'“If you have to sacrifice the run game to get guys open downfield and they want to stack the box … we’ve got to find ways to win and Tyrod responded in a major way today.”'
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'"You want to kneel? That's your prerogative. I would never do that. I will always stand, thank the good Lord for everything I got. But when you disrespect the way he did and just go by his everyday duty in the national anthem being sung? Uh-uh. I won't go for that."'
'“It’s a wild time in America right now and we have a polarizing president it appears and he made some remarks that a lot of the guys in the NFL took offense to,” Wood said Monday. “I know from our team, the guys who knelt meant no disrespect to the military whatsoever. I think what’s got a lot of the fans and the people that support the NFL upset is they think it’s a shot at the military. I think I speak for everyone that says it is absolutely not a disrespect to the military.'
'McDermott’s culture change at One Bills Drive is rooted in the importance of love, unity and a brotherhood behind closed doors and on the playing field. To ensure that the raw emotions conjured by Trump’s comments didn’t become an overwhelming distraction, the entire team and ownership met together for an hour Saturday night. And on Sunday, players, coaches and trainers delivered a message of togetherness, forming a wall of solidarity during the anthem prior to their 26-16 win over Denver.'
'They do have games left against the NFL's only two remaining unbeaten teams, the Chiefs and Falcons, starting with Sunday's game in Atlanta. But several of their future opponents looked positively dreadful on Sunday, and if the Bills' defense keeps playing this well, they can compete with all of them.'
'“I understood the call, but I was amazed that Carl Cheffers made that call,” Daopoulos said. “I could see if the players were in each other’s faces, but it seems they know each other and it was a joking type of thing."'
'Denver crossed midfield on seven drives and ran 34 plays in Bills' territory. Thomas and Sanders produced just three catches for 20 yards on the Bills' side of the field.'
'Well, I believe this – I believe we put out a team statement for a reason. I stand by that statement of equality, of love, of unity and I think that’s the important part right here, right now. Really, anything in addition to that for us is, we’ve got to get our focus on our team and the Atlanta Falcons at this point.'
'That Von Miller penalty might be the worst I've ever seen. Seriously. Both guys were laughing. That's inexcusable in that spot. Inexcusable.'
'The Bills did a good job of bending but not breaking in pass defense Sunday against the Broncos’ receiving duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, holding the pair to 13 receptions on 24 targets for 173 yards and no touchdowns. They also took away the big plays, not allowing a reception longer than 29 yards. But Atlanta will pose an even bigger threat to the Bills’ secondary composed of all newcomers. Rookie Tre’Davious White will face his biggest test yet against all-pro Julio Jones, who some believe is the league’s best receiver. If the Bills lock him down, there’s still Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel to deal with. But the biggest factor of all may be Ryan – far and away the best passer the Bills have faced yet. We’ll see what the secondary is made of in this game.'
'K Stephen Hauschka – No kicker in Bills history has had at least three field goals in a game that were 49 yards or longer, or two in a game that were 53 yards or longer. Hauschka did that Sunday, going 4 for 4 from 27, 49, 53 and 55 yards, all to the scoreboard end of New Era Field.'
'I can't recall Dedes having a better game than he did Sunday. He put the game in perspective, was sharp on player identifications, smartly set up Archuleta for key comments and even gently corrected his analyst's biggest mistake.'
'The Buffalo Bills' 26-16 victory over the Denver Broncos Sunday had a season-high rating of 36.9 on WIVB-TV (Channel 4).'
'"That would make me proud of Buffalo," Wes said before the game while tailgating with his family and friends, many of whom grew up — and at least one who served in the Army — with his late brother, Staff Sgt. William R. Wilson III.'
'McDermott did not want to, as he said, “look in the rearview mirror” and preferred to move forward and begin talking about Buffalo’s game against the defending NFC champion Falcons Sunday.'
'“Even though I’m thankful the BILLS won today, I’m really upset and sad about what’s happening. And I imagine many of you are too. I love the game of football and all that it means to the players, fans and cities across THIS country … but with all that’s going on it’s hard. The only time I will ever take a knee is to pray and to thank the Good Lord for what he’s given me. We all have our issues. We all need to try and appreciate and understand each other and help each other and that goes for our PRESIDENT TOO. I don’t have all the answers. But I do know that we need to UNITE not SEPARATE. I hope next week we can STAND, LOCK ARMS and become ONE FAMILY.”'
'Deon Lacey took any momentum the Denver Broncos had when he stopped the team's fake punt attempt at the end of the third quarter.'
'Jefferson was cut when the Bills trimmed their roster to 53 players. But he proudly watched his former teammates with both the Bills and Broncos join the anthem demonstrations this week after President Donald Trump said NFL owners should "fire" any "son of a bitch" who decides to kneel. A week ago, six players kneeled. After Trump's remarks, more than 200 NFL players made similar statements by kneeling or raising a fist during the national anthem.'
