Dominant? [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'But to be unhappy with this Bills defense after this win over the Titans seems at best misguided. On the field most of the first half because of the inability of the offense to even get first downs, let alone touchdowns, they limited Tennessee to only three points. A special teams turnover set the Titans up for their only touchdown in the third quarter. There was one more field goal drive and that was it.'
5 takeaways from Bills' Rex Ryan (10/12) [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills have existed the past couple of weeks in a world without having wide receiver Sammy Watkins available to them. The starting wide receivers, Percy Harvin and Robert Woods, have combined for only seven receptions and 65 yards in the two games Watkins’ has been absent, leaving a lot to be desired from that starting group. The calf injury has claimed two games, but Watkins made significant enough of progress late in the week to get the Bills to “feel good” about his status heading into Week Six.'
Bills add DE Enemkpali to the 53; RB Wood to I-R [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'To make room on the roster for Enemkpali the Bills placed RB Cierre Wood on injured reserve. Wood sustained a knee injury in Sunday’s win at Tennessee and had to be carted to the locker room.'
No spy on Taylor proved costly for Titans [11:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No, offensive coordinator Greg Roman didn’t expect to be dialing up plays for Boom Herron and Cierre Wood back in training camp. And, yes, the Titans had a full bye week to prepare for Buffalo. But why not unleash Taylor on the run earlier? Nothing was working on offense. His athleticism is a needed weapon when everything else shuts down. On defense, Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman effectively cooled Mariota’s up-tempo attack.'
Three up, three down following Bills' comeback victory over Titans [11:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Seantrel Henderson – The Bills' offensive line did not look good for much of the day, and Henderson was a big reason why. He put the offense in that third-and-23 hole with consecutive penalties on the eventual game-winning drive, and generally struggled keeping Derrick Morgan off Taylor all afternoon.'
Sweat equity rewarded in Bills’ comeback win [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“No win in this league is ever easy,” Williams said of what was going through his mind as he left the field. “And I try to tell these guys, as good a players as we have, every game that you win, enjoy it. Enjoy the moment. Enjoy playing together, winning together, because they’re tough. And I’m going to enjoy them. Every one of them.”'
Hogan knew a big play was needed [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Obviously going into these types of games, with Sammy out, I’ll be in the scouting report,” Hogan said. “If teams want to overlook me, that’s fine. I know that I’m going to be getting man coverage and it’ll be up to me to make plays. What I’ve done the last couple weeks, I don’t think teams will be overlooking the fact that I’m in the game.'
The cool kid QB delivers when it counts [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Time will tell if Tyrod Taylor truly fits the mold. I’m still dubious. But for about 15 minutes Sunday, he at least looked the part. With the Bills reeling and staring a second straight loss in the face, Taylor used his arm and his legs to produce two late touchdowns and lead the Bills to a 14-13 comeback victory over the Titans.'
Tested by penalties, defense produces key stops [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We had to find a way to make plays," Graham said. "We haven’t played the way we wanted to play starting the season off so it was a step in the right direction to show what we’re capable of doing.”'
Offense brings big plays by the chunkful [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With three minutes left in the third quarter and the Bills down, 10-0, Tyrod Taylor scrambled for 26 yards. Two plays later, he darted up the middle and along the left sideline 22 yards for a touchdown.'
Mariota made his presence felt in small doses [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For all of Taylor’s heroics, there is no denying that the Titans’ defensive strategists – Dick LeBeau and Ray Horton – mostly got the better of him. Taylor’s passing left plenty to be desired, especially through the first half when he seemed to constantly struggle to read coverages and find open targets. He often held the ball too long, didn’t always do a good job of feeling the rush, and was way off the mark on several throws.'
Taylor’s wheels set offense in motion [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor set up his own TD run with a spectacular, 26-yard scramble up the middle to the Titans’ 26. Taylor should have been down at the line of scrimmage but somehow escaped the grasp of Cox, then he put a move on Sensabaugh at the 35 – whoop – that left the cornerback grasping at air.'
Whisenhunt’s conservative calls opened doors for Bills [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whisenhunt was at his worst when punting on fourth and 2 from the Bills’ 39-yard line with 3:01 remaining in the first half and his team leading, 3-0. A successful conversion in that situation, which happens 56 percent of the time, according to the Times, would have increased Tennessee’s chances of winning from 54 to 57 percent.'
Mark Gaughan’s matchup winners [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan is 10-2 as a head coach versus rookie QBs. The two losses were to Russell Wilson and Seattle in 2012 and late last season against Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater ,when the Jets were walking dead.'
Unbeaten Bengals will enter The Ralph on a roll [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“For us to come back against a really, really good team is huge,” Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said after the win. The last time the Bengals started a season 5-0 was 1988, the year of their last Super Bowl appearance. They can match their best start in franchise history with a victory over the Bills in Week Six.'
