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Buffalo Bills News - September 22, 2014

Marker Chargers’ Oliver gets his feet wet in NFL debut [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I always felt like I belonged in the NFL, since I was a little kid,” Oliver said in the Chargers’ locker room after San Diego’s 22-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills. “Nobody could tell me that I wouldn’t be here. It’s something I always desired it in my heart, and God knew that. He got me here, and I wouldn’t be here without him.”'

Marker Manuel’s aim is true, but results are lacking [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tens of thousands of people saw Sunday’s game, either at home or in the windy confines of The Ralph. I’d suspect no one had any problem distinguishing between the two quarterbacks.'

Marker Rivers takes advantage of weaknesses in secondary [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Honestly, I think it’s our fault, secondary-wise,” Bills safety Aaron Williams said. “I think we gave him too easy a look, and when you give a good quarterback like that easy looks, he’s going to find weaknesses in a defense.”'

Marker Matchup winners [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Manuel, meanwhile, resisted pulling the trigger on a number of occasions and was off target on several other key plays. He also did not react well when rushers flashed into the pocket.'

Marker Ten plays that shaped the game [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills had a semi-drive going on the possession after the Jackson TD. But on third and 5 from the Buffalo 43, the Chargers once again were unafraid to blitz. Pears was beaten by Reggie Walker, and Manuel couldn’t scramble away, spinning backward and taking a 17-yard sack.'

Marker Quarterly report [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills could have accepted an offside penalty on the Chargers on a punt to set up fourth and 1 from the San Diego 43-yard line. Instead, they took a holding penalty during the punt that pushed the Chargers back to their own 9-yard line – but gave them possession. Why not take the penalty and go for it?'

Marker Pass defense comes undone [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Marrone said the Chargers’ defense gave the Bills looks they didn’t expect. Corey Graham bemoaned the Chargers’ offense unexpectedly ran pick plays all over the field, and the secondary couldn’t adjust. The Bills’ offense also showed how feckless it can be when playing from behind. Fans started streaming to the exits with eight minutes left and the Bills down only 10 points because it felt like they were getting blown out.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fall flat against San Diego Chargers [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Then again, why should anyone be surprised by the Bills' thorough 22-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers? After all, this is a performance we've come to know quite well in these parts as we have watched this team burst the bubbles of hope and optimism far too often.'

Marker Defense couldn't get off the field [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' was not a good day for Manuel. He finished with 238 passing yards, 75 of which came on the final possession when the Chargers were already thinking about which movie to watch on the long flight home.'

Marker With Rivers, Reich didn't need a comeback [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Take away an atrocious total of 11 penalties for 101 yards and maybe the outcome is different. The Bills convert that fourth down at the San Diego 43-yard line with less than nine minutes to play, who knows?'

Marker Report card [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills had a chance to go 3-0 with a win over a good team playing in their stadium. But as is so often the case, in a big spot, they fell flat on their collective face. Been there, done that. Now, Doug Marrone’s task is to get his team to bounce back next week.'

Marker Loss was a team effort for the Bills [1:47 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The game was every bit as one-sided as the 22-10 final and, from the time San Diego went 75 yards for a touchdown on its opening possession after a Bills three-and-out, you just had the idea this was a game coach Doug Marrone’s crew wasn’t going to win.'

Marker Buffalo offense sputters in 22-10 loss to San Diego [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Fred Jackson scored the Bills' only touchdown late in the third quarter. Buffalo had several chances in the fourth quarter to cut into the lead, but the offense sputtered.'

Marker Buffalo Bills shut down Antonio Gates but still get torched by Philip Rivers in 22-10 loss to Charge [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Somebody else did make a play for San Diego. A few somebodies, actually.'

Marker Penalties take away big plays from C.J. Spiller, Robert Woods in loss [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The focus wasn't as sharp for the Bills as it was in first two weeks of the season. But penalties have been an issue in each of the first three weeks. Buffalo had eight penalties in Week 1 and six in Week 2. Not only did they have even more penalties in Week 3, but they were coming in worse spots and negating big plays. And defensive penalties helped San Diego keep a few drives alive.'

Marker Sammy Watkins admits to taking play off in Buffalo Bills' Week 3 loss to San Diego Chargers [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"That was a dangerous throw for sure, but given the situation you’ve got to take some chances," Tasker said on the broadcast. "I know it’s hard and Sammy Watkins has been protecting some bruised ribs for a couple weeks, but he’s going to get told in that meeting tomorrow morning, ‘Hey, listen, you’ve got to go get that football.’"'

