Bills at Lions NFL Week 5 Capsule

BUFFALO BILLS (2-2) AT DETROIT LIONS (3-1)

SERIES

BILLS LIONS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 4-4-1
STREAKS 3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Marrone: 0-0 Caldwell: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 23-17 at Texans W 24-17 at Jets
LAST GAME 11/14/10: Lions 12 at Bills 14. Buffalo RB Fred Jackson has 170 scrimmage yards (133 rushing, 37 receiving) & 2 TDs (1 rushing, 1 receiving). Bills DT Dwan Edwards has FF & INT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/15/06: Lions 20, Bills 17. Detroit RB Kevin Jones rushes for 127 yards & TD. Lions WR Roy Williams has 10 receptions for 161 yards & TD. Detroit DE James Hall records 3 sacks.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Rondé Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (Buf.), 139 (Det.). XM: 225 (Det.).

STATS

PASSING Orton (Dal. ’13): 33-51-398-2-2-85.3 Stafford: 95-148-1176 (3C)-5-3-91.5
RUSHING Spiller: 52-207-4.0-0 Bell: 48-152-3.2-1
RECEIVING Jackson (RB): 19-170-8.9-1 Tate: 24-317-13.2-0
OFFENSE 320.8 363.3
TAKE/GIVE +5 (T2L) -1
DEFENSE 337.8 267.3 (1L)
SACKS Dareus, Ma. Williams: 2 Mosley: 2
INTs McKelvin: 2 (T1C) 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Schmidt: 43.0 Martin: 50.1 (2L)
KICKING Carpenter: 37 (T3C) (7/7 PAT; 10/11 FG) Henery: 6 (3/3 PAT; 1/2 FG)

NOTES

BILLS: QB KYLE ORTON makes 1st start with Buf. Has 4-0 career record vs. Det., passing for 822 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 102.2 rating…In past 5 vs. NFC, RB C.J. SPILLER averages 97.4 scrim. yards/game (487 total; 430 rush, 57 rec.) & has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). RB FRED JACKSON (28) needs 2 rush TDs to surpass WRAY CARLTON (29) for 4th in club history. In only meeting, had 170 scrim. yards (133 rush, 37 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.)…WR SAMMY WATKINS (No. 4 overall) has 17 catches, tied for most among AFC rookies, incl. 4 rec. & TD last week. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had career-long 80-yard TD catch vs. Hou…In past 8 vs. NFC, DE MARIO WILLIAMS has 10.5 sacks. DT MARCELL DAREUS aims for 3rd in row with sack. DT KYLE WILLIAMS (30) needs 3 sacks to surpass JEFF WRIGHT (31.5) & CHRIS KELSAY (32.5) for 7th in club annals. Rookie LB PRESTON BROWN (Rd. 3, No. 73 overall) leads team with 40 tackles…LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 2,249 yards (321.3 per game) & 16 TDs in past 7 vs. AFC. Since 2011, ranks 2nd in NFL with 15,831 pass yards…RB REGGIE BUSH has 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in past 4 vs. Buf., incl. 3 (2 rec., 1 rush) in last meeting (12/23/12 with Mia.). Had career-high 203 rush yards vs. Bills (12/18/11 with Mia.) …WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 13 rec. TDs in past 13 vs. AFC. Has 83 catches for 1,514 yards (126.2 per game) & 11 TDs in past 12 vs. AFC. In only game vs. Buf., had 10 catches for 128 yards & TD. In past 15 at home, has 108 catches for 1,919 yards (127.9 per game) & 10 TDs. Since 2011, leads NFL with 323 catches, 5,478 rec. yards & 109.6 rec. yards per game. WR GOLDEN TATE had 8 catches for 116 yards last week. WR-PR-KR JEREMY ROSS had 59-yard TD in Week 4. Rookie TE ERIC EBRON had 1st career TD last week…Defense ranks 1st in NFL (267.3). Pass defense (186.5) is 1st in NFC. LB DE ANDRE LEVY leads team with 38 tackles. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by NFL LB. Since 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 28.5 sacks, tied for 2nd most by NFC DT. DT NICK FAIRLEY aims for 3rd in row w/ sack or FF.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2-2)

