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Buffalo Bills News - September 15, 2014

Marker Ten plays that shaped the game [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Credit Bills coach Doug Marrone with using star running back C.J. Spiller on special teams. Spiller showed off his 4.27-second speed in the 40-yard dash by bolting 102 yards with a third-quarter kickoff return to put the Bills ahead, 16-3.'

Marker Quarterly Report: Bills 29, Dolphins 10 [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ pesky problems in the red zone surfaced twice in the first quarter. Quarterback EJ Manuel threw low and incomplete on third down for Robert Woods on one drive, then the team couldn’t convert first and goal from the 7-yard line. The Bills settled for a pair of 27-yard field goals from Dan Carpenter.'

Marker Bills’ strategy and execution were winning combination [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jim Schwartz’s defensive strategy was splendid. Miami’s longest play was for 18 yards. Buffalo, meanwhile, had five gains of at least 22 yards. Strong defense and special teams let offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett keep decisions easy for Manuel. Some are questioning Doug Marrone’s decision to punt from Miami’s 39 toward the end of the first half, but it was the right choice.'

Marker New stadium is a smash hit [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s obviously a definite improvement over what they had before,” said Nancy Sullivan, who likes the vantage point from the 20-yard line at the Paul McGuire Club. “It’s the biggest TV I’ve ever seen ... It definitely puts a new perspective on the game.”'

Marker Celebration begins a day early as Bills fans evoke mood from Super Bowl years [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s the future and the past coming together on the same day, in the home opener,” Even said. “There’s been just so much in one week.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills manhandle Miami Dolphins [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We knew it was going to be a rowdy crowd, so I knew I'd be running into traffic, but that's a good thing, and it's definitely something you can feed off of," said Fred Jackson. "It was one of those things, we knew it was going to be to our advantage all day, and it was going to be on us to make plays and a lot of different guys made plays."'

Marker Bills' defense disrupts Miami [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 't's baby steps for Manuel, but at least the steps are headed in the right direction.'

Marker This one's for you, Ralph [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Mr. Wilson's presence was felt in words and actions, like the tiny RCW pins people wore on their lapels, like the unveiling of his name in a moving pre-game ceremony on the Wall of Fame façade in gold letters for the standard he set. Jim Kelly, the team's Hall of Fame quarterback battling cancer who was on the field, was given a standing ovation that lasted so long he had to beg the crowd to stop.'

Marker Welcome to 'Pegulaville' [1:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I've been a fan for as long as the Bills have been around," Wintermantle said. "It's much more reassuring now, knowing he bought the team. I was worried we'd have to change it from 'Let's go Bills' to 'Let's stay Bills.'"'

Marker Report card [1:44 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills defensive staff did a nice job getting pressure on Tannehill as Jim Schwartz dialed up a few more blitzes. On offense, Nathaniel Hackett continues to increase the load on Manuel, and while it's still a work in progress, the Bills are 2-0.'

Marker Team effort 'fitting way' for Bills to win [1:43 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo native Corey Graham, the free agent cornerback signed from Baltimore, admitted, “It was unreal today ... the crowd gave us so much energy. We felt them the whole game. They energized us. We were able to play for them and play with them, it was just amazing."'

Marker Buffalo now 2-0 for first time since 2011 [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills' defense was the story of the first half. The unit had three sacks and didn't allow the Dolphins to cross the 50-yard line.'

Marker Seantrel Henderson holds his own against Cameron Wake in Bills win over Dolphins [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We had a lot planned to make sure that Cameron Wake, who we have all the respect in the world for, would not be able to take over that game," Marrone said after the Buffalo Bills' 29-10 win over the Dolphins. "We had chips and things like that to help Seantrel get off to a good start, yes. Did he play well, too? Yes, he did, but I don't want to make it look like we didn't have anything planned for him."'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Sammy Watkins fights through injury for first career touchdown and 100-yard game [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It happened that a lot of calls and progressions had him getting the ball and coming open," quarterback EJ Manuel said. "He did a great job running the route and getting open. I'm very proud of him. That last touchdown, he got in there for us on the third down. We call that a double whammy when you get a first down and get a touchdown in the red zone."'

Marker Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills players talk about C.J. Spiller's kickoff return for touchdown [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It was a right return. I saw C.J. catch it close to the goal line, and I knew he was coming out. We went into the game planning on being aggressive, so I knew he was coming out. When he caught it I immediately took off. I had the back side, so I peeled back, caught just enough of the dude to spring him, and all he needs is a little bit, so he did the rest."'

Marker Russ Brandon on Bills win over Dolphins: 'It's a great, great time to be a Buffalonian' [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"That's Ralph's kind of football," Brandon said. "He would've loved it. He absolutely would have loved it."

Marker Buffalo Bills players credit home crowd in win over Dolphins, hope stadium continues to sell out [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Safety Aaron Williams: "I've played in (front of) a lot of crowds, a lot of big stadiums. This was top three of all time."'

Marker C.J. Spiller return sparks Bills, and 5 observation from Week 2 win [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'After targeting him only three times last week, Manuel threw Sammy Watkins' way more than any other receiver on Sunday. In the first half alone, Watkins had eight targets on 19 total passes from Manuel. The rookie appeared to be fighting through some pain all afternoon, but he gutted it out on his way to his first career 100-yard game. Watkins also got his first career touchdown on Sunday. He finished the game with eight catches for 117 yards and a touchdown.'

