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September 25, 2016
 

Buffalo Bills

AFC East

2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    BUF @ BAL

    09/11/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 1

    NYJ @ BUF

    09/15/16

    9:30 pm

  • Week 3

    ARI @ BUF

    09/25/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    BUF @ NE

    10/02/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    BUF @ LAR

    10/09/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 6

    SF @ BUF

    10/16/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    BUF @ MIA

    10/23/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    NE @ BUF

    10/30/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    BUF @ SEA

    11/07/16

    11:00 am

  • Week 10

    bye

  • Week 11

    BUF @ CIN

    11/20/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    JAC @ BUF

    11/27/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    BUF @ OAK

    12/04/16

    4:00 pm

  • Week 14

    PIT @ BUF

    12/11/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    CLE @ BUF

    12/18/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    MIA @ BUF

    12/24/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    BUF @ NYJ

    01/01/17

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

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There is a long list of things I never thought I would utter. “Mr. Bieber, can I have your autograph”;  “That’s it, there’s just TOO MUCH cowbell!” ; and finally, “What time are the London Bills playing?”. In the world of fantasy, it is easy to lose sight of reality, what is really important. Sometimes a city means more to a team than an address, a simple stadium location. Sometimes, an athlete can mean more to a town than just a poster. And sometimes, a player can be just the kind of guy that can unit a whole community. Jim Kelly, who is battling his second fight with mouth cancer, is just that kind of guy. Kelly reminds us to keep things in perspective. At a time when it is easy to be turned off by some of the antics of supposed role models, Kelly is the real deal in Buffalo. He spoke about keeping the Bills in Buffalo as well as the support he has received from the community. Keep fighting the good fight Jim.
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The new gunslinger in town is EJ Manuel. Although his rookie campaign showed some inconsistent passing, it also showed some raw talent. He played in 10 games last year. He completed 58.8% of his passes. He threw 11 TDs and 9 Interceptions.  All in all, his passer rating was 77.7. That does not inspire confidence. But, keep in mind he was a rookie, with an offensive line that ranked near the bottom for pass blocking (29th). Manuel says he feels 100% healthy going into the 2014 season after struggling to stay on the field last year. His goal is to play smarter. A definite sleeper pick at the quarter back position, Manuel could be one of the next big running QBs. Not only that, Buffalo is brimming with just the kind of young talent that can boost an inexperienced quarterback. Another thing going for this young scrambler is the competition. Last year, Buffalo’s strength of schedule for the pass was 16th. Buffalo comes in with the 2nd easiest pass schedule this year. There O-line will need all the help it can get as only three other teams gave up more sacks than the Bills last year. Buffalo spent 3 of their 7 draft picks on offensive lineman in order to beef up pass protection. Not only will the new faces on the line help to improve Manuel’s performance in his second year, he has the legs to extend the play. There are a lot of factors in Manuel’s chance for fantasy success. Not only does he have a cherry of a passing schedule, he has dynamic trio in the backfield, and an incredibly talented group of receivers.


 




Read This: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000240169/EJ-Manuel-18-yard-touchdown-pass-to-Robert-Woods






Arguably the most gifted athlete in the draft, Sammy Watkins is indeed a freak. The Bills traded up for the chance to land him at the number four spot. Any time an organization makes moves to land a player, you know they will give him every opportunity to shine. Watkins put up some impressive numbers his last year at Clemson. He gained 1,464 receiving yards in 2013 on 101 catches. He went for over 90 yards in 9 different games. He scored 12 receiving TDs. What is amazing is where he caught the ball. 45% of his receptions were grabbed behind the line of scrimmage on screen plays. He then went on to average an amazing 9.7 YAC (yards after the catch). Perhaps the most explosive guy in space from this year’s draft, Watkins is a gifted route artisan with the ability to run a number of different patterns with precision. Watkins could be one of the most talented rookies in this year’s class. For more about this year’s rookies, check out Pyro’s  “3 Hours of Nothing but Rookies” Podcast.




