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BDC 10/31: Postgame Notes and Quotes

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on October 31, 2011 – 1:38 pm

— SHUTOUT (AND DEFENSIVE) NOTES – Yesterday marked the 21st shutout in Bills history, the first since a 21-0 win over Miami, 12/17/06 … Buffalo allowed 178 total yards, their lowest figure since 157 vs. Ind., 1/3/10 … Bills outgained Redskins 390-178, a difference of 212 yards.; this marks the largest positive yardage differential since a 246-yd. margin (403-157) vs. Ind., 1/3/10 … Buffalo also limited Washington to 26 rushing yards., the 10th-lowest total ever by a Bills opponent and the lowest since 25 vs. Ind., 1/3/10 … Bills tied team record by allowing zero rushing first downs; this marks the third time in team history in which an opponent had none (also at N.Y.J., 10/30/66 and vs. N.E., 10/26/82) … 10 total first downs allowed were fewest since 9 vs. Cle., 12/12/10.

— SACK HAPPY – Buffalo recorded nine sacks yesterday, the second highest figure in team history (11 at Den., 12/13/64) … It is the most sacks by an NFL team since 10/3/10, when San Diego had 9 against Arizona and the New York Giants had 10 vs. Chicago.

— PROTECTING THE BALL AND THE QUARTERBACK – Buffalo lost its first fumble of the season; they entered yesterday’s game as the only team in the NFL without a lost fumble in 2011 … Buffalo had 2 giveaways and 2 takeaways, keeping its season takeaway/giveaway margin for the season at +9; the figure is the highest enjoyed by the Bills at any point of a season since the 2007 team finished at +9 … Bills allowed 2 sacks yesterday, increasing their season total to 9, the second-fewest of any NFL team this season (Oakland 8, on bye this week; Philadelphia 9).

DAILY LINKS – Dareus dominates – Bills whitewash Redskins – Hit on Fitz freezes teammates

Buffalo News – Bills fans warming up to Toronto

Buffalo News – Bills’ sack attack overwhelms Redskins

Buffalo News – Bills’ Jackson makes ‘Skins pay a price for blitzing

Buffalo News – Change of home venue presents no problem

Buffalo News – Chandler earns share of team TE record with sixth TD of season

Buffalo News – Quarterly report: Anatomy of a rout

Buffalo News – A complete game earns high marks

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills sack Washington, take AFC East lead

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills are making a believer out of Sal

Rochester D&C – Sal’s Six Points: The Answers

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills report card

Associated Press – Toronto warms up to Bills in 23-0 win over ‘Skins

Niagara Gazette – Bills rack up the sacks

Wellsville Daily – Bills ‘sack’ Redskins in Toronto

Canandaigua Messenger – Bills shutout Redskins, week eight team report card

Toronto Sun – Bills turn up heat in T.O.

Toronto Sun – Bills defence dominates

Toronto Sun – Rogers Centre rocks for Bills

Toronto Sun – Bills score touchdown with fans 4  

Toronto Star – Kelly: Dominating Bills finally give T.O. fans reason to cheer

Toronto Star – Bills cashing in on Toronto series

Globe and Mail – Bills’ Chandler shows scoring touch

Globe and Mail – The Bills in Toronto are money in the bank

National Post – Bills deliver best victory in Toronto

National Post – Not quite buffaloed

Hamilton Spectator – Bills put on a show for fans of T.O. – Overachieving, do-anything-it-takes Bills are getting it done – Bills defence steals the show – League taking notice of Chandler

Audio/Video/Photo Clips
Bills Roundup: Defense Dominates in 23-0 Win
Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference
Fitzpatrick and Jackson Postgame Press Conference
Redskins vs. Bills highlights

Bills Drop Redskins 23-0 in Toronto
Reaction: Bills 23 – Redskins 0

Bills can’t blame Toronto
Buffalo by the numbers

WIVB – Bills shutdown Redskins

WHAM – Chan Gailey Might be Coach of the Year

WROC – Pitoniak: Bills exorcise Toronto demons

CBC Sports – The Bills…and all that jazz

Additional Clips
Inside the Bills Blog – Immediate Reactions: Bills 23, Redskins 0

