'There’s a meeting with the Carolina Panthers five days from now in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. Yeah, that team, which made the Super Bowl two years ago and opened the season with a less-than-impressive 23-3 road win over the 49ers.'
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'"From our perspective, it really wasn't a limited role," defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said Monday. "He did exactly what the game plan required. We wanted to keep our guys fresh and have a rotation system. Mike Waufle, or defensive line coach, does a great job in rotating players and keeping them fresh.'
'“He’s a multi-Pro Bowl, All-Pro back for a reason,” he said after McCoy’s 159 yards from scrimmage paced the Bills to a 21-12 win over the Jets Sunday and first place in the AFC East standings. “I’m not the same type of athlete. I’m a downhill type of athlete.'
'“There’s been a bad stigma around this organization for a long time,” said fullback Mike Tolbert. “And Coach McDermott is trying to change the narrative, the way people see us, what people think about us.'
'This might be a one-week blip, but it has to be a slight concern to the league. There aren't enough franchise quarterbacks to go around, and top offensive linemen are even harder to find. Defense seems to be slipping ahead of the offenses. Here are some quarterbacks who started games Sunday: Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer, Mike Glennon, Scott Tolzien and Tom Savage.'
'"It’s a great organization, they do things the right way, they’ve won a ton of games, and they have a very, very talented football team," he said. "They’ve added to that through free agency, at first glance this year that I can tell, and they had a good, solid draft. A lot of respect for what they do and how they do things."'
'We treat every game like it’s its own entity, if you will. There’s a lot to be learned from yesterday’s game, so we have to make sure we celebrate what was, up to standard, and what wasn’t. There’s a lot of good things, guys played extremely hard, played a s a team, like I said yesterday after the game. There’s a lot to learn from yesterday’s game, both in terms of what we need to duplicate and what we need to get better at this week.'
'Bills head coach Sean McDermott joined Mike Schopp and The Bulldog as part of Football Monday on WGR-550 AM on Monday. After some technical difficulties, McDermott talked about his first game, the preparation that went into it and feeling good going into Sunday. He then chatted about visiting the tailgating RVs and feeling a bit jealous he couldn't stay longer with the fans.'
'Wood went into the mechanics of why he went for the ball on the live play, working through fatigue on the 14 play drive prior to the interception and his pride that his teammates stood up for him during the scrum. The hosts also chatted about how much new head coach Sean McDermott (who will appear after Wood in his weekly spot) appreciated the hustle and effort on the play.'
'Audio from the Buffalo Bills' Monday press conference with Sean McDermott was played in the second hour. McDermott talked about his reaction to his first win as a head coach, missed opportunities on offense, how he approaches his sideline demeanor, why he wants such a heavy rotation for his defensive line and E.J. Gaines' shoulder bruise update.'
'Tyrod Taylor threw for 224 yards, the most by a Bills quarterback in a season opener since Drew Bledsoe threw for 230 in the 2003 opener — the memorable 31-0 victory over the Patriots.'
'Against the Jets, Taylor's Adjusted Completion Percentage was 81.0%, the fifth-highest of all quarterback's who've already played in Week One. PFF counted one drop, four throwaways, two batted passes, and one instance in which Taylor was hit as he threw the football.'
'Tyrod Taylor looked much better in the "real offense," as opposed to the "preseason offense." It was a typical, effective Taylor game on a day when McCoy was driving the offensive bus. Taylor was decisive when his first option was open, which happened early on over-the middle throws to Charles Clay for 13 and Zay Jones on a sharp slant for 21.'
'The Buffalo Bills were flagged only six times for 50 yards against the New York Jets, both relatively low numbers.'
'Here's a look at some possible replacements who aren't currently on the Bills roster, if the Bills decided to go that route…'.
'Cordy Glenn took 73 percent of the snaps at left tackle, while rookie Dion Dawkins handled the remaining 27 percent. That was by design as the Bills monitored Glenn's workload in his first extended action since sitting out most of the preseason with a left foot injury.'
'Nobody circles the wagons after a Bills win like Chris Berman. ESPN.com writer Mike Rodak is more measured with his praise, but took note of the Bills resiliency in Sunday's win.'
'"Good to win as a team and extremely proud of the players the way they played," coach Sean McDermott said. "It's never easy to win in this league and they played hard for four quarters. I certainly appreciate that."'
'Harlan was so off his game that I almost longed for Spero Dedes. Almost.'
'Goldsmith, 31, ran 15 miles from his home in North Buffalo to the stadium, starting what he hopes will be an annual “Running of the Bills” tradition.'