 



 


 


Watkins joins a young, talented receiving core that boasts the 4th best schedule for the position. Two rookies from last year hope to make strides entering their sophomore seasons.  Marquise Goodwin, who should backup to Watkins, snagged 17 balls for 283 yards last year. The slot receiver for the Bills is Robert Woods. He had 40 receptions, 587 yards, and 3 TDs in 2013. Finally, Mike Williams will be looking to rebound from Tampa Bay. Williams burst onto the NFL scene in 2010 with 964 yards and 11 TDs. He followed that up two years later with 996 yards and 9 TDs. Last year saw him hobbled by injuries. Williams is looking to rebuild his young career in Buffalo. The Bills will have a chance to put up some numbers in the passing game as long as Manuel takes strides this season. While I like Watkins in dynasty leagues, these receivers could end up cannibalizing one another. Keep your eyes on the preseason to see wear the chemistry develops.






One of last year’s biggest disappointments was undoubtedly C.J. Spiller. Without question, this 2013 first round pick was closer to Clark Kent than he was Superman. Spiller fell far short of expectations, leaving owners leery. Interestingly enough, his counterpart, Fred Jackson, was almost a mirror image in the stat. department. In fact, Spiller finished as the number 15 back when it came to total rushing yards (933), right behind him at 16, you guessed it, Fred Jackson (890). Spiller averaged 4.6 per tote, juxtaposed with Jackson who earned 4.3. So why did Spiller owners come away cursing draft day where as Jackson owners had that minty fresh feeling all season? Value -that plus the fact Spiller eked out only 2 touch downs and Jackson 9. I am betting Spiller is more of the player we saw in 2012 where he ran for 1,244 yards and averaged 6.0 yards per carry. The Bills have the 10th best run schedule this coming year. Spiller can score from anywhere on the field. Although Jackson still has value as a 10th round pick in a 12 team league, keep in mind he is 33 years old. Not only that, the Bills acquired Bryce Brown who ran for 341 yards on 75 carries for the Eagles last year. Brown’s presence means less action for Jackson. Both Spiller and Jackson are in the final year of their contracts. Don’t get me wrong, Jackson still has value for a 10th rounder. Last year, the old man averaged the 4th best fantasy points per game average for running backs. In 2014 however, Jackson may not receive as many opportunities he did last year. Because Spiller should only touch the ball 15 times a game if they want to maximize his performance, someone else needs to pick up the slack. That someone else could very well be Bryce Brown, who has a lot less tread on the tires. I would rather be the guy who gets off the sinking ship too early as opposed to too late with Jackson. This could be the year gamble on Spiller, especially if you can get him in the 5th round.  Here is an interesting stat. Spiller was approximately the 27th best fantasy running back last year when it came to points. He only scored 2 TDs. Pyro looked at percentages from last year. We asked - where do guys build their points? Touch downs are entirely too hard to predict or rely on. Yardage is a better indicator of a player’s value. Out of all of C.J. Spiller’s total fantasy points from last year, 75.7% came from yards on the ground. That was the fourth highest percentage for running backs. Keep in mind, last year was a down year for him. If he had just three more touchdowns, he would have been in the top 20 for fantasy running back scoring. In comparison, only 47.9% of Fred Jackson’s fantasy value was tied to rushing yards. Do you want to bet on Jackson getting into the end zone 9 times?  I want guys that amass points through yardage. Looking at the last five games of the 2013 season, Spiller gained 420 yards rushing (5th best for that span), whereas Jackson only amassed 305. Again, yardage is a better indicator of consistency and performance. You want to draft guys that are not touch down dependant, simply because it is too hard to repeat scoring from year to year. We have crunched the numbers, you can find the “Touchdown Dependency Chart” on this year’s draft kit.


 




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The Bills have two tight ends to discuss. Last year, Scott Chandler had 53 receptions for 655 yards and 2 TDs. He only averaged 4.72 fantasy points per game. Chandler is a name that only comes into play in 16 team leagues. However, with such depth at the position, chances are you will be able to find a better option. Tony Moeaki is a guy who will never see his full potential due to injury. He is on the bubble to make the team, but should be the backup this year.




