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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 9/27

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

Bills come up just short vs. Pats -
"Despite the fact that Buffalo’s offense was dramatically better and scored points on four of their first five possessions, in the end, a pair of turnovers proved costly in a 38-30 loss to New England. In a game that saw five lead changes, the Bills hung with the Patriots for almost the entire game, but a pair of second half interceptions kept Buffalo from overtaking New England, giving the Patriots their 14th straight victory over Buffalo."

Defense drops the ball against beatable Pats - Jerry Sullivan - The Buffalo News
"Speaking of mediocrity, how about that Buffalo defense on Sunday! After that performance, the entire "D" will be lined up outside Buddy Nix's door, looking to renegotiate. On a day when the offense played its guts out, the defense was worse than mediocre in a 38-30 loss to a very beatable Patriots team."

Wrap-up: Patriots 38, Bills 30 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham likes the Bills offense showing life and dislikes the performance of the pass defense among other things in his game wrap.

Bills Roundup: Improved Offense Not Enough vs Pats (3:14) -

Despite an improvement in the offensive production and two touchdowns from C.J. Spiller, it wasn't enough as the Patriots beat the Bills 38-30.

C.J. Spiller Postgame Press Conference (4:53) -
The Bills running back talks about his 2 touchdown performance in the 38-30 loss to the Patriots.

Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference (5:30) -
The Bills quarterback talks about his performance in the 38-30 loss to the Patriots.

Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference (4:35) -
The Bills head coach talks about the play of Ryan Fitzpatrick, C.J. Spiller, and the offense after the 38-30 loss to the Patriots.

Week 3 at New England Patriots -
Photo gallery from yesterday's game.

Inside The Bills | C.J.’s return yards set mark "
C.J. Spiller set a rookie team record with the yardage he compiled on his kick returns Sunday. Spillers five returns for 189 yards was the third highest in club history and established a new club rookie record.

Inside The Bills | Bills ‘D’ puts it on them "
"We had opportunities too, there is no magical way to say it or come up with it, it just didn’t get done," Kyle Williams said. "It is disappointing, big time. The offense did everything they could for us and we dropped the ball. There is no other way to look at it, we dropped the ball."

Inside The Bills | Stevie’s TD act penalized "
"It was pretty childish," said Johnson. "It was stupid of me. I got caught up in the moment. I ended up costing the team some yards. They came through (for me) but at the same time I have to be smarter than that. Coach talked to me when I came off and said I got to be way smarter than that. The guys talked to me too. It was a nice play, no doubt about that but at the end of the play I cost us some yards."

Inside The Bills | Notes on Spiller’s 2 TDs "
"C.J. Spiller became only the second Bills player ever to have a receiving TD and KOR TD in the same game. The first was Charley Warner, 12/19/65 against the NY Jets." He also is the first rookie since Lee Evans to score twice in one game.

Inside The Bills | Explaining the double TO "
"They come up to the line of scrimmage and the play clock is moving down from 25. I don’t know exactly where it was, but it was close to zero, probably one, two or three seconds. I think a wide receiver turned to the wing official and asked for a timeout, which should not have been granted. What we do mechanically if that does happen, which it obviously did, we bring the players out, we reset play and we go."

Bills take no solace from tight game - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
Buffalo Bills players talk left and right that there are no moral victories in the NFL in Mark Gaughan's game recap.

Speed demon Spiller bedevils Pats - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
C.J. Spiller said it was only a matter of time before he broke loose. His time arrived on Sunday as the Buffalo Bills' rookie running back had a breakout game with 228 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in a 38-30 loss to the New England Patriots.

Bills-Patriots Report Card - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
The running game and passing game graded out well but the defense got poor marks. Special teams and coaching also earned rave reviews.

Live - The Buffalo News
Replay the live chat from yesterday's game with the Buffalo News reporters.

Quarterly report: Breaking down the Pats' win - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan takes a look at each quarter of yesterday's game.

Buffalo Bills Report Card | Democrat and Chronicle
Leo Roth grades the Bills performance.

Defense abandons Buffalo Bills in loss to New England Patriots | Democrat and Chronicle
When a reporter offered the suggestion as a conversation starter that it hadn't been a very good day for the defense, Williams paused from buttoning his shirt to politely say, "Well, that's putting it lightly."

Buffalo Bills two-minute read | | Democrat and Chronicle
Sal Maiorana breaks down the Buffalo Bills' loss to the New England Patriots in a neat little package.

