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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 9/24

Patriots-Bills Preview -
"If we want to change things around here, this is where we've got to start," Johnson said. "We know that they're the team above, but we feel like we can go out there and beat these guys."

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 9-23
The secondary's drop-off, how would Bills deal with injuries at receiver and linebacker, the big beefy guys, and the team's overall size all get answers in yesterday's Fan Friday.

For a Bills Fan, a Glimmer of Hope -
"A recent list on SB Nation of the top 25 worst moments in Bills history puts the Patriots losing streak at only moment #24. How can fans root for a team that has inflicted 23 "moments" even worse than an eight-year losing streak against a hated division rival?"

Motorola XOOM Scouting Report - Week 3 -
Check out this week's scouting report.

Week 3: Patriots vs. Bills Preview - Video
"Check out a preview of the Week 3 matchup between the Patriots and the Bills. "

"What's the Word" with George Wilson -
"This week George talks with running back Fred Jackson about leading the NFL in rushing, being voted a captain by his teammates, and his experience at the WWE event last weekend."

Belichick and Brady on Sunday's game -
"New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick and Quarterback Tom Brady share their thoughts on Sunday's game and some things they have seen from the Bills so far this year."

Bills Focus: Chan Gailey 1-on-1 -
"The Bills head coach talks about the matchup with the Patriots, the pass defense needing to be more aggressive, and if Shawne Merriman will be limited going forward."

Inside The Bills | Stevie expecting shoot out
"I’m expecting a shootout," said Johnson flatly. "I can’t really speak for our defense, I’m just saying I know that (as an offense) we have to put up numbers. If it is going to be a shootout we have to be ready for it on the offensive side. We’ve got to bring it."

Inside The Bills | CBS’ Gannon on Bills-Pats
"I’m not suggesting that Buffalo has to play flawless, but in order for them to win they have to have a very clean performance in every phase of the game - offensively, defensively and the kicking game," he said. "They’re a good team, but they’re not as deep and talented right now as the Patriots. In order for them to win, the quarterback and Fred Jackson have to have big days offensively. And that can happen."

Inside The Bills | Cowher on Bills-Pats
"Some are saying it’s been nice the Bills are starting out 2-0, but now New England is coming to town. I think it’s going to be a lot harder game for New England than some might think. You’ve got a Buffalo team that is really confident and has an opportunity to make a statement. People are wondering if the Bills are for real and I’ll tell you what that is going to be a challenge going to Buffalo for New England this weekend."

Inside The Bills | Stevie, Troup probable for Sunday
"Troup practiced fully all week long and should be back in his rotational role at nose tackle behind Kyle Williams."

Inside The Bills | LB Morrison out for Sunday
"Morrison’s absence could mean rookie Kelvin Sheppard could see some time on the field defensively this week in certain subpackages."

Inside The Bills | No play count for Merriman
"There isn’t a play count," Gailey told "It’s a feel thing. If we think that he’s starting to get tired or he feels a little fatigued we’ll give him a few plays off. We want him out there as much as he can be out there, don’t get me wrong. But we’re trying to be smart about having him the entire year and not just beating him down here early in the season until he gets back into the swing of playing football."

Inside The Bills | Freddy wins Player of the Week
"The NFL announced that Fred Jackson is the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for games played on September 18-19. Jackson had two touchdowns and 117 yards on just 15 carries to help the Bills overcome the Oakland Raiders, 38-35. His 7.8 yards per carry average was the highest among backs with more than ten carries."

Williams, Bills D to go 'one play at a time' - YNN
"You know they’re going to make their yards. You’re trying to make sure you don’t give up the big play. You’re trying to make sure you’re playing great red zone defense. Those kinds of things," said head coach Chan Gailey. "If you don’t let the big play out and you make them go down the field methodically, you give yourself a better chance of stopping them."

Ryan Fitzpatrick's career in images - Photos
A photo retrospective of Ryan Fitzpatrick's career, including Harvard. Did you know he went to Harvard?

NFL - Why the Buffalo Bills' offense is legitimate this year - ESPN
"How rare is this kind of offensive turnaround? And can past teams give us any indication whether the Bills' offense is for real?"

West Virginia honors ex-Bill Talley - The Buffalo News
"The first day I got traded was Halloween day of 1987," said former Buffalo Bills teammate Cornelius Bennett. "My head was swimming, I was confused, I was sitting in the locker [room] and Darryl came over and introduced himself and told me to put the playbook away. He said "everything that you need to know I'll teach you.'"

Bills hope Merriman has breakout game vs. Patriots | Democrat and Chronicle
"These guys need me to make plays," Merriman said, "and I'm taking the challenge upon myself. My job since I've been in the league has been to be an impact player."

Bills seeking contender status - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Buffalo is in search of contender status. League-wide respect is just four quarters away Sunday when the Bills host the Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium. "

Final Word: AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Can the Bills exploit the Patriots' depleted safety corps? How is Fred Jackson going to be able to take Tom Brady out of the game? James Walker explains.

AFC East Week 3 injury report - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Your final look at the injury report.

Patriots' Brady Unapologetic For Series Dominance - WGR 550
"Well, I'm not one of those fans, so I'm not rooting for the Bills to win very often," said the long-time New England quarterback. "We don't feel sorry for anybody. We're trying to go out there and win. That's what our job is. Over the past, whatever, 10 years - we've done that."

Bills WR Johnson Probable Vs. Patriots - WGR 550
"The rest day was big and the treatment has been going well," the wide receiver said of his progress. "Just keep getting extra treatment and just get me over to Sunday and then Sunday I'll be ready to go no matter what. But yeah, it felt good. It felt way better."

Bills Friday Six-Pack - provides analysis on this weekend's game.

Chandler making most of opportunity in Buffalo - Fox Sports Southwest
"I was excited to get out here, get an opportunity to start and just get a lot of playing time in a fun and exciting offense. We've got a lot of young guys that have a lot of talent," he said. "We've really had a good first two weeks to be 2-0."

Spreading Bills fever around the world - The Buffalo News
Awesome story of the most remote Bills Backer Club in the world.

Keys for Buffalo this week against New England - MPNnow
How can the Bills beat the Patriots? Here's a good start.

Scorn for Bills shows the sports world's contempt for working-class cities -
"Buffalo - along with Detroit and Cleveland - are treated like the illegitimate children of the league. They’re there, but everyone seems embarrassed by them and just wishes they would go away and leave the game to teams in glitzier, more prosperous cities. In Buffalo’s case, that is literally true."

Harvard man - The Enterprise
"I visit our top 100 prospects in the nation personally so I went out to the Phoenix area to watch him. I thought he was under recruited. I thought he had Pac-10 level quarterback potential, but he wasn’t highly recruited which was great for us. I didn’t know he was going to be an NFL player, but I did think he was under recruited."

Patriots release TE Dan Gronkowski, brother of Rob - Yahoo! Sports
"The New England Patriots have released tight end Dan Gronkowski(notes) less than three weeks after he joined his brother Rob on the team."