SERIES

RAVENS COLTS
SERIES LEADER 7-3
STREAKS   6 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 2-3 Pagano: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 38-10 vs. Panthers W 41-17 vs. Titans
LAST GAME 12/11/11: Colts 10 at Ravens 24. Baltimore RB Ray Rice has 149 scrimmage yards (103 rushing, 46 receiving) & TD run. Ravens WR Torrey Smith adds 48 receiving yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/12/08: Colts 31, Ravens 3. Colts QB Peyton Manning throws for 271 yards & 3 TDs. WR Reggie Wayne has 8 catches, 118 receiving yards & TD.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 134 (Bal.), 85 (Ind.). XM: 85 (Ind.).

STATS

PASSING Flacco: 97-153-1055-7-2-93.5 Luck: 115-167-1305 (1L)-13 (1L)-4-108.0 (3C)
RUSHING Forsett: 44-255-5.8-2 Richardson: 61-203-3.3-1
RECEIVING
  1. Smith: 25 (T3C)-429 (1C)-17.2-3
Wayne: 23-307-13.3-1
OFFENSE 394.3 (3C) 444.0 (T1L)
TAKE/GIVE +1 +2
DEFENSE 342.8 356.0
SACKS Dumervil: 3.5 (2C)
  1. Jackson, Walden: 2
INTs Ngata: 1 Toler, Adams: 2 (T1C)
PUNTING Koch: 47.0 McAfee: 49.6 (1C)
KICKING Tucker: 37 (T3C) (10/10 PAT; 9/11 FG) Vinatieri: 40 (T1L) (16/16 PAT; 8/8 FG)

NOTES

RAVENS: In last meeting, QB JOE FLACCO passed for 227 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 102.5 rating. Ravens are 30-4 (.882) when Flacco has 100+ rating…RB JUSTIN FORSETT has NFL-best 5.8 rush avg. (44 att., 255 yards). Rookie RB LORENZO TALIAFERRO (Round 4, No. 138 overall) aims for 3rd in row with TD…WR STEVE SMITH, SR. has 429 receiving yards, most in NFL history by 35+ year old through 1st 4 games of season. In 2 career games at Ind. (with Car.), has 9 catches for 171 yards (19 avg.) & TD. Has 100+ receiving yards in 3 of past 4…WR TORREY SMITH had TD catch in last meeting. TE OWEN DANIELS had 1st career TD catch vs. Ind. on 9/17/06 (with Hou.)…Rookie LB C.J. MOSLEY (No. 17 overall) leads team with 33 tackles. LB TERRELL SUGGS had 3 sacks & 3 FF in last meeting. Since 2003, has 95 sacks, 3rd most in AFC. LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 3.5 sacks in past 3, including 1.5 last week. Since 2013, LB DARYL SMITH is 1 of 4 players in NFL with 5+ sacks & 3+ INTs…COLTS: Last week, QB ANDREW LUCK completed 29 of 41 passes (70.7 pct.) for 393 yards with 4 TDs & 1 INT for 123.3 rating. 1st player in NFL history with consecutive games with 370+ pass yards, 4+ TD passes, 70+ comp. pct. & 0 or 1 INTs. Has 21 TD passes in past 8 overall…In 3 career meetings, RB TRENT RICHARDSON has 319 scrimmage yards (210 rush, 109 rec.) & rush TD. In only home game vs. Bal. (11/16/08 with NYG), RB AHMAD BRADSHAW rushed for 96 yards on 9 carries (10.7 avg.). Leads NFL RBs with 4 TD catches in 2014, including 15-yarder last week…Last week, WR REGGIE WAYNE (1,029 rec) surpassed ISAAC BRUCE (1,024) for 7th all-time. Wayne (13,873) needs 132 receiving yards to surpass HOFers CRIS CARTER (13,899) & JAMES LOFTON (14,004) for 8th all-time. In past 5 vs. Ravens (incl. playoffs), has 425 receiving yards & 2 TDs. TE DWAYNE ALLEN has TD catch in 4 of past 5. TE COBY FLEENER aims for 3rd in row with TD catch…LB D’QWELL JACKSON leads team with 32 tackles, including game-high 10 last week with sack. Undrafted rookie NT ZACH KERR posted 1st career sack last week vs. Jax. S MIKE ADAMS tied career-high with 2 INTs last week.

