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Buffalo Bills News - September 15, 2014

Marker Bills trend up as league falls down [11:43 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'The stars aligned this week in Orchard Park. Buffalo has a new prospective owner who has promised to keep the Bills in town. The former owner, who founded the team and kept it in town despite more lucrative opportunities elsewhere, was posthumously honored and inducted onto the “Wall of Fame.” Beloved franchise icon Jim Kelly made his first appearance since beating cancer, and fellow Hall of Famer Andre Reed joined him in front of Bills fans for the first time since his induction.'

Marker E.J. Manuel connects with Sammy Watkins early and often in 29-10 win over Miami Dolphins [11:42 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'But Watkins' performance against Miami made it clear that he's the number one receiver on this team. If it wasn't obvious before, it is now. Not only did he have the most receptions and targets — no other Bills receiver had more than four targets against the Dolphins — but Manuel turned to him in key situations.'

Marker First-place Bills squish the fish [11:36 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And, suddenly, the Bills are alone in first place in the AFC East at 2-0 with New England, Miami and the N.Y. Jet all at 1-1.'

Marker Little went right for Dolphins [11:35 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We have to have more intensity. We didn’t have enough intensity out there. Those guys were fired up every single play. Every single play, you heard them screaming and yelling. They were fired up and we were quiet."'

Marker Bills pay tribute to late owner Wilson [11:34 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The pre-game ceremony to honor late owner Ralph Wilson featured a number of Bills’ alumni including Hall of Famers Marv Levy, Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed and Joe DeLamielleure, plus Booker Edgerson and former trainer Eddie Abramoski.'

Marker Bills’ balanced attack produces lopsided victory [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a team game, and it’s great to see when everyone is pulling their weight,” General Manager Doug Whaley said in a jubilant locker room after the game. “Where we are as a team, this is the blueprint we need to follow to be successful.”'

Marker Wilson honored, Kelly cheered in pregame ceremony [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He was a guy with integrity, a guy we all looked up to, and a guy we all considered almost like a father to us.”'

Marker Players tap in to fans’ high voltage [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But for fans, the knowledge that the Pegulas had won the bid and would keep their treasured NFL franchise in Buffalo took things to a new level. It was an emotional cyclone, one that began gathering steam when the happy news arrived last Tuesday and kept building right up until kickoff and beyond.'

Marker For Corey Graham, ‘a dream come true’ [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We played for them, and we played with them. It was just an amazing, amazing day,” Graham said. “It was beyond what I expected. The fans were so amazing today. I felt the energy the whole day today. It never let up. It was unbelievable. I never in a million years dreamed it would be that special.”'

Marker Blocked kick hurts so good for Dixon [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We consider ourselves one of the best units in the league,” Dixon said. “We’re not going to shy away from that. Every team we go up against, we’re looking to sting them, no matter who they is.”'

Marker Henderson is solid; Williams overwhelming [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'ills DT Kyle Williams vs. Miami’s guards. It was yet another game in which the Bills’ Pro Bowler played like a rolling ball of butcher knives.'

Marker Ten plays that shaped the game [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Credit Bills coach Doug Marrone with using star running back C.J. Spiller on special teams. Spiller showed off his 4.27-second speed in the 40-yard dash by bolting 102 yards with a third-quarter kickoff return to put the Bills ahead, 16-3.'

Marker Quarterly Report: Bills 29, Dolphins 10 [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ pesky problems in the red zone surfaced twice in the first quarter. Quarterback EJ Manuel threw low and incomplete on third down for Robert Woods on one drive, then the team couldn’t convert first and goal from the 7-yard line. The Bills settled for a pair of 27-yard field goals from Dan Carpenter.'

Marker Bills’ strategy and execution were winning combination [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jim Schwartz’s defensive strategy was splendid. Miami’s longest play was for 18 yards. Buffalo, meanwhile, had five gains of at least 22 yards. Strong defense and special teams let offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett keep decisions easy for Manuel. Some are questioning Doug Marrone’s decision to punt from Miami’s 39 toward the end of the first half, but it was the right choice.'

Marker New stadium is a smash hit [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s obviously a definite improvement over what they had before,” said Nancy Sullivan, who likes the vantage point from the 20-yard line at the Paul McGuire Club. “It’s the biggest TV I’ve ever seen ... It definitely puts a new perspective on the game.”'