Several members of last year’s 7th best fantasy defense will not be on the roster for opening day. Marcell Dareus, defensive tackle, will most likely be suspended for the start of the 2014 season for two incidents: one involves synthetic marijuana, and the other drag racing. Mmmm, when have you ever told a pothead to slow down because they were moving was moving too fast? Anyway,  Kiko Alonso, a rising force to be reckoned with, is out for the season with a torn ACL. Finally, pro bowl strong safety, Jairus Byrd, was lost to free agency. However, they have a strong depth of line-backers and a healthy mix of veterans and young talent. The Bills will be changing their scheme under new defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz. The Lions, under the power of the Schwartz, was a bit of a rudder-less ship last year. Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet could have controlled the locker room better than old Schwartz.


 









 




The Lions, despite having a wealth of young talent on the defensive side of the ball, finished 26th in fantasy last year with Schwartz at the helm.  He has some big shoes to fill in Buffalo now that Mike Pettine is running things in Cleveland. The Bills D should still be a top five talent. The bonus here is value. You will be likely to get them with the last pick in your draft as some of the fantasy douche canoe sites do not even have them rated in their top 12. The Bills will undoubtedly get a boost from their divisional opponents.  They play the Dolphins and the Jets twice. Statistically, both offenses were in the bottom 25% for yards per game last year, neither offense averaged 20 points per game.  The meager offensive talent the Bills will face should help Schwartz’s D. If that doesn’t work, the devastating taunt of “Our coordinator can beat up your coordinator” will undoubtedly do the trick. We all remember Harbaugh running for the hills after Schwartz came after him with the eye of the tiger.


 









 


 


 


 

 


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Finally Andre Reed Gets His Respect

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ANDRE REED FINALLY GETS HIS RESPECT


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Andre Reed is the Rodney Dangerfield of NFL wide receivers...he gets no respect. Reed spent 15 of his 16 seasons in Buffalo and posted some amazing numbers for the Bills, yet he is not mentioned enough as one of the best receivers of his era. It took until now, 2014, for Andre Reed to get his due and make it into the Hall of Fame. Congratulations! I will examine his career and demonstrate why he was one of the best receivers of his era, and why it is travesty it took this long for him to get the honor he deserved. 


Andre Reed and his no respect goes all the way back to his college days. Reed did not attend one of the college football factories, and instead played for the University of Pennsylvania at Kutztown. He was a dominant force in college, demonstrating great speed and the ability to make a tough catch in traffic. Although, he fell to the fourth round in the 1985 draft, where he was selected 86th overall by the Bills. This was due to the college he went to, as well as the fact that he did not have the prototypical size for what general managers were looking for in receivers, at 6’2” and 190 pounds.


Rodney Dangerfield: With my dog I don't get no respect. He keeps barking at the front door. He don't want to go out. He wants me to leave.


When Andre got to Buffalo he became the best receiver in Bills history. The most impressive feat Reed had was that he was so durable and consistent during his 15 years as a Bills receiver, most of which was spent in the slot. #83 lived over the middle and was not afraid to stick his nose into traffic to make a catch. The era in which Reed played was one that favored running attacks over passing games. When Andre Reed played the NFL looked very different than it does today, and Jim Kelly provides the perfect evidence.


Kelly was the leader of the Bills K-Gun offense, and was known as one of the best passing quarterbacks of his day. Although, you would not know that if you went back and looked at Kelly’s stats. Jim Kelly never had a season with more than 4,000 yards passing and only two seasons with more than 3,500 yards. Kelly did throw for more than 3,000 yards eight times in his career. If Kelly had played into today’s era, he would definitely have been a candidate to throw for over 5,000 yards.


Rodney Dangerfield: A girl phoned me and said, "Come on over. There's nobody home." I went over. Nobody was home!


Not only did Andre play in an era where the passing game was dwarfed by the running attack, he played with a ton of other talented players on the offensive side of the ball that limited his overall touches. The Bills had one of the greatest running backs of the day in Thurman “Thurmal” Thomas who was an absolute dual threat running back. Thomas had over 40 catches in a season six times, and more than 25 catches ten times. Then there all the other receivers that Reed had to fight against for attention.


