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Buffalo Bills News - September 22, 2014

Marker Buffalo offense sputters in 22-10 loss to San Diego [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Fred Jackson scored the Bills' only touchdown late in the third quarter. Buffalo had several chances in the fourth quarter to cut into the lead, but the offense sputtered.'

Marker Buffalo Bills shut down Antonio Gates but still get torched by Philip Rivers in 22-10 loss to Charge [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Somebody else did make a play for San Diego. A few somebodies, actually.'

Marker Penalties take away big plays from C.J. Spiller, Robert Woods in loss [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The focus wasn't as sharp for the Bills as it was in first two weeks of the season. But penalties have been an issue in each of the first three weeks. Buffalo had eight penalties in Week 1 and six in Week 2. Not only did they have even more penalties in Week 3, but they were coming in worse spots and negating big plays. And defensive penalties helped San Diego keep a few drives alive.'

Marker Sammy Watkins admits to taking play off in Buffalo Bills' Week 3 loss to San Diego Chargers [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"That was a dangerous throw for sure, but given the situation you’ve got to take some chances," Tasker said on the broadcast. "I know it’s hard and Sammy Watkins has been protecting some bruised ribs for a couple weeks, but he’s going to get told in that meeting tomorrow morning, ‘Hey, listen, you’ve got to go get that football.’"'

Marker Bills WR Mike Williams violating NFL dress code with red socks to 'keep distractions off the team' [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"If you watch me every week, that's how I dress every week," Williams said.'

Marker What Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills were saying about EJ Manuel after loss to Chargers [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think my accuracy is fine," Manuel said. "I noticed a few throws I could stick on guys, but at the same time, we just have to go out there and make plays. That's the biggest thing, making plays when they're there and just trying to hit those home runs. You can't miss those."'

Marker Philip Rivers outclasses EJ Manuel, and 6 observations from Bills' Week 3 loss [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Manuel was outclassed by Rivers on Sunday, but it wasn't the worst game for the second-year quarterback. With the Bills trailing for most of the game, Manuel was forced to play a different game than he did in the first two weeks of the season, one that doesn't cater to his strengths.'

Marker Penalties, out-of-sync offense doom Bills [1:39 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '"Yeah, they ran a couple of plays that were really hard for our DB's to defend," Kyle Williams added. "It seemed like they accidently ran into somebody, and that's hard on anybody. We had to overcome, they were going to make big plays, and they have good players. We just had to respond better."'

Marker Offense struggles in loss to Chargers [1:38 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'While the defense did well to hold San Diego to field goals twice, the long touchdown drive to start the second half put the Bills in a tough spot. Early in the game, Marrone had the option to get fourth and one in San Diego territory after a penalty, but opted to back the Chargers up inside their own 10 instead. In the fourth quarter on a third and one, the Bills ran a read-option run with Spiller right up the middle for a two-yard loss. The urgency on the final drive was also poor.'

Marker 'Greatest quarterback in the league' Rivers outclasses Bills' Manuel [1:35 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“We’re just really fortunate to have the greatest quarterback in the league,” Floyd said in the cramped visitors’ locker room at Ralph Wilson Stadium following the Chargers’ emphatic 22-10 victory.'

Marker Monday's San Diego Coverage [1:33 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Grate finish (San Diego Union Tribune)
Rivers dips into a deep well of able receivers (San Diego Union Tribune)
Brown is Bolts’ new workhorse (San Diego Union Tribune)
Give Chargers’ defense credit for win at Buffalo (San Diego Union Tribune)
Chargers get a road win, but it’s costly (San Diego Union Tribune)
Injury likely to sideline Woodhead for season (San Diego Union Tribune)
Quarter by quarter (San Diego Union Tribune)
Chargers report card (San Diego Union Tribune)
Photo gallery (San Diego Union Tribune)
Chargers lose RB Woodhead to ankle injury (AP)
Bolts Roust Bills 22-10 (Chargers.com)
Sacks to a Safety: Big Plays Defined Bolts' D (Chargers.com)
Donald Brown Shoulders the Load in Big Way (Chargers.com)
Defense Uses Killer Instinct to Finish Game in Style (Chargers.com)
Bolts Overcome Adversity with Diversity (Chargers.com)
Eddie Royal Reigns in Buffalo (Chargers.com)
Bolts Take to Twitter to Celebrate Win Over Bills (Chargers.com)
Photo gallery 1 (Chargers.com)
Photo gallery 2 (Chargers.com)
Photo gallery (BuffaloBills.com)
Photo gallery 1 (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery 2 (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery 3 (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallery (Syracuse Post-Standard)

Marker Rivers leads Chargers to 22-10 win over Bills [1:29 AM]
AP reports: 'Fred Jackson scored on an 11-yard catch for Buffalo (2-1), which blew an opportunity to get off to a 3-0 start for only the third time since 1993.'

Marker Bills' feel-good start ends in loss to Chargers [1:28 AM]
AP reports: 'Manuel and the offense were inconsistent. The Bills' defense proved porous. And very little else went right for Buffalo in a 22-10 loss.'

