Dwight Freeney says Chargers made a point to pressure, confuse EJ Manuel in win over Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think that was one of our game plans to get after him a little bit, don't give him clear-cut anything, any looks," Chargers defensive end Dwight Freeney said. "Just put some pressure on him. We did. When you have a performance like that defensively, it's a collective deal. That means from the top down, coaching staff, you know, everybody."'
Friday's Houston Coverage [1:52 AM]
Texans have nothing but praise for veteran center Myers (Houston Chronicle)
There's no reason to give up on Texans' Fitzpatrick (Houston Chronicle)
Johnson can catch Harrison for record (Houston Chronicle)
It's premature to judge Texans' 2014 draft class (Houston Chronicle)
Pickett expected to contribute immediately (Houston Community Newspapers)
Boswell signed to practice squad, could punt Sunday (Houston Community Newspapers)
O'Brien puts his mark on Texans in 1st season (AP)
Texans to face tough Bills' defensive line (CSN Houston)
Texans' Lechler unsure if he’ll play Sunday (CSN Houston)
Injuries: Swearinger more comfortable with brace (CSN Houston)
Texans Defense Aware Bills Present Huge Challenge (KILT-AM)
Lechler’s Status for Sunday Still Unclear (KILT-AM)
Swearinger Ready to Bounce Back Against Speedy Bills (KILT-AM)
Fitzpatrick faces friends, former teammates on Sunday (HoustonTexans.com)
12 reasons Buffalo's offense is a challenge (HoustonTexans.com)
Shane Lechler: "I'm feeling better" (HoustonTexans.com)
Arian Foster still a game-time decision (HoustonTexans.com)
Thursday Injury Report: Bills at Texans (HoustonTexans.com)
Bills' Goodwin misses practice with head injury [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills announced Thursday that Goodwin was going through the NFL's concussion testing protocol, which he must pass before being cleared to play. It's unclear when the injury happened, but Goodwin was limited in practice a day earlier because of an illness.'
Bills-Texans Preview [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"It will be for bragging rights," Buffalo veteran Fred Jackson told his team's official website. He still considers Fitzpatrick a close friend and called the Harvard graduate "by far the smartest player I've ever played with."'
Bills-Texans Capsule [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick played in Buffalo from 2009-12 and is third in team history with 80 passing touchdowns. He threw three interceptions last week, his first turnovers this season.'
Buffalo (2-1) at Houston (2-1) [1:48 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Texans 26, Bills 24.'
Bills add Spiller to injury report [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Spiller was added because of a chest injury. He participated in practice and is not expected to miss any time.'
Bills not toying with Kouandjio at guard [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Perhaps a move to guard, even if not permanent, might be a good one. The Bills and head coach Doug Marrone don't agree, and identified the focus for Kouandjio both now and moving forward.'
Bills without LG Williams yet again [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The left guard re-aggravated the back during the first half of the team's loss to the San Diego Chargers and could only play on 15 of the team's 70 total offensive snaps. Williams first was listed with a back injury in August at St. John Fisher College for training camp, but is in jeopardy of missing a regular season game for the first time.'
Bills Gameplan: How to Attack the Texans [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Texans are the 2nd worst-team in the league when it comes to rushing yards allowed per play at 5.18, and 25th in the NFL allowing over 141 yards per game on the ground.'
Texans Game Preview [1:43 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Bills 16, Texans 14.'
Cordy Glenn: the biggest man you'll never notice [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Glenn has just two NFL seasons under his belt, but veteran Steeler defensive ends know what doesn’t work against the Bills left tackle having faced him last year. That’s why when a rookie Steelers defensive end lined up opposite Glenn and chose to bull-rush, his teammates on the sideline began shaking their heads. The rep was over quickly as Glenn stoned the young pass rusher without surrendering any ground.'
Fitzpatrick still has fond memories of Buffalo [8:42 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Of his time in Buffalo, he admitted, “We were so comfortable (there) and really enjoyed it. When I first signed, everybody I knew was scratching their head ‘Why would you ever want to live there?’ I don’t think there are a lot of people (out of the area) who think highly of it. But we were welcomed with open arms right away and fell in love with the people. We really loved our four years there and made a lot of lifelong friends that we’ll keep in touch with forever.”'
Bills to greet an old friend in Fitzpatrick [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a special game for me, I think partly just because I’ve got so many great friends that are still over on the other side of the ball – guys that I’m sure are going to be excited to hit me and watch me play,” Fitzpatrick said. “Also, just the four years we spent there and just enjoyed the City of Buffalo and our neighbors and all the fans. What a great experience it was for us. I’m still trying to convince my 7-year-old (son, Brady), in this game, at least, to be a Texans fan and not a Bills fan. My youngest daughter was born in Buffalo, so we’re kind of a torn household now.”'
Going for the glory goes both ways for Fitz [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fitz was always frank about his athletic shortcomings. He said he never got the benefit of the doubt, like a high draft choice. When he failed, he was a rag-armed Harvard guy again. But his greatest asset – and his biggest failing – was a refusal to accept his own physical limitations.'
Watt clearly the bright light of Texans’ defense [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He intimidates a lot of players, and rightfully so,” Bills center Eric Wood said Wednesday. “He makes countless tackles for loss, sacks, batted balls, forced fumbles, whatever it may be. We have a lot of respect for him and we’ll key in on him.'
