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BDC 10/3: quotes and notes from Sunday and more

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on October 3, 2011 – 8:38 am


— With yesterday’s loss, the Bills are now 3-1 and remain tied for first place in the AFC East.  The Bills are one of six 3-1 teams in the AFC (New England, Baltimore, Houston, Tennessee and San Diego).

— Buffalo has produced 133 points through four games this season – it’s the third highest total through four games in team history (153 in 1992, 148 in 1975).

— PICKOFFS IN QUANTITY – Buffalo had two interceptions yesterday, along with four last week vs. N.E., six in last two games are most by the club in two-game span since recording 9 in games 6-7, 2009.

DAILY LINKS – Bengals hand Bills last second defeat 23-20 – Bills put loss on themselves, not officials

Buffalo News – Bills’ bubble bursts as offense bogs down

Buffalo News – Scott experiences roller-coaster afternoon

Buffalo News – Bills’ defense fails to tackle the physical challenge

Buffalo News – After Johnson’s review: It was clearly a catch

Buffalo News – Quarterly Report: The tide turns

Buffalo News – Report Card: Grading the Bills and Bengals

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills suffer first loss of season

Rochester D&C – Real Buffalo Bills exposed by a real Bengals defense

Rochester D&C – Sal’s Six Points

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills Report Card

Associated Press – Dalton’s first comeback leads Bengals over Bills

Niagara Gazette – Bills need to be better, not bitter

Messenger Post – Bills fall to Bengals, week four team report card

Toronto Sun – Bills beaten and beaten up

Kentucky Sports – Ex-Cat Steve Johnson has subpar game as his Bills fall to the Bengals

Chattanooga Times Free Press – Bills thrive under Nix – Still a lot to like about these Bills

AFC East Blog ( – Wrap-up: Bengals 23, Bills 20

Audio/Video/Photo Clips
GameDay: Bills vs. Bengals Highlights
Bills postgame press conference 1
Bills Roundup: Bengals Turn the Tables
Week 4: Bengals 23, Bills 20

Yahoo Sports
Bills vs. Bengals photo gallery

Bills Fall to Bengals 23-20
Reaction: Bengals 23 – Bills 20
Drayton Florence on the Howard Simon Show

Bills Better But Not “There” Yet
Bengals Stun Bills 23-20
Controversial Call Helps Bengals Catch Bills
Bills Report Card: Week 4

Bengals give Bills first Loss
Winning streak sadly over for the Bills

Bills fall in Cincy, Johnson talks “calls”
Bills fall to Bengals 23-20, fall to 3-1

Bills Let It Slip Away
Don’t Panic… Yet

Additional Clips
Inside the Bills Blog
Bills not shaken by loss, Bell has shoulder injury – Immediate Reactions: Bengals 23, Bills 20

Pro Football Talk
Bengals come back, hand Bills their first loss
Bills bear the rare burden of expectations

Scored first NFL TD on 43-yd. interception return in 2nd qtr. … Along with 27-yd. INT score by Drayton Florence last week vs. N.E., this marks 5th time in Bills history that the team has recorded INT TDs in consecutive games (4 straight in 1960 and back-to-back games in 1962, 1966, and 2009) … The last INT TD streak by Bills occurred when Aaron Schobel had 26-yd. score at N.E., 9/14/09 and Donte Whitner had 76-yd. score vs. T.B., 9/20/09 … 7th INT of career, 2nd of season (also had one last week vs. N.E.)

Led team with 66 rushing yds. and 5 rec. … Scored TD on 2-yd. rush in 2nd qtr. to give Bills 17-3 lead … along with 2 rush TDs vs. Oak. 9/18 and another vs. N.E. last week, continues 3rd TD streak of career (also in games 14-15, 2008 and in games 8-11, 2010) … 25th time in Bills history a player has had a rushing TD streak of 3+ games … First Bill with 3-game rushing TD streaks in consecutive seasons since Willis McGahee in 2005-06

Surpassed 8,000 career passing yds. with 17-yd. completion to Brad Smith in 2nd qtr. … Remains 9th on Bills all-time passing yardage list with 5,468 (see list, left) … 271 behind #8 Trent Edwards (5,739) …  44-yd. pass to Steve Johnson marked 2nd straight week with 40+ yd. completion (had 48-yd. connection with Donald Jones last week vs. N.E.) … first time with 40+ yd. comp. in back-to-back games since 4-game streak in 2010 (games 8-11)

