Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 10/3

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 02: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills is tackled by Rey Maualuga #58 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the game at Paul Brown Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Bengals hand Bills last second defeat 23-20 - BuffaloBills.com
"Tied at 20 with 4:09 remaining it was once again on Buffalo’s offense to pull out another victory for the Bills, but Ryan Fitzpatrick and the offense could not sustain the drive leaving it to Buffalo’s defense. With the ball at their own 19-yard line and 1:48 remaining rookie quarterback Andy Dalton moved Cincinnati into field goal range with four seconds remaining. Mike Nugent’s 43-yard attempt was good as time expired lifting the Bengals to a 23-20 come from behind win handing Buffalo their first loss of the season."

Inside The Bills | Bell has shoulder injury
"They’re doing tests (Monday)," Gailey said. "We’ll know more after those tests (Monday). It was a shoulder."

Bills vs. Bengals highlights - BuffaloBills.com
"Rookie Bengals QB Andy Dalton shook off a horrid first half and led his first comeback victory Sunday, culminating in Mike Nugent's 43-yard field goal. Cincinnati wins 23-20 over the previously unbeaten Buffalo Bills."

Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference - BuffaloBills.com
Coach Gailey talks to the media after Buffalo's first loss of the season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference - BuffaloBills.com
Fitzpatrick talks about the offense's struggles against the Bengals defense.

Bills Roundup: Bengals Turn the Tables - BuffaloBills.com
Chris Brown's compilation of highlights, updates, and sound bites from Sunday.

Inside The Bills | Fitz could match team mark
Ryan Fitzpatrick failed to throw a TD pass but he could have equaled some pretty big compan

Inside The Bills | Bills not shaken by loss
We’re going to take (this loss) and we’re going to learn from it and move from here," said Bryan Scott. "It’s a little bit of adversity in our quest, but we’ll keep moving."

Bills' bubble bursts as offense bogs down - The Buffalo News
"The statistics sheet told a different story. In terms of moving up and down the field, the game was not that close. The Bills were outgained, 458-273."

Bills' defense fails to tackle the physical challenge - Jerry Sullivan
"That's the problem. Instead of folding, as they did here a year ago, the Bengals were the tougher team in the second half. They pounded away with the run, gaining 111 yards after halftime and wearing down the Bills' front seven. As a crestfallen Chan Gailey said, 'They were out-physicaling us out there.'"

Report Card: Grading the Bills and Bengals - The Buffalo News
The Buffalo News' grades are expectedly bad.

After Johnson's review: It was clearly a catch - The Buffalo News
"It was clearly a catch," said Johnson, who finished with four for 58 yards. "I don't know what the refs were looking at. They went in and reviewed it and still said it wasn't a catch. I caught the ball, secured the ball [and] my knee was down. [Clements] grabbed my arm - my knee was down - the ball was still in the same spot, I got up, the ball was still in the same spot and I handed the ball to the referee. How is that not a catch? It changed a lot. We still had another opportunity out there, but that call definitely changed the game."

Buffalo Bills lose on a last-second kick | Democrat and Chronicle
Sal Maiorana's blow-by-blow account of the game.

Buffalo Bills Report Card | Democrat and Chronicle
"Sal Maiorana grades the Bills, position-by-position, following Sunday's loss to the Bengals."

Buffalo Bills suffer first loss of season | Democrat and Chronicle
"Nobody took these guys for granted, nobody was in here talking at halftime that it was over," said safety George Wilson. "We actually said the shoe was on the other foot and we couldn't let them come back."

Sal's Six Points | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com
"Here are the answers to the questions Sal Maiorana asked heading into Buffalo's game against the Cincinnati Bengals."

Real Buffalo Bills exposed by a real Bengals defense | Democrat and Chronicle
"Sunday's 23-20 loss to Cincinnati had nothing to do with the Bills getting too full of themselves and taking the Bengals lightly. What it had to do with is the fact that the Bills aren't ready to become a serious contender for a playoff berth."

Bills fans speak out: The chat on social media following the loss | Democrat and Chronicle
"Most of the chat on the social networks following the game revolved around the crucial third-down play in the fourth quarter. A pass to Stevie Johnson was ruled incomplete and the Bills challenged the ruling. However, the ruling was upheld and the Bills had to punt."

Wrap-up: Bengals 23, Bills 20 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Let's take a look at the Buffalo Bills' 23-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals."

Week Four Monday 10-pack | ProFootballTalk
"What could be more fitting in this crazy, upside-down season than the Bills beating the Pats for the first time in 16 tries than the Bills then losing to an inferior team that had previously lost 10 straight to Buffalo?"

Bengals come back, hand Bills their first loss | ProFootballTalk
"Bengals receiver A.J. Green had a big day, with 118 yards receiving, and Cedric Benson also had a big day, with 104 yards rushing. The Bengals’ defense kept the Bills’ big-play offense largely in check, and the few Cincinnati fans who showed up saw a great comeback win for the home team."

