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BDC 10/10: Notes from the game

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on October 10, 2011 – 9:04 am


— With the victory yesterday, the Bills move to 4-1 and are tied for first place in the AFC East and tied for the best record in the AFC with New England and San Diego.

— KEEPING THE SCOREBORD OPERATOR BUSY – With their 31-point output yesterday, the Bills increased their season total to 164 … the figure ranks 2nd in team history over the first five games of a season:

165 – 1964 (34, 30, 30, 23, 48)
164 – 2011 (41, 38, 34, 20, 31)
163 – 1992 (40, 34, 38, 41, 10)
        – 2002 (37, 45, 23, 33, 31)
162 – 1975 (42, 30, 38, 38, 14)
       – 1991 (35, 52, 23, 17, 35)

— PICKOFFS IN QUANTITY – Buffalo had 4 interceptions yesterday … along with 4 vs. N.E. 9/25 and 2 at Cin. last week, 10 INTs in last three games are most by club in 3-game span since recording 11 in games 6-8, 2009 … Nick Barnett’s 31-yd. INT return TD in the 2nd qtr. gave the Bills an INT score in 3 straight games (also: Drayton Florence, 27 yds. vs. N.E. 9/25; Bryan Scott, 43 yds. at Cin. last week), marking only the 2nd time in Bills history that the team has recorded INT TDs in 3+ straight games (4-game streak in 1960 (games 10-13) … Adding in Jairus Byrd’s fumble recovery, the Bills recorded 5 takeaways, their highest total since 6 (on 6 INT), 10/18/09 at N.Y.J. … Buffalo’s +11 turnover differential this season already ties as the 5th highest figure in team history (also +11 in 1975 and 1998) and is the largest since 1998.

DAILY LINKS – Bills five takeaways earn victory over Eagles – Jackson right with league leaders

Buffalo News – Bills rewarded for committing to power running game

Buffalo News – Bills ground and pound Eagles into submission

Buffalo News – Barnett cashes in daily double for Bills

Buffalo News – What’s in a No-Name? Beating big boys is sweet

Buffalo News – Senator’s play lands speaking engagement

Buffalo News – Roosevelt turns in career day after Jones injury

Buffalo News – Bills defense makes the big play late

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills defeat Philadelphia Eagles

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills go from worst, to first, in turnover differential

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills have plenty of heart

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills bringing Mojo back to Orchard Park

Rochester D&C – Sal’s Six Points: Buffalo Bills answer

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills Report Card

Associated Press – Bills force five turnovers in victory over Eagles

Associated Press – Bills WR Jones out indefinitely with ankle injury

Associated Press – Opportunistic Bills ground sloppy Eagles 31-24

AFC East Blog ( – The Buffalo Bills dare to dream

AFC East Blog ( – Rapid Reaction: Bills 31, Eagles 24 – Eagles no match for upstart Bills

Wellsville Daily – Bills hold off sloppy Eagles

CSN Philly – Turnovers, bad defense dooms Eagles in loss to Bills

Wilmington News Journal – All-around ugly: Eagles lose 4th straight

The Globe and Mail – NFL will do everything it can to keep Bills in Buffalo

The Globe and Mail – Bills ground sloppy Eagles

Delaware County Times – Eagles comeback falls short against Bills

Niagara Gazette – Commish inspires Buffalo fans to keep Bill-lievin’

Niagara Gazette – Bills keep turning turnovers into victories

Dunkirk Observer – Bills’ defense does just enough in win over Eagles

Canandaigua Daily Messenger – Bills edge Eagles, week five team report card

Erie Times News – Opportunistic Bills ground sloppy Eagles

Erie Times News – Bills are the one enjoying a ‘Dream’ season

Toronto Sun – Bills: Under-the-radar love

New York Daily News – Bills a surprising 4-1

USA Today – Jackson, Barnett get top Bill-ing as Eagles implode again

Washington Post – Bills vs. Eagles: Fred Jackson, Buffalo hold off Philadelphia comeback, win 31-24

Reuters – Bills hold on as Eagles’ nightmare season continues

Audio/Video/Photo Clips
GameDay: Eagles vs. Bills highlights
Bills Roundup: Defense Forces 5 Turnovers in Win
Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference
Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference
Fred Jackson Postgame Press Conference
Nick Barnett Postgame Press Conference
Eagles vs. Bills highlights
Bills vs. Eagles Photos

Buffalo News
Buffalo Bills Photos
Buffalo Bills Photos 2

Yahoo Sports – Buffalo Bills Photo Gallery

Reaction: Bills 31 – Eagles 24
Bills Defeat Eagles 31-24
The Bills forced mistakes

Bills fans have plenty to shout about!
Bills hang on to beat Eagles

Roger Goodell Addresses Fans, Bills Ownership
In Dramatic Fashion: Bills Top Eagles 31-24

