clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 9/29

The Buffalo Bills square off against the New England Patriots tomorrow. With the final day of practice yesterday, we've got injury updates and previews in today's collected Bills links.

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

Pass rush can slow Brady-Gronk combo -
"New England has had problems at times protecting Brady through the first three weeks of the season. The Patriots rank 29th in sacks surrendered per play giving up seven so far this season. To capably handle Arizona and Baltimore’s pass rush the past two weeks New England has kept extra players in to protect. That’s prevented them from using their spread formations the way they typically do."

Scouting Report - Week 4 -
Chris Brown breaks down key match-ups, the places the Bills have the advantage, and more in this scouting report.

Broadcast Information: Patriots at Bills -
"The Buffalo Bills host the New England Patriots in Week Four at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. This week’s game will be the 104th regular season meeting between the two teams."

Jackson, Spiller both questionable for Sunday -
"Jackson and Spiller are both questionable, 50-50 and I think they both have a legitimate chance," said head coach Chan Gailey following Friday’s practice. "Both were limited today."

Photo by buffalobills • Instagram
"Gameday programs have arrived! #Bills #Patriots"

Mario Williams on Patriots Matchup - VIDEO -
"The Bills defensive end talks about what he expects from the Patriots this week and what it will take for the Bills defense to help the team get a win."

T.J. Graham on Patriots Matchup - VIDEO -
"The Bills wide receiver talks about facing the Patriots this weekend and his first NFL touchdown."

Under Review: Arthur Moats - VIDEO -
"On this edition of Under Review, Hannah Buehler talks with Bills linebacker Arthur Moats about his recent wedding and baby on the way, his community involvement and more."

Inside The Bills | Nix: It’s not just sacks
"Everybody puts a lot of emphasis, including us, on sacks and that’s the way that you measure these guys, but the big thing is not sacks," said Nix in an appearance on the FAN 590 in Toronto. "The big thing is pressure, getting him off the spot that they want to throw from and the rhythm they want to throw with. I think we’ve done that pretty well. We’ve caused pressure and caused them to move and when you do that you give somebody else a chance to get the quarterback, plus some bad throws and turnovers in the secondary."

Inside The Bills | Only Martin not practicing
"WR Ruvell Martin has a high ankle sprain and hasn’t practiced all week. He’s not expected to play Sunday."

Inside The Bills | Bruschi picks Bills this week
"Going into Orchard Park to play a solid Bills team might be too much for them."

Inside The Bills | Gronk, Mankins, Vollmer questionable for Pats
"Gronkowski is listed as a limited participant in Friday’s practice as an apparent hip injury has him questionable for Sunday’s game. The Patriots will already be without TE Aaron Hernandez, who is out with a high ankle sprain and will miss his second straight game. WR Julian Edelman is also out with a hand injury."

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 9-28
Chris Brown answers questions on Dorin Dickerson, differing the kickoff, John Potter's roster spot, the release of Brian Moorman, and how the Bills and their wide bodies travel on planes.

Work ethic drives Bills' Anderson - The Buffalo News
"I learned how to work," Anderson said Friday. "We worked hard every day. I felt like that helped my career and took my game to another level, just the preparation. As the years go on you mature as a player. I felt going there, the expectations and standards are so high, I felt like it could help my game and focus so I could get more serious about my craft."

Bills notebook: Jackson says he's ready to go - The Buffalo News
"As long as I feel like I'm capable of going, he's going to support what I do," Jackson said was the message he got from the team's medical staff. "It got better as the day went on [Friday] so that's always good. It felt good [Thursday], too, after practice. Excited to see what happens on Sunday."

Patriots become more defensive - The Buffalo News
"New England's top six draft picks in April all went for defense, and the Pats look like they have made quality upgrades with defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Dont'a Hightower, both first-round picks who are starting."

Bruce DeHaven denies rift with Brian Moorman | The Buffalo News
"I liked Brian. I think he tried to do everything we were trying to do in the punt game," DeHaven said after practice today. "I have absolutely no problem with Brian in terms of any kind of relationship or anything he was trying to do when he was here. He was helpful. I thought he bought in to trying to do what we were trying to do."