Bills vs Texans NFL Week Four Inactives

Bills: CB Ross Cockrell, RB Bryce Brown, LB Randell Johnson, OT Cyrus Koundjio, OG Chris Williams, WR Marcus Easley, WR Marquise Goodwin.

Texans: QB Tom Savage, WR DeVier Posey, FS Shiloh Keo, CB A.J. Bouye, SS Eddie Pleasant, OT Jeff Adams, OLB Jadeveon Clowney.

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Bills vs Texans Wednesday Injury Report

BUFFALO BILLS
 
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Marcus Easley (knee), LB Randell Johnson (knee), G Chris Williams (back)
 
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Marquise Goodwin (illness), LB Keith Rivers (groin), S Da’Norris Searcy (ankle)
 
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday QB E.J. Manuel (abdomen), WR Sammy Watkins (ribs), WR Robert Woods (ankle)
 
HOUSTON TEXANS
 
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), S Shiloh Keo (calf), P Shane Lechler (left hip), S Eddie Pleasant (ankle)
 
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Arian Foster (hamstring), CB Kareem Jackson (thigh), WR Andre Johnson (ankle), G Ben Jones (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (foot, neck), S D.J. Swearinger (elbow)
 
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Jared Crick (neck), DE Tim Jamison (groin)

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Bills at Texans NFL Week Four Capsule

BUFFALO BILLS (2-1) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (2-1)

SERIES

BILLS TEXANS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 3-3  
STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Marrone: 0-0 O’Brien: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 22-10 vs. Chargers L 30-17 at Giants
LAST GAME 11/4/12: Bills 9 at Texans 21. Houston QB Matt Schaub throws for 268 yards & 2 TDs. Texans WR Andre Johnson has 118 receiving yards & TE Owen Daniels adds 39-yard TD catch.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/4/12
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Derek Rackley. SIRIUS: 126 (Buf.), 137 (Hou.). XM: 231 (Hou.).

STATS

PASSING Manuel: 55-87-613-3-1-90.8 Fitzpatrick: 48-75-634-4-3-91.8
RUSHING Spiller: 37-147-4.0-0 Foster: 55-241 (2C)-4.4-1
RECEIVING Watkins (R): 13-167-12.8-1 A. Johnson: 16-191-11.9-0
OFFENSE 322.3 353.0
TAKE/GIVE +4 (T3L) +3
DEFENSE 351.0 385.0
SACKS Ma. Williams: 2 Watt: 2
INTs 3 tied: 1 Jackson, Reed: 1
PUNTING Schmidt: 41.1 Lechler: 50.9 (3L)
KICKING Carpenter: 32 (1C) (5/5 PAT; 9/10 FG) Bullock: 22 (7/7 PAT; 5/6 FG)

