From the booth: 4 observations from Bills-Bears [1:04 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He demanded everyone’s attention and he’s just the leader of our offense,” receiver Robert Woods related. “Before the game he spoke to the whole team. He just fired everyone up. Everyone is believing in him and confident in him and he just got us the win.”'
New beginning for Bills? [1:41 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '“The only way you change culture is to win football games like that ... You face adversity and still go out and win.”'
Unexpected win a character check for Bills [11:31 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who had a key interception — the first of a nine-year career — admitted of the win, “I think you can look at it as an improved makeup of the team. Guys that have been around awhile and guys that have had success like (linebacker Brandon) Spikes and (cornerback) Corey Graham. We've got guys that have been around and can kind of rub off on (the younger) guys.”'
Bills Find A Way To Win [10:04 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'What matters is that young players learned they can play with anyone, even on the road. What matters is that E.J. Manuel showed what he can do as a steward of a good team. What matters is that the Bills won.'
Whaley’s acquisitions paid off in opening win [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Brandon Spikes, the veteran linebacker, had six tackles and a sack. Punter Colton Schmidt, who was picked up a week before the season, dropped four of his five punts inside the 20 and limited Chicago to minus-1 yard in returns. Kickoff specialist Jordan Gay had five touchbacks. The other was returned to the 13.'
Bills find formula for success against Bears [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Bills are able to replicate that success running the ball on a weekly basis, it will allow quarterback EJ Manuel to have games like he did Sunday and the team should be competitive.'
Sources say Bills sale could happen as soon as today [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Two sources said there was a belief the Bills’ winning bid will be higher than the $1 billion the Cleveland Browns sold for in 2012 and could break the NFL record of $1.1 billion set by the Miami Dolphins in 2009.'
Bills-Bears Upon Further Review [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'EJ Manuel standing up and speaking at the pregame offense meeting Saturday night. This didn't come from Manuel, but in the locker room Sunday several players shared an account of Manuel interrupting the offensive skull session led by coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to address his teammates and basically tell them to forget the preseason and get focused on the regular season.'
Terry Pegula on the verge of buying the Buffalo Bills, according to reports [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But for months it was Pegula has been the front runner. His process has been the most organized with the fewest leaks, and he had plenty of money to work with. While Bon Jovi and his Toronto group tried to fend off public perception that they would move the team, Pegula has shown his commitment to Buffalo and had the full support of the Bills' fan base.'
Buffalo Bills release Jacquies Smith to make room for Nigel Bradham returning from suspension [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I’m excited, especially with Keith (Rivers) day-to-day now and you get Nigel back," Marrone said. "With the way he was playing, I’m excited about him being back. I really am. I think he was playing extremely well before and we’re looking forward to him being consistent and playing well when we start playing again."'
Doug Marrone supports NFL's harsher stance on domestic violence in light of Ray Rice suspension [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Am I happy that the NFL is taking a harder stance?" Marrone asked. "Yes."'
Two known selection criteria beyond money, including certainty of NFL approval, mean highest bidder [1:52 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Two critical factors beyond money -- both long speculated as playing a role -- indeed are among the Ralph Wilson trust’s expressed selection criteria. QMI Agency has confirmed that “certainty of NFL approval” is one, and the ability to close the deal immediately is the other.'
Buffalo Bills could fetch record bid at $1.2 billion [1:51 AM]
New York Post reports: 'A newly reconstituted Toronto bidding group once fronted by rocker Jon Bon Jovi also submitted a bid. It is thought the group, which includes the owner of the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs, would seek to move the team to Canada once the stadium lease allows.'
Bills show uncommon resiliency in first-game win [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"We're undefeated," wide receiver Mike Williams said. "It feels good. Like Wood said yesterday, we're better than half the teams in the league right now. It feels good. We have a lot of confidence going into the week."'
AP sources: Bills close to identifying owner [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'The other groups submitting bids were led by New York City real estate mogul Donald Trump, and a Toronto group led by rocker Jon Bon Jovi. The bids were submitted to Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale process on behalf of late owner Ralph Wilson's estate.'
