Bills appear to handcuff Orton at QB [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett seemed reluctant to turn Orton loose in the Bills' 43-23 victory over New York. Yes, the Bills scored 43 points, but Orton dropped back to pass just 21 times and threw only 17, completing 10 for 238 yards and four touchdowns.'
Bills not taking 5-3 start for granted as they prepare for crucial November [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“The great thing about the NFL and the tough thing about the NFL: there's always a game next week to get ready for,” defensive tackle Kyle Williams said Monday. “I think that guys have been around a while, the guys that have been here, the message will be that we have to move on. Obviously we're gonna enjoy it, we're gonna enjoy our bye week. But when we come back, we know that we've got some big games in front of us, and I really don't think what we're talking about is gonna be an issue.”'
Dixon outsnaps Brown by wide margin: Bills' playtime percentages vs. Jets [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Many were wondering how the running back situation would shake out, and the Bills made a statement by their usages of Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown. The Bills significantly favored Dixon, giving him 75-percent of the snaps while Brown got the remaining 25-percent.'
14 fast facts after the Bills-Jets game [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Watkins leads or is tied for the lead among NFL rookies in the following five categories: receiving yards (590), yards per game (73.8), longest reception (84 yards), touchdown receptions (five, tied with Kelvin Benjamin-CAR), 20-plus yard receptions (nine, tied with Kelvin Benjamin-CAR), first downs (29).'
Bills takeaway tally key in victory [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“That’s something we wanted to focus on during the game,” said DE Jerry Hughes. “We wanted to find ways to force turnovers. That’s what we focused on during the offseason for us to put that together against a divisional opponent is huge. We can kind of start to build some momentum and start putting wins together. No more one and out, one and out—kind of just really get on a roll.”'
No Fly Zone: Bills crush Jets on power of 6 turnovers [11:15 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Who knew the Jets were this bad?'
Buffalo reaches rare offensive marks [11:15 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It was the most points the Bills have scored since beating the Bengals, 48-31, at Cincinnati, in 2010.'
Underdog Bills bring Jets – and critics – to heel [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Yes, we brought it up,” the Bills’ coach confirmed after his team’s 43-23 victory. “I’ll do whatever it takes to get this team ready to go and motivated. If I can find a piece of information to get it, I’ll use it.”'
Meltdown by Jets leaves plenty of blame to go around [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We didn’t execute,” Smith said of what went wrong in the first quarter. “When I say ‘we,’ I’m talking about myself because it was just atrocious, the way that I started out. I never expected to start a game out like that.”'
Orton has offense revving in higher gear [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They can smell it now, though. Sure, the Bills have flaws. But just about every team in the league has flaws. How do you explain the Steelers, or the Seahawks or Bengals or Browns? Every time you assume something about a team, its fortunes flip the other way.'
Bradham, Watkins have some teachable moments [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Watkins and Bradham also made bone-headed mistakes that cost the Bills points.'
Orton hits key passes, ‘D’ all over Geno [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Smith had the home fans booing from the start, when he badly misfired on an early throw. He continued to draw their wrath with some unbelievably bad passes that ended up in the hands of three Buffalo defenders.'
Watkins get caught; Smith misfires [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills broke the game open in the second quarter after Sammy Watkins caught an 84-yard pass from Kyle Orton that should have been an 89-yard touchdown. Watkins’ premature celebration allowed Saalim Hakim to catch him from behind at the 5.'
Matchup Winners: Bills 43, Jets 23 [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Jets’ second-year quarterback gives new meaning to the phrase “turnover machine.”'
Quarterly Report: Bills 43, Jets 23 [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills didn’t have Geno Smith to kick around for long Sunday. That’s because they forced the New York Jets’ quarterback to the bench with three straight interceptions in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium.'
Bills’ grade-A formula: Pass and stop the pass [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Twitter was aflutter with criticisms of offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett’s unimaginative playcalling and Buffalo’s inability to move the chains on nine of the possessions in which it could have. But listen people: Buffalo beat a division opponent on the road by 20 points.'
