The real McCoy: Healthy LeSean shreds Jets' defense [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Running back LeSean McCoy. Finally 100 percent healthy, the former NFL rushing champ with Philadelphia is rounding into form. He had 112 yards rushing on 19 carries, including 32 on four attempts on Buffalo’s critical final drive when it needed to kill clock, and it all came against New York’s No. 1-ranked run defense. He also caught five passes for 47 yards. He’s the first Bills player with three consecutive games of at least 100 yards from scrimmage since C.J. Spiller in 2012.'
Report card [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As they say, a win is a win, so it would be hard for me to take anything away from the Bills. Sure, they almost turned what looked like a sure victory into a season-crushing defeat, but in the end, they made just enough plays on defense to avoid that fate to win the Rex Bowl. OK everyone, breathe.'
Rex Ryan avoids embarrassment against former team [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ryan said this game didn't mean anything extra to him. But he was jumping up and down like a little kid in celebration when the Bills iced the victory. Maybe he was just relieved to avoid what could have been a disaster for Buffalo. Now his team is back over .500 at 5-4, and the Bills have everything to play for in the second half.'
Rex Ryan says getting fired by Jets was like getting dumped by a girl, but players say Bills are a h [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Pretty satisfying," Ryan said. "Without question, it's definitely satisfying. And you know what, now I can talk the truth and say the truth: This thing is kind of like being dumped by some girl that you had the hots for and all that stuff. Every guy in the room has been dumped by some girl before. That's really what it feels like. You move on, and every now and then they call you back, but they can't get you back."
Buffalo Bills jump into fifth place after beating New York Jets [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Heading into the bye week, the Bills were 3-4 and coming off a rough loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. Since getting the week off, the Bills have won two division games in five days, including a 22-17 win over the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football. With the win, the Bills are in fifth place in the AFC but will need some help to stay there.'
Why did Rex Ryan skip pre-game warmups for Bills' game against Jets at MetLife Stadium? [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Of course, by not coming out for warmups, Ryan ending up making the pre-game festivities all about him, even if that wasn't his intent.'
Bill Cowher rips Rex Ryan for making IK Enemekpali captain for Bills' game against Jets [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The captain tag is something that every head coach in this league takes seriously," Cowher said. "The captain tag is something that players vote on, head coaches they give their title to. It requires a player that you think exemplifies leadership. You earn that. Rex Ryan has made a mockery of it and to me it's annoying.'
EJ Manuel healthy scratch for Bills game against Jets on Thursday Night Football [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ryan seems to be sending a message to general manager Doug Whaley, who traded away backup quarterback Matt Cassel two weeks into the season in a move that was supposed to expedite Manuel's development. That doesn't seem to have gone according to plan.'
Buffalo Bills Week 10 Report Card [1:41 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'It's difficult to ignore how much Taylor means to this team. When he's in the lineup, the Bills are 5-2. He makes a difference. He can make plays with his arm or legs. He didn't have his best game of the 2015 season, but he protected the ball and made good throws when it counted.'
Rex Ryan Aims Jab at Opponent and Lands Squarely on N.F.L. [1:40 AM]
New York Times reports: 'But allowing him to taunt other teams is a different issue, and one more reason the N.F.L.’s reputation continues to erode even as the league rakes in money by the billions.'
Rex Ryan arrives with Bills, completely out coaches Todd Bowles in win over Jets [1:39 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'In the short term, the Jets did the near impossible: They hired a coach who needs more work on his game management skills than Ryan. Through the first nine games of the season, Bowles has been exposed at the most crucial times. This is his first head coaching job and it’s beginning to show.'
Loudmouth Rex Ryan bullies Jets, then rubs their faces in it [1:38 AM]
New York Post reports: '“It’s definitely satisfying, without question,” Ryan said. “And you know what? Now that I can talk the truth and say the truth … I look at it this way: It’s kind of like being dumped by some girl that you had the hots for and all that stuff. Hey, you move on. And every now and then they call you back. They can’t get you back.”'
Thrilled Rex Ryan fires back at The Post’s front page [1:37 AM]
New York Post reports: '“And I’m still smiling too, New York Post!”'
Rex Ryan gets last word after beating Jets [1:36 AM]
Newsday reports: 'Asked if it was satisfying to beat the team that fired him, Ryan said, "Pretty satisfying. Without question. It's definitely satisfying. Now I can say the truth. It's kind of like being dumped by some girl that you had the hots for. That's really what it feels like. Hey, you move on. Every now and then, they call you back. They can't get you back."'
Rex Ryan is boast of the town after beating former team [1:35 AM]
Newsday reports: 'Ah, Rex. The larger-than-life personality who coaches with a chip on his shoulder the size of the stadium he used to coach in. The best trash-talking wordsmith the NFL has ever seen on the sidelines. Especially when he has something to brag about, something with which to prove his doubters wrong.'