Marker Celebration begins a day early as Bills fans evoke mood from Super Bowl years [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s the future and the past coming together on the same day, in the home opener,” Even said. “There’s been just so much in one week.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills manhandle Miami Dolphins [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We knew it was going to be a rowdy crowd, so I knew I'd be running into traffic, but that's a good thing, and it's definitely something you can feed off of," said Fred Jackson. "It was one of those things, we knew it was going to be to our advantage all day, and it was going to be on us to make plays and a lot of different guys made plays."'

Marker Bills' defense disrupts Miami [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 't's baby steps for Manuel, but at least the steps are headed in the right direction.'

Marker This one's for you, Ralph [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Mr. Wilson's presence was felt in words and actions, like the tiny RCW pins people wore on their lapels, like the unveiling of his name in a moving pre-game ceremony on the Wall of Fame façade in gold letters for the standard he set. Jim Kelly, the team's Hall of Fame quarterback battling cancer who was on the field, was given a standing ovation that lasted so long he had to beg the crowd to stop.'

Marker Welcome to 'Pegulaville' [1:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I've been a fan for as long as the Bills have been around," Wintermantle said. "It's much more reassuring now, knowing he bought the team. I was worried we'd have to change it from 'Let's go Bills' to 'Let's stay Bills.'"'

Marker Report card [1:44 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills defensive staff did a nice job getting pressure on Tannehill as Jim Schwartz dialed up a few more blitzes. On offense, Nathaniel Hackett continues to increase the load on Manuel, and while it's still a work in progress, the Bills are 2-0.'

Marker Team effort 'fitting way' for Bills to win [1:43 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo native Corey Graham, the free agent cornerback signed from Baltimore, admitted, “It was unreal today ... the crowd gave us so much energy. We felt them the whole game. They energized us. We were able to play for them and play with them, it was just amazing."'

Marker Buffalo now 2-0 for first time since 2011 [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills' defense was the story of the first half. The unit had three sacks and didn't allow the Dolphins to cross the 50-yard line.'

Marker Seantrel Henderson holds his own against Cameron Wake in Bills win over Dolphins [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We had a lot planned to make sure that Cameron Wake, who we have all the respect in the world for, would not be able to take over that game," Marrone said after the Buffalo Bills' 29-10 win over the Dolphins. "We had chips and things like that to help Seantrel get off to a good start, yes. Did he play well, too? Yes, he did, but I don't want to make it look like we didn't have anything planned for him."'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Sammy Watkins fights through injury for first career touchdown and 100-yard game [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It happened that a lot of calls and progressions had him getting the ball and coming open," quarterback EJ Manuel said. "He did a great job running the route and getting open. I'm very proud of him. That last touchdown, he got in there for us on the third down. We call that a double whammy when you get a first down and get a touchdown in the red zone."'

Marker Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills players talk about C.J. Spiller's kickoff return for touchdown [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It was a right return. I saw C.J. catch it close to the goal line, and I knew he was coming out. We went into the game planning on being aggressive, so I knew he was coming out. When he caught it I immediately took off. I had the back side, so I peeled back, caught just enough of the dude to spring him, and all he needs is a little bit, so he did the rest."'

Marker Russ Brandon on Bills win over Dolphins: 'It's a great, great time to be a Buffalonian' [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"That's Ralph's kind of football," Brandon said. "He would've loved it. He absolutely would have loved it."

Marker Buffalo Bills players credit home crowd in win over Dolphins, hope stadium continues to sell out [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Safety Aaron Williams: "I've played in (front of) a lot of crowds, a lot of big stadiums. This was top three of all time."'

Marker C.J. Spiller return sparks Bills, and 5 observation from Week 2 win [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'After targeting him only three times last week, Manuel threw Sammy Watkins' way more than any other receiver on Sunday. In the first half alone, Watkins had eight targets on 19 total passes from Manuel. The rookie appeared to be fighting through some pain all afternoon, but he gutted it out on his way to his first career 100-yard game. Watkins also got his first career touchdown on Sunday. He finished the game with eight catches for 117 yards and a touchdown.'

Marker Watkins comes up big in win [1:35 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'The defensive game plan was outstanding, and the Dolphins didn't even bother trying to score in the final two minutes of the first half. The score could've been even more lopsided if the offense hadn't struggled in the red zone. Overall, the Bills dominated the game and are now alone atop the AFC East at 2-0.'

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