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Buffalo Bills news, 9/8: Week one is finally here!

Doug Marrone and EJ Manuel make their debut for the Buffalo Bills as they host the New England Patriots in the season opener!

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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.

Scouting Report - Week 1 -
Chris Brown's game preview is up and running.

What to watch for: Patriots at Bills -
Game capsule featuring milestones within reach and more.

Bills Focus: Patriots-Bills Game Preview -
"Chris Brown and John Murphy take a look at the upcoming season opener against the Patriots."

Inside The Bills | Dareus: Week 1 vs. Pats is tone setting game
"Everybody knows this is kind of a set the tone game, see where we’re at," he said. "I look at the first five minutes of the game as a gut check, to see where we’re at, what we’re going to do and how we’re going to do this season. Just go to chop at the wood and try to finish creating our identity as a team and as a unit."

Inside The Bills | EJ to decide on knee brace in warm-ups
"I haven’t had any hesitations, it feels fine. It feels strong," said Manuel of his knee earlier this week. "I can do all my normal movements that I would do if I didn’t have the brace on. Just have the brace on for extra comfort. I’ll see. It depends how it feels."

Operation learning on the fly begins for Buffalo - The Buffalo News
Bill Cowher and Phil Simms lend their voice to the "rebuilding" effort in Buffalo. This experience will help the Bills in the long term, says the players and folks interviewed.

Bills' Mario Williams to play through plantar fasciitis -
"It's a painful to play through, but Williams will endure it Sunday in a matchup that will pit him against reliable Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer."

Jay Skurski’s five-star scouting report: Grabbing momentum early would give big boost to Bills -The Buffalo News
"Outlook: Brady is 20-2 in his career against the Bills. Even with a new cast of pass catchers, there is no reason to believe he can’t carve up a depleted Buffalo secondary."

Inside the NFL: Bills well under salary cap - The Buffalo News
"The Bills stand about $19 million under their salary cap limit of $133.1 million, according to Buffalo News figures. In terms of cash spending – the money that is scheduled to be paid out this year – the Bills stand at about $113 million, according to News estimates."

Time to find out if Marrone is real deal - The Buffalo News
"Marrone says he thrives on adversity. Terrific. It’ll help to know that Bills fans have suffered their share over the years. They aren’t expecting miracles. They just want some sign that their coach isn’t a bumbler, and that this time, the organization finally got it right."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - 5 Things To Watch In Bills - Patriots
"While the Bills can come out and surprise the Patriots a bit in the early going with looks on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, it may not matter when the game goes final. In the end the talent of Tom Brady against a weakened secondary, and Bill Belichick's ability to adjust on the fly, will give New England the edge over Buffalo once again. Don't blink, however, because you may end up missing something. Both these teams are going to push the tempo and run a lot of plays on Sunday."

Buffalo Bills: Keys to Sunday's game against Patriots | Democrat and Chronicle
"This is as highly anticipated an opener as the Bills have had in many years because almost everything is new, most notably the coach (Doug Marrone), the coordinators (Mike Pettine and Nate Hackett) and the quarterback (Manuel)."

Leo Roth: Predicting the Buffalo RebuildaBills' season | Democrat and Chronicle
Leo ROth goes game by game to predict mostly misery.

Buffalo Bills set to begin another new era | Democrat and Chronicle
"Doug Marrone, EJ Manuel and the rest of the Bills are ready to get their season started."

Welcome to Ralph Wilson Stadium - ESPN
"Weather conditions: The sun is peeking out here in Western New York after rain late Saturday. The clouds are expected to move out by game time, with temperatures reaching the low 60s by kickoff. Winds are gusty this morning (up to 25 m.p.h.) but will become less of a factor as the game progresses."

X's and O's thoughts: Covering Johnson? - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN
"Either way, we’ll find out on Sunday whether Johnson’s words were accurate or an underestimation of the Patriots' secondary."

Football journey: Nickell Robey - ESPN
"Here's the full Q&A with Robey from this week, including his reaction to losing his mother to a heart attack days after signing his letter of intent for USC, and his lofty goals for his rookie season in the NFL:"

What to watch for: Buffalo Bills-New England Patriots - ESPN
Mike Rodak previews the Bills game giving you what to watch for.