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PFF game review shines on Bradham, DL & Woods

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2014 – 2:32 pm

The Bills win over Cleveland is reviewed play by play by Pro Football Focus along with every other game during the week of action in the NFL. Here was their assessment of last Sunday’s win and who stood out in the victory.

Buffalo Bills – Performances of Note

Nigel Bradham, LB: +6.1
Breakdown: While he’d have been even happier is he had picked that pass off, Bradham had another excellent outing on Sunday. Tremendous against the run and solid in coverage, there was little not to like about his efforts

Signature Play: Q4, 3:26 remaining. Snagging one of the seven defensive stops he had in the game, Bradham stopped running back Terrance West for a 3-yard gain with no yards after the catch here.

Starting Defensive Line: +7.1 combined
Breakdown: Another strong outing saw Mario Williams, Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Jerry Hughes all finish with positive grades up front. They were simply too much for the Browns’ offensive line to handle throughout the game, both against the run and as pass rushers.

Signature Stat: With some tough play up front, they held the Browns to 2.2 yards per carry when you take out the 18-yard run on the game’s final play.

Robert Woods, WR: +0.8
Breakdown: Sammy Watkins gets the headlines for his big plays as a rookie so far, but not enough is often said about second-year receiver Robert Woods. Adding a big play in most games for the Bills this season, he did it again on Sunday.

Signature Play: Q3, 8:36 remaining. Setting the Bills up inside the Cleveland 5-yard line by hauling in the deep pass, he did so despite pass interference from Buster Skrine on the play.

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Nigel Bradham was the best player on a defense that made life impossible for the Cleveland offense. He may not have held onto the would-be interception, but the PFF Game Ball stays in his grasp.


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Pettine: A tough day at the office

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2014 – 8:50 pm

For Browns head coach Mike Pettine, the outcome wasn’t what he was hoping for, but he appreciated seeing some of the players he worked with last season.

“To stand here now, it’s tough. It wasn’t a good day at the office,” said Pettine. “It was good to be back here and see a lot of the people that I have very good relationships with. A lot of the guys on defense came up to me after the game. These are guys that you form that bond or brotherhood with when you go through a season together. So, it’s good to see them doing well, it just wasn’t good seeing them doing well today.”

Pettine said they will re-evaluate who they decide to start at quarterback next week after Johnny Manziel entered the game in relief of Brian Hoyer in the fourth quarter of their loss to the Bills


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Browns TE Cameron downgraded

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2014 – 10:07 am

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For the fifth straight week Browns TE Jordan Cameron will not take the field due to a concussion suffered earlier this season.

Cameron was originally listed as questionable for today’s game against the Bills, but was downgraded to out on Saturday.

 


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Bills offense set to build off Monday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2014 – 9:58 am

Monday night’s win over the Jets saw Buffalo’s offense operate at perhaps its highest rate of efficiency this season. Now the task is duplicating that effort Sunday in a pivotal AFC game against the Browns.

“You hope to build off it,” said Eric Wood. “It was a challenging week and we came together, the city came together and we hope to ride a little of momentum for sure.”

The biggest challenge may be playing well at home, something that has proven difficult at times for the Bills this season.

“We haven’t played here in a while and we’re looking forward to it,” said Wood. “Looking forward to a packed house and a real home field advantage.”

Buffalo is 2-3 at Ralph Wilson stadium this season.


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Browns TE, DT questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2014 – 8:16 pm

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While the Cleveland Browns do have WR Josh Gordon back in the fold from his 10-game suspension, the return of TE Jordan Cameron is very much up in the air.

Cameron was limited in practice all week including Friday as he works to return from a concussion. DT Athyba Rubin and LB Jabaal Sheard are also questionable. Meanwhile LB Karlos Dansby is out as well as DB Tashaun Gipson, who has been a ball hawk this season.