AFC East Blog (
Seven-step drop: Pay Fred Jackson
QBR rating: Fitz better than Brady
First-place Bills getting defensive
Rapid Reaction: Bills 23, Redskins 0

Pro Football Talk
Marcell Dareus explodes after move to nose tackle
The Redskins are a mess, the Bills are contenders

Pro Football Weekly – Dareus ignites Bills’ pass rush in shutout win

The Bills made one of the biggest trades in team history, acquiring rookie LB Cornelius Bennett from Indianapolis as part of a three-team, 10-player trade. The Bills gave up their first-round pick in 1988, their first- and second-round picks in 1989 and RB Greg Bell, who went to the Los Angeles Rams. As a part of the trade, star RB Eric Dickerson went from the Rams to the Colts.

Scored 2 TDs on receptions of 20 & 15 yds. … 2nd multi-TD game of season/career (had 2 in opener at K.C.) … first Bills with 2 multi-TD games in a season since Steve Johnson and Fred Jackson (2 each) in 2010 … first Bills TE ever with 2 multi-TD games in a season … 2nd NFL TE with 2 multi-TD games in 2011, joining N.E.’s Rob Gronkowski … 6 TDs in 2011, tying Bills record for rec. TDs in a season by TE … 7th straight game with rec., continues first rec. streak of NFL career (entered season with 1 rec.)

Blocked 49-yd. FG att. in 2nd qtr. … 2nd blocked FG with Bills (also 12/27/09 at Atl.). … Along with Alex Carrington’s blocked FG in Bills’ last game (at N.Y.G., 10/16), this marks first time since 1996 that Bills have blocked FG in back-to-back games (2 at Pit., 9/16/06 – Phil Hansen and Bruce Smith; 1 vs. Dal., 9/22/06 – Smith) … Recorded Bills’ 6th sack of day in 3rd qtr. … joins Marcell Dareus (3.5) and Dwan Edwards (1.5) as only Bills to participate in more than one sack in 2011

Led team with 120 rushing yds. … Has topped 100-yd. rushing yds. in 5 of 7 games this season (also 112 at K.C., 117 vs. Oak., 111 vs. Phi., 112 at N.Y.G.) … 12th career 100-yd. rushing game; 6th on Bills all-time list, trailing Thurman Thomas-46, O.J. Simpson-41, Willis McGahee-14, Joe Cribbs-13, and Travis Henry-13 … 5 100-yd. rushing games this season are most by Bill in a season since Willis McGahee (5) in 2005 … 3rd straight 100-yd. rushing game … first Bill with 3 in a row since Thurman Thomas in games 2-4, 1994 … with another 100 next week vs. N.Y.J., would become 1st Bill with 4 straight since Thomas had 5 in a row in games 11-15, 1992 … 2nd time this season (also in games 1-2) with streak of 100-yd. rushing games … streak is 3rd of career (first occurred in games 9-10, 2010) … first Bill with two separate streaks in one season since Willis McGahee in 2004 (games 7-8 and 10-11) … Bills are 10-2 when Jackson has 100-yd. rushing game … Averaging 5.46 yds. per rush this season (132-721) … among Bills with 50+ att. in season, Jackson’s average ranks 4th … Career rushing avg. of 4.60 (779-3,581) remains 2nd all-time in Bills history (among rushers with 200+ att.), trailing only O.J. Simpson (4.80 – 2,123-10,183) … 194 scrimmage yds. today … 2nd highest output of season (196 vs. Phi., 10/2) … 21st career game with 100+ scrimmage yds. … has 100+ scrimmage yds. in 6 of 7 games this season (only non-100 yd. game: 98 at Cin. 10/2) … 1,074 scrimmage yds. in 2011 represents 2nd-highest total after 7 games in team history … 4th time a Bill has 1,000 or more through first seven games of season, along with O.J. Simpson (1,106 in 1975 and 1,073 in 1973) and Thurman Thomas (1,032 in 1991)

