Bills WR Sammy Watkins Won’t Play Sunday Against Patriots

Sammy Watkins

The Bills task of beating the Patriots Sunday just got tougher, as today the team announced that wide out Sammy Watkins will miss the game against their AFC East rivals.

The foot injury that Watkins has been suffering from is not yet healed enough for him to be able to take the field.

Watkins played in the first two games of the season, putting up six catches.

Bills vs Patriots NFL Week Four Capsule

 BUFFALO BILLS (1-2) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-0)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

BILLS PATRIOTS
SERIES LEADER   68-42-1
STREAKS   8 of past 9
COACHES VS. OPP. Rex Ryan: 4-11 Bill Belichick: 28-5
LAST WEEK W 33-18 vs. Arizona W 27-0 vs. Houston
LAST GAME 11/23/15: Bills 13 at Patriots 20. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 227 yards & TD. Patriots RB James White records rushing & receiving TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/23/15
REFEREE Pete Morelli
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (Buf), 93 (NE). XM: 382 (Buf), 93 (NE).

STATS

PASSING Tyrod Taylor: 47-77-527-3-2-83.6 Jimmy Garoppolo: 42-59-496-4-0-119.0 OR Jacoby Brissett (R): 17-28-195-0-0-81.7
RUSHING LeSean McCoy: 48-227-4.7-3 LeGarrette Blount: 75-298 (1L)-4.0-4 (T1L)
RECEIVING Robert Woods: 11-81-7.4-0 Julian Edelman: 18-180-10.0-0
OFFENSE 283.3 369.3
TAKE/GIVE +5 (T3L) +4
DEFENSE 383.0 361.7
SACKS Lorenzo Alexander, Jerry Hughes: 3 Jabaal Sheard: 2
INTs Stephon Gilmore: 2 (T3L) Jamie Collins: 2 (T3L)
PUNTING Colton Schmidt: 40.6 Ryan Allen: 42.3
KICKING Dan Carpenter: 17 (8/9 PAT; 3/4 FG) Stephen Gostkowski: 27 (9/9 PAT; 6/7 FG)

NOTES

BILLS: QB TYROD TAYLOR has 13 total TDs (11 pass, 2 rush) & 102.1 rating in past 7 starts vs. division. Had TD run last week…RB LE SEAN MC COY rushed for 110 yards & 2 TDs last week. Is only NFL player with 7,000+ rush (7,277) & 2,000+ rec. (2,315) yards since 2010…WR SAMMY WATKINS had 24-yard TD in 9/20/15 meeting. WR MARQUISE GOODWIN has 4 career TD catches & averages 56.5 yards per TD…Defense had 5 sacks & 4 INTs in Week 3. CB STEPHON GILMORE had 2 INTs last week. S AARON WILLIAMS had 53-yard TD last week. LB JERRY HUGHES has 0.5+ sacks in 4 of past 6 meetings. Has 3 sacks in past 3. LB PRESTON BROWN had 20 tackles, FF & FR in 2 meetings vs. NE last year. S COREY GRAHAM recorded 1st career game with both sack & INT last week. LB LORENZO ALEXANDER aims for 3rd in row with sack & FF…PATRIOTS: Have won 21 of past 22 division home games. Incl. playoffs, have won 28 of past 30 at home. Have won 23 of past 25 vs. Buf. & are 14-1 (.933) in past 15 home meetings… QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO is 2-0 as starter & has 119 rating. Rookie QB JACOBY BRISSETT won 1st NFL start last week …RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT rushed for career-high 189 yards with 2 TDs in 12/29/13 meeting. Rushed for 105 yards & 2 TDs last week…WR JULIAN EDELMAN has 7 rec. TDs in past 11. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT has 273 catches since 2012, 4th most by TE. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 10 rec. TDs in 9 meetings. Since 2010, has 65 rec. TDs, most in NFL. In past 15 at home (incl. playoffs), has 15 rec. TDs. WR DANNY AMENDOLA had 9 catches for 117 yards in last meeting…LB JAMIE COLLINS has 3 sacks & 2 INTs in past 4 (incl. playoffs). In past 2 meetings, has 3.5 sacks, 2 FFs & FR. CB MALCOLM BUTLER has 19 PD since 2015. DE JABAAL SHEARD had 2 sacks last week.

