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Buffalo Bills News - September 25, 2017

Marker Bills knew they had to do something to get passing game going ... and they did [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Absolutely," Tyrod Taylor said, "(offensive coordinator) Rick Dennison always has an open ear even from my time working with him in Baltimore (when Taylor was a backup and Dennison was quarterbacks coach). This week, I talked with him about the things I have seen and that I liked, the things I felt we were good at."'

Marker Von Miller: 'I killed the game' against Bills with unsportsmanlike penalty [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tyrod Taylor said after the game that he didn't take offense to Miller's gesture. But was he laughing because of the joke or because Miller was flagged for it? "Both," Taylor said.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Resilient defense rises to the challenge [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Don't look now, but the Bills are 2-1, tied with the Patriots atop the AFC East. They've allowed the fewest points per game (12.3) in the conference, and are looking like a team that should play meaningful games in December.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Finally, some Bills players take a knee [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No Bill made any overtly political gestures that week, or later in the season. The issue faded as the year went on. But with Kaepernick unemployed, it regained steam this season. And when President Trump inflamed the NFL by suggesting players be fired for taking a knee, the Bills players finally took a stand.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Hot Read: Defense gets it done for the Bills [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But they're better than I thought when I picked them to go 4-12 this season. That prediction suggested they were a bad team, one of the worst half dozen in the NFL. They're not a bad team, because they have a good defense. And when they play good D in front of their home crowd, they're hard to beat.'

Marker Bucky Gleason: Quarterback gets last laugh after Taylor-made victory over Broncos [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The penalty also gave Taylor what he craves more than anything while trying to prove he's a franchise quarterback: time and space. The Bills were awarded a critical first down, allowing them to continue their march, burn another 4½ minutes off the clock and set up Stephen Hauschka for a chip shot and the final score.'

Marker Bucky Gleason's Hot Read: Optimism returns as Bills take down Broncos [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills showed up to play Sunday, as they have in all three games under first-year coach Sean McDermott. If their win over the Jets came was dismissed based on the opponent, and their loss to the Panthers signified trouble for the offense, their 26-16 win over the Broncos confirmed they can play with anybody.'

Marker Kimberley A. Martin’s Hot Read: Bills playing with Haus-Money [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills kicker connected on four field goals — from 49, 55, 53 and 27 yards — to pace the team to a 26-16 win and a surprising 2-1 record. Hauschka also nailed both of his PATs to cap his perfect afternoon.'

Marker Kimberley A. Martin: Bills, NFL deliver powerful message to Trump [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With the national anthem serving as their backdrop, Bills players formed a wall far different than the one President Trump still boasts about building. It was their personal statement — derived from a lengthy and emotional team meeting Saturday night — and their collective response to hate, bigotry and needless division.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Hot Read: Tyrod Taylor comes through when needed [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor was at his best in the third quarter, when he led a four-play, 69-yard touchdown drive that took just 1:37 to complete. He made a perfect throw to tight end Nick O'Leary for a 31-yard gain down the left sideline, then two plays later hooked up with Jordan Matthews for a 25-yard gain. On the next play, Taylor rolled out and looked like he might try to run the ball into the end zone, in the process freezing the Broncos. He then found tight end Charles Clay wide open in the middle of the end zone for the go-ahead score.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Hot Read: For a day, Tyrod can bask in Buffalo sun [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor was particularly good on the go-ahead touchdown drive in the third quarter. He made a pinpoint pass on a dead run to tight end Nick O'Leary for 31 yards. He stood in the pocket with pass rusher Shaq Barrett charging toward him and lofted a floater to Jordan Matthews for 25 yards. Then he patiently ran a bootleg near the goal line and waited for tight end Charles Clay to break wide open in the middle of the field for a 6-yard touchdown.'

Marker Insta-Graham: Broncos take away LeSean McCoy, lose to Bills anyway [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills couldn't run, but that was OK.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Points After: Bills 26, Broncos 16 [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' passing game finally showed signs of life, thanks in no small part to offensive coordinator Rick Dennison incorporating more moving-pocket plays into the offense. That tapped into Tyrod Taylor's strength, which is his mobility. He finished with 20 completions in 26 attempts for 213 yards and two touchdowns, with a passer rating of 126.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Necessary offensive tweaks go a long way for Bills [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Still, the Bills did some necessary tweaking to get more production from their offense. They incorporated more crossing routes to take advantage of the man-to-man coverage the Broncos mainly use, they occasionally had Tyrod Taylor operate from the edge with a moving pocket, they worked in quarterback keepers to help slow down the pass rush, and also changed up pass protections. That went a long way toward minimizing the impact of All-World outside linebacker Von Miller, who finished with only one sack and two quarterback hits.'

Marker Bills Notebook: Stephen Hauschka makes history, injuries keep a pair of starters out, LeSean McCoy h [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hauschka was good from 49, 55, 53 and 27 yards, all toward the scoreboard end of New Era Field. He became the first kicker in team history to hit two field goals of at least 53 yards in the same game.'

Marker Bills, Broncos participate in large-scale silent protest during national anthem [1:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It was in response to our president’s comments, calling people who were peacefully protesting ‘SOBs,’ ” Alexander said. “For me, with the background being Charlottesville and calling neo-Nazis and KKK members fine people – making that comparison and drawing a hard line versus NFL players who were doing something peaceful really touched me.”'

