'Interestingly, the Bills played well without Dareus and Glenn. On defense, the Bills limited Denver to one touchdown and 16 points, and Adolphus Washington and Cedric Thornton shared the reps and combined for four tackles. If Dareus can't play, the Bills will have another option inside as defensive tackle Jerel Worthy is now officially out of concussion protocol and was back at practice in full for the first time this season.'
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'For some reason, McDermott elected to cover Falcons two-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones with a single player last season. Jones ravaged the man-to-man coverage, catching 12 passes for a team-record 300 yards and a touchdown in the 48-33 plastering of the Panthers on Oct. 2.'
'A solid defense alone will not be enough for the Buffalo to win. McDermott's club will need to improve upon its season-to-date rankings in points per game (16.7, No. 25 in the NFL) and yards per game (285.3, No. 26).'
'"Like I texted him, he said some things to the media that he probably could have said to me," McCoy said. "But his opinion, it really doesn't matter to me. I like Jim Kelly. He texts me and I just told him, 'Hey, you're human.' People have their own opinions. What you said, you don't have to apologize for it. I don't think you're wrong. That's how he felt. I understand. You're human and I told him exactly, 'My respect for you, it hasn't changed. It's still very high.' He's a hell of a player and I respected him when I met him, and even the relationship I have so far. So it didn't affect me at all."'
'“I’ve seen them continue to do that, with respect to the game and the last couple of days,” he told reporters Wednesday morning. “I’m very appreciative of that. I think that it really speaks to a team. Being able to communicate, certainly like I’ve talked about, is important. Being able to communicate on the field is important, and that’s really where our focus needs to be this week as we move forward and focus on our team and the Atlanta Falcons. I really appreciate that about our guys. They care about one another, they respect one another, and we’re able to communicate about things that are important.”'
'Certainly the Falcons' offense will come out flying (no pun intended) against the Bills on Sunday, but Buffalo's defense has only allowed 37 points in their three games and has yet to give up a touchdown through the air.'
'In the team’s 26-16 win over the Denver Broncos, Hauschka connected on field goals of 27, 49, 53, and 55-yards, plus a pair of extra points. He also put five of seven kickoffs in the end zone. Three of those went for touchbacks. He became the first kicker in Bills history to hit two field goals of 53 yards or longer in the same game.'
'I was extremely hurt, to be honest. Because at first, everybody has their own opinions like I talked about. People believe in different things, they stand up for whatever they stand up for, that’s their right. Some of the words that the President used… it just rubbed me the wrong way. I was upset. I was frustrated and that’s the way I wanted to express myself at the game.'
'Hauschka is 5-of-6 this season and 196-of-225 in his career. He has 20 points so far this season for the Bills offense.'
'Injury wise, injury updates, the following players will not practice starting with Cordy Glenn still with the foot and ankle. Kyle Williams will not practice, as well as Lorenzo Alexander due to scheduled rest days. Marcell Dareus will be limited in practice, and Jerel Worthy is out of the concussion protocol at this time. Finally, congratulations to Stephen Hauschka, the AFC special teams player of the week, for a tremendous effort in last week’s game against Denver.'
'One protester told News 4 that the purpose wasn’t to boycott the game, but to spread the message of what the American flag means to them.'
'"Breakfast is a big part of that," Thomas said. "You eat the proper foods and it gives you energy in the morning. You always want to start off by eating something good in the morning and I've instilled that in my kids and I've tried to go around the schools here in Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse to teach them the same thing."'
'“Rico always has an open ear even from my time working with him in Baltimore,” said Taylor. “But this past week talking with him about what I saw and liked, or things that I felt we were good at against this defense. Even things that he liked from his time in Denver and knowing that group that we just played. Ideas that he thought would work.'
'The four-year veteran is expected to play a key role in Buffalo’s defensive tackle rotation after putting together a strong preseason. With Marcell Dareus still on the mend from an ankle injury suffered in Week 2, Worthy is expected to be dressed for Sunday’s game as one of the team’s four healthy defensive tackles.'
'“It felt great,” said Hauschka of his swing last Sunday. “The ball was flying well. It was above 80 degrees. It’s like this a lot in Buffalo right? The ball was flying well and feeling good mentally, physically and it was just nice for things to come together.”'
'One thing the Bills have demonstrated in recent years is that they’re stubborn when it comes to running the ball. So look for more smash mouth football this week against the Falcons. And Atlanta gives up 4.8 yards per opponents rushing attempt—fourth worst in the league.'
'On ‘The Ringer NFL Show,’ Michael Lombardi and Tate Frazier applauded what the Bills have done through three weeks.'
'"The bottom line is they get it, they understand that we're in this all together," Kelly said. "It bums me out when I see the negativity toward me. And I've talked to Jerry, I've talked to (fellow Hall-of-Famers) Bruce (Smith) and Thurman (Thomas). We all get it. And you know what? This might even bring our team closer."'
