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by Nate Davis, USA Today 9/16/14
Sammy Watkins, the rookie receiver the Bills bet the farm on in May's draft began paying dividends Sunday with an eight-catch, 117-yard effort that includes his first NFL TD. First-place Buffalo has to be the biggest early season surprise after its 2-0 start.

by Don Banks, 9/16/14
Coming off the bench, Kirk Cousins instantly looked comfortable in head coach Jay Gruden's version of the West Coast offense. He completed a crisp 22-of-33 passes for 250 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the team’s most explosive offensive showing since 2012.


Home Grown

by Sal Maiorana, Democrat and Chronicle 9/16/14
When the Bills signed Corey Graham as a free agent, they figured they were getting a competent nickel cornerback who could excel on special teams. Right now, what they have is a starting cornerback who can excel on special teams. Graham has been the Bills' best defensive player the first two weeks.

by Brandon Lee Gowton, SB Nation 9/16/14
Big, big jump for the Bills here. Wins over Chicago and Miami were quality victories. I'm not sure how the Bills are 2-0, but they are, so here you go.


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Our Contribution

NFL's Big Ugly Mess

by Bill Pucko, 9/15/14

It was called one of the worst weeks in the history of the National Football League.  And it had nothing to do with the games played on Sunday, which were typically compelling.
It is not our desire to rehash the sins of Ray Rice, Kevin Hardy and Adrian Peterson.  There are plenty of opinions being force fed out there.  Host Chris Berman of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown program had to play the role of psychologist while Tom Jackson, Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson and especially Cris Carter, got emotional while trying to see past Peterson's indictment for child abuse.
Things were so bad, so fast for the NFL that while still back pedaling Rice situation, trying to figure out who knew what and when, that a new and hastily launched domestic abuse policy was almost immediately tested when Peterson allegedly abused his son. 
It all made for a mess.  One big ugly mess.
Ironically the NFL didn't do Ray Rice any favors with his original two game suspension for punching and knocking out his wife.  Had the discipline been more in line with the crime, let's say a four game ban, a penalty which is routinely handed down for drug offenses, or six, which may have actually been considered extreme, the league could have diffused the situation long before it spiraled out of control.
Of course then there's the recording of the incident.  Which brings the question, does documentation of a crime make the crime any more serious?  Without the recently supplied video evidence, Rice would be preparing to play for the Baltimore Ravens this week.  With it he is both out of work and suspended indefinitely.  He's filed a grievance.  Do you blame him?
So it was with all that as a backdrop, the Buffalo Bills hosted Miami in a wildly anticipated game.  You felt almost dirty watching it.  Almost.



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 Raymond Summerlin, 9/16/14
Week 2 of the 2014 season was the most devastating week for injuries I can ever remember. Jamaal Charles, A.J. Green, Robert Griffin III, DeSean Jackson, Knowshon Moreno, Ryan Mathews, Eric Decker, Mark Ingram and many more suffered serious or potentially serious injuries. Most of those players will miss multiple weeks. It was brutal.

by Dave Richard, 9/15/14
No Fantasy season is ever over after two weeks, but if you drafted Jamaal Charles in Round 1, A.J. Green in Round 2 and spent picks on Ryan Mathews, DeSean Jackson, Knowshon Moreno and Robert Griffin III throughout the rest of your draft ... yeah. Not your week.