Bills Bury the Birds; Top Cardinals at Home 33-18 For First Win

Arizona Cardinals v Buffalo Bills

LeSean McCoy scored twice and safety Aaron Williams returned a botched field-goal snap 53 yards for a touchdown in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 33-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor also scored on a 20-yard run at a time the Rex Ryan-coached Bills spent the past week taking the brunt of criticism after opening the season 0-2.

The win also came on the heels of Ryan firing offensive coordinator Greg Roman and replacing him with running backs coach Anthony Lynn.

McCoy scored on 24- and 5-yard runs, and finished with 110 yards rushing after combining for just 117 in his first two games. Taylor had 76 yards rushing, including a 49-yarder, the longest by a quarterback in team history.

Ryan’s defense also bounced back after allowing 493 yards in 37-31 loss to the New York Jets on Sept. 15. The Bills limited Arizona to 348 yards and intercepted Carson Palmer on each of Arizona’s final four possessions.

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Cardinals at Bills NFL Week Three Inactives

Cardinals

S Marqui Christian, G Evan Mathis, DT Olsen Pierre, DT Robert Nkemdiche, DT Frostee Rucker, DT Xavier Williams, LB Kareem Martin

Bills

WR Sammy Watkins, CB Ronald Darby, QB Cardale Jones, LT Cordy Glenn, WR Greg Salas, S Colt Anderson, C Patrick Lewis.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins a Game-Time Decision Vs Cardinals Sunday

Sammy Watkins

The Bills have listed Sammy Watkins (foot) as questionable on their injury report and consider him a game-time decision to play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

Watkins might have aggravated his surgically-repaired foot when he was stepped on during a walkthrough practice this week.

“I know it’s a pain deal, there’s no doubt about that,” coach Rex Ryan said Friday. “I think he got stepped on during a walkthrough, so that probably never helped him.”

Ryan said he didn’t know exactly when the injury happened, and Watkins wasn’t in the locker room Friday while reporters were present.

Said Ryan of Watkins’ status for Sunday’s game: “Probably not real good.”

Watkins did not participate in any of the Bills’ four practices this week. However, Ryan does not require his players to practice in order to play.

“If he feels good and he’s up to it, then we’ll put him in there,” Ryan said. “If a guy’s that good, we’ll play him.”

Cardinals vs Bills NFL Week Three Capsule

ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-1) AT BUFFALO BILLS (0-2)

SERIES

  CARDINALS BILLS
SERIES LEADER   6-4
STREAKS   5 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Bruce Arians: 0-0 Rex Ryan: 1-0
LAST WEEK W 40-7 vs. Tampa Bay L 37-31 vs. New York Jets
LAST GAME 10/14/12: Bills 19 at Cardinals 16 (OT). Buffalo RB C.J. Spiller rushes for 88 yards & TD. Bills K Ryan Lindell converts GW 25-yard FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/5/08: Cardinals 41, Bills 17. Arizona QB Kurt Warner throws for 250 yards & 2 TDs for 107.3 rating. Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has 7 catches for 52 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Walt Anderson
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter).

SIRIUS: 98 (Ari), 113 (Buf). XM: 386 (Ari), 230 (Buf).

