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Buffalo Bills News - September 16, 2016

Marker Bills now have issues on both sides of the ball [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills lost a major chunk of belief from a fan base that was expecting much better for the home-opener. The crowd seemed as stunned as the Bills to be in a 0-2 hole.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Matchup Winners: Fitz & Gailey were ready for prime time [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Score one for the former Bills head coach. He showed his scheming brilliance in orchestrating a 493-yard explosion against the Bills’ defense. Wow. The game really was not as close as the score indicated.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's 10 Plays That Shaped the Game: Jets passing offense puts on a clinic [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills took a 24-20 third quarter lead, but New York answered with an 84-yard scoring drive to take the lead back for good. The key play was a third-and-8 pass to Eric Decker for 17 yards to the Bills’ 29. The scheme of Jets coordinator Chan Gailey gets quick separation for the Jets’ quality receiving corps.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Report Card: Two A's for the Jets, two F's for the Bills [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The inability to gain a first down on two plays in the fourth quarter inside New York territory with just a yard to go was an epic failure.'

Marker Buffalo Bills postgame transcripts [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And so you got to give them credit because they certainly did a great job and we couldn’t do anything to disrupt them rhythm wise. I was afraid to pressure because we weren’t holding up in man-coverage, which we played the whole game in. We tried to stuff No. 15 (Brandon Marshall), we tried quarters, we tried deuce; we did everything. But you know what? To their credit, it never mattered what we played because they were the better team today.'

Marker Bills lose game; fans lose faith [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The pressure gets cranked up even more on Rex Ryan and his team, which could be staring down the barrel of 0-4 if they don’t get things straightened out soon. The Arizona Cardinals, which preseason prognosticators had headed for the Super Bowl, roll into town Sept. 25 before Buffalo visits New England.'

Marker Fitz carves up the Bills and gets his redemption [1:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fitzpatrick completed 24 of 34 passes for 374 yards, repeatedly challenging the Buffalo secondary down the field as he and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey -- his head coach here in his Buffalo days -- gained a measure of redemption for last year's failure here.'

Marker Chan Gailey rides high and Bills' playoff odds sink low [1:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here was a case where the Bills needed more pocket push and quick pressure on the quarterback. Yes, they missed Marcel Dareus. And they could have used another edge rusher opposite Jerry Hughes.'

Marker Good luck trying to understand these two games [1:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Running EJ Manuel twice ... then taking a timeout to set up a fourth-and-1 play in the fourth quarter – on which you slam LeSean McCoy into an offensive line without Cordy Glenn? Yeah, you got me. I don't know what that was.'

Marker Bills offense finally shows up, notices their defense left a long time ago [1:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was fun to watch, but not enough to win. The defense couldn't make stops, letting the Jets convert eight of their 12 third downs.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Points After: Jets 37, Bills 31 [1:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cornerback Stephon Gilmore was involved in three of the Jets' first downs on the game's first series. First, he was beaten on a 34-yard reception by Quincy Enunwa. Then, Gilmore was penalized for holding, which gave the Jets five yards and an automatic first down. Finally, he missed a chance to tackle Enunwa well before he gained 10 yards on third-and-9 from the Buffalo 36.'

Marker First quarter analysis: Tyrod takes a deep shot ... and hits it [1:39 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The long play reenergized the crowd after the Jets’ long opening drive chewed up more than eight minutes of clock. The Bills defense was able to get a stop in the red zone and force a field goal, which Nick Folk converted to make it 3-0.'

Marker Second quarter analysis: Can you feel the FitzMagic? [1:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On the next series, Fitzpatrick hit Quincy Enunwa for 21 and 14 yards, Marshall for 21, and then Eric Decker for 18 yards to get down to the 5-yard line. Decker beat Darby on a post for the touchdown on the next play.'

Marker Third quarter analysis: Quick scores get Bills back in game; Tyrod leaves for concussion check [1:37 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tyrod Taylor had to leave the game to be checked for a concussion after a big hit late in the quarter. He didn't want to leave, but the league isn't taking any chances after Cam Newton was allowed to continue after taking hits to the head last week. Taylor returned after two plays.'

Marker Fourth quarter analysis: Bills fail to rise to the occasion; playoffs nowhere in sight [1:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The scene was set for a statement win that got the team back on track toward the playoffs. Instead, the Bills flopped.'

Marker Coming Attraction: Five things to know about the Cardinals [1:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They lost their opener – to Jimmy Garoppolo. Chandler Catanzaro’s last-second field goal missed wide left, which gave New England a 23-21 win in a nationally televised game last Sunday night. The Cardinals are favored by nearly a touchdown Sunday at Tampa Bay, but if they lose that game, they’ll be reeling heading into Orchard Park.'