 The Bills were one of the most dominating teams in the NFL during Reed’s time there. A big reason for this was the fact that Reed never had to do it alone. The Bills had plenty of other receivers that Jim Kelly could spread the ball around to: James Lofton, Quinn Early, Chris Burkett, Bill Brooks, Don Beebe, Pete Metzelaars and Eric Moulds. Even with all of these receivers stealing catches from Reed, he was still able to post great and consistent numbers.


Rodney Dangerfield: I remember I was so depressed I was going to jump out a window on the tenth floor. They sent a priest up to talk to me. He said, "On your mark..."


Reed had four 1,000-yard receiving seasons in his Bills career, but had more than 739 receiving yards 12 times. Andre was just as consistent with receptions having 90 catches once, but more than 60 catches nine times and more than 50 grabs 13 times. Reed was a consistent source of production throughout his entire 15-year career with the Bills, and showed just how durable and great he was.


When you compare Reed’s numbers versus the rivals of his day his numbers do stack up. Of the receivers that played in his era that have made the Hall of Fame, Reed’s numbers are very comparable to James Lofton, Art Monk and Steve Largent. His yearly consistency was just as good as all of these players with seven seasons over 900 yards receiving, which was more than Monk, the same as Lofton and two less than Largent. Reed was a more prolific in his receptions than both Largent and Lofton, both of whom never had 80 or more catches in a season, which Reed did three times. When it comes to ability to score touchdowns, Reed was better than Monk (79) and Lofton (75) with 87 scores in his career. Largent bested him with 100, but Largent did not have many other receivers to steal targets away from him as Reed did.


Rodney Dangerfield:  When I was a kid I got no respect. The time I was kidnapped, and the kidnappers sent my parents a note they said, "We want five thousand dollars or you'll see your kid again."


Andre finished his career with 951 catches for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns. Those numbers rank him 11th all-time in receptions, 12th in touchdowns, and 13th in yardage. In terms of receptions Reed finished in the top 25 amongst receivers eight times, top 10 five times and top five twice. As for yardage he finished top 25 nine times, top 10 three times and top five twice. Reed may have played in the slot, but he scored touchdowns with frequency, and finished top 25 eight times, top 10 four times, and top five once. What he did for the Bills during his 15 years was even more amazing.


With all the talent the Bills had on their roster during Reed’s time, he still led the team in touchdowns and catches 10 times and in receiving yards nine times during his 15 years with the team. While Reed dominated for the Bills, he still gets no respect as one of the greatest receivers of his day. Reed was the leading receiver on a team that went to four straight Super Bowls. He also made seven Pro Bowls and was named an All-Conference player four times in his career.


Rodney Dangerfield: I was making love to this girl and she started crying. I said, "Are you going to hate yourself in the morning?" She said, "No, I hate myself now."


There is no doubt in my mind that Andre Reed was one of the greatest receivers of his generation. If Reed did not have all the other great complimentary players around him he would have posted bigger individual numbers, but Reed was never about individual accomplishment. He was a consummate team player and team leader in that regard. The reason the Bills were as successful as they were, was due to the unselfish nature of the guys on offense, and that started with Andre Reed. So when you go back and think about Reed, don’t you think it is time to give him credit as a player that posted awesome numbers while also being a great team player, on a great team? Give the man his RESPECT!!!  HOF!!!  Worthy!!! Worthy!!! Worthy!!!          


 


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Eric Moulds was A Beast with bad quarterbacks

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Eric Moulds will always be one of my favorite wide receivers ever!!!  Moulds was a fantastic receiver for the Buffalo Bills from 1996-2005 and was their big play threat.  Moulds did not have the benefit of a great quarterback throughout his career, but was a dominant receiver and helped me win a fantasy title with his 1998 season. 

Moulds was a player that was seldom used in his first 2 seasons, sitting behind Andre Reed and Quinn Early, but he made a splash in 1998.  Moulds made the mystical third year wide receiver jump and had a breakout season.  Moulds finally got playing time and showed his big play ability with a monster 20.4 yards per reception. Rob Johnson was his quarterback to start the season, but after a 1-3 start he was lifted for Doug Flutie.  Flutie was just what Moulds needed to show how dominant he could be. 

