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Buffalo Bills News - September 16, 2014

Marker Bills' D allows for more optimism [2:38 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But, even more significant this season, the Bears and Dolphins have run 143 offensive plays against the Bills and have mustered only one for more than 18 yards.'

Marker Pride in Pegulaville [11:18 AM]
SI reports: 'In Pegulaville, the games go on. And so do Buffalo’s traditions.'

Marker Bills’ starter embrace playing on special teams [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of the 22 offensive and defensive starters Sunday, 16 played at least one special teams snap.'

Marker Watkins supplies electricity to Bills’ offense [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Remember how we screamed for them to throw those crossing patterns to Lee Evans, back when Evans was the highest-paid wideout in team history? We’re bound to see a lot more of it as the chemistry between Manuel and Watkins grows and the rookie learns how to beat press coverage at the line.'

Marker Two Bronx men arrested for fake Buffalo Bills tickets [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Two Bronx men were arrested late Sunday morning in the 300 block of Delaware Avenue for allegedly trying to sell 15 forged Buffalo Bills tickets for the game that afternoon at the Ralph.'

Marker Car break-ins, hit-and-runs occupy cops at Bills opener [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Due to the Buffalo Bills home game occurring, the Orchard Park Police Department responded to numerous calls for service involving highly intoxicated individuals, missing persons, disorderly conduct, lewd behavior, fights, thefts from vehicles, vandalism, etcetera,” Lt. Patrick Fitzgerald said.'

Marker 6 final points about Bills, Dolphins game [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'lay of the special teams. This was not an area of strength last year for the Bills, but two weeks into this season, there is marked improvement.'

Marker Golisano: 'I'm happy for Terry Pegula' [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"My primary concern is that they stay in Buffalo, and Terry convinced me that he was going to be in there, so that was it," he said.'

Marker Bills coach Doug Marrone hoping to get linebacker back at practice [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We're going to see how he is these first two days," Marrone said. "I mean, they're working him out to see if we can get him back on that field. I think from there we'll be able to see where we're at."'

Marker Preston Brown's snap count and 5 observations [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Brown is the only defensive player who has played in every snap for the Buffalo Bills this season. As Marrone touched on, Brown was much better in Week 2, earning a 1.0 grade from Pro Football Focus, better than any other Bills linebacker.'

Marker Bills flying high, but they've been there before [1:51 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'The Bills' clean start is about to be tested by a stretch that also includes road games at Houston and Detroit in Weeks 4 and 5 followed by a home date against the Patriots.'

Marker Buffalo Bills far from perfect despite 2-0 start [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"We know it's a long season," Marrone said Monday, a day after the Bills improved to 2-0 with a 29-10 win over Miami. "To sit here and say, 'Oh, did we expect to have people give us credit?' Not when you haven't done anything for such a long period of time. I think we understand that."'

Marker Bills to test LB Rivers next two days [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"We're gonna see how he is these first two days," Bills head coach Doug Marrone said on Monday. "They're working him out and seeing if we can get him back on that field. I think from there, then we'll be able to progress and see where he's at."'

Marker Not a lot of Spikes: Bills' playtime percentages vs. Miami [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'LB Brandon Spikes finished the game with just 15 total snaps on defense, which accounted for a time on the field of just 19-percent. The Dolphins played three wide receivers the majority of the time (Nickell Robey played 86-percent), which could be the basis of why Spikes played so little.'

Marker So Much Good News [1:47 AM]
Bills Daily reports: It’s been a confusing week to be a Bills fan. So much has happened over the past seven days I hardly know where to begin with so many noteworthy events. Stranger still is that all of the big news was positive – I’m not sure I even remember a time when so many good things happened for Bills fans.

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September 15, 2014

Marker Bills trend up as league falls down [11:43 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'The stars aligned this week in Orchard Park. Buffalo has a new prospective owner who has promised to keep the Bills in town. The former owner, who founded the team and kept it in town despite more lucrative opportunities elsewhere, was posthumously honored and inducted onto the “Wall of Fame.” Beloved franchise icon Jim Kelly made his first appearance since beating cancer, and fellow Hall of Famer Andre Reed joined him in front of Bills fans for the first time since his induction.'

