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Buffalo Bills News - September 29, 2014

Marker Patriots-Bills moves to Fox under 'cross-flexing' [1:33 AM]
AP reports: 'The league said Sunday that the Oct. 12 game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills will be on Fox instead of CBS, which owns the AFC package. The policy change in the current TV rights agreement aims to gain bigger audiences for appealing games.'

Marker Foster and Lechler active for Texans against Bills [1:32 AM]
AP reports: 'As expected, Buffalo backup receiver and special teams player Marcus Easley is inactive because of an injured left leg.'

Marker Houston 23, Buffalo 17 [1:31 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Manuel threw a pair of touchdown passes, including an 80-yarder to Mike Williams in the fourth quarter, but made good on just 21-of-44 attempts for 225 yards.'

Marker Watt interception powers Texans win over Bills [1:30 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Moments after Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham picked off Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on the first play of the second half, Watt stepped between an E.J. Manuel pass intended for running back Fred Jackson. Watt made a leaping catch and sprinted unencumbered for the sixth-longest interception return by a defensive lineman in NFL history.'

Marker Texans-Bills: What we learned [1:29 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Despite his ongoing struggles, quarterback EJ Manuel is projecting an air of confidence. Manuel was guilty of several poor throws and in the postgame presser, coach Doug Marrone was asked if he considered inserting backup Kyle Orton. When taken to task over his performance, Manuel was mature and unshaken. "I think it's part of maturing as a man and as a quarterback. Nobody said it was going to be easy, plain and simple."'

Marker Bills Fall to Texans 23-17 [1:28 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills would get one final shot as they moved the ball into Texans territory, but an interception by EJ Manuel ended any hopes of a comeback, and the Bills fell 23-17.'

Marker Observations: Texans 23 - Bills 17 [1:27 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With that disclaimer out of the way, there is another simple truth from the team’s loss to Houston: the Bills should have won that game, and the poorly timed and inaccurate passes from Manuel’s arm played a big role in preventing the team from starting the season 3-1.'

Marker Manuel is setting fire to my plan [1:26 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As for me, I have maintained the Bills should let Manuel play the entire season and then evaluate his future with the team. I'll be honest with you. I'm having a real hard time trying to make the case to stay with that plan.'

Marker Familiar Feeling [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Obviously what matters more is how the team feels about Manuel. There were some examples on Sunday of receivers gesturing towards Manuel about ball placement on throws. He threw passes last week that put his guys on the train tracks.'

Marker EJ’s Status Could Be In Jeopardy [1:24 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'But the more I see Manuel play, the less I like. And with the euphoria of the Bills’ 2-0 start now washed away by two straight losses – including Sunday’s 23-17 road defeat to the Houston Texans in a game they could have won – I’m thinking it might be time to cash in that two-year, $11-million insurance policy and see if veteran Kyle Orton can’t pump some life into this moribund offense.'

Marker Immediate Reactions: Houston Texans 23, Buffalo Bills 17 [1:23 AM] reports: 'With all these stupid, stupid rules to help receivers, how is Woods not being held or interfered with there? Didn't deserve it, but man.'

Marker Bills Lose Ugly In Houston 23-17 [1:22 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Another year with a good start only to see it come crashing down quickly. All the good vibes with the 2-0 start have washed away thanks to back to back losses with tough matchups ahead the next two weeks. Yes there is optimism with the ownership change but that change alone can't wash away 14 years of disappointments. This was just another Sunday that felt very similiar to so many losses over the years. We were allowed to think for a minute that the Bills may pull it out as they crossed midfield in the final 90 seconds of the game but as this team has done so often over the years they let us down with a terrible interception as the poor play at quarterback over the years continues.''

Marker Offense Horrendous For Most Of the Loss [1:21 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Nathaniel Hackett fell in love with the passing game as they threw way too much. The play calling is too conservative and they are playing not to make a mistake. This week they made those mistakes.'

Marker Bills can't protect early lead, fall to Texans [1:20 AM] reports: 'The Bills lost a pair of defensive starters to knee injuries. Both Nigel Bradham and Kyle Williams left the game in the second half and did not return. Ron Brooks also left the game with a shoulder injury.'

