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Chargers Bills Thread (Not a Gameday Thread)

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  1. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    Since we do not have a BILLS thread, here is one for us to put articles and whatever.

    Like it. :icon_mrgreen:

    http://www.wivb.com/Global/story.asp?S=5748136&nav=menu41_4_2

    Peck's Preview

    Buffalo Bills vs. San Diego Chargers

    Nov 29, 2006 08:34 PM PST

    Peck’s Preview L.T. as in T.D. S.D. as in “S-ertain Defeat.” All right, that was a stretch. But it’s the setup for Sunday’s game. Can the Bills beat the Chargers, the hottest team in the NFL? Can they stop LaDainian Tomlinson, the hottest running back in the NFL? The matchups are not good for Buffalo. L.T. vs. the Bills run defense. Buffalo’s offensive line vs. the NFL’s best pass rushing team. But the Bills are playing good, opportunistic football. The Chargers have to travel east, play in the cold and keep their minds off a divisional showdown with Denver next week. Upset? Lets take a look at the possibilities.

    Bills Offense vs. Chargers Defense

    For the first time in 34 games, a Bills quarterback was not sacked. That happened Sunday vs. the Jaguars. It likely will not happen against the Chargers. Shorter passes, quicker throws and improved play from the offensive line have a lot to do with it. Duke Preston pointed out that the Bills are staying out of 3rd and longs (just 4 vs. Jacksonville), and that helps keep drives alive and quarterbacks alive. But here come the Chargers, who’s 41 sacks lead the league. Shawne Merriman is back from his suspension, and he’ll be raring to go. His 8.5 sacks in the NFL’s top ten. On the other side of the San Diego 3-4 defense is the other outside linebacker, Shaun Phillips. He leads the AFC with 9.5 sacks. The Bills have been good about helping out right tackle Terrance Pennington with a back or a tight end. But can they do that on both sides? Can they help Pennington block Merriman, and leave Phillips with man blocking on the other side? If they keep backs or tight ends to help, who’s out there to catch Losman’s passes? If defensive end Luis Castillo returns from an ankle injury, he’ll be a load for Duke Preston at right guard. The Chargers Wade Philllips-led defense is 9th in the NFL, slightly better against the run than the pass. San Diego’s pass defense has always been a little suspect. If veteran safety Marlon McCree can’t play, it will be worse. If Losman can get time, he should be able to look for Lee Evans in matchups with corners Quentin Jammer and Drayton Florence. Bills Defense vs. Chargers Offense

    In their last two games, both wins, the Bills defense gave up 188 and 207 yards rushing. Who did it? Wali Lundy, Samkon Gado, Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew. So what will LaDainian Tomlinson do against them? He’s had 5 straight games of 100 yards rushing. In those games, he’s scored 14 touchdowns. His 24 touchdowns this season are four away from Shaun Alexanders’s NFL record. He could get all four of those Sunday. The Bills say missed tackles and missed assignments are the reasons for their 26th ranking in run defense. But I don’t know if those problems can be solved in one week. One way to try would mean loading up the line of scrimmage. Dick Jauron joked that they’d put “12 in the box” if they could. While its not usually the style of a Tampa 2 defense to put a safety near the line, the Bills have no choice. But then that means single coverage on Antonio Gates and the Chargers receivers. Remember what Gates did to Buffalo last year? Big problem. I would expect the Bills to use some of that four linebacker formation we’ve seen. When the Chargers use two tight ends, expect Keith Ellison or Coy Wire on the field. Watch for Phillip Rivers to look for Gates.

    Special Teams

    Regular kick returner Michael Turner was hurt last week, so what happened? Antonio Cromartie took one back 91 yards. The Chargers return game is dangerous, and good test for the Bills. The San Diego coverage units are just average, and that could put Terrence McGee and Roscoe Parrish in position to help the offense. How good is the Chargers red zone offense? Nate Kaeding hasn’t tried a field goal since November 5. If he does have to kick it, Kaeding is very good. This could be a kick-off for the AFC punter spot at the Pro Bowl. Mike Scifres has been the first or second alternate the last two years.


    Prediction .................

    IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE PREDICTION, YOU WILL NEED TO CLICK ON THE FREAKING LINK
     
  2. Thumper

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    Wow! Even Buffalo's local media has conceded the win to the Chargers. :thumbup:
     
  3. Johnny Lightning

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    Bills run defense faces tough test in stopping TomlinsonBy JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer
    November 29, 2006

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- After spending hours poring over game tape to determine how opponents have attempted to stop LaDainian Tomlinson, Bills coach Dick Jauron arrived at a troubling conclusion.
    "We'll try the things that everybody else has tried," Jauron said Wednesday. "Everybody plays an eight-man front against this team. And if they could play a 12-man front, they'd do that, too."
    Of course, 12 players would be one more than the NFL allows.
    Jauron added: "I'm not certain if that would work." Not much has worked against Tomlinson this season -- he's the league's most dangerous offensive threat

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AqMcJTK7KrJJZ3cha97nEVR.2bYF?slug=ap-bills-stoppingtomlinson&prov=ap&type=lgns
     
  4. Johnny Lightning

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    Team Report: Inside Slant

    Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Perry Fewell hasn't been sleeping well lately. And given the challenge he and his unit face next, he may not sleep at all this week. The Bills (5-6), riding their first two-game winning streak under coach Dick Jauron, host the red-hot San Diego Chargers (9-2) and NFL Most Valuable Player candidate LaDainian Tomlinson at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday needing a win to keep their slim wild-card playoff hopes alive. Full Story
     
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    Team Report: Notes and Quotes

    Buffalo's two-game winning streak has the Bills in the general vicinity of the AFC wild-card race, but at 5-6 with teams like Kansas City (7-4) and Denver (7-4) ahead of them, players and coaches know their margin for error is small. In fact, the Bills' final schedule is third toughest among AFC playoff contenders with their final opponents a combined 33-22 (.600). Only Miami at 35-20 (.636) and Jacksonville at 34-21 (.618) have tougher finishes. Said coach Dick Jauron: "The playoff situation, the only way we can affect it is to win this week and not worry about anything else. And the more we think about anything else, the more we're not thinking about this week. And this is the only game that matters to us."

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/teamReport?categoryId=67039&type=NotesAndQuotes
     
  6. Trumpet_Man

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    http://www.democratandchronicle.com...?AID=/20061130/SPORTS03/611300350/1007/SPORTS

    November 30, 2006

    Even McGahee admits Tomlinson is great

    Leo Roth
    Staff writer

    ORCHARD PARK — With a league-leading 1,602 all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns overall, San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson is putting together a season that will very likely be capped with the NFL's Most Valuable Player award.

    Is Willis McGahee, his ever-confident Buffalo Bills peer, ready to concede that L.T. is the best back out there? Well, sort of.

    "He's up there. Going by the stats, he's like No. 3 in rushing, but he is one of the best in this league," McGahee said on Wednesday
    as the Bills (5-6) began serious preparations for Sunday's showdown against the Chargers (9-2).

    Tomlinson is third in rushing with 1,146 yards and needs just 54 to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson as the only players in history to post at least 1,200 yards rushing in his first six seasons. Meanwhile, Tomlinson, who has tallied touchdowns running, passing and catching this season, needs just five more to break Shaun Alexander's single-season NFL record of 28 established just one year ago.

    McGahee, who made a dramatic return to Buffalo's lineup Sunday after missing two games with three broken ribs, has just three touchdowns and two came last week against Jacksonville.

    "He has 21 (rushing) touchdowns," McGahee said of Tomlinson.

    "That's hard to do in the NFL. I'm struggling to get five."

    With 642 yards rushing, McGahee will need to average 112 per game over his final five games to top 1,200 yards for a second consecutive season. Last year, he made a ruckus when he pronounced himself the NFL's best back, then proceeded to top 100 yards just twice in his final 10 games.

    In a head-to-head matchup with Tomlinson last season in San Diego, McGahee was held to 39 yards on 10 carries while L.T. gained 67 yards and scored a touchdown on 19 carries during a 48-10 Chargers' win.

    In a conference call, Tomlinson said he didn't take any offense last year to McGahee's headline-stealing expression of self-confidence.

