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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 8:56 pm

Here’s a look at some of the figures from Buffalo’s big win over San Francisco that stood out Sunday.

312 – yards rushing for Buffalo
45 – most points scored by the Bills in a game since 2010.
7.1 – yards per carry average for the Bills
100% – Buffalo’s red zone touchdown percentage on offense where they went 4-for-4
0% – San Francisco’s red zone touchdown percentage on offense (0 for 2)
100% – Percentage of Justin Hunter receptions for the Bills that have gone for touchdowns
8 – sacks for Lorenzo Alexander, who now has at least a half sack in each game this season
35:11 – Bills time of possession Sunday
62% – Buffalo’s third down conversion percentage on offense
23% – 49ers third down conversion percentage on offense
23 seconds – game clock time elapsed between McCoy’s 18-yd TD run & Woods 5-yd TD catch
14 – number of years since Bills last had four rushing touchdowns in a game (ok almost 14 yrs. – 11/28/04)

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Dareus inactive

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 12:02 pm

Here’s a look at the Bills inactives for today’s game against the 49ers, which includes Marcell Dareus. 

DT Marcell Dareus
OT Cyrus Kouandjio

QB Cardale Jones

OT Seantrel Henderson

OL Gabe Ikard

OL Patrick Lewis

TE Gerald Christian

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49ers inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 12:01 pm

Here are the 49ers inactives for today’s game against the Bills. 

QB Christian Ponder

DB Jimmie Ward

S Jaquiski Tartt

DT Tony Jerod-Eddie

OL John Theus

TE Blake Bell

DT Taylor Hart

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Offense looking for more 2nd half production

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 11:00 am

Buffalo has gotten off to fast starts on their current three game winning streak, and the team has shown an ability to play strong enough defense to capitalize on those strong starts when they get up on the scoreboard first with an early lead. The problem is the last three weeks the offense has struggled to produce in the same fashion in the second half.

Here’s a look at the offensive production in terms of total net yards from first half to second half in Weeks 3, 4 and 5.

Game 1st half yards 2nd half yards
vs. Ariz. 251 127
at N.E. 238 67
at L.A. 210 86
Totals 699 280

Over the last three games almost 72 percent of their total net yards on offense have come in the first half. So what’s happening in the second half that’s rendering Buffalo’s attack so inefficient?

“You know, that’s a good question,” offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said. “I think sometimes (the opponent) makes adjustments, and they catch up a little bit to what you’re doing. Maybe I can change my tempo and make some adjustments myself to do a better job, but we definitely stalled out in the third quarter the last couple of weeks. But we feel like four drops (last week) didn’t help, and execution could be a little bit better. But I feel like I can put us in a better position to make plays too.”

Third down conversions are one area where the execution has been lacking. In the last three games, Buffalo was converting at a rate of 50 percent in the first half (10-for-20). In the second half it has dropped to 25 percent (5-for-20).

When I asked coach Lynn if those numbers motivate him to stay a step ahead with counter moves to his opposing defensive coordinator, Buffalo’s OC answered in the affirmative.

“Well, that’s my job so absolutely,” he said. “I try to stay ahead of the play-caller on the other side of the field and sometimes–he’s a pro too–sometimes he’s ahead of me, and that’s what I’m figuring out.”

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Rex: We’re not good enough to look past 49ers

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 10:25 am

The San Francisco 49ers have struggled out of the gate this season. Their 1-4 record is largely due to a lack of playmaking in games by their most talented players. It reached the point where head coach Chip Kelly had to make a change at quarterback, inserting Colin Kaepernick this week. But Bills head coach Rex Ryan said his team is not looking past the next opponent on the schedule at any point this season because they’re not good enough themselves to do that.

“This is a dangerous team, no question about it,” said Ryan of the 49ers. “And let me tell you, I get it we’ve won three games in a row, but we haven’t won four games in a row. We need to focus on this opponent, and believe me we will. If we lose, it’s not going to have anything to do with the fact that we overlooked somebody, that’s not happening here.

“We know, number one we’re not that good. We aren’t good enough to overlook anybody–let alone the 49ers. This is a good football team. They do a lot of stuff on offense man, they challenge you and it’s hard to simulate that kind of tempo that you get and then they are very multiple in the way they attack you. And then on defense, (SF defensive coordinator) Jim O’Neil is dialing them up and doing a lot of different things so the preparation has to be great. The attention to detail has to be great just to give us an opportunity to be successful.”

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Why McCoy should be able to do what he does

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 10:23 am

In the last three wins the Bills have averaged a little over 178 yards per game rushing. They’ll no doubt aim to do that again today against San Francisco, a team that ranks 31st in run defense and surrenders more than 145 yards on the ground per game. LeSean McCoy should have a day if recent history for the 49ers is any indication.