Marker What they're saying: Reactions to Bills-Texans [1:19 AM] reports: '“I think it’s obviously not good enough. I think it’s a matter of concentrating a lot on progression with the quarterback, but like I said before we need to progress in three areas – making sure we protect well, making sure that we catch some of those, and making sure that we throw some of them to better spots. I think those three areas are what you have to improve on, and we have to keep plugging away to improve on those things. I think the backs are running well. I think that when we get into games where we throw as much as we did, that gets us in trouble.”'

Marker Run defense, takeaways the high points for Bills 'D' [1:18 AM] reports: 'On 24 carries, the Texans managed to accumulate just 37 rushing yards or 1.5 yards per carry. The leading rusher on the day wasn’t RB Arian Foster either, who was a game time decision – it was ex-Bill QB Ryan Fitzpatrick with 14 yards on six carries.'

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September 28, 2014

Marker Preview, odds and prediction for Week 4 [9:09 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills 17, Texans 14.'

Marker TV channel information, radio stations and kickoff time [9:08 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Are they the team that went to Chicago to knock off the Bears in Week 1 before returning home and dominating the division rival Miami Dolphins, or are they the Bills that looked outmatched against the San Diego Chargers in Week 3?'

Marker Art of the rub: Pick plays catching on among NFL teams [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pick plays, also known as rub routes, have been around forever. High schools run them effectively. But they’ve been more noticeable because they offer a pointed rebuttal to the aggressive, man-to-man defenses that have gained popularity in recent years.'

Marker Matchup with Fitz gives Manuel a chance to prove his worth [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Manuel needs to unshackle himself soon and play the kind of game that skeptics expect from a franchise QB, one where the man playing football’s most vital position seizes command and makes the team and the offense his own.'

Marker Running game key vs. Texans [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills 24, Texans 20.'

Marker Ryan Fitzpatrick awaits Bills in Houston [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Fitzpatrick may be a Harvard graduate, but he was a quintessential Buffalo guy with his friendly nature, his flannel shirts and jeans, and that still present and still-spectacular beard that even members of the Boston Red Sox have to admire.'

Marker Three ... and out [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Texans 26, Bills 23.'

Marker Chris Williams, Marquise Goodwin downgraded to out [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'On Friday, coach Doug Marrone wouldn't commit to who would replace Williams in the starting lineup, but rookie fifth-round pick Cyril Richardson could be in line to take over. Veteran lineman Kraig Urbik will also be available, but he's the team's backup center, so the Bills like to have him available as a swing man.'

Marker Nathaniel Hackett trying to keep Mike Williams, rest of Buffalo Bills wide receivers happy [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"My mom made a little joke with me yesterday," Williams said. "She said, 'Dang, you went from getting 89 passes a year to one-and-a-half a game. I'm like 'Yeah, things change.''

Marker Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on Ryan Fitzpatrick departure, EJ Manuel development [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's one of those things, when you're a first-time coordinator, a young coordinator, you pick and choose your battles," Hackett said. "I mean, they knew how I felt about Fitz. I had a great relationship with him. I really respect him as a quarterback. I was excited to work with him, but this is a business, too, and I have to trust all of the guys that hired me. I mean, they hired me, so I trust them already. There's so many things that go into that kind of process, it's like I'm just here to coach the guys that they are going to put in the room and I go from there."'

Marker Bond between O'Briens and Marrones endures [1:51 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Since 1995, Marrone has turned a playing career that included just five NFL games and a brief NFL Europe run in London into three collegiate and four pro coaching stints.'

Marker Sunday's Houston Coverage [1:50 AM] reports:
Contingency plans would behoove Texans (Houston Chronicle)
Bond between O'Briens and Marrones endures (Houston Chronicle)
McClain's guide to Texans-Bills game (Houston Chronicle)
Blue gaining confidence (Houston Community Newspapers)
NFL preview: Houston Texans vs. Buffalo Bills (Houston Community Newspapers)

Marker Bills rule out Williams, Goodwin for Sunday [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee) and linebacker Randell Johnson (linebacker) are also out. Linebacker Keith Rivers (groin), safety Da'Norris Searcy (ankle) and cornerback Ron Brooks (illness) are probable.'

Marker Goodwin, Williams out for Bills [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Goodwin is recovering from a concussion and Williams is out with a back injury.'

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