Bottled water added to Buffalo Bills brand [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As of today, it’s being sold at Tops Friendly Market locations. With each case sold, 100% Natural Beverages will make a $1 donation to Hunter’s Hope Foundation.'
Buffalo Bills struggle with overcoming leads [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In the 19 games Marrone has been here, the Bills have trailed at some point in 16, and have won just five. Only two of those were of the fourth-quarter comeback variety — the 24-23 victory over Carolina in Week 2 last year when Manuel hit Stevie Johnson for the dramatic winning touchdown, and the 23-21 Week 7 win at Miami when the defense forced a Ryan Tannehill fumble in the final two minutes and Dan Carpenter kicked the deciding field goal.'
Mario Williams doesn't care how he'll be received in Houston [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'm not worried about my reputation," Williams said. "I just feel I have to step up and play and be held responsible for the other 52 guys on the field. That's all I'm worried about."'
Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick says Buffalo felt like home, his son still roots for Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'm still trying to convince my 7-year-old, in this game at least, to be a Texans fan and not a Bills fan," Fitzpatrick said on Wednesday. "And my youngest daughter was born in Buffalo, so we're kind of a torn household right now, but I'm trying to convince them that we have to root for the Texans now."'
EJ Manuel added to injury report [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills coach Doug Marrone said Manuel was dealing with soreness and was added to the injury report as a formality. Meanwhile, Marrone said wide receiver and special teams ace Marcus Easley will be out for the game against the Houston Texans.'
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bill O'Brien think Buffalo Bills are in good hands with Terry and Kim Pegula [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You could tell right away he had a passion for hockey and football," O'Brien said. "He put his money where is mouth was on hockey. He gave them I think it was $120 million to build a beautiful hockey rink at Penn State and he's given money to the football program, too. He loves Penn State. That was my relationship with him, he was definitely passionate about both sports."'
Texans' Hopkins, Bills' Watkins looking forward to Sunday reunion [1:50 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Added Watkins: "Yeah, I mean, we're basically brothers. He took me in." Once they had bonded, he said, "We were together about 99 percent of the time."'
Fitzpatrick looking forward to facing former team [1:49 AM]
Houston Community Newspapers reports: '“Four years of my life being in Buffalo, had a great time, great people, great city,” Fitzpatrick said about what his time in Buffalo meant to him. “It’s definitely extra special for me to go against some of my lifelong friends. Guys that I’ll be friends with far after football. Really excited about it, really excited about getting out there and playing them.”'
Friends Hopkins, Watkins ready to face each other [1:48 AM]
CSN Houston reports: 'Not only are they family; their families are family. Their parents became friends when the two were at Clemson. In fact, when Watkins was selected with the fourth-overall pick this spring, one of the phone calls he received was from Hopkins’ mother, Sabrina Greenlee.'
Texans Fitzpatrick Eager To Face Bills [1:47 AM]
KILT-AM reports: '“Their front four, they’ve got one of if not the best in the game in terms of the way they’re able to not only stop the run but also get after the quarterback in the passing game,” Fitzpatrick said. “They wreak havoc up there.”'
Tursday's Houston Coverage [1:46 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports: Texans' Hopkins, Bills' Watkins looking forward to Sunday reunion (Houston Chronicle)
Rookie Nix to sit out rest of season (Houston Chronicle)
Fitzpatrick looking forward to facing former team (Houston Community Newspapers)
Myers set for 100th start for Houston (Houston Community Newspapers)
Houston's Fitzpatrick eager to face former team (AP)
Texans sign NT Pickett; Nix to IR (The Sports Network)
Texans put Nix on IR, sign Pickett (The Sports Xchange)
Foster day-to-day, will be game-time decision for Texans (Fox Sports Southwest)
Texans' rookie NT Nix placed on injured reserve (Fox Sports Southwest)
New NT Pickett ready to help stop run (CSN Houston)
Friends Hopkins, Watkins ready to face each other (CSN Houston)
Sunday evaluation looms for Foster, Lechler (CSN Houston)
Texans Fitzpatrick Eager To Face Bills (KILT-AM)
Foster Limited In Texans Practice Wednesday (KILT-AM)
Texans Send Third Round Pick To IR; Sign Pickett (KILT-AM)
Tale Of The Tape: Buffalo Bills At Houston Texans (KILT-AM)
Chris Myers to crack century mark in starts (HoustonTexans.com)
New NT Ryan Pickett ready to help run defense (HoustonTexans.com)
O'Brien, Marrone share love of sarcasm (HoustonTexans.com)
Arian Foster "did some things" on Wednesday (HoustonTexans.com)
D.J. Swearinger to wear brace 3-4 weeks (HoustonTexans.com)
Wednesday Injury Report: Bills at Texans (HoustonTexans.com)
Texans sign Pickett, place Nix on IR (HoustonTexans.com)
Texans Quotes: September 24 (HoustonTexans.com)
Bills' Mario Williams dismisses Houston homecoming [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"I don't know. I don't really care," he said. "I don't even understand why that is even is a topic of discussion."'
Houston's Fitzpatrick eager to face former team [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '"I would have loved to have stayed in Buffalo and all that, but things happen, and things happen for a reason," he said. "I had a great experience in Tennessee last year and now moving to Houston, and getting a chance to start and play from Day 1, so things have worked out for me."'
Bills' Marcus Easley won't play against Texans [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Marrone has not revealed the severity of the injury or provided a timetable for Easley's return.'
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