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The Buffalo Bills Will See a Familiar Face When They Face the Houston Texans

September 22nd, 2014 at 3:24 PM
By Mike Matisz

When the Buffalo Bills make the trip to Houston to face the Texans, the Bills will encounter a familiar face in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick, who played for the Bills from 2009 to 2012, is currently the starting quarterback in Houston as the surprising Texans look to re-tool a bit.

The Texans, who are a surprising 2-1, have a strong defense to work off of. The offense still has weapons such as Andre Johnson and Arian Foster, but the defensive core in Houston is where the team attempts to make a difference on the field.

The Bills are much like the Texans in regards to their defense. The defense is the difference maker and keeps the game within striking distance for the offense. One thing that is also similar for both the Bills and Texans is the overall play of their quarterbacks.

Fitzpatrick and Bills quarterback EJ Manuel are both in the bottom half in various statistical categories for quarterbacks.

For starters, neither quarterback is in the upper half in the Total Quarterback Rating scale, which measures the quarterback’s potential impact on a game (the entire explanation can be found here).

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Buffalo Bills Cornerback Corey Graham Suffers the Wrath of the Rotation

September 22nd, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

When the Buffalo Bills took on the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, fans saw a steady dose of Leodis McKelvin and Stephon Gilmore at the cornerback position.

That is largely because the Bills are using a rotation-based starting lineup for the cornerback position.

In weeks one and two, the Bills saw more of cornerback Corey Graham making plays. In week three, Graham found himself on the wrong side of the rotation.

While in most cases the rotation would bring an opportunity for another player to make plays, Graham’s week one interception and his team-high three passes defended in week two overshadow the contributions of other corners in week three.

McKelvin was beaten deep early and also committed a 31-yard pass interference penalty.

Gilmore missed tackles on run plays and was called for a 15-yard facemask penalty.

Graham is a Buffalo native who takes pride in playing for the Bills. He has made plays so far this season, and even late in the game he defended a deep ball that could have sealed the Bills’ fate for the day if completed.

Graham commented on the fact that he wasn’t in the game more.

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Penalties Proved to Be Biggest Issue for Buffalo Bills Sunday

September 22nd, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills committed 11 penalties for 110 yards in Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers, and their lack of discipline resulted in an embarrassing performance that led to their first loss.

The Bills committed penalties on both sides of the ball, in critical situations. CJ Spiller had a long run negated by a hold and there were a few third-down stops that the Bills had that were overturned because of penalties. Kyle Williams acknowledges that penalties were a key to Buffalo's loss.

I think we contributed a good bit,” Williams told Buffalobills.com. “From some assignment issues, some different things and then with penalties, we contributed. I’m not taking anything away from them. They beat us. They played better than we did, but we didn’t help ourselves.”

Penalties suck the momentum from teams, especially when they are continuously committed. The Bills couldn't get out of their own way, drawing flag after flag and shooting themselves in the foot every chance they got. Bills receiver Robert Woods says penalties can't be downplayed when analyzing the loss.

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Buffalo Bills Week Three Reaction: Back to Reality

September 22nd, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

After two weeks of complete team wins, the Buffalo Bills had their first complete team loss to the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

Buffalo's offense was atrocious. EJ Manuel had little time, and when he did have time he missed open receivers. On the off chance that he did throw a good pass, his receivers seemed to quit on him. Sammy Watkins looked disconnected from the game. He wasn't interested in making the tough catches or getting hit and Robert Woods failed to turn his head on a deep ball that likely would have resulted in a touchdown.

On defense, the Bills were equally as bad. They could not pressure Phillip Rivers, and he made them pay, dearly. Rivers came out throwing in a windy Ralph Wilson Stadium, and had no problems doing it. Stephon Gilmore tried to play patty-cake with ball runners instead of actually tackling them, and his coverage was pathetic as well. Gilmore got beat twice off the edge with runs that allowed the Chargers to pick up big chunks of yardage.

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San Diego Chargers ‘Picked’ Buffalo Bills Defense to Victory

September 21st, 2014 at 10:00 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills had a tough time stopping anything the San Diego Chargers did in the passing game today, and their offensive scheme had a lot to do with it.

The Chargers were able to get separation with their receivers through various, legal pick plays. Cornerback Corey Graham says the Bills didn't do enough to stop those types of plays.

We didn’t make the plays when they came our way,” Graham. told Buffalobills.com “They pretty much ran a lot of pick routes, a lot of speed outs, a lot of crossers and we sat back and gave it to them. We weren’t aggressive enough. We didn’t make enough plays.”

The Bills were unable to come up with a solution to the pick plays that gave them fits in today's game. Phillip Rivers kept the Bills defense off-balance with a hurry-up offense that kept the chains moving, and the crowd out of the game for the most part. Graham says that the Bills were unable to adjust to what was beating them, creating a long game for the Bills and their fans.

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