6 rec. raised season total to team-high 39 … Extended rec. streak to career-long 23 straight games … 4 of 6 rec. resulted in first downs today … 26 of 39 rec. this season (66.7%) have moved the chains … 46 of last 63 catches have resulted in first downs

Had 2.5 sacks today, first multi-sack game of NFL career … Most sacks in game by Bills rookie since Cornelius Bennett had 4 vs. Phi., 12/2/87 … First multi-sack game by Bills rookie since Aaron Schobel had 2 vs. N.E., 12/16/01

77.8% completion rate yesterday tied as highest of career (also 77.8%, 21 of 27, vs. Phi. 10/9/11) … 4th game of career with 70% or better comp. rate, 3rd in a row (77.8%, 21 of 27, vs. Phi. 10/9; 70.0%, 21 of 30, at N.Y.G. 10/16) … 2nd QB in Bills history with 3 consecutive games in season with 70% or better completion pct. (min 20 att.), joining Jim Kelly in games 1-3, 1991 … 27th game in NFL career with 60% comp. rate (min. 20 att.) … Fitzpatrick’s teams are 14-12-1 when completing 60% or better  … Has had 60% or better completion rate in 6 of 7 games this season … Season comp. pct. of 67.69% is highest in team history (min. 100 att.); today overtook Kelly Holcomb’s 67.39% (155-230) in 2005  … Completed 46-yd. pass to Fred Jackson late in 2nd qtr. on FG drive which gave Bills 13-0 lead … 5th straight game with 40+ yd. completion (had 48-yd. connection with Donald Jones 9/25 vs. N.E., a 44-yd. hookup with Steve Johnson 10/2 at Cin., a 49-yd. connection with Fred Jackson 10/9 vs. Phi., and a 60-yd. TD pass to Naaman Roosevelt 10/16 at N.Y.G.) … 40+ yd. comp. in 5 straight games is new career long (also had 4-game streak in games 8-11, 2010) … first Bills QB with 40+ yd. pass in 5 straight games since Todd Collins in games 1-5, 1997 … Threw 2 TD passes to Scott Chandler … Has thrown TD pass in 6 of 7 games this season and has TD in 25 of 30 games played as Bill

Interception in 4th qtr. … 12th INT of career, team-high 4th of season (also had INTs 9/25 vs. N.E., 10/2 at Cin., and 10/9 vs. Phi.) … 4th of 12 career INTs to occur in a home game … Takeaway led to missed FG … 7 of 12 INTs have resulted in Bills points (5 TD, 2 FG) … 3 others have enabled Bills to run out clock … Bills are 9-3 with Wilson INT …  4 INTs in 2011 matches personal season high (4 in 2009)

Recorded Bills’ 2nd sack of game in 2nd qtr. … 2nd sack of NFL career (other was 12/19/10 at Mia.) … 2nd Bills DB to participate in sack this season, joining Bryan Scott … INT in 4th qtr. led to Bills’ final FG … INT was 11th of career … Bills are 4-4 in games featuring Byrd INT (2-1 with 2 INTs) … First Bill with sack & INT in same game since Aaron Schobel, 9/14/09 at N.E. … first Bills DB with sack & INT in same game since Troy Vincent, 12/12/04 vs. Cle. (Vincent also had fumble recovery in that game)

Recorded 1.5 sacks today … first multi-sack game of NFL career  … First sack since 10/24/10 at Bal. … today was first time with takedown in home game … Established new personal season sack high (had 1 in 2007 & 2009 with Bal. & in 2010 with Bills)

Credited with team-high 10 total tackles … 4th time in 2011 with 10+ tackles (had team-high 14 vs. Oak. 9/18, added 11 vs. N.E. 9/25, and had 10 at Cin. 10/2) … Shared first of Bills’ 9 sacks (with Arthur Moats) in 2nd qtr. … first sack since 12/27/09, with G.B. vs. Sea. (Matt Hasselbeck) … Barnett’s teams are 13-1 when he participates in a sack

