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Buffalo Bills News - September 8, 2014

Marker Bills’ resilient effort produces wagon-circling win [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s a good football team we just beat,” Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams said in an exuberant locker room after the game. “That’s a team everybody looks at to be a playoff team. To come on the road and beat them – face some adversity toward the end of the game, but get into overtime, stop them and then have our offense go down for the win – that’s huge for us. That’s something for us to definitely build off of.”'

Marker Bills’ road rebirth is worth savoring [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills were anything but fragile Sunday. When the real season arrived, they went into storied Soldier Field and made a statement and a stand. They turned in a tough, defiant performance, knocking off the favored Bears in overtime, 23-20, in their most important road win in years.'

Marker Graham is worthy sub for Gilmore [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Jay was trying me,” Graham said. “When quarterbacks are going to test you like that, you’ve got to find ways to make plays.”'

Marker Quarterly Report [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yes, you really did see Kyle Williams step in front of Bears tight end Martellus Bennett and intercept Jay Cutler.'

Marker Defense and Manuel’s play were the difference [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A tumultuous couple of weeks for Marrone ended with an unexpected victory for the underdog Bills in a city in which they’ve never won. Kyle Williams addressed his mates afterward in the locker room and lauded them for not folding down the stretch as they likely would have in the past. Although penalties were a problem, the game plan for Manuel was terrific, and the defense was solid against one of the NFL’s most potent clubs.'

Marker Buffalo Bills top Chicago Bears in overtime [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm old but I can still play," said Jackson, who at 33 years of age is the senior player on the roster, and the oldest running back in the NFL.'

Marker ffense had its moments [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The numbers don't look great in this game — 427 total yards, 341 through the air, 29 Bears first downs. But when the defense needed to stand tall, it did, especially on Chicago's last drive of regulation when it looked like it was heading in for a winning TD, and then in overtime.'

Marker Report card [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'EJ Manuel wasn't great by any stretch, but he wasn't terrible, and that's progress. He threw for only 173 yards (16-of-22), but took a couple shots down field and the biggest was the throw to Mike Williams in OT. Big-time play when he really needed one.'

Marker Buffalo scores upset with 23-20 overtime win in season opener [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'On second-and-5 from the Bears' 39, Jackson rumbled down the left sideline and finished at the 1-yard line.'

Marker Buffalo Bills finally got sick of hearing about how bad they are [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"This team was like, 'Hey, we're going to get this done,'" Marrone said.'

Marker Russ Brandon gives Mary Wilson game ball after Buffalo Bills beat Chicago Bears [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'After the game, team president Russ Brandon said the victory was in honor of Wilson, who passed away in March. The game ball went to Wilson's wife, Mary.'

Marker Buffalo Bills ended the Chicago Bears' season in Week 1, according to one columnist [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It’s one thing for the Bears to lose at home to the Packers last season," Rosenbloom wrote. "But to lose to the Bills? Kill me now."'

Marker Fred Jackson's stiff-arm run against Bears has Buffalo Bills players, coaches talking [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'm old, but I can still play."'

Marker Bills' Eric Wood after beating Bears: Sorry about all your survivor pools out there [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'In a survivor pool, competitors pick one NFL team they are sure will win that week. If they're right, they survive and pick again the next week. But if they pick a losing team (such as the Bears this week), they're out of the competition. The only catch is you can't pick the same team twice during the competition.'

Marker Bears' Martellus Bennett on Kyle Williams' interception: The fat guy got a pick [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He always says at the meetings just joking around how he has great instincts," linebacker Brandon Spikes said. "That's just a playmaker making plays. We built off that, fed off that, and hey, we were able to get it."'

Marker Fred Jackson comes up big, and 5 observations from the Week 1 overtime win [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Manuel's day wasn't perfect. He threw a bad interception and didn't hit 200 yards passing. But he showed enough signs of life to help the Bills pull off a win, and he deserves credit for that.'