    "First off, if you don't think you're the best in what you do then you're already failing," Tomlinson said.

    "Any running back is supposed to think they're the best at what they do. That's how we're built as athletes and competitors. So I definitely understand what Willis was saying. You have to think that way. He should think that way."

    McGahee said he doesn't view Sunday's game as a personal duel between him and Tomlinson, even though their games will be compared.

    "No, I want to watch him play, to tell you the truth," he said.

    McGahee's ribs are still very tender and he won't practice much if at all this week to get more rest.

    "It's something that won't heal until the season is over," McGahee said.

    "My body is in shock therapy right now. I felt OK the next day after the game but it kicked in on (Tuesday)."

    No fan of Chargers: Even though Bills guard Duke Preston grew up in San Diego and his father, Ray, who starred at Syracuse, played linebacker for the Chargers from 1976-84, he's no fan of the bolts. In fact, he's a fan of their AFC West rival, Denver.

    "My father played for the Chargers but whenever you get cut and don't leave on your own terms, you don't have the same love for them," said Duke, who was 3 years old when his father's career with San Diego ended. "He's fond of San Diego but watching all of his old tapes, and seeing him play Denver, I guess I became a Broncos fan after he was cut."

    Extra points: Bills punt return specialist Roscoe Parrish, whose 82-yard return for a touchdown against the Jaguars was the third-longest in club history, was named AFC special teams player of the week. Parrish leads the NFL in punt return average at 13.9, which is currently best in team history. Keith Moody averaged 13.07 yards in 1977. ... San Diego remains Buffalo Bills West with no fewer than eight former Bills holding front office, coaching or scouting positions with the Chargers. They include GM A.J. Smith and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. ... The Chargers offense, No. 1 in the NFL in scoring, has produced a touchdown on a team-record 19 consecutive scoring drives. Incredibly, their last field-goal attempt was four games ago against Cleveland.
     
  7. Trumpet_Man

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    http://www.billsinsider.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=11078

    X's and O's: How the Bills can stop LT and the potent Chargers offense

    By Bills Insider Coach Sal Capaccio

    If the Buffalo Bills have any chance of slowing down the San Diego Chargers offense this weekend at Ralph Wilson Stadium, they may want to take a look at what the Oakland Raiders were able to do to the fifth ranked unit in the league (2nd rush; 13th pass) last week. Well, what they were able to do for three quarters, at least.

    After bottling up superstar running back LaDainian Tomlinson and virtually shutting down young quarterback Philip Rivers for the first 45-minutes of the football game, the Bolts were finally able to find a way to break through the Raiders defense with some big plays and score enough points to win.

    It was a great case study for the Bills coaching staff. And it was something I took a good look at myself. I looked at every offensive play run by the Chargers and how the Oakland defense played it. I concentrated on pre-snap positioning, blitzes, stunts, and coverages. I wanted to know: how'd they do it? What exactly did the Raiders do that was so successful against San Diego most of the afternoon? And most importantly, will the Bills be able to have the same success the whole game that Oakland did through three quarters? The answer to what Oakland did is actually quite simple. But as Marv Levy often says, "Just because something is simple, doesn't mean it's easy."

    Let's take the Chargers running game first and how Oakland approached it. The Raiders play a base 4-3. They used their base front-4 the entire football game. However, they often brought another player into the box to create an 8-man front. Nothing earth-shattering here. LT is a stud, and many teams employ eight in the box in order to stop him. But Oakland didn't do this on every play. In fact, on most plays, the Raiders stayed with only seven in the box at the pre-snap read, then either stayed with that or brought a defensive back in after the ball was snapped (more on that later). So, pre-snap look was usually balanced up. Straight 4-3, sometimes 4-4. It's important to note that when the eighth man was used, he very rarely played "level-1" (along the DL), and was almost exclusively used as a "level-2" (LB-depth) player.

    So, what happened after the ball was snapped? Lots of blitzes? Stunts? Dropping defensive linemen into zone coverage? The answer is "none of the above." See, I told you it was simple.

