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Buffalo Bills News - September 29, 2014

Marker Mike Williams says Texans defense caught Bills off guard and other notes about Buffalo's offense [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The 316 total yards wasn't a terrible total, but there were so many puzzling things about the way the Bills arrived at a mediocre, 17-point total in a 23-17 loss to the Texans. Quarterback EJ Manuel struggled, the play calling was curious, and according to wide receiver Mike Williams, the Bills were thrown off by what the Texans threw at them.'

Marker EJ Manuel comes up short, and 5 observations from Week 4 [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'For as inconsistent and frustrating as the Bills' offense has been this season, the defense has been just as solid as most expected it to be. But on Sunday, the Bills suffered two key losses. Both linebacker Nigel Bradham and defensive tackle Kyle Williams were taken to the locker room with knee injuries and quickly ruled out for the game.'

Marker EJ costs Buffalo a win in Houston [1:40 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'C.J. Spiller (15 carries, 60 yards) and Fred Jackson (seven carries, 33 yards) both ran the ball well. Why didn't they get more carries?'

Marker Time for Bills to make a change [1:40 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'For reasons only known to them, Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett decided to throw their young signal caller to the wolves. During a game they trailed by more than one score for all of 13 seconds, the Bills inexplicably dropped back to pass twice as many times as they called runs. On the road. Against a team that gave up 194 rushing yards last week. With JJ Watt across the line.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 4 Report Card [1:39 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'The offense is the biggest liability with this team. The defense is keeping the Bills in games, but the offense isn't getting the job done. Head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will need to figure out a solution if the Bills are going to compete for a playoff spot this season.'

Marker Watch unstoppable J.J. Watt take INT to the house [1:38 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The defences dominated. Both quarterbacks -- Manuel and his Bills predecessor, Ryan Fitzpatrick -- had tough days. Combined they threw 81 times for just 484 yards, with four interceptions.'

Marker Monday's Houston Coverage [1:37 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Fitzpatrick inspires on way to personal victory (Houston Chronicle)
Texans teammates come to expect the amazing with Watt (Houston Chronicle)
Bullock comes through at crunch time (Houston Chronicle)
Take your pick of top defensive plays (Houston Chronicle)
Who needs Superman if Watt can take the call, save the day (Houston Chronicle)
It's still early, but Texans exhibiting air of confidence (Houston Chronicle)
Johnson falls short of NFL receiving milestone (Houston Chronicle)
Five things we learned in the Texans' Week 4 victory (Houston Chronicle)
View from the press box (Houston Chronicle)
Grading the Texans vs. Bills (Houston Chronicle)
Looking ahead to the Cowboys (Houston Chronicle)
Texans rally past Bills 23-17 (Houston Community Newspapers)
Super"Watt" (Houston Community Newspapers)
Morris turns in career-best performance (Houston Community Newspapers)
Bullock kicks Texans to victory, gaining confidence (Houston Community Newspapers)
Watt's pick-six helps Texans outlast Bills (Fox Sports Southwest)
J.J. Watt adds interception return TD to his do-everything resume (Fox Sports Southwest)
After slow start, Texans edge Bills (CSN Houston)
Watt's pick-6 highlights fantastic performance (CSN Houston)
Fired-up Fitzpatrick inspires Texans in win (CSN Houston)
Bullock automatic early in 2014 (CSN Houston)
Texans Get INT Return For TD From Watt On Way To 23-17 Win (KILT-AM)
Texans – Bills: In A Nutshell (KILT-AM)
Bullock Now A Difference Maker (KILT-AM)
Bills Williams, Watkins: We Knew We Could Beat Texans Swearinger Deep (KILT-AM)
Cyril Richardson: I Don’t Know Why J.J. Watt Ripped Off Helmet, Was Yelling At Me (KILT-AM)
Watt Reflects On Game-Changing Touchdown, Celebration (KILT-AM)
DeAndre Hopkins Did FIFA’s ‘Dead Fish’ Celebration After Touchdown (KILT-AM)
Fred Jackson: We Had J.J. Watt Right Where We Wanted Him On Watt’s Pick-Six (KILT-AM)
O’Brien Sees Positives, Room For Improvement After Win Over Bills (KILT-AM)
Arian Foster Not ‘100% Healthy’ (KILT-AM)
Texans emerge with a 23-17 win over Buffalo (HoustonTexans.com)
Vandermeer's View: Manufacturing a win (HoustonTexans.com)
DeAndre Hopkins surpasses 2013 in just 4 games (HoustonTexans.com)
Andre Johnson "fine" after leaving game early (HoustonTexans.com)
Randy Bullock comes up big with 3 key FG (HoustonTexans.com)
J.J. Watt scores on pick-six (HoustonTexans.com)
Darryl Morris' busy week leads to big day (HoustonTexans.com)
Fitzpatrick: "It was really important to me." (HoustonTexans.com)
Photo gallery 1 (HoustonTexans.com)
Photo gallery 2 (HoustonTexans.com)
Photo gallery (BuffaloBills.com)
Photo gallery 1 (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery 2 (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallery 1 (Syracuse Post-Standard)
Photo gallery 2 (Syracuse Post-Standard)
Photo gallery (AP)