Marker We've been down this road before [1:43 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Sunday’s win over the Bears could be a big deal, and obviously it’s better to be 1-0 than 0-1, but if the Bills have taught us anything over the past few years, it’s that hot starts and good games mean little during a full season. Hopefully this year’s Bills know their history.'

Marker Graham steps up for injured Gilmore [1:42 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'While EJ Manuel didn't throw the ball a lot, he was extremely accurate, completing 16 of 22 passes. He made a few impressive throws where he let Mike Williams and Robert Woods go up and make a play on the football when they weren't wide open. He also ran for a touchdown on a read option play. Grade: B+'

Marker Bills bounce Bears in OT [1:41 AM]
Hornell Evening Tribune reports: 'Carpenter's winning kick, which followed a 38-yard run by Fred Jackson, gave Buffalo its first win ever at Soldier Field and put smiles on the faces of Bills faithful throughout the Southern Tier.'

Marker Buffalo Bills shock Bears in Chicago [1:40 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Fred Jackson, the oldest running back in the league at age 33, broke free around left end after a read-option handoff from Manuel and burst 38 yards, to the Chicago one-yard line -- trucking Bears safety Chris Conte to pick up a few yards more.'

Marker Game ball in Bills’ big win goes to Ralph Wilson’s widow [1:39 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“It was just outstanding to present Mary with the game ball, especially in a city like Chicago. The (owning) McCaskey family has been so unbelievable to the NFL and to the Wilson family. It was an emotional day all the way around.'

Marker Binding, definitive bids in Bills sale due Monday at 5 p.m. [1:38 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Compared to Pegula the Toronto group has a low bid ceiling -- up to about $1.2 billion, sources have said since early August.'

Marker Monday's Chicago Coverage [1:37 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Bears fall to Bills 23-20 in OT (Chicago Tribune)
Turnovers, injuries spoil launch of Bears' explosive offense (Chicago Tribune)
Bears safety Conte can't escape playing under microscope (Chicago Tribune)
Tape won't lie: Bears defense looks the same (Chicago Tribune)
Graham makes Cutler pay for picking on him (Chicago Tribune)
New year, same bad decisions by Cutler (Chicago Tribune)
What should we do now that the Bears' season is over? (Chicago Tribune)
Bears expected to sign safety off Vikings practice squad (Chicago Tribune)
Bears cautious, keep Jeffery out after he suffered hamstring injury (Chicago Tribune)
Photo gallery (Chicago Tribune)
Bears lose OT heartbreaker to Bills in opener 23-20 (Chicago Sun Times)
Chris Conte defends his play on Fred Jackson’s big run (Chicago Sun Times)
Cutler’s mystifying interception brings back bad memories (Chicago Sun Times)
Bears’ defensive miscues felt like a mistake to the heart (Chicago Sun Times)
Can the Bears’ problems be fixed? (Chicago Sun Times)
Will the real Jay Cutler please stand up? (Chicago Sun Times)
Alshon Jeffery headlines the list of injuries (Chicago Sun Times)
Bears 3-and-Out: Week 1 vs. Bills (Chicago Sun Times)
Bear Market: What’s rising and falling in Week 1 (Chicago Sun Times)
Photo gallery (Chicago Sun Times)
Bears struck by fickle stiff-arm of fate (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
Bears' backup receivers needed to step up (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
Full Cutler on display: Good, bad and ugly (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
Bears have nowhere to go but up (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
Bears' offense more hurtful than helpful (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
Photo gallery (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
Bills saddle Bears with 23-20 OT loss (Northwest Herald)
New faces, same issues for Bears defense in Week One loss to Bills (Northwest Herald)
Workhorse Forte leaves lasting impression (Northwest Herald)
Were the Bears unprepared for Buffalo? (Northwest Herald)
3-and-out Bears vs. Bills (Northwest Herald)
Photo gallery (Northwest Herald)
Cutler, Bears' offense must be better (CSN Chicago)
Miscues, injuries pile up in Bears' loss to the Bills (CSN Chicago)
Redemption turns into nightmare for Bears' Chris Conte (CSN Chicago)
Jay Cutler: 'We'll watch this tomorrow and then move on' (CSN Chicago)
Next-man-up could be mantra for Bears at wide receiver (CSN Chicago)
Bears' grades vs. Bills: Quarterback (CSN Chicago)
Bears' grades vs. Bills: Running backs (CSN Chicago)
Bears' grades vs. Bills: Wide receivers (CSN Chicago)
Bears' grades vs. Bills: Offensive line (CSN Chicago)
Bears' grades vs. Bills: Defensive line (CSN Chicago)
Bears grades vs. Bills: Linebackers (CSN Chicago)
Bears' grades vs. Bills: Secondary (CSN Chicago)
Bears' grades vs. Bills: Special teams (CSN Chicago)
Bears' grades vs. Bills: Coaching (CSN Chicago)
Bears Panic On Sale Here! (WSCR-AM)
Turnovers Spoil Bears’ Opener (WSCR-AM)
Bears Sputter When It Mattered Most (WSCR-AM)
Turnovers, injuries cost Bears in loss (ChicagoBears.com)
Run defense struggles in OT loss (ChicagoBears.com)
Ola, de la Puente carry load after injuries (ChicagoBears.com)
Cutler: 'We kept stubbing our toe' (ChicagoBears.com)
Postgame Pulse: Bears-Bills (ChicagoBears.com)
By the Numbers: Bears-Bills (ChicagoBears.com)
Photo gallery (ChicagoBears.com)
Photo gallery (BuffaloBills.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallery (AP)