    First, the front-4. They simply stayed active, worked hard, and tried to disrupt as much as possible from their natural positions and in their natural gaps. There was very little stunting going on. However, their defensive ends, Tyler Brayton and Derrick Burgess, stayed tighter than what I would call "normal" for a DE pursuit or rush. They didn't fly upfield in most situations and didn't take very wide angles. In coaching we call this, "squezing the whole down." This, along with Warren Sapp and Tommy Kelly staying active in the middle, really clogged up the middle of the football field.

    As well as there was little stunting, there was also very little blitzing by the Raiders linebackers. Sam Williams, Kirk Morrison, and Thomas Howard did not blitz to a pre-determined gap. However, what they did do, and what I believe was the single biggest factor in shutting down the Chargers run game for three quarters, was take terrific angles, and then “pursue, pursue, pursue,” as soon as they read "run."

    So, with the DL bottling up the middle, the Raiders were able to force LT to bounce runs to the outside. There, with a combination of discipline and speed by the LBers, Tomlinson's runs were continually strung out and he could not turn the corner. In fact, in the third and fourth quarters, Tomlinson was forced out of bounds four different times on runs. But the linebackers didn’t do it alone. They had help from the obvious suspects. Free Safety Stuart Schweigert and Strong Safety Michael Huff did not spend a lot of time in the box before the snap (as mentioned), but did fly up from both their safety positions for immediate run support. Yes, they often sacrificed their coverage assignments by doing this, but they didn't vacate their assignments until LT had the ball in his hands. The problem, of course, occurred in the fourth quarter, when Tomlinson exposed this tactic. He received the ball, the safeties committed to him, and he simply threw it over the top of them for an easy touchdown to Antonio Gates.

    The other problem the Raiders defense ran into in the fourth quarter was the intelligence and patience of the Chargers running game and LT specifically. When a defense attacks their first read, and does so with a lot of speed and aggressiveness, of course they always run the danger of over-pursuing and creating backside running lanes. That's exactly what happened in the fourth quarter when LT gained 66 of his 109 yards. But he waited until the right time to take advantage of that over-pursuit. He waited until the Raiders were feeling good about themselves and the job they had done on him and his offense, because that’s when they became even more aggressive. And he waited until he could put a dagger into Oakland’s hearts and there was not enough time left for them to recover and adjust.

    So how about that Chargers passing game, which has really heated up the last two months under Philip Rivers? Again, it was simple.

    The Raiders began a lot of plays by lining up in coverages they did not use after the snap of the ball. They disguised what they were going to do by showing a different look to Rivers, then changing at the snap of the football. Sometimes (as mentioned), a safety or cornerback would come into the run box before the snap. But he would usually back off and get into coverage immediately after the snap. Sometimes that coverage was the flats; sometimes it was a curl zone. So, Rivers really never got a good feel of what Oakland was doing or where the defensive backs would be once he dropped back.

    On most plays, Oakland’s two cornerbacks, Fabian Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha, played very aggressively on the Chargers wideouts. Whether they played up close to them or backed off a few yards, after the ball was snapped, they really got into them very well and were right on top of them on almost every play, jumping routes and hitting them as soon as the ball arrived. And, of course, by doing this, the Raiders allowed their safeties that freedom they needed to come up in run support and concentrate on Tomlinson.

    Now, finally, the ultimate question: Can the Bills follow this blueprint and have the same success as the Raiders, but for a full four quarters?

    The Bills have some of the best speed at the linebacker position in the NFL. So, Takeo Spikes, Angelo Crowell, and London Fletcher should have no problem flying to the ball, as long as they take proper angles.

    The Bills have one terrific corner in Nate Clements, who’s played maybe the most inspired football of his career the past three weeks, and another very good corner in Terrence McGee, who’s recovered from a slow start to be a solid man-to-man defender as of late.

    The Bills have a nickle-back in Kiwaukee Thomas who does a very good job on opponents’ number-three and four receivers when called upon.

    The Bills have two rookie safeties in Donte Whitner and Ko Simpson who are fast, intelligent, and aren’t afraid to get involved in run support and are often asked to do it. It’s not asking them to step out of character.