With Rob Johnson under center he had 18 receptions for 314 yard and 1 TD in 5 games.  That was still an impressive 17.44 yards per catch, but there was still a lack of TD production.  Doug Flutie was the starter the next 11 games and Moulds exploded.  Moulds had 49 receptions for 1,054 yards and 8 TD, for an amazing 21.51 yards per reception and nearly 100 yards a game. In a week 7 win at Carolina, Flutie hooked up with Moulds for 2 TD bombs in a 145-yard performance.  Moulds was then held under 100 yards for the next 4 games and scored only 1 TD, but starting in week 12 went on a mad run. 

Moulds had 8 receptions for 177 yards and a TD in a week 12 loss to New England, and followed it up with his best performance of the regular season.  The next week, against the Cincinnati Bengals, Moulds caught 6 passes for 196 yards, including 2 big TD bombs from Flutie, the signature of their on-field chemistry.  Moulds showed his long catch ability again in the final game of the regular season with 2 receptions for 90 yards and a TD.  Moulds, though, would save his best for last.  

The Bills would have to travel to division foe Miami for a playoff match-up, and while Moulds had scored a TD in each of the 2 games they played that season, the Dolphins had held him to 140 total yards in those games.  Moulds showed early that he was the only receiver on the Bills that was ready to play this game and Doug Flutie looked to him early and often.  The two finally hooked up on a 32-yard TD pass early in the 3rd quarter to answer a quick Miami score and tie the game at 14.  Moulds would continue to find big holes in the Dolphins secondary on the way to an NFL post-season receiving yard record.   Moulds would finish a brilliant performance with 9 receptions for 240 yards and 1 TD in a tough 24-17 loss. 

Moulds would have trouble getting continuity with the constant quarterback controversy between Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson through the 2000 season.  It did not get much better for Moulds in 2001 when Alex Van Pelt tried his hand at quarterbacking.  Finally, for Moulds, Drew Bledsoe arrived in 2003 and remained his starter for the rest of his time in Buffalo.  Moulds was never able to put up great back to back seasons, but from 1998-2005 Moulds would put up a great season every other year.  

Moulds had his best season in 2002, when Drew Bledsoe arrived.  Moulds had 100 receptions for 1,292 yards and his career best 10 TD.  Moulds had become a more consistent receiver that year, but this season was also the first season he averaged less than 13 yards a catch (12.9 YPC) since his second season in the league and he would never top that mark again in his career. 

Moulds was a pure excitement player to watch and to have on your fantasy team (if you bet on a breakout or a comeback season).  It would have been interesting to see what kind of stats Moulds would have put up with Jim Kelly as his quarterback.  As it stands Moulds was one of the most exciting players of his era and the fact that he was able to produce with inconsistent play from the quarterback position is a testament to his skill and ability.


 







 


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Frank Reich and the Comeback

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Frank Reich is not a name that comes to mind when you think of great quarterbacks.  Frank Reich was a player who had lightning strike twice. Reich was the quarterback responsible for orchestrating the biggest comeback in college football and NFL post-season history.  If Frank Reich were in the old west his name would have been “The Comeback Kid”.  



Frank Reich was the backup to quarterback Jim Kelly for the Bills in 1992.  Reich had to take over for the Playoff run after Kelly was injured in the final game of the season.  The Bills were a team known for their K-Gun offense, although they would be without the K for their wildcard matchup with the Houston Oilers, another high-powered offensive team. 

Hall of Famer Warren Moon and a trio of deadly receivers, Haywood Jeffires, Ernest Givens and Curtis Duncan led the Oilers.  The Oilers would have to leave the comfort of the Astrodome and head to Rich Stadium and play in the nasty elements.  The moment the game started it looked like the Bills were the dome team, while the Oilers looked quite comfortable in the cold.  Moon was nearly flawless; completing 19 of 22 passes for 220 yards and 4 TD.  The Oilers had a commanding 28-3 lead at the half.