Recorded last of Bills’ 9 sacks on Redskins final drive …  Sack was 6th of career, first since 1/3/10 with Oak. vs. Bal. … Morrison’s teams are now 2-4 when recording sack

Shared Bills’ first sack of day with Nick Barnett in 2nd qtr. … Raised career sack total to 3.0 … First participation in sack since full sack, 12/19/10 at Mia. … Bills are 3-1 when he participates in sack

Played in 131st career game, 30th on Bills all-time participation list … Recorded sack in 3rd qtr. … raised career total to 26.5, breaking tie with Fred Smerlas (25.5) for 10th on Bills all-time sack chart.

Head Coach Chan Gailey
On working on the pass rush during the bye week and wanting to get to the quarter back:
That would be the biggest understatement of the year. That was amazing to go get nine sacks against that team. They really worked hard at it during the bye week. I don’t think anybody expected that. I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t expect that. They gave such a great effort, did a good job working technique and getting back to fundamentals. In the bye week you get out of the routine. You get out of everything and you’ve got to depend on the fundamentals when you come back off a bye week. They did a great job of that.

On the back end guys getting sacks as well:
That was a big part of it. He didn’t have anywhere to throw the football. He had to hold it an extra second. And when you hold it an extra second guys get there. I thought our coaching staff and our players executed some great blitzes. I thought we had some great blitzes for their protections.

On the team’s reaction when Fitzpatrick was hit preceding a Fred Jackson run:
Well, he’s a huge part of what we do so I think everybody on offense and the whole team had a collective gasp when they saw him down there trying to suck air so to speak. He came back to the huddle and was still doing the same thing so everybody’s in the huddle wide-eyed and trying to make sure he’s okay because obviously he’s a huge part of what we do. Without him, we wouldn’t be in the situation we are. So that was the first thing, I tried to make sure he was alright after the play and it’s good for him to get back in there.

On why TE Scott Chandler was able to have two touchdowns this game as opposed to other Bills games in the past:
It just depends on the game. Today, I don’t know with the game plan if we went in saying, “We’re throwing Scott (Chandler) two touchdowns.” When we went in, if you had told me he would’ve caught two, I would’ve said, “Yeah, he can catch two every week.” Stevie Johnson can catch two, David (Nelson) can catch two. Whoever it is, so that’s just the way it went today.

On how Head Coach Chan Gailey’s coaching has affecting the team:
(Head) Coach (Chan Gailey) does a great job of challenging us week in and week out, regardless of if we’re coming off a loss, he doesn’t allow us to sit and sulk and feel bad and have self pity on ourselves. But at the same time when we come off of a victory, he doesn’t allow us to get too high; he keeps us grounded. We’ve taken on his demeanor where we just take it one game at a time and each game is a different story that we have to deal with and learn from and whether we win or lose, we’ve got to move on to the next one so we’re just pushing the envelope and coach always talks about not getting complacent, not getting satisfied, not just playing well or playing good but getting better week in and week out and as we continue to win, each game is going to get bigger and bigger. We know where we’re going, we know how we’re talking about getting there, we just have to make sure we’re doing our part up front so as we get later in the season, we’re not having to depend on another team winning or losing to get our ticket punched to the playoffs.

On working on improving the pass rush:
It was Giff (Smith) our D-line coach, he really put a lot of emphasis on “keep your motor running”, staying low, getting after the ball, don’t look in the backfield, work your man and make your move. It always kind of went from there. You get to the grind; we did a lot of drills bouncing up, running after the ball, running after the quarterback, anything that it took to get to the quarterback. Our D-line coach Giff put a lot of emphasis on it and we worked on it.


In the Bills 23-0 shutout of the Washington Redskins, DL Marcell Dareus tallied 2.5 sacks to go along with four tackles and three quarterback hits.

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