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Bills end Manning streak

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2014 – 1:45 pm

Buffalo’s defense had a solid performance Sunday holding a team that normally scores 35 points per game at home to 11 points below that average. They also brought an end to a consecutive games streak held by Peyton Manning.

Manning had thrown at least one touchdown pass in 51 straight games, but that streak came to an end Sunday as all three Denver touchdowns were scored on the ground by C.J. Anderson.

Manning shrugged off the end of the streak.

“I guess the touchdown streak, the consecutive games? That is something that—I’ve broken a lot of records and set a lot of records due to playing for a long time and playing well at times, but it’s never been something that I’ve been about,” said Manning. “So I don’t need to break or set another record. It was important to get a win. [RB] C.J. [Anderson] did a good job down there in the red zone, getting in there on those runs. Those are hard earned runs down there. It was good to improve our red zone.”

Corey Graham was glad they held Manning without a TD pass, but would’ve preferred they kept the Broncos out of the end zone altogether.

“It’s good,” said Corey Graham of holding Manning without a touchdown pass. “Obviously as a defensive group, especially DBs, you don’t want to give up any passing touchdowns so it’s good for us. But we’ve got to find ways for the defense to hold and stop them from scoring points completely.”


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Bills expecting quick game from Peyton

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2014 – 9:49 am

It’s nothing they haven’t seen before. Buffalo’s defensive line is used to seeing opposing quarterbacks try to get the ball out quick to neutralize the Bills formidable pass rush. The difference with Peyton Manning however, is the different ways he can mix and match plays to best fit the defensive look he’s seeing.

“Everybody tries to have a quick release again against us for the most part,” said Marcell Dareus. “He’s a Hall of Fame quarterback. He can speed it up, he can slow it down, he can remix it, he can flip it around. He can do whatever he wants to do with the offense. We just have to sit back and be prepared for the guy.”

At the same time Dareus is looking forward to playing Manning and the Broncos offense.

“Oh yeah. I love playing these guys like him because I feel like he will not only elevate my game but elevate everybody around us,” said Dareus. “I know we’re going to go out there and do the best we can. We’re going join the mile high club, they’re a mile above sea level. We’re going to try to do what we can. We’re in one of the coldest cities in the league, we have a bunch of snow. We’re going to go out here and do what we can against these Broncos.”


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CB Graham eager to face Manning again

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2014 – 3:30 pm

Appearing on the John Murphy Show this week, Corey Graham was asked by the Bills play-by-play man about the 2012 Divisional playoff victory by the Baltimore Ravens over the home standing Denver Broncos in overtime that propelled the Ravens to the Super Bowl where they won their second NFL title.

Murphy thought it might be Graham’s most memorable victory. Graham said it’s not even the most memorable game against the Broncos. He’s still smarting from the 2013 season opener against the Broncos, when as the defending Super Bowl champs they were embarrassed by Denver.

“The last time I played against Denver sticks in my mind way more than our Division playoff win. The last time I played the Broncos when I was with the Ravens it was opening night after we won the Super Bowl and (Peyton Manning) lit us up. He threw for like seven touchdowns. So that game hurts and it’s more memorable to me than anything.

“Coming off the Super Bowl year the way he humiliated us out there, I still feel a certain way and I can’t wait for the opportunity to go against him again.”

In the Divisional win over Denver, Graham had an interception return for a touchdown and had another INT in overtime to set up the game-winning score. It all means nothing to Graham.

“That game he did that to us last year, I can’t forget it,” said Graham. “It’s been on my mind all last year and all of this year. I just couldn’t wait for another opportunity to play against him. I remember that game more than the playoff game that we won.”

Graham says at age 38 Manning can still make all the throws like he always has, but it’s clear that Manning’s dismantling of the Ravens defense in 2013 is something he took personally and feels he has to make things right on Sunday.


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Mario: It’s not like Manning hasn’t be sacked

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2014 – 12:54 pm

The AFC Defensive Player of the Month has seen plenty of Peyton Manning before. Mario Williams has also been one of the few to sack the Denver quarterback more than a handful of times in his career. That’s why entering Sunday’s game, despite the fact that Manning gets the ball off in an average of 2.18 seconds per drop back he believes there will be opportunities to shake up the Broncos QB.

