— The NFL announced TV ratings for the 2011 season and Bills games are averaging a 35.3 rating in Buffalo. That is up from a 31.5 at this point in 2010. The Bills’ 35.3 local rating is tied for fifth-best in the league.
— On Friday, October 7, the Buffalo Bills, the Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Delaware North Companies, Dessert Deli and Zeta Tau Alpha will gather at Niagara Falls, Ontario to “light the Falls pink” as part of the Billieve breast cancer awareness program. Special guests at the Falls lighting will include Buffalo Bills players, members of the Bills Women’s Association, Buffalo Jills Cheerleaders, Team Mascot Billy Buffalo, members of The Niagara Falls Illumination Board and breast cancer survivors and supporters. A short ceremony will be held on the stage at 6:30 p.m. and from approximately 6:45 – 8:00 p.m. the Falls will be pink in recognition of October being breast cancer awareness month. There will be fireworks at 9:00 p.m. that will feature a pink theme as well.
Players scheduled to attend include: quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, running back Fred Jackson, defensive tackle Kyle Williams, defensive end Dwan Edwards, long snapper Garrison Sanborn, safety Bryan Scott, safety Jairus Byrd, wide receiver David Nelson, defensive end Alex Carrington, offensive lineman Eric Wood.
Thursday, October 6
Practice: 2:00 PM / Open to Media at Approximately 2:00 PM (Stretch & Individual only)
BuffaloBills.com – Billieve program to kickoff at Niagara Falls
BuffaloBills.com – Nelson, Edgerson, Roswell lead the stampede
BuffaloBills.com – Spiller held out of practice Wednesday
BuffaloBills.com – Another shootout Sunday?
Buffalo News – Bills plot ways to keep offense on field
Buffalo News – Bills’ McIntyre staves off extinction
Buffalo News – Eagles making changes on offensive line
Associated Press – Bills leaky D braces to contain Vick-led Eagles
Associated Press – Bills LB Barnett misses practice due to sore ankle
Associated Press – Philadelphia (1-3) at Buffalo (3-1)
AFC East Blog (ESPN.com) – About that Buffalo/New York thing…
PhiladelphiaEagles.com – Gailey: Success No Surprise For Bills
Tonawanda News – Big surprise
Tonawanda News – Bills need to improve on third downs
Toronto Sun – Dream will die for Bills or Eagles Sunday
97 Rock – Jim Kelly on the Norton in the Morning
Inside the Bills Blog
Bills on the radio, Eagles injury report, Bills injury report, Merriman and Wood updates, McGee update, Barnett injury update, Bills Michael Vick impersonator, Watkins to start for Eagles
Bills Beat Blog (WGR) – Eagles Wednesday Injury Report
Shutdown Corner (Yahoo) – Site praises Bills offense thus far in the season
Huddle (USA Today) – Ryan Fitzpatrick ranks fifth on site’s QB rankings
Football Outsiders – Bills continue to lead site’s weekly ratings system
Fifth Down (NY Times) – Writer looks at the importance of a No. 1 receiver in today’s NFL
National Football Post – Jack Bechta offers advice for building a wealthy NFL client
THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
October 6, 1970 — DENNIS SHAW NAMED OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
QB Dennis Shaw was named the NFL’s offensive player of the week, becoming the first Bill to be so honored since the AFL-NFL merger.
NOTABLE QUOTES FROM MEDIA DAY
Head Coach Chan Gailey
On the challenge of Philadelphia’s defense:
Their pass rush is extremely good. We feel like it’s going to be a challenge for our offensive line with Chris (Hairston) at LT, a new left tackle, facing a group like this. It’s going to be a challenge for our guys. You can’t just sit there and run the football. You’ve got to throw the football. We’ll see how it works out, but you can’t sit there, hold the ball, pat it and wait for everybody to get down the field 15 yards.
On the offense being balanced this week:
You’ve got to be able to run the football. And hopefully we’ll be better at it this week and be able to create some more yardage where we are a little bit better balanced.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On the pretenders and contenders becoming clearer:
It’s game five. It’s still early. Seeing what we did last week, coming off a loss, we’d really like to get some of that momentum back. They’re 1-3 but they’re a very good football team. If you look at the things that they’ve done – the speed and the explosiveness that they have offensively and defensively – they’re better than a 1-3 football team. So it’s not a team that we’ll take lightly.
WR Stevie Johnson
On getting back on track after facing some adversity:
Every week is a gut check for us being the Buffalo Bills. We have to prove ourselves every day and every Sunday. There’s not any pressure or anything, that’s part of the business and that’s how everyone in the league should be feeling. So I don’t think there’s any pressure as far as we have to win this or else we’re going to be considered losers or whatever. We have to win every game and that’s how you should feel as a player.
OT Chris Hairston
On where he is now compared to training camp:
It’s a world apart. I came in fresh out of college and got thrown into the fire without OTA’s. I really had to come up to speed quickly and I feel like the coaches feel like I’ve done that enough to trust me over there in a very important part of this offense.
On the Eagles’ pressure up front:
They do it very well and are leading the league in sacks. They have Jason Babin over there leading the league in sacks individually. They have great talent out there even with (Trent) Cole out.
NT Kyle Williams
On how to defend the speed of the Eagles’ offense:
I think you have to be very sound in where you fit in the defense. You have to be where you’re supposed to be. You have to do that every week/ I know we talk about that a lot but when you’ve got guys where they can spread the field and any of them touches it can take it anywhere you have to be where you’re suppose to be. You can’t jump gaps or anything like that trying to make a play becase they’ll make you pay for it.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
The Buffalo Bills and Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) have teamed together to form a stampede against prostate cancer. WR David Nelson is the spokesperson for Roswell’s prostate cancer awareness campaign. Booker Edgerson, Bills Wall of Famer and Bills Alumni president, is a prostate cancer survivor himself. Full Story>>>
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