    The Bills front-4, however, is small. In order to bottle up the middle of the field, they’ll have to play bigger than they are. And the Buffalo coaching staff will have to do a good job of rotating bodies in and out of the game to keep them fresh so they can stay active. Also, the DE's will have to sqeeze those wholes down so they do not allow for too many running lanes in between the tackles. If they are unable to force LaDainian Tomlinson to the outside and have linebackers awaiting him there, it will certainly be a long, cold day in Orchard Park

    However, if the Bills are able to follow the blueprint the Raiders laid out, force Tomlinson to the outside, and let their linebackers play sideline-to-sideline, there could be an early Christmas present awaiting Bills fans Sunday in Western New York titled “upset.”.

    Talk about this story on The Buffalo Range message board
     
  8. Alpenbolt

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    Lets get some payback for '64 and '65. How the hell did we lose to those guy and only score 7 points with Bambi and that offense?
     
  9. Johnny Lightning

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    There is a lot of sheet to read here :yes:


    GO BOLTS !!!


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  10. Johnny Lightning

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    Nice Articles Trumpet Man :tup:

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  11. Johnny Lightning

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    There still were 8,900 tickets left for Sunday's game, meaning it is expected to be the second straight game blacked out for local TV.

    Bills fans suck :icon_finger:
     
  12. Johnny Lightning

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    http://www.buffalobills.com/news/news.jsp?news_id=4450

    ORCHARD PARK, NY - Please be advised that the Buffalo Bills-San Diego Chargers game this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium is not sold out and will not be televised locally.

    Sunday’s game will mark just the third blackout in the past 30 regular season home games for the Buffalo Bills.

    Approximately 8,700 tickets remain and can be purchased in person at the Ralph Wilson Stadium box office, The Bills Store in the Eastview Mall in Rochester, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are also available online as well as via telephone by calling 1-877-BB-TICKS and 716-649-0015.



    Though not televised, the game can be heard in Buffalo on 97 Rock (96.9 FM) and 103.3 The Edge (103.3 FM) and in Rochester on WCMF (96.5 FM). It can also be heard throughout the region on the Bills Radio Network.


    Bills fans still suck :icon_finger:


    Just in case somebody wants to buy tickets and go to game.
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  13. Shamrock

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    Even McGahee admits Tomlinson is great - Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle

     
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    'Lights Out' Merriman ready to flip switch - Buffalo News
    L.T., the touchdown MACHINE - Buffalo News

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    Bills vs. Chargers Blacked Out - BuffaloBills.com

    X's and O's: How the Bills can stop LT and the potent Chargers offense - Buffalo Bills Insider



    Bills better find a run defense, and quick - Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle

    Soft yards won't be so forgiving with Tomlinson coming to town

    Bills' revamped line has silenced critics - Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle

    Visiting Chargers present a stiff challenge
     
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    I really hope Rivers bounces back this week and spreads the ball around a little bit. LT is great but I'd like to keep him as fresh as possible for January. That and I want domination for sixty minutes so there can be no doubt about who daddy is. I had a chiatty feeling all week last week about that Raiders game and I couldn't shake it. This week I feel like we should get back to form and knock some fuggers out. I'm excited for this game. :bolt:
     
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    1. Too much Cookie Gilchrist.
    2. RLB Ralph Stratton knocked Keith Lincoln out early with a tackle that Lincoln still prolly feels today.
    3. See #1.
     
  17. Johnny Lightning

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    Chargers-Bills Preview
    LaDainian Tomlinson and Philip Rivers have powered the NFL's most potent offense during the San Diego Chargers' five-game winning streak. Now Shawne Merriman returns to help a defense that has struggled at times during the team's run. Merriman, the 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, will be back from a four-game suspension as the first-place Chargers (9-2) try for their longest winning streak in two seasons when they take on the Buffalo Bills (5-6) on Sunday.
    Full Story
     
  18. megold0715

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    im not thinking of any team as weak till we win the superbowl then ill say they were all weak lol,go bolts maybe well hook up sunday if not ill see you next sat at the airport i bleed blue and gold
     
