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Buffalo Bills News - September 29, 2014

Marker Fitzpatrick rose to challenge from Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills came out throwing and seemed determined to find the bulk of their offensive success through short passes they hoped would turn into long gains. With the game as tight as it was for large portions, they needed to be more persistent with the run.'

Marker Watt, Hopkins set the tone [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Great players make great plays, but Bills QB EJ Manuel should have been more careful with a pass to the flat for Fred Jackson. Watt read it, held up his rush, picked off the pass and raced 80 yards for a TD early in the third quarter. EJ went to the right place with the ball, because Houston blitzed off the other side. But Watt batted down 15 passes in 2012 alone and seven more last year.'

Marker Crennel’s blitz schemes too much for Manuel [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Crennel sent five or more pass rushers at Manuel on 16 pass plays. Manuel went just 4 of 16 for 23 yards on those plays with one touchdown and two interceptions.'

Marker Quarterly Report [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What does Corey Graham have to do to get on the field? The Buffalo native has been the Bills’ best cornerback the first three weeks, but was on the sideline to start Sunday’s game in favor of Leodis McKelvin and Stephon Gilmore.'

Marker ‘D’ held its own while passing game stalled [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Last week, the secondary looked confused. This week, it was the offense’s turn. The Bills were forced to use all of their first-half timeouts to avoid delay-of-game penalties. The Bills could’ve used a couple when they got the ball back 57 seconds before halftime. Doug Marrone won a challenge in the first half.'

Marker Five things to know about the Detroit Lions [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They’ve been doing just fine without Jim Schwartz.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fall to Houston Texans [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Manuel fell to 6-8 as a starter, and he completed just 21 of 44 passes for 235 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Even with an 80-yard scoring pass to Mike Williams, his numbers were pedestrian.'

Marker So much for that 2-0 start [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was foolhardy to think it when they were 2-0, and now it shouldn't even be a topic of discussion. There are too many flaws on offense, and the biggest one is the inconsistency of the quarterback. Manuel had another game where you just rub your eyes and wonder why he didn't complete this pass or that pass.'

Marker Report card [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Houston is a very ordinary 3-1 team and the Bills, if they believe they can be a playoff team, just can't lose this game. But as is so often the case, they found a way. Team is now 0-11 under Doug Marrone when it trails by 10 or more points at some time.'

Marker Bills, Manuel quiet their 'defenders' [1:47 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If you’re wondering how Buffalo beat the Bears in Chicago to open the season ... me too.'

Marker J.J. Watt's pick-six key in Buffalo's 23-17 loss [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills had the ball at the Texans' 12-yard line early in the second half, looking to increase their 10-7 lead. But on third-and-3, Watt intercepted a pass and took it 80 yards for a pick-six.'

Marker EJ Manuel rattled on field and in locker room after Buffalo Bills' Week 4 loss to Houston Texans [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"For my confidence, it's a matter of learning, continuing to learn," Manuel said. "Understand that you can't walk around with your tail between your legs. Be a man. It is what it is. We lost a game. We didn't play as well as we wanted to."'

Marker Ryan Fitzpatrick gives passionate pregame speech before Texans beat Buffalo Bills in Week 4 [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It was really important to me," Fitzpatrick said after the game. "Part of it was just because I spent four years of my life there raising my family. Buffalo means a lot to me, not only as a player and my interactions with the fans, but as a family guy and a member of the community and all that."'

Marker EJ Manuel, other Buffalo Bills talk about J.J. Watt's dominant performance [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He wasn't in my head. J.J.'s a great player and we knew coming in that he was going to have his opportunities to make plays and get in the backfield as much as he could, but he wasn't in my head."'

Marker Mike Williams says Texans defense caught Bills off guard and other notes about Buffalo's offense [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The 316 total yards wasn't a terrible total, but there were so many puzzling things about the way the Bills arrived at a mediocre, 17-point total in a 23-17 loss to the Texans. Quarterback EJ Manuel struggled, the play calling was curious, and according to wide receiver Mike Williams, the Bills were thrown off by what the Texans threw at them.'

Marker EJ Manuel comes up short, and 5 observations from Week 4 [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'For as inconsistent and frustrating as the Bills' offense has been this season, the defense has been just as solid as most expected it to be. But on Sunday, the Bills suffered two key losses. Both linebacker Nigel Bradham and defensive tackle Kyle Williams were taken to the locker room with knee injuries and quickly ruled out for the game.'

Marker EJ costs Buffalo a win in Houston [1:40 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'C.J. Spiller (15 carries, 60 yards) and Fred Jackson (seven carries, 33 yards) both ran the ball well. Why didn't they get more carries?'

Marker Time for Bills to make a change [1:40 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'For reasons only known to them, Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett decided to throw their young signal caller to the wolves. During a game they trailed by more than one score for all of 13 seconds, the Bills inexplicably dropped back to pass twice as many times as they called runs. On the road. Against a team that gave up 194 rushing yards last week. With JJ Watt across the line.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 4 Report Card [1:39 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'The offense is the biggest liability with this team. The defense is keeping the Bills in games, but the offense isn't getting the job done. Head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will need to figure out a solution if the Bills are going to compete for a playoff spot this season.'

Marker Watch unstoppable J.J. Watt take INT to the house [1:38 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The defences dominated. Both quarterbacks -- Manuel and his Bills predecessor, Ryan Fitzpatrick -- had tough days. Combined they threw 81 times for just 484 yards, with four interceptions.'

