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by Chris Burke, 10/28/14
Sammy Watkins certainly is not the first -- and he won't be the last -- NFL player to prematurely celebrate a touchdown. Remember DeSean Jackson fumbling by dropping the ball shy of the goal line mid-celebration? Those other instances (or his 157-yard day) won't make the Bills' Rookie of the Year candidate feel any less foolish for his boneheaded error.

by Pat Forde, 10/28/14
The top two are pretty clear at present: undefeated Mississippi State (1) and Florida State (2). It’s finding the next two among the glut of one-loss teams from the power-five conferences that figures to be the hard part.


Home Grown

by John Wawrow, Associated Press 10/28/14
Recent history has shown that promising starts haven't translated into strong finishes for a franchise whose 14-season playoff drought is the NFL's longest active streak.

by Vic Carucci, Buffalo News 10/27/14
Doug Marrone pulled out the we-don’t-get-any-respect card, and his players – especially those on defense – were determined to show the oddsmakers and everyone else who doubted the Bills that they don’t have a clue as to what they’ve been watching through the first half of the season.


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Buffalo's Best Laid Plans

by Bill Pucko, 10/27/14

What a difference a year makes. 
It was week three in the 2013 NFL season when the Buffalo Bills played at the New York Jets.  That game was rightfully billed as a battle of the hot rookie quarterbacks.  Buffalo had surprised most draft experts by choosing Florida State's E.J. Manuel with the 16th pick of the first round in 2013.  The Jets made Geno Smith out of West Virginia the second quarterback chosen, using the 39th overall pick, the eighth of the second round.
They met for the first time that September 22nd.  Three games into their NFL careers, Smith had the better of the matchup.  Geno passed for 331 yards in a 27-20 New York victory.  His 69 yard scoring pass to Santonio Holmes won it in the fourth quarter.  Manuel  wasn't horrible, completing fewer than half his 42 passes for 243 yards, but Smith clearly looked the better quarterback.
Thirteen months later, Manuel is benched by Buffalo in favor of journeyman Kyle Orton.  Smith starts, but plays an almost unimaginably bad game and finds himself replaced by Michael Vick after only four possessions in the first quarter, three of which end with interceptions.  Smith has a quarterback rating of zero for the game. 
Neither is being regarded as the franchise savior anymore.
Kyle Orton is Buffalo's quarterback these days.  Orton is a fourth round pick out of Purdue in 2005.  Buffalo is his fifth NFL stop in his ten NFL seasons.  He hasn't much pedigree.  The 31 year old has played behind the likes of Rex Grossman, Chad Hutchinson, Tyler Palko, and Tim Tebow.  Orton is nothing if not a thick skinned survivor.
Since his late signing by Buffalo and unexpectedly early promotion, Orton has helped guide the Bills to three victories in four games.  He has nine touchdowns, three interceptions and doesn't beat himself.
The Bills head into their bye week with a 5-3 record.  There are only four teams in the AFC with better records.  This was not the original blueprint the Bills had for success.
From an 18th century poem by Robert Burns, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry."  Not always for the worse, as the Bills will happily attest.



from 5/21/14

Tyler Ennis' game likely would have benefited from another season or two in college, but as a possible lottery pick, he probably made the right decision from a financial standpoint.

from 5/20/14
Both Toronto and Minnesota jumped five places this week, with the Blue Jays continuing an impressive rise up the rankings. Toronto is the only team in the AL East with a positive run differential, thanks in large part to the division's best offense -- the Blue Jays have scored the third-most runs in the AL and lead the league in home runs.



by Alex Gelhar, 10/28/14
This piece is here to try and help you get ahead of the competition, or find gems in deep leagues. Of course, for each of those successes, I recommend a Chad Henne-type. Welp, you can't win them all. Let's hope we can find a winner in this crop below.

by Jamie Eisenberg, 10/27/14
The best thing about Roethlisberger is he's found another weapon in Martavis Bryant, who had five catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets and has now scored three touchdowns in his past two games. Make sure you add Bryant off waivers this week, and he's owned in just 7 percent of leagues on