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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:44 am    Post subject: Preseason Week 3: Bills vs Steelers Game Day Thread Reply with quote

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Saturday, August 25th at 7:00 PM EDT - Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh


Buffalo Bills (0-2)


Safety Delano Howell tackles Minnesota tight end Allen Reisner

Preseason Team Rankings

Offense
Total Yards: 25th (268.0 yards/game)
Rushing Yards: 25th (84.0 yards/game)
Passing Yards: 17th (184.0 yards/game)
Points: 21st (10.0 points/game)

Defense
Total Yards Against: 22nd (337.0 yards/game)
Rushing Yards Against: 25th (123.5 yards/game)
Passing Yards Against: 16th-tied (213.5 yards/game)
Points Against: 20th-tied (21.5 points/game)

Differentials
Takeaway/Giveaway: 11th-tied (+0 turnovers)
Net Points: 29th (-23 points)

Preseason Team Leaders

Passing: Vince Young - 13/26 (50.0%) for 173 yards (6.7 yards/attempt) and 0 touchdowns to 0 interceptions (71.5 rating)
Rushing: Tashard Choice - 16 carries for 31 yards (1.9 yards/attempt) and 1 touchdown; 3 receptions for 18 yards
Receiving: T.J. Graham - 5 receptions for 106 yards (21.2 yards/reception)

Solo Tackles: Scott McKillop - 6 solo tackles (10 total);
Ron Brooks - 6 solo tackles (6 total), 3 passes defended and 1 interception
Sacks: Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Dwan Edwards - 1.0 sack each
Interceptions: Ron Brooks - 1 interception for 4 yards

Kicking: Rian Lindell - 2/3 field goals (66%), 2/2 extra points (100%)
Punting: Brian Moorman - 43.0 average on 8 punts, 42.4 net average, 4 punts inside the 20 (50%)
Kick Returns: Marcus Easley - 4 returns for 76 yards (19.0 average)
Punt Returns: Naaman Roosevelt - 3 returns for 34 yards (11.3 average)

Preseason Game Balls

Preseason Week 1: Ron Brooks
Preseason Week 2: Delano Howell

2011 AFC East Standings

1. (13-3) New England [5-1 DIV, 10-2 CONF]
2. (8-8) New York [3-3 DIV, 6-6 CONF]
3. (6-10) Miami [3-3 DIV, 5-7 CONF]
4. (6-10) Buffalo [1-5 DIV, 4-8 CONF]

Current Bills Depth Chart

Check out the Bills Forum Directory (always being updated) for a depth chart as well as recent Bills news and stories.

Bills Injury Report (updated 8/20, check back for updates)

Active PUP:
TE Mike Caussin (knee)

Status TBD:
WR David Nelson (knee)
TE Kevin Brock (shoulder)
C Eric Wood (knee)
RT Erik Pears (groin)
DT Torell Troup (back)
CB Terrence McGee (knee)
CB Justin Rogers (hamstring)
FS Josh Nesbitt (undisclosed)

Other Stats
  • The Bills are 8-12 all-time against the Steelers during the regular season
  • Kicker John Potter is 6/6 for getting touchbacks on kickoffs during the preseason


Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)


Jonathan Dwyer carried the ball 8 times for 43 yards last week against the Colts

Preseason Team Rankings

Offense
Total Yards: 18th (297.0 yards/game)
Rushing Yards: 7th-tied (138.5 yards/game)
Passing Yards: 26th (158.5 yards/game)
Points: 7th-tied (24.5 points/game)

Defense
Total Yards Against: 28th (361.5 yards/game)
Rushing Yards Against: 5th (79.5 yards/game)
Passing Yards Against: 31st (282.0 yards/game)
Points Against: 16th (24.0 points/game)

Differentials
Takeaway/Giveaway: 1st-tied (+3 turnovers)
Net Points: 18th (+1 points)

Preseason Team Leaders

Passing: Jerrod Johnson - 7/11 (63.6%) for 158 yards (14.4 yards/attempt) and 1 touchdown to 0 interceptions (137.5 rating); 6 carries for 37 yards (6.2 yards/attempt)
Rushing: Jonathan Dwyer - 10 carries for 83 yards (8.3 yards/attempt); 1 reception for -2 yards
Receiving: Antonio Brown - 4 receptions for 96 yards (24.0 yards/reception) and 1 touchdown