Bills make room for Bradham, release DE Smith [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With Bradham set to return, the franchise made room for him on the roster on Monday with the release of defensive end Jacquies Smith. Smith made the team initially as the fifth defensive end on the depth chart and the ninth of nine total defensive linemen. He still has practice squad eligibility remaining.'
Bills' Aaron Williams going through concussion protocol [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams suffered concussion-like symptoms against the Bears and will be subjected to the National Football League’s protocol for that injury. The safety would be able to return this week if symptoms subside and he is cleared by the team’s medical staff.'
Bills' Schmidt: from high school bed to NFL job in one year [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I just went back home to Bakersfield, California, lived back in my high school room, unemployed and just had time to focus on all the stuff that they told me for the next eight months until I went back to San Francisco,” Schmidt said, in reference to being re-signed by the 49ers in January. “I pretty much did the same thing, knowing that there was a good chance I was going to get released once more.”'
Fred Jackson wills Buffalo Bills to big win with determined run [1:45 AM]
NFL.com reports: '"I was on the sideline with my mouth wide open," Spikes said. "I couldn't believe it, man -- it was just a determination play. It was definitely a win I'll remember forever. There was something different about it, honestly."'
DE Jacquies Smith released, Nigel Bradham added to 53-man roster [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Filling the roster vacancy is LB Nigel Bradham, who was removed from the Reserve/Suspended list and added to the active roster.'
Bills answer critics with OT win in Chicago [11:01 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“The thing I’m proud of is we hit adversity at the end and, a couple of things didn’t go our way. All of a sudden it’s easy to get down ... but I didn’t see any of that from this team. It was like, ‘We’re gonna get this thing done. We’re gonna go out and stop them, we’re gonna get the ball back and we’re gonna score.”'
With Anthony Dixon, Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, Bills rushing attack tough to stop [9:17 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'All four have similarities, but enough differences that they create matchup problems for defenses. Brown showed off his speed in the preseason. Dixon is a power guy. Spiller is someone who can kill you in the running and passing attacks. And Jackson is a model of consistency. When you need a big run, he almost always delivers.'
Buffalo Bills Week 1 Report Card [9:16 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'One criticism: The Bills got a little conservative with their play calling late in the fourth. Instead of attacking and going for a touchdown, they seemed to settle for a field goal. It worked out in the end, but it's something to watch out for. Don't be afraid to take some shots. Show some faith in your quarterback. You have plenty of weapons to choose from. Use them.'
Buffalo Bills win over Chicago Bears gives fans hope for 2014, and that's perfectly fine [9:15 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It's only one win, and Bills fans know all too well how quickly fate can swing in the NFL. Maybe Manuel falters or the Bills' pass defense continues to struggle. Buffalo could get pulled down to earth in a hurry.'
Buffalo Bills had plenty of offseason drama that may have helped beat the Chicago Bears [7:28 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But if we learned anything from Week 1 it may be that the Buffalo Bills long offseason of drama class got them ready for a game with Chicago packed with it.'
Bills’ resilient effort produces wagon-circling win [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s a good football team we just beat,” Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams said in an exuberant locker room after the game. “That’s a team everybody looks at to be a playoff team. To come on the road and beat them – face some adversity toward the end of the game, but get into overtime, stop them and then have our offense go down for the win – that’s huge for us. That’s something for us to definitely build off of.”'
Bills’ road rebirth is worth savoring [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills were anything but fragile Sunday. When the real season arrived, they went into storied Soldier Field and made a statement and a stand. They turned in a tough, defiant performance, knocking off the favored Bears in overtime, 23-20, in their most important road win in years.'
Graham is worthy sub for Gilmore [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Jay was trying me,” Graham said. “When quarterbacks are going to test you like that, you’ve got to find ways to make plays.”'
Quarterly Report [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yes, you really did see Kyle Williams step in front of Bears tight end Martellus Bennett and intercept Jay Cutler.'
Defense and Manuel’s play were the difference [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A tumultuous couple of weeks for Marrone ended with an unexpected victory for the underdog Bills in a city in which they’ve never won. Kyle Williams addressed his mates afterward in the locker room and lauded them for not folding down the stretch as they likely would have in the past. Although penalties were a problem, the game plan for Manuel was terrific, and the defense was solid against one of the NFL’s most potent clubs.'
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