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Pictures from the Bills last practice at St. John Fisher
Pictures from Tuesday night's Bills practice at St. John Fisher
Check out pictures from Bills practice at St. John Fisher on August 18th
It looked like the Bills were on the road to victory until a questionable pass interference call on Nickell Robey set up the Falcons at the 1 yard line for a game tying touchdown.
Bills rookie QB EJ Manuel looked poised to bring the team down the field for the game winning field goal until a fumble by Stevie Johnson ended their chances.
The Bills and Falcons go to overtime tied at 31.
Bills: CJ Spiller 36 yard run (Dan Carpenter kick is good) Drive: 3 plays, 87 yards in 1:03. Bills lead 31-24
Falcons: Steven Jackson 1 yard run (Matt Bryant kick is good) Drive: 11 plays, 65 yards in 2:58. Tied at 31
The Bills began the 2nd half with a 3 and out. The Falcons on the otherhand took their first possession down the field for a touchdown. Their original score was overturned but Atlanta scored 3 plays later to give themselves a 24-17 lead.
The Bills looked to be in trouble before a Matt Ryan fumble was recovered by Kiko Alonso in Falcons territory. The Bills scored on the next play on a screen pass to Fred Jackson.
Game tied at 24 going into the 4th quarter.
Falcons: Tony Gonzalez 11 yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick is good) Drive: 10 plays, 55 yards in 5:30. Falcons lead 24-17
Bills: Fred Jackson 21 yard pass from EJ Manuel (Dan Carpenter kick is good) Drive: 1 plays, 21 yards in 0:09. Game tied at 24
Its been a tale of two quarters up in Toronto. The Bills dominated the first quarter with a pair of rushing touchdowns. The Falcons have two rushing touchdowns of their own and this one is tied after a 49 yard field goal by Matt Bryant as the first half came to a close.
The 2-9 Falcons had every reason to quit when they were down 14-0 but battled back and tied this one at 17. The Bills defense has really stuggled so far against the Falcons rushing attack.
Bills: Dan Carpenter 29 yard Field Goal. Drive: 15 plays, 56 yards in 5:25. Bills lead 17-7
Falcons: Antone Smith 38 yard touchdown run. (Matt Bryant kick is good) Drive: 6 plays, 71 yards in 2:35. Bills lead 17-14
Falcons: Matt Bryant 49 yard Field Goal. Drive: 9 plays, 36 yards in 2:49. Tied at 17-17
The Bills got off to a quick start, forcing the Falcons into a 3 and out. Buffalo then went 85 yards in 4 plays for a touchdown. 77 of those yards came on a CJ Spiller scamper to set up the EJ Manuel 1 yard touchdown run. Buffalo scored again on their next possession to take a 14-0 lead.
Falcons aren't ready to give up despite the quick start from Buffalo. They went 81 yards in 5 plays for a touchdown. First quarter comes to an end with a Bills 14-7 lead over the Falcons.
Bills: EJ Manuel 1 yard run. (Dan Carpenter kick is good) Drive: 4 plays, 85 yards in 1:56. 7-0 Buffalo
Bills: Fred Jackson 4 yard run. (Dan Carpenter kick is good) Drive: 9 plays, 63 yards in 3:56. 14-0 Buffalo
Falcons: Steven Jackson 27 yard run (Matt Bryant kick is good) Drive: 5 plays, 81 yards in 2:30. 14-7 Buffalo
One of the biggest criticisms facing EJ Manuel this season has been his unwillingness to take chances throwing the ball into tight window opportunities. He proved himself to be very overcautious and, as a result, has failed to make big plays.
That is, until their most recent match up against the Jets.
Manuel showcased himself in a far brighter light in his second face-off with fellow rookie QB Geno Smith. He exhibited glimpses of fearlessness combined with arm strength and accuracy much like what was seen from him in training camp. All of which are promising traits that the Bills hope to eventually see more of in their 1st round pick.
After Jeff Tuel's brief stint as the Bills' starting QB, it was clear that the coaching staff was not afraid to let the undrafted rookie sling it downfield. If this was the case for Tuel, Manuel had to have been given the go ahead to do the same.
According to ESPN's Mike Rodak, Head Coach Doug Marrone told EJ Manuel to "Just throw it, let it loose, let it loose" as far back as September.
In Rodak's piece, he states that after the ugly loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh, Hackett reiterated the need for EJ to "just go", throw it down the field and don't think about anything else.
This advice clearly paid off against the Jets, and has the potential to be a momentum changer for Manuel if he continues to play unafraid.
The coaching staff has made clear what they need from their young developing QB, but that can't happen if he continues to be scared of making mistakes. In a game that the Bills should win against a struggling Falcons team, Manuel needs to use this as an opportunity to take more chances down field and "let it loose."
by: Dan Moriarty (@moriartysports)
Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon wants to make one thing clear…the Buffalo Bills aren’t for sale. Brandon took to the radio Wednesday to squash rumors about the sale of the Bills and a potential move to Toronto.
According to ESPN's Mike Rodak, when asked whether the Bills were for sale on his radio show on WGR 550, Russ Brandon said: "No. Mr. Wilson is the owner of this franchise. We expect him to be the owner for many, many years."
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Sunday that rocker Jon Bon Jovi was interested in buying the franchise. Bon Jovi’s publicist Ken Sunshine then spoke with the Associated Press on Monday denying the reports: "the Bills are not for sale, and [Bon Jovi] has too much respect for Mr. Wilson to engage in any discussions of buying the team. It's preposterous to say he's had any discussions with the Bills and Erie County."
Brandon said definitively Wednesday on WGR 550 that the Bills aren’t for sale and he doesn’t want to have to constantly deal with rumors regarding anyone that may be interested in buying the NFL franchise…
"I'll tell you this: Obviously it was a great way to start off my bye Sunday, when I heard the news of this and listening to all of the nonsense relative to it. If we had to discuss and speak to every single individual that would have interest in buying an NFL franchise, that's all you would talk about on your show… But obviously Mr. Wilson and his peers were part of building one of the most successful sports leagues in the world over 50 years ago, and it should come as no surprise to anyone that there is a great deal of interest in succeeding him when that time comes, and we don't expect that time to come any time soon."
Brandon also pointed out that any potential NFL owner has to go through a long approval process first…
"Anyone that is interested in buying an NFL franchise goes through the vetting process with the league. There's a lot of interest. I know the Bon Jovi thing piqued a lot of interest. But if next week a hedge fund broker from New York City wants to buy an NFL franchise, is that a big story as well? We're going to just keep chasing ghosts if every time someone wants to buy an NFL franchise, we get brought up and it's a part of this discussion."
Brandon also noted he believes with their regionalization plan the Bills can remain viable in a smaller market long term…
"We have to work hard. We keep our ticket prices low. We have a lot of volume in this building. That's part of the process in moving a game to Toronto and moving our training camp to Rochester. We have to be a regional engine to be viable moving forward. That's the hand we're dealt."
The Bills signed a new lease agreement last year that keeps them at Ralph Wilson Stadium until at least 2020 with a $400 million buyout.
(h/t to ESPN's Mike Rodak for the Russ Brandon quotes)
Former NFL GM Phil Savage now works for ESPN and talked about the Bon Jovi and Toronto rumors...
The Toronto Sun's John Kryk joined the John DiTullio Show Monday to talk about Sunday's game in Toronto and discuss the rumors surrounding Jon Bon Jovi's interest in buying the Bills.
Hear why Kryk says the franchise moving to Toronto would be a very difficult transition and why, as of right now, Bills fans should not be worried.