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Jets injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2014 – 3:52 pm

Here’s a look at where the Jets stand this in terms of injuries leading up to Sunday’s game with the Bills. New York has had an extra few days of rest coming off their Thursday night game at New England last week.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Oday Aboushi OL Shoulder Limited
Phillip Adams DB Groin Limited
Antwan Barnes LB Knee Full
Willie Colon OL Knee Limited
Eric Decker WR Hamstring Limited
David Harris LB Shoulder Limited
Chris Johnson RB Ankle Full
Nick Mangold OL Shoulder Full
Bilal Powell RB Foot Full
Trevor Reilly LB Knee DNP
Greg Salas WR Wrist/Ankle Limited
Darrin Walls DB Knee Full

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Jets taking Bills lightly?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2013 – 10:18 am

According to a New York Post report Jets head coach Rex Ryan decided to forgo final game plan meetings at the team hotel Saturday night in favor of an outing to the Dave and Buster’s at the Eastern Hills Mall here in town.

Per the report Jets players were hitting the arcade instead of their playbooks. Coming off a bye week one wonders if the leisure outing was necessary. We’ll see if it plays a factor in today’s game.


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Wind expected to be a factor in game

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2013 – 9:20 am

With the weather forecast today calling for sustained winds of 25 miles per hour and wind gusts up to 45 mph, there’s little doubt that the wind is going to have an impact on today’s game between the Bills and the Jets.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone has a contingency plan prepared in the event that the wind wreaks havoc with the passing game.

“It could potentially adjust the plan,” Marrone told Buffalobills.com. “I think you have to be ready to go both ways depending on what the wind is doing when you play. We’ve practiced out in the stadium when the wind has been blowing recently. So we were able to at least see what we like and what we don’t like or what we throw well and not throw well. Our game at Pittsburgh was windy too, so that experience is valuable. You’ve just got to go out and play.”

Marrone’s chief concern however, is the kicking game when it comes to the wind.

“The thing I get most concerned about is Brian (Moorman), holding that ball (on his punt drops),” he said. “He cradles the ball and when you do that and the ball drops and the wind is going, for him to kick it, the tip of that ball starts to move. That’s the one concern I have.”


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Bills have to win on line of scrimmage

Posted by Chris Brown on November 16, 2013 – 11:05 am

It’s anything but an easy task against arguably the best defensive line in the NFL, but Buffalo’s men up front are going to have to get a more consistent surge at the line of scrimmage than they did in their first meeting with the Jets back in Week 3.

“We have to do a better job,” Marrone told Buffalobills.com. “We have to put our players in position where they can make plays. Sometimes when it’s the one-on-one matchups you have to see how can you put two guys on one and things like that.

“They’re playing really well up front. Muhammad Wilkerson is having an All-Pro type of year. Sheldon Richards on is playing well. They give you a lot of problems up front so we’ve got to make sure that we can block those guys, block the pressure. A lot of times they zeroed (coverage) us in the last game so it doesn’t matter how many people are blocking there’s someone coming free and we have to be able to get rid of the ball and make a play.”


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Bills to face Jets with full DB deck

Posted by Chris Brown on November 16, 2013 – 10:25 am

While much is being made of the Bills being down their top two receivers in Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods for today’s game with the Jets, what’s been forgotten is how much different Buffalo’s defensive backfield looks with the unit much healthier than the first time they faced New York back in Week 3.

In that first meeting, top corner Stephon Gilmore was out due to wrist surgery, number two corner Leodis McKelvin suffered a hamstring injury in the first half forcing Aaron Williams to move from safety to corner. And Jairus Byrd was out of the lineup with plantar fasciitis. Now all three are back in the lineup for the divisional rematch today.

“They beat us on some plays down the field obviously and we didn’t have our two starting corners and Jairus Byrd wasn’t back there so we have three players back there now that we feel comfortable with,” Marrone told Buffalobills.com. “So going into this situation we feel a whole lot better in what we have back there than we did the first time played them, even though the first time we played them our guys did the best job they could back there.”

Buffalo’s defensive backs did have one interception off Geno Smith in the first meeting with Jim Leonhard snaring a pass over the middle. Kiko Alonso had an INT as well.