  19. PA Bills

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    1. Gilchrist was traded to Denver before the 1965 season. Buffalo rushing attempts in the '65 championship game were split between Wray Carlton and Billy Joe.
    2. MIKE Stratton, #58 in your program. (You're probably right about Lincoln, though. Brutal hit.)
    3. In that '65 shutout, the Bills doubled Alworth and blitzed Hadl like crazy. Here's a good writeup of that game:
    http://www.billsbackers.com/122665.htm

    Considering that the Chargers are averaging 60,000+/game for only the fourth time in franchise history, (as opposed to the Bills, who haven't averaged under 60K since the 1987 strike season), and that Buffalo's average home attendance this year eclipses the Qualcomm stadium record, you may want to rethink that statement:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/attendance

    Glass houses, and all that. Our alleged suckitude is open to debate, but you might not want to do so based on attendance data. Just sayin'.

    Thanks, have a nice day, and good luck the rest of the season. (Starting at approximately 4pm EST Sunday.)
     
  20. reef shark

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    The Bills' ground game will have to show up this week for Buffalo to have a chance. Willis McGahee returned from injured ribs in Week 12 to give a solid performance with 63 yards on 12 carries. The Bills' offensive line is young at the tackle position and will have its hands full holding its blocks long enough to give creases for McGahee and backup Anthony Thomas. Look for Fairchild to spread the Chargers' defense out (multiple-wide receiver sets) and use more quick hitters off tackle and on the perimeter. Bills center Melvin Fowler is an athletic player who is best in space and on the second level. Fowler may have a tough time with powerful Charger nose tackle Jamal Williams (348 pounds).

    • It appears the visiting Chargers will have the advantage in the trenches (offensive line) with their size and strength vs. the quickness of a somewhat undersized defensive front of the Bills. The new-look Buffalo defensive scheme is based on effective stunts and movement up front with linebackers fitting up in creases. If the defensive line doesn't get penetration and cause disruption it makes it tough for the linebacking corps. Look for the San Diego offensive line to tighten its splits and zone block, creating seams for Tomlinson.

    Special Teams
    The kicking game edge is very close between the well-coached Bills and Chargers. Buffalo counts on great field position and at least one big play from their special teams to score or set up the offense on a short field. Punt returner Roscoe Parrish can be dangerous with a 13.9-yard average and an 82-yard touchdown return to his credit. Kick returner Terrence McGee can be dangerous in the open fileld (averages 26.5 yards with a long of 88 yards).

    Matchups
    • Charger TE Antonio Gates vs. Bills OLB Angelo Crowell
    • Charger RB LaDainian Tomlinson vs. Bills linebacking corps
    • Bills OT Jason Peters vs. Charger OLB Shawne Merriman
    • Bills C Melvin Fowler vs. Charger DT Jamal Williams
    • Bills WR Lee Evans vs. Charger CB Drayton Florence

    Scouts' Edge
    The Bills are coming off two dramatic wins and have an outside chance at postseason play. The Chargers are coming off a sloppy comeback win vs. a marginal Raiders team. Rivers had his worst outing as a pro and will be looking to get back on track vs. a spirited Bills defense. Buffalo will need to win the turnover battle and get at least one big play in the kicking game to have a chance at the upset. Look for a better effort from San Diego's offense vs. a Buffalo defense that will take chances with both run blitzes and man pressure. The Bills will keep it close into the fourth quarter, but talent will win out with the Chargers eliminating the Bills from postseason play.

    Prediction: Chargers 24, Bills 17

    i predict we win big bc cromartie can cover andre davis and price. bills rush defense is bad. the x factor imo in this game is parrish. idk how cromartie matches up with him, even though they playd down in florida.
     
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    Welcome to the forum PA Bills. I'd wish you good luck on Sunday, but I wouldn't mean it. :icon_mrgreen:
     
  22. reef shark

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    damn no offense but how old r u ppl? talkin bout the AFL like that shiz was yesterday. im only 21, and i know some stuff on bambi and them, but that is some in depth shiz. yall musta had some magic greenbeans when chillin in diapers or sumthin...
     
  23. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    The Bills are good but I don't think they're as good as the press has been saying lately.
     