The second half did not start out any better for Reich and the Bills.  On the Bills first drive of the second half Reich was intercepted when his pass went off his tight end, Keith McKeller’s, hands and Bubba McDowell returned the interception 58 yards to pay dirt.  Thurman Thomas was also injured on this drive and would not return to the game: Oilers 35 Bills 3. Reich was starring down a 32-point deficit with just under a half of football to play, but he had been here before.    

In college Reich was the backup to quarterback Stan Gelbaugh for the Maryland Terrapins.  The Terps were playing the unbeaten Miami Hurricanes, led by quarterback Bernie Kosar.  Kosar and the Canes jumped all over the Terps and led 31-0 at the half.  Reich came in to relieve Gelbaugh and preceded to lead the Terps back to a 42-40 victory.  This was the largest comeback in college football history at the time.  Reich was now in a similar situation facing a 32-point deficit and team that had all the momentum in the game. 

The Bills would get good field position on their next possession and drove 10 plays for a TD run by Kenny Davis.  Half of the third quarter was now gone and the Bills were still down 25 points.  The Bills needed a spark, and Steve Christie kicked and recovered an onside kick.  Four plays later Reich hit Don Beebe on a 38-yard TD cutting the deficit to 18 and taking less than a minute off the clock.  Reich had Rich stadium rocking and believing and now it was the defenses turn to step up. 

On the next drive the Bills defense finally stood strong and forced the Oilers to punt for the first time in the game.  The Oilers had dominated the time of possession in the first half, but with the defensive TD to start the second half their starters stood on the sidelines in the cold for over 30 minutes before getting onto the field, and starting to look like a dome team out in the cold. 

The Bills took over at their own 41-yard line and Reich completed big passes to James Lofton and Kenny Davis before connecting with Andre Reed for a 26-yard TD.  The Bills now trailed the Oilers 35-24 with all the momentum of the crowd and a quarter left to play. 

Houston started on their next drive and disaster struck.  Moon threw a pass intended for Webster Slaughter that went off his hands and was intercepted by Henry Jones and returned to the Houston 23-yard line.  Reich was not able to get a first down and the Bills decided to go for it on 4th and 5.  Reich showed his “Comeback Kid” savvy as he hit Andre Reed for a TD.  Reich had just cut a 32-point deficit down to 4 in 6:52 of game clock: Oilers 35 Bills 31.  The Bills had stormed back into the game. 

The pace of the game slowed down in the fourth quarter, but the magic was still behind the Bills.  The Oilers had finally put together an offensive drive and were going for a field goal to extend their lead, but the snap was fumbled and recovered by Darryl Talley.  Reich began to orchestrate a beautiful drive down field with a nice combination of pass and run plays.  Reich finished the drive hitting Andre Reed on a 17-yard TD pass: Oilers 35 Bills 38.  The Bills had taken their first lead of the game with 3:08 left in the game.  Reich was happy, but there was still a lot of time and Warren Moon on the other side.

Moon responded and drove the Oilers 63 yards downfield to put them in field goal range.  Al Del Greco nailed a 26-yard field goal to tie the game and send it to overtime.   The Oilers got the kick and on their first drive of overtime Warren Moon threw a pass to Ernest Givens, but was intercepted by Nate Odomes and after a penalty on the Oilers, during the return, the Bills had the ball at the Oilers 20-yard line.  Reich then ran 2 running plays and held the ball as Steve Christie kicked the game winning field goal to advance the Bills to the AFC championship. 

Reich had just completed the greatest comeback in NFL post-season history.  Reich is one of those players in the history of sports that was able to catch lightning in a bottle.  Reich was not a great quarterback and would never have a moment in his career that would come close to this one.  The amazing feat for Reich is that he did in college as well, under just as strange circumstances as a backup quarterback.  So in my mind he will never be a backup, instead he will always be “The Comeback Kid”. 



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Sammy Watkins Out For Week Three

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Pyro's take: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (foot) will be out for todays game versus the Arizona Cardinals.

