2:14 PM EDT, Fri September 21, 2018
Buffalo Rumblings 40 mins ago
Injury update: Shaq Lawson will miss second straight week

Injury update: Shaq Lawson will miss second straight week

LeSean McCoy wasn’t ruled out just yet. Speaking with the media on Friday, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott announced that injured defensive end Shaq Lawson will be forced to miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Lawson did not practice on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday as he recovers from a hamstring strain. That type of injury can linger for weeks before a player’s back in game condition, so that news isn’t surprising. Trent Murphy, Eddie Yarbrough, and Nate Orchard will step up in the meantime. Phillip Gaines (elbow), Taron Johnson (shoulder), and Ray-Ray...
Buffalo Rumblings 3 hours ago
Five Questions with Daily Norseman

Five Questions with Daily Norseman

We asked our friends for the Vikings scouting report. For Week 3 of the regular season, the Buffalo Bills travel to Minnesota to take on the Minnesota Vikings. Buffalo is still looking for their first win on the season, while the Vikings are looking to bounce back from a Week 2 tie against the Green Bay Packers. We talked to Christopher Gates from Daily Norseman for the scouting report on the Vikings. Ties are weird, man. 1) How is the team feeling after a disappointing tie to the Packers? It’s always difficult, at least for me personally, to know just how to feel after a tie. This one...
Buffalo Rumblings 3 hours ago
Kelvin Benjamin says he’s “all go” against Minnesota

Kelvin Benjamin says he’s “all go” against Minnesota

Buffalo’s No. 1 wideout says his hip injury hasn’t affected him at all this week If the Buffalo Bills (0-2) are to pull off the HUGE upset Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings (1-0-1) in Minneapolis, the offense is going to have to find a way to score points against a talented Vikings’ defense. When prized rookie quarterback Josh Allen directs the Bills offense onto the field, he should have the full services of Kelvin Benjamin, the team’s number one wide receiver. Benjamin, who was limited in practice Wednesday with a hip injury, returned to the practice field Thursday as a full...
Buffalo Rumblings 5 hours ago
What do you mean there’s nothing to do in Buffalo?

What do you mean there’s nothing to do in Buffalo?

In case you haven’t heard, former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews thinks that Buffalo is a pretty boring place: Jordan Matthews said he’s a father now because of his year in Buffalo. “There wasn’t anything to do there but each other.” — Les Bowen (@LesBowen) September 19, 2018 “There wasn’t anything to do there but each other.” Of course, we have to disagree with him. Buffalo, NY and its surrounding areas have plenty of things to do, both indoors and outdoors, whether you’re adventurous or looking for a place to relax and have some drinks. But, don’t...
Buffalo Rumblings 6 hours ago
All-22 analysis: Lorenzo Alexander an early bright spot

All-22 analysis: Lorenzo Alexander an early bright spot

Let’s take a peek at how Lorenzo Alexander fits into the Buffalo Bills’ 2018 defense As one of the elder statesmen of the Buffalo Bills, Lorenzo Alexander’s role heading into 2018 was widely felt by many to be primarily a locker room leader. Through two games, Alexander is making it loud and clear there’s gas left in the tank. Let’s check in on one of the brighter spots so far in the 2018 season. Play 1 While the result of the play was a positive for the Baltimore Ravens, Alexander still had an excellent rep. Subtle hand-fighting technique and hustle led to a...
Buffalo Rumblings 7 hours ago
Bills Links, 9/21: Can the defense get on track?

Bills Links, 9/21: Can the defense get on track?

The Bills face another tough test on Sunday The Buffalo Bills defense will face another potent offense on Sunday as the team hits the road to take on the Minnesota Vikings. Today’s links feature a discussion on the latest episode of The Bills Beat podcast, breaking down Sean McDermott’s defense. It’s an incredibly tough match-up in Minnesota, as discussed by Joe Buscaglia and Matthew Fairburn. The daily links also include plenty of updates on Josh Allen, LeSean McCoy, the latest Buffalo Rumblings podcast and much more. Does the defense have potential to improve? - The Bills Beat with...
Behind the Steel Curtain 8 hours ago
A message from BTSC’s Community Manager to our loyal followers