When playing in the AFC South for Houston at the beginning of his career, Williams faced Manning twice a year while the quarterback was running the Indianapolis offense. Knowing how quick Manning gets the ball out, Williams says the approach has to be straightforward with no hesitation.

“Just bring it on a direct line,” said Williams of rushing Manning. “Don’t waste any time because he’s obviously a very smart quarterback and knows where he wants to go with the ball before the ball is snapped. So we can’t really play around or hesitate. We’ve just got to get after him.”

While Williams admits it’s anything but easy to get Manning on the ground it’s far from impossible.

“It’s tough to get to him because of his timing and things like that. Clearly you can. It’s not like he’s never been sacked,” Williams said. “We’ve just got to have more of those sacks. We have to change it up a little bit because he hasn’t been sacked a lot this year. Our goal is to go out and change that.”

Williams has a favorable matchup as he’ll face right tackle Louis Vasquez – a guard by trade. As Williams sees it the Bills will need more than just a strong defensive effort to neutralize Manning. He believes it will need to be a total team approach to keeping the veteran QB  from taking over the game.

“I think facing somebody like him it’s important to have everybody on point. Everything is key,” he said. “Have the offense being able to keep the ball and don’t make it lopsided time of possession, have special teams win field position and for us to go out and get him off his spot and get after him. Everybody has to be a part of it.”


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Disguising late key for Bills ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2014 – 5:07 pm

Every defense in the NFL employs disguises for their intended coverages pre-snap in the hopes of crossing up the opposing quarterback. Some QBs are easier to fool than others. Denver’s Peyton Manning is one of the tougher nuts to crack, but after seeing some previous opponents of the Broncos succeed, Buffalo may take a stab at it as well.

Bills S Aaron Williams was encouraged by the success the St. Louis Rams had in disguising their coverages late in the pre-snap process. It’s playing with fire a bit because you do want to be set for the play, but it worked for them. Could it work for the Bills?

“St. Louis did a great job of disguising and moving around,” said Williams. “I feel like that’s one of the things we’re getting better at. The last few weeks, Searcy and I, Duke, we’ve done a lot better job of communicating and to move around so a quarterback won’t know what we’re in right as we break the huddle. As long as we move around and have our disguise not kill us, as long as we get to the spot, we’ll be fine.”


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Bills won’t fret about top QBs left on schedule

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2014 – 9:24 am

The Bills are at 7-5 and are still in the hunt for the AFC postseason. Still on the schedule however, are quarterbacks like Peyton Manning (this Sunday), Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Kyle Williams doesn’t want to hear how daunting it is knowing they have to face those QBs.

“Well, if it’s daunting and you’re worried or you’re scared about it, I don’t want to play with you,” Williams said. “It’s a challenge obviously, great players. We feel like we’re pretty good players too, so we have to prepare, we have to be on top of our business and go out there and try to win one football game. You can’t lose sight of the forest for the trees, you can’t look at everybody, you can only focus on what you have in front of you and we have a good test in front of us.”


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Tasker: “Manning is most significant QB of our era”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 3, 2014 – 7:00 pm

In the wreckage of Denver’s blowout loss in Super Bowl XLVIII, former Bills Special Teams Ace Steve Tasker says QB Peyton Manning’s legacy will not be damaged that much.

In an appearance Monday night on The John Murphy Show, Tasker said going into the game, he thought Manning had a chance to burnish his legacy with a strong performance in the game. But even with his poor performance, Tasker believes Manning’s legacy remains intact. In fact, the Bills Wall of Famer says Peyton Manning is the most significant quarterback of our time.

“He is the absolute most significant quarterback to have played the game in our lifetime and perhaps in the history of the game,” Tasker said on the radio show.

“He changed the paradigm by which quarterbacks are evaluated. He changed the expectations of every quarterback across the league from his point forward, on what is expected of them (quarterbacks) in terms of preparation, and what is expected of them to be able to do on the field, on the fly. It’s all because of Peyton Manning and his ability and his preparedness on the field, that other quarterbacks are expected to be able to change plays, call their own plays, work the no huddle, work the snap count, work personnel combinations, dictate matchups—all of that is expected of a top flight quarterback now. And it was not before Peyton Manning came into the league.”

