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BDC 10/17: Sunday’s notes and quotes

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on October 17, 2011 – 9:06 am

— STILL KEEPING THE SCOREBORD OPERATOR BUSY – With their 24-point output today, the Bills increased their season total to 188 … the figure ranks 4th in team history over the first six games of a season:

200 – 1964 (34, 30, 30, 23, 48, 35)
194 – 2002 (37, 45, 23, 33, 31, 31)
192 – 1975 (42, 30, 38, 38, 14, 30)
188 – 2011 (41, 38, 34, 20, 31, 24)
168 – 1991 (35, 52, 23, 17, 35, 6)
166 – 1992 (40, 34, 38, 41, 10, 3)

— A DAY OF LONG TOUCHDOWNS – The Bills scored two TDs on plays of 50+ yds. (80-yd. rush by Fred Jackson, 60-yd. pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Naaman Roosevelt) … today was just the 4th time in franchise history that a game featured a TD rush and pass each covering 50+ yds.; all have occurred in road games (others: 11/8/64 at N.Y.J. – Cookie Gilchrist 67-yd. rush and Glenn Bass 80-yd. rec. from Daryle Lamonica; 12/5/65 at Hou. – Wray Carlton 80-yd. rush and Bo Roberson 74-yd. rec. from Lamonica; 12/10/06 at N.Y.J. – Willis McGahee 57-yd. rush and Lee Evans 77-yd. pass from J.P. Losman).

DAILY LINKS – McGee’s big return – Giants outlast Bills 27-24

Buffalo News – Fitz, Bills feel sting of coming up just short

Buffalo News – Florence: ‘I take the blame’ for loss

Buffalo News – Four team flaws brought to harsh light

Buffalo News – Roosevelt runs a blue streak for first TD

Buffalo News – Quarterly report: After some flow, game ebbs away

Buffalo News – Bills-Giants Report Card

Rochester D&C – Pair of picks prove costly for Buffalo Bills

Rochester D&C – Bye week comes at perfect time for Buffalo Bills

Rochester D&C – Sal’s Six Points: Answered

Rochester D&C – Buffalo Bills: Report Card

Associated Press – Bradshaw, Tynes lift Giants past Bills 27-24

Wellsville Daily – Late FG gives Giants win over Bills

Canandaigua Messenger – Bills fall to Giants, week six team report card

Toronto Sun – Bills gamble and lose

New York Post – Buffalo QB ticked after two pickoffs

Bergen Record – Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick takes loss to Giants hard

Wall Street Journal – Buffalo Defense Expected Turnovers, Got Penalties.

AFC East Blog ( – Bills’ defense not holding up its end

AFC East Blog ( – Rapid Reaction: Giants 27, Bills 24

Audio/Video/Photo Clips
Week 6: Giants 27, Bills 24 – PHOTOS
Bills Roundup: Bills fall to Giants 27-24
Steve Johnson Postgame Press Conference
Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference
Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference
Bills vs. Giants highlights

97 Rock – Murph and Kelso on Norton in the Morning

Yahoo Sports – Photo Gallery: Bills vs. Giants

Giants Down Bills 27-24
Reaction: Giants 27 – Bills 24
HAMILTON: The good Giants team showed up

Bills Loss to Giants No Cause for Alarm
Take 2: Good, Bad, and Ugly

WIVB – Giants edge Bills 27-24

WKBW – Bills lose to the Giants, head to bye week at 4-and-2

WROC – Fitzpatrick fizzles vs. Giants

WHAM – That’s What We Said – Giants 27 Bills 24

Additional Clips
Inside the Bills Blog
Bills far from happy with 4-2 mark, Hairston to be re-evaluated Mon, McGee getting full workload – Immediate Reactions: New York Giants 27, Bills 24

October 17, 1988 — BACK ON MONDAY NIGHT
The Bills made their first appearance on Monday Night Football in four years a success, ripping the N.Y. Jets 37-14 at the Meadowlands. QB Jim Kelly threw for 261 yards and three TDs in the first half. He finished the game with 302 yards passing.

