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BDC 9/12: Notes and quotes from the game and more

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on September 12, 2011 – 10:07 am

— Today’s media schedule
Monday, September 12
Open Locker Room – 2:30 – 3:15 pm
Coach Gailey game wrap-up – 4:00 pm

DAILY LINKS – Bills embarrass Chiefs at Arrowhead

Buffalo News – Kevin Everett faces life after football

Buffalo News – Bills’ opening statement is loud and clear

Buffalo News – Jackson provides offensive balance, beats Chiefs at own game

Buffalo News – Chandler’s day is a revelation for Bills

Buffalo News – Gailey-Fitz chemistry makes offense a gas

Buffalo News – Quarterly report: Breaking down the blowout

Buffalo News – Report card: Dominant Bills are on the mark

Buffalo News – Bills offense makes statement in Kansas City

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills roll past Kansas City Chiefs

Rochester D&C – Maiorana’s Musings: Buffalo Bills’ blowout a big surprise

Rochester D&C – Sal’s Six Points: The Answers

Rochester D&C – Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills exit ‘worst’ category

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills Report Card

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills win opener at Kansas City

Associated Press – Fitzpatrick leads Bills to 41-7 romp over Chiefs

Associated Press – Bills lose CB McGee to injury; KC’s Berry injured

Associated Press – Inactives for Chiefs-Bills game

Kansas City Star – From the opening kickoff, Bills set the tone of the game

Niagara Gazette – Playing like this, Bills could make playoffs

Messenger Post – Bills destroy Chiefs, week one team report card

Toronto Sun – Lots to like in Bills win

Audio/Video/Photo Clips
Bills Roundup: Buffalo Dominates in Season Opener
Chan Gailey post game press conference
Bills vs. Chiefs highlights
Ryan Fitzpatrick Post Game Press Conference

Bills rout Chiefs 41-7
Peck’s Pop’s-Bills vs. Chiefs

Bills blowout Chiefs to win opener

Bills roll over Chiefs in Opener
Bills Report Card: Week 1
Chandler breaks out for Bills
Opening Statement – Adam Benigni discusses Bills win
Adam Benigni and Ben Hayes breakdown the Bills dominating 41-7 week one win

Bills Domination
Bills Destroy Chiefs 41-7

That’s What We Said – Bills 41 Chiefs 7

Bills romp Chiefs in opener
Pitoniak: Bills open with a flourish
Pitoniak: Who saw that coming?

Yahoo Sports
Photo Gallery: Week 1

Additional Clips
Inside the Bills Blog
Bills happy but not satisfied,Tip of hat to O-line, 100 plus yards of glory, Dareus pays tribute, Bills inactives

Bills Beat Blog
Reaction: Bills 41 – Chiefs 7
Immediate reaction: Bills 41, Chiefs 7

Buffalo Rumblings
Bills 41, Chiefs 7: Buffalo Rolls Kansas City In Season Opener
Bills 41, Cheifs 7: Three good, Three bad

Pro Football Talk
Bills, Ryan Fitzpatrick steamroll Chiefs

AFC East Daily
Bills destroy Chiefs, 41-7 in season opener

AFC East Blog (
Wrap-up: Bills 41, Chiefs 7

Head Coach Chan Gailey
On the team being vastly improved: “I think where we are right now, all those people that thought we were as bad as they thought we were, we’re not. And there’s going to be a lot of people that are going to put us up on a little bit of a pedestal and we’re not there yet. So, you have to understand that. I told the team that. I do think we’re improved over last year. I thought we would play well. I believe in our men, and they went out and did some very good things today. It started with the opening kickoff. It set the tempo. It was a good football game for our football team.”

On how critical it was to force and recover a fumble on the opening kickoff: “Huge. You can never minimize how important a play like that is, and to then go put it in the end zone on top of that. That was big not to settle for a field goal there.”

On whether the defense was that good or the Chiefs were having an off day: “I’m going to say we were better, okay? Let’s say that right now, and then if I watch the film and see something different, we’ll talk about it Monday. I think our guys are taking a lot of pride in being a good run defense right now. We’ve emphasized it, we’ve made a big deal about it, they want to be good against the run and I thought it was good to be able to go out there and play good against the run. We let them get a couple of them out of there, but I think those problems are solvable.”

On containing Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles: “You’ve just got to have a lot of hats to the ball, everybody play their technique, stay in their gaps and people got to whip people. We had a bunch of people that whipped people. I saw Marcell [Dareus] one time whip a guy and get across and get the cutback. Little things like that make all the difference in the world.”

On whether this is what he meant last year about being on the same page with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: “Yeah, it really is. We made adjustments, he made them, he saw what I saw and it’s easy to make those adjustments. But still, the key to the whole thing is pass protection. I think we got sacked one time. Erik [Pears] let the guy get around the corner. We got hit maybe two more times, but other than that, Fitz was able to stand back there and see things and throw it where he needed to throw it. Pass protection was huge for us today.”

On whether he expected TE Scott Chandler to be a mismatch: “I knew that. Nobody else I don’t think did. I thought we had something in Scott Chandler that creates something good for us in the passing game. I was really proud of him. He deserves it. He works hard.”

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Was this encouraging for the offense in general? “Yeah, it’s encouraging. I think we knew what we had and it’s only one game, but I think it probably surprised some people for us to score that much. It helps when you get the turnovers. It’s one game, we’re ready to move forward, we’re going to enjoy it for a day because I remember how hard it was last year when we lost here. We’re certainly going to enjoy this one, then move on. I think we’ll get some good work from looking at the film and getting better. There’s still a lot of stuff that we left out there today.”

