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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 9/29

There's no place like Buffalo in NFL - Yahoo! Sports
"Western New York has always loved the Bills, even amid the moving rumors. It's a place like no other in the NFL." A great article on the city and its love affair with the Bills. Quotes from Jim Kelly, Shawne Merriman and Rian Lindell show it's not one-way.

Gailey instilling confidence to resurgent Bills - Yahoo! Sports
John Wawrow of the Associated Press details how Chan Gailey has changed the culture from that of expecting to lose to expecting to win.

Fitz Magic - 10.03.11 - SI Vault
Here's the SI profile on Ryan Fitzpatrick from this week's issue.

Consistency the prize for Bills O-line -
"They’ve done a tremendous job," said Ryan Fitzpatrick. "Again this past week they come out of the game, I think we’ve given up one (sack) the whole year. I can’t say enough about those guys. They’re putting in so much work during the week, just working together."

Lindell earns AFC Special Teams POW -
Rian Lindell's two field goals and four extra points earned the Bills kicker AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

Chan Gailey Wednesday Press Conference -
The Bills head coach talks to the media about injuries, Fitzpatrick, and more.

Ryan Fitzpatrick Wednesday Press Conference -
The Bills QB talks about the national media attention, beating the Patriots, returning to Cincinnati and more.

Bills Roundup: Attention Building in Buffalo -
With the Bills gaining national attention, it's the coaches' jobs to keep the team focused moving in to CIncy this week.

Inside The Bills | Bills add CB to practice squad
"Buffalo signed CB Brandon Bing to the practice squad. Bing (5’11″ 177) was an undrafted rookie out of Rutgers that signed with Denver. He did not make their final roster. Bing is blessed with great physical ability with a 40-time in the high 4.3s to low 4.4s and a vertical leap of better than 38 inches at his pro day."

Inside The Bills | Stevie not practicing
"It looks as though Stevie Johnson is getting a rest day today (Wed) for his nagging groin." No surprises on the initial injury report.

Inside The Bills | Bills on prelim HOF list
Cornelius Bennett, Drew Bledsoe, Larry Centers, Andre Reed, Fred Smerlas, Steve Tasker, Troy Vincent, and Coach Chuck Knox are the former Bills on the preliminary list. Tasker and Reed are sure-fire bets to move forward, and I'd suspect Bledsoe is as well in his first year of eligibility.

Inside The Bills | Fitz’s "famous" brother
"My brother Brandon was in a bar in Santa Fe watching the game, talking to some people and they found out who he was and a 65-year-old guy comes up to him and says, ‘Can I get your autograph?’ And my brother said, ‘Oh, no, it’s my brother that plays for the Bills.’ And the guy said, ‘I know, I know. You’re his brother. Can I get your autograph?’"

Inside The Bills | Chan on Fitz’s I.Q.
"No, uh-uh," said Gailey. "Matter of fact, he’s a lot smarter than I am. I mean, it’s not even close. So I don’t have to worry about that. We’re keeping it simple for me, not for him."

Inside The Bills | Flo’s SI cover
"I’m representing the entire team," said Florence. "I wish all the guys on defense could be on there with me, but that’s just one of the things that goes along with winning and as long as we continue to keep winning good things will happen."

Inside The Bills | Chan still not talking streaks
"I didn’t say a word about it last week, and I won’t say a word about it this week because all that past stuff, whether you’re on the positive end or the negative end, it doesn’t matter this game," said Gailey. "All that matters is the guys that are here and the guys that are playing in this game. I know that a big deal is made of it a lot of places, but not in the meeting room it’s not."

Inside The Bills | Johnny White limited
"Meanwhile Kirk Morrison, who has been out the last couple of weeks with a hamstring injury practiced fully Wednesday as well as Torell Troup (lower back)."

AFC East Daily: Starting off slow is Fitzpatrick's only negative
"The Bills' signal-caller gets better as the game progresses. His first-quarter quarterback rating is a 75.3 and improves to 82.3 in the second quarter. Fitz’s rating jumps to 120.7 in the third quarter, and his fourth-quarter rating is 131.1. His completion percentage is 12 percent higher in the fourth quarter than in the first."

Bills once-maligned OL coming up big - YNN
"Guys have done good things. Our tackles have been great. For as criticized as they were during the preseason, to respond like that and play so well when we come out in five wide sets," said center Eric Wood. "You know, inside we are helping each other out a lot of times and we'll slide guard out to help the tackles, and Freddie chops and what not, but guys are left out on an island with some pretty good talent these first few weeks, and they've done a good job."

Fitz-Gailey combo is well seasoned - The Buffalo News
"The marriage of the football minds of Chan Gailey and Ryan Fitzpatrick is producing epic quarterback play for the Buffalo Bills."

Fitz Fandemonium - The Buffalo News
A little later, Ryan Fitzpatrick was asked about his receivers speaking positively about him. Fitz cracked: "I think those guys know they have to compliment me or I’m not going to get them the ball."

Bills' Pears thrives under the radar - Jerry Sullivan
"Pears is 6-foot-8, 319 pounds, a mountain of a man. But he has been awfully quiet this season. It occurred to me that he hadn't committed a penalty so far."

Appeal keeps Bengals' Benson active to face Bills - The Buffalo News
A rundown of the Bengals that will and won't play, as well as updates on the Bills' injury situation and roster moves.

Moving Onward | Three Point Stance | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Sal Mairoana defends his right to not be completely happy with the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo Bills are a veritable points machine | Democrat and Chronicle
"I don't think any of us are surprised by it, but I know it surprised a lot of people," said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. "Going out and scoring 35-40 points a game is not going to happen every week, but that being said, we think we've got enough talent and we've got the system in place and enough experience to where we can go out there and score on anybody."

Fitzpatrick gives Bills' O-line some love - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Here are some notes Wednesday from the Bills' locker room: "

Video: AFC 411 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Bloggers James Walker, Bill Williamson, Paul Kuharsky and Jamison Hensley deliver analysis on the AFC."

'Trap Game' Talk Non-Factor For Bills - WGR 550
"We started out 0-8 last year. We only won four games, and we know how hard wins are to come by," said Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. "I think with that, I don't think you'll ever see us take a game for granted."

McFadden, Lewis, Lindell named AFC players of the week | ProFootballTalk
"Lindell made the 28-yard game-winning field goal as time expired in the Bills’ 34-31 win over the Patriots, his 12th career game-winning field goal. He also made a 42-yarder at the end of the first half." Fitzpatrick, Fred Jackson and Drayton Florence were all nominees.

Bills and Sabres are part of our history |
"I’ve grown up around the games, whether on astro-turf or ice, and they are a part of who I am, even if I don’t know a goal from a touchdown. To be from Buffalo is to be a part of the Bills and Sabres, no matter how the season goes. Right now, we’re having a winning beginning, with both football and hockey. So, lets go, Buffalo! This year could be the one."

Bengals last beat Bills 23 years ago - NFL - Football
Taking a look at some stats from the Bills/Bengals series.

Jackson runs, and waits for contract |
"Still haven't heard anything, so hopefully something gets done," Jackson told News 4 Sports. "I'll continue to show what I can do on the field, and hopefully get rewarded for it. So, we'll see what happens."