Take it from me, McCoy has been worth every penny [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This is the first year that I’ve ever really been doubted,” McCoy said during his news conference. “Is this kid too good? Is he not good? Are we wasting our time? So to hear you say that, yeah, it can definitely drive you.”'
At this point, Rex can say what he wants [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But all nitpicking aside, this team has the look of a wild-card contender in a mediocre AFC. They're 4-2, a game back of New England in the AFC East. It's amazing to contemplate, but if they win in Miami, they could be playing for first place in the division -- maybe the conference -- when the Pats come to town in two weeks.'
Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills let 49ers hang around, but it matters little [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As much as the Bills tried to let the 49ers hang around in the first two quarters, their level of superiority -- not to mention the Niners' level of incompetence -- was never going to allow this game to be any more competitive than the final score indicated.'
10 Plays that Shaped the Game: McCoy and Taylor transcended scheme [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What play looks good on third and 20 from your own 26? How about let McCoy make magic? The 49ers rushed three and sat back in a zone. McCoy took a handoff off left tackle that would have been a 10-yard gain for 98 percent of NFL running backs. But McCoy made a jump-cut to the right. Niners linebacker Michael Wilhoite, in position, could only watch as Shady blew by him to the right sideline for 22 yards. First down. It allowed the Bills to get a field goal to end the half.'
Mark Gaughan's Matchup Winners: Bills D dominated Niner run game [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Niners have one of the weaker offensive lines in the NFL, and it was outplayed by the Bills’ defensive front. San Francisco running backs carried 20 times for just 67 yards, a 3.35-yard average. Niners right guard Joshua Garnett is a rookie first-round draft pick who was making his first start. Center Daniel Kilgore has made 16 starts in six years. Left guard Zane Beadles is a former big-ticket free agent who washed out in Jacksonville and who struggles in pass protection. The middle three got no push against the Bills.'
Jay Skurski's Report Card: An A-plus-plus-plus, and an F-minus-minus-minus [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Go ahead and start the “LeSean McCoy for MVP” campaign. I’ll cast the first vote. It’s hard to imagine a player being more valuable to his team right now. The numbers are preposterous – 312 yards on 44 team carries, an average of 7.1 per rush. McCoy went for 140 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. Tyrod Taylor sprinkled in some scrambles, the option worked again, the Wildcat produced another touchdown. In short, on a day the running game needed to eat, it feasted.'
Bills receiver, U.S. Olympian Marquise Goodwin snags Colin Kaepernick's game jersey [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They belong to the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Kaepernick at the University of Nevada chapter and Goodwin at the University of Texas, where he played with one of Kaepernick's advisers, Green Beret and Bronze Star recipient Nate Boyer.'
Before his first start this season, Kaepernick again takes a knee during anthem [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Shortly before Ferrara began, the crowd started a “USA, USA” chant. Kaepernick was joined by teammates Eli Harold and Eric Reid in taking a knee. San Francisco’s Antoine Bethea and Rashard Robinson raised a fist as Ferrara sang.'
Bills fans, black and white, kneel during the anthem in solidarity with Kaepernick [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Passers-by hurled occasional insults at the group as they knelt, telling them they were a “joke” and a “disgrace,” adding that, “all lives matter.” Various anti-Kaepernick T-shirts and beer koozies were for sale in the parking lots before the game, with inscriptions such as, "Stand up & shut up." One tailgate displayed a sign that said, "Cops eat free!"'
Insta-Graham: Bills coldcock Niners; Dolphins up next [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills will be favored to beat the Miami Dolphins in Hard Rock Stadium next Sunday and push their record to 5-2 after opening the season with two hideous defeats.'
Vic Carucci's Points After: Bills 45, 49ers 16 [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How comfortable was the win? EJ Manuel took over at quarterback for Tyrod Taylor with 9:05 left in the game. And he even led a touchdown drive.'
Mark Gaughan's Hot Read: Elite talent of McCoy, Taylor defying defensive schemes [1:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor showed off their magic feet in the Bulls’ 45-16 rout of the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.'
Jay Skurski's Hot Read: LeSean McCoy's performance is spelled M-V-P [1:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Four straight wins hasn’t happened around here since 2008. It’s reason to celebrate. It’s been more than a decade since the Bills won five straight. They’ll go to Miami next week with a chance to do just that for the first time since 2004.'
Jerry Sullivan's Hot Read: Rex & the Bills take care of business [1:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the early results are certainly persuasive. On Sunday, in a windy stadium, the Bills scored 30 or more points for the third time in four with Lynn calling the shots, four of the last five overall. For the second week in a row, Lynn put together a run-heavy game plan to compensate for a weakened receiving corps and it worked to near-perfection.'
