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Buffalo Bills News - October 13, 2014

Marker Matchup winners [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ middle linebacker played a strong game, making eight tackles and helping Buffalo hold New England to just 50 yards rushing. New England averaged a paltry 1.9 a carry. Contrast that to last year’s two games against the Pats, when the Bills allowed a combined 425 rushing yards and 5.5 a carry. Spikes was on the field for 40 of 68 snaps, by unofficial count (which included two interference penalty plays). That’s 59 percent. He had averaged 51 percent of the snaps the first five weeks.'

Marker Bills blanked in reaching pregame goals [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Orton had an interception and a fumble as part of the Bills’ three first-half turnovers that led to 13 points.'

Marker Post-pattern throw to Tyms was a dagger [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Early in the third quarter, Brady put a dagger in the Bills with a 43-yard touchdown pass to second-year receiver Brian Tyms. It was a first-and-10 play. Perfect time for play action. Stephon Gilmore was close, but the coverage needed to be great, because the pass was perfect.'

Marker Quarterly Report [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Why was Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore playing off coverage with 6 seconds left in the half? That allowed Brady to complete a 7-yard pass to Edelman that set up a 53-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski on the final play of the quarter.'

Marker Run game stalls, pass defense is porous [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz honored his rotation and kept top defensive ends Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes on the sideline with 5:58 left in a one-score game.'

Marker Five Things to Know About the Vikings [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The adversity is adding up. The child abuse case facing running back Adrian Peterson – and the team’s reaction to it – has been an embarrassment for both the franchise and the NFL.'

Marker For Bills fans, good vibe survives opening loss under Pegulas’ ownership [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The roar from the crowd was so loud they could probably hear it in Toronto, Los Angeles and every other city that covets an NFL franchise. It also signaled relief from years of suspense over what would happen to the team after the death of Ralph C. Wilson Jr., the only owner the Bills had until now.'

Marker Goo Goo Dolls’ Rzeznik performs emotionally loaded ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at the Ralph [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Choosing Rzeznik to tackle the National Anthem was a master stroke on the part of the Bills, for no other public figure so ably encapsulates our Buffalonian love of “working-class-hero-makes-good” stories. Rzeznik came from tough circumstances, and he and Goos mate Robby Takac faced an uphill battle in their quest for national stardom. People like Rzeznik are not supposed to make it to the big time, just as the Sabres and Bills are never supposed to take top honors in their respective leagues and Buffalo is never going to shed its status as an economic train-wreck.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sacked by New England Patriots [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills can look at the Patriots and think anything they want, but as it was proven once again Sunday, nothing has changed in this one-sided rivalry. They still can't play with them, still can't get to their level, still can't beat them.'

Marker Same old, same old for Bills [1:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo has a few constants, too: Its coaches can't beat Belichick, its quarterbacks can't carry Brady's travel bag full of terrific hair care products, and its players collectively have an uncanny knack for not answering the door when opportunity knocks.'

Marker Three ... and Out [1:44 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Orton is the Bills' starter. He's better than Manuel right now, but he wasn't up to a shootout with Brady. He threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw a brutal pick, and at least three of the five sacks he suffered were on him for not getting rid of the ball.'

Marker Terry Pegula ushers in new era for Buffalo Bills [1:43 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I must say that there aren't many times in life that I'm happy with being second at anything, but to follow up Ralph Wilson, I'll accept that," Terry Pegula said, addressing the crowd. "I know you guys love us. You've shown that. I've heard it, witnessed it. But you need take all that heart and emotion and give it to your football team today!"'

Marker Report card [1:42 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There was no joy in Pegulaville. All the pre-game hype, Terry Pegula's speech, the card stunt in the crowd, that was all great. And then the game started, and it was just a case of the same old, same old against the Patriots. The better team won, as usual. Some things never change.'

Marker A missed opportunity for the Bills [1:41 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But the doubts about Brady persisted ... until Sunday afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Patriots once again able to handle the Bills [1:40 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'What could possibly go wrong for Buffalo with all of those seeming edges? Well, how about the same thing that always seems to happen?'

Marker Bills lose 37-22 in debut of Pegulas as new owners [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Patriots capitalized on all three Buffalo turnovers in the second quarter.'

Marker Penalties continue to be an issue for Buffalo Bills in loss to New England Patriots [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"They had nine for 60, we had eight for 107," Bills coach Doug Marrone said after the game. "Untimely penalties and things like that, it’s tough. When penalties lead to scores for the opponent, it’s difficult. When penalties take away scores or take away great field goal range, it hurts. It’s difficult. We’ll look at them. ... I saw the plays. It was clear as day. We all saw them. We’ll turn them in and go about the normal protocol without me getting myself fined or saying anything publicly about it."'