A message from BTSC’s Community Manager to our loyal followers

With the season not even a quarter of the way over, it’s time to get on the same page regarding moderation, guidelines, etc. The horrendous start to the 2018 Pittsburgh Steelers’ season has once again brought out the worst in some of us here at Behind The Steel Curtain. I want to apologize to the faithful who come here on a daily basis to get their news and to talk Steelers Football in a reasonable and civil manner. I’ll try to do a better job. I want to address the members who show up out of nowhere when the Steelers are playing poorly, and then disappear just as fast when the team...
Buffalo Rumblings 22 hours ago
Bills fantasy football: Ivory could be a flex sleeper

Bills fantasy football: Ivory could be a flex sleeper

If LeSean McCoy is injured or continues his struggles, it could be the other veteran who has the big day If you’re a fantasy football player who is still looking to play Buffalo Bills players in your lineup, allow me to congratulate you on your extreme fandom. The Bills aren’t exactly a hotbed for fantasy studs right now, but there are some players on the roster who could sneak up and have big weeks under the right circumstances. In this week’s fantasy football preview, we’ll see some of the usual suspects, but there might be one player who could surprise if given the opportunity....
Buffalo Rumblings 23 hours ago
Bills opponent fantasy preview: WR Thielen the weapon to watch

Bills opponent fantasy preview: WR Thielen the weapon to watch

Tre’Davious White can only guard one receiver, much to Buffalo’s dismay The Minnesota Vikings host the Buffalo Bills this week, with the former fresh off a 29-all tie against the Green Bay Packers, and the latter coming off a 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Vikings’ high-octane offense comes in fifth overall in total yards per game (411.5) and tenth overall in points per game (26.5). With the Bills’ defense allowing 359 total yards per game (18th) and 39 points per game (T-32nd), this has all the makings of a great fantasy match-up for any Viking player. While players...
Antonio Brown speaks his truth: ‘I’m pissed off, we’re losing, we suck’

Antonio Brown speaks his truth: ‘I’m pissed off, we’re losing, we suck’

The Steelers troubled wide receiver spoke to the media on Thursday and he did not hold back about his feelings After a troubling 48 hours that saw Antonio Brown arguing with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner on Sunday, followed by a no-show at practice on Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver was reportedly disciplined for his actions by Mike Tomlin. While the Steelers’ coach would not say what transpired between him and his player, Tomlin did suggest Brown might be more forthcoming when he addressed the media on Thursday. In front of an army of reporters waiting for him, No.84...
Buffalo Rumblings Sep 20, 2018
Podcast: Previewing Bills vs. Vikings and Week 3 with Daily Norseman

Podcast: Previewing Bills vs. Vikings and Week 3 with Daily Norseman

The Bills enter as 16.5-point underdogs. What can Buffalo do to pull the upset? The Buffalo Bills (0-2) are still looking for their first win of the 2018 NFL season after a pair of disappointing losses to open up the season. The road to that first win doesn’t get any easier Sunday, as the Bills travel to Minneapolis for a showdown with the reigning NFC North champion Minnesota Vikings (1-0-1). Our latest edition of the Buffalo Rumblings Podcast has you covered with everything you need to know to get ready for the game between the Bills and the Vikings. Each week during the regular...
Buffalo Rumblings Sep 20, 2018
FanPulse: Bills, Vikings fans telling bettors to take Buffalo

FanPulse: Bills, Vikings fans telling bettors to take Buffalo

Bills fans are predicting a loss, but not a crushing loss. Buffalo Bills fans think their team is going to lose this weekend. Minnesota Vikings fans think their team is going to win this weekend. Vegas odds have the game as a huge blowout, but most fans think it’ll be closer than the oddsmakers predict. Depending on where you look, the Bills are either 16.5 or 17-point underdogs this Sunday, the second-highest number in more than a decade for Josh Allen’s second career start. Vikings fans are saying “take the under”. In this week’s FanPulse polling, our readers over at The Daily...
Buffalo Rumblings Sep 20, 2018
Allen faces a daunting task in Vikings defense