Below is a list of the last four running backs that have faced San Francisco and their individual rushing totals as we pointed out in our Scouting Report this week.

Wk 2: Fozzy Whittaker 100 yards

Wk 3: Christine Michael 106 yds 2 TDs

Wk 4: Ezekiel Elliott 138 yds TD

Wk 5: David Johnson 157 yds, 2 TDs

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Kaepernick not worried about Bills fans

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 9:50 am

Colin Kaepernick has successfully used his platform as an NFL player to stimulate conversation about what he terms racial injustice and oppression of people of color in the United States, “particularly black people,” as he put it in a conference call with Western New York media. Now as a starter he’ll be much more visible on the field and there have been rumblings that some Bills fans will be singing the national anthem as a means of distracting and disrupting the 49ers offense. Kaepernick indicated that’s the least of his concerns on Sunday.

“That’s not really what my concern is,” he said. “When I step on the field, I step on the field to try to help my team win games. And that’s all I’ll be worried about on Sunday.”

When asked if he’s encouraged that his status now as a starting quarterback will raise the awareness of his cause even further, Kaepernick stated that it was never his end game for that to occur, but he won’t be disappointed if it does.

“Regardless of my play this movement is going to be legitimate,” he said. “People’s lives are always going to be legitimate. They’re always going to be worthwhile and they’re always going to be worth fighting for. Now if me winning some games and playing well amplifies how much people want to listen to what I’m saying and what I’m fighting for, great. But regardless of what happens on the field, there is nothing that can de-legitimize what this movement is about.”


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Monday QB club at New Era Cap Monday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2016 – 10:34 am

Join Aaron Williams and Donald Jones at New Era Cap at 160 Delaware Avenue on Monday as part of the Monday Quarterback Club luncheon series.

Ryan DiNunzio from New Era is the featured speaker at the event. For more information and to register go to the Monday Quarterback Club site.

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LB Brooks questionable for 49ers

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2016 – 1:54 pm

The San Francisco 49ers have already lost LB NaVorro Bowman for the season to an Achilles injury. Their other talented linebacker Ahmad Brooks is a question mark this week.

Brooks is dealing with a groin injury and practiced only on a limited basis all week. There’s a good chance he plays. How long he goes is question.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday Participation Thursday Participation Friday Game Status
Jimmie Ward CB Quad DNP DNP DNP Out
Ahmad Brooks LB Groin LP LP LP Questionable
DeForest Buckner DT Foot LP LP LP Questionable
Glenn Dorsey DT Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Jaquiski Tartt S Quad LP LP LP Questionable

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Kouandjio, Henderson close to return

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2016 – 12:45 pm

For the first time since Week 3, Cyrus Kouandjio was participating on the practice field. He was only limited in practice Friday, but was encouraged by how his recovering ankle held up.

“It felt good,” Kouandjio told “I’m encouraged.”

Kouandjio suffered a high ankle sprain in the win over the Cardinals and had not been on the practice field until Friday. Kouandjio is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, but all that time off the field has head coach Rex Ryan thinking he needs a full week of practice heading into a game.

“In a pinch we could probably go with him, but I’m not so sure he’ll be active this game,” said Ryan. “Probably not, but he seems to think that he can go.”

Meanwhile fellow offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson got an entire week of work in after coming off the Reserve/Suspended list. Whether he’s ready to serve as a swing tackle appears to be undecided at this point.

“He seems to be doing pretty well for us,” said Ryan. “I’m excited about him just getting out there and really getting a full week of work in there. We’ll see what that means moving forward.”

DT Marcell Dareus – hamstring

OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
CB Corey White – shoulder
DT Corbin Bryant – ankle
P Colton Schmidt – quad
OL Patrick Lewis – knee
LB Zach Brown – ankle
S Aaron Williams – ankle
TE Charles Clay – knee
OT Cyrus Kouandjio – ankle

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Fan Friday 10-14

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2016 – 11:15 am

Week 6 and the Bills are going for four in a row. Let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills was Reggie Ragland outperforming Zach Brown at camp, or was he slated to start due to the resources invested in him?


CB: Reggie Ragland was one of the most instinctive run defending rookies I’ve seen at the linebacker position in a while. Ragland has a much more physical game than Zach Brown and I think that’s what was most appealing to the defensive staff. I believe even if Ragland was healthy that Brown would’ve seen time on obvious passing downs due to his coverage ability.

Ragland out of the gate was probably one of the two best run defending linebackers on the roster with Preston Brown. That’s why he was in the starting lineup.


2 –@ChrisBrownBills Sir when you can, please let us fans know when Shaq going to play & Listenbee?