Marker E.J. Manuel connects with Sammy Watkins early and often in 29-10 win over Miami Dolphins [11:42 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'But Watkins' performance against Miami made it clear that he's the number one receiver on this team. If it wasn't obvious before, it is now. Not only did he have the most receptions and targets — no other Bills receiver had more than four targets against the Dolphins — but Manuel turned to him in key situations.'

Marker First-place Bills squish the fish [11:36 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And, suddenly, the Bills are alone in first place in the AFC East at 2-0 with New England, Miami and the N.Y. Jet all at 1-1.'

Marker Little went right for Dolphins [11:35 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We have to have more intensity. We didn’t have enough intensity out there. Those guys were fired up every single play. Every single play, you heard them screaming and yelling. They were fired up and we were quiet."'

Marker Bills pay tribute to late owner Wilson [11:34 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The pre-game ceremony to honor late owner Ralph Wilson featured a number of Bills’ alumni including Hall of Famers Marv Levy, Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed and Joe DeLamielleure, plus Booker Edgerson and former trainer Eddie Abramoski.'

Marker Bills’ balanced attack produces lopsided victory [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a team game, and it’s great to see when everyone is pulling their weight,” General Manager Doug Whaley said in a jubilant locker room after the game. “Where we are as a team, this is the blueprint we need to follow to be successful.”'

Marker Wilson honored, Kelly cheered in pregame ceremony [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He was a guy with integrity, a guy we all looked up to, and a guy we all considered almost like a father to us.”'

Marker Players tap in to fans’ high voltage [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But for fans, the knowledge that the Pegulas had won the bid and would keep their treasured NFL franchise in Buffalo took things to a new level. It was an emotional cyclone, one that began gathering steam when the happy news arrived last Tuesday and kept building right up until kickoff and beyond.'

Marker For Corey Graham, ‘a dream come true’ [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We played for them, and we played with them. It was just an amazing, amazing day,” Graham said. “It was beyond what I expected. The fans were so amazing today. I felt the energy the whole day today. It never let up. It was unbelievable. I never in a million years dreamed it would be that special.”'

Marker Blocked kick hurts so good for Dixon [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We consider ourselves one of the best units in the league,” Dixon said. “We’re not going to shy away from that. Every team we go up against, we’re looking to sting them, no matter who they is.”'

Marker Henderson is solid; Williams overwhelming [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'ills DT Kyle Williams vs. Miami’s guards. It was yet another game in which the Bills’ Pro Bowler played like a rolling ball of butcher knives.'

Marker Ten plays that shaped the game [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Credit Bills coach Doug Marrone with using star running back C.J. Spiller on special teams. Spiller showed off his 4.27-second speed in the 40-yard dash by bolting 102 yards with a third-quarter kickoff return to put the Bills ahead, 16-3.'

Marker Quarterly Report: Bills 29, Dolphins 10 [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ pesky problems in the red zone surfaced twice in the first quarter. Quarterback EJ Manuel threw low and incomplete on third down for Robert Woods on one drive, then the team couldn’t convert first and goal from the 7-yard line. The Bills settled for a pair of 27-yard field goals from Dan Carpenter.'

Marker Bills’ strategy and execution were winning combination [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jim Schwartz’s defensive strategy was splendid. Miami’s longest play was for 18 yards. Buffalo, meanwhile, had five gains of at least 22 yards. Strong defense and special teams let offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett keep decisions easy for Manuel. Some are questioning Doug Marrone’s decision to punt from Miami’s 39 toward the end of the first half, but it was the right choice.'

Marker New stadium is a smash hit [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s obviously a definite improvement over what they had before,” said Nancy Sullivan, who likes the vantage point from the 20-yard line at the Paul McGuire Club. “It’s the biggest TV I’ve ever seen ... It definitely puts a new perspective on the game.”'

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