Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 10/31

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 30: John Beck #12 of the Washington Redskins is sacked during NFL game action by Marcell Dareus #99 of the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre on October 30, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Bills whitewash Redskins - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills head coach Chan Gailey said the pass rush was the team’s top priority in the bye week with just four sacks in their first six games. On Sunday at the Rogers Centre Buffalo’s defensive front dominated dropping Washington’s John Beck a season-high nine times. A pair of touchdown receptions by Scott Chandler proved to be more than enough in a 23-0 victory for the Bills over the Redskins."

Change of home venue presents no problem - Jerry Sullivan
"Home field was no issue Sunday at the Rogers Centre, for one simple reason: The Bills were by far the superior team. They didn't need the 12th Man. The 11 men on the field were sufficient advantage. They outplayed the Redskins in all three phases of a resounding, 23-0 victory that lifted them back into first place in the AFC East."

Hit on Fitz freezes teammates - BuffaloBills.com
"As Ryan Fitzpatrick threw the pass on 1st-and-10 at his own 31 late in the first half he knew he was going to take a hit. The blow to his rib cage from the helmet of London Fletcher left his gasping for air, something every one of his teammates was also doing when they saw him down on all fours on the turf holding his side."

Redskins vs. Bills highlights - BuffaloBills.com
NFL Network breaks down highlights from yesterday's game.

Fitzpatrick and Jackson Postgame Press Conference - BuffaloBills.com
These two guys play off each other during the post-game press conference.

Bills Roundup: Defense Dominates in 23-0 Win - BuffaloBills.com
Chris Brown recaps yesterday's big win over the Redskins.

Inside The Bills | Bills sack total a league best
"The Bills nine sack effort against Washington Sunday is the highest single-game total this season."

Inside The Bills | Bills tied a team record
"Buffalo allowed no first downs rushing in Sunday’s game against the Redskins, marking the third time in team history in which an opponent failed to get a first down running the ball."

Inside The Bills | Fred in elite company
"With 120 rushing yards against Washington, Jackson became just the second player in team history to tally 700 rushing yards or more through the first seven games of a season. Only O.J. Simpson racked up more yardage in the first seven games of a season rolling up 1,005 in 1975 and 1,025 in 1973."

Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference - BuffaloBills.com
The Bills head coach talks about the improved pass rush and more about yesterday's game.

Inside The Bills | Jackson 2nd only to Simpson
"In games 1-7 in any Bills season, O.J. Simpson is still the leader with 1,106 yards from scrimage in 1975. But Fred Jackson has bested Simpson’s start to his 1973 season when he compiled 1,073 yards in the first seven games."

Inside The Bills | Why Chan was "scared to death"
"NFL teams were 3-9 coming off the bye week as the Bills prepared to resume their season Sunday. Following Sunday’s win head coach Chan Gailey was very candid in sharing how he felt heading into the game against Washington."

Bills' sack attack overwhelms Redskins - The Buffalo News
"Once you feed those piranhas they want some more food," linebacker Nick Barnett said. "So the guys got some sacks, and we wanted to keep coming with the pressure. Our front seven just got after them up there against the run and the pass."

Chandler earns share of team TE record with sixth TD of season - The Buffalo News
"When Scott Chandler learned he tied a Buffalo Bills tight end touchdown record held by Pete Metzelaars and Jay Riemersma, he said it was news to him."

Bills' Jackson makes 'Skins pay a price for blitzing - The Buffalo News
"Washington relies heavily on the blitz but brought the heat only 40 percent of the time on Sunday out of respect for Jackson and he still managed to gain 120 yards on 26 carries. Blitzes also allow for defenses to get burned on screens and Jackson was the third leading receiver with three catches for 74 yards, including a long of 46 yards."

A complete game earns high marks - The Buffalo News
The only blemish is a "B+" for the passing game. Even a missed field goal didn't drop any of the other scores below "A-".

Quarterly report: Anatomy of a rout - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan's breakdown by quarter.

Buffalo Bills sack Washington, take AFC East lead | Democrat and Chronicle
"I know I was very critical of the environment and I talked about giving this crowd something to cheer about," said Wilson. "We had a chance to make a lot of plays and the fans were really excited and into the ballgame. This was definitely the most exciting crowd we've had since we've played up here."

Buffalo Bills are making a believer out of Sal | Democrat and Chronicle
"What I found so impressive about Buffalo's 23-0 dismantling of the wretched Redskins Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre was that the Bills knew they were playing a beat up, inferior opponent, but they avoided playing down to their level. They came off their bye with a sharp, dominating performance, and now they are sitting in first place in the AFC East because of it."

Sal's Six Points: The Answers | Democrat and Chronicle
"Sal Maiorana gives the answers to the six points he was looking for in the Redskins game."

Reaction: Bills 23 - Redskins 0 - WGR 550
"With all due respect to the Buffalo Bills' 41-7 win over Kansas City to open up the season, the performance they displayed on the field at the Rogers Centre in Toronto is the best this Bills team has looked in 2011."

