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Thigpen: I should’ve fair caught the ball

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2015 – 5:23 pm

In a game knotted up at seven in the first half, Bills punt returner Marcus Thigpen felt he had an opportunity to make a big play on an upcoming return as he stood at his own 35-yard line. As the punt arrived Thigpen felt he had a lot of room to work with off to the right if he could avoid the first gunner coming hard from his left. Unfortunately he didn’t and in hindsight wished he made a different decision.

“Yeah I felt like I could’ve tried to catch and run it to the side,” said Thigpen on his muffed punt that was recovered by the Eagles in the second quarter. “He was coming from my left so I was trying to run before I had the ball. I should’ve fair caught it. It’s a case of me trying to do too much. I felt like I could make a game-changing play right there and it didn’t go in my favor. I’ve just got to make smarter decisions.”

Two plays later the Eagles were in the end zone on a 53-yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford to Nelson Agholor.

“I felt like if I could get away from him I had an opportunity to the right,” said Thigpen. “We had good field position and I tried to do too much and gave them the ball.”

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Eagles WR Matthews now questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 12, 2015 – 2:30 pm

The Eagles looked pretty good health-wise heading into Sunday’s game with the Bills. That is until today. Philadelphia added WR Jordan Matthews to their injury report listing him as questionable with a back injury.

Matthews not only leads the Eagles in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, he’s been on the field more than any other receiver for Philadelphia this season.

If Matthews is unable to play that could even things up knowing the Bills are without their top cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was declared out on Friday with a shoulder injury.

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Watkins not worried about facing brother

Posted by Chris Brown on December 12, 2015 – 10:51 am

Bills WR Sammy Watkins had the good fortune of being on the same team as his brother Jaylen Watkins, when his brother was with Buffalo on the team’s practice squad earlier this season. But when Eagles CB Nolan Carroll went on injured reserve a few weeks ago, Philadelphia signed Sammy’s brother off of Buffalo’s practice squad. The matchup between the Bills and Eagles could provide new meaning in the City of Brotherly Love.

Jaylen Watkins is largely playing on special teams for the Eagles, so the odds of Sammy lining up against his brother is unlikely, but Buffalo’s top receiver would welcome it.

“That would be the best matchup ever this year,” said Watkins. “To compete against my brother. He knows what I do and I kinda knows what he does. It would be a nice matchup.”

I asked Watkins if his brother Jaylen knows any of his secrets for getting off the jam or anything else that he might pass along to his teammates in Philadelphia.

“He might think he knows,” said a smiling Watkins. “But it’s all good. It’ll be good to see him after the game.”


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Henderson & Mills could split time Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2015 – 12:58 pm

Bills OT Seantrel Henderson looks ready to return after an illness kept him out of last week’s game, but whether he starts on Sunday is up in the air.

Head coach Rex Ryan said at this point they haven’t decided on a starter at right tackle for Sunday’s game as both Henderson and Jordan Mills got work there this week.

“That’ll be a game time decision,” said Ryan. “I think both guys will get playing time. Sometimes when you’re out a couple of weeks, to kind of get in a groove… I think Seantrel was better today than he was Wednesday so we’ll see how that is. Truly we haven’t made up our mind yet on who is going to start there.”

Mills started in place of Henderson last week in the win over the Texans.

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Bills to appear on NFL Replay

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2011 – 11:55 am

For the third time in five weeks the Bills will be part of the NFL Network’s ‘NFL Replay’ series tonight (Tuesday).

Their win over the Eagles will be re-broadcast on NFL Network tonight at 8 pm in the league’s specialized format.

NFL Replay offers an exclusive look at the previous week’s games in a condensed, 90-minute, high-octane format. With the use of bonus NFL Films and NFL Network footage, including never-before-seen camera angles and coaches’ commentary, combined with exclusive wired sound from the field, locker rooms and sidelines, viewers will experience the game like never before.

Knowing a good number of fans did not get to see the game is some upstate New York markets, here’s a good chance to catch more than just the highlights.

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Vick tips hat to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2011 – 10:28 pm

After a four-interception performance and a 66 passer rating in the loss to the Bills, Michael Vick could only tip his hat to Buffalo and the job they did on Sunday to beat the Eagles.

“I give a lot of credit to Buffalo, they came out and they did their job,” Vick said. “I think we did a lot of things that were positive.  We put ourselves in position to score and make plays, and then at times we didn’t. 