Five Bills story lines heading into bye [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One area of concern coming out of Sunday’s game is at running back. As expected, replacing the injured tandem of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller proved difficult. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown combined for just 59 yards on 29 carries, and as a team the Bills rushed for a paltry 67 yards on 32 attempts, an average of 2.1 yards per rush. With Jackson likely not back for Week 10, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will need to find a way to get more production from Dixon and Brown.'
Buffalo Bills blast New York Jets [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In what can only be called a laughable performance by the 1-7 Jets, New York turned the ball over six times, helping the Bills to a 43-23 victory in front of a disgruntled crowd at MetLife Stadium, most of whom were on the New Jersey Turnpike heading home shortly after the fourth quarter commenced.'
Bills beat Jets in 'remarkable meltdown' [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Yet despite the problems, the offense did score 43 points. Of course, when the Bills play a good team (and they have a few in the second half of the season) the line is going to need to be much, much better. Is that possible? I have my doubts.'
Report card [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'And yet, they scored 43 points in spite of Hackett's play-calling.'
Poll: Public funding not favored for a Bills stadium [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Really, this is a bailout issue in the public eye," said pollster Larry Harris, whose Washington, D.C.-based Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc. conducted the Voice of the Voter poll. "Why are we giving money to billionaires?"'
Watkins, Bradham learn quick lessons [1:45 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Still, at the risk of offering some discouraging words after what — from a score standpoint — was a blowout, Buffalo is fortunate to have played teams as bad as the Vikings and Jets the past two weeks. Against stronger competition, the Bills might well have lost one, if not both of those games.'
Kyle Orton throws 4 touchdown passes in Buffalo's 43-23 win [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Orton won for the third time in four games since replacing EJ Manuel as the starting quarterback for the Bills (5-3), tossing TD passes to Robert Woods, Lee Smith, Scott Chandler and Sammy Watkins.'
Buffalo Bills use Vegas line as motivation against Jets [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We try not to pay too much attention to it, but coach brought it up, and that's insulting," Wood said. "They've got a good football, but based upon records and everything you would have assumed we would have been favored, but that's not something we get overly worried about. Experts get it wrong all the time."'
Jets' Geno Smith implodes against Bills [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'How does a quarterback complete more passes to the other team than his own team? How does he throw for five yards on eight attempts? What has to go wrong for things to get as ugly as they did for Smith and the Jets on Sunday?'
Bills' EJ Manuel can sympathize with Geno Smith [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's not much different than my situation," Manuel said. "You just have to learn from it. We're still professional quarterbacks in this league."'
Doug Marrone, Bills players talk about Sammy Watkins premature touchdown celebration [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"There's a lot of people that were upset. We weren't hurt by it because we were able to come back and score, and I don't really expect a guy like Sammy to ever do that again. I said, 'There were people on that sideline' — meaning his teammates — 'that were upset. We're playing our butts off, and we don't have time for stuff like that.' Those are the things we have to work on — winning and growing up."'
Geno Smith blunders help Bills cruise, and 5 observations from Week 8 win [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Nigel Bradham has been one of the early stars for the Bills' defense this season, but Sunday was his worst game of the season by far. Not only did he miss a few tackles that resulted in big gains, but he also committed three careless penalties for a total of 35 yards in the first half. Chalk it up as a rough game for Bradham, and the Bills hope that doesn't become a trend.'
Defense dominates in win over New York Jets [1:38 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Buffalo struggled to get points off turnovers in the first half and only led 24-17 at halftime. But the Bills' defense dominated the second half to put the game away. The offensive playcalling wasn't very aggressive or good, relying too heavily on the run. The Jets have had close losses to the Packers, Lions and Patriots, so beating them by 20 is impressive. Buffalo is 5-3 going into the bye week. '
Bills clearly a step ahead of the Jets [1:37 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Instead, the Jets seem to have won the battle of incompetence that has taken place for much of the last decade. Bills fans, ever on the lookout for something to flaunt, will surely take solace in that.'
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