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Buffalo Bills News - September 21, 2014

Marker Bills ready to take on battle-tested Chargers [12:49 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '"I don't worry about it," Bills' quarterback E.J. Manuel said when asked if he was worried his team would experience a letdown in intensity and emotion today. "I think as a process, we enjoyed it Sunday and we moved on to Monday. We knew we had a new opponent. San Diego's a great team. They just beat the Seahawks, so they're obviously going to be on a high as well, so we just have to prepare for them.'

Marker Bills offensive coordinator Hackett never panicked in August [12:48 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“It’s funny, people had their heads down,” Hackett said in a phone interview Friday, “and they were all upset, going, ‘Oh man, you’ve got your Bills gear on.’ I mean, all kinds of people.'

Marker Sunday's San Diego Coverage [12:47 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Seattle was nice, win over Buffalo would be bigger (San Diego Union Tribune)
Ingram to be sidelined at least seven games (San Diego Union Tribune)
Pagano: ‘D’ did not go soft vs. Seahawks (San Diego Union Tribune)
When the Chargers have the ball (San Diego Union Tribune)
When the Bills have the ball (San Diego Union Tribune)
Chargers place Ingram on injured reserve-return (AP)
Chargers' Ingram put on IR/designated for return (The Sports Xchange)
Melvin Ingram Placed on IR - Designated to Return (Chargers.com)

Marker Early success brings excitement to playoff-starved city [12:46 AM]
New York Post reports: '“We felt that way coming in,” Jackson said. “It’s not gonna be easy, and anybody that’s in this division feels like it’s theirs, and we definitely feel like it’s ours, we just have to go out and take it.”'

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Chargers [12:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It won’t be a walk in the park for the Bills this weekend against a potent Chargers offensive attack. If they have a relapse of their red zone woes again in Week Three, they could be in trouble. However, the San Diego defense isn’t as good as the one that Buffalo faced last week against the Dolphins and there will be more opportunities for the offense to capitalize on. Expect the run game to play a much bigger role for Buffalo, which could be the key to the Bills’ first 3-0 start since 2011.'

Marker 5 reasons to be worried about Antonio Gates [12:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'eing physical with Gates doesn't really work.'

Marker Top 10 reasons to be charged up for the Buffalo-San Diego matchup [12:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills CB Stephon Gilmore got married this summer, and among his groomsmen were many former notable South Carolina Gamecocks, including Texans LB Jadaveon Clowney and Chargers LB Melvin Ingram who he'll face on Sunday.'

Marker Broadcast Information: Chargers at Bills [12:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Andrew Catalon (Play-by-play), Steve Tasker (analyst), Steve Beuerlein (analyst).'

Marker Bills corners see rotation as a plus [12:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We’ve been rotating them from day one since they’ve been back,” Marrone said. “I keep saying the same thing. Everyone is trying to pin, ‘Who are the (starting) two? Who are the two?’ But we’ve got a pretty good deal going if we have three guys. I firmly believe, with the level they’re playing, that those three players will produce more than if it’s just two. We only have an opportunity one or two of those guy wearing out, whereas now we have all three and it’s a long season. We’re in good shape until someone separates.”'

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September 20, 2014

Marker Woods looks like a go for Sunday [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It feels pretty good,” Woods said. “I’ve had an ankle injury before. This is a slight one. I just want to go out there and play.”'

Marker Trump takes credit for Pegulas’ high offer for Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Pegulas dropped 1.4 billion bills on the Bills, which financial analysts agreed was more than the team’s value. But whether Trump or Toronto interests or something else gets the credit or the blame for that is anyone’s guess.'

Marker Stadium upgrades didn’t please everybody [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“There were a lot of angry people,” he said of the experience. “The mood was kind of a mix between surly and cheering for the Bills.”'

Marker Bills plenty pleased with rookie Seantrel Henderson [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He made a great impression on me from day one,” said veteran center Eric Wood, a team captain and the leader of the offensive line. “He works extremely hard, he’s a smart kid, as athletic as I’ve ever seen for a guy that size. But he’s continued to get better and he’s playing really effectively for us.”'

Marker Robert Woods probable for Week 3 [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Woods underwent ankle surgery this offseason and dealt with an ankle injury at USC. This injury is to the same ankle he had surgery on. Woods said he just slipped during practice and tried to push through it before deciding rest was the best way to go. After the initial scare, Woods realized the injury wasn't a major one.'

Marker Buffalo Bills safety Duke Williams left his past in Nevada and hasn't looked back [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It helped me through this football stuff," Williams said four years later. "A lot of guys who play football are religious and close to the Bible. You just have to surround yourself with those types of people. It brings to light all the great things and helps you stay away from all the negative things."'