Marker Watt leads Houston to 23-17 win over Buffalo [1:36 AM]
AP reports: 'Under heavy pressure all afternoon, EJ Manuel finished with 225 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Bills (2-2). Buffalo was driving late when Darryl Morris picked him off at the Houston 15 to secure the victory.'

Marker Bills fall short with 23-17 loss in Houston [1:35 AM]
AP reports: 'They had a solid defensive performance that included forcing three turnovers, including two interceptions but failed to overcome another flat performance by Manuel and the rest of the offense.'

Marker Buffalo's K.Williams and Bradham injured [1:34 AM]
AP reports: 'Bradham injured his knee after he intercepted Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to start the second half.'

Marker Patriots-Bills moves to Fox under 'cross-flexing' [1:33 AM]
AP reports: 'The league said Sunday that the Oct. 12 game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills will be on Fox instead of CBS, which owns the AFC package. The policy change in the current TV rights agreement aims to gain bigger audiences for appealing games.'

Marker Foster and Lechler active for Texans against Bills [1:32 AM]
AP reports: 'As expected, Buffalo backup receiver and special teams player Marcus Easley is inactive because of an injured left leg.'

Marker Houston 23, Buffalo 17 [1:31 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Manuel threw a pair of touchdown passes, including an 80-yarder to Mike Williams in the fourth quarter, but made good on just 21-of-44 attempts for 225 yards.'

Marker Watt interception powers Texans win over Bills [1:30 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Moments after Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham picked off Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on the first play of the second half, Watt stepped between an E.J. Manuel pass intended for running back Fred Jackson. Watt made a leaping catch and sprinted unencumbered for the sixth-longest interception return by a defensive lineman in NFL history.'

Marker Texans-Bills: What we learned [1:29 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Despite his ongoing struggles, quarterback EJ Manuel is projecting an air of confidence. Manuel was guilty of several poor throws and in the postgame presser, coach Doug Marrone was asked if he considered inserting backup Kyle Orton. When taken to task over his performance, Manuel was mature and unshaken. "I think it's part of maturing as a man and as a quarterback. Nobody said it was going to be easy, plain and simple."'

Marker Bills Fall to Texans 23-17 [1:28 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills would get one final shot as they moved the ball into Texans territory, but an interception by EJ Manuel ended any hopes of a comeback, and the Bills fell 23-17.'

Marker Observations: Texans 23 - Bills 17 [1:27 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With that disclaimer out of the way, there is another simple truth from the team’s loss to Houston: the Bills should have won that game, and the poorly timed and inaccurate passes from Manuel’s arm played a big role in preventing the team from starting the season 3-1.'

