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26 September 2014

Bills can't stage comeback in loss to Chargers & Fast facts: 11 things to know after the Chargers game 21&22SEP14

THE Buffalo Bills played sloppy, shoot yourself in the foot, hand your opponent a win football last Sunday, 21 SEP 14, against the San Diego Chargers. It would be different if they had played to win and still lost, but the stupidity and the sloppy play that resulted in 101 yards in penalties is what lost this game for the Bills, a game they should have won, at home, with beautiful Fall weather and the fans to support them. Bills coaches, start kicking some ass, or are you afraid of the players? If they play the same way against the Texans this Sunday in Houston the Pegula family may reconsider their bid to buy the franchise.

Bills can't stage comeback in loss to Chargers

Posted Sep 21, 2014

Down 10 points early, the Bills were never able to threaten San Diego’s lead in a 22-10 final.


Final Score: Chargers 22 – Bills 10
Location: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
W-L records: Buffalo (2-1); San Diego (2-1)

In a Nutshell:
The Chargers offense came out firing early and their defense held Buffalo’s attack in check. Down 10 points early the Bills were never able to threaten San Diego’s lead in a 22-10 final. San Diego with a good blend of run and pass put up 10 points on their first two possessions for an early 10-0 lead. They took that 10-point lead into halftime as the two teams traded field goals in the second quarter (13-3).
San Diego opened the second half, much the way they did the first with a long scoring drive covering 80 yards on 14 plays and culminating with a short touchdown pass to Eddie Royal over the middle to push the lead to 20-3.
Buffalo’s offense finally put a touchdown drive together with Fred Jackson capping the possession on an 11-yard screen and run to the end zone to again make it a 10-point game (20-10) late in the third quarter.
The Chargers’ pass pressure earned them a safety when EJ Manuel was flagged for intentional grounding from his own end zone with under three minutes to play for the final points of the game.
How it went down:
-- San Diego opened with a methodical touchdown drive getting a big play from Malcom Floyd on a 49-yard pass from Rivers. Five plays later Rivers found Eddie Royal for a three-yard touchdown pass (7-0).
--Nick Novak added a short field goal to push San Diego’s lead to 10-0 midway through the second quarter.
--Buffalo finally got on the scoreboard with a 45-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter to finish an eight-play 65-yard scoring drive.
--Before the half was over, Novak re-established the Chargers’ 10-point cushion with a 37-yard field goal (13-3).
--The Chargers came out of the locker room and put together an impressive 14-play 80-yard drive, highlighted by a pair of catches by LaDarius Green for 40 yards to help put San Diego in scoring range. Eddie Royal would finish the drive with his second touchdown of the day on a five-yard reception (20-3).
--The Bills offense put together their most effective drive of the game late in the third quarter. Fred Jackson accounted for 38 of the 67 yards on the scoring drive including an 11-yard touchdown catch and run to pull Buffalo again within 10 (20-10) at the end of the third quarter.
--EJ Manuel was flagged for intentional grounding on a throw he made from his own end zone under pressure, which by rule is a safety. It handed the Chargers two points and possession with 3:23 to play (22-10).
Stat lines
--Buffalo’s pass defense, which had given up one pass play of 20 yards or more in the first two games, surrendered four in the first half.
--The Bills had six penalties for 50 yards in the first half, and finished with 11 for 101 yards.
--After trailing in the first two weeks for less than five minutes of game time, Buffalo was behind on the scoreboard for more than 54 minutes Sunday.
--Philip Rivers averaged 10.2 yards a past attempt in the game.
--Aaron Williams had a career-high 14 tackles.
--EJ Manuel was 23-39 passing for 238 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked three times.
Subplots:
--The Bills paid an awful lot of attention to Antonio Gates in coverage coming off his three-touchdown performance. It left other weapons for Philip Rivers to make use of in the passing, including other TE LaDarius Green, who contributed four catches for 64 yards.
--Buffalo run game found yards difficult to come by on the ground in the first half. They averaged just 2.8 per carry through the first two quarters.
--After six trips to the red zone in Week 2, Buffalo managed just one trip inside the Chargers’ 20 in Week 3 until the final minute of regulation.
--Marcus Easley (knee) and Da’Norris Searcy (ankle) both left the game and did not return. Starting LG Chris Williams also left with a back injury.
Inactives:
CB Ross Cockrell, RB Bryce Brown, LB Keith Rivers, G Cyril Richardson, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, TE Chris Gragg.
Up Next:
The Bills will travel to Houston to take on the Texans next Sunday Sept. 28 at 1 p.m.