CB: I fully anticipate that Shaq Lawson will begin practicing with the team next week, but to think he’s going to play at Miami next Sunday after three or four days of practice I believe is a bit unrealistic, even though head coach Rex Ryan talked about Lawson playing right away in Week 7.

We have to remember that Lawson did not participate in a single team practice. His shoulder required surgery after a rookie minicamp practice. He’s never been on the field with any of the other players on defense. He’s never physically repped this defensive scheme with teammates, let alone at game speed.

I would expect him to at least get a couple of weeks of practice in before they begin to blend him into the defensive rotation. My guess would be the New England game provided he comes along and executes consistently in practice.

As for Listenbee, Ryan expressed doubt that he would be practicing any time soon. Here was his comment on Wednesday this week about Listenbee’s availability to practice.

“I don’t have the confidence with that as I do with Shaq,” Ryan said.

Listenbee has had some setbacks in his recovery from double sports hernia surgery. Every case is different and it appears that Listenbee’s recovery is going to take a little longer. If his inability to practice stretches beyond Week 10 then he won’t see the field at all this season.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills will the Bills open up the passing game more this week? Don’t remember too many deep throws past couple weeks


CB: The only deep shots I remember was the overthrow to Woods when he had his man beat down the left sideline in the second half last week and there was another to Goodwin that didn’t connect. I’d like to think there will be a couple more just to loosen up the defense. The 49ers though are really struggling to stop the run, so their weakness on defense kind of plays into Buffalo’s hands, so don’t expect the ball to be flying all that much.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills what’s up with Aaron Williams? Didn’t he leave last week’s game with a shoulder injury?

J Christensen-Sharpe@Snowbird_Killer

CB: Last week Aaron Williams left the game with what was reported by the team as a shoulder injury and he was questionable to return. But on the next defensive series Williams was back at his safety position and finished the game.

This week he has an ankle injury and has been limited in practice, but is expected to start.

5 – @ChrisBrownBills do you see an increased role for Bush anytime soon or are his days in Buffalo possibly numbered?

Nathan Bonner@NateB422

CB: They have certain packages in the offense designed with Reggie Bush in mind, but for whatever reason they’ve chosen not to make use of those to this point. I wouldn’t go so far as to say his days are numbered. I think he’s good insurance behind LeSean McCoy because he’s the only back on the roster that can do some of what McCoy can do.

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Pro Bowl voting now open for fans

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2016 – 3:15 pm

The polls are open for Pro Bowl voting. Starting today, fans may vote to select players for the 2017 Pro Bowl to be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida and televised live on ESPN.

Voting is available online and on web-enabled mobile phones by going to and will be open through Tuesday, December 13.

The Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 16.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 20 live on NFL Network.

The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

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Rex less optimistic about Dareus Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2016 – 2:39 pm

He’s not ruling him out, but it’s looking more and more like Marcell Dareus will not make his season debut in Week 6 against the 49ers.

With Dareus missing a second straight day of practice with a hamstring injury, head coach Rex Ryan

“I would say probably (less optimistic) because he hasn’t practiced the last two days,” said Ryan. “We’re still not going to rule him out, but yeah I wish he could’ve practiced.”

Here’s a look at Buffalo’s injury update from Thursday.

OT Cyrus Kouandjio – ankle
DT Marcell Dareus – hamstring
LB Jerry Hughes – rest day

OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
CB Corey White – shoulder
DT Corbin Bryant – ankle
P Colton Schmidt – right quad
OL Patrick Lewis – knee
LB Zach Brown – ankle
S Aaron Williams – ankle
TE Charles Clay – knee

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Bills & ADPRO Sports High School Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 12, 2016 – 8:03 pm


The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2016, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer through the High School Coach of the Week program.


The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week for Week 6 is Glenn Graham, head coach of the Cleveland Hill Golden Eagles. On Saturday, October 8, the Golden Eagles took on the Medina/Webber Mustangs at home. Coming into the contest, Cleveland Hill of Class C was ranked 10th in New York State and Medina/Webber of Class B was ranked 14th in the state. The matchup proved to be a low scoring defensive battle with Cleveland Hill coming out on top with a final score of 8-6. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles on defense were senior defensive lineman Nathan Pawlowski and junior defensive end Manny Al-Hemyari, who were each credited with two sacks on the game. On offense, senior quarterback Tyler Phillips put up 63 yards rushing and a touchdown. Cleveland Hill’s next game is set for Saturday, October 15 at Kennedy High School.


The Rochester Region Coach of the Week for Week 6 is Joe Marchand, head coach of CG Finney high school Falcons. On Saturday, October 8 the Falcons took on the Pembroke Dragons on the road. Coming into the contest, the Falcons were undefeated at 5-0. After a complete team effort, the Falcons defeated the Dragons 35-13 to propel CG Finney to 6-0 on the season. On offense, running back Cameron Odom put up 155 yards rushing for two touchdowns to put the Falcons in position to win the game. On defense, Maalik Thomas contributed with nine tackles. The Falcons will take on Alexander on the road on Friday, October 14 for the team’s next matchup.