Player Pos Injury Game Status
Jordan Cameron TE Concussion QUESTIONABLE
Karlos Dansby LB Knee OUT
Tashuan Gipson DB Knee OUT
Barkevious Mingo LB Shoulder PROBABLE
Marlon Moore WR Hamstring OUT
Athyba Rubin DL Back QUESTIONABLE
Jabaal Sheard LB Foot QUESTIONABLE

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Carpenter expected to be fine for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2014 – 10:27 am

He’s been a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a groin injury, but come Sunday head coach Doug Marrone is confident that K Dan Carpenter will be ready to go.

A groin injury can be a difficult one for a kicker, but Marrone feels good about the availability of Carpenter in what is a very big game against Cleveland Sunday.

“Yeah, absolutely,” said Marrone when asked if Carpenter will be okay to play Sunday. “We’re just listing (his injury) in case there is a setback so we have it documented.”


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Browns Thursday injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2014 – 4:08 pm

Here’s the Thursday update for the Browns injury report.

DID NOT PRACTICE
LB Karlos Dansby – Knee
DB Tashuan Gipson – Knee
WR Marlon Moore – Hamstring
LB Jabaal Sheard – Foot

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
DL Ahtyba Rubin – Back
TE Jordan Cameron – Concussion

FULL PRACTICE
LB Barkevious Mingo – Shoulder
OT Joe Thomas – Not Injury Related/Rest


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Browns injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2014 – 4:19 pm

Here’s a look at the Browns injury report in advance of their game against the Bills on Sunday.

Their top tight end Jordan Cameron is trying to return this week from a concussion, but was limited Wednesday. Their leading interceptor DB Tashaun Gipson didn’t practice due to a knee injury.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Jordan Cameron TE Concussion LIMITED
Karlos Dansby LB Knee DNP
Tashuan Gipson DB Knee DNP
Barkevious Mingo LB Shoulder FULL
Marlon Moore WR Hamstring DNP
Athyba Rubin DL Back DNP
Jabaal Sheard LB Foot DNP
Joe Thomas T Not Injury Related/Rest DNP

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Brandon: Hosting Browns at RWS looks good

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2014 – 5:25 pm

Bills team President Russ Brandon provided an update on where things stand with respect to the state of Ralph Wilson Stadium’s readiness to host next Sunday’s home game against the Cleveland Browns in the wake of the nearly six feet of snow that was dropped in Orchard Park last week.

“On an hourly basis we’re in communication with our stadium operations staff back at One Bills Drive through (VP of Stadium Operations) Andy Major, who is doing an outstanding job in charge back there,” said Brandon. “With the heat wave that we had today and over the last two days having 500 shovelers in the building we’ve made great progress. And all indications are that we are 100 percent ready to roll back at Ralph Wilson Stadium, have a good week of practice and get ready for the Browns. None of the reports that I have would lead us to think otherwise.”

 


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Brandon: Tues. is when we’ll make decisions

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2014 – 7:05 pm

Bills team President Russ Brandon provided an update on the state of planning for next week’s home game against the Browns and whether they will conduct their normal practice schedule in what will be  another shortened week.

With Buffalo playing Monday night in Detroit, they’ll have one less day to prepare for the Browns, making it the third week their practice planning has been compressed. At this point in time however, it doesn’t appear as though they’ll need to incorporate travel into their practice schedule.

“It’s an hour by hour process,” said Brandon. “We’ll evaluate it as we go through it on Monday and see how the facility responds on Tuesday. We’ll probably have to make some decisions by then. Knock on wood so far everything is positive. We look forward to getting back to work at the AdPro Sports center on Tuesday and hopefully playing on Sunday. If everything goes as it has gone over the last 12 hours or so we don’t anticipate doing everything differently.”

Brandon said there is no indication that the practice facility was in a state that would prevent them from practicing at One Bills Drive.


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Brandon: Plan remains to return to 1 Bills Dr.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2014 – 6:15 pm

The operations staff at One Bills Drive is hard at work clearing the snow from the stadium and surrounding campus as they work to get the facility ready for the Bills’ next home game at Ralph Wilson stadium in eight days against the Browns. At this point, Bills team President Russ Brandon says the plan to play at home next week is still in place.