'Dixon, a Sylvan Beach native who went to Christian Brothers Academy and Syracuse University, is the punter for the Broncos.'
'According to Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams, McCoy and Kelly have since talked. But unfortunately, Kelly decided to make the issue public before doing that.'
'"I will never step foot in the that place again, I will never watch an NFL football game again until this ends," Nikischer said.'
'"I like LeSean McCoy, don't get me wrong, but I totally, 100 percent I disagree with what he did," Kelly said. "You want to kneel? Fine. But when you go and do what he did yesterday, that sort of bummed me out. And I lost a lot of respect for him. … You want to kneel? That's your prerogative. I would never do that. I will always stand, thank the good Lord for everything I got. But when you disrespect the way he did and just go by his everyday duty in the national anthem being sung? Uh-uh. I won't go for that."'
'But I do know that we need to UNITE not SEPARATE. I hope next week we can STAND , LOCK ARMS and become ONE FAMILY.'
'Picking on Tre'Davious White was clearly a big part of the Broncos' game plan. Early in the game, it worked. The wide receiver bit on some double moves, gave up some tough contested catches and was penalized. Things could have gone downhill quickly for the rookie, but he showed that he had a short memory on the field. He quickly rebounded from his rough start and finished the game with four passes defensed and one interception. White's ability to bounce back played a big role in Buffalo's win.'
'"At times. I'm going to be very honest about it, at times. At other times, not really," McDermott told NFL Network. "This bus is moving and at the end of this year, we're going to have a pretty good feel for who's on the bus and who's not, and everyone knows that, I would hope. So, I would hope they've seen that from the moves we've made and the direction we're heading, the mindset we're embracing and the devoted mindset you need to have to win in this league. We're going in a certain direction for a certain reason, and we play and do things with a purpose.”'
'"That doesn't sit well with me," Hughes said. “I was very disappointed in (Kelly).”'
'“Well I believe we put out a team statement for a reason and I stand by that statement,” McDermott said. “Of equality, of love, of unity, and I think that’s the important part."'
'During Ryan’s two seasons in Buffalo, offensive coordinators Greg Roman and Anthony Lynn never consistently hit on the best way to use Taylor’s skill set, primarily making teams simultaneously defend his ability to run or throw. McDermott and Dennison put Taylor in those situations frequently on Sunday, including a naked bootleg on which Taylor threw across his body to tight end Charles Clay coming from the backside for what became the decisive touchdown.'
'The post has been shared more than 4,700 times since Sunday. The majority of comments seemingly approved of Nikischer’s stance, with some calling him a “true hero” for his decision to quit in protest. One man asked if any of Nikischer’s colleagues were “brave enough” to follow his lead.'
'Nikischer spoke briefly with The Daily News, reiterating that he "supports peaceful protest," but "not during the national anthem."'
'Kelly said he issued the statement to clarify remarks he made on his weekly show on Buffalo's WGRF-Radio earlier in the day.'
'"Rick Dennison always has an open ear, even from my time working with him in Baltimore (when Taylor was a backup and Dennison was quarterbacks coach)," Taylor said. "This week, I talked with him about the things I have seen and that I liked, the things I felt we were good at."'
'"We could use all the encouragement we need to figure out how they won games back in those days and be successful as they were. But we're trying to bring a team together, we're trying to bring a community together, we're trying to bring a nation together. And by dividing us, by dividing the team, that doesn't work."'
'"I am so sick and tired of what's going on in this country," Kelly told Buffalo's 97 Rock, via ESPN.com's Mike Rodak. "Our president needs to focus on other countries – North Korea, Russia, and everything else that's going on everywhere else. I promote it, I like Donald Trump. I get sometimes what he says, and sometimes he needs to quit on Twitter. He needs to get off of it and focus on what's going on everywhere else instead of what's going on in the NFL.'
'"During the National Anthem…the song that is about our country, our veterans that fight and die for us, it's just something I feel you shouldn't disrespect that way," Nikischer said. "I believe people have the right to protest; I just don't believe that's the proper venue for it."'
'“During the national anthem…the song that is about our country, our veterans that fight and die for us, it's just something I feel you shouldn't disrespect that way,” he said. "I believe people have the right to protest; I just don't believe that's the proper venue for it.”'
'Some space should be reserved for the Bills defense here. We're three games into the season and the defense has given up a total of two touchdowns. Now, of course, it would be correct to consider who they've accomplished all of that against. The Jets, despite a win this week over Miami, are a joke. Carolina and Cam Newton have yet to look like a contender and now it's the Broncos.'
'"Every team comes to a cross roads in the season, in this case and the way they're wired it brought us closer together."'
'"Nobody on the team wanted to disrespect the military anyway, it was about social issues and inequality. I wanted to stand either way, but I have a lot of respect for other people's opinions.'
'Hughes also added that he doesn't really know why Jim Kelly is on the sidelines during Bills home games.'