Solo Tackles: Marshall McFadden - 7 solo tackles (7 total)
Sacks: LaMarr Woodley, Steve McKendon - 1.0 sack each
Interceptions: Al Woods, Ike Taylor, Cortez Allen, Josh Victorian - 1 interception each

Kicking: Danny Hrapmann - 5/5 field goals (100%), 1/1 extra points (100%)
Punting: Drew Butler - 47.5 net average on 11 punts, 41.0 net average, 2 punts inside the 20 (18%)
Kick Returns: Chris Rainey - 2 returns for 43 yards (21.5 average)
Punt Returns: Chris Rainey - 3 returns for 20 yards (6.6 average)


Summary

Upcoming dates:

Aug 25: Preseason week 3 vs Pittsburgh (Kid's Day)
Aug 27: Roster reduction to 75 players
Aug 30: Preseason week 4 at Detroit
Aug 31: Roster reduction to 53 players
Sep 9: Week 1 opener against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium

Last week the Bills made some good improvements. The quarterback play was better from both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Vince Young. Young had a beautiful throw to rookie T.J. Graham for 64 yards. Young has outplayed Tyler Thigpen and has likely solidified the backup spot behind Fitzpatrick. Donald Jones caught a touchdown pass on a well-run route and a nice run after the catch. He seems to have solidified the number two receiver spot across from Steve Johnson. There are still some battles to watch to see how the Bills round out the remainder of their receiver corps. Bills fans will also continue to watch Cordy Glenn and Chris Hairston for the left tackle spot. Glenn seems to have the edge, but he must cut down on the penalties. The Buffalo defensive line finally came alive in week 2 of the preseason. On the first drive Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus each registered a sack. Defensive tackle Torrell Troup is in danger of being released due to injury. Both the starters and the depth at linebacker need to continue being watched. We have not seen much from this group during the preseason. In the secondary, rookies Ron Brooks and Delano Howell have each been having a great preseason. Rookie kicker John Potter is 6 of 6 for getting touchbacks off of kickoffs. Buffalo will be looking to continue to improve this week. This will be the final week for at least eight Bills players, as the first round of cuts will occur just three days after the Bills-Steelers game. What will you guys be looking for this week? I would like to see C.J. Spiller get more work, thus far he has 2 carries for -3 yards as well as 2 receptions for -3 yards.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glenn was named the starter already, JB. That competition is over.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

marshawn lynch wrote:
Glenn was named the starter already, JB. That competition is over.


Boom. I got a new topic on that lol
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really hope they show something this week. I hope to see the offense put together a real drive and look like everyone is on sync. For most teams this is a dress rehearsal before the first week. For Buffalo this is another chance for them to prove that this is not another middle of the pack season.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As expected, the game is sold out. Go Bills!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big test for us. Go Bills!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy to hear McGee and Rogers will be in the game. I think Rogers makes the team but with McGee's injury history I'm questionable on keeping him if he doesn't show something.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Preseason Week 3: Bills vs Steelers Game Day Thread Reply with quote

I wanna see Fitz and the offence come to play.

And I want better defence than last week, too.

Time is getting close to step up now boys.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Preseason Week 3: Bills vs Steelers Game Day Thread Reply with quote

Beaker wrote:
I wanna see Fitz and the offence come to play.

And I want better defence than last week, too.

Time is getting close to step up now boys.


Our defense was very vanilla against the Vikings. We were rushing four and dropping everyone into zone coverage. Vikings just threw underneath of it.
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Looks like Anderson is not playing tonight. Suddenly without Merriman and Anderson we look really thin at DE tonight.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steelers game day thread:

http://www.footballsfuture.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=496716
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marshawn lynch wrote:
Looks like Anderson is not playing tonight. Suddenly without Merriman and Anderson we look really thin at DE tonight.


Could be a good thing:

http://blogs.buffalobills.com/2012/08/25/3-man-race-for-4th-de-spot/
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Fitzpatrick and Young will be the only Bills quarterbacks taking snaps tonight. McGee and Rogers will play in the second half of the game.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bills inactives:

RB Johnny White (ankle)
RT Erik Pears (groin)
DE Mark Anderson (groin)
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Time to settle our #2 Wr battle. Hope TJ wins it.
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