Marker Bills WR Mike Williams violating NFL dress code with red socks to 'keep distractions off the team' [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"If you watch me every week, that's how I dress every week," Williams said.'

Marker What Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills were saying about EJ Manuel after loss to Chargers [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think my accuracy is fine," Manuel said. "I noticed a few throws I could stick on guys, but at the same time, we just have to go out there and make plays. That's the biggest thing, making plays when they're there and just trying to hit those home runs. You can't miss those."'

Marker Philip Rivers outclasses EJ Manuel, and 6 observations from Bills' Week 3 loss [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Manuel was outclassed by Rivers on Sunday, but it wasn't the worst game for the second-year quarterback. With the Bills trailing for most of the game, Manuel was forced to play a different game than he did in the first two weeks of the season, one that doesn't cater to his strengths.'

Marker Penalties, out-of-sync offense doom Bills [1:39 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '"Yeah, they ran a couple of plays that were really hard for our DB's to defend," Kyle Williams added. "It seemed like they accidently ran into somebody, and that's hard on anybody. We had to overcome, they were going to make big plays, and they have good players. We just had to respond better."'

Marker Offense struggles in loss to Chargers [1:38 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'While the defense did well to hold San Diego to field goals twice, the long touchdown drive to start the second half put the Bills in a tough spot. Early in the game, Marrone had the option to get fourth and one in San Diego territory after a penalty, but opted to back the Chargers up inside their own 10 instead. In the fourth quarter on a third and one, the Bills ran a read-option run with Spiller right up the middle for a two-yard loss. The urgency on the final drive was also poor.'

Marker 'Greatest quarterback in the league' Rivers outclasses Bills' Manuel [1:35 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“We’re just really fortunate to have the greatest quarterback in the league,” Floyd said in the cramped visitors’ locker room at Ralph Wilson Stadium following the Chargers’ emphatic 22-10 victory.'

Marker Monday's San Diego Coverage [1:33 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Grate finish (San Diego Union Tribune)
Rivers dips into a deep well of able receivers (San Diego Union Tribune)
Brown is Bolts’ new workhorse (San Diego Union Tribune)
Give Chargers’ defense credit for win at Buffalo (San Diego Union Tribune)
Chargers get a road win, but it’s costly (San Diego Union Tribune)
Injury likely to sideline Woodhead for season (San Diego Union Tribune)
Quarter by quarter (San Diego Union Tribune)
Chargers report card (San Diego Union Tribune)
Photo gallery (San Diego Union Tribune)
Chargers lose RB Woodhead to ankle injury (AP)
Bolts Roust Bills 22-10 (Chargers.com)
Sacks to a Safety: Big Plays Defined Bolts' D (Chargers.com)
Donald Brown Shoulders the Load in Big Way (Chargers.com)
Defense Uses Killer Instinct to Finish Game in Style (Chargers.com)
Bolts Overcome Adversity with Diversity (Chargers.com)
Eddie Royal Reigns in Buffalo (Chargers.com)
Bolts Take to Twitter to Celebrate Win Over Bills (Chargers.com)
Photo gallery 1 (Chargers.com)
Photo gallery 2 (Chargers.com)
Photo gallery (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 Rivers leads Chargers to 22-10 win over Bills [1:29 AM]
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 Bills' feel-good start ends in loss to Chargers [1:28 AM]
AP reports: 'Manuel and the offense were inconsistent. The Bills' defense proved porous. And very little else went right for Buffalo in a 22-10 loss.'

Marker Andre Reed receives Hall of Fame ring [1:27 AM]
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 San Diego 22, Buffalo 10 [1:26 AM]
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 Rivers, Chargers deal Bills first defeat [1:25 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Chargers also showed their teeth on the other side of the ball, holding the 2-1 Bills to 87 yards rushing, 76 below their season average.'

Marker Chargers-Bills: What we learned [1:24 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Talk about them having turned the corner might have been a bit premature. Admittedly, San Diego was a tough opponent, but the Bills didn't help their cause, making numerous mistakes that reminded some of the bad, old days. They were flagged 11 times for 101 yards in penalties, and a few of the calls wiped out sizeable gains and killed drives. "I'm not taking anything away from them," said defensive tackle Kyle Williams of the Chargers. "They beat us and they played better than we did today, but we didn't help ourselves."'

Marker Bills Fall to Chargers 22-10 [1:23 AM]
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.'

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