Check back on each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Wednesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. All Coach of the Week winners will receive $1,000 for their high school football program and will be recognized on-field prior to the Bills vs. Browns game on December 18. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!

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Kerley, Brooks on 49ers injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2016 – 5:21 pm

The 49ers suffered a terrible loss from their starting defense recently when LB NaVorro Bowman was lost to a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 4. This week their active players are pretty healthy for the most part.

Leading WR Jeremy Kerley and starting LB Ahmad Brooks were the most notable on San Francisco’s injury list. Both were limited Wednesday.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Jimmie Ward CB Quad DNP
Zane Beadles G Ankle LP
Ahmad Brooks LB Groin LP
DeForest Buckner DT Foot LP
Quinton Dial DT Knee LP
Glenn Dorsey DT Knee LP
Jeremy Kerley WR Ankle LP
Vance McDonald TE Hip LP
Jaquiski Tartt S Quad LP
Arik Armstead DT Shoulder FP
Cornellius Carradine LB Toe FP

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Dareus trying to work up to running

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2016 – 5:09 pm

Marcell Dareus suffered a hamstring pull late last week in practice. Knowing it hasn’t been a week yet since sustaining the injury, it’s clear the Bills athletic trainers are taking a slow and steady approach with the defensive tackle’s recovery.

When asked if he was willing to put odds on his chances to play Sunday, Dareus chose not to.

“I don’t know. I’m working with the trainers,” he said. “We’re trying to put it together and try to work my way up to running.”

Dareus confirmed that he pulled his hamstring when he went all out to catch EJ Manuel on a scramble out of the pocket.

“I had a little pull,” he said. “It just kind of keeps you from going all the way and opening up.”

And that’s what makes hamstring injuries troublesome. You feel fine walking, jogging and you can even steadily build up to running. It’s when you try to make that sudden burst to accelerate that you pull it again.

“They’re a little tricky,” said Dareus. “If you get out there a little too soon it can re-occur. So you want to make sure it’s treated properly and that it’s ready to go before they let you go.”

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Gillislee, Goodwin, Spikes all ill

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2016 – 5:03 pm

The injury list was a bit longer this week thanks mainly to illness on Wednesday, but there was another key player with a new injury.

Mike Gillislee and Brandon Spikes did not practice due to illness. Marquise Goodwin fell ill during practice and was limited.

Zach Brown is a new addition with a foot injury this week, but head coach Rex Ryan said he expects to have the team’s leading tackler on Sunday.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Cyrus Kouandjio T Ankle DNP
Marcell Dareus DT Hamstring DNP
Charles Clay TE Knee DNP
Cordy Glenn T Ankle DNP
Brandon Spikes LB Illness DNP
Mike Gillislee RB Illness DNP
Zach Brown LB Foot DNP
Lorenzo Alexander LB Not injury related (rest) DNP
Corey White CB Shoulder DNP
Corbin Bryant DT Ankle LP
Colton Schmidt P Right quad LP
Patrick Lewis C Knee LP
Aaron Williams S Foot LP
Marquise Goodwin WR Illness LP

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Steelers sign Karlos Williams to their prac. squad

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2016 – 10:02 am

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed RB Karlos Williams to their practice squad.

There were reports last week that the former Bills fifth-round pick was going to be re-signed by Buffalo. The Steelers likely see a benefit in having Williams’ older brother, LB Vince Williams on their roster to serve as a positive influence for a player who battled off the field issues and weight problems.


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Robey-Coleman makes it back to back for AFC Def. POW

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2016 – 9:30 am

For the second consecutive week a Buffalo Bill is the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Last week it was Zach Brown for his 18-tackle performance in the win at New England. This week it’s Nickell Robey-Coleman.

Robey-Coleman had the game-turning interception return for a touchdown in the win over the Rams last week at the L.A. Coliseum. He also had a second INT in the waning seconds to seal the victory, Buffalo’s third in a row.

It’s the first time since 1991 that the Bills have had back to back AFC Defensive Player of the Week winners was 1991 when Nate Odomes and Cornelius Bennett won the award in two straight weeks. 



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Kaepernick to start at QB for 49ers vs. Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2016 – 1:46 pm

San Francisco head coach Chip Kelly announced Tuesday that Colin Kaepernick will be starting at quarterback for the 49ers when the visit the Bills on Sunday.

Kelly said it was a “football decision.” Blaine Gabbert had started the team’s first five games completing just 58 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and six interceptions. He has a passer rating of 69.6, which ranks 30th among starting NFL quarterbacks.

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