Marker Rob Gronkowski dominates Buffalo Bills in Patriots win in front of friends and family [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Everyone was clicking on all cylinders and we were playing together as a team. It's great to come home to the home town in front of my friends and family and get that victory."'

Marker Sammy Watkins says, despite coverage by Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis, he was open in Bills' lo [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think if any other cornerbacks watch this game they won't come up and press me every play," Watkins said. "I think they'll do it sometimes, because as the game went I got off the ball well, and I think I was open a couple of times that I didn't get looked at."'

Marker Doug Marrone explains why Mike Williams was inactive for Buffalo Bills' loss [1:35 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Mike Williams' situation was really a tough call. It wasn't really the direction that we probably would have gone. What happened late in the week, we didn't really realize until about Friday night that Kyle Williams was going to be able to play. So by that time, we had put so much in game plan-wise for (the) three-tight end package that we practiced quite a bit that we played today with our tight ends playing. When you look through the roster, you have to say to yourself, 'OK, you're not going to not play Kyle (Williams), if he's healthy.' So we started to go through and see where we were banged up a little bit, where we needed guys to play, where we needed special teams, where we needed — you know, you go through all those different scenarios and it's not an easy decision."'

Marker Tom Brady dominates, and 5 observations from Week 6 loss [1:34 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills have no answer for Gronkowski/'

Marker Lesson from Bills: Be ready to be let down [1:31 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'And for the second time, the Bills fell flat on their faces.'

Marker All too familiar outcome Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium [1:30 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'Of course the Bills (3-3) helped the Patriots (4-2) out in their normal shoot-themselves-in-the-foot kind of way too. You know, turnovers, penalties in crucial parts of the game, inability to sustain drives and unsuccessful offensive and defensive schemes.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 6 Report Card [1:29 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'This was the defense's worst performance of the season. The game against the Chargers exposed the Bills' secondary. This game against the Patriots showed once again that the Bills defensive backfield isn't ready for prime-time.'

Marker Leave it Tom Brady to deflate the Bills and their fans -- again [1:28 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'But in the second half Brady was spectacular -- his usual Buffalo-killing form -- as the Patriots won 37-22.'

Marker Bills pay for costly mistakes [1:24 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '“If there is anybody that points a finger [other] than at themselves,” growled Williams, who played on a gimpy knee, “they need to get the hell out. They have to point at themselves and ask what they can do better. When you point fingers, that’s a problem.”'

Marker Same old story: The Patriots own the Bills [1:23 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'It was archetypal Buffalo football against the Patriots. The Bills came into the game tied for first in the NFL in turnover differential at plus-6. They had turned the ball over just four times in their first five games. They surrendered it three times in the first half Sunday.'

Marker As usual, erring Bills do themselves no favors [1:22 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '“It’s always a chess game,” said Marrone, “and you’re playing it against one heck of a player. You’re trying to change things up constantly to keep from giving them the same type of looks. He’s going to be able to exploit it. Hats off that they were able to.”'