  24. Alpenbolt

    Alpenbolt BoltTalker

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  25. boltssbbound

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    Nice manipulation of stats. Prior to the '97 season, Qualcomm stadium's seating capacity was barely 60,000, compared to Buffalo's capacity of 74,000. A more interesting an accurate analysis would be the percentage of capacity.

    The reason Bolt fans make a big deal about Buffalo's non-sellout is that we constantly hear about how East Coast fans are more loyal, more diehard than San Diego fans. The arrogant East Coasters call SD fans bandwagoners, but the fact that Buffalo has had such great attendance for the last 20 years, a span that included 4 super bowl appearances and many more playoff appearances, suggests that even the Might East Coast teams have bandwagon fans that inflate their fanbase when they are winning, and stay home when they are not.
     
  26. Shamrock

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    ‘Blackouts’ part of successful Bills years

    11/29/2006 - Why — all of a sudden — is everyone on the radio and television so upset over the National Football League’s “blackout” rule?

    Last Sunday’s Buffalo Bills’ victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in dramatic fashion is part of the reason. But why all this sentiment in 2006?

    The blackout rule for the NFL, in case fans do not know, says the home team must sell out its game 72 hours before kickoff. If the game is not sold out, it cannot be seen on television for a 90-mile radius. It is a rule that has been around for more than three decades.

    For years, Bills’ games were blacked out on an almost regular basis — and very few fans and media people were in a frenzy over it. Some of those years the blackouts occurred, the team had tremendous success.

    • In 1980, the Bills went 11-5 and won the AFC East title. However, the team that made the song “Talkin’ Proud” popular did not always have success at the ticket window. Three games — against the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams — did not sell out and were not televised locally.

    • In 1990, the Bills went 13-3, won the AFC East and conference. But fans did not get their fill of home games on television. The opener against the Indianapolis Colts as well as games against the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles were non-sellouts.

    • The last year the Bills won the AFC East, in 1995, also produced a number of TV blackouts. Home games against the Colts, Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Falcons, Patriots and Houston Oilers brought less than 80,000 people to each game.

    Today, the Bills are 5-6 and are starting to look like an improving team. Until last week, the last non-sellout was in October 2004 against Arizona. Maybe fans have been spoiled by the recent sellouts despite poor performances by the team.

    But make no mistake, those who often complain the loudest are those without tickets — and tickets for the next three home games are quite plentiful. As of Tuesday, 9,200 tickets remained for the San Diego game Sunday; 7,000 for Miami on Dec. 17 and more than 10,000 for Tennessee on Dec. 24.
     
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    Nice find, Shammy. And I don't want to hear about the weather being the reason for non-sellouts. In 1990, the Bills were loaded with talent and they couldn't even sell out their home opener in September. :icon_rofl:
     
  28. Johnny Lightning

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    Chargers at Bills: The Bills gave up 207 rushing yards but still managed to upset the Jaguars last week. It was their second straight narrow victory. How are they doing it? A little power running from Willis McGahee, some nifty moves from return man Roscoe Parrish, and a little faith. "The two big things we're preaching around here is family and just believing — having faith," guard Duke Preston said. "The belief paid off last week and again this week." Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains, but it can't keep LaDainian Tomlinson below 100 yards. Maybe the snowstorm headed to Buffalo can stop L.T. Unfortunately, it could also cause Parrish to curl up in the fetal position.

    :lol:

    GO BOLTS !!!

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/6219254
     
  29. tboltzcali

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    Is it frickin sunday yet??????? Go Bolts!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  30. Shamrock

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    LT is going to have a BIG game .....

    Buffalo, for the season, is 26th in team rushing defense, giving up 135.2 yards per game.

    However, since their current 3 out of 4 winning streak, they've gotten worse. In the last four games, the Bills are giving up 172.5 rushing yards per game. On a season basis, that would put them in last place by 17.7 yards per game.


    Jags @ Bills - Rush yards allowed: 207 - F. Taylor 22/101 yds

    Bills @ Texans - Rush yards allowed: 188 - Gaddo 10/69 yds - Lundy 8/61 yds

    Bills @ Colts - Rush yards allowed: 148 - Addai 13/78 yds - Rhodes 14/72 yds

    Packers @ Bills - Rush yards allowed: 147 - Green 23/122 yds
     

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