Marker With bids due this month, Terry Pegula frontrunner [1:35 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Regardless of the owner, the Bills, per their lease, are bound to Buffalo until 2020, though it remains to be seen if a viable new stadium deal can be struck in the region. The Toronto-based bid formerly led by Jon Bon Jovi, and first identified by CBSSports.com almost a year ago, has had myriad issues getting to the finish line, and it's no secret that the group (Rogers Communications/Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) would be eying a move to Ontario at some point. Ultimately, the Toronto metropolitan area might end up making better fiscal sense for the franchise, and therefore for the league, but there are numerous options to exhaust in New York before reaching that point.'

Marker Jackson sets up winning FG, Bills beat Bears 23-20 [1:29 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bears had just punted to open the extra period and Buffalo took over on its 22 to start the winning possession. The Bills got the ball to the Chicago 39 when Jackson turned toward the left side and broke off his big run, pushing safety Chris Conte out of the way twice inside the 10 before being knocked out of bounds at the 1.'

Marker Bills' Rivers leaves with groin injury [1:28 AM]
AP reports: 'It was not clear when the injury happened. It was announced late in the third quarter that he would miss the remainder of the game.'

Marker Bills CB Gilmore inactive for opener against Bears [1:27 AM]
AP reports: 'A two-year starter, his absence is a big blow because the Bears boast two Pro Bowl receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. With Gilmore out, former Bear Corey Graham starts at right cornerback for Buffalo.'

Marker Buffalo 23, Chicago 20 (OT) [1:26 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bears overcame a 17-7 second-half deficit and tied the game with 30 seconds left in regulation on Robbie Gould's 37-yard field goal. Chicago, however, picked up just one first down before punting on its lone possession in the extra session.'

Marker Bills start season on right foot with OT win [1:25 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'And they did it by making the most of their opportunities. Only two of the Bills' 11 possessions in regulation time lasted for more than a single first down, but they took advantage of three turnovers to score 13 points and, in overtime, they stopped the Bears' first possession and then drove 69 yards to set up the winning kick.'

Marker Bills-Bears: What we learned [1:24 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'hey have good depth at running back. When you have three backs who carry the ball at least five times each with a good balance between rushing and passing, and you rush for 193 yards rushing and win the game, that is a good omen. The ground game is a lot of help for a young quarterback.'

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