Bills linebacker Zach Brown has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. The honor follows his standout game against New England, in which he had 18 tackles, 2 quarterback hits, a sack, and 2 forced fumbles. His year-to-date 52 tackles are the highest in the league. CONGRATS TO ZACH ON HIS SPECTACULAR SEASON. HIS HARD WORK AND DEDICATION HAVE WON THE RECOGNITION HE DESERVES.
New Era hopes the football stadium will become known as The Cap. The Buffalo based manufacturer of sports hats recently was awarded naming rights for the Orchard Park facility. CEO Chris Koch, a hometown mogul, floated the idea to the media. NEW ERA HAS DONE THE RIGHT THING BY PURCHASING THE NAMING RIGHTS. HERE’S HOPING THAT NEW ERA FIELD WILL CATCH ON AS THE CAP. LOCAL NAME, LOCAL PRIDE. TOGETHER WE ARE 1BUFFALO.
Marcell Dareus will see action against the Rams. The Buffalo defensive tackle rejoins the lineup after his 4 week suspension. Coach Rex Ryan expects to play him on a rotational basis. LET’S HOPE DAREUS HAS LEARNED HIS LESSON AND CONTRIBUTES TO THE RESURGENT DEFENSE. WITH THE BILLS BACK IN PLAYOFF CONTENTION THERE CAN BE NO MORE LAPSES.
The resurgent Bills shutout the Patriots 16 – 0. It was New England’s first shutout at Gillette Field. The Bills dominated all afternoon. Tyrod Taylor threw a touchdown pass to LeSean McCoy. Dan Carpenter’s 3 field goals capped Buffalo’s scoring. The Patriots under rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett struggled, converting only 1 of 12 third downs. CONGRATS TO REX RYAN ON THE UPSET VICTORY. HIS ENERGIZED SQUAD NOW PREPARES TO TAKE ON THE RAMS NEXT SUNDAY IN LOS ANGELES.
The Bills meet the Patriots today at Gillette Field. Coming off the upset of Arizona, Buffalo is fired up to take on New England. The offense is showing renewed signs of life under coordinator Anthony Lynn. The big question is who will start at quarterback for the Patriots – Jacoby Brissett, Jimmy Garoppolo, or Julian Edelman. Expect spirited action as the Bills look to go 500. THE GREAT DIVISION RIVALRY CONTINUES AS BOTH TEAMS SEEK SUPREMACY IN THE AFC EAST.
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins has been moved to injured reserve. It is hardly surprising, given his recurring pain following surgery for a foot injured. Coach Rex Ryan is fearful it may be a long term problem. Justin Hunter has been signed to fill the roster gap. The third year man is a former second round draft pick. He was recently released by Miami. RYAN DID THE RIGHT THING IN RESTING WATKINS. WITH PROPER TREATMENT HE SHOULD BE BACK IN UNIFORM AND ANCHORING THE OFFENSE.
Sammy Watkins may travel with the team to New England. The Bills wide receiver has sat out practice both this week and last. He is recovering from foot surgery following an injury incurred in the Bengals game last year. Coach Rex Ryan will play it by ear and see how Watkins feels on Sunday. THERE IS NO POINT IN HASTENING WATKIN’S RETURN TO ACTION. RYAN CAN NOT RISK FURTHER INJURY TO HIS STAR WIDE RECEIVER WHO IS THE FUTURE OF THE OFFENSE.
Michael Ola has been signed by the Bills. The offensive tackle most recently was with the Giants practice squad. The 6 – 5, 312 pound Ola has played with Chicago and Detroit. To make room for Ola Buffalo released K Jordan Gay. THE BILLS ARE LOOKING FOR DEPTH AT TACKLE AMID CORDY GLENN’S INJURY AND SEANTREL HENDERSON’S SUSPENSION. IT IS A SMART MOVE TO BOLSTER THE OFFENSIVE LINE.
Flush with their first win the Bills are preparing for the Patriots. New England is dominant at home, with a 97 – 15 record at Gillette Stadium. Speculation abounds who will be their starting quarterback. With Brissett and Garoppolo nursing injuries, Julian Edelman may get the nod. Buffalo offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn needs to work on the passing game. The defense leads the AFC with turn overs but is struggling on third down conversions. THE BILLS MUST GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER IF THEY HAVE A CHANCE OF UPSETTING LONGTIME NEMESIS NEW ENGLAND AND MAKING THE DIVISION RACE COMPETITIVE.
The Bills convincing win over the Cardinals has given coach Rex Ryan a chance to redeem himself. Many had written him off after the disastrous start to the season. Ryan has once again come through in a clutch performance. Attention turns to preparation for the Patriots. In the last 16 years Buffalo has gone 4 – 28 against New England. With Tom Brady out on suspension, this may be winnable. IF RYAN PULLS OFF AN UPSET IT BUYS HIM THE BALANCE OF THE SEASON TO TURN THINGS AROUND. HE MAY WELL BE BACK NEXT YEAR FOR A SEQUEL.