Video: Duffy on Bills lease talks | The Buffalo News
The Lt. Governor was in Western New York yesterday and spent about 60 seconds on the Bills lease with reporters.

Wannstedt anxious to see his young corners against Tom Brady | The Buffalo News
"We don’t have a choice at this point," Bills defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt said with a smile today when asked whether his young corners are ready for their biggest challenge. "The truth of the matter is they have gotten better from Week One to Week Two to Week Three and this’ll be their biggest test."

Video: Gaughan, Skurski provide Bills update from OP | The Buffalo News
The two reporters talk after practice.

Fred Jackson optimistic for Sunday, C.J. Spiller a maybe | The Buffalo News
Gailey acknowledged he would not have expected on Monday that Spiller would have been able to do some work Thursday and Friday. "Not a chance," Gailey said. "It was great to get Spiller back because it keeps our Wildcat stuff alive, so that's good."

On the line from Vegas: Trends look raggedy for Bills | The Buffalo News
"Over their last 20 games, the Bills are 2-18 straight up. They are 1-6-1 against the spread their last eight home games. Previous to last year, they were 0-6-1 against the spread at home. Over their last 21 games within the AFC East, the Bills are 4-17 against the spread."

Live NFL Chat with Mark Gaughan | The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan covered the gamut in his weekly Friday morning chat.

Injured Logan Mankins a critical piece to Patriots' offense | The Buffalo News
"New England has given up seven sacks this year with Mankins in the lineup. Without him, the path to Brady opens up that much more for Buffalo's warming pass rush."

Dan Dierdorf on Bills D-line: 'These guys are good' | The Buffalo News
"The Patriots are playing against one of the game's best front fours. With the addition of Mario Williams, [last year's] No. 1 draft pick Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and the free-agent signing of Mark Anderson, these guys are good."

New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski keeps it all business - Democrat and Chronicle
"It's a team game," said Gronkowski, who played three high school seasons at Williamsville North in suburban Buffalo before his family moved to Pittsburgh in 2006. "Whatever plays are called, I'm just going out there and doing my job. Whatever is asked of me, I'm just going to go out there and perform my routes based on how I've been coached that week."

AFC East injury updates - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Buffalo Bills: Both running backs Fred Jackson (knee) and C.J. Spiller (shoulder) are listed as questionable. Jackson is expected to play Sunday against the Patriots, according to head coach Chan Gailey. But Spiller is making progress, as well, and had limited participation the past two days. Cornerback and dangerous return specialist Leodis McKelvin (groin) is probable."

Poll Friday: Patriots at Bills? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
The Bills are doubling up in this poll, 66% to 33%.

Final Word: AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Williams vs. Brady: The Buffalo Bills gave former Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams $100 million in free agency for games like Sunday's. Buffalo needs a big performance from Williams pressuring Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to pull off the upset at home."

Patriots Game Preview: Week 4 at Buffalo - Pats Pulpit
The Patriots' SB Nation community gives their preview of a bunch of criteria before picking the Pats.

Ex-NFL player James awaits fate on tax evasion | TribLIVE
Former Bills cornerback Will James is in some deep doo-doo.

Getting a pass-ing grade -
"They do a great job. They mix it up quite a bit and play a lot of different type of man coverages," said Welker. "Across the board they have a lot of great players back there, and you have to make sure you’re not sloppy with them and run great routes and make some plays and keep the ball moving."

'Almost a Dynasty' premieres - YNN
"A movie chronicling the four times the Buffalo Bills made it to the Super Bowl premiered Friday night. YNN's Katie Cummings spoke with the filmmakers and has reaction from those who watched." Steve Christie and Van Miller were there.

Bills Fans, Local Leaders Meet To Discuss Team's Future in WNY |
"Some of the region's biggest power players gathered in downtown Buffalo Friday to discuss new ways to keep the Bills in Western New York for decades to come."

For Bills, matchup with Pats represents a great opportunity - Providence Journal
"If Buffalo means business and plans to challenge the Pats in the AFC East, Sunday is the kind of game it has to win — the chance not only to make an early-season statement, but also to put two games between it and New England."