Having all three of those playmakers back in the lineup on the back end will allow defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to be more varied with his looks and more aggressive.

“You can do some different things now when you have those type of players out there that can potentially just lock somebody down,” said Marrone. “We’ve got Aaron Williams back at safety position again and he has man-to-man coverage ability, which he showed at corner. I think it gives us more options and opens up the playbook a bit more.”

Jairus Byrd has four career interceptions against the Jets, the most against any opponent.


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WR Kerley out, Holmes probable

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2013 – 2:43 pm

For the Jets it looks like they’ll have an important part of their receiving corps back in the lineup this week.

WR Santonio Holmes looks like he’ll be able to return from a foot and hamstring injury this week. Top receiver Jeremy Kerley however, is out for Sunday’s game.

Player

Pos

Injury

Participation Friday

Game Status

Jeremy Kerley

WR

Elbow

DNP

Out

Garrett McIntyre

LB

Knee

DNP

Out

Leger Douzable

DL

Illness

FP

Probable

Kenrick Ellis

DL

Back

LP

Probable

Alex Green

RB

Hamstring

FP

Probable

Stephen Hill

WR

Foot/Knee

FP

Probable

Santonio Holmes

WR

Foot/Hamstring

LP

Probable

Kellen Winslow

TE

Knee

LP

Probable

Antonio Allen

DB

Concussion

FP

Probable

Willie Colon

OL

Calf

FP

Probable

Josh Cribbs

WR

Knee

FP

Probable

Antonio Cromartie

DB

Hip

FP

Probable

Jeff Cumberland

TE

Concussion

FP

Probable

Chris Ivory

RB

Knee

FP

Probable

Calvin Pace

LB

Hip

FP

Probable

Greg Salas

WR

Knee

FP

Probable

Zach Sudfeld

TE

Knee

FP

Probable

Darrin Walls

DB

Shoulder

FP

Probable


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Bills game will be on TV

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2013 – 7:38 am

The Bills Week 11 game against the Jets this Sunday will be seen on local television. Bills owner Ralph Wilson for the second time this season has purchased the remaining outstanding tickets in time to beat the blackout deadline.

Bills C Eric Wood announced the game as a sellout in his weekly radio appearance on Kiss 98.5 with Janet and Nick in the morning.

Buffalo was given a 24-hour extension until Friday at 1 pm to lift the blackout. Wilson did the same thing in the last Bills home game against the Chiefs to make sure the game aired on television.

Fans can go to select NOCO locations and purchase two tickets for $25 to the game. All ticket proceeds will go to the Wounded Warriors Project during this Salute to Service month.


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Jets injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2013 – 3:58 pm

The Jets will be without leading receiver Jeremy Kerley Sunday against the Bills due to an elbow injury, but Stephen Hill looks to be on the road back to the lineup. Here’s New York’s Thursday updated injury report.

Hill, who is dealing with a foot/knee injury but practiced on a full-time basis Thursday. Santonio Holmes, who has missed the last several games with a foot/hamstring injury was limited in practice for a second straight day.

Player

Pos

Injury

Participation Wednesday

Participation Thursday

Leger Douzable

DL

Illness

DNP

FP

Jeremy Kerley

WR

Elbow

DNP

DNP

Garrett McIntyre

LB

Knee

DNP

DNP

Kenrick Ellis

DL

Back

LP

LP

Alex Green

RB

Hamstring

LP

FP

Stephen Hill

WR

Foot/Knee

LP

FP

Santonio Holmes

WR

Foot/Hamstring

LP

LP

Kellen Winslow

TE

Knee

LP

DNP

Antonio Allen

DB

Concussion

FP

FP

Willie Colon

OL

Calf

FP

FP

Josh Cribbs

WR

Knee

FP

FP

Antonio Cromartie

DB

Hip

FP

FP

Jeff Cumberland

TE

Concussion

FP

FP

Chris Ivory

RB

Knee

FP

FP

Calvin Pace

LB

Hip

FP

FP

Greg Salas

WR

Knee

FP

FP

Zach Sudfeld

TE

Knee

FP

FP

Darrin Walls

DB

Shoulder

FP

FP


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Bills get 24 more hours to sell out

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2013 – 12:56 pm

The Bills have been granted a 24 hour extension on the league-imposed blackout deadline of Thursday at 1 pm by the NFL. That will give Buffalo until 1 pm Friday to sell out Sunday’s game against the Jets and also have the game air on local television.