Marker Manuel is setting fire to my plan [1:26 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As for me, I have maintained the Bills should let Manuel play the entire season and then evaluate his future with the team. I'll be honest with you. I'm having a real hard time trying to make the case to stay with that plan.'

Marker Familiar Feeling [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Obviously what matters more is how the team feels about Manuel. There were some examples on Sunday of receivers gesturing towards Manuel about ball placement on throws. He threw passes last week that put his guys on the train tracks.'

Marker EJ’s Status Could Be In Jeopardy [1:24 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'But the more I see Manuel play, the less I like. And with the euphoria of the Bills’ 2-0 start now washed away by two straight losses – including Sunday’s 23-17 road defeat to the Houston Texans in a game they could have won – I’m thinking it might be time to cash in that two-year, $11-million insurance policy and see if veteran Kyle Orton can’t pump some life into this moribund offense.'

Marker Immediate Reactions: Houston Texans 23, Buffalo Bills 17 [1:23 AM]
NickMendola.com reports: 'With all these stupid, stupid rules to help receivers, how is Woods not being held or interfered with there? Didn't deserve it, but man.'

Marker Bills Lose Ugly In Houston 23-17 [1:22 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Another year with a good start only to see it come crashing down quickly. All the good vibes with the 2-0 start have washed away thanks to back to back losses with tough matchups ahead the next two weeks. Yes there is optimism with the ownership change but that change alone can't wash away 14 years of disappointments. This was just another Sunday that felt very similiar to so many losses over the years. We were allowed to think for a minute that the Bills may pull it out as they crossed midfield in the final 90 seconds of the game but as this team has done so often over the years they let us down with a terrible interception as the poor play at quarterback over the years continues.''

Marker Offense Horrendous For Most Of the Loss [1:21 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Nathaniel Hackett fell in love with the passing game as they threw way too much. The play calling is too conservative and they are playing not to make a mistake. This week they made those mistakes.'

Marker Bills can't protect early lead, fall to Texans [1:20 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills lost a pair of defensive starters to knee injuries. Both Nigel Bradham and Kyle Williams left the game in the second half and did not return. Ron Brooks also left the game with a shoulder injury.'

Marker What they're saying: Reactions to Bills-Texans [1:19 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think it’s obviously not good enough. I think it’s a matter of concentrating a lot on progression with the quarterback, but like I said before we need to progress in three areas – making sure we protect well, making sure that we catch some of those, and making sure that we throw some of them to better spots. I think those three areas are what you have to improve on, and we have to keep plugging away to improve on those things. I think the backs are running well. I think that when we get into games where we throw as much as we did, that gets us in trouble.”'

Marker Run defense, takeaways the high points for Bills 'D' [1:18 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On 24 carries, the Texans managed to accumulate just 37 rushing yards or 1.5 yards per carry. The leading rusher on the day wasn’t RB Arian Foster either, who was a game time decision – it was ex-Bill QB Ryan Fitzpatrick with 14 yards on six carries.'

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September 28, 2014

Marker Preview, odds and prediction for Week 4 [9:09 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills 17, Texans 14.'

Marker TV channel information, radio stations and kickoff time [9:08 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Are they the team that went to Chicago to knock off the Bears in Week 1 before returning home and dominating the division rival Miami Dolphins, or are they the Bills that looked outmatched against the San Diego Chargers in Week 3?'

Marker Art of the rub: Pick plays catching on among NFL teams [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pick plays, also known as rub routes, have been around forever. High schools run them effectively. But they’ve been more noticeable because they offer a pointed rebuttal to the aggressive, man-to-man defenses that have gained popularity in recent years.'

Marker Matchup with Fitz gives Manuel a chance to prove his worth [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Manuel needs to unshackle himself soon and play the kind of game that skeptics expect from a franchise QB, one where the man playing football’s most vital position seizes command and makes the team and the offense his own.'

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