Bills Defense a Nightmare for Eagles
Bills Win Over Eagles IS a Big Deal

I’m a Bill-iever
Bills “Defy Explanation”

WHAM – That’s What We Said – Bills 31 Eagles 24

Additional Clips
Inside the Bills Blog
Vick tips hat to Bills, Why Hairston wasn’t nervous, Bills like Oct. 9, Jones to be out “a while” – Immediate Reactions: Bills 31, Eagles 24

Pro Football Talk – Undisciplined Eagles fall to 1-4

Stats & Info Blog ( – Bills pick Vick, improve to 4-1

Fred Jackson
Led team with 111 rushing yds. and 6 rec. for 85 yds. … Has topped 100-yd. mark in 3 of 5 games this season (also 112 at K.C., 117 vs. Oak.) … 10th career 100-yd. rushing game; now tied with Cookie Gilchrist (10) for 6th on Bills all-time list; still trails Thurman Thomas-46, O.J. Simpson-41, Willis McGahee-14, Joe Cribbs-13, and Travis Henry-13 … Scored TD on 5-yd. rush to Bills’ first drive … along with 2 rush TDs vs. Oak. 9/18 and single scores vs. N.E. 9/25 and at Cin. last week, continues 3rd TD streak of career (also in games 14-15, 2008 and in games 8-11, 2010) … 12th time in Bills history a player has had a rushing TD streak of 4+ games, first since Willis McGahee in games 3-6, 2005 … 196 scrimmage yds. today represented 2nd highest total in career (227 = 212 rush, 15 rec. – 1/3/10 vs. Ind.) … 19th career game with 100+ scrimmage yds. … has 100+ scrimmage yds. in 4 of 5 games this season (had 98 last week at Cin.) …  4,665 career scrimmage yds. (3,340 rush + 1,325 rec.) now ranks 9th in club history … yesterday moved past Travis Henry (4,540) and Frank Lewis (4,632) … 32 behind #8 Wray Carlton (4,697) … 970 behind #7 Elbert Dubenion (5,635)

Nick Barnett
Recorded 2 INTs, 1st multi-INT game in career … Now has 11 INTs in career … yesterday’s were first since 9/23/07 with G.B. vs. S.D. …  1st Bill with 2+ INTs in game since Drayton Florence (2) at Min., 12/5/10 … first Bills LB with multi-INT game since Takeo Spikes (2) vs. N.E., 9/7/03 … 90th multi-INT game in club history; Bills are 61-22-0 with at least one multi-INT performance (6-1 with 2) …  1st INT was returned 31 yds. for TD … 2nd career TD; first came on 95-yd. INT return with G.B., 10/9/05 vs. N.O. …  Along with Bryan Scott’s 43-yd. INT return last week at Cin. and Drayton Florence’s 27-yd. INT score 9/25 vs. N.E., this marks 2nd time in Bills history that the team has recorded INT TDs in 3+ straight games (4-game streak in 1960 (games 10-13)

Ryan Fitzpatrick
77.8% completion rate yesterday was new career-high (old high: 71.4% (20-of-28) at N.E., 9/26/10)… 25th game in NFL career with 60% comp. rate (min. 20 att.) … Fitzpatrick’s teams are 13-11-1 when completing 60% or better …  21 comp. today … 20th time in career with 20+ comp. … Fitzpatrick’s teams are 5-14-1 in such games, Bills are 4-6 …  Has 20+ comp. in last 4 games (also 28, 9/18 vs. Oak.; 27, 9/25 vs. N.E., 20, last week at Cin.) … longest streak of 20-comp. games since 4-game stretch in 2010 (games 5-8) … also had 7-game streak with Cin. in 2008 … Had 93.4 passer rating yesterday … 11th time in career with rating of 90+ … Fitzpatrick’s teams are 8-3 with 90+ rating

Nick Barnett
Interception in 1st qtr. … 11th INT of career, 3rd of season (also had INTs 9/25 vs. N.E. and last week at Cin.) …  First Bill with 3-game INT streak since Jairus Byrd’s club-record 5-gamer in 2009 (games 5-9) … INT streak is 2nd of career (other: games 6-7, 2009) … 23rd Bill with 2 career INT streaks

David Nelson
Only rec. was 6-yd. TD in 2nd qtr. … TD broke 7-7 tie … 5th career TD, 2nd of 2011 (also had 6-yd. TD vs. Oak., 9/18) … 4 of 5 TDs have given Bills a lead … Has rec. in 15 of 20 career games … 30 of 54 career rec. (incl. TD yesterday) have resulted in first downs … needs 8 rec. to set new personal single-season high (had 31 as rookie in 2010) … needs 96 rec. yds. to set new personal single-season high (had 353 as rookie in 2010)