Bucky Gleason's Hot Read: Bills stick to the script with blowout win [1:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If that happens, LeSean McCoy likely will be the one carrying the offense. He was terrific again Sunday while gaining 140 yards rushing and scoring three touchdowns. He has gained 470 yards rushing during the winning streak, including 290 yards on the ground in his last two games. The Bills abused the Niners for 312 yards on the grounds, their highest total since they ran for 315 on Nov. 22, 1992, against Atlanta.'
Fourth quarter analysis: Bills put away 49ers as EJ Manuel relieves Tyrod Taylor [1:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rex Ryan took Tyrod Taylor out of the game on the next drive and let EJ Manuel take over with 9:05 remaining. His first drive went for a touchdown on a 44-yard run from Mike Gillislee went 44 yards.'
Third quarter analysis: Bills' passing game comes alive [1:39 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills defense got a great push on a fourth-and-1 play in the third quarter and stopped Mike Davis for no gain. A host of defenders, led by Preston Brown, made the stop, which led to Hunter’s touchdown.'
Big wins from Bills and Sabres give Buffalo sports fans a rare day [1:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For the last time the Bills and Sabres each scored that many points on the same day, you have to go all the way back to Nov. 23, 1975, per an analysis of data on the Pro Football Reference and Hockey Reference websites.'
Bills take care of business, blow out woeful 49ers 45-16 [1:37 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'However, maybe this Buffalo team isn’t like most of those teams of the past 16 years, the teams that would have found a way to lose to such an inferior opponent.'
McCoy runs all over 49ers, former coach [1:36 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo could not have found a more tailor-made opponent on this fine fall day had they shopped at JoS.A.Bank. In fact, if San Francisco was a suit ,the Bills would be on the cover of GQ.'
Buffalo Bills run 49ers into the ground [1:35 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When a team controls the clock for 35 minutes and scores on seven of 13 possessions while pitching a shutout in the second half on defense, the possibility of an upset is out the question.'
Bills 45, 49ers 16: Quarter by quarter recap [1:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills put the game away with a three-touchdown eruption in a span of 5:13.'
Report card [1:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The only thing that keeps the plus off this A is the passing game, which continues to look like a high school attack in terms of its viability. Other than that, a superb all-around performance by the Bills in every phase. They had a lousy team in their building, and though it took awhile to get a firm grip on the game, they ended up beating the heck out of Colin Kaepernick and his 49ers.'
Rex Ryan, Buffalo Bills players got brief scare when LeSean McCoy went down against 49ers [1:32 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'd rather not say," Ryan said when asked what was going through his head when McCoy went down. "I mean, I think I had the same concerns and everything else that every single Buffalo Bills fan had and everybody that lives here in Western New York. So obviously we had to hold our breath, but he's tough and he bounced back."'
Buffalo Bills lead NFL in point differential after 45-16 win over San Francisco [1:31 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'During their four game winning streak, Buffalo's point differential is +71 after outscoring the Cardinals, Patriots, Rams and 49ers 124-53.'
49ers 'embarrassed' by Buffalo Bills running for 312 yards in blowout win [1:30 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Yeah, I'd have to call it that," 49ers linebacker Michael Wilhoite said. "I mean, to be honest, I would think so, yeah. I would say that. As a man, that is embarrassing and I think everybody in here would feel that way and I think everybody in here does feel that way."'
Transcript: Colin Kaepernick reflects on how he was treated by Buffalo Bills fans [1:29 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If they did, they don't have very good aim. [Laughter" target="_blank"> I had some Bills fans come up before the game to say they support me so I think it all depends on who the person is. But at the end of the day, I'm going to continue to fight for what I'm fighting for.'
What Buffalo Bills were saying about LeSean McCoy's monster day against 49ers [1:28 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Oh man, I call him the modern day Barry Sanders," defensive tackle Corbin Bryant said. "He's a top five back in the league, hands down. He's a great back. He has great vision, great speed. He's everything you want in a back. I was amazed."'
Shutting down Colin Kaepernick, 49ers 'no challenge' for Buffalo Bills [1:27 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I didn't care who was playing," linebacker Preston Brown said. "If they had anybody playing, we had our attention. This is the NFL. You have to go out there each and every week, prepare each the same, go out there and play the game. It was fun playing against Kaepernick with all of the stuff he had going right now, wanted to see what he could do. Definitely a guy you kind of root for, so you see how it's doing."'
Bills fans greet Colin Kaepernick with hateful T-shirts, support and U-S-A chant [1:26 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Inside the stadium, Kaepernick took the field to plenty of fanfare. The 49ers fans in attendance got inside the stadium early and took pictures with the quarterback. He got the usual boos with the rest of his teammates when the 49ers were introduced closer to kickoff. As the teams got ready for the national anthem, Bills fans booed the quarterback one more time and started a "U-S-A" chant. Some in the stands attempted to sing along with the anthem, but the scene was tame otherwise. Just another game day.'
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