Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 9/27

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills watches play from the sidelines against the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 34-31. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Inside The Bills | Fitz’s last 16 mirror Kelly’s best
"Jim Kelly was 304-474 (64.1%) passing for 3,844 yards with 33 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.6. Ryan Fitzpatrick was 327-552 (59.2%) passing for 3,841 yards with 32 touchdowns and 18 interceptions and a passer rating of 86.2."

Buffalo Bills not getting ahead of themselves | Democrat and Chronicle
"It doesn't mean anything," said safety George Wilson, one of the team leaders. "I mean, we've shown we can beat the Patriots now. It's the third game of the year. You don't win a championship by being 3-0. You don't earn the respect around the league by winning three games. We're just working to be 4-0. This doesn't mean we're in the playoffs right now. We haven't even gotten through the first quarter of the season. We've got more games to go."

Sweet redemption for Bills DBs - BuffaloBills.com
The Bills' secondary was not happy after the Raiders game. Their four interceptions made them a little happier this week.

CB Williams to be out "a while" - BuffaloBills.com
"Aaron is going to be a while," said head coach Chan Gailey. "It’s not season-ending, but it’s going to be a while...It’s that area. I think they’re going to say collar bone. I don’t know if it’s a break, strain, separation, but it’s bad enough to keep him out a few weeks."

Chan Gailey Monday Press Conference - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills head coach talks about being the only remaining unbeaten AFC team, updates the injury situation, and if last year's experience helped the team bond."

Inside The Bills | Belichick ranting explained
"I took a timeout," he said. "I went down to call a timeout. [The officials] were waving me back, and I was going down there to call it."

Inside The Bills | Bills get respect from Pats
"The Patriots certainly weren’t happy about their first loss at the hands of the Bills in 16 games, but they did give Buffalo their due after the 34-31 defeat." See their quotes here.

Inside The Bills | Wilfork’s dirty play costs Pats
"Had he not committed the penalty Buffalo would’ve had to kick off to New England because there would’ve been about 15 seconds left on the game clock had Fitz’s sneak led to third-and-goal with the Bills likely running off 39 of the 40 seconds on the play clock two plays in a row before Lindell came on for the field goal."

Inside The Bills | Barnett on After Party
"Bills LB Nick Barnett was one of the guests who appeared on the FOXSports After Party with Jay Glazer on Monday after Buffalo’s big win over the Patriots ending the 15-game streak. Barnett answered questions about their defense, the 3-0 start, Ryan Fitzpatrick, playing in a small market and the fan base."

Inside The Bills | Lombardi on Bills
"The Bills are for real, and they won’t go quietly. They will compete no matter the score and clearly no lead is too much for them to overcome," says Michael Lombardi among other glowing comments.

Inside The Bills | Stevie on ‘Around the League’
"Stevie Johnson was the latest to appear on the the NFL Network’s ‘Around the League’ program. Here were some of his comments."

Inside The Bills | Mariucci on Bills bandwagon
"NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci is officially on the Bills bandwagon on the heels of Buffalo’s ground breaking win over New England."

ProFootballWeekly.com - Shorts and Shells: Week Three
"And of course, that was not all. There was the pièce de résistance up in Buffalo. How exactly to sum up the Bills' comeback against the Patriots, down 21-0? How to signify its meaning in the grand scheme? It's tough to, really. And given that the Patriots had beaten them 20 of the past 21 meetings, with the majority of them crushing, either by blowout or by heartbreaker, this one was huge."

ProFootballWeekly.com - Schwartz, Gailey bring swagger
"Structural overhauls could allow Jim Schwartz and Chan Gailey to bring the Lions and Bills to the playoffs for the first time since 1999."

Immediate Reactions: Bills 34, Patriots 31 | THE BEST OF NICK MENDOLA . . .LIVE
"Folks are going to tell you that New England did not have a good day and that you can’t count on Tom Brady to throw four picks every week - and they are right - but don’t let it downgrade your high. The Bills made plenty of mistakes themselves even after digging a 21-point hole against a team they hadn’t beaten in 15 tries. Buffalo was better."

Brady now well aware of Fitzpatrick, no-name Bills - Yahoo! Sports
"Then he shook his head again. He wore a faded T-shirt and had a beard on his chin and a cut above his nose. Brady, down below, pulled a rolling bag and wore an expensive gray sweater. They couldn’t have seemed more unalike. But then Fitzpatrick is much like most of these Bills: forgotten, unwanted and cast away, and because of this, they are hungry."

Tuesday QB: Preparation led to Bills' picks - The Buffalo News
"But the Buffalo Bills used different looks, film study and a bounce at the right time to pick off Brady four times on Sunday in the team's 34-31 victory over the Patriots. Thanks in part to the secondary of Bryan Scott, Leodis McKelvin, George Wilson and Drayton Florence, the Bills are the lone undefeated team in the AFC at 3-0."

Bills' statistics so far are eye-catching - The Buffalo News
"The numbers you are about to read are real. Through the first three weeks of the season, the Buffalo Bills are the highest-scoring team in the NFL, with 113 points (37.7 per game). They're averaging 431 yards per game, which is third in the league."