Allen faces a daunting task in Vikings defense

Head coach Mike Zimmer’s defenses have shut down rookie quarterbacks The Buffalo Bills are reeling coming off a pair of losses to open the season, and while Buffalo is looking to shock the football world Sunday with a win over the reigning NFC North champion Minnesota Vikings, the Las Vegas oddsmakers don’t like Buffalo’s chances. Buffalo (0-2) opened as a 16.5-point underdog vs. Minnesota, a disparity that is the second-biggest between two teams dating back to the 2003 season. The road to that first win doesn’t get any easier Sunday, as the Bills travel to U.S. Bank Stadium in...
Buffalo Rumblings Sep 20, 2018
Bills vs. Vikings: broadcast map

Bills vs. Vikings: broadcast map

Somehow, this game drew CBS’ No. 1 broadcast team! For the Buffalo Bills (0-2), a trip north to face the reigning NFC North champion Minnesota Vikings (1-0-1) certainly isn’t the ideal remedy to bring Buffalo’s 2018 season back on track. But after showing enough glimpses of his potential in Week 2’s 31-20 home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, rookie quarterback Josh Allen will have his first chance to showcase his prolific arm and athleticism before a national audience. Sunday’s 1 p.m. Eastern game between the Bills and Vikings marks the first time Allen and the Bills will take...
Buffalo Rumblings Sep 20, 2018
Josh Allen’s arm strength is as advertised

Josh Allen’s arm strength is as advertised

We set the stage for throwing velocity analysis of Josh Allen Not too long ago, we discussed throwing velocity on sideline passes. Understandably, there was some disappointment that no actual velocities were calculated. I promised to rectify that issue when All-22 angles were available. As was hopefully demonstrated before, the broadcast angles make it very difficult to determine the exact spot of the ball in many cases. Good news everyone! The All-22 is out and we can set the stage for accurate velocity determinations. Let’s select a Josh Allen play and check out the broadcast angle. ...
Buffalo Rumblings Sep 20, 2018
Film analysis: Bills defense a work in progress

Film analysis: Bills defense a work in progress

Philip Rivers put on a clinic against Buffalo’s defense. For six quarters of the season, the Buffalo Bills defense looked like an FCS program invited to open the season against Ohio State. They were a movable object facing an unstoppable force. Eventually, the team tightened up and turned a 28-3 blowout into a 31-20 respectable loss. How did the defense fall behind the curve against the Los Angeles Chargers, and did they return to form? Points above expected on passing plays (yellow) and running plays (gray) by the Los Angeles Chargers The above graph illustrates the...
Buffalo Rumblings Sep 20, 2018
Notes from the o-line: Bills vs Chargers

Notes from the o-line: Bills vs Chargers

Our weekly series continues with offensive-line analysis from Sunday’s game against the Chargers The Buffalo Bills fell to the Los Angeles Chargers 31-20 in Week 2. As to be expected with a team in transition, there were some good and bad things that happened Sunday. Below, I walk us through each drive of the first half and a couple plays into the third quarter. My time was limited, but I was able to glean a few determinations about the line, which I discuss at the end. Drive One (0-0) 1st and 10 ( LeSean McCoy rush for no gain) What ruined this play was Kelvin Benjamin not being fast...
Buffalo Rumblings Sep 20, 2018
Bills Links, 9/20: Josh Allen meets with the media

Bills Links, 9/20: Josh Allen meets with the media

The rookie QB talked about his first NFL start on Wednesday Josh Allen spent some time with the media on Wednesday afternoon, answering questions about his first start with the Buffalo Bills. The video is available below, along with LeSean McCoy’s press conference, courtesy of BuffaloBills.com. Today’s links also include updates on Vlad Ducasse, Vontae Davis, Shaq Lawson,and much more. Check back with Buffalo Rumblings for all of the latest updates heading into Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Josh Allen: “Whatever Helps Us Win Football Games” -...
10 Things I think I thought after the Steelers’ horrible Week 2 loss to the Chiefs

10 Things I think I thought after the Steelers’ horrible Week 2 loss to the Chiefs

Enjoy this after the debacle at Heinz Field. Still no local broadcast of the game where I live, so I was back at a wings joint. I won’t mention which one, but it rhymes with Ruffalo Child Sings. Let’s get to it. Watching this game would have been painful and unpleasant had I not had my beloved wife with me. Before their fourth touchdown was taken off the board, it looked like we would be down 28-0 in the first quarter, which must be a first in Steeler history, if not NFL history. Extrapolated out that would have been a 112-0 game. Keith Butler must be the Bob Dole of defensive...

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