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Buffalo Bills News - October 18, 2016

Marker Now that's a stack! [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '300 yards! What was this, Nebraska against Bowling Green? The Bills hadn't rushed for 300 yards since 1992. So no, beating up on San Francisco doesn't mean you can beat the best teams on your schedule playing this way. But I wouldn't blame you if you started to really think about it being possible.'

Marker Bills' Shaq Lawson coming back this week, but may not play [1:39 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'This is an injury that has been bugging him dating back to his days at Clemson, which makes it a long-term injury in every sense of the word. With how close he is to being all the way back, rushing him into the lineup for the sake of doing so is one that can end up doing more harm than good.'

Marker 5 surprising numbers from the Bills defense [1:38 AM] reports: 'Through six games Buffalo has surrendered just three passing touchdowns. It’s the lowest figure in the league. Denver, Houston, Minnesota and Seattle rank tied for second with four.'

Marker Brownie Points - Week 6 [1:37 AM] reports: 'Zach Brown engages 49ers C Darren Kilgore driving him into the backfield. It forces Davis after the hand-off to cut inside where Preston Brown is waiting for him. Lerentee McCray arrives off the edge and Kyle Williams comes in support from the back side to stop Davis a second time for no gain and a turnover on downs.'

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October 17, 2016

Marker Fox announcers won't be sending Bills-49ers tape to the Hall of Fame [1:44 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’ve always been a fan of the 73-year-old Stockton, especially of his calls of pro basketball and major league baseball games. That is why it was so sad to hear how badly he has lost his fastball.'

Marker Bills game has higher local rating than all big weekend sports events combined [1:44 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 38.4 rating Sunday for the game carried on the local Fox affiliate, WUTV, was lower than the 41.3 rating for the Bills win over Los Angeles on Oct. 9 and the 39.7 rating for the Bills win over the New England Patriots on Oct. 2.'

Marker Driver who struck person in parking lot after Bills game arrested after returning to retrieve licens [1:43 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent at the police station and was charged with consuming alcohol in a vehicle, driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI, driving without a front license plate and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, police said.'

Marker Bills run over 49ers [10:07 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo ran up 491 yards total offense, 10th-most in franchise history and carrying most of the burden was running back LeSean McCoy, No. 2 in the NFL in rushing, who went for 140 yards on 19 carries including touchdown runs of 4, 12 and 18 yards.'

Marker For Bills’ McCoy, beef with Kelly far ‘in the past’ [10:06 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As for his relationship with McCoy, Kelly maintained, “My feelings haven’t changed, I think LeSean’s an outstanding football player. I enjoyed coaching (him) in the two years we had him at Philadelphia ... he was extremely productive while he was there. So I don’t have any expectations of what’s going to go on at the game.”'

Marker McCoy runs game plan to perfection [9:26 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We’re 4-2 and right now everybody is in a great place.” And next Sunday, the Bills opponent is Miami, the NFL’s worst rushing defense.'

Marker Kaepernick remains firm in beliefs after loss to Bills [9:25 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I can’t let him die in vain. I have to be able to try to carry that on and fight that same fight until we accomplish our goal.”'

Marker Bills’ streak best since ’08 [9:25 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo sacked 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick three times. The first was recorded by inside linebacker Zach Brown, his second of the year. The second one went to outside Alexander who now has one in all six games as a Bill — extending his franchise record in that category — and an NFL-leading eight on the season. He’s also the first Bill with sacks in six straight games since Aaron Schobel did it in 2006. The only other time a Bill had as many as eight sacks in the first six games was Mario Williams in 2014. The Bills last sack was by rookie defensive tackle Adolphus Washington, the second of his career.'

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Marker LeSean McCoy overcomes scare, leads Bills' stampede over 49ers [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was hardly a coincidence that the man who made the trade, Chip Kelly, is now coaching the Niners. McCoy insisted he's "past that ... everything's Buffalo." But that spike he made in front of the 49er bench suggested otherwise.'

Marker How sublime has LeSean McCoy been? You don't know the half of it [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McCoy remained molten in first halves, running 11 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns. He broke a 38-yarder up the middle early in the second quarter. A 24-yard carry picked up a startling third-and-20 conversion three minutes before halftime.'

Marker Kaepernick the talking point, but his play leaves much to be desired [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He hadn’t played in over a year … so you knew he was going to be rusty,” Bills linebacker Zach Brown said. “So you just had to get him out of the pocket, make bad throws, make him try and run the ball and make bad decisions. They did, and it worked.”'

Marker Bills notebook: Defense ranking with best, Hunter finds end zone again & more [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This is what good teams do,” defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. “We were able to withstand their first surge. … I think it was the turning point of the game. We talked about it on the sideline: They wen out, they struggled that first series (after halftime), had a couple penalties and we just said, ‘listen, we are not going to start like that. We have to put the foot to the gas and get going here.’ ”'

Marker 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.”'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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!"'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

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