First-place Bills getting defensive - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"It's safe to assume the offense will be there for the Bills. Buffalo has scored at least 20 points in every game this season. But how scary can the Bills be if their defense plays this well in the second half of the season?"

Rapid Reaction: Bills 23, Redskins 0 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Here are some initial thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 23-0 victory over the Washington Redskins."

Bills fans warming up to Toronto - The Buffalo News
"There was evidence to support McNamara's theory. Midway through the first quarter, the stands in the Rogers Centre filled in nearly to capacity (announced attendance was 51,579). When the Bills were introduced, a loud cheer erupted for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Bills jerseys easily outnumbered Redskins jerseys in the stands, and the Buffalo faithful were heard from often as the team raced out to a 13-0 lead in the first half."

Bills rack up the sacks - Niagara Gazette
"You could tell late in the game he got a little frustrated," said Dareus, who had the most sacks by a Bills rookie since Cornelius Bennett in 1987. "He started throwing balls all kinds of ways. We just kept at it, kept chopping at that wood, and eventually, it gave."

Bills 'sack' Redskins in Toronto - Wellsville Daily Reporter
"I'll be honest with you, I didn't expect (nine sacks)," said Gailey. "They gave such a great effort, did a good job working technique and getting back to fundamentals."

Bills shutout Redskins, week eight team report card - MPNnow
Nice grades all around.

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - NFL Games: Bills turn up heat in T.O.
"In their fourth regular-season game here, the Bills ventured into their expanded "market" as a team worth watching and left the city with their first international win, a 5-2 record and a share of the lead in the AFC East."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Bills defence dominates
"We had two weeks of preparation and the guys did a good job of preparing for this game," said Bills outside linebacker Spencer Johnson who on the day had four solo tackles, two of them behind the line of scrimmage, one sack and a blocked field goal. "We got after the quarterback, we stopped the run. It was just an overall good defensive effort.

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Rogers Centre rocks for Bills
"It sounded like football. It may have taken four years and six games and a whole lot of debate and advertising to get to this point in this Bills in Toronto series, but finally this city had its first NFL Sunday. A real NFL Sunday. One that felt like football, looked like football, had something that so many Toronto sporting events lack: Atmosphere."

Warmington: Bills score touchdown with fans | Toronto Sun
"Most fans I talked to had a terrific time — from the tailgate party prior to the game to the very end when the Bills stopped the Skins from scoring to preserve their shutout."

Kelly: Dominating Bills finally give T.O. fans reason to cheer - thestar.com
"Earlier in the week, I was very critical of the vibe up here, and I talked about having to give the crowd something to cheer about," Wilson said. "This was definitely the most exciting crowd we’ve had since we’ve played up here."

Mudhar: Bills cashing in on Toronto series - thestar.com
"Judging by the game, we can’t honestly say that, save for the Buffalo Bills’ performance, fans finally might have gotten their money’s worth, and that really is the best thing to say about the financial transaction that is the Bills in Toronto super series."

NFL: Bills trounce Redskins in Toronto - The Globe and Mail
"Ryan Fitzpatrick steers Buffalo to 23-0 decision over Washington for their first victory in five years of play at the Rogers Centre"

Bills’ Chandler shows scoring touch - The Globe and Mail
"Chandler caught two more passes in Sunday’s win and both went for majors, giving the third-year NFL tight end six on the season off 15 catches."

The Bills in Toronto are money in the bank - The Globe and Mail
"That’s why it’s time to see the Bills Toronto Series for what it really is: a business relationship in which the Rogers empire pays the Bills $78-million (U.S.) for a package of games at the Rogers Centre. Soulless? What do you expect when accountants get together."

Bills deliver best victory in Toronto - National Post
"The credit for the outburst was spread all over - to the secondary for the coverage, to the defensive line, and especially to Dereus, the third overall pick in the draft, who moved from the end to nose tackle because of an injury to Kyle Williams. Gailey called him a problem, and that sounds about right."

Not quite buffaloed - National Post
"In a perfect world, the Buffalo Bills would never play a home game in Toronto, and not just due to the notion of geographic accuracy. In a perfect world, they would play eight regular-season games in Ralph Wilson Stadium surrounded by pillars of smoke from tailgate barbecues, billowing up into the sky. In a perfect world, the Bills could just be the Bills, full stop."

TheSpec - Bills put on a show for fans of T.O. - Hamilton Spectator
"In the four years the Buffalo Bills have made their annual visits to Toronto, the only thing that has really changed is the most important one. The Bills are actually worth watching."

Overachieving, do-anything-it-takes Bills are getting it done - CBSSports.com
"The Bills are playing hard and with plenty of emotion. Some still think they're overachievers. But at 5-2 and in first place, they're winning and Pete Prisco says that's what makes their story so amazing."

Pitoniak: Bills exorcise Toronto demons - RochesterHomePage.net
"You don't know if your guys are back into it or not,'' he said from the bowels of the Rogers Centre early Sunday evening. "We had a couple of guys late for meetings (last week) because they were not back into the routine, so it makes you nervous as a coach. Can they all get it back together and get working the way we're supposed to work?"

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