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Buffalo Bills News - September 19, 2017

Marker Laundry List: So about that offensive pass interference call on Andre Holmes ... [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As the Bills marched down the field while trailing 9-3, this flag dealt a crushing blew to their chances to win the game late. It was a questionable call at the very least, as Holmes did not seem to extend his arms – he and the Carolina cornerback simply got slightly tangled at the top of the comeback route. Also, the flag was thrown noticeably late. It came on a 10-yard gain that would've set up Buffalo in a first and 10 situation on the Panthers' 22-yard line with 0:53 seconds remaining. Instead, the Bills had the ball at their opponent's 32-yard line and faced first and 20.'

Marker Stevie Johnson offers encouragement to Zay Jones, from one pass-dropper to another [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So when Bills receiver Zay Jones found himself in a similar position Sunday, failing to catch a fourth-down pass from Tyrod Taylor in the final minute (although the pass was a little overthrown and the Bills still would've needed to punch it into the end zone with nine seconds left), Johnson wasted no time offering encouragement to the rookie.'

Marker What the national media is saying: ESPN ranks Bills among worst 1-1 teams [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“If you were at this game live, I’m sorry,” Bleacher Report’s Richard Janvrin wrote. “This could be the case all season for the Bills: No offense but a solid defense.”'

Marker Three up, three down following Buffalo's Week Two loss to Carolina [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'DE Jerry Hughes: Let's talk about that spin move Hughes put on Matt Kalil. That deserves its own wing in the Albright-Knox. Hughes was an absolute beast, finishing with six tackles and two sacks that went for a total loss of 24 yards. Is there anyone happier to be back in a 4-3 scheme? Even when he didn't get the sack, Hughes harassed Cam Newton. The website Pro Football Focus credited him with four quarterback hurries.'

Marker Five things to know about the Denver Broncos, the Bills' Week Three opponent [1:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If you thought Tyrod Taylor had trouble moving the ball against Carolina, just wait for next Sunday. The Broncos owned the NFL’s best defense in each of the last two seasons, according to the analytics website Football Outsiders. They ranked fourth last season in total yards allowed and first against the pass (185.8 yards per game), which is why the unit is nicknamed the “No Fly Zone,” thanks in large part to the cornerback duo of Talib and Chris Harris. Then there’s Von Miller, who ranks second in the NFL in sacks since entering the league in 2011, trailing only J.J. Watt. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips did leave for the Rams after coach Gary Kubiak retired from coaching this offseason, but the Broncos promoted from within, elevating secondary coach Joe Wood.'

Marker Bills game scores in local ratings; Emmys, 'The Vietnam War' do well [1:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The game had a 36.1 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. It peaked at a 43.0 in the final minutes when the Bills were driving for a potential winning touchdown that never happened.'

Marker John Murphy Show Recap: Postgame reaction to Bills' 9-3 loss to Carolina, Chris Brown insight [1:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The show began with a review of the prior game, and it was underlined that fans should appreciate the quality of the Carolina Panthers defense to stymie the Bills' offense. Donald Jones in particular highlighted surprise that the Bills attempted to base their run game into the teeth of the Panthers' strongest aspect – the defensive tackles. Audio from postgame was heard throughout the show, as well as a great explanation by Donald Jones on the corner route on fourth down.'

Marker The Bills defense carried the day, but it needs the offense to join the party [1:41 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'We knew the 2017 Bills were going to be improved on defense (one TD allowed in the first two games), and the only question was going to be could the offense hold up its end of the bargain? We were given some evidence Sunday on how that might play out. The defense will keep the Bills in most games, and the offense, sadly, probably won’t be able to take advantage.'

Marker Bills' McDermott speaks: Staying course with Taylor as starting quarterback [1:40 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“No, Tyrod is our starter,’’ McDermott said. To be clear, Taylor is your starter? “Yes, clarity, Taylor’s the guy. Not making a change,’’ McDermott said.'

Marker Buffalo Bills ranked among league's worst 1-1 teams by ESPN Insider [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The only team ranked below the Bills were the Jacksonville Jaguars. After a promising Week 1, the Jaguars were blown out by the Tennessee Titans.'

Marker Rick Dennison says Tyrod Taylor kept Bills in the game against Panthers [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I have complete confidence in him," Dennison said. "I thought he did some good things even though he did some bad things. He did some good things. He managed the team when things weren't going well but kept us in the game. Some people might have gone south. He kept us all rolling. Had to make some plays with his feet when things weren't there. And he's coachable. You tell him to do something, he'll do it right. He'll fix it."'

Marker Forbes list: Bills least-valuable NFL team; where do Giants, Jets, Patriots rank? [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills only went up 7 percent in value, according to Forbes. The franchise is worth $1.6 billion, and the biggest factor holding the team back might be the lack of a new stadium. Forbes estimated that the Falcons’ new stadium increased the franchise’s value by 19 percent.'

Marker Sean McDermott explains why Buffalo Bills saved a timeout against Panthers [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Those can go either way," McDermott said. "What I was looking at really there was real estate. I felt like we had some real estate, a significant amount, to cover. I felt like if we could get the ball into the medium, red-zone area and then get it down to take one more shot, so I wanted to make sure at that point we could save the timeouts if we needed them. If you look at the film, you would see what I was seeing during the game was Tyrod and the routes were close enough I felt like that we could get back and get the play snapped."'