STATS

PASSING Carson Palmer: 42-68-579-5 (T2L)-0-113.5 Tyrod Taylor: 33-52-408-3-1-98.9
RUSHING David Johnson: 28-134-4.8-1 LeSean McCoy: 31-117-3.8-1
RECEIVING Larry Fitzgerald: 14 (T3L)-162-11.6-3 (T1L) LeSean McCoy (RB): 8-43-5.4-0
OFFENSE 380.0 276.5
TAKE/GIVE +7 (1L) +1
DEFENSE 334.5 400.5
SACKS Markus Golden, Chandler Jones: 2 Jerry Hughes: 2
INTs Marcus Cooper: 2 (T1L)
PUNTING Drew Butler: 41.7 Colton Schmidt: 43.1
KICKING Chandler Catanzaro: 13 (7/8 PAT; 2/3 FG) Dan Carpenter: 8 (5/5 PAT; 1/2 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALS: QB CARSON PALMER passed for 308 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.0 rating last week. Has 100+ rating in 6 of past 7. Has 30-10 (.750) record as starter for Az…RB DAVID JOHNSON had 152 scrimmage yards (98 rec., 54 rush) in Week 2. RB CHRIS JOHNSON has 6 TDs in 5 career games vs. Buf. Had rush TD vs. TB…WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 6 receptions for 81 yards & TD last week. Had 6 catches for 93 yards & TD in last meeting. Since entering NFL in 2004, ranks 1st in catches (1,032) & rec. yards (13,528) with 101 TDs. WR MICHAEL FLOYD has TD catch in 3 of past 4 vs. AFC…LBs CHANDLER JONES & MARKUS GOLDEN lead team with 2 sacks each. CB MARCUS COOPER had 2 INTs last week, incl. 60-yard TD. CB PATRICK PETERSON had INT in last meeting…BILLS: QB TYROD TAYLOR has 110.3 rating & 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) in past 5 at home. Threw 3 TDs last week, incl. 84-yarder to WR MARQUISE GOODWIN & 71-yarder to WR GREG SALAS. Is 1 of 5 Bills QBs with 2 70+ TD passes in game…RB LE SEAN MC COY has 383 scrimmage yards (95.8 per game) in 4 meetings. Is only NFL player with 7,000+ rush (7,167) & 2,000+ rec. (2,309) yards since 2010. RB REGGIE BUSH had 83-yard PR-TD & 46-yard rush TD in 2009 Div. vs. Az. (1/16/10 with NO), only player with 80+ yard PR-TD & 45+ yard rush TD in same playoff game…WR SAMMY WATKINS has 15 catches for 276 yards (92 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 vs. NFC. WR Goodwin had 1st career 100-yard game (2 catches, 112 yards) last week…CB NICKELL ROBEY-COLEMAN had 36-yard FR-TD in Week 2. LB JERRY HUGHES has 4.5 sacks in past 7 vs. NFC. CB STEPHON GILMORE has INT in 3 of past 5 vs. NFC. LB LORENZO ALEXANDER played 2 seasons (2013-14) with Az. Had sack & FF last week. LB PRESTON BROWN had 16 tackles & FF in Week 2.

Bills Fall Short in Opener; Fall in Baltimore to Ravens 13-7

Buffalo Bills v Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens played defense in a fashion Rex Ryan could surely appreciate — even if the performance came at his team’s expense.

Baltimore used a touchdown pass by Joe Flacco, two field goals and a throwback defensive effort to beat the Buffalo Bills 13-7 on Sunday in the season opener.

Getting 11 tackles from cornerback Shareece Wright, the Ravens limited Buffalo to 160 yards and sacked former teammate Tyrod Taylor twice.

That’s how Baltimore played defense under Ryan from 1999-2008, and that’s how it won the 2012 Super Bowl.

Ryan is now Buffalo’s head coach, and it pained him to see his offense struggle against a defensive unit that last year yielded 401 points.

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Bills at Ravens NFL Week One Inactives

Bills at Ravens NFL Week One inactives:

Bills Inactives

Colt Anderson (S)
Walter Powell (WR)
Cardale Jones (QB)
Jonathan Williams (RB)
Kevon Seymour (CB)
Bryson Albright (DE)

Ravens Inactives

Elvis Dumervil (LB)
Jerraud Powers (CB)
Will Davis (CB)
Javorius Allen (RB)
Kenneth Dixon (RB)
Willie Henry (DT)