'Gray area has been there all along when it comes to Kaepernick and other players who joined him in protest. Most baffling to me in this steady diet of controversy has been the willingness of people to swallow the entire side of an argument without realizing that most complex issues are served a la carte.'
'His press conferences are boring. His ultra-measured responses and constant use of coach-speak are maddening to those of us asking the questions. Ryan might not have excelled at much when it came to meshing the right scheme with his defensive personnel or pushing the correct buttons on game day or keeping track of all of those pesky details that are an essential part of the job description, but, man, was he ever entertaining.'
'"It's not about the flag or the anthem … just like someone doesn't have to have their lord and savior be Jesus Christ," Thomas said.'
'The Bills have room to add one player to their 53-man active roster.'
'McCoy is currently averaging 1.93 yards per route run (131 yards on 68 pass routes run), the 13th-best out of 41 running backs who've played at least 25 percent of their respective team's snaps thus far. Of the 17 backs who've run at least 50 pass routes, McCoy's 1.93 yards-per-route-run figure is fifth-best.'
'White is currently PFF's No. 10 cornerback out of 110 qualifying players at the same position.'
'Among teams with a winning record, the Bills are among the least likely to make the playoffs, according to the site: Rams (23.4 percent), Bills (31.8 percent), Redskins (33.4 percent).'
'Greg Gumbel will handle the play-by-play, Trent Green will be the game analyst and Jamie Erdahl will report from the sidelines.'
'Tailgate forecast: Comfortably cool start. Mostly sunny, with temps starting in low 60s. Light east wind.'
'“There was anywhere from 15 to 20,000 Bills fans tailgating in the parking area before the game,” said Todd Zielinski. “It definitely looked like we had more Bills fans than Carolina fans. I think a lot of people came out for the tailgate and wanted to represent Buffalo.”'
'Kelly, a Bills employee and goodwill ambassador, was the on the field when current team members chose to lock arms during the playing of the national anthem before Sunday’s game against Denver. About a dozen Bills players chose to kneel, joining others around the NFL, a movement that was started a year ago by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.'
'Matt Ryan is among the NFL's best quarterbacks, but that doesn't mean he won't make mistakes on the field. Ryan threw for nearly 300 yards and two touchdowns against the Lions, but he also tossed three interceptions against Detroit. Buffalo's secondary will have opportunities to make plays against Ryan.'
'For the second week in a row, defensive end Jerry Hughes tops the list as the best player on the field for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.'
'Alexander will meet with fans from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in support of his foundation, the A.C.E.S. (Accountability, Community, Education, Sports) Foundation.'
'Zylka says law enforcement meet with Bills officials a few times a week to see what they could do better on game day. But he says no matter what they do, there’s always going to be a delay.'
'Here’s why Buffalo’s win over Denver bothers me. Don’t get me wrong – I was happier than anybody that the Bills won on Sunday, but it also got me thinking. Thinking about how a win like this was supposed to happen LAST season – you know, when the team was trying to rebuild AND win. Buffalo’s been trying to rebuild and win at the same time for 17+ years and we all know how that’s worked out – it hasn’t. As I wrote in my first article this season, this is supposed to be a rebuilding year and it’s something I’ve prepared for. My thought was that the Bills would probably be a 4 or 5 win team this season but that pain would be repaid at draft time. Instead, with this improbable win over Denver they look like they’re on yet another relentless march to about 8 wins (stop me of you’ve seen this before).'
'The release of Coleman likely means either Dareus or Worthy are close to a return.'
'… Bills fans are probably pretty thrilled with the way their new kicker, Steven Hauschka, performed against the Broncos. Hauschka went 4 for 4 on field goals, which includes conversions from 49, 53 and 55 yards. That's a dramatic improvement from Carpenter, who went 5 of 11 on fields from 40 yards or longer last season. Hauschka wasn't the only player for the Bills who was nearly perfect in this game. Tyrod Taylor, who finished 20 of 26 for 213 yards with two touchdowns, led two clutch touchdown drives in the game, and they both game when the Bills were trailing by three points.'
'But out of nowhere, Joe Webb, who disengaged from his downfield block at the 17-yard line, turns around and closes a three-yard head start by Latimer running full speed in 13 yards and wraps him up from behind at the 30 before dragging him to the ground at the 36-yard line.'
'“It’s huge. Obviously we play half the games at home and you have to have that mentality to defend your dirt. You have to get the crowd into it and make this place a tough place to play. Not only when it’s cold but days like Sunday when it was hot. We understand that and coach has been stressing since OTA’s and that’s our number one goal to play at home and defend our dirt,” Micah Hyde said.'
'“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.”'
'"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."'