Williams has collarbone injury, White also hurt vs. Pats - The Buffalo News
Justin Rogers, a seventh-round pick out of Richmond, is likely to make his debut Sunday when the Bills visit the Cincinnati Bengals. "He's got to be ready to go," Gailey said.

Buffalo Bills ranked No. 2? No apologies here | Democrat and Chronicle
"Buffalo was one of the NFL's three 3-0 teams entering the Washington at Dallas Monday Night Football game. I base my rankings mainly on current won-lost record. I ranked the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers (3-0 record) No. 1 this week and will continue to do so until they lose a game. I ranked Buffalo above No. 3 Detroit because I was more impressed by the Bills beating Kansas City, Oakland and New England than by the Lions beating Tampa Bay, Kansas City and Minnesota."

Buffalo Bills Replay: Is it time to start believing? | Democrat and Chronicle
"Deep breath. Hold it. Now exhale. OK, here's the deal from my little corner of the world: These last two Bills victories have been unbelievably exciting and impressive, not to mention therapeutic. But is it time to start believing? For the fans, absolutely. For me, I need to see more."

Remember last week? Bills edition - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Here were some comments from our AFC East community about the Buffalo Bills (3-0) leading up to Sunday's game against the New England Patriots (2-1)." I love making fun of Patriots fans as much as anyone...

Seven-step drop: What's wrong with Ocho? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
James Walker makes a couple of very good observations from Bills-Pats. He bangs on the refs, wants Buffalo to start faster, and more.

Poll: AFC East Player of the Week - AFC East Blog - ESPN
After the game Wes Welker had, how could anyone vote for Ryan Fitzpatrick? I love the guy, but Welker torched the Bills all day.

Bills keeping things in perspective - AFC East Blog - ESPN
James Walker was in the Bills locker room yesterday and had these observations from One Bills Drive.

Bills Hobbled At CB Following Pats Win - WGR 550
"The Buffalo Bills enjoyed their mandated 24-hour celebration stemming from the win over New England, and now it's on to the next opponents."

Done, Done, On To The Next One For Bills - WGR 550
Pretty much everyone Joe Buscaglia talked to began with "it's just three games." Hopefully they really mean it.

PFT Live, Segment 1: Unhappy and hurt Vick | ProFootballTalk
"Mike Florio discusses big topics from Week 3 including Michael Vick’s latest injury, Vick’s complaints about officiating, surprise 3-0 teams and Indianapolis Colts’ Jim Irsay’s comments on Peyton Manning not returning for the 2011-12 season."

Editorial: Football fever is back in western NY - MPNnow
"The long-dormant Buffalo Bills are fired up. And so is western New York."

These Bills are something different - Jerry Sullivan
Jerry Sullivan is coming around to the fact that this Bills team might be something special.

Bills' victory over Patriots unites expats with Buffalo - The Buffalo News
What did fans around the country do on Sunday? Celebrated, of course.

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Great for Bills on field, uncertain off it
Wow. Way to bring up the whole "Ralph Wilson is old" thing, Toronto.

Carlisle: Bills vs. Lions in the Super Bowl? Call it double destiny - Ventura County Star
"Three weeks into the NFL season, I know who's going to play in the Super Bowl."

Harvard's Ryan Fitzpatrick gets passing grades for 3-0 Bills – USATODAY.com
"It's not like Harvard doesn't have accomplished people out there. The president. Half the Supreme Court. Matt Damon. But how many of them ever beaten Tom Brady?"

NFL: The Secret to the Buffalo Bills' 3-0 start - WSJ.com
"After three games this season, it's clear that the Buffalo Bills haven't just stolen that part of Belichick's playbook, they've made it their offensive strategy. For nearly the entire game Sunday, the Bills had four wide receivers on the field, and often used five. (A traditional NFL alignment consists of two wide receivers.) They also sometimes lined up their tight ends as wide receivers and flung their running backs off to the corners."

Jason Gay: Detroit vs. Buffalo: The 'Something Has to Give' Bowl - WSJ.com
"The Lions versus the Bills. Yes, one team has to lose. But one team also has to win."

Andre Reed: These Bills Have Heart | wgrz.com
"If you believe you can come back and win and make something of it, that's really when the heart comes out and that's the heart of a champion and that's the way that we thought all those years we went to the Super Bowl four years in a row."

Bills merchandise flying off the shelf | WIVB.com
"But at sporting goods stores across western New York, like LAUX at the Walden Galleria, Bills' merchandise is flying off the shelves - except for jerseys that are on back order."

Franchise Changing Win? - 13WHAM.com
"Standing in the Bills locker room after the game we heard over and over from the players that the win against New England, breaking the streak, was just another win on the schedule. That statement, in a word, is a LIE. The players know it. The fans know it. The reporters know it. And maybe even the rest of the teams in the NFL now know it. The win not only ends the embarrassment of all of those losses to one team, it sends a message that there are not the same old Buffalo Bills."

For Bills Fans, Now More Than a Glimmer of Hope - NYTimes.com
"Bills fans didn’t make off with the goal posts at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday but after the stunning come-from-behind, 34-31 win over the Patriots, beleaguered Bills backers everywhere are feeling strangely optimistic about a team few believed in prior to the start of the season."

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