“I give a lot of credit to them for what they did.  They didn’t really do anything outside of what we thought they were going to do, they just played their game.”

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Bills like Oct. 9th

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2011 – 4:09 pm

The Bills have a propensity for winning on Oct. 9th. Take a look.

Buffalo has now won five straight games on Oct. 9th counting their win over Philadelphia Sunday (31-24). Three of those previous wins on Oct. 9th came against Miami (’83 @ Mia, ’94 vs. Mia, ’05 vs. Mia.). The other victory came against Indianapolis in ’88.

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Eagles speed dictates personnel

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2011 – 9:04 am

The collective speed of the Philadelphia Eagles skill position players on offense is a real weapon not only in terms of making plays, but in terms of dictating personnel groupings for the opposing offense.

That according to Bills head coach Chan Gailey.

“You do have to try to match up,” Gailey told “You can’t just say, ‘Hey we’ll put our defense out there and whoever they put out there we’ll match up.’ Because you can’t match up. This is one of the most explosive, if not the most explosive offense in the NFL.”

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For Bills fans watching at home

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2011 – 6:50 am

Hey just a note of response to a lot emails and phone calls that we’ve received at One Bills Drive the past two days. We’ve come to understand from Bills fans that the Bills-Eagles game will not be broadcast in certain upstate New York markets. This is a programming decision made by the local affiliate and recommend that you contact your affiliate if you have concerns about that decision.

We also remind you that you can keep in touch with the goings on of the game via the live blog on if you are unable to watch the game based on where you might live.

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49ers say Eagles gave up

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2011 – 12:11 pm

San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore when asked about his team’s 21-point comeback victory over the Eagles last week (24-23) said he felt the Eagles gave in when the Niners came back in the game.

In an interview on ESPN’s First Take, Gore said the following.

“I think playing that second half and the way we came out, the Eagles didn’t want to play no more,” Gore said. “We just kept pounding and kept pounding and making plays and we kind of knocked the fight out of them,” Gore said.

The Eagles have had their problems putting up points in the fourth quarter. They’ve got a single touchdown in the final stanza thus far this season, which is second lowest in the league. In fact they have not scored at all in the fourth quarter in each of their last three games.

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Watkins to start for Eagles

Posted by Chris Brown on October 5, 2011 – 9:31 am

According to a Delaware News Journal report, the Eagles will be making a change at their starting right guard position, where they’ll be inserting their first-round pick into the lineup.

Eagles first-round draft choice, Danny Watkins, will reportedly make his first career start at right guard in place of Kyle DeVan. Watkins was working with the first unit for the Eagles all summer in training camp until DeVan was picked up off waivers by Philadelphia and stepped right into the starting lineup at the beginning of the season.

So the Eagles are likely to have two changes on their offensive line Sunday against the Bills. Watkins at right guard and King Dunlap at left tackle in place of the injured Jason Peters (hamstring).

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Bills not expecting respect

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2011 – 8:55 am

When the Bills host the Eagles on Sunday, they’re not expecting to get much respect from a Philadelphia team with a lot of star power. Following their loss to Cincinnati they feel they’ve got to go out and earn respect.

“They’re going to come in thinking; ‘Oh yeah, same old Bills, we’re a better team than they are, the names on our team are better than their team’s,'” said Stevie Johnson. “It really doesn’t matter to me; I’m just looking forward to playing against one of the top corner backs in the league in Nnamdi (Asomugha).”

“In this league you earn respect every week,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “You don’t stay the same, you go up or you go down. You very seldom stay the same. The respect that we have throughout the league, I believe we did (go down). When you lose, that happens. So you’ve got to go earn it back.”

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Eagles pass rusher injured

Posted by Chris Brown on October 3, 2011 – 8:25 am

The Bills lost left tackle Demetrius Bell to a shoulder injury Sunday and at this point his prognosis is not known. If he can’t play rookie Chris Hairston is expected to line up at left tackle. Philadelphia’s best pass rusher, Trent Cole, would normally be the opponent in that one-on-one matchup, but that might not be the case.

That’s because the Eagles Trent Cole sustained a calf injury in the Eagles’ loss Sunday to the 49ers. According to the injury could be serious. If it is his chances of playing Sunday against the Bills would presumably be up in the air at best.

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