The Bills are reporting that approximately 3,500 tickets remain to be sold within the next 24 hours.


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Ticket situation for Sunday’s Jets game

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2013 – 10:18 am

There’s still a good number of tickets left for Sunday’s home game against the Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon provided an approximate number this morning.

Appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Brandon said the number of tickets left won’t make a sellout before the blackout deadline of Thursday a 1 pm easy.

“We’ve got 4,500 tickets left,” he said. “We are in an all out sales blitz to sell as many tickets as we possibly can. We had some decent sales movement on tickets. This is a great game for us because this is Salute to Service month and a celebration where we get to honor all the men and women who serve this great country. It’s going to be difficult, but we’re going to certainly do everything in our power to get this game sold out.”

When asked if the club will petition the league for a 24-hour extension to a deadline of 1 pm Friday, Brandon said that will hinge on how many tickets move today (Wednesday).

“It depends where we are at the conclusion of today heading into tomorrow,” said Brandon. “If it presents an opportunity to help us sell the game out we will do that.”


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How can the offense rediscover its rhythm?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2013 – 4:07 pm

The Bills offense has some stuff on its to-do list after last Sunday’s game. Finding its rhythm will require some positive plays. Realizing that stringing together eight to 10-play scoring drives all game is a bit unrealistic for where the Buffalo offense is at right now in terms of development, Stevie Johnson believes just a persistent, gutty performance could be enough to get them over the hump this Sunday.

“We just need one of those gritty football games, like the Miami game where we pulled it out and came together,” Johnson said. “That’s just what we need right now as a team to get one of those tough games and win, whether things go good and bad and know we can overcome it. We get one of those games and try to figure this thing out.”

The Bills didn’t run the ball well against the Dolphins back in Week 7, but made just enough third down conversions, got a couple of key takeaways including one for a score and it was enough for their first and only division win so far this season.


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Rex seeks Bills intel from brother during bye

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2013 – 11:55 am

Jets head coach Rex Ryan and his team are coming off the bye as they begin preparations for the Bills on Sunday. Ryan spent part of his bye week in New Orleans seeking further intel on the Bills from his twin brother Rob Ryan.

A team’s offense and defense can morph and change over the course of a season, so Ryan was likely checking with his brother to see what ways Buffalo’s offense and defense may have changed since he initially faced them in Week 3.

Rob Ryan is the Saints defensive coordinator, who brought a lot of pass pressure down on QB Thad Lewis making him unavailable for the game the following week in a 35-17 win over the Bills. Rex Ryan faced EJ Manuel in his first road start back in Week 3 and also dialed up a lot of pressure and his team got eight sacks in a 27-20 win.

Although Ryan is 7-2 against the Bills as Jets coach, his teams are 1-3 coming off the bye. He gave his players six straight days off last week.


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Jets could have Holmes back in lineup Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2013 – 8:15 am

Santonio Holmes has missed the last five games for the Jets with a hamstring injury, but he stands a good chance of returning to the New York lineup this week to face the Bills in Buffalo Sunday.

That according to head coach Rex Ryan, who provided a promising update on Holmes’ availability in his Monday press conference.

“I think he’ll play,” said Ryan. “He looks good to me. … I know he had a big game the last time we played Buffalo. Hopefully that’ll be the same this time.”

Holmes biggest game thus far this season came against the Bills back in Week 3 when he had five catches for 154 yards and a touchdown.

 


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Telecast pairing for Sunday’s Jets game

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2013 – 9:36 am

This weekend’s game still is not a lock to be televised with tickets still remaining for purchase. Still, here is the television broadcast team that will be doing the game on CBS Sunday.

Week 11 – N.Y. Jets @ Buffalo  – Broadcast team – Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts

In this rematch against the Jets, New York will be coming off their bye week. Prior to the first meeting with the Jets, New York had three extra days of rest having come off a Thursday night game in Week 2. This will be the fourth game for the Bills this season in which they’ll face an opponent coming off of extra rest.