NOTES

BILLS: QB EJ MANUEL has won past 2 road starts, completing 33 of 46 passes (71.7 pct.) for 366 yards for 98.6 rating & 5 total TDs (3 pass, 2 rush). Bills are 4-1 when Manuel starts & has 90+ rating…In only career meeting, RB C.J. SPILLER had 102 scrimmage yards (39 rush, 63 rec.). Has TD in 2 of past 3. RB FRED JACKSON (28) needs 2 rush TDs to surpass WRAY CARLTON (29) for 4th in club history. Had 7th career TD catch last week…WR SAMMY WATKINS (No. 4 overall) is tied for 3rd among NFL rookies in catches (13). Is tied for AFC lead with 7 3rd-down receptions…DE MARIO WILLIAMS was chosen No. 1 overall by Texans in 2006 NFL Draft & played 6 seasons in Houston (2006-11). Is Houston’s all-time sack leader (53). Had sack in only career meeting (11/4/12). DT KYLE WILLIAMS has 4.5 sacks in past 6. Needs 3 to surpass JEFF WRIGHT (31.5) & CHRIS KELSAY (32.5) for 7th in club annals. DE JERRY HUGHES has 9 sacks & FF in past 12. Rookie LB PRESTON BROWN (Round 3, No. 73 overall) leads team with 31 tackles, including team-high 11 last week…TEXANS: QB RYAN FITZPATRICK spent 4 seasons with Bills (2009-12) & ranks 3rd in club history in pass TDs (80) & 4th in pass yards (11,654). Scored 10th career rush TD last week (1st with Hou.)…In only career meeting, RB ARIAN FOSTER rushed for 111 yards on 24 att. & TD.Texans are 18-2 (.900) when Foster has 24+ carries. Since 2010, leads AFC with 5,047 rush yards. Has 100+ rushing yards in 2 of past 3. Rookie RB ALFRED BLUE (Round 6, No. 181 overall) rushed for 78 yards last week on 13 att. (6 avg.)…In 2 career home games vs. Bills, WR ANDRE JOHNSON has 14 rec. for 194 yards (13.9 avg.). For career, averages 6 catches per game, best in NFL history (min. 100 games). Johnson (943) needs 9 rec. to surpass DERRICK MASON (943) & HOFer ANDRE REED (951) for No. 11 all-time. WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS aims for 4th in row with TD catch or 100+ rec. yards. WR DAMARIS JOHNSON scored 1st career rec. TD last week vs. NYG…DE J.J. WATT had sack in only career meeting. Since 2012, leads NFL with 33 sacks. Has sack in 3 of past 4. LB BRIAN CUSHING leads team with 28 tackles.

Chargers at Bills NFL Week 3 Inactives

Chargers: WR Dontrelle Inman, CB Chris Davis, CB Steve Williams, RB Ryan Mathews, DT Ricardo Mathews, DT Ryan Carrethers.

Bills: LB Keith Rivers, RB Bryce Brown, TE Chris Gragg, G Cyril Richardson, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, CB Ross Cockrell, LB Randell Johnson.

SD Chargers at Bills NFL Week 3 Capsule

From Sports Network:

It’s hard to imagine emerging from a defeat of the reigning Super Bowl champions on a down note, but the San Diego Chargers might be in that position – at least temporarily.

They put up 30 points and beat the Seattle Seahawks in a memorable Week 2 home opener in San Diego, but the most telling moment at Qualcomm Stadium might have been when leading rusher and offensive spark plug Ryan Mathews was taken from the field on a cart in the fourth quarter.

The team announced on Monday that he’d suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, but didn’t reveal how long he’d be sidelined or exactly how severe the injury turned out to be.

The 2013 season was the first in which the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft played all 16 games, and the full schedule’s worth of health yielded a career-best 1,255 yards on the ground.

Mathews’ status wasn’t specifically listed on Wednesday’s injury report, but he didn’t practice and ProFootballTalk.com suggested he’d miss four or five weeks.

“Everyone recovers differently,” Chargers coach Mike McCoy said. “We’ve had players who were supposed to be done for the season and the next thing you know they come out there Monday or Wednesday and they’re practicing with something torn or something broken or this or that. I don’t want to put a timetable on anything.”

San Diego has a youthful substitute options in rookie Branden Oliver, or it can turn to veterans Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead – or perhaps a combination of all three, according to McCoy.