Marker Winner of state music contest, JB Aaron to perform national anthem at Bills game Sunday [1:53 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“It was an exciting and humble feeling,” Aaron said. “Once I found out I was doing it, I thought it was going to be a great thing to do, not only for me, but for everybody else in the area. It’s a big thing in front of 70,000 people.”'

Marker Marrone leads Bills to respectability [1:52 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Went 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse, which was 26-57 in the previous seven years. He made the 150-mile move from Syracuse to Buffalo in 2013, replacing Chan Gailey (16-32). The Bills had their third consecutive 6-10 season in his first season year.'

Marker Saturday's San Diego Coverage [1:51 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Focus on tackling pays off for Folts (San Diego Union Tribune)
Hamstring injury will sideline ingram vs. Bills (San Diego Union Tribune)
Marrone leads Bills to respectability (San Diego Union Tribune)
Chargers LB Ingram ruled out (The Sports Xchange)
Scouting Report: Chargers at Bills (Chargers.com)
Keys to the Game: Chargers at Bills (Chargers.com)
Matchup Infographic: Chargers vs. Bills (Chargers.com)
D.J. Fluker's Game Day Mix (Chargers.com)

Marker Allentown considers naming street for Andre Reed [1:50 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '"I think it's the perfect time for it," Hendricks said. "He was finally inducted. It was long overdue. No better time than the present."'

Marker Bills charged up to host Rivers-led Chargers [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"Those are two quality opponents they beat," Rivers said. "I know it's tough to go to Buffalo and win, but the fact that they are 2-0 certainly makes every guy see it right away."'

Marker Woods probable for Sunday's game against Chargers [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"I feel pretty good," Woods said. "I had the ankle injury before, this is a slight one and I just want to go out there and play. I feel good and I'm happy it didn't take long."'

Marker Bills' Woods probable, confident he'll play [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Woods is one of five different players deemed as ‘probable’ for the game, which means they all have at least a 75-percent chance of playing on Sunday. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (ribs), guard Chris Williams (back), tight end Lee Smith (toe) and defensive tackle Stefan Charles (hip) all received that specific designation.'

Marker How often does Jim Schwartz call a Bills blitz? [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'For a point of reference, Pettine's 2013 defense in Buffalo had more than double the blitz attempts than Schwartz did in Detroit. The Bills defense blitzed on 245 of 631 (38.33-percent) passing plays.'

Marker Buffalo Bills enjoy breath of fresh air in positive start to 2014 [1:45 AM]
NFL.com reports: '"It improves your quality of life," Wood said. "It's better going to the grocery store. It's better going to meetings. It's better going to practice. It energizes you each day when you go to the stadium."'

Marker Scouting Report: Bills vs. Chargers [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Best advantage – Run defense – The Bills have been stout against the run since the preseason. Allowing just 83 rushing yards a game Buffalo’s front is facing a San Diego rushing attack that has managed just over 75 yards per game (76.5). Without top rusher Ryan Mathews the Chargers could find it a tough go on the ground.'

Marker Sammy Watkins named NFL Rookie of the Week [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'He is the first Bills rookie WR to post a 100-yard receiving game since Lee Evans in 2004. Five of his eight receptions accounted for first downs.'

Marker Chargers not fazed by coast-to-coast travel [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Since the 2009 season, the Chargers are 10-8 when playing at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Last year they were 3-2 when playing on the road against Eastern time zone clubs, including their AFC Wild Card win at Cincinnati. A .600 winning percentage on the road in the NFL is rare, let alone when traveling across three time zones.'

September 19, 2014

Marker Bills looking ahead, not revisiting the past [2:34 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In short, 30 of the current Bills are in either their first or second year on the roster ... hardly part of the franchise’s fruitless recent history.'

Marker Is EJ Manuel the Buffalo Bills' biggest problem in the red zone? [9:13 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'I do think EJ Manuel has been a bit inaccurate in that part of the field as well. He missed Sammy Watkins for a touchdown in Week 2 and seems to be just a hair off on some throws that could have been touchdowns. It's been only two games, so the red zone issues are nothing to panic about.'

Marker Fracking saved the Bills, and some don’t want to hear it [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Then again, it may just be that the comments by Collins, who supports fracking, forced people to confront an internal conflict over the Pegulas’ purchase of the team. And as if to prove that, when interviewed Thursday, two longtime Buffalo-based opponents of fracking talked as if they liked the notion of the Pegulas owning the Bills almost as much as they loathe fracking.'

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