Fred Jackson
Led team with 121 rushing yds. and tied for team lead with 5 rec. … Has topped 100-yd. rushing yds. in 4 of 6 games this season (also 112 at K.C., 117 vs. Oak., 111 vs. Phi.) … 11th career 100-yd. rushing game; now alone in 6th place on Bills all-time list; broke tie with Cookie Gilchrist (10) … still trails Thurman Thomas-46, O.J. Simpson-41, Willis McGahee-14, Joe Cribbs-13, and Travis Henry-13 … 4 100-yd. rushing games this season are most by Bill in a season since Willis McGahee (5) in 2005 … 2nd time this season (also in games 1-2) with back-to-back 100-yd. games … streak is 3rd of career (first occurred in games 9-10, 2010) … first Bill with two separate streaks in one season since Willis McGahee in 2004 (games 7-8 and 10-11) … Bills are 9-2 when Jackson has 100-yd. rushing game

Naaman Roosevelt
Scored first NFL TD on 60-yd. rec. in 1st qtr. … longest TD rec. by Bill since 65-yd. hookup from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Fred Jackson, 11/28/10 vs. Pit. … longest TD by Bills WR since Terrell Owens’ 51-yd. rec. vs. Mia., 11/29/09 … Along with 80-yd. TD rush by Fred Jackson, became part of just 4th Bills combo to have TDs of 50+ yds. via rush and rec. in same game (for more details, see “a day of long touchdowns” note above)

Stevie Johnson
Scored on 9-yd. TD rec. in 4th qtr. to tie score at 24-24 … 4th TD of season, 16th of career … Johnson has caught 14 of his TDs from QB Ryan Fitzpatick … the Fitzpatrick-Johnson combo is one of 14 in Bills history with 14+ TDs … 5 rec. raised season total to team-high 33

Ryan Fitzpatrick
70.0% completion rate today was 2nd straight game with 70% or better rate (77.8%, 21 of 27, last week vs. Phi.) … 3rd game of career with 70% or better … 26th game in NFL career with 60% comp. rate (min. 20 att.) … Fitzpatrick’s teams are 13-12-1 when completing 60% or better … Has had 60% or better completion rate in 5 of 6 games this season … Had 2 TD passes today, including 60-yd. connection with Naaman Roosevelt in 1st qtr. … 4th completion of NFL career to cover 60+ yds. (others: 79 yds. to Cedric Benson, with Cin. vs. Was., 12/14/08; 98-yd. TD to Terrell Owens, at Jax. 11/22/09; 65-yd. TD to Fred Jackson, 11/28/10 vs Pit.) … 4th straight game with 40+ yd. completion (had 48-yd. connection with Donald Jones 9/25 vs. N.E., a 44-yd. hookup with Steve Johnson 10/2 at Cin., and a 49-yd. connection with Fred Jackson last week vs. Phi.) … 40+ yd. comp. in 4 straight games matches career long (also had 4-game streak in games 8-11, 2010) … Has thrown TD pass in 5 of 6 games this season and has TD in 24 of 29 games played as Bill … 44 career TDs with Bills remains 6th on club all-time chart … needs 3 to tie #5 Doug Flutie (47)

David Nelson
62 rec. yds. were team-high … has had 60+ rec. yds. in 4 of 6 games this season (66 at K.C. 9/11, 83 vs. Oak. 9/18, 84 vs. N.E. 9/25) … 32-yd. rec. in 4th qtr. was 2nd longest of season (had 35-yd. catch at K.C. 9/11) … Has rec. in 16 of 21 career games … 34 of 58 career rec. (incl. all 4 today) have resulted in first downs … 15 of 27 rec. this season have moved the chains

C.J. Spiller
62 rec. yds. were team-high … has had 60+ rec. yds. in 4 of 6 games this season (66 at K.C. 9/11, 83 vs. Oak. 9/18, 84 vs. N.E. 9/25) …  32-yd. rec. in 4th qtr. was 2nd longest of season (had 35-yd. catch at K.C. 9/11) … Has rec. in 16 of 21 career games … 34 of 58 career rec. (incl. all 4 today) have resulted in first downs … 15 of 27 rec. this season have moved the chains

Brad Smith
4 rush att. were matched season high (also had 4 last week vs. Phi.) … 26 rush yds. were most in game since 60 for N.Y.J. vs. Buf., 1/2/11  … Has rush att. in 19 of last 20 games (only game in that span without rush: 10/9 at Cin.)

