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Buffalo Bills News - September 20, 2014

Marker Marrone leads Bills to respectability [1:52 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Went 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse, which was 26-57 in the previous seven years. He made the 150-mile move from Syracuse to Buffalo in 2013, replacing Chan Gailey (16-32). The Bills had their third consecutive 6-10 season in his first season year.'

Marker Saturday's San Diego Coverage [1:51 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Focus on tackling pays off for Folts (San Diego Union Tribune)
Hamstring injury will sideline ingram vs. Bills (San Diego Union Tribune)
Marrone leads Bills to respectability (San Diego Union Tribune)
Chargers LB Ingram ruled out (The Sports Xchange)
Scouting Report: Chargers at Bills (Chargers.com)
Keys to the Game: Chargers at Bills (Chargers.com)
Matchup Infographic: Chargers vs. Bills (Chargers.com)
D.J. Fluker's Game Day Mix (Chargers.com)

Marker Allentown considers naming street for Andre Reed [1:50 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '"I think it's the perfect time for it," Hendricks said. "He was finally inducted. It was long overdue. No better time than the present."'

Marker Bills charged up to host Rivers-led Chargers [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"Those are two quality opponents they beat," Rivers said. "I know it's tough to go to Buffalo and win, but the fact that they are 2-0 certainly makes every guy see it right away."'

Marker Woods probable for Sunday's game against Chargers [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"I feel pretty good," Woods said. "I had the ankle injury before, this is a slight one and I just want to go out there and play. I feel good and I'm happy it didn't take long."'

Marker Bills' Woods probable, confident he'll play [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Woods is one of five different players deemed as ‘probable’ for the game, which means they all have at least a 75-percent chance of playing on Sunday. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (ribs), guard Chris Williams (back), tight end Lee Smith (toe) and defensive tackle Stefan Charles (hip) all received that specific designation.'

Marker How often does Jim Schwartz call a Bills blitz? [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'For a point of reference, Pettine's 2013 defense in Buffalo had more than double the blitz attempts than Schwartz did in Detroit. The Bills defense blitzed on 245 of 631 (38.33-percent) passing plays.'

Marker Buffalo Bills enjoy breath of fresh air in positive start to 2014 [1:45 AM]
NFL.com reports: '"It improves your quality of life," Wood said. "It's better going to the grocery store. It's better going to meetings. It's better going to practice. It energizes you each day when you go to the stadium."'

Marker Scouting Report: Bills vs. Chargers [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Best advantage – Run defense – The Bills have been stout against the run since the preseason. Allowing just 83 rushing yards a game Buffalo’s front is facing a San Diego rushing attack that has managed just over 75 yards per game (76.5). Without top rusher Ryan Mathews the Chargers could find it a tough go on the ground.'

Marker Sammy Watkins named NFL Rookie of the Week [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'He is the first Bills rookie WR to post a 100-yard receiving game since Lee Evans in 2004. Five of his eight receptions accounted for first downs.'

Marker Chargers not fazed by coast-to-coast travel [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Since the 2009 season, the Chargers are 10-8 when playing at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Last year they were 3-2 when playing on the road against Eastern time zone clubs, including their AFC Wild Card win at Cincinnati. A .600 winning percentage on the road in the NFL is rare, let alone when traveling across three time zones.'

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September 19, 2014

Marker Bills looking ahead, not revisiting the past [2:34 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In short, 30 of the current Bills are in either their first or second year on the roster ... hardly part of the franchise’s fruitless recent history.'

Marker Is EJ Manuel the Buffalo Bills' biggest problem in the red zone? [9:13 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'I do think EJ Manuel has been a bit inaccurate in that part of the field as well. He missed Sammy Watkins for a touchdown in Week 2 and seems to be just a hair off on some throws that could have been touchdowns. It's been only two games, so the red zone issues are nothing to panic about.'

Marker Fracking saved the Bills, and some don’t want to hear it [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Then again, it may just be that the comments by Collins, who supports fracking, forced people to confront an internal conflict over the Pegulas’ purchase of the team. And as if to prove that, when interviewed Thursday, two longtime Buffalo-based opponents of fracking talked as if they liked the notion of the Pegulas owning the Bills almost as much as they loathe fracking.'