Fantasy Goo: This is likely the best route for the Bills to take try to keep their star wideout out of this week's game not only would Sammy be playing with an injured foot that was stepped on this week in practice but he would matched up with one of the premier corners in the league in Patrick Peterson at less than 100% would not be good for Watkins.

09/25/16, 04:37 AM CDT by PK Ripper
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Sammy Watkins Availability Will Come Down To A Game-Time Decision

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Pyro's take: Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan said Friday the odds of Sammy Watkins playing Sunday against Arizona are "probably not real good ... If he feels good and up to it, he will. Don't officially count him out." Ryan also said Watkins, who didn't practice Friday, had his bad foot stepped on during a walkthrough this week.

Fantasy Goo: If his foot was stepped on, that may explain why he seemed to have a setback, as he hasn't practiced all week. Watkins should be nowhere near your fantasy lineups. Even if he did play, Buffalo also has been without left tackle Cordy Glenn all week, and with a new coordinator, the offense may be in for a meltdown against the imposing Cardinals defense.

09/23/16, 11:27 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: twitter.com

Sammy is shaping up to be a nightmare for YOU

@kentsomers Tyrann Mathieu says Patrick Peterson will be on Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday. No surprise.

Pyro's take: @kentsomers Tyrann Mathieu says Patrick Peterson will be on Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday. No surprise.

Fantasy Goo: Nagging injuries are like a nagging spouse, hard to get rid of. I believe Sammy will be slowed for the season. Call me a pessimist but, that is my gut feeling. Long extended rest may be the cure but, owners want none of that talk. Never 100% might be the rest of 2016. Try to trade him if you can.


09/21/16, 05:11 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
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Bills Injury update for 9/15

Bills Injury update for 9/15

Pyro's take: Sammy Watkins, WR

Sammy will "Probably" play on TNF against the Jets. Sammy has voiced out that he really wants to play, but this is a situation to monitor until closer to gametime if the doctors do not think he can go.

Source: UPI.com

Charles Clay, TE

Has had limited participation the last two days, so he can be expected to suit up tonight on TNF. Double-check before gametime in case of an aggravation, though.

Source: tipofthetower.com



09/15/16, 02:40 PM CDT by Kenny Mills
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Sammy Watkins Questionable For Thursday Night

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Pyro's take: Bills receiver Sammy Watkins, who was the subject of a roller coaster of speculation after his foot was painful after Sunday's game, is officially questionable for Thursday night's game against the Jets.

Fantasy Goo:I hope you don't have to use him as one of your top two receivers. A WR3 start may be worth a gamble in case he feels better by game time, but he's obviously not 100 percent, and on top of that, Tyrod Taylor spent Sunday running for his life and dumping off passes, so the Bills' passing game is a minefield even with a healthy Watkins.

09/14/16, 03:47 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: twitter.com

Watkins Wheel

@JoeBuscaglia Sammy Watkins is indoors working with the training staff today during practice #Bills

Pyro's take: @JoeBuscaglia Sammy Watkins is indoors working with the training staff today during practice #Bills

Fantasy Goo: Sammy has a Thursday night game against the N.Y. Jets meaning he better get some real practice time in to sooth fantasy owners minds. Until we hear further word, Sammy is a must start as he is often well targeted as we all know. Owners may be frustrated for the whole season over his foot situation. We will just have to get used to it since he is the lone Bills receiving star.


09/13/16, 12:42 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Karlos Williams Released By Bills

The Buffalo Bills

Pyro's take: The Buffalo Bills have released RB Karlos Williams on Saturday.

Fantasy Goo: Williams was released after a tumultuous offseason he played really well as a rookie, rushing for 5.6 YPC while scoring nine total touchdowns. He showed up to camp overweight and HC Rex Ryan said that he wouldn’t give up on the second-year player. A couple of weeks later, he gets cut. Mike Gillislee figures to serve as LeSean McCoy’s direct backup. Jonathan Williams and Reggie Bush are also in the mix. Owners should keep an eye on where Williams lands, but he's facing a four-game suspension (substance abuse) wherever that happens to be.

