Gameday Grades: It was one of the biggest road wins in recent memory if not the biggest since the playoff drought started and leaves them in sole possession of first place at the quarter pole. The grades will reflect that. Gameday Grades.
Bills Blitz: Matt Ryan's fourth and one pass fell incomplete and the Bills pulled off an amazing upset win in Atlanta 23-17. Stephen Hauschka was a star for the second week in a row hitting field goals from 56 and 55 yards out in the final quarter which was the difference in the game as the Bills beat a previously unbeaten team for the second consecutive week. The Bills got the break from two controversial replay reviews as a Jerry Hughes strip of a Ryan throw was ruled a fumble and Tre'Davious White returned it for an early second half score to get the Bills the lead back. Micah Hyde picked off two passes but the second one appeared to hit the ground but the replay did not overturn it and it setup the Bills for the go ahead scores. Bills Blitz.
Injury Update: Colt Anderson left the game early with an arm injury and he did not return. Ramon Humber suffered a thumb injury in the first half but he did return with big wrap on the thumb before leaving the field again early in the third quarter in obvious pain. Mike Tolbert left with an arm injury but returned. LeSean McCoy seemed to be bothered with a calf injury in the seond half but played through it. Jordan Matthews suffered a thumb injury in the fourth quarter. E.J. Gaines suffered a groin injury as well in the final quarter. Neither of these players returned. Injury Page.
Inactives: Shaq Lawson and Cordy Glenn lead the inactive list as they are sidelined with injuries. Glenn was ruled out on Friday and Lawson was considered a gametime decision before being made inactive. A surprise inactive is Adolphus Washington who is inactive instead of recently signed Cedric Thornton. The other inactives are: Vlad Ducasse, Khari Lee, Brandon Tate, and Joe Banyard. Tate being inactive was an issue two weeks ago with Kaelin Clay returning punts.
Gameday Weather: The forecast for today's game in Atlanta is beautiful but it won't matter as the roof at the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be closed for the first time. It was open during the opener for the Falcons but it was announced on Friday that it would be closed. It will be Partly Sunny and a high of 73° outside for the game and likely a degree cooler inside in the air conditioning.
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Friday September 29, 2017
Glenn Out: The Bills have ruled Cordy Glenn out for Sunday's game in Atlanta after he failed to practice all week with foot and ankle issues. Coach McDermott said he's progressing and they look forward to getting him back but he has missed two games in a row now. Shaq Lawson is listed as questionable after missing practice today and will be a gametime decision. The Bills protected themselves just in case he can't go by promoting DE Eric Lee from the practice squad. He fills the open roster spot they have after releasing Deandre Coleman earlier in the week. The Falcons have ruled three defensive starters and an offensive starter out for the game. RT Ryan Schraeder, OLB Vic Beasley, DE Courtney Upshaw, and FS Ricardo Allen are out. Injury Page.
Thursday September 28, 2017
Lawson Hurt In Practice: Shaq Lawson injured his groin and had to leave practice early. He was officially limited. He told Mike Rodak of ESPN that he is going to the doctor to evaluate the severity of the injury. This puts his availablity for Sunday in doubt. Cordy Glenn didn't practice again today and Coach McDermott said if he can't go tomorrow they will likely rule him out for the game. On the positive news front, Marcell Dareus practiced in full today so he looks to be ready to return to the lineup. Injury Page.
Game Preview: The Bills are off to a surprising 2-1 start but now head down to Atlanta for their biggest test of the year against the defending NFC Champions in their brand new digs. So far the undefeated Falcons have had no Super Bowl hangover and have picked up right where they left off at halftime of the Super Bowl. Game Preview.
White Honored: For the second day in a row a Bill has been honored for his play by the league. The NFL has named Tre'Davious White the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for his play in September. White has been excellent since being drafted easily winning a starting job. He struggled only in the first half against Denver last week but bounced back with a huge second half and a big interception to clinch the victory.
Wednesday September 27, 2017
McDermott Media Day Presser: Sean McDermott addressed the local media before hitting the practice field today to continue preparations for Sunday's game in Atlanta. On the injury front, Cordy Glenn remains sidelined but Marcell Dareus will be limited today in practice. He remains day to day but they feel they are headed in the right direction. He said he feels he is on board with what they are trying to do. They are growing everyday and it starts with himself and Marcell is one of those guys that continues to grow. Not practice also are Kyle Williams and Lorenzo Alexander with rest days. Jerel Worthy is out of concussion protocol. He then congratulated Stephen Hauschka on his AFC player of the week honors. It's a big challenge for them going into the new stadium against a team with a dynamic offense and a defense that is playing extremely fast and a great coach in Dan Quinn. He goes way back to his college days knowing Quinn who was a graduate assistant when he played at William & Mary. They need to play sound defense and communicate well against this offense. They look forward to the challenge and it's a big week spending time in the film room to find out what they do best and to earn the right to win. They have to get better running the football it is part of a long list of areas they need to improve on. They haven't got around to talking about continuing protest but their focus is on football and this game with the Falcons. Injury Page.
Hauschka Honored: Stephen Hauschka has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his four field goal effort in the win over the Broncos. He became the first Bill to hit two 53+ yard field goals in one game and also the first to hit 3+ 49 yard field goals in a game. His effort is the biggest reason the Bills pulled off the upset. It is the 2nd time he has won the award in his career and is the fifth Bills kicker to win it.
Tuesday September 26, 2017
Coleman Released: The Bills announced today they have released recently re-signed DT Deandre Coleman. They brought him back last week because of the injuries to Marcell Dareus and Jerel Worthy but he wasn't active against Denver. Releasing him is likely a good sign that at least one of the two injured tackles are close to returning. The Bills did not immediately announced who will replace him on the roster leaving an open spot. Front Office Page.
Bogyo Column: Tony Bogyo takes a look at Sunday's win against Denver. He calls it a great win and is real happy about but can't help but be a bit frustrated. He wonders if it's worth playing above their talent level this year and hurt their rebuilding process in the long run. Complete Story.
Monday September 25, 2017
Controversy Continues: The controversy over the National Anthem protests continued today as Jim Kelly came out against them saying he has lost respect for LeSean McCoy for his actions during the Anthem. He said players have a right to kneel but he didn't appreciate McCoy stretching during it. He also said he would like to see everyone stand united next week. Jerry Hughes fired back saying if Kelly has an issue he should bring it to the team not the media and even questioned why he's on the sidelines. Kelly reportedly spoke or texted with McCoy to smooth things over later in another crazy day that had little to do with what happens on the field.
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