Fast facts: 11 things to know after the Chargers game

Posted Sep 22, 2014

A look back at the Chargers game with 11 facts and notes you may have missed.

-Fred Jackson scored his 35th career touchdown on an 11-yard touchdown reception. Jackson is now tied with former Bills RB Cookie Gilchrist for eighth place on the team’s all-time overall touchdowns list. -Sammy Watkins’ 13 receptions through the first three games are tied for the second most in team history (Haven Moses, 1968 and Josh Reed, 2002). RB Joe Cribbs has the most receptions with 15 in 1980.
-Sammy Watkins leads the AFC in third down receiving with seven receptions.
-The Bills rush defense ranks second in the AFC allowing just 83.7 rushing yards per game and 3.3 yards per rush.
-The Bills are tied for third place in the AFC with a 4 turnover margin (Cleveland).
-Rookie LB Preston Brown produced 11 tackles for his second consecutive double-digit tackle game. Brown leads all NFL rookies with 31 tackles this season.
-Aaron Williams registered a career- and game-high 14 tackles on Sunday against San Diego.
-Scott Chandler posted a season-high 74 receiving yards – the total is his second highest yardage output of his career (79 yards at NY Jets on September 22, 2013).
-Both the Bills and the Chargers did not commit a turnover on Sunday. The game marks the 10th turnover-free regular season game in Bills history and first since September 12, 2010 vs. Miami.
-Colton Schmidt continues to lead the NFL with nine punts inside the 20. Schmidt posted two punts inside the 20 on a Sunday.
-The Bills lead the NFL in average drive starting position – the 28.9 yard line.
American Football Conference - 2014 Regular Season
AFC East Team W L T Pct PF PA Net Pts TD Home Road Div Pct Conf Pct Non-Conf Streak Last 5
Buffalo Bills 2 1 0 .667 62 52 10 5 1-1 1-0 1-0 1.000 1-1 .500 1-0 1L 2-1
New England Patriots 2 1 0 .667 66 49 17 6 1-0 1-1 0-1 .000 1-1 .500 1-0 2W 2-1
Miami Dolphins 1 2 0 .333 58 83 -25 5 1-1 0-1 1-1 .500 1-2 .333 0-0 2L 1-2
New York Jets 1 2 0 .333 62 72 -10 6 1-1 0-1 0-0 .000 1-0 1.000 0-2 2L 1-2

AFC North Team W L T Pct PF PA Net Pts TD Home Road Div Pct Conf Pct Non-Conf Streak Last 5
Cincinnati Bengals 3 0 0 1.000 80 33 47 8 2-0 1-0 1-0 1.000 2-0 1.000 1-0 3W 3-0
Baltimore Ravens 2 1 0 .667 65 50 15 6 1-1 1-0 2-1 .667 2-1 .667 0-0 2W 2-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 2 1 0 .667 73 72 1 7 1-0 1-1 1-1 .500 1-1 .500 1-0 1W 2-1
Cleveland Browns 1 2 0 .333 74 77 -3 9 1-1 0-1 0-2 .000 0-2 .000 1-0 1L 1-2

AFC South Team W L T Pct PF PA Net Pts TD Home Road Div Pct Conf Pct Non-Conf Streak Last 5
Houston Texans 2 1 0 .667 64 50 14 7 1-0 1-1 0-0 .000 1-0 1.000 1-1 1L 2-1
Indianapolis Colts 1 2 0 .333 95 78 17 11 0-1 1-1 1-0 1.000 1-1 .500 0-1 1W 1-2
Tennessee Titans 1 2 0 .333 43 69 -26 4 0-1 1-1 0-0 .000 1-1 .500 0-1 2L 1-2
Jacksonville Jaguars 0 3 0 .000 44 119 -75 5 0-1 0-2 0-1 .000 0-1 .000 0-2 3L 0-3

AFC West Team W L T Pct PF PA Net Pts TD Home Road Div Pct Conf Pct Non-Conf Streak Last 5
Denver Broncos 2 1 0 .667 75 67 8 9 2-0 0-1 1-0 1.000 2-0 1.000 0-1 1L 2-1
San Diego Chargers 2 1 0 .667 69 49 20 7 1-0 1-1 0-0 .000 1-0 1.000 1-1 2W 2-1
Kansas City Chiefs 1 2 0 .333 61 65 -4 8 0-1 1-1 0-1 .000 1-2 .333 0-0 1W 1-2
Oakland Raiders 0 3 0 .000 37 65 -28 4 0-1 0-2 0-0 .000 0-3 .000 0-0 3L 0-3