Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 10/7

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 02: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass before the start the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Bills Focus: Eagles Playmakers Flying into Buffalo - BuffaloBills.com
"Philadelphia comes to Buffalo this weekend looking to turn around a slow start to the season, and they bring with them speedy, talented, game breaking weapons all across their offense."

NFL.com news: Managing expectations
"Buffalo Bills (24): The offense, led by Fred Jackson and Ryan Fitzpatrick, is exceeding expectations. Coach Chan Gailey is also doing a heck of a job. I don't like the fact that they have to play three road games in a row in November. They will win four more games than they did in 2010, but won't make the playoffs."

Quarter-point conclusions..., Part II - Shutdown Corner - Yahoo!
The Bills offense isn't going away, says MJD.

Another shootout Sunday? - BuffaloBills.com
"Despite their 1-3 record, Philadelphia’s offense ranks fourth in the league with the number two rushing attack and number nine passing offense. Buffalo is ninth in the NFL on offense and ranks fifth rushing, 12 in passing. Both teams are also in the top 10 in scoring."

Fitz saddened by passing of Apple Co-founder - BuffaloBills.com
"It’s amazing that somebody can change your life without you even knowing them," he said. "He’s led everybody into this digital age, with the I-Pod, the I-Phone and I-Pad. I really was sad yesterday and it was a funny feeling because I’ve never met him or come close to meeting him. He’s played a big part of my life for the last several years. He’s changed the way I live for sure."

Kyle Williams on the Eagles matchup - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills defensive tackle talks abut facing Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles offense."

Playbook: Eagles vs. Bills - BuffaloBills.com
"Will the Eagles defensive woes be cured against the Bufalo Bills offense on the road? The Playbook crew weighs in."

Inside The Bills | Eagles pass rushers hurting
"The only other healthy pass rusher on the roster besides starter Jason Babin is rookie Phillip Hunt. Philadelphia may have to resort to lining up a linebacker at defensive end on obvious passing downs if neither Tapp and Parker are available Sunday."

Inside The Bills | Kelsay leaves practice early
"He felt a little twinge on something," said Gailey. "They’re just checking him out. He did it on the second to last play. They didn’t need him on the last two plays. They just took him in to make sure he’s alright."

Inside The Bills | McGee has a chance
"It’ll be close," said Gailey. "It’ll be real close. He’s had two good days. The thing is you can’t rush those things. If you rush them you’re playing with fire. We don’t want to rush it, but at the same time after tomorrow’s practice if we feel he’s ready we may (have him play)."

Inside The Bills | Troup struggling with back
"Troup is struggling with that back again," said Gailey. "He’s going to have a hard time making it this week."

Inside The Bills | Players back and full go
Kriag Urbik, Nick Barnett, Ruvell Martin, Shawne Merriman, C.J. Spiller and Eric Wood all participated fully in practice Thursday, which wasn’t a surprise to head coach Chan Gailey.

Inside The Bills | Moats back inside
"This week however, it’s back inside. Last week head coach Chan Gailey said finding him a permanent home would be nice, but that there is value in having Moats as a versatile option as well."

Inside The Bills | Bills vets on facing Vick
"If you win it’s hella fun," he said. "If you lose, it’s not too much. He’s definitely a great competitor and they have some good guys over there. But there’s some difficulty keeping him contained and when he’s on, he’s on. And when he’s off, he’s off. So we have to try to put him on off."

NFL.com news: The 'Amish Rifle' gunning to land Bills back in win column
"It's still early, but seeing what we did last week, coming off the loss, we'd really like to get this one, kind of get that momentum back," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick told reporters Wednesday.

Johnson looks forward to facing Asomugha - YNN
"They don’t 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 teams,", or whatnot. 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)," said Johnson.

'Goon Squad' vs. 'Dream Team' - YNN
The self-proclaimed "Goon Squad" of Buffalo Bills receivers has gone from relative anonymity to the 12th ranked unit in the league, and they'll face an A-list "Dream Team" Eagles secondary with D-level production – allowing an NFL worst 10 touchdowns.

