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Web Rumblings - Buffalo Bills Links, 8/14

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

WR Nelson emerges in Bills debut -
"Being undrafted, I have to make plays, that’s what is expected of me if I want to make the team," Nelson said. "With our team down, even though it’s a preseason game, I go out there every game expecting to win, I was just trying to do what ever I could to help our team get in position to score and try to get our offense going."

Slow out of the gate, Bills trounced by Redskins - The Buffalo News
"Ugh. The Buffalo Bills have three more weeks remaining before the regular season begins. Their fans can only hope things get better by then. The debut of new head coach Chan Gailey was a colossal flop as negative plays on both sides of the ball resulted in the Bills being trounced by the Washington Redskins, 42-17, in a forgettable preseason opener at FedEx Field."

Buffalo Bills crushed in preseason opener by Washington Redskins | Democrat and Chronicle
"It was a first-glimpse preseason game that shows Shanahan is quite a bit further along in his rebuilding project than counterpart Chan Gailey. The new-look Bills, meanwhile, looked like the same old Bills, making lots of mistakes and adding two running backs to their already lengthy injury list."

Jackson to miss rest of preseason -
"But in the the Bills preseason opening loss to Washington Friday night, Jackson landed awkwardly on his hand after just his second carry of the game when a Redskins defender dragged him down by the facemask. Head coach Chan Gailey said it will be the last carry Jackson makes this preseason."

Bills fall behind early in loss to Redskins -
"It was all off to a good start. Buffalo’s defense got a first possession stop and the offense drove down the field on the ensuing series and put points on the board. Unfortunately the rest of the first half did not go nearly as smoothly for the Bills in their preseason opener in Washington as the Redskins piled up big yardage plays and points en route to a 21-3 halftime lead and a 42-17 victory at FedEx Field."

Bills Roundup: Injuries Hit as Redskins Beat Bills (3:12) -
"Buffalo's top two running backs both went down with injuries as the Redskins beat the Bills 42-17 in the preseason opener on Friday night."

Spiller learns 1st lesson – Inside The Bills
"Of course the speed picked up another notch, but I’ve just got to get in my mind that I’ve just got to hit it and get going," Spiller said. "A couple of times I didn’t hit the holes as fast as I normally do. It was a good experience for me as to how it will be, so now I know what to expect come next week."

3rd down told the story – Inside The Bills
"Meanwhile Buffalo’s offense did not convert any of their third downs until Levi Brown hit David Nelson for a seven-yard gain on a 3rd-and-4 with 1:27 left in the game. Buffalo’s defense could not get off the field on third down, allowing the Redskins offense to convert on 12 of their 19 third down opportunities for a 63% conversion rate."

Trent Edwards Postgame Press Conference (4:14) -
"The Bills quarterback talks about the 42-17 loss to the Redskins in the preseason opener." Trent, you didn't convert any third downs so don't say you did. :-)

Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference (3:25) -
"The Bills head coach talks about the loss to the Redskins, and gives updates on the conditions of Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch."

Bills find the end zone (:22) -
It's Buffalo's first touchdown of the new season. Unfortunately it's also the Redskins television feed.

Jackson, Lynch go down with injuries - The Buffalo News
"Jackson is believed to have a broken left hand, while Lynch hobbled off with an injured ankle."

Bills vs. Redskins | Rochester Buffalo Bills Photo Gallery | Democrat and Chronicle
Pictures from last night's game.

Well Bills, Now We Know - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Joe Buscaglia gives his reactions immediately following the game.

Redskins Stomp Bills 42-17 - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"Joique Bell was one of the few stand-outs, as the rookie running back rushed five times for 52-yards and scored a 28-yard touchdown at 12:58 into the fourth quarter."

Buffalo's backfield not so deep anymore - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The road to winning back his job as the Buffalo Bills' featured back seemed to get significantly easier for Marshawn Lynch. The injuries open the door for former Indianapolis Colts backup Chad Simpson and undrafted rookie Joique Bell to make the squad."

Bills Lose Preseason Opener |
"Chan Gailey was mad at halftime. He was still mad after the game. The debut of the the Bills new head coach did not go well. 'We made too many mistakes to be a quality football team,' said Gailey. The Bills had three turnovers and seven penalties."

The Redskins feast on some Buffalo, final score 42-17 | Washington Examiner |
This article wins the argument for most stereotypical headline ever.

Preseason Immediate Reactions: Skins 42, Bills 17
One observation: "The Bills went to a 4-3 formation on many occasions right out of the huddle in the second quarter. It’ll be interesting to see how often they take such an immediate approach to unveiling their front versus how often they’ll shift into a 4-3 pre-snap."

Fred Jackson out for rest of the preseason, possibly longer |
"The Bills haven't done many things right lately. But they ended up making a wise move by keeping running back Marshawn Lynch around after picking running back C.J. Spiller with the ninth overall selection in the 2010 draft."

Bills vs. Redskins: Preseason Game 1 Impressions |
"We didn't get a great feel for the offense due to the patchwork nature of the offensive line. There was just no time for anything to develop. The running game looked decent early, as did the 3 step game. The defense looked decent until they ran into the same old problem, which is being on the field entirely too long. They need to get used to this situation, though, because the offense is doomed without a competent line. Yes, folks, we saw a bad team playing bad football."

Post Game Tweets: Present and Past Bills React To 42-17 Loss To ‘Skins |
A cool new feature at BSN has them collecting all the current and former Bills' tweets after the game. Drayton Florence, David Nelson, Darryl Talley, and Thurman Thomas are all quoted.

Other Bills Links
Thank You! 2010 Hunter's Hope Radiothon - WGR 550 SportsRadio

"Thank you to everyone who donated their time and money to Hunter’s Hope! Our 3rd annual Radiothon raised $186,065, as well as awareness for Universal Newborn Screening. Your donations aid the foundation in their mission to spread the word and help the families of children suffering from with Leukodystrophies." | Buffalo, NY | Clemson to Retire C.J. Spiller's No. 28
"Athletic spokesman Tim Bourret says the school will retire Spiller's No. 28 at a ceremony when the Tigers play Maryland at home on Oct. 16. Spiller was the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year last fall and was taken No. 9 overall in the NFL draft by Buffalo. The Bills have a bye week Oct. 17, making Spiller available for the honor."

Does he have it? - Take over the game
The guy who wrote this emailed me and asked me to put it in this morning.  He is discussing the Buffalo Bills QBs and their lack of the "it" factor.