Sunday’s 51.63 average was the 9th highest in a single game by a Bill (min. 4 punts) … Moorman owns 7 of the top 10 slots (incl. 4 of the top 5) … The leader list:
57.83 Brian Moorman, 10/8/06 at Chicago (6-347)
56.50 Brian Moorman, 9/7/03 vs. New England (4-226)
55.14 Paul Maguire, 9/21/69 vs. Houston (7-386)
53.40 Brian Moorman, 10/2/05 at New Orleans (5-267)
53.00 Brian Moorman, 12/13/09 at Kansas City (4-212)
52.00 Brian Moorman, 10/11/09 vs. Cleveland (7-364)
51.89 Billy Atkins, 9/23/61 vs. Boston (9-467)
51.86 Marv Bateman, 12/15/74 at L.A. Rams (7-363)
51.63 Brian Moorman, 10/2/11 at Cincinnati (8-414)
51.40 Brian Moorman, 10/4/09 at Miami (5-257)

Played in 164th career game, tying Joe Ferguson (164) for 10th on club participation chart … already holds Bills record for most games by punter [2nd: Chris Mohr (159)] … is 18th player in club history to play 11+ seasons … Extended Bills career record with 795 punts … Club-record career average increased to 43.68

4 rec. raised season total to team-high 24 … Extended rec. streak to career-long 20 straight games

2 rec. yesterday … Most since 2 with N.Y.J. vs. Atl., 12/20/09 … First receptions since 11/25/10 with N.Y.J. vs. Cin. … Surpassed 2,000 career kickoff return yds. on 23-yd. return to open game

Interception in 2nd qtr. led to Fred Jackson TD which gave Bills 17-3 lead … 10th INT of career, 2nd of season (also had one last week vs. N.E.) … 2nd INT streak of career (also in games 6-7, 2009) … 23rd Bill with 2 career INT streaks …  25th Bill with 10 career INTs

Head coach CHAN GAILEY
Initial comments …
“That was a game of playing average in the first half and poorly in the second half. We have got to do a better job of executing when on offense. We’ve got to stop the run and big plays on defense. We didn’t do enough of either one of those to win the ball game.”

How did your team handle playing with a lead?
“We didn’t play well in the second half, so we didn’t handle something. I don’t believe it was that. I believe they wanted to go play hard. You can’t miss that many tackles, not execute on offense, not be able to run (the ball) the way we did and win a football game. I don’t think it was that. That was not the feeling I got at halftime.”

Talk about how the officials’ instant replay review of Stevie Johnson’s catch that resulted in an incomplete pass changed the momentum of the game …
“I was a little shocked at the call, to be honest with you. I had a pretty good vantage point. You’ve got to be strong enough and good enough to overcome that. We’ve been in worse situations than that before and played better. You’ve got to be able to handle that.”

One play that looked like it turned the game around was the catch/drop by Stevie Johnson that was overturned. Up to that point you had control, but you never got control back …
“We thought we were going to go down and score. That was a big third down — what we thought was a conversion. But they called it an incomplete pass, and we just have to move on from there. It’s not just one play. Offensively, we played very poor today. You have to give a lot of credit to them — to their defense. They did a good job, and I think when our defense plays that well, especially in the first half, we have to win games like that. The offense didn’t come to play today.”

The defense was able to contain your running game with six guys. What did you think about that?
“They did some different stuff, but not anything out of the ordinary. I think it was more that we didn’t execute and they made more plays than we did.”

Running back FRED JACKSON
On today’s game …
“We just didn’t finish. Give them credit — they made plays and we didn’t.”

Stevie Johnson was talking about some of the close calls by the referees that didn’t go your way for the most part. How did that factor in the outcome?
“It was huge. You know, there were a lot of calls we feel didn’t get called (correctly), but at the same time, we played through it. You know, give them credit — they made plays and we didn’t. I think we were holding them on third down — I don’t know what the percentage was — we didn’t make plays, we didn’t convert those and not getting calls (and) getting calls overturned, that hurt, too. We just didn’t make enough plays.”

It seemed like it was difficult to get the running game going in the first half.
“We knew it would be a tough day. But, given the opportunity, we relished it and I just didn’t make enough plays for my team today.”


S Bryan Scott recorded an interception for the second straight week. He returned his pick yesterday for a touchdown, the first of his career.

QB/WR Brad Smith tallied his first two receptions as a Bill on Sunday.

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