“I’ve had reports throughout the course of the day. So far everything is progressing nicely,” said Brandon Saturday evening. “We haven’t had any speed bumps come along that we weren’t anticipating at this point. So our plan is to play on Monday, get on a plane, go back to Buffalo, start preparing on the short week for the Browns and hopefully play at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday.

“That’s our plan. We’ll always make contingency plans based on some unforeseen things that may or may not come up. But all the reports back from Andy Major and the operations staff is full go right now in trying to dig out and everyone is mobilized back at the stadium and working on that as we speak.”


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Bills planning logistics for Browns week

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2014 – 7:47 pm

As the Bills juggle the options for this week’s game against the Jets to get some level of on field preparation done before they face their AFC East rivals, there is also advanced planning being done to prepare more effectively for the Browns game the following week if in fact the weather continues to be a hindrance in Orchard Park.

“That’s something that is also in play,” said Bills team President Russ Brandon. “Not only in preparation for this game and playing this game, but for next week there is a potential to go off site and practice somewhere if our facility is not operational. That goes in the same bucket of the layers of other things that are up in the air that we’re all trying to work through. It’s a constant evolution and a process so we’re really waiting to hear back from the league.”

Brandon said they hope to get the team on the practice field to their yet to be determined game location prior to the game against the Jets.


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Bills DBs on high alert with Browns throwing

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2013 – 8:51 am

With the Browns leading the league in pass attempts and averaging almost 46 pass attempts a game, Buffalo’s secondary is going to be on high alert.

The main concerns are TE Jordan Cameron, who leads the team with 30 receptions and five touchdowns, four of which have come in the last two games. WR Josh Gordon is another go-to guy with 28 targets in the last two games.

Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy, fresh off a four pass breakup performance against Baltimore is well aware that passes figure to be flying everywhere when they’re on the field.

“You’ve got to be alert regardless especially now that the NFL is becoming a passing league,” he said. “A lot of teams don’t necessarily have one specific guy they go to especially with this team. They love to spread it around so pretty much everybody is live so we have to cover everybody.”

“Any time you get big physical receivers, quarterback s like to throw it up and give them a chance, figuring that the worst thing that’s going to happen is an incomplete pass,” said Jim Leonhard. “We get challenged every week.  We realize that being a young secondary, we’re going to get tested every week.  This Thursday is not going to be any different.”

The added challenge for the Bills is the likelihood that they’ll have more moving parts in the defensive backfield this week with Aaron Williams (low back) and Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) still on the mend.

“We’ve got to make sure our communication is down pat, which is going to be tough with the short week and all, but with the extra meeting time we have, we just are making sure we’re on one accord and get these guys covered,” said Searcy.


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Polar opposites offensively

Posted by Chris Brown on October 1, 2013 – 2:05 pm

The Bills and Browns square off on Thursday night in Cleveland and their two offenses have taken different approaches to moving the football through the first month of the season.

Both clubs have new head coaches in Doug Marrone and Rob Chudzinski, but through the first four games their play calling has been very different.

While the dichotomy in offensive approach can be partly attributed to how some of the first four games played out for each team, the two coaches don’t appear to subscribe to a similar philosophy.

The Bills lead the league in rushing attempts 147 in four games averaging almost 37 per game. Not surprisingly, they also rank 24th in pass attempts with 130.

Meanwhile Cleveland is tied for the league lead (St. Louis) in pass attempts with 183 and stand 27th in rushing attempts with 80 on the season (20 per game).

 


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Browns CB Haden a shut down guy

Posted by Chris Brown on October 1, 2013 – 8:15 am

The Cleveland defense is a unit that is probably better than that of Baltimore right now. There are a lot of top draft choices on that side of the ball for the Browns, including top CB Joe Haden, who effectively shut down Cincinnati’s A.J. Green Sunday in a 17-6 win over the Bengals.

