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09/18/2014 10:02 PM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Official word coming out on Thursday that the Bills-Chargers game is sold out and the game will be on local TV. On paper it looks to be a good one - Bills 2-0, the Chargers 1-1, but they just knocked off the defending Super Bowl champs.

One big reason was the play of Antonio Gates. The 12-year veteran caught seven passes for 96 yards and three touchdowns versus Seattle. While Gates may be getting up there in years, he's proving he can still produce out on the field and is a player the Bills need to be aware of this Sunday.

"He’s just an unbelievable athlete with tremendous size and speed," linebacker Nigel Bradham said. "You’d think he’d slowed down a little bit with his age playing so long in the league, but he’s still got that same quick step and he still know how to use his body and he’s scoring. "

"He's been around a long time and you have to put your time in your film study and try to get whatever edge you can," linebacker Brandon Spikes said. "He's a dynamic playmaker and it's just a matter of time before he makes that crazy catch to change the game."


Updated 09/17/2014 01:47 PM Posted By: TWC News Staff
Rochester: Terry Pegula Speaks After Bills Bid Is Approved by NFL Finance Committee
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NEW YORK -- Kim and Terry Pegula's agreement to purchase the Buffalo Bills was unanimously approved Wednesday by the NFL's finance committee.

Terry Pegula spoke Wednesday afternoon, giving a short statement to reporters gathered outside league headquarters on Park Avenue in New York City.

"As you all know, for the last few months, we have been focused on acquiring the Buffalo Bills National Football League franchise, and we have passed the finance committee recommendation today," Terry Pegula said. "Our ownership approval has to be voted on October the 8th, with the full ownership of the league and that's basically all we can say.

As far as I'm concerned, we're not NFL owners until that vote is approved, and we will have no further comments. Thank you."

"I think it's always very important for people to wait until they own a franchise before they become a spokesman and the Pegulas have been very respectful of that," said NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman.

At least 24 out of 32 owners will have to vote for Pegula for final approval.

Last week, late owner Ralph Wilson Jr.'s estate accepted the Pegula's bid of $1.4 billion.

The NFL did state the Pegulas did or do need to address the conflict of interest the sports talent agency they own represents. A league official alluded that steps have already been taken, but did not want to speak for Terry Pegula.

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO ON THE NFL'S UNANIMOUS APPROVAL OF TERRY AND KIM PEGULA'S BID TO PURCHASE THE BUFFALO BILLS


“Today is yet another great day for Buffalo. Terry and Kim Pegula’s bid to purchase the Buffalo Bills has been a sign of hope for Western New York since it was first made public, and the NFL’s unanimous approval of their bid allows the Bills to remain where they belong. On behalf of all New Yorkers – and all of the many dedicated Bills fans who cheer them to victory game after game – I offer my congratulations to the Pegulas, the Bills, and the people of Buffalo on this important milestone.”

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair echoed the commissioner, saying the Bills will need a new facility in Buffalo at some point.

"You have to see that there's adequate community support and that's really the bottom line in any case," said Houston Texans owner Bob McNair. "We would like to see the team stay in Buffalo, I don't think there's any question about that. They do need a new facility and how they handle that will be very important."


09/17/2014 07:19 PM Posted By: Andy Young
Rochester: Bills Charging Ahead after Strong Start
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Bills 2-0 start surprised many who follow the NFL. And for a team that hasn't made the playoffs in 14 years, the message is clear: it's no time to start thinking about getting there just two games into the season.

"The guys have done a great job putting it in the past," said linebacker Brandon Spikes. "We enjoyed it. We've got a 24-hour rule and it was time to move on."

"This is a much different team than we've had before," added center Eric Wood. "At the same time you never want to be complacent and the coaches, the captains, everybody's done a good job of coming out and working each day."

"I've been 2-0 before. It isn't the first time for me, and then things go south fast if you don't pay attention to what you're doing," running back Fred Jackson said.

"That's why I keep putting it in the media and telling the guys in the room that's nothing," wide receiver Mike Williams said. "Two games of the season, we're glad we're 2-0 right now but we've got to focus on San Diego and the rest of the season. Them games is gone. No matter if we'd have been 0-2, we've got to drop them.

Two games and two wins now behind them, the Bills gear up for a strong San Diego Chargers team - one coming off a playoff appearance last season, and an impressive win last week against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

"This is a great opportunity for us to really see where we're at because this is a playoff team that has Super Bowl written all over them," said running back C.J. Spiller, who named AFC Special Teams player of the week for his 102-yard kickoff return touchdown against Miami. "This will be a great week to see where are as a team and our maturity level."

They get a ton of respect, but even before that they're a consistent playoff team," said quarterback EJ Manuel. "So I think this is a great matchup to kind of see and truly gague where we're at as a team. But I don't necessarily think we're looking at it as that. I think we're looking at it is they're our next opponent. We know they're a great team."

For the Bills, a win would be another step on the way to becoming a contender themselves.


09/16/2014 07:09 PM Posted By: Greg Vorse

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Bills are 2-0 for the first time since 2011, but there's still work to be done on the offensive side of the ball. Buffalo was one-for-six in the redzone in their win over the Dolphins Sunday, for the season, they're now just three-for-ten. Dan Carpenter leads the NFL with eight made field goals. Still, touchdown troubles need to be fixed moving forward.

"The Chicago one we were playing for the field goal to win the game. And then yesterday, there were three times in the redzone that right, wrong, or indifferent, I was playing conservative for the two score lead again. So we were playing to kick the field goals in that situation and not jeopardize that I felt we had in control. But you're absolutely right. That's not an excuse. We should still be performing better and that's one of the things, it's a long season and that's something we got to continue to work on," said head coach Doug Marrone.

"We just have to be more efficient. When you have an opportunity to hit touchdown passes, make sure you take advantage of them. And the biggest thing is to continue to get down there. Continue to move the ball down the field. Continue to be great on third down and we'll be in a good position as an offense," said quarterback EJ Manuel

The Bills making two roster moves Tuesday. They sign linebacker Larry Dean, he's played three seasons with the Vikings, mostly on special teams. The Bills also placing safety Jonathan Meeks on the reserve-injured list with a neck injury.


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