Marker Monday's New England Coverage [1:21 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Tom Brady leads Patriots over Bills (Boston Globe)
Tyms, Gronkowski able to stretch the field for Patriots (Boston Globe)
Injuries to Jerod Mayo, Stevan Ridley put damper on Patriots win (Boston Globe)
Patriots’ passing game found its groove vs. Bills (Boston Globe)
Tom Brady credits ‘aggressive’ play calling for victory (Boston Globe)
Bill Belichick says deep threat covered for Patriots’ mistakes (Boston Globe)
Bills pay for costly mistakes (Boston Globe)
Same old story: The Patriots own the Bills (Boston Globe)
Rob Ninkovich makes a sack full of big plays (Boston Globe)
Fox fumbled its priorities in AFC debut (Boston Globe)
Photo gallery (Boston Globe)
Injuries fail to derail Patriots’ climb to 1st place in AFC East (Boston Herald)
Sack trifecta for Rob Ninkovich (Boston Herald)
Tom Brady back to his old self (Boston Herald)
Classic Rob Gronkowski returns (Boston Herald)
A pound of flesh taken (Boston Herald)
Jerod Mayo inspires defense (Boston Herald)
Brian Tyms 
comes up big for Patriots (Boston Herald)
The best and worst of yesterday’s game against the Bills (Boston Herald)
Photo gallery (Boston Herald)
Instant analysis: New England Patriots knock off Buffalo Bills, 37-22 (Springfield Republican)
A 'special meeting' for the New England Patriots offense and the addition of Brian Tyms helped spark 37-22 win over Buffalo Bills (Springfield Republican)
Sammy Watkins locked down by Darrelle Revis in New England's win at Buffalo (Springfield Republican)
Report: Fear is Stevan Ridley has torn ACL (Springfield Republican)
New England Patriots react to Jerod Mayo, Stevan Ridley injuries (Springfield Republican)
Bill Belichick and the 'stupid' microphone at the postgame press conference in Buffalo (Springfield Republican)
By the numbers (Springfield Republican)
Brady throws for 4 TDs as Patriots beat Bills, 37-22 (Providence Journal)
Brian Tyms makes the most of his Patriots’ debut (Providence Journal)
Thanks to Gronk, Patriots fans can exhale (Providence Journal)
As usual, erring Bills do themselves no favors (Providence Journal)
Patriots show heart of a winner (Providence Journal)
Patriots lose Jerod Mayo, Stevan Ridley and Dan Connolly to injuries Sunday (Providence Journal)
Despite injuries, Patriots step up, defeat Buffalo Bills, claim first place in AFC East (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Step forward for Pats; giant leap back for Bills, AFC East (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)
Two-Minute Drill (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)
The story remains the same when Pats, Bills meet (Metro West Daily News)
Aggressive behavior pays off for Pats (Manchester Union Leader)
5 Things We Learned from Sunday's Patriots victory (New Bedford Standard Times)
Pats' Belichick concerned about Mayo's knee injury (AP)
Ridley, Mayo suffer knee injuries in Pats' win (The Sports Network)
Patriots LB Mayo ruled out with knee injury (The Sports Xchange)
Patriots’ Stranglehold Atop AFC East Won’t Be Broken In 2014 (NESN)
Brandon LaFell, Brian Tyms Proving Patriots’ Offense Isn’t Impossible To Grasp (NESN)
Darrelle Revis: Patriots Told Jerod Mayo They Would Win For Him (NESN)
Having Effective Running Game Will Go Long Way In Battle For AFC East (NESN)
Report: Patriots Fear Stevan Ridley Tore ACL; MRI Coming Monday (NESN)
Brian Tyms, Tom Brady Highlight Patriots’ Stars In 37-22 Win Over Bills (NESN)
Brady leads Patriots to 37-22 win over Bills (CSN New England)
Mayo injury a mega-loss for Patriots (CSN New England)
Can Bolden replace Ridley? (CSN New England)
Brady on Gronkowski: 'Oh yeah -- he's back' (CSN New England)
Brady turns in best game of season vs. Bills (CSN New England)
Belichick: Thank God we had Collins today (CSN New England)
Tyms gives Patriots vertical threat they've missed (CSN New England)
Revis limits Watkins to two catches for 27 yards (CSN New England)
Sources: Brady's ankle injury 'significant' (CSN New England)
On a day of injuries, Mayo's and Ridley's appear serious (CSN New England)
Patriots quickly turn page to Jets game Thursday (CSN New England)
Curran's Patriots-Bills preview review (CSN New England)
Best and worst (CSN New England)
Four Ups, Four Downs From Patriots’ 37-22 Win Over Bills (WBZ-AM)
Report: Patriots Fear Stevan Ridley Suffered Torn ACL (WBZ-AM)
Party time (WEEI-FM)
Why these Patriots are tough enough to handle (almost) anything (WEEI-FM)
Test time (WEEI-FM)
Rob Gronkowski: ‘Everyone was clicking on all cylinders’ (WEEI-FM)
What we learned (WEEI-FM)
Report: Stevan Ridley to have MRI Monday on right knee (WEEI-FM)
Sammy Watkins on Darrelle Revis: ‘He got balls to come up and press every play’ (WEEI-FM)
Patriots lose Stevan Ridley, Dan Connolly, Jerod Mayo to injuries (WEEI-FM)
Patriots take care of business in Buffalo (Patriots.com)
New England showed 'mental toughness' (Patriots.com)
Random Thoughts (Patriots.com)
Tom Brady improved 23-2 record against the Buffalo Bills (Patriots.com)
Bill Belichick Postgame Transcript (Patriots.com)
Tom Brady Transcript (Patriots.com)
Postgame Quotes (Patriots.com)

Marker 'Revis Island' demonstrates value in Patriots romp of Bills [1:20 AM]
USA Today reports: '"I expect them to throw at me, because I'm on one of their best receivers, the No. 1 guy they have," Revis said. "They're not going to leave him out of the game plan."'

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