What else do you think was key, offensively? “The field position was good, that was one thing. Fred [Jackson], I think he went over the 100-yard mark; the way he ran the ball today, and just guys making plays. The big thing we harped on was scoring touchdowns in the Red Zone and I was kicking myself; the two field goals we had in the first half, those were big opportunities for us that we could have had touchdowns on. We came out and capitalized on some of those opportunities in the second half.”

How important was it that you scored after the fumble on the opening kickoff? “That was huge. Maybe that’s the difference so far this year from last year. We went in, we felt like we knew we were going in for seven when we got that turnover. It ended up happening. It was a great start to the game and really gave us some confidence.”

RB Fred Jackson
Were you running angry today? “Well, yeah, just wanted to get established early; help [Ryan Fitzpatrick]. We felt like if we could get a running game going, it allows him to make more plays for us. We did a great job protecting him. I think first and foremost, we’ve got to thank our defense. They gave us plenty of opportunities on the field today. If we have them playing like that, we’ve got to reward them.”

Did you feel that you won the physical battle across the board? “Um, yeah, that’s what we want to do. We want to come in and establish ourselves as a physical team. We feel like if we can do that, we can continue to stay on the field and make some plays.”

DE Marcell Dareus
Talk about your first sack: “My first (thought) was just get off the ball and put all the effort you can into getting the quarterback uncomfortable. Once we established that, everything else just started opening up for the defense.”

Was holding Jamaal Charles to 56-yards a win for you guys? “Yeah, that was a big step forward for our team. Last year, they said how bad our run stop was and that was a main focus of our team this year, especially the defense, just stop the run and stop Charles and do the best we can at containing him. We worked so hard during the week; it just became second nature.”

OPENING DAY FACTS – With today’s win, Buffalo improved to 21-31 all-time in season openers and snapped its two-game Kickoff Weekend losing streak … Kansas City fell to 27-25 … This was 3rd time Bills and Chiefs played each other to begin a season and Bills have now won all three (34-17, at War Memorial Stadium, 9/13/64; 14-9, at Orchard Park, 9/12/82) … Buffalo also snapped its four-game losing streak in Kickoff Weekend games played on road; last win: 1996 vs. N.Y. Giants (23-20 in OT); had lost in 1998 at S.D., 1999 at Ind., 2006 & 2009 at N.E.

PUTTING UP THE POINTS – 41 pts. scored by Buffalo are 2nd-most by club in a season opener (42 vs. N.Y.J., 9/21/75) … last time Buffalo scored 40+ in any game: 11/21/10 at Cin. (W 49-31); first time Bills have had 40+ pt. games in consecutive seasons since 1989-95 … last eight times Bills have scored 40+ pts., it has been in road game … 34-pt. margin of victory ties as 6th most in club history and largest since 41-7 win at S.F., 12/26/04

SCOTT CHANDLER – Caught 2 TD passes (4 yds. on opening drive, 11 yds. in 3rd qtr.) … First multi-TD game by Bills TE since Robert Royal, 12/9/07 vs. Mia. … first Bills TE with multi-TD game on road since Pete Metzelaars, 9/13/92 at S.F., a game best known as the only one in NFL history without a punt by either team

– Led team with 112 rushing yds. … 1st 100-yd. rushing game by Bill in season opener since Willis McGahee’s 117 vs. Hou., 9/11/05 … 8th career 100-yd. rushing game … 7th Bill ever with 8+, joining Thurman Thomas-46, O.J. Simpson-41, Willis McGahee-14, Joe Cribbs-13, Travis Henry-13, and Cookie Gilchrist-10

RYAN FITZPATRICK — Tied personal-best with 4 TD passes (3rd time in career, previously 10/24/10 at Bal. & 11/21/10 at Cin.) … 23rd time a Bills QB had 4+ TDs in game, but only 3rd in a season opener (also: Dennis Shaw, 1971 vs. Dal. & Jim Kelly, 1993 vs. N.E.)  … 3rd QB in Bills history with 3 or more games with 4+ TDs (Jim Kelly-10, Joe Ferguson-5)… Threw 4-yd. TD pass to Scott Chandler on opening drive … first time since 1986 (Jim Kelly to Greg Bell vs. N.Y.J.) that a Bill threw a TD pass on season opening drive … First time since 2003 (when Drew Bledsoe started and Travis Henry scored on rush vs. N.E.) that Bills QB led a season-opening TD drive … Has thrown TDs in 20 of 24 games played as Bill

STEVE JOHNSON – Shared team-high with 66 rec. yds. (also David Nelson)  … Scored on 27-yd. TD rec. in 1st qtr. which gave Bills 14-0 lead … 13th career TD, but today’s was first he has scored in 1st qtr.

DONALD JONES – Scored on 4-yd. TD rec. in 3rd qtr. … 2nd career TD catch, other was 28-yd. gain at Cin., 11/21/10

C.J. SPILLER – Scored TD on 9-yd. rush in 4th qtr. … 1st rushing TD of NFL career (previous 2 TDs, on rec. & kickoff return, came in same game: 9/26/10 at N.E.)

SPENCER JOHNSON – Credited with sack in 2nd qtr. … 2nd sack in a season opener (had one in 2007 with Min. vs. Atl.)

BRYAN SCOTT – Recorded sack on Chiefs’ first drive. … has 10.5 sacks in career, 7.0 as Bill

GEORGE WILSON – Forced fumble on Jamaal Charles rush in 2nd qtr. … Loose ball recovered by Leodis McKelvin, and takeaway led to FG which gave Bills 20-0 lead

DRAYTON FLORENCE – Recorded interception in 4th qtr. … Takeaway led to C.J. Spiller TD which closed scoring … 15th career INT (5th with Bills) … has had INT in 7 of 9 NFL seasons and in all 3 years with Bills 


A view from the press box during Sunday’s pregame ceremony.

Some Buffalo fans enjoy the victory in Kansas City.

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