Gameday Grades: After three quarters these grades were dreadful for every unit. Funny thing what a big fourth quarter comeback does, it makes them better but not quite as good as they were in winning their first two games impressively. Gameday Grades.
Bills Pull Out Win: Rian Lindell hit a 38 yard field goal as time expired to give the Bills a 24-23 come from behind win over the Oakland Raiders and into sole possession of first place in the AFC East as they got their first 3-0 start since 1992. It wasn't pretty as they were sloppy all day turning the ball over three times, having many drops, and some untimely penalties. They had to come back from nine points down twice in the fourth quarter as the offense finally got into gear and scored 17 points in the final period. Marshawn Lynch scored two touchdowns and Roscoe Parrish had a third as they came back from two nine point deficits in the fourth quarter. Game Review.
Injury Update: Keith Ellison, Fred Jackson, and Langston Walker all got banged up but none of the injuries appeared serious as they all came back into the game. Injury Page.
Bills Inactives: The Bills have the same inactives this week they had last week, it includes six draft picks from this year. The inactives are: Steve Johnson, Xavier Omon, Derrick Ellis, Jason Whittle, Reggie Corner, Derek Fine, and Demeterius Bell. Darren McFadden is dressed and will start for the Raiders despite being slowed by turf toe.
Good Weather Expected: Finally it appears like there will be really nice weather for a Bills game. It is expected to be mostly cloudy at kickoff with only a 10% chance of showers and a gametime temperature of 66°. The wind will be out of the North Northwest at just 10mph.
Saturday September 20, 2008
Crowell Surgery: The Buffalo News reports that a league source told them Angelo Crowell finally underwent surgery on his knee sometime last week. No news yet on how long his recovery will be.
McFadden May Be Limited: Darren McFadden will play for the Raiders tomorrow but Justin Fargas is officially listed as doubtful and should miss the game. McFadden has been limited in practice with turf toe and may just be used as a change of pace back if he can't go fully. The third running back on their roster is no slouch either. The Bills will have to be careful when dealing with former Louisville standout Michael Bush. Injury Page.
Lynch Speaks: After not speaking to the media since the spring, Marshawn Lynch decided to address the media after practice today. Lynch did not speak of the hit and run incident that led to him not speaking to the media. He did discuss that he's happy to be playing against the team from his hometown. He will have many friends and relatives making the trek from Oakland for the game. He says there are still some rushing yards left out there that he needs to get. He's also happy that he will be more involved in the passing game and more comfortable with the offense and the players.
Friday September 19, 2008
McGee, Parrish Probable: Terrence McGee and Roscoe Parrish practiced today and are probable for the game on Sunday. As expected, Derek Fine has been ruled out. Injury Page.
Kollar May Not Be At Game: The Bills are healthy but may be without one of their coaches on Sunday. Defensive line coach Bill Kollar has not been in attendance at practice the last two days for personal reasons and may not be at the game Sunday. On game days, he handles the defensive line rotation if he's not there Perry Fewell will handle them.
Raiders Banged Up: The Bills are healthy heading into the weekend with only Derek Fine likely to miss the game on Sunday. The Raiders are pretty healthy also but have two big injuries at the running back spot. Justin Fargas looks like he'll be out with his groin injury. Darren McFadden is battling turf toe and has been in a boot this week but he's expected to play. Michael Bush will also get carries in the banged up unit. Injury Page.
Thursday September 18, 2008
McGee, Parrish Practice: Terrence McGee and Roscoe Parrish both practiced today and took almost all their snaps. McGee was slowed with a back problem and Parrish has a troublesome sore knee but both should be fine for Sunday's game. The Bills are very healthy at this point with only Derek Fine remaining out. Injury Page.
Bills, Evans Get Closer: Lee Evans told AP yesterday that there has been movement in his long, ongoing contract negotiations with the Bills. he said the gap has been closed and they are a lot closer on an extension. He says he's not worried about it and hopes things get done sooner rather than later.
Wednesday September 17, 2008
McGee Sits Out: Terrence McGee sat out of practice today with a stiff back. Dick Jauron called it a soft tissue injury. It isn't serious and he should be ok for the game on Sunday. Roscoe Parrish was limited today with his sore knee that has been bothering him for a while now. Derek Fine remains out of practice with his surgically repaired thumb. Injury Report.
McKelvin To Return Kicks: Dick Jauron told the media in his weekly press conference that Leodis McKelvin will return more kicks. He says he loves the way Terrence McGee returns kicks but he gets a lot of snaps defensively so they'd like to get the rookie involved. McGee will still return some kicks though.
Bills Look To Avoid Letdown: The Bills are looking for their first 3-0 start since 1992 this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium when the Raiders come to town fresh off their first win of the season. The Bills are heavily favored but need to guard against a letdown against a team filled with controversy. Head Coach Lane Kiffin barely survived another week as he has been rumored to be fired. DT Tommy Kelly was arrested Monday night on suspicion of DUI. Still the Bills need to watch out for rookie RB Darren McFadden who can break a long one at anytime. Complete Preview.
Tuesday September 16, 2008
Players Recovering: The players were still recovering from the heat in Jacksonville on Sunday. Dick Jauron curtailed Monday's on field activities as the players weren't ready for anything to strenuous after Sunday's win. The team was busy trying to get players to replenish their liquids yesterday as they did little work on the field. They are off today and will begin working in earnest for next week's game against Oakland tomorrow.
Monday September 15, 2008
Contract Extension Likely For Jauron: Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com is reporting that Dick Jauron is close to a contract extension as head coach of the Bills. The report says Jauron didn't know about his future with the Bills but contract talks began in earnest after the Seattle win and should really pick up after the impressive win yesterday.
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