Reaction: Bengals 23 - Bills 20 - WGR 550
"It was a bad call that should have resulted in a first down. But for fans blaming that call on the outcome of the game is a bit short-sighted in my estimation."

Scott experiences roller-coaster afternoon - The Buffalo News
"We didn't tackle well, we didn't convert on first down, we didn't stop them from scoring," Scott said. "You could kind of feel the momentum swing [in the second half], but even then in the locker room at halftime we said, 'Guys, don't let up. We have to come out in the second half still swinging. We know what it feels like to be on the other side of things.'"

Quarterly Report: The tide turns - The Buffalo News
Taking a look at the Bills loss, quarter by quarter.

Bills need to be better, not bitter - Niagara Gazette
"Let’s invoke Chan Gailey’s 24-hour rule here: you have until sundown to bemoan bad calls or bad rules costing the Buffalo Bills their perfect record. Then sober up and see there is no reason to be bitter about Sunday's 23-20 loss in Cincinnati. There's only reason to be better. The Bills are simply not good enough to think they should've won a game this game."

Bills fall to Bengals, week four team report card - MPNnow
Special teams gets an "A-". Everyone else is "C" or worse.

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Bills beaten and beaten up
"Just how much of it was undone with a 23-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday will be determined the next time the Bills get punched in the mouth."

Bengals' defense steps up against offensive power Buffalo | Cincinnati.com
"The Cincinnati defense held Buffalo, the No. 3-ranked offense and highest scoring team in the NFL, to 273 total yards and just one touchdown as the Bengals fought back for their second fourth-quarter come-from-behind victory of the season."

Nugent kicks game-winning field goal in Bengals' thrilling 23-20 win | Cincinnati.com
"In the first half we did little to aid our own cause and continued to shoot ourselves in the foot, so we have to take a look at a few things," Lewis said. "We were able to gather ourselves at halftime and go back out there and get on point. It was a hard fought game and we made plays in the second half. We sit here feeling pretty good about it right now."

Nugent gives Bills the boot - Dayton Daily News
"My biggest thing I’m all about is routine," he said. "I don’t know if it’s superstition or what, but I know I never just stand out there on the field for a minute or 45 seconds before a kick, so I wasn’t going to do it this time."

Dalton Gang Buffalos Bills - Bengals.com
"It was the Bengals' first walkoff field goal in regulation since Shayne Graham beat the Browns by the same score at PBS in 2005, their first win coming back from 14 down in the second hallf since 2004, and Andy Dalton's first fourth-quarter comeback win of his career."

Notes: Clements inspires on, off field; A.J. Ballet; Nugent's perfection - Bengals.com
That Stevie Johnson drop was caused by Nate Clements. Of course it was.

Bengals collect Bills (Take a bow backers) - Bengals.com
"With the Bills spreading out their offense to take advantage of the brains and mobility of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the height and athleticism of their receivers, the Bengals responded by starting and sticking with a versatile nickel package of Maualuga and Howard at backer backed up by three safeties and two cornerbacks."

Bills-Bengals Postgame Quotes - Bengals.com
What did the Bengals have to say after the game?

Ex-Cat Johnson has subpar game as his Bills falls to Bengals | Lexington Herald-Leader
"With the Bills leading 20-13 and facing third-and-one on their 47, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a short pass to Johnson. One official signaled a completion but was overruled. Buffalo lost a subsequent replay challenge and punted."

There's still a lot to like about these Buffalo Bills - ESPN
"You should have seen it. NFL death poolers wept. An announced crowd of 41,142 at Paul Brown Stadium (that includes cheerleaders, their pom-poms, beer vendors, their beers and anyone else within a 1-mile radius) roared in semi-disbelief. Even the Cincinnati Bengals players themselves celebrated as though team numbskull/owner Mike Brown had just traded Carson Palmer for a half dozen first-round draft picks."

Bills Better But Not "There" Yet | wgrz.com
"This doesn't take away from the first three wins at all. KC finally got a win, and we know the Raiders and Patriots are both pretty good. But this loss does show us, for at least a week, that there is still a way to go."

Pitoniak: Bills Let It Slip Away - RochesterHomePage.net
"You can gripe about the blown call by the officials, which turned a catch into an incompletion and a vital third-down conversion into a fourth-down punt. And you can curse the stupidity of the "tuck" rule, which negated the fumble and touchdown return by Bills safety Bryan Scott. But please don't take it to the next illogical step and say the Zebras cost the Bills a victory Sunday in Cincinnati because, despite a bad day at the office, they didn't knock Buffalo from the ranks of the unbeaten today. The Bills did."

Immediate Reactions: Bengals 23, Bills 20 | THE BEST OF NICK MENDOLA
"For two consecutive weeks, Ryan Fitzpatrick was indeed Fitzmagic in helping out or even bailing out the Buffalo Bills defense. On Sunday in Cincinnati, the quarterback was simply ordinary, the defense found itself gassed and even the most extraordinary unit may very well have been zebra-striped."

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