Haden was assigned to cover Green the entire game. The Bengals top receiver was targeted 15 times in the game. By game’s end he had seven catches for 51 yards, with his longest reception going for just 16.

It will be interesting to see if Haden is matched up on Stevie Johnson in the slot, knowing Haden is primarily a boundary cornerback.


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Hoyer to start as Browns QB again Thurs.

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2013 – 11:52 am

Brian Hoyer in relief of the injured Browns QB Brandon Weeden has led Cleveland to back-to-back victories, and apparently will remain in the lineup when they host Buffalo Thursday night.

That according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who is citing sources that have told him Hoyer will stay in the lineup despite the fact that Weeden resumed throwing last week as he returns from a thumb injury on this throwing hand.

Hoyer has completed about 60 percent of his passes this season (59.8%) with five touchdowns and three interceptions for the Browns and a passer rating of 83.2.

 


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How Marrone changed things for short week

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2013 – 9:12 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone was well aware that his team had two games within five days as soon as he saw his team’s regular season schedule. Here’s what he did last week in the practice setting in an effort to keep his players fresher this week in advance of the Thursday night game with Cleveland.

Essentially he took hits off of his players’ bodies last Thursday in practice and has moved practice reps around this week.

“I think the main thing we did is normally we go out in full pads on a Thursday and we didn’t do that (last week),” Marrone told Buffalobills.com. “This week we pushed some things back to get some more recovery time. We’ll look at reducing some of the reps this week as far as in practice, but we’ll make them up in the walk-throughs.

“What you want to do is keep the same amount of reps, it’s just a matter of when are you taking them and how are you taking them so you can get your players ready to play.”


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Browns coach on Fitz

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2012 – 10:23 am

Ryan Fitzpatrick was very efficient in Buffalo’s win over Cleveland Sunday with three touchdown passes. Browns head coach Pat Shurmur, who has a pretty talented rookie QB in Brandon Weeden likes Fitzpatrick’s game.

“I thought going into it that (Ryan) Fitzpatrick was kind of a gritty, gutty quarterback,” said Shurmur. “What did they throw for a couple hundred yards? 200 yards, and he had 22 completions.  He threw for three touchdowns – we can’t let them do that. He’s good.”

Fitzpatrick passer rating so far this season is at 95.2. He’s got eight touchdowns against three interceptions, and all three of the INTs came in Week 1.


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Bills run ‘D’ has Richardson’s respect

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2012 – 10:16 am

After ripping off 109 rushing yards against the Bengals, Trent Richardson was held to just 33 by the Bills averaging just 2.2 yards per carry. It earned the Bills a tip of the cap from the rookie back.

“The Bills have a strong defensive line, hands down,” said Richardson. “The creases were there, it just takes a little time and the second half was much better than the first. We had a slow start and playing teams like that with a good defensive line and defensive staff, we can’t have misses like that.”


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McKelvin’s INT luck of the draw

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2012 – 7:43 pm

Leodis McKelvin might have taken a step back in Buffalo’s depth chart at cornerback, but it hasn’t kept him from making an impact in the last two games. In the Week 2 win his 88-yard punt return for a TD put the game away. This week he turned in a play to all but put the game to bed. The interesting thing was he wasn’t even supposed to be on the field at the time.

McKelvin again contributed on special teams with a couple of quality returns including a 33-yarder on a punt return that led to a touchdown for the Bills. Late in the game, McKelvin also had an interception with 4:29 left when he stepped in front of a Brandon Weeden pass intended for Josh Gordon on a 2nd-and-20 at the Bills 31-yard line to prevent the last threat by Cleveland to get points. But McKelvin wasn’t supposed to be on the field.

“I was on the sideline and Aaron Williams said he had something in his eye and couldn’t see,” McKelvin told Buffalobills.com. “And they were calling for T (Terrence McGee), but after I didn’t see Terrence I just jumped on the field so our defense was ready for the next play.”

McKelvin apparently was as he recorded the sixth interception of his career and first since Week 3 last season against New England.


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