Brad Smith
Scored TD on 5-yd. rush in 3rd qtr. … TD gave Bills 28-7 lead … 3rd career rushing TD … first since 53-yd. score with N.Y.J. vs. Cin., 11/25/10 .. 8th career overall TD (3 rush, 2 rec., 3 kickoff ret.) … first TD since 97-yd. kickoff ret. score with N.Y.J. at Pit., 12/19/10 … his teams are 6-1 when scoring TD (1-0 with 2)

Naaman Roosevelt
5 rec. are new career high (old high: 4 vs. N.E., 12/26/10) … 41 rec. yds. are 2nd highest in career (had 74 vs. N.E., 12/26/10)

Brian Moorman
Played in 165th career game, breaking tie with 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 800 punts … 40th player in NFL history with 800+ career punts, but is one of only 13 to have 800+ with one team … Club-record career average increased to 43.72  

Reggie Corner
INT on Eagles’ opening drive was 2nd of career … takeaway led to Fred Jackson TD rush to open scoring …  Other INT came 10/18/09 at N.Y.J. … Bills now 2-0 with Corner INT

Rian Lindell
Has scored in 103 of last 105 contests and in last 37 in a row … current streak is 5th longest in Bills history … Remains 2nd on Bills career scoring list with 858 pts., trailing only club-record 1,011 by Steve Christie … 1,128 pts. in NFL career now ranks 35th on league’s all-time list

Shawne Merriman
Credited with Bills’ only sack in 2nd qtr. … along with takedown last week at Cin., has 7th sack streak of career … First sack streak since games 7-8, 2009 with S.D. (had 2 sacks in each game) … Merriman’s teams are now 20-7 when recording sack (13-1 with 2, 6-0 with 3, 1-0 with 4)

Jairus Byrd
Recorded forced fumble and fumble recovery on James Avant pass rec. in 3rd qtr. … FF was 4th of NFL career and first since he recorded 2 vs. Cle., 12/12/10 … FR was 3rd of career and his first since 11/28/10 vs. Pit. … 2nd time he has recovered his own force (also on Rashard Mendenhall rush, vs. Pit., 11/28/10) … Along with 10 career INTs, now has 13 takeaways in NFL career

Head Coach Chan Gailey
On putting the offense on RB Fred Jackson and how he performed:
We were trying to let him run the ball but then there was a bunch of passes that we had that we could get him the ball as well.  We were fortunate to be able to have those different ways that he could get the ball.  Then Naaman (Roosevelt) just came through and did a couple great things for us, that was big.

On if learning from last year’s losses has helped them this year:
I think that is part of it.  I think what we went through last year nobody wanted to go through again.  I think we learned we could play in the big ball games and we were right there and we’ve learned this year how to, haven’t done it every time, but for the most part we’ve been able to find ways to win the game in the clutch.  I think some additions that we’ve made to our football team have helped us.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On the screen play to Jackson:
It was just a nice play that was drawn up. We got what we thought we’d get. Freddy’s been a great receiver out of the back field all year and if you can give him some space he’s a tough guy to tackle. He also sets his blocks up really well. I thought he did a great job on that one setting it up.

On converting in the red zone and his TD pass to WR David Nelson:
Again, good design. It was a good design play. We got what we wanted and what we thought we were going to get there. He’s obviously a great target to have down there.

RB Fred Jackson
On if they knew that they’d have to run the ball heading into the game:
I think it was. It was something we focused on all week. We knew that with the running game we’d be able to move the ball. We felt like we were bigger and more physical at the line so we feel like we’d been able to move them off the ball and the offensive line did a great job of doing that today.

On if he thought that the shovel pass would be there all day because of the wide line up of the Eagles defense:
It was something that we wanted to take advantage of with them bringing that wide nine. Again, hats off to our coaches scouting. They see things like that. We haven’t ran the shovel pass all year and we put in there so we really worked on it. It was something that we thought we could take advantage of.

S George Wilson
On making the game plans:
We wanted to force them to make quick decisions. Not able to just sit back, scramble and make passes. I got to the front, did a great job containing the pocket early on and late in the game. We were able to pull together and make some plays. When you go against Michael Vick, you can only hope to contain him. He made some plays but we also made some plays against him.

On the talent of Philadelphia:
We have talent, too. We don’t back down from any challenge. These guys have a lot of speed and we had to lockdown and not give up any plays. We did that today. We made them continue to take it one play at a time and keep everything in front of us. We ended up getting some turnovers. And I have to stay poised and composed. There is always room to take it one play at a time. It’s easier said than done, but I have to do a great job, fight and continue every day.


Bills LB Nick Barnett tallied two interceptions yesterday and returned this one for a touchdown.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visited Ralph Wilson Stadium yesterday and after meeting with some Bills season ticket holders, he posed for a photo with a group of breast cancer survivors.

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