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Buffalo Bills News - September 21, 2014

Marker Bills fall to Chargers 22 -10 [4:42 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'he Buffalo Bills were eyeing their first 3-0 start since the 2011 season. But on a blustery day at Ralph Wilson Stadium, those hopes were left blowing in the wind.'

Marker Rivers leads Chargers to 22-10 win over Bills [4:41 PM]
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 Andre Reed receives Hall of Fame ring [4:40 PM]
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 Chargers 22, Bills 10 [4:40 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills, who were limited to 87 rushing yards -- 76 below their average -- dropped to 2-1.'

Marker San Diego 22, Buffalo 10 [4:39 PM]
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 Bills Fall to Chargers 22-10 [4:38 PM]
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 Immediate Reactions: San Diego Chargers 22, Buffalo Bills 10 [4:37 PM] 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 [4:37 PM]
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 [4:36 PM]
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 [4:35 PM] 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 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.'

Marker Jim Kelly to ESPN Countdown: Being in Buffalo for Bills Week 2 win like 'stepping into a time machin [12:51 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Because the game was in Buffalo, I bet you a lot of money that crowd was as loud as anywhere in the league. The reason for that is simple: They feel like they stepped into a time machine, too."'

Marker Keith Rivers inactive, Robert Woods active for Week 3 [12:50 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Brown is penciled in as the starter in place of Keith Rivers, who is inactive for the Bills' Week 3 game against the San Diego Chargers with a groin injury. A third-round pick out of Louisville, Brown is the only Bills player to play every defensive snap so far this season.'

Marker Preview, odds and prediction for Week 3 [12:49 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Pick: Bills 27, Chargers 24.'

Marker The man behind the Chargers’ resurgence [12:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He deserves a lot of credit. He inherited a Chargers roster with poor depth, a crisis on the offensive line, salary cap issues and little pass rush. He’s since developed the roster to a point I actually have them winning the AFC West this year. Telesco’s been terrific."'

Marker Stopping the Chargers means stopping Rivers and Gates [12:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills 26, Chargers 24.'

Marker Bills’ offensive line answers Morris’ call to arms [12:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“There’s one of those times where they didn’t know what I was talking about,” Morris said with a laugh. “I wasn’t yelling at him. I was just trying to make a point. If you’re not going to use your hands, I might as well have a Venus de Milo.”'

Marker How to pay for a new Bills stadium? [12:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Just look at the 10 brand-new stadiums built with the aid of that NFL loan program, which started in 2001. The average stadium cost $750 million, and the average private-sector share of that was $517 million.'

Marker Needed: A large statue of Ralph Wilson at his stadium [12:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Wilsons have been extremely generous to the Food Bank of Western New York, but we were just one of many local organizations that quietly received support from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.'

Marker Another victim of counterfeit Bills ticket scammer comes forward [12:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The victim told police that he recognized Rivera when his picture was shown on television as the man who sold him two Bills tickets for $250.'

Marker Special teams key to Bills’ quick start [12:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“They have a lot of starters on their (special) teams,” Marrone said of the Seahawks, who routinely use players like Percy Harvin, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Doug Baldwin, Malcolm Smith and Kam Chancellor. “For us, (starters) have embraced that role that we talked about. … We feel very comfortable about where our players are right now on our teams’ situation.”'

Marker Three ... and out [12:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills 23, Chargers 16.'

Marker Renovated ‘Ralph’ gives Pegulas plenty to ponder [12:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But how do they feel about the long-term future of Ralph Wilson Stadium and the lease running until 2022 they inherited? Until their purchase of the Bills becomes official at league meetings on Oct. 8, the Pegulas are under a self-imposed gag order. But 31 other NFL owners are asking them questions and telling them their opinions.'

Marker Jim Schwartz rubbing off on Buffalo Bills defense with attention to detail heading into big matchup [12:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Everyone just has attention to detail," defensive end Jerry Hughes said. "The way we go out every week, notepads and pencils in hand going into our meetings, and everyone is quiet. It's almost, in a sense, a classroom-like setting. We're taking notes and trying to learn as much as we can from Schwartz, so that way when we step out on the field, we're kind of working through him. We know how he thinks and understand how he likes to operate."'

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] 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 (

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.'

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