playoff-type game with the Jets [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Oh, and let’s not forget former Bills head man Chan Gailey, now calling plays as the Jets’ first-year offensive coordinator. Gailey got a lot out of some average offensive players during his time in Buffalo, but he and Fitz got run out of town after a third losing season in 2012.'
The C’s have it on Bills’ midseason report card [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How do you get to .500? By not being exceptional in most areas. And that has been the Bills through their first eight games.'
Tyler Dunne's three Bills Thoughts: More Karlos Williams, tackling Chris Ivory, Fitz vs. Tyrod [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But another Fitz reunion raises the question of whether or not the Bills would've been better off simply riding the Fitzpatrick wave. Hindsight is 20/20 and it was time for Buffalo to invest in a high draft pick at the most important position in sports. But the 2013 16th overall pick EJ Manuel has not panned out. Buffalo has switched gears again, this time, to Tyrod Taylor. He's a completely different player than Fitzpatrick, one who can throw the deep ball and mesmerize defenders on the run but might not be able to go through progressions on a Fitz-level.'
'30 for 30' film on glory days of Bills sounds like great 25th anniversary present [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think Buffalo Bills fans, and really sports fans in particular, won’t be disappointed,” said Dahl. “There is a lot here to experience.”'
3 and out: Aerial game could be key vs. Jets [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills 19, Jets 17.'
Maiorana hands out Bills' midseason grades [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Taylor has given the Bills some of their best play at this position in recent memory. He leads the league with a remarkable 71.8 completion percentage, though part of that stems from the fact that he has attempted just 149 passes. Still, it’s impressive, and if nothing else, Taylor has an unknown ceiling and that’s exciting. He has proven to be an accurate thrower and a pretty good decision-maker, and his ability to run out of trouble adds a new dimension to the Bills' offense. The grade would be higher, but I have to include EJ Manuel’s two-game 0-2 stint.'
First Super Season Week 10: The Steve Tasker Show [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Scott Norwood made a field goal on the first play of the fourth, and John Hagy intercepted Rosenbach on the first play after the kickoff, leading to Beebe's TD reception on the next play. One play after the kickoff, Leonard Smith forced Johnson to fumble and Leon Seals recovered at the Cards 28. Mueller scored seven plays later, and Kenneth Davis scored late in the game after a pair of 12-yard Camarillo punts.'
How Rex Ryan turned Bills-Jets game on Thursday night into must-see TV [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'What makes it so hard to believe is how Ryan behaved up to this point. He's taken veiled shots at former Jets general manager John Idzik. He teared up in an HBO special when asked about his time with the Jets. Did those emotions just disappear? Ryan said he made Enemkpali a captain because it means something extra for a player to go up against his old team. So how can he claim the meeting means nothing to him?'
Bills bound for streak, or swoon? [1:50 AM]
Artvoice reports: 'The matchup with Rex’s old team, the 5-3 Jets should be a pretty good indicator whether his new one stays in the postseason derby for long.'
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