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Moment of silence for Bills-Pats pre-game

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2015 – 5:45 pm

Prior to the Monday night game between the Bills and Patriots there will be a special moment of silence observed. Here are the details.

Before the national anthem is sung there will be a moment of silence observed for 18-year old Ezra Schwartz, a Sharon, Massachusetts native who was killed on Thursday in the West Bank. Schwartz was not military, but was delivering food to soldiers. Here is more on his story.

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1st back-to-back primetimes for Bills since ’93

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2015 – 6:27 pm

Tonight the Bills open the first of a pair of back-to-back primetime games with the Jets in New York before they face the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in Week 11. The last time Buffalo had back-to-back primetime games was in their final AFC title season of 1993. Here’s how they fared.

In Week 5 Buffalo won a tight game over the New York Giants in Orchard Park on Sunday night football by a score of 17-14. Pete Metzelaars had the game-winning touchdown catch on an eight-yard throw from Jim Kelly in the fourth quarter.

The following week on Monday Night Football the Bills hosted the Houston Oilers and routed them 35-7. Thurman Thomas and Kenny Davis combined for 137 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and Andre Reed had a pair of receiving TDs. Jim Kelly had just 15 completions, but three went for touchdowns in the win as Buffalo improved to 4-1 heading into their bye week.

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Some interesting facts on the Bills 2015 slate

Posted by Chris Brown on April 21, 2015 – 8:11 pm

The Bills schedule has some exciting matchups this fall, with some big name QBs in early, back-to-back primetime games against division opponents and a run through almost the entire NFC East in a month. Here are some of the more noteworthy items. 

1 – Champs in early
Buffalo opens the season against a division champion (Indy-AFC South) followed by the Super Bowl champion (New England). The good news is Rex Ryan is 5-1 in home openers as a head coach. 

2 – If you can’t beat ’em…
Between Week 3 and Week 10 the Bills have seven games with six coming against non-playoff clubs from 2014. Cincinnati is the only postseason qualifier they’ll see in that span as the other six clubs (Miami twice) had a combined record of 23-57. 

3 – Familiar primetime faces
The Bills primetime games are not only back-to-back, but represent the first time Buffalo has more than one primetime game on their schedule since 2009. They had two primetime games that season and they were against the same two division opponents that season as they are for 2015 (New York and New England). 

4 –  AFC East Express
Coming off of their Week 8 bye the Bills better be well rested because they’ll have three straight games against division opponents and they’ll do it in rapid succession. With Buffalo playing Miami in Week 9, followed by a Thursday night game against New York in Week 10 and a Monday night game at New England in Week 1, the Bills will have three division games in the span of 15 days. 

5 – Road warriors
The Bills better get used to hotel beds come November and December. Over the six weeks of games from Week 10 to Week 15, Buffalo will have five of those six games on the road, including three straight at New York, New England and Kansas City. 

6 – Good for ground and pound
As the weather turns in the second half of the season the Bills anticipated ground and pound offensive approach could be a perfect fit for the venues on the schedule late in the year. Six of Buffalo’s last eight games take place north of the Mason-Dixon line, with the other two in Washington and Kansas City. 

7 – NFC rinse and repeat
Buffalo knew they were facing the NFC East as their cross conference division in 2015. They probably didn’t think they’d face three of those four teams in consecutive weeks. Aside from their matchup with the Giants in Week 4, Buffalo will square off against Philadelphia, Washington and Dallas in successive weeks from Week 14-16.

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Sneak peek at Hank Williams’ MNF intro

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2009 – 5:07 pm

Hank Williams Jr. will be firing everybody up again this season for Monday Night football, but rarely do you get a chance to see some of it before it airs moments before the game.

Here’s a sneak peek of the intro with some behind the scenes footage of the production for the season opener on the 40th season of Monday night football. There’s even a quick clip of some Bills fans, presumably from last year’s Browns Monday nighter, just don’t blink, it’s quick.

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What I like most about MNF opener

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2009 – 8:31 pm

There is a lot to like about the Monday Night Football opener and some things that aren’t very appealing (location of game). First I’ll tell you what I like best about this game on this week.

Perhaps most important is that Bill Belichick and his staff will not have any tape on Buffalo’s offense with Owens a part of it. The Bills are tweaking a good portion of their offensive approach with Owens in the lineup and with the Monday Night game being the debut of the Buffalo offense, Belichick will be forced to adjust on the fly.

I like that he won’t have any tape to go on. That’s a big plus for the Bills.

What I don’t like is that first, it’s another prime time game in Foxboro, and being the opening Monday Night game and the return of Tom Brady is going to have the Patriots’ fans in a full froth leading up to kickoff.

Secondly, the Bills may also be without Marshawn Lynch for the opener if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell elects to hand down a suspension for any length of time with respect to games.

That would be a tough blow to Buffalo’s ground game in an important early AFC East contest. Let me know what you think about this matchup.

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Bills-Pats Monday nighter a WR headliner

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2009 – 8:23 pm

It’ll be hard to ignore two of the most prolific receivers of this generation when Terrell Owens and Randy Moss square off in the Monday Night opener on Sept. 14. Talk about giving T.O. a jumpstart to his Bills career.

If facing Randy Moss doesn’t bring the best out of T.O. in Week 1, I don’t know what will.

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