Marker Watkins comes up big in win [1:35 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'The defensive game plan was outstanding, and the Dolphins didn't even bother trying to score in the final two minutes of the first half. The score could've been even more lopsided if the offense hadn't struggled in the red zone. Overall, the Bills dominated the game and are now alone atop the AFC East at 2-0.'

Marker Pegula Era begins with class for the Buffalo Bills [1:34 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'There has been so much talk about a new downtown stadium for the Bills. However, with a team at 1-0, which felt like 10-0 to Bills fans, the ribbon cutting of a $130 million worth of work in a newly renovated stadium, the place felt brand-new.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 2 Report Card [1:33 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'What a day for the special teams unit.'

Marker Bills win with complete team effort Sunday [1:32 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'Despite their successes, the Bills know they still have some work to do in the Red Zone, as they finished just 1 of 6 and had to settle for five Dan Carpenter field goals.'

Marker Bills improve to 2-0, this time with flash, not the smash [1:31 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In both victories Manuel played smart, efficient, if not often dynamic football. But that’s all the Bills need him to be in this run-based offence, that relies heavily on their stubborn, talented defence to get them the ball back often, and in good field position.'

Marker Big plays deliver win for Bills' fired-up fans [1:30 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'The Bills' self-proclaimed "Clemson Connection" sparked a big second half in a 29-10 win over the Miami Dolphins that produced their first 2-0 start since 2011 and capped one of the most encouraging stretches in recent franchise history.'

Marker Watkins pays early dividends on Bills' move to draft him [1:29 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'What will endear him to fans here in blue-collar, shot-and-a-beer Buffalo is the toughness he showed Sunday, when he kept coming back from big hits and making big catches.'

Marker Monday's Miami Coverage [1:28 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Miami Dolphins lose Knowshon Moreno to injury in listless loss to Buffalo Bills (Miami Herald)
Knowshon Moreno’s injury has big impact on Miami Dolphins offense (Miami Herald)
Buffalo Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins has breakout game against Miami Dolphins (Miami Herald)
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill consistently not good enough (Miami Herald)
Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins opt to run ball before halftime against Buffalo Bills (Miami Herald)
Keys to the Buffalo Bills 29-10 win over the Miami Dolphins (Miami Herald)
Quarter-by-quarter analysis of the Bills’ 29-10 win over Dolphins (Miami Herald)
Photo gallery (Miami Herald)
Dolphins lose at Buffalo, 29-10, and look bad in process (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins stumble badly on special teams (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins at their worst in beatdown by Bills (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins cannot endure marginal games from the defense (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Ten thoughts on the Dolphins' 29-10 loss to Buffalo (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
10 things we learned (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
The Report Card (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Photo gallery (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Miami Dolphins routed 29-10 by Bills, who have plenty to celebrate (Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins’ Knowshon Moreno hurts elbow on first carry of game (Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins’ offense falls flat after encouraging start in Week 1 (Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins outrun by Buffalo Bills and speedy rookie Sammy Watkins (Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins Talking Points in wake of 29-10 loss to Buffalo Bills (Palm Beach Post)
Grading the Miami Dolphins in Game 2 (Palm Beach Post)
Photo gallery (Palm Beach Post)
South's Sammy Watkins has big day in Bills' home debut (Naples Daily News)
Miami looks lost in falling to Buffalo (Fox Sports Florida)
Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno reportedly out 4 weeks with elbow injury (Fox Sports Florida)
Team Grades: Dolphins O-Line Exposed In Humbling 29-10 Loss To Bills (WFOR-TV)
Dolphins RB Moreno out after hurting left elbow (AP)
Dolphins RB Moreno suffers elbow injury (The Sports Network)
Dolphins RB Moreno out with elbow injury (The Sports Xchange)
Dolphins Drop 29-10 Decision At The Bills (MiamiDolphins.com)
Postgame Notes: Dolphins At Bills (MiamiDolphins.com)
Breaking Down A Frustrating Day (MiamiDolphins.com)
Photo gallery (MiamiDolphins.com)
Photo gallery 1 (BuffaloBills.com)
Photo gallery 2 (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 Future Is Assured in Buffalo, and the Present Is Also Looking Bright [1:27 AM]
New York Times reports: '“That’s how we’re going to have to win — by playing well in all three phases,” Buffalo Coach Doug Marrone said. “Special teams, really, for the last two weeks, have done a heck of a job.”'

Marker After Week 2, Buffalo Bills lead the list of most surprising 2-0 teams [1:26 AM]
SI reports: 'Still, credit the Bills for doing what needed to be done, especially on defense. Cornerback Corey Graham has been playing at a lights-out level this season, and he frequently jumped routes that Tannehill's receivers were trying to complete. Linebacker Preston Brown, the man in Buffalo's plan to replace the injured Kiko Alonso, led all Bills defenders with 13 tackles.'

Marker Spiller, Watkins spark Bills' 29-10 win over Miami [1:25 AM]
AP reports: 'Watkins finished with eight catches for 117 yards, and Spiller added 69 yards rushing.'

Marker Bills salute late owner before home opener [1:24 AM]
AP reports: 'Fans at a sold-out Ralph Wilson Stadium gave its late namesake a standing ovation Sunday as the Buffalo Bills saluted their founder before the home opener against the Miami Dolphins.'

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