The entire radio interview with Steve Tasker is available here


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Monday night-John Murphy Show

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 10, 2012 – 4:12 pm

The spotlight is on RB C.J. Spiller now, with the Bills without Fred Jackson for at least the next three weeks.  And C.J. is our leadoff guest tonight on The John Murphy Show.

We’ll start off with a recap of the Bills loss in the Meadowlands, and Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com will join us live from Buffalo Wild Wings.

At 7:20pm, C.J. Spiller joins us in studio to talk about replacing Fred in the lineup the next few games.

We’ll get our usual Monday night view from the sidelines at 8pm, with Joe Buscaglia, our sideline reporter on the Bills play by play broadcasts.

At 820pm, we’ll talk about Peyton Manning’s amazing performance against the Steelers Sunday night.  Alan Roach, the sideline reporter on the Broncos radio network joins us live to recap Denver’s big win over Pittsburgh.

We’ll have phone lines open for your questions at comments at 7;45 and 8:45pm.

The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7-9pm on the flagship station of the Buffalo Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.


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Manning won’t play in AFC East

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2012 – 9:03 am

A day after landing prized free agent Mario Williams, the Bills got more good news as Peyton Manning will not be playing in the AFC East in 2012.

NFL.com is reporting that Manning has informed the Miami Dolphins that they’re out of the running for his services. That leaves Denver and Tennessee as the two options remaining. If Manning chooses the Titans the Bills would still face the perennial Pro Bowl quarterback in Buffalo. The Bills are scheduled to host Tennessee in the 2012 regular season.


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Jets to kick tires on Manning?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 29, 2012 – 11:54 am

The speculation in the world of the New York media is only getting to intensify as the Colts’ big decision on March 8th draws closer, but the latest report, courtesy of the New York Post, is that the Jets will look as improving their quarterback situation with Peyton Manning a likely target should he be released by Indianapolis.

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum apparently would not rule out acquiring Peyton Manning saying that the club would look “very carefully” at the quarterback position. Tannenbaum said he anticipates that Mark Sanchez will be their starting QB in 2012, but certainly left the door open with this comment on ESPN Radio.

“We don’t need to bring in another guy to make Mark Sanchez great. Mark Sanchez wants to be great because that’s who he is,” Tannenbaum said on ESPN Radio. “With that said, we’re looking at that position very carefully and I wouldn’t be surprised if at the end of the day, by September, that position group as a whole looks a little bit different than it did at the end of the 2011 season.”

Tannenbaum also said,  “When we have opportunities to improve our team that’s what we’re going to do. My philosophy is you’ve got to be aggressive, you have to know what’s going on out there, and you have to look for opportunities.”

Just a few years ago Tannenbaum was the one who pulled off the acquisition of Brett Favre from the Packers, so there’s a track record of New York pursuing top flight veteran quarterbacks before.


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Peyton on Dolphins wish list

Posted by Chris Brown on January 23, 2012 – 2:48 pm

According to the Miami Herald the Miami Dolphins have Peyton Manning on their free agent wish list. Of course Manning would have to become a free agent first.

Many are speculating that Manning could be released outright thereby making him a free agent with a $28M roster bonus due on March 8th. If that proves to be the case sources are telling the Herald that Manning would be aggressively pursued by the Dolphins.


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Jets won’t rule out Peyton

Posted by Chris Brown on January 19, 2012 – 3:46 pm

Jets owner Woody Johnson held a 30-minute press conference with the New York media and was pressed on whether the club would consider acquiring a veteran QB like Peyton Manning if he became available.

According to the Associated Press, Johnson said Mark Sanchez “is our guy,” but also added that “there’s no such thing as 100 percent in football.”

The Jets have a recent albeit short history of seeking out veteran quarterbacks after they fervently pursued Brett Favre back in 2008. Simply put the thought of being in the same division as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning is not very appealing.


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QBs make SB XLIV historic TV

Posted by Chris Brown on February 8, 2010 – 3:56 pm

The Super Bowl is typically one of the most viewed television programs each year. To know that this year’s version is most watched ever is historic enough in itself, but to be the most watched TV program ever is because of one factor.

The two QBs involved in the game were among the best in the game. Sure there was the sentimental favorite in New Orleans, but Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are two of the five best QBs in football and that was the draw.

Why do you think the NFL keeps instituting more and more rules to protect the QBs? If they’re on the field performing more people will watch, and that’s what happened Sunday.


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