'In Fagen's version, which more skeptical viewers may interpret as a fantasy, what's alive is not the hills, but the Bills. Her source of inspiration is not the picturesque Austrian countryside, but the less classically beautiful surroundings of New Era Field in Orchard Park…'
'The next key juncture came late in the third quarter. The Bills had let the Jets hang around for way too long, and when New York pulled within 14-12, you started to wonder if the Bills were going to find a way to blow what should have been an easy victory. Perish the thought as the offense answered with an impressive 80-yard march to Mike Tolbert’s clinching touchdown run.'
'“You know, it’s a great team win, all 11 guys on defense,’’ said Poyer following the Bills’ 21-12 victory Sunday over the New York Jets at New Era Field in front of 68,751 fans. “It was fun to play in front of that crowd. We have a lot of work to do, we’re excited to get that first win, but we have a lot of work to do.’’'
' “No doubt, I mean, we have to play a lot of talented teams,’’ guard Richie Incognito said. “We have a tough schedule. This is one step in the right direction. We’ll collect our thoughts and then come back Wednesday and get grinding on Carolina.’’'
'McDermott: “There was some really good fundamentals yesterday, and you’ve heard me talk at length about fundamentals. We’re big believers, philosophically, in fundamentals and the tackling did show up on the defensive side and special teams. I thought the blocking, our offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage, and I thought we caught the ball, for the most part, well.”'
'"He's capable of rushing the passer," Frazier said. "We just felt like yesterday Ryan Davis was better suited for what they were doing with their guards. There may times down the line where Marcell may find himself in that role as well. For now, at least for yesterday, it was more about Ryan in those situations. Not that we don't think Marcell can be effective in those situations."'
'"We knew going into this game the backers were something that we had to take advantage of match-up wise," Taylor said. "We didn't think that those guys could stop Shady and Charles coming out of the backfield and as well just working them into the middle of the field. Those outside targets will definitely come but it is a game of match-ups, and each game is going to be different. We have to be able to take advantage of those match ups."'
'Safety Jordan Poyer was the only Bills player to record a sack on Sunday. The Jets' game plan seemed to be focused on having Josh McCown get the ball out quickly on three step drops, but the Bills need to find a way to generate more pressure from their front four going forward.'
'“The combination of LeSean and Mike, I think that was a healthy rep-swing,” Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott said. “Mike would come in and compliment LeSean’s style, so that was a good combination in there working for us. I was happy with the way both of those players played.”'
'“I learned a lot from my stuff, a lot of which are still there. The players, I learned a lot from the players. It’s a great organization. They do things the right way, they’ve won a ton of games, they’ve got a very talented football team,” he added.'
'Though several fans celebrated the newlyweds, others took out their adrenaline — or aggression — on an actual jet cockpit parked in a lot. With a bat and a Bills hard hat, the mafia went to town on the green-and-white liner.'
'"I really appreciate the time that I spent there," McDermott said. "But I also know the work we have to put in this week, and that's where my focus is right now."'
'Taylor threw deep only once, and it fell incomplete, and he spent the rest of the day throwing to his backs and tight ends.'
'“I would start off with missed opportunities in the first half,” McDermott told reporters Monday when asked what those areas included. “When you looked at yardage-wise, at least in the first half, offense vs. defense, we had opportunities to put points on the board in the first half, which we didn’t capitalize on, which we have to and will do going forward.”'
'In the end the Bills did the only thing they could do in the opener. They won. Drawing conclusions after one of sixteen games is always dangerous. This time, it's even riskier because of the quality of the opponent. So if you want to to have your fun posting pictures of the standings on your social media pages, knock yourself out. Really, I'm not going to be a jerk to you about it. Being a Bills fans mostly means enjoying the good times when they come so have at it. I'll just be over in the corner waiting for New England to regain their typical form and bracing for the games the Bills will play against teams that haven't destroyed themselves.'
'On playing Cam Newton next week: "Good person, good football player, he was a big part of my success when I was there, and he's very very tough to defend."'
'On the crowd: "Good win. We strive to win all of our home games. Truly embrace our home field advantage. We're talking about it a lot."'
'The couple was decked out from head to toe in Bills gear. A man dressed as a referee even officiated their wedding.'
'“I don’t know about (having an advantage),” he said of knowing the Panthers tendencies. “I’m not out there playing, so it’s hard to say an advantage. We have to put in our time and earn the right to win.”'
'“I thought Cordy did a good job and the important part is that he came out healthy,” said McDermott. “By all reports from what we can tell that’s where he is right now and it’s now how we handle this week moving forward.”'