Rex Ryan. Rex Ryan. Rex Ryan. No matter what he says, it's all about Rex Ryan [1:34 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'It was all Rex, all the time. So why should I get in the way of that now? Instead of the usual post-game column, I'm just going to give the five best moments of Rex Ryan talking about Rex Ryan after the team Rex Ryan currently coaches beat the team that Rex Ryan used to coach...'.
Rex Ryan gets payback on Jets in Bills' win [1:33 AM]
USA Today reports: 'That’s fine for now. But Buffalo’s biggest test lies ahead. This win propelled Buffalo (5-4) into a three-way tie with the Jets (5-4) and Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4) in the hunt for an AFC wild-card berth.'
Rex's place: Bills beat Jets in Ryan's return, 22-17 [1:32 AM]
AP reports: '"I can tell the truth, this thing is kind of like being dumped by some girl you have the hots for," Ryan said to reporters at an overflowing news conference. "Every guy in this room has been dumped by a girl. You move on, and every now and then, they call you back.'
Rex's Revenge: Ryan's Bills squeak out 22-17 win over Jets [1:31 AM]
AP reports: '"It felt weird," said Ryan, who did not come out to the field during pregame warmups. "Two things dawned on me that I am no longer the coach of the Jets: I was looking at the wrong side of the sheet when we were getting stats, and I spent six years coaching in green and white, and I look out there and my team is in red."'
Tame reception for Ryan, more boos for Enemkpali [1:30 AM]
AP reports: 'Dressed in a red vest while his Buffalo Bills players sported garish Scarlett uniforms, Ryan could almost get lost as he walked to the visiting sideline for the first time. There were enough boos that the fans displayed their displeasure with their former coach, but hardly what anyone would call a cascade.'
Bright and bold: Bills-Jets wearing 'Color Rush' uniforms [1:29 AM]
AP reports: 'It all made for a Christmas-like feel in November.'
Ryan gets last laugh as Bills top Jets [1:28 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'It remains to be seen if the Jets will regret firing Ryan. However, Thursday's result doubly enhanced the Bills' hopes of ending an NFL-long 15-year playoff drought while laying a twin blow to the postseason aspirations of the Jets, who lost for the third time in four games.'
3 things we learned about the Bills [1:27 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills don't know how to finish yet. Buffalo had the Jets buried, up 22-3 midway through the third, before allowing New York -- which had five first downs in its first seven possessions, including four first downs on a drive that ended with a field goal -- to storm back into the game. If the Jets could have executed inside the 10-yard-line in the final five minutes -- they had a second-and-2 from the 5-yard-line but lost a yard apiece on the next two plays before quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw incomplete on fourth down -- then the Bills might have absorbed a come-from-ahead loss as agonizing as the 34-31 defeat they took against the Jacksonville Jaguars three weeks ago. The Bills will need to figure out how to put teams away in order to reach the playoffs for the first time this century.'
In victory, Rex Ryan was still the biggest loser [1:26 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The NFL never should have allowed this to happen. Roger Goodell should have forced Ryan to stand down on this or face a heavy fine and/or suspension. For all of its problems with off-field violence, most of it perpetrated against women, the league should be embarrassed for allowing Ryan to use a national TV game, or any game, to reward a player who assaulted and injured a teammate who ended up in surgery and out of a first-string job.'
McCoy, Bills Hold Off Jets 22-17 [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Duke Williams and Rambo teamed up to give Buffalo the lead on the ensuing kickoff. Rambo rocked Jets returner Devin Smith, jarring the ball loose and Williams returned the fumble 16 yards to the end zone. Carpenter's extra point attempt sailed wide left, making the score 9-3. The Bills' kicker redeemed himself just before the end of the first half, nailing a 41-yard field goal to put Buffalo up by nine points at the half.'
Bills-Jets Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:24 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This isn’t a misprint. “Penalties” aren’t listed under "Arrow Down." They were a positive in this one, with only 5 flags for 44 yards on the Bills, both less than half their normal totals which lead the league per game. They didn’t give New York the extra opportunities they’d been giving their opponents too many times all season.'
Bills get big win in Rex Ryan's return to face Jets [1:23 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The win is the biggest of the Bills season so far, as they pull even with the Jets in the playoff race. The victory puts Buffalo in the 5th playoff spot in the AFC, which is the first wild card.'
7 observations from Bills - Jets [1:22 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Resting on their laurels very nearly cost the game.'
Surprise! Bills make EJ Manuel a healthy scratch [1:21 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Manuel effectively has fallen behind Josh Johnson on the team's depth chart for the time being. Johnson will serve as the immediate backup to Tyrod Taylor, after just signing with the Bills on October 13 when Taylor was originally injured.'
Bills squeak by the Jets 22-17 in Thursday night matchup [1:20 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The Bills struggled in the air against a stout Jets defense as Sammy Watkins and Darrelle Revis dueled. Revis found answers for Watkins’ speed, but not always his hands. The Bills, led by the still recovering Tyrod Taylor, looked to other receivers to help make up for strong coverage on Watkins. Robert Woods, Charles Clay and an unlikely Karlos Williams pitched in to help Buffalo reach just over 130 passing yards.'
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