Marker Former UB back Oliver could make NFL debut against Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Oliver left UB as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 4,049 career yards, including a single-season record of 1,535 as a senior in 2013, when he was a team captain. His 20 100-yard games is also a Bulls record, and his 33 touchdowns ranks second on the school’s all-time list.'

Marker Reich is all business in return to WNY [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“There are a lot of good memories there, but this is a business trip,” said Reich, who will visit Orchard Park on Sunday as offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers. “I get back there a few times a year for pleasure, but this is a different kind of trip. You go there, you got one task in mind and you focus on that.”'

Marker Bills’ Bradham finds perspective [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“When you play a game that you love, you have to do everything right,” Bradham said with obvious contrition in his voice and face. “You can’t be in those situations to be suspended, and that’s one thing I won’t do anymore because I know how it felt.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills jersey sales up 800 percent since Terry and Kim Pegula agreed to buy team [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Fred Jackson and Sammy Watkins are the two Bills with the most popular jerseys as of late. In the last week, Jackson's jersey has been No. 19 in sales nationwide after being the No. 34 selling jersey this year to date. Watkins, meanwhile, has the No. 2 selling jersey among rookies behind Johnny Manziel. His jersey was also the No. 13 selling jersey among all players in the last week.'

Marker Coaches share a rare bond [1:55 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"When you talk about the brotherhood of the game, you feel it with everyone," Reich said. "With Pete, I feel like we can finish each other's sentences. We have that kind of relationship. There's a real love and trust for all aspects of the relationship, what he is as a person and what he is as a coach, what he brings to the table. It's fun to work with guys like that."'

Marker Frank Reich All Business in Return to Buffalo [1:54 AM]
Chargers.com reports: '“It’s good to go back to Buffalo,” he said. “There are a lot of good memories there, but this is a business trip. I get back there a few times a year for pleasure, but this is a different kind of trip. So you go there, you’ve got one task in mind and you focus on that.”'

Marker Friday's San Diego Coverage [1:53 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Chargers coaches share a rare bond (San Diego Union Tribune)
Post-seahawks, injuries might test Bolts (San Diego Union Tribune)
Gates still a slam dunk for Chargers at age 34 (AP)
Frank Reich All Business in Return to Buffalo (Chargers.com)
Rivers Reflects on Winning FedEx Air Player of Week (Chargers.com)
Wright Blog: "It’s Been a Big Few Weeks for Me" (Chargers.com)

Marker Bills WRs Watkins, Woods enjoy complementary start [1:52 AM]
AP reports: '"We used to compete with them," Woods said, referring to the Clemson tandem of Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins. "It was my last year, and one day they had four touchdowns between them. And we were like, 'All right, we've got to get four, too.'"'

Marker Bills WR Woods misses practice with ankle injury [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Coach Doug Marrone provided no details on the nature or seriousness of the injury except to say Woods was hurt near the end of practice Wednesday.'

Marker San Diego (1-1) at Buffalo (2-0) [1:50 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Chargers 24, Bills 20.'

Marker Week 3 preview: Chargers at Bills [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Our pick: Bills.'

Marker Bills without Woods at Thursday's practice [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Right now, he wouldn't be able to play," the coach said.'

Marker Bills Gameplan: How to Attack the Chargers [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'One way Seattle did it last week which I really liked - and something the Bills worked a lot on in camp and have used a few times already this season - is with QB rollouts. The Hawks got Russell Wilson on the move and gave him options on the edge.'

Marker Bills-Chargers sold out [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills still have club level seats available for the Chargers contest, but all other tickets have been sold. There are said to be only club level seats available for the October 12 matchup with New England and the October 19 game against Minnesota as well.'

Marker Chargers Game Preview [1:45 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Bills 31, Chargers 27.'

Marker Sunday's Bills-Chargers game sold out [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In a halftime ceremony, legendary Bills wide receiver Andre Reed will be presented with his official Pro Football Hall of Fame ring by representatives from the Hall of Fame. The first 30,000 fans through the gates will receive an Andre Reed Hall of Fame themed “MyFanClip.”'

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