Taylor, Bills start slow, finish strong vs. Titans [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was a minor miracle that the Bills trailed only 3-0 at the half after the way the offense played.'
Tyrod Taylor's late heroics bail out Bills [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Taylor won it with his legs. He rushed for 76 yards, a new Bills record for a quarterback, and his 22-yard touchdown run, and his 24-yard scramble in a near impossible third-and-23 situation were the plays that gave the Bills a chance. That said, Taylor has to stop playing so awful in the first half of games.'
Bills showed some true resiliency in victory [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It's a little unfair to get on Roman's case this week given the fact that he was minus McCoy, Williams, and Sammy Watkins. The Bills offense is in shambles right now, and Roman is scheming with one hand tied behind his back. What's disappointing is that wide receivers Percy Harvin and Robert Woods have been basically non-existent the last two weeks, which only further shines the light on how important Watkins' presence is on the field.'
Report card [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills offense was headed for a Blutarsky special in this game, but Tyrod Taylor rescued an improbable victory with some huge plays, and the Bills survived a real scare against the Titans to win their first game in Tennessee. It was ugly, and there are still big issues to fix, but they are 3-2.'
Tyrod Taylor carries Buffalo Bills to win over Titans [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills' offense is a mess. Their only possible salvation at this point will come in the form of Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy. Both missed their second-straight game Sunday, and the Bills desperately need them back in the lineup. Defenses are stacking the box against a group of running backs that isn't even remotely threatening. Tyrod Taylor has struggled to make defenses pay because nobody can get open and the offensive line isn't giving him much time. This offense simply can't function without its two best players.'
Why Buffalo Bills defense didn't unravel after bad penalty late against Titans [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The difference was we knew we were going to get penalties so we just knew we had to stand up and play regardless," linebacker Nigel Bradham said. "If you get a penalty or not, either way, you have to get off the field no matter what. It doesn't matter what happens, you have to get off the field. That's how we felt and that's the attitude we took."'
Bills' ugly win over Titans was exactly what Rex Ryan, Boobie Dixon envisioned [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Honestly, that's exactly what I envisioned," Dixon insisted. "A grind-type game with a 'W.' I told some of the guys earlier in the week, they was like, 'Boobie, what do you think? 100 yards? 200 yards?' I said, 'Whatever it takes, man, I just want to win. I just want to be able to step in there and say I got the job done and my team won.' That's what happened."'
What Rex Ryan, Bills players are saying about Tyrod Taylor's third-and-28 run against Titans [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Our quarterback's got the biggest heart. Man, it was tough sledding, but man, he's got guts, he's got heart. He wasn't playing great, but at the end of the day, he's the reason we won the game.'
Bills wearing 'Yes Sir' wristbands against Titans to remind them what to say to referees [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Rex Ryan has been trying everything, including wristbands that say 'Yes Sir,'" CBS announcer Andrew Catalon said. "It's the only thing Rex wants his players to say to a referee after a penalty. Every player received a wristband, Charles Clay told us last night. Just a reminder to move on after the whistle."'
Rex Ryan breaks 'Yes Sir' wristband on first play of Bills' win over Titans [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The penalty thing," Ryan said. "I think our sideline was a lot better, but the first play and we're offside: I broke my little wristband on the first play, snapped it. I've got to a get a different one."'
Rex Ryan impressed by Bills fans traveling to Nashville for win over Titans [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You couldn't get into a restaurant yesterday without seeing Bills fans. It was awesome," Ryan said. "I guess something I'm learning, I had no idea that Bills fans travel the way they do. Miami was packed. Here it was unbelievable. That's such a great feeling to know that your guys are with you, your fans travel so well. I also love the fact that they aren't off this boat. They never looked to jump and we gave them some reason to, but they're sitting right there. That's a great feeling."'
On to Cincinnati [1:38 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Somehow, it's both tough to credit and tough to blame the Bills for how Sunday's stinker played out. Going into the season this was a game many chalked up as a win, but injuries have hamstrung the Buffalo offense. Adding that Tennessee was coming off a bye with an extra week to prepare, it shouldn't be a surprise the Titans manhandled Buffalo's offense through three quarters.'
Buffalo Bills Week 5 Report Card [1:37 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'The offense wasn't great Sunday. Taylor struggled for most of the game. But when it counted, he was magnificent. He got the job done with his arm and legs. The Bills don't win this game without him.'
With his feet, arm and one hand, Tyrod Taylor digs Buffalo Bills out of hole at Tennessee [1:36 AM]
Toronro Sun reports: 'That was the ticket: Taylor’s mobility.'
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