08/20/16, 03:43 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: twitter.com

Tyrod will have to earn his $92 million

Rookie quarterback Cardale Jones drove the Bills 83 yards in the game’s final 1:08 completing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jarrett Boykin as time ran out, but his two point conversion pass fell short and the Bills came up short against the Indianapolis Colts 19-18.

Pyro's take: Rookie quarterback Cardale Jones drove the Bills 83 yards in the game’s final 1:08 completing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jarrett Boykin as time ran out, but his two point conversion pass fell short and the Bills came up short against the Indianapolis Colts 19-18. Fresh off signing a 6-year, $92-million contract extension, quarterback Tyrod Taylor opened the game and played just one series. E-J Manuel and Jones split the remaining playing time.

Fantasy Goo: Cardale Jones completed 11-of-21 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown while earning a “thumbs-up” from me for passing the eyeball test for a 4th round rookie playing in his first preseason game. Tyrod Taylor should not have to worry about his job this season but, Cardale will keep Tyrod staying late after practice in the film room if he knows what is good for him. Cardale looked confident on his completed pass attempts and throw in 34 yards gained on the ground in limited game action and you have a splendid opening game for the rookie. Tyrod is going in the 10th round right now and the 15th QB selected.


08/14/16, 08:23 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: wyrk.com

T-Mobile Gets the Confdence and the Cash He was After

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Pyro's take: Tyrod Taylor signed a six-year deal. This season he makes over 9 million guaranteed. After that, there are options and incentives for both sides.

Fantasy goo: The team has seemed hesitant to back him. However inking this deal could be smart for them. Plus, it displays a great deal of confidence. By paying now, it could be said the team expects the young QB to continue his ascension. If that did occur and Taylor has a great 2016 season without getting this down now, the Bills would likely pay far more down the line. Now Taylor has the reassurance of his coaching staff and organization.


08/12/16, 03:53 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.nfl.com

Reggie Bush Is Rex Ryans New Ferrari

During a segment

Pyro's take: During a segment on Wednesday's episode of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan weighed in on the team's newest free agent acquisition, Reggie Bush. "First off, with Reggie Bush, he's such a talent but we want him to be almost like that Ferrari that we unleash and let people be like "Oh man, he's out there!" But I also don't want to run him into the ground," Ryan said.

Fantasy Goo: Reggie Bush is entering his 10th NFL season in 2016 and will attempt to rejuvenate his winding down career with the Buffalo Bills. Bush was relatively a ghost last year in his only season in San Francisco. He appeared in five games and only totaled 47 yards of offense. His role with the Bills remains unclear so be cautious when targeting him in the upcoming fantasy football draft.

08/03/16, 08:57 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.nfl.com

Blake Annen Could Emerge As Red Zone Weapon In Buffalo

The Buffalo Bills website

Pyro's take: The Buffalo Bills website was quick to heap praise on tight end Blake Annen, saying how the former practice squad player emerged during spring practices and could be another target in the red zone.

Fantasy Goo: Annen has never caught an NFL pass, appearing in just five games in his three-year career. But the Bills are enamored with his size (6'4", 247 lbs.) and speed (4.41 40-time at his college pro day). He is the deepest of sleepers, but targets are there for the taking behind Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay.

07/20/16, 10:28 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.buffalobills.com

Mike Gillislee The Favorite To Backup Shady McCoy In Buffalo

Mike Clay

Pyro's take: Mike Clay reports that with the suspension and weight problems of Buffalo Bills backup RB Karlos Williams, RB Mike Gilislee might be the favorite to backup starting RB LeSean McCoy. Gillislee was a 5th round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins in 2013, but was released in September of 2015. Gillislee signed with the Bills in November and played five games rushing for 267 yards and 3 TDs. (Mike Clay on Twitter)

Fantasy Goo: LeSean McCoy has a long history of durability issues and going into his 8th year needs to be handcuffed. While Gillislee hasn't done much during his three year career, he only got his first real opportunity late last year with the Bills. If Gillislee is the second string RB, I would advise all LeSean McCoy owners to pick him up.