Marker Monday's Houston Coverage [1:37 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Fitzpatrick inspires on way to personal victory (Houston Chronicle)
Texans teammates come to expect the amazing with Watt (Houston Chronicle)
Bullock comes through at crunch time (Houston Chronicle)
Take your pick of top defensive plays (Houston Chronicle)
Who needs Superman if Watt can take the call, save the day (Houston Chronicle)
It's still early, but Texans exhibiting air of confidence (Houston Chronicle)
Johnson falls short of NFL receiving milestone (Houston Chronicle)
Five things we learned in the Texans' Week 4 victory (Houston Chronicle)
View from the press box (Houston Chronicle)
Grading the Texans vs. Bills (Houston Chronicle)
Looking ahead to the Cowboys (Houston Chronicle)
Texans rally past Bills 23-17 (Houston Community Newspapers)
Super"Watt" (Houston Community Newspapers)
Morris turns in career-best performance (Houston Community Newspapers)
Bullock kicks Texans to victory, gaining confidence (Houston Community Newspapers)
Watt's pick-six helps Texans outlast Bills (Fox Sports Southwest)
J.J. Watt adds interception return TD to his do-everything resume (Fox Sports Southwest)
After slow start, Texans edge Bills (CSN Houston)
Watt's pick-6 highlights fantastic performance (CSN Houston)
Fired-up Fitzpatrick inspires Texans in win (CSN Houston)
Bullock automatic early in 2014 (CSN Houston)
Texans Get INT Return For TD From Watt On Way To 23-17 Win (KILT-AM)
Texans – Bills: In A Nutshell (KILT-AM)
Bullock Now A Difference Maker (KILT-AM)
Bills Williams, Watkins: We Knew We Could Beat Texans Swearinger Deep (KILT-AM)
Cyril Richardson: I Don’t Know Why J.J. Watt Ripped Off Helmet, Was Yelling At Me (KILT-AM)
Watt Reflects On Game-Changing Touchdown, Celebration (KILT-AM)
DeAndre Hopkins Did FIFA’s ‘Dead Fish’ Celebration After Touchdown (KILT-AM)
Fred Jackson: We Had J.J. Watt Right Where We Wanted Him On Watt’s Pick-Six (KILT-AM)
O’Brien Sees Positives, Room For Improvement After Win Over Bills (KILT-AM)
Arian Foster Not ‘100% Healthy’ (KILT-AM)
Texans emerge with a 23-17 win over Buffalo (HoustonTexans.com)
Vandermeer's View: Manufacturing a win (HoustonTexans.com)
DeAndre Hopkins surpasses 2013 in just 4 games (HoustonTexans.com)
Andre Johnson "fine" after leaving game early (HoustonTexans.com)
Randy Bullock comes up big with 3 key FG (HoustonTexans.com)
J.J. Watt scores on pick-six (HoustonTexans.com)
Darryl Morris' busy week leads to big day (HoustonTexans.com)
Fitzpatrick: "It was really important to me." (HoustonTexans.com)
Photo gallery 1 (HoustonTexans.com)
Photo gallery 2 (HoustonTexans.com)
Photo gallery (BuffaloBills.com)
Photo gallery 1 (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery 2 (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallery 1 (Syracuse Post-Standard)
Photo gallery 2 (Syracuse Post-Standard)
Photo gallery (AP)

Marker Watt leads Houston to 23-17 win over Buffalo [1:36 AM]
AP reports: 'Under heavy pressure all afternoon, EJ Manuel finished with 225 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Bills (2-2). Buffalo was driving late when Darryl Morris picked him off at the Houston 15 to secure the victory.'

Marker Bills fall short with 23-17 loss in Houston [1:35 AM]
AP reports: 'They had a solid defensive performance that included forcing three turnovers, including two interceptions but failed to overcome another flat performance by Manuel and the rest of the offense.'

Marker Buffalo's K.Williams and Bradham injured [1:34 AM]
AP reports: 'Bradham injured his knee after he intercepted Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to start the second half.'

Marker Patriots-Bills moves to Fox under 'cross-flexing' [1:33 AM]
AP reports: 'The league said Sunday that the Oct. 12 game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills will be on Fox instead of CBS, which owns the AFC package. The policy change in the current TV rights agreement aims to gain bigger audiences for appealing games.'

Marker Foster and Lechler active for Texans against Bills [1:32 AM]
AP reports: 'As expected, Buffalo backup receiver and special teams player Marcus Easley is inactive because of an injured left leg.'

Marker Houston 23, Buffalo 17 [1:31 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Manuel threw a pair of touchdown passes, including an 80-yarder to Mike Williams in the fourth quarter, but made good on just 21-of-44 attempts for 225 yards.'

Marker Watt interception powers Texans win over Bills [1:30 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Moments after Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham picked off Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on the first play of the second half, Watt stepped between an E.J. Manuel pass intended for running back Fred Jackson. Watt made a leaping catch and sprinted unencumbered for the sixth-longest interception return by a defensive lineman in NFL history.'

Marker Texans-Bills: What we learned [1:29 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Despite his ongoing struggles, quarterback EJ Manuel is projecting an air of confidence. Manuel was guilty of several poor throws and in the postgame presser, coach Doug Marrone was asked if he considered inserting backup Kyle Orton. When taken to task over his performance, Manuel was mature and unshaken. "I think it's part of maturing as a man and as a quarterback. Nobody said it was going to be easy, plain and simple."'

Marker Bills Fall to Texans 23-17 [1:28 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills would get one final shot as they moved the ball into Texans territory, but an interception by EJ Manuel ended any hopes of a comeback, and the Bills fell 23-17.'

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