 


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Jets home game ticket update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 6, 2013 – 9:53 am

The week following this weekend’s Bills game in Pittsburgh, Buffalo hosts the Jets for a 1 pm kickoff on Nov. 17th. Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon provided an update on tickets remaining.

Making his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportradio 550, Brandon said they’ve got some selling to do.

“We’re about 7,000 (tickets) left for the Jets so we’ve made an impact over the last 10 days,” he said. “So we’re going to keep selling and hopefully get that game on TV and the experience over here at the stadium has been tremendous with all the changes we’ve made to help our fans enjoy the experience. We certainly hope that we get that game done and sold out.”

Fans can call 1-877-BB-TICKS or go to Buffalobills.com to order tickets for the Jets game.


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Wood: Red zone execution was terrible

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2013 – 12:29 pm

The Bills went 0-for-3 in the red zone on Sunday when it came to punching the ball in for a touchdown. Buffalo had to settle for three field goals as gaining yards inside the Jets 20 proved hard to come by. Eric Wood didn’t think much of their efforts.

“Just a lot of mistakes on offense, and red zone execution was terrible,” said the Bills co-captain. “If we score on a couple of those when we were down there it’s a totally different ball game. We don’t give up six sacks because they’re not able to tee off on us.”

On Buffalo’s three red zone opportunities they ran a total of 10 plays. All together those 10 plays gained a total of 13 yards. The three third down situations Sunday went as follows.

3rd-and-8 – incomplete pass

3rd-and-6 – one-yard gain

3rd-and-5 – incomplete pass

 


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Jets handed Bills 1st downs

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2013 – 1:33 am

The penalty tally by the Jets was the second-most ever against the Bills. They had an astounding 20 for 168 yards. While the total number came in second behind San Francisco. They committed 22 penalties against the Bills on Oct. 4th, 1998. What’s more interesting is how many of those penalties handed first downs to Buffalo.

While the Bills got four first downs rushing and six via the pass, the Jets handed them eight first downs off of penalty, giving Buffalo a fresh set of downs by penalty more than any other means of moving the sticks.

 


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Bills admit Jets ‘D’ had some wrinkles

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2013 – 1:17 am

For the most part they were well prepared for what the Jets have in their arsenal of blitz calls, but Eric Wood and Fred Jackson both admitted that the Jets threw some defensive looks at Buffalo that were tough to identify.

“You have to give them credit. They did things that are different (and) that’s their defense—create some confusion,” said Fred Jackson. “It worked for them on a couple of plays there. We have to get better at seeing those things and make the plays when we have the opportunity.”

“They did a pretty good job of stacking the box early and throwing a few different looks that gave us trouble identifying, but we didn’t execute well enough against it,” said Wood.

EJ Manuel was sacked eight times in the game, the most sacks surrendered by Buffalo in a game since giving up nine to Indianapolis on Dec. 11, 2000.


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Bills pass pro better of late vs. Jets

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2013 – 1:02 pm

The Jets have been known as a dominant defense under head coach Rex Ryan. Over the last couple of seasons they have not been known as a defense that racks up sacks.

In 2011 New York ranked 17th in sacks with 35 and then last season slipped all the way to 25th managing just 30. More important for today’s matchup is the fact that the Bills did not surrender a single sack to the Jets in both meetings last season.

Part of that was due to Buffalo’s quick release passing game, but the Bills new offensive scheme has been emphasizing getting the ball out quick with EJ Manuel too. He’s been sacked just once in the first two games. Geno Smith meanwhile has been taken down nine times in two games this season.


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Previous QB play has dulled Bills-Jets

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2013 – 11:56 am

With the first two quarterbacks taken in the 2013 draft squaring off today at MetLife Stadium it hopefully brings about improved quarterback play between the two division rivals. For the past four seasons, subpar quarterback play has compromised the twice a year AFC East matchup.

Since 2009 New York quarterbacks have completed just 54 percent of their passes against the Bills with 14 TDs and 11 INTs. The collective passer rating over that span? A pedestrian 75.

Unfortunately for the Bills it’s been even worse. Bills QBs managed just a 51 percent completion percentage with 11 TDs and 11 INTs. The passer rating was just 65.3.

Geno Smith and EJ Manuel could provide a glimpse today on where this division rivalry is headed.


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