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A stat Bills fans hope to rely on

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2011 – 12:54 pm

It’s only been three games and Buffalo’s regular season schedule gets consierably more challenging following their Week 4 matchup with Cincinnati. That’s why this stat is one that Bills fans hope their team is a part of come Jan. 2nd.

Since 1990, 75.9 percent of teams that started 3-0 made the playoffs. Those are odds that most Bills fans will take in a second. Of course the odds are even higher if a team goes 4-0, with the percentages in the low 80′s.

Of course caliber of opponent is going to have a lot to say about just how successful the Bills are in the win column and over the next five weeks following Bills-Bengals Sunday, Buffalo will take its run through the NFC East with a Jets game at home mixed in.

Confidence and momentum can be powerful assets to have, but these wins the Bills have stacked up early are likely to be crucial come early January, especially if tiebreakers come into play knowing all three wins are AFC conference victories.


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No Vick for Week 5?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2011 – 8:31 am

Michael Vick suffered a broken non-throwing hand in the Eagles loss to the Giants on Sunday. A report out of Philadelphia says Vick could miss 3-4 weeks, which means he wouldn’t make the trip to Buffalo for Philadelphia’s Week 5 matchup with the Bills.

According to NBC 10 in Philly, Vick will miss 3-4 weeks leaving the Eagles to turn to Mike Kafka or Vince Young at quarterback.

UPDATE: Eagles head coach Andy Reid said in his Monday press conference that Vick only has a hand contusion (bruise) on his non-throwing hand and not a break.


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1st game vs. Pats always closer

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2011 – 9:44 am

During Buffalo’s 15-game losing streak to the Patriots, the first matchup with New England has always been closer than the second meeting. Here’s a look at just how close.

To give a look at the series recent history that could be applied to today’s game, in the last three seasons, Buffalo has lost to New England in the first meeting by an average of 6.3 points per game. In contrast the Patriots have won by an average of 17 points per game in the second meeting with the Bills the last three years.

In addition, those first meetings between the Bills and Patriots the past three seasons were all played at Gillette Stadium in New England. Not since 2004 has the first meeting between the two teams been played in Buffalo. Could home field advantage reduce that 6.3 point edge by the Patriots even more???


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30 is the magic number

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2011 – 11:30 am

There are a lot of statistics that will be spewed on Sunday morning on all the pre-game radio shows leading up to the 1 pm kickoff between the Bills and Patriots, and I’ll be one of the many doing that spewing. But if there’s one magic figure for the Bills defense it’s 30.

That’s the point threshold the Patriots have hit in each of their last 10 games stretching back to last season with their 39-26 victory at Pittsburgh last Nov. 14th. Here’s the rundown of points per game in those 10 contests for New England.

11/14/10 – W – @ Pittsburgh 39-26
11/21/10 – W – vs. Indy 31-28
11/28/10 – W – @ Detroit 45-24
12/6/10 – W – vs. NY Jets 45-3
12/12/10 – W – @ Chicago 36-7
12/19/10 – W – vs. Green Bay 31-27
12/26/10 – W – @ Buffalo 34-3
1/2/11 – W - @ Miami 38-7
9/12/11- W - @ Miami  38-24
9/18/11 – W – vs. San Diego 35-21

This current 10-game streak of scoring 30 points or more is second only to the Rams ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ team that from 1999-2000 scored 30 points or more in 14 straight games.

As you might have noticed New England won each and every one of the 30-point games on this 10-game streak. Under head coach Bill Belichick the Patriots are 63-2 when they score 30 points or more. So holding them to less than 30 points is a must if you even want a shot at victory. 

 


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Stevie expecting shoot out

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2011 – 7:50 am

Bills WR Stevie Johnson has a lot of respect for his team’s defense, but he also knows what New England’s attack is capable of. That’s why he thinks Sunday’s game could be a high-scoring affair.

“I’m expecting a shootout,” said Johnson flatly. “I can’t really speak for our defense, I’m just saying I know that (as an offense) we have to put up numbers. If it is going to be a shootout we have to be ready for it on the offensive side. We’ve got to bring it.

“We have confidence in our defense and we’ve got confidence in everybody around us. At the same time, it’s Tom Brady coming in here. (New England) can put up points. As an offensive group we have to put up more points than they do. To answer your question, yeah we’re expecting a shootout and we’ve got to come bring our game.”


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NFLN’s Lombardi praises Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2011 – 12:46 pm

For the second straight week the Bills garnered some league headlines. NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi has this to offer on the Bills in his Things I Loved section for Week 2.

» With the Bills down 21-3 at halftime, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick rallied his team to victory by leading scoring drives every time he touched the ball in the second half. The last drive, the Bills converted a fourth down for the game-winning score. Fitzpatrick has now played two excellent games and the Bills are 2-0. The Bills probably don’t have five players that most of America can name, but they play hard, they play tough and they never stop competing. The Bills might not be perfect, but like they did at the end of last season, they will play everyone tough.


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“We ain’t the Chiefs”

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2011 – 8:39 am

All week the Bills have said the pats on the back are over after their resounding 41-7 win over the Chiefs in Week 1. Not surprisingly, the Raiders agree.

“Oh yeah, it caught everybody’s attention around the league,” said Raiders DT Tommy Kelly of Buffalo’s Week 1 blowout. “Any time you can go on the road and have a victory like that, that’s going to open up a lot of people’s eyes.