“We’ve said that we’re going to play all our backs, certain rotations, certain number of plays,” he said. “We have confidence in all our players. That’s why they’re here.”

Quarterback Philip Rivers leaned heavily on tight end Antonio Gates in the defeat of Seattle, connecting with him on three scoring passes that boosted Gates to AFC offensive player of the week recognition.

Gates has averaged one TD per game in four meetings with the Bills, and actually caught two when last the teams met – in a 37-10 Chargers win three seasons ago.

He’s got 13 catches and 177 yards to begin the 2014 season, which could make him a go-to again facing a Buffalo defense that’s yielded 16 catches for tight ends in two games, while QBs have compiled 590 aerial yards.

But while it’s been three years since they started 3-0 and 15 years since they last saw the playoffs, the Bills are handling a surprise unbeaten start (thanks to consecutive defeats of Chicago and Miami) with the mindset of a team that figured it’d be there all along.

In fact, with an offense that’s scored three touchdowns in 10 trips into the red zone – including one in six tries against the Dolphins, and five Dan Carpenter field goals – there’s still plenty to improve upon.

“It’s sad to just be kicking field goals. That’s something we have to fix,” rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins said, after scoring his first touchdown in a 12-yard catch and ending with eight receptions for 117 yards in his second NFL appearance.

Running back C.J. Spiller scored on a 102-yard kickoff return to headline a yeoman special teams effort, which also included a blocked punt and a recovery of kick that was muffed by the Dolphins return unit.

“How we played (Sunday) won’t win for us later in the season,” Buffalo guard Chris Williams said.

The defense has also held up its end, generating five opposition turnovers and recording six sacks. As a team, the Bills are up to fifth in the league against the run after two games – allowing 83 yards per week – a full 23 spots up from their 2013 finish at No. 28, allowing 128.9 yards per game.

The offense, meanwhile, is second-to-last in the league with 28 first downs and quarterback E.J. Manuel has averaged less than 200 yards per game through the air. Still, the second-year man from Florida State has been picked off just once and sacked just once through two weeks, after averaging nearly one interception and three sacks per game during 10 appearances in his injury mottled rookie season.

“You’re never going to be perfect, but the good thing is we’re still coming out with two wins versus two great teams,” Manuel said. “As long as we win, I’m happy.”

Another reason to hold the parade reservations in downtown Orchard Park, the Bills finished 6-10 after starting 3-0 in 2011 and wound up with a 7-9 mark after a heady 4-0 start in 2008.

“To sit here and say, ‘Oh, did we expect to have people give us credit?’ Not when you haven’t done anything for such a long period of time. I think we understand that,” Buffalo coach Doug Marrone said.

“We’ve got to get better each week. And really, all of our focus right now is the game that’s next, San Diego.”

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Keeping it Tight

Martellus Bennett and Charles Clay put up numbers against the Bills from the tight end slot in weeks one and two, so it stands to reason that a rejuvenated Gates might continue the stretch. Wideouts Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd figure to be the tasks of the cornerbacks, so Gates will probably be left to with rookie linebacker Preston Brown, who has 12 tackles and a fumble recovery in two games.

Grinding it Out

Limiting the effectiveness of Rivers and Co. gets a lot easier if the Chargers don’t have the ball. And keeping the Chargers from having the ball gets a lot easier if the Buffalo running game is able to get lanes cleared by a trenches- winning offensive line. Left guard Williams, who’s signed for four years and $13.5 million, plays a role in that and could use a rebound after a challenging day against the Dolphins.

OVERALL ANALYSIS

The Buffalo fans will claim it’s bias against the small market in Western New York, but the objective observer – while impressed with the Bills’ two wins – can still look and see holes when laid alongside a perceived AFC contender.

That’s no different this week, particularly with a Chargers team that went for 30 points and 377 yards against the best defense in football. Rivers gets it done here, too.

Sports Network predicted outcome: Chargers 24, Bills 20