Marker Andre Reed receives Hall of Fame ring [1:27 AM]
AP reports: 'Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker presented Reed with his ring in front of fellow Bills Hall of Famers Joe DeLamielleure, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and Jim Kelly.'

Marker San Diego 22, Buffalo 10 [1:26 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'EJ Manuel passed for 238 yards for Buffalo (2-1) but made several key mistakes down the stretch. Running back Fred Jackson had 34 yards rushing and 78 receiving, including an 11-yard touchdown catch.'

Marker Rivers, Chargers deal Bills first defeat [1:25 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Chargers also showed their teeth on the other side of the ball, holding the 2-1 Bills to 87 yards rushing, 76 below their season average.'

Marker Chargers-Bills: What we learned [1:24 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Talk about them having turned the corner might have been a bit premature. Admittedly, San Diego was a tough opponent, but the Bills didn't help their cause, making numerous mistakes that reminded some of the bad, old days. They were flagged 11 times for 101 yards in penalties, and a few of the calls wiped out sizeable gains and killed drives. "I'm not taking anything away from them," said defensive tackle Kyle Williams of the Chargers. "They beat us and they played better than we did today, but we didn't help ourselves."'

Marker Bills Fall to Chargers 22-10 [1:23 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Unfortunately for Buffalo, despite the strong effort of bottling up the Chargers in the 4th quarter, the offense simply could not produce, with the low point being an inentional grounding call in the end zone, resulting in a safety for EJ Manuel.'

Marker Bills offense flatlines in loss to Chargers [1:22 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'On the Chargers first five possessions, covering the first half and opening drive of the third quarter, San Diego put 20 points up on the board and rolled up 336 yards. The Chargers, who had the ball for more than 42 minutes in a week two triumph over the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, had scoring drives that covered 75 yards, 89, 61 and 80.'

Marker Bills streak skids to halt, lose to Chargers 22-10 [1:21 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The mistakes were plenty for the Bills, whether it was accuracy issues from their quarterback, poor coverage from their secondary or getting called on 11 penalties for 101 yards. No matter how close the score was at times throughout the game, Buffalo continued to shoot themselves in the foot.'

Marker Offense Stalls [1:20 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After driving to a touchdown on their only 3rd Quarter possession, the Bills offense stalled out on back to back drives. The first ended with Manuel taking a 17 yard loss on a sack that could've been even worse. Manuel fumbled but the Bills recovered and punted. On the next possession Manuel rushed a throw to an open Robert Woods that had big gainer, maybe even long touchdown, written all over it. Manuel sailed the ball behind Woods, who wasn't expecting the throw that early. At least that is what I'm assuming by the fact that Woods wasn't even looking for the ball. That drive ended on a failed 4th down attempt. Manuel floated a ball in the general direction of Sammy Watkins but it really wasn't even close.'

Marker Observations: Chargers 22 - Bills 10 [1:19 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'His stat line looks respectable for those that only stick to the box score: 23-of-39, 238 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. There are some misleading parts to the numbers that really don’t paint the picture the correct way.'

Marker Bills Bounced by Bolts [1:18 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'I thought Manuel showed some positive signs in the first two games. Sunday it seemed the Bills were asking too much for him to pull the team back from a 17 point deficit.'

Marker Bills turn in lackluster effort [1:16 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'A blah performance in a game they could have won. A tough stretch awaits. Two wins in the next three games are probably a must if they want their famine to end.'

Marker Immediate Reactions: San Diego Chargers 22, Buffalo Bills 10 [1:15 AM]
NickMendola.com reports: 'Thrice in the game, Bills receivers failed to even look for the ball on quick decisions by Manuel. This includes the critical 4th-and-3 with eight minutes to play, when Manuel found Watkins. Watkins, however, didn’t even look for the ball for the second time over the game. Woods had a similar problem on a crossing route.'

Marker Chargers Knock Off Bills 22-10 [1:14 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'The Chargers were making many big plays on offense but the biggest one ended the little bit of momentum the Bills had in the first half. Dan Carpenter had just hit a 45 yard field goal to pull the Bills within a touchdown when on the next play from scrimmage. Rivers hit a wide open Malcolm Floyd for 49 yards to set the Chargers up for a late field goal to get their 10 point lead back at the half.'

Marker Week 3: Chargers Dominate Bills 22-10 [1:13 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Doug Marrone didn't seem to have the team prepared for the windy conditions and they came out flat.'

Marker Bills can’t stage comeback in loss to Chargers [1:12 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'After six trips to the red zone in Week 2, Buffalo managed just one trip inside the Chargers’ 20 in Week 3 until the final minute of regulation.'

Marker Fred Jackson one of few bright spots in loss [1:11 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Jackson led the team in rushing and receiving yards with 34 and 78, respectively, in addition to scoring the Bills only touchdown of the day.'

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September 21, 2014

Marker Flowers, Allen active for San Diego [12:51 PM]
AP reports: 'Running back Bryce Brown and tight end Chris Gragg are among Buffalo's inactives. Cornerback Ross Cockrell, linebacker Randell Johnson and offensive linemen Cyril Richardson and Cyrus Kouandjio also won't play.'

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