Marker Bills defense abysmal in 37-31 loss to Jets [1:35 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It’s almost inconceivable that before 30 teams have played their Week 2 games, the Bills might already be out of the 2016 NFL playoff race. Yet that’s the reality they face thanks to a disturbing 37-31 loss Thursday night to the AFC East rival New York Jets in front of 70,256 mostly mortified fans at New Era Field.'

Marker Rex Ryan off to worst start as a head coach [1:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It’s too early to go there, but we’ll just toss out this statistic: Since 2007, NFL teams that start the year 0-2 make the playoffs just 9 percent of the time (7 of 75). In eight seasons as a head coach, this is Rex Ryan’s first 0-2 start and its Buffalo’s first since losing its first eight games under Chan Gailey in 2010.'

Marker No. 78 heads to rightful place in Bills lore [1:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Buffalo has such a special place in my heart,’’ said Smith during an emotional news conference before the game when he paused several times to sack the tears welling in his eyes. “So many memories. I miss the people, hell, I even miss the weather.’’'

Marker Quarter by quarter analysis: Jets 37, Bills 31 [1:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills trailed by just a field goal when the quarter began but turned the ball over twice, once on a Taylor interception, once on downs, while the Jets scored 10 unanswered points to go up 37-24.'

Marker Report card [1:31 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This team is awful. There’s really no other way to put it. Two games into what is already quite possibly a lost season, the Bills have looked pathetic on both sides of the ball. Last week it was bad offense, good defense; this week, pretty good offense (at least based on points) and embarrassingly bad defense. Once again, your January will be uneventful. Thinking about a playoff berth right now would be a silly waste of time because this team isn’t going to come close to making it.'

Marker Jets strike blow to Bills' playoff hopes [1:30 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills “shutdown” cornerbacks — Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby — combined to make former Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick look like the second coming of Joe Montana and Quincy Enunwa, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker appear to be a reincarnation of Jerry Rice, Dwight Clark and Freddie Solomon.'

Marker Fitz gets his redemption in Buffalo [1:29 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It might have been only one night, but “Fitzy” the perceived career back-up while with Buffalo was validated as Fitzy the starter on Thursday, and was so on a team that appears to be much more serious about a playoff push than the oftentimes woeful Bills.'

Marker Bruce Smith’s 78 officially retired [1:28 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Some folks are never given the opportunity or the chance to really get a chance to see me for who I really am. I’ve always been a caring and emotional guy. But there was a side of me that I had to be strong, I had to be bold playing in a small market. The things that we did as a team, strengthened us individually, and that’s carried into life after football. The way I approach things today, I’m a little older, a little more mature, and this maturation process is still going on. I’m 53 now, I look at the world now, and I look at things a little bit differently.”'

Marker Jets copied Ravens' plan on Bills' Tyrod Taylor: 'Make him be a quarterback' [1:27 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You just have to keep him in the pocket and make him be a quarterback," Jets safety Calvin Pryor said. "We gave up a couple big plays. One was a broken coverage where the receiver got behind us, but other than that, I thought we did a great job."'

Marker Teammate calls Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick 'one badass white boy' after beating Rex Ryan [1:26 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I mean, he was hot and they were making plays," Ryan said. They were throwing them up there, they were throwing jump balls up there and their guys were coming down with it. ... You know, (Jets wide receiver) Brandon Marshall told me. He said he's going to kick something out and he's going to kick my butt today and he was right, he did."'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Jerry Hughes temporarily taken off field after biting tongue [1:25 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Hughes returned to the field after his tongue stopped bleeding, but he hasn't been able to stop the bleeding on the field for the Bills defense. New York scored on its first four drives of the first half and leads the Bills 20-10 at halftime.'

Marker Rex Ryan was afraid to pressure Jets because Bills couldn't hold up in coverage [1:24 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"To be honest with you, I think our defense played so poorly that I couldn't tell you about that," Ryan said.'

Marker What Buffalo Bills' cornerbacks said about getting scorched by the New York Jets [1:23 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The numbers were particularly ugly for Gilmore and Darby. According to Pro Football Focus, Darby allowed six catches for 97 yards. Gilmore was worse, allowing seven catches for 129 yards. Combined, the two accounted for 13 catches and 229 of Fitzpatrick's 374 yards.'

Marker Bills' Bruce Smith gets emotional wondering if he deserved to have number retired [1:22 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I don't know if I'm worthy or lucky enough to deserve all of this, but I'm trying to enjoy it," Smith said after fighting off tears. "My family's here. I had some folks put their heart and sole into making this go down smoothly."'

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