“But the thing about the NFL is that happened last week. You’ve got to do the same thing this week. So whatever they did is a nice impressive victory, but they’ve got to come and deal with us now. And we ain’t the Chiefs.”


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KC pass rusher changes things

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2011 – 3:09 pm

Chiefs Pro Bowl pass rusher Tamba Hali had 14.5 sacks last season to lead the AFC. Guys like him change the preparation plan for opposing offensive play callers like Bills head coach Chan Gailey.

“You alter (the plan) for those guys like him that are special guys,” said Gailey. “You have to. You have to make sure that you have somebody around him or chipping him with a back or a tight end having some presence around him. Something like that. If you say that our tackles are going to go out there every snap and block him one-on-one, I wouldn’t ask anybody to do that even if I had an All-Pro at tackle.”

Hali had 1.5 sacks in last year’s matchup with Buffalo.


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Roscoe ready to roll

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2011 – 2:59 pm

He had been nursing a hamstring injury for almost half of training camp and it cost him some preseason action including the all important third preseason game when starters play the most. But heading into Week 1, Roscoe Parrish is full go.

“Yeah I’m ready to go,” said Parrish. “I feel healthy. I was fighting a hamstring during the whole process of preseason but I stayed on top of my rehab and been out there moving around. I’m feeling good and am ready to go.”

Parrish is coming off a season that got cut short by a broken wrist that required surgery. He’s looking forward to pick up where he left off last season.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “Me, personally, I missed all preseason.  (I missed the second half of last season) with a wrist injury so I’m very excited and looking forward to Sunday.”


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Chiefs expect Cassel to play

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2011 – 11:42 am

There was some doubt early in the week that Chiefs starting QB Matt Cassel would be able to play after suffering a rib injury in Kansas City’s final preseason game. But Chiefs head coach Todd Haley fully expects him to play Sunday.

“He was out there Monday and I full expect him to practice today (Wednesday) and I would expect him to be ready for the game and I think that’s his expectation,” said Haley.

There were reports out of Kansas City early this week that he sustained a cracked rib after Green Bay DT Howard Green landed on him with his full body weight in that preseason finale last week.


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Cassel practiced fully

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2011 – 9:11 am

Chiefs starting QB Matt Cassel not only participated in practice Monday, he was a full participant.

That according to the team’s website. Here’s Chiefs head coach Todd Haley’s two responses when asked about Matt Cassel following the team’s Monday practice.

Q: Will Cassel play against Buffalo?

HALEY: “Again, I won’t talk about any of those things. He was out there, he practiced, he was moving around and I thought did a good job.”

Q: Was he a full participant in practice?

HALEY: “Yeah, he was full. I mean we don’t have to get to that, but I’ll… Since I’m so nice, I’ll say yeah, he was a full practice today.”

Cassel reportedly has a cracked rib suffered in the team’s preseason finale against Green Bay.


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Dareus in regular season mode

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2011 – 9:01 am

Marcell Dareus, like a lot of other players, has flipped the switch to regular season mode. It’s not that Dareus and his Bills teammates weren’t working hard before, but with a regular season game five days away the Bills top pick is even more focused.

“You kick it into a whole other gear,” he said. “You’ve got to study more, analyze the o-linemen, get ready to go and capitalize on their mistakes and habits.”

Buffalo’s run front looks significantly improved with the additions of Dareus, bigger and stronger second-year linemen Alex Carrington and Torell Troup to team with productive vets like Dwan Edwards and Spencer Johnson and of course Pro Bowl DT Kyle Williams. The veteran core of LBs behind them doesn’t look too shabby either with Kelsay, Davis, Barnett and Merriman across the front.


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Bell the likely starter at LT

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2011 – 3:32 pm

OL Demetrius Bell has had to fight to keep the starting left tackle job this summer, but it appears that the coaching staff is leaning in favor of leaving him there as the 2011 season gets underway.

Buffalobills.com asked head coach Chan Gailey specifically if Demetrius Bell was the team’s starting left tackle. Here was coach’s response.

“We have not decided exactly which way we’re going to go with that, but that looks like it’s going to be (that way),” said Gailey. “We’ll announce all that on Wednesday, exactly where we’re going with all that. We know where we’re going.”


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Report: Cassel practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2011 – 1:48 pm

Chiefs QB Matt Cassel, who sustained a rib injury in team’s final preseason game is reportedly practicing today (Monday).

According to the Kansas City Star, Cassel is on the practice field and took the first few snaps under center and threw a handful of passes during the media viewing portion of practice.


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Chiefs QB could miss opener

Posted by Chris Brown on September 5, 2011 – 8:17 am

The Bills will be fully prepared to face Kansas City’s best on Sunday in the season opener at Arrowhead, but the Chiefs’ starting quarterback might not be at his best Sunday, if he’s on the field at all.

According to multiple reports Cassel may not be able to play Sunday due to a rib injury suffered in the Chiefs’ preseason finale against Green Bay, after Packers DT Howard Green took him down and landed on top of him with his full body weight.

If Cassel cannot play, backup Tyler Palko, who has seen mop up duty in just two NFL regular season games, would start for Kansas City.

Palko faced the Bills once before in a preseason game in 2007 as a 3rd string QB for the Saints. He was 15-27 for 172 yards and a touchdown.


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