Marker LeSean McCoy, Shaq Lawson among several Bills to protest during national anthem [1:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After coming out of the tunnel together as a team, the Bills gathered on the field before the anthem was performed by Abby Anderson. Running back LeSean McCoy alternated between sitting, stretching and kneeling during the anthem. Other players who took a knee included Ryan Davis, Mike Tolbert, Jordan Matthews, Lorenzo Alexander, Shareece Wright, Leonard Johnson, Cedric Thornton, Shaq Lawson, Marcell Dareus, Taiwan Jones and Kaelin Clay. On the other sideline, more than half of the Broncos took a knee. Coach Sean McDermott locked arms with linebacker Matt Milano as the song was played.'

Marker Bills' Alexander asks, 'Does this make me an SOB?' [1:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Yes. It is," he said. "I mean, it's the closest you can walk up against it without saying it, because the majority of players that are kneeling are African-American. Does it make it personal? I took a knee today. Does that mean I'm an SOB now? Is my mom a B? Everybody that knows my mom knows no."'

Marker Watch: Former Bills coach Rex Ryan calls Trump's comments 'appalling' [1:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan said on Sunday: “Everyone’s always been united. Yeah, the views are different but lemme tell you: I’m pissed off ... I’ll be honest with you. Because I supported Donald Trump. When he asked me to introduce him at a rally in Buffalo, I did that. But I’m reading these comments and it’s appalling to me. Calling our players SOBs and all that kind of stuff, that's not the men that I know — the men in the locker room, I'm proud of and I'm proud to be associated with those people."'

Marker Ten Plays that Shaped the Game: First-down passes kept Denver honest [1:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We were trying to hide Jordan Matthews and get him to come out the back side," Taylor said. "The corner slow-played it and took it away, and Charles is the last option. Actually my option to run comes before Charles. But he was able to close the end down and as I was approaching the line of scrimmage he popped up."'

Marker Matchup Winners: Bills prevented Miller mayhem [1:39 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In a battle of play-callers, the Bills' Dennison got the game to go the way he wanted. Denver's McCoy, however, can't feel good about the final statistics sheet. Denver entered the game with the No. 1 rushing attack in the NFL, averaging 159 yards a game. Granted, that total was inflated by the Broncos' blowout, run-out-the-clock win over Dallas last week. But Denver never gave its two quality runners – C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles – the chance to get in a groove. Denver called 25 passes and 10 runs in the first half and finished with 46 pass calls and just 23 runs. Trevor Siemian is the kind of QB who needs more help than that. Dennison, meanwhile, was not predictable with his first-down calls, preventing Denver from overplaying the run. Yet he didn't abandon the run, even though the Bills only averaged 2.3 yards a carry.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Bills-Broncos Report Card: Save for one blemish, Buffalo gets high marks in win [1:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Give Sean McDermott credit for throwing a good challenge flag in the second quarter. The Bills’ coach saw Denver receiver Emmanuel Sanders bobble the ball as he went to the ground, and winning the challenge wiped out a 44-yard gain for the Broncos. McDermott seemed to be a little slow in using his timeouts at the end of the first half, but Hauschka bailed him out by hitting his 55-yarder. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison called a good game in getting Taylor in position through designed rollouts to find open receivers.'

Marker Nick Veronica's quarterly analysis: Bills' winning formula on display in win vs. Broncos [1:37 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have a formula for winning games: Be great on defense and good enough on offense.'

Marker Third quarter analysis: Tyrod Taylor's hot drive puts Bills ahead of Broncos [1:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tyrod Taylor began by rolling out left and throwing a 31-yard strike to Nick O'Leary, who made a nice catch on the sideline. LeSean McCoy gained 7 yards on a run, and then Taylor followed it up by hitting Jordan Matthews in stride on a deep crossing route for 25 yards. On the fourth play of the drive, Taylor threatened to run but then hit Charles Clay for a touchdown, giving the Bills a 20-16 lead.'

Marker Second quarter analysis: Bills' offense comes alive to level with Broncos [1:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills had their highest-scoring quarter of the season to date with a 13-point second quarter that saw their touchdown-less streak end at 91 minutes and 6 seconds of game time.'

Marker First quarter analysis: Bills offense stagnant early again in Week Three [1:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills upped their time of possession to 4:19 in the opening 15 minutes Sunday but had only 10 yards of total offense to show for it. The Bills' first two tries went three-and-out, with LeSean McCoy gaining 6 yards on two carries while Mike Tolbert ran twice for 4. Tyrod Taylor completed both of his passes for 9 yards but was sacked twice, losing 9.'

Marker What They Said: Bills-Broncos transcripts from McDermott, Tyrod, McCoy, Alexander, Hauschka & ma [1:33 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You know, they’ve done a great job. I mean, they’re playing well. We had a couple plays today that got away from us but they are a resilient bunch. They really are. If it’s not the front getting after the quarterbacks, somebody else is making a big play for us in the back seven. They play as a team, which that’s how you play good defense in football. You play as a team and they did a good job of feeding off of one another and really just doing their job, being 1/11th of the defense.'

Marker Marcell Dareus, Cordy Glenn lead Bills' list of inactives against Broncos [1:32 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Other inactives for the Bills are running back Joe Banyard, defensive tackle Deandre Coleman, guard Vlad Ducasse, tight end Khari Lee and defensive tackle Jerel Worthy (concussion). The Bills will start rookie Dion Dawkins at left tackle and Cedric Thornton in Dareus' place at defensive tackle.'

Marker Bills Tailgate Report: High temperatures no match for these Bills fans [1:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I decided to have my birthday party out here with everybody,” said Wilson, who turned 36 Sunday. He said he often plays clubs throughout the Buffalo area in addition to the free tailgating entertainment he provides.'

Marker Orchard Park Police swamped with calls connected to Bills game [1:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Other incidents included car crashes, fires, fights, criminal mischief and general drunkenness.'

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