Marker Bills vs. Panthers: Tyrod Taylor's glaring lack of deep passing (10 interesting stats) [1:35 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Tyrod Taylor attempted three passes that traveled more than 15 yards in the air. In the first half, nine yards was the farthest one of Taylor's passes traveled in the air. The lack of a deep passing game is a bit alarming.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fall to Carolina Panthers: 4 reasons to be encouraged, 5 reasons to worry [1:34 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Tyrod Taylor completed a high percentage of his passes, but many of them were drop-offs and short passes. Buffalo's longest reception against the Panthers went for 15 yards. The Bills showed no ability to stretch the field against Carolina and future opponents will quickly learn from how the Panthers defended Buffalo.'

Marker Bills’ OC Dennison is going down a slippery slope with his words [1:33 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'And finally, perhaps the most confusing statement was the way Dennison describe the play of Taylor, stating Taylor “kept us in the game,” despite not scoring a touchdown.'

Marker Bills struggles on offense start on first down [1:32 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'While the number for the passes to wide receivers simply isn’t there, neither are the numbers on first down. Buffalo ran 20 first-down plans and averaged 2.5 yards-per-play on first down. Of those 20, four went for negative yardage while only six gained five or more yards.'

Marker McDermott backs Tyrod, says offense needs better execution [1:31 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '"Just overall, you know, just better execution," McDermott said. "We gave ourselves a chance to win and next time I expect us to win. That's what we're looking for moving forward. It's that belief and the execution. You hope you're not in that situation, you hope you're ahead of it at that point of the game and that's where we're trying to grow as a football team."'

Marker How did the Panthers stop Bills top running back LeSean McCoy so effectively? [1:30 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: '“It was an empty formation and we play in quarters. And James, in my opinion, got a little nosy,” said Wilks, sternly. “He allowed that No. 1 receiver to occupy. He drove on the comeback, which we don’t do in that situation. Thomas (Davis) should have pushed through, which he was, and James should have stayed deep with (safety) Kurt Coleman (playing the seven route) inside out, James should have been outside-in and it really should have been an interception.”'

Marker Eye on the Bills: Broncos hit the road for first time in 2017 [1:29 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'FYI: Bills coach Sean McDermott addressed his team’s quarterback situation Monday, reiterating his faith in Taylor despite Sunday’s lackluster offensive performance. “We all need to play better and it starts with me as the coach,” McDermott said, per the team’s Twitter account. “Tyrod is our starting quarterback and I expect him to respond this week.”'

Marker Bills defense shines, offensive lays dud in loss [1:28 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills performed so poorly in the first half against Carolina that offensive coordinator Rick Dennison acknowledged he didn't have an opportunity call some of the 15 plays he scripted for the Panthers.'

Marker If Bills can't run, they probably can't win [1:27 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Tolbert is right about all of it. The Panthers are very good, and the Bills have to be better on offense. Unfortunately, it doesn't look the latter is going to happen until the passing game elevates from a high school level.'

Marker Cowboys dominate Forbes' 2017 list of most valuable NFL franchises, Bills rank last [1:26 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'You'll notice that the Cowboys ($4.8 billion) are nearly worth more than the Bengals, Lions and Bills combined ($5.1 billion).'

Marker McDermott makes it crystal clear: "Tyrod's our starter" [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Well, we all do. The quarterback, myself, all parts of this football team need to do a better job. Really you say, ‘Hey, regardless of the outcome, we’ve got to continue to get better’ and that’s true. That’s what you do in the process of developing as a football team. All parts of us need to improve.'

Marker McDermott: "Full confidence in Tyrod Taylor" [1:24 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Full confidence in Tyrod Taylor. Played well in game one, and we have to get better going forward as a team."'

Marker Wood: "Ultimately, it was too little too late on offense." [1:23 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Our game plan is going to be similar every game of the year. Wouldn't say game plan was ultra-conservative, we just didn't execute."'

Marker Ugly [1:22 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills ended the half with six yards passing. Six. Yards. Passing. In the NFL. I mean what else can you say but woof?'

Marker Bills rank least valuable franchise according to Forbes [1:21 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'This is good and bad news. The good first. The team's value actually went up from last year, but the bad news because we're the least valuable team in the league.'

Marker Bills defense stands tall, but shows room for improvement Vs. Panthers [1:20 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '“Some long drives and then we’d stop them. Instead of 3-and-out and then punt and the field position shifts,” linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said following the loss. “Then, turnovers. We had a couple of balls in our hands. If you hold onto those you give your offense a short field.”'

Marker McDermott commits to QB Tyrod Taylor: “We’re not making a change” [1:19 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'When pressed a second time on the possibility of changing quarterbacks, the head coach fired back with, “We look at every position. I’ve said that before. It’s never just one guy, that’s what you have to understand. There’s 11 guys on the field and there are 46 guys dressed. We can all do our part and do a better job and that’s what I expect going forward.”'

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