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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 9/16

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

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Stevie Johnson, improved 'D' leading Bills' turnaround - Don Banks
Don Banks wonders if the Bills are for real.

Buffalo Bills' offensive line is on a mission | Democrat and Chronicle
"Ah, but here's the thing: Arrowhead Stadium has a natural grass field, so the fact that Fitzpatrick's duds were as white as the dress his wife, Liza, wore at their wedding several years ago was striking and spoke to one thing: The Bills offensive line had a heck of a game."

Chandler's journey worth the wait -
An extremely in-depth piece on the NFL career of TE Scott Chandler. Check it out.

Bills Gameday... Reminders and Activities -
Reminders about the changes to the gameday experience as well as some opportunities.

Bills Focus: Raiders Rushing into Buffalo -
"The Bills run defense will face another tough test this weekend as the Raiders' Darren McFadden and Michael Bush form one of the biggest and fastest running back duos in the NFL."

Inside The Bills | Don’t sleep on RB Bush
"Oakland #2 running back Michael Bush is often overlooked by fans because Darren McFadden is the lead back and one of the fastest players in the league. But Buffalo is not sleeping on the big, but athletic back at all."

Inside The Bills | "We ain’t the Chiefs"
"But the thing about the NFL is that happened last week. You’ve got to do the same thing this week. So whatever they did is a nice impressive victory, but they’ve got to come and deal with us now. And we ain’t the Chiefs." - Raiders DT Tommy Kelly

Inside The Bills | CB Williams tight w/Raiders’ Huff
"He’s been my mentor since high school," said Williams of Huff. "He’s really my older brother. He’s taken care of me in all aspects, not only on the field, but off the field. He’s taught me a lot of things and sometimes he’s taught me a little too much on the field, so hopefully I can take advantage of that on Sunday."

Inside The Bills | Raiders impressed w/Bills Wk 1
"Good football team," Jackson said. "Oh man, they are 1-0, they beat one of our division teams, the Kansas City Chiefs, they got after them. Chan Gailey is a heck of a coach, they are very explosive on offense, and good players with Fred Jackson and [Steve] Johnson. The young man Chandler, who is 6’7", is a match-up nightmare and made a lot of plays against Kansas City. It will be a tall chore for our defense, but I think we’ll be looking forward to it."

Inside The Bills | Johnson gets rest day
"He’s been having a nagging groin for a month, so we just gave him a rest today," said Gailey.

Raiders Run Game Will Provide Tough Test |
"The Bills run defense looked solid in their season opener against the Chiefs. Now the Bills are preparing to face another solid rushing attack in week two against the Raiders." Videos: Out of left field
""NFL Total Access" analyst Brian Billick discusses the most surprising QB performances of Week 1, and offers a prediction about those signal callers' future successes." Ryan Fitzpatrick, Rex Grossman, and Cam Newton getting some love.

Bigger menu at Bills' home games - Business First
"In playing off of its partnership with the Food Network, Delaware North is bringing Buffalo brisket sandwiches to the stadium along with such local specialty items as a Polish Dog, nacho grande featuring chili, salsa and jalapenos peppers and larger slices of pizza and hot dogs." Way more info inside...

Injuries mounting for Raider receivers - The Buffalo News
"The Raiders' No. 2 receiver, Jacoby Ford, sat out a second straight day of practice Thursday due to a sore hamstring he injured Monday at Denver. The Raiders' No. 3 receiver, Louis Murphy, missed the Denver game with a groin injury and has missed two straight days of practice, as well. He's expected to be out. The Raiders' No. 1 receiver, Darrius Heyward-Bey, wasn't able to finish Thursday's practice after tweaking a knee."

Bills' notebook: Hansen next on Wall - The Buffalo News
"I wasn't in charge last season, so it wasn't me that had to send out the Christmas cards," Jackson laughed. "We have to play 'em as they put 'em on our schedule."

Bills WR Johnson Sits; Will Play Sunday - WGR 550
"Elsewhere, Torell Troup was limited during Thursday's session. Gailey said Arthur Moats was getting better, but they still had to limit his reps a bit."

Raiders Injury List - WGR 550
"Their starting cornerback Chris Johnson was limited at practice on Wednesday, but practiced in full on Thursday. He's been dealing with a groin injury. In the secondary, starting safety Michael Huff has failed to practice this week. Neither has backup safety Michael Mitchell. Defensive tackle Richard Seymour has also missed both days with a rib injury."

Kolpack: Phil fits the Bill as Hansen gets much-deserved honor | INFORUM | Fargo, ND
"He sacked John Elway, Dan Marino and Steve Young and recovered a Brett Favre fumble. Defensive end Phil Hansen spent his entire 11-year NFL career in Buffalo, and it was home away from home."

Winston-Salem's Taylor, Hairston getting started in NFL |
"Hairston, listed on the Bills' depth chart as the backup at both offensive tackle positions, said that he played "10 to 15" snaps in Buffalo's season-opening win against Kansas City and that he should see more playing time on Sunday when the Bills play Oakland at home."

Raiders are an interesting test for the Bills - Olean Times Herald
Chuck Pollack previews the Raiders-Bills tilt on Sunday.

Buffalo Bills earning some national respect | Democrat and Chronicle
"The Buffalo Bills have earned some national attention, says Bob Matthews."

Season opener shows Bills fans have prayer in 2011 | Times-News
There is reason for optimism, writes David Bruce.

Johnson makes noise nationally but not at home in Bay Area - Inside Bay Area
"Yet as a local story, Johnson continues to fly under the radar. Many are unaware the Buffalo Bills wide receiver and one of the NFL's bright young playmakers grew up in San Francisco, went to high school in Fairfield and junior college in Hayward."

Bills star has roots in S.F.'s Hunters Point - San Fransisco Chronicle
"I just ended up continually taking the right step, my parents put me in the right spot and I ended up going to Kentucky and taking it to the NFL," Johnson said in a conference call Wednesday with beat writers in advance of Sunday's game against the Raiders. "Now we're facing the hometown team. Just blessed I guess."

Johnson emerges as Bills' go-to receiver | Sacramento Bee
"But they say if you ball, if you play good, somebody will find you," Johnson said in a media conference call Wednesday. "A few schools saw me (in high school), but they wanted me as a defensive back."