Terrence McGee
Returned to action after missing 4 straight games .. Credited with team-high 11 total tackles … 6th career 10+ tackle game, 1st since 12/21/08 at Den. (10) … Most tackles in game since 11 at N.E., 9/10/06

George Wilson
Credited with 10 total tackles … 7th career 10+ tackle game, 4th of season (also had 10 vs. N.E. 9/25, 12 at Cin. 10/2, and 11 vs. Phi. last week) … 4-game streak with 10+ tackles is longest of career (had 2-game streak in 2009 – 10 at Car., 10/25; 15 vs. Hou., 11/1)

Alex Carrington
Blocked 50-yd. FG att. in 4th qtr. … First blocked FG by Bill since Spencer Johnson, 12/27/09 at Atl.

Rian Lindell
1-1 on FG today (successful from 49 yds.) … became 2nd kicker in Bills history with 200+ FGs … 200 FGs in Bills career remains 2nd on club all-time (see list, left)… needs 34 to tie club record-holder Steve Christie (234) … 200-241 (82.99%) on FGs in Bills career, best rate on club all-time (min. 50 att.; 2nd: Steve Christie – 78.26%)

Head Coach Chan Gailey
On the passing game
They got to us rushing the passer, and we didn’t get to them. We had the chance to hit Steve (Johnson) on a couple and missed them. He won, but we’ve just got to get the ball down the field to him. They made their long passes and we didn’t make our long passes.

On defensive effort
We gave up too many big plays at that, whether it was clutch situations or whether it was just down the field big plays and you can’t do that. And we had some penalties that hurt us on some of those drives and you can’t do that, either. We had chances to win the ballgame and we didn’t do that. And we had been doing that, but we didn’t do that today.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Your reaction and what did you think was the difference?
It sucks. This is one of the hardest parts about playing quarterback, when you don’t get the job done and today I didn’t get the job done. You know the two interceptions I threw, you couldn’t ask for a better coverage, couldn’t ask for a better play, couldn’t ask for a better route. They were both the exact same thing with basically Stevie on a go route. I want to give credit to Corey Webster. He made plays on both of them. That being said, I feel Stevie beat him and I underthrew both of them. You know, it’s hard, we got two chances to win and Stevie’s on a go on both chances I would have said we’ll win 100 percent of the time. And it didn’t happen today and it’s something I’ll have to live with and work on and all that, but it’s tough to look all the other guys in the face but that’s what you have to do as a quarterback and a leader and you have to be able to move on from that.

RB Fred Jackson
Can you describe the play on that 80-yard run?
The offensive line did a great job. They did a great job sorting things out, we renamed the linebackers so they did a great job getting a hat on a hat and letting me go one-on-one with a safety and making him miss. And it was pay dirt from there.

Your reaction now , did you think you were going to win there?
Yeah, definitely. We feel like we can move the ball against anybody. We had that opportunity, we just didn’t  finish it.  You know, give them credit. They made a play when they had to and they got the victory today.

Did they do anything different after halftime? They seemed to shut down the run?
You know, not really. It was just we didn’t execute the way we wanted to. That’s all of us, myself included. That’s something we have to figure out how to do, is finish. You know we have two losses now, two games we didn’t finish. And that’s not to take anything away from them, that’s a good football team, but we feel like we left one out there.


WR Naaman Roosevelt scored his first NFL touchdown yesterday on a 60-yard catch and run.

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