SIMON: The Answer Is YES! - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"The answer is yes, absolutely. Now for the question. If you told me(before the season began) that the Bills would be 3-1 at the quarter pole, would I take it? "

Quarterback power rankings: Aaron Rodgers still on top - NFL.com
Ryan Fitzpatrick comes in at number five.

Vick, version 2.0, ascends to new heights - The Buffalo News
"Michael Vick doesn't want to admit it, but he doesn't play the way he did in his first football life 11 seasons ago. His years in Atlanta were marked by brilliant but erratic play. The last two-plus seasons have been a stunning evolution for Vick who, if the Philadelphia Eagles ever play up to their potential, could ascend to levels of which the old Vick only dreamed."

Week Five Video Preview: Eagles at Bills - The Buffalo News
"The Philadelphia Eagles and quarterback Michael Vick bring their potent offense to Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday to face the Bills. Mark Gaughan, Rodney McKissic and Jerry Sullivan report from Orchard Park."

Saban, Sestak in Hall of Very Good - The Buffalo News
"Former Bills coach Lou Saban and Bills great defensive tackle Tom Sestak are among the 2011 inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Very Good."

McGee could play Sunday against Eagles - The Buffalo News
Rodney McKissic updates the Bills' injury situation.

Buffalo Bills turn to Chris Hairston to replace injured Demetrius Bell | Democrat and Chronicle
"We're not going to adjust what we do, we have to have him fill in and go play; we can't pay too much attention to that," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said of Hairston stepping in for the injured Demetrius Bell at left tackle.

Take your pick: Eagles at Bills? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Using our SportsNation poll, cast your vote on the winner of Sunday’s Bills-Eagles game. You can also share your thoughts (and a score) in the comment section below."

AFC East quarter-season report card - AFC East Blog - ESPN
James Walker names Ryan Fitzpatrick the quarter-season MVP for the Bills and gives their offense an "A" while the defense is saddled with a "C-".

TE Celek Back, DE Tapp Limited For Eagles Thursday - WGR 550
Joe Buscaglia goes over the Eagles injury report.

Bills Attempt To Solve Vick Riddle - WGR 550
"After serving 23 months in prison for his role in a dog-fighting ring, Vick is back in the NFL and playing at perhaps is highest level of his career. With such an extended break in between his starts in the league, Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey is shocked by the kind of success he's been able to have."

Philadelphia Eagles: Eagles to face unusually solid Buffalo Bills - mcall.com
"Not only are the Buffalo Bills 3-1, but they've already beaten Oakland and New England, who are a combined 5-3. The Bills again are a legitimate NFL force, like they were in the early 1990s, thanks to an explosive offense, a defense that leads the league in interceptions (eight) and a homefield advantage that can be devastating for opponents who aren't fine-tuned."

Fitzpatrick: Bills Look To Grab Respect - PhiladelphiaEagles.com
"In the NFL, you've got to earn respect. It's never just given to you," Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said on a conference call with Philadelphia reporters. "We feel like we want to go out there and earn people's respect on the field. I think we opened some eyes in the first few games, but I don't think it's still there. I think you have to go out there every week and grab it."

Eagles vs. Bills Scouting Report | Philadelphia Daily News
Looking at both sides of the coin for this week's game.

Eagles defense goes back to basics for Bills matchup | delawareonline.com
"Castillo admitted Thursday that he's prone to simplifying Asomugha's role Sunday against Buffalo -- and perhaps beyond -- to help turn around a defense that's blown second-half leads in all three losses and is on pace to shatter last year's record for passing touchdowns allowed."

Homecoming Ahead For April - PhiladelphiaEagles.com
"It's kind of a special game for me," he said Thursday. "I was there for six years, the longest I had ever been anywhere in the NFL, so I have a close relationship with the people there and the community. It's a little different game for me."

Timing could be bad for Bills to play Eagles - Olean Times Herald
The Eagles are angry and that could be enough motivation to get them back into the win column.

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