Reaction: Patriots 38 - Bills 30 - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Well if we learned one thing today, it's that when you expect the least, then you tend to be surprised. And that was exactly the case with the Buffalo Bills' surprisingly fun and entertaining 38-30 loss to the New England Patriots. It's exactly the type of loss that fans of the team will accept as progress in a down year for the team, and progress they did.

The Bad Fitzpatrick Arrived In The 4th - WGR 550 SportsRadio
There's no question Ryan Fitzpatrick was game. There's no question Ryan Fitzpatrick had the Bills in the game a lot longer than Trent Edwards would have. The good Ryan Fitzpatrick showed up in Foxboro for three quarters. But it was as the Bills were driving to tie the game the bad Ryan Fitzpatrick showed up.

Patriots Top Bills 38-30 In Foxborough - WGR 550 SportsRadio
A recap of yesterday's loss.

Video: 'Countdown Daily' recaps Bills-Pats - AFC East Blog - ESPN
ESPN analyst Cris Carter reviews the New England Patriots surprisingly close 38-30 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Gillette Stadium. Carter was not impressed by New England's defense, but he likes Buffalo rookie running back C.J. Spiller.

Bills Lose Again in New England |
The Bills moved the ball. They got solid quarterback play. C.J. Spiller showed his game breaking skills. It still wasn't enough. Despite their best overall game of the season, the Bills still lost to the Patriots 38-30. It's Buffalo's 14th straight loss to the Patriots, and 10th straight in New England. | Buffalo, NY | Patriots Beat Bills Again, 38-30
Bills head coach Chan Gailey thought there was things the Bills can build from but in the end it's still a loss, "I've never felt good about a loss in my whole life, there were some encouraging things but you either win or you lose in this business."

Maiorana: Loss is only thing that matters for Buffalo Bills | Democrat and Chronicle
The Buffalo Bills don't want to just play better. They want to win, and they didn't do that on Sunday in New England.

Buffalo Bills Report Card | Democrat and Chronicle
Sal Maiorana grades the Buffalo Bills after Week 3's loss to the New England Patriots.

SCHMITT: Fitz is great — as a filler " Bills " Niagara Gazette
Tim Schmutt catches some stories that fell through the cracks yesterday like Jairus Byrd's fumble recovery and Ryan Fitzpatrick's wildcat block.

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Bills take two steps forward, one step back
The previously laughably-bad Buffalo offence put up 30 points after managing 17 total through the first two weeks of the season, but the D allowed 38 to New England a week after conceding 34 to Green Bay.

Fitzpatrick fit well as a starter - The Boston Globe
"You can look at it as we put up points or whatever you want to look at -- the offense played better today -- but that's not what it's about,'' said Fitzpatrick. "It's about winning, and that's all those guys in the locker room want to do.''

Mistakes overshadow successes for Bills’ Fitzpatrick | The Providence Journal
Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t have quite the game he’d hoped to have in his first start of the season for the Buffalo Bills. But the former Harvard quarterback still threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns, albeit with two interceptions, and capitalized on what at times was a porous New England secondary.

Bills Postgame Quotes
Buffalo Bills players comment on their game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, September 26, 2010.

Bills Daily Gameday Grades
Very high grades for good work and very low grades for bad work....

Immediate Reactions: Pats 38, Bills 30 -
Heading into the 2010 season, this is what we wanted… in a sense. Buffalo Bills fans wanted to see their teams improve overall while scaring teams.

Bills Daily Gameday Review
Steve Saslow gives out his game balls and more quick hits.

What We Learned From The Bills – Week 3 : Buffalo Sports Daily
Patrick Moran provides his thoughts on the game and other news from around the league.

SCOTT PITONIAK: Bills Much More Fun With Fitz -
What does Scott Pitoniak think about Ryan Fitzpatrick? About C.J. Spiller's breakout game? About the value of Trent Edwards? Thad Brown discusses all three with the News 8 Bills Contributor.

Scott Pitoniak's Bills vs. Patriots Report Card -
Decent marks across the board.

Bills Improve, But Still Fall to the Patriots -
Scott Pitoniak looks back at the game that was.

Trent Edwards trade?
SCOTT PITONIAK: Future of Trent Edwards -

The change of venue will be good for both him and the team. It’s clear that his time in Buffalo is over.

Bills talking trade for Trent Edwards |
The question is whether any other team would want Edwards, who was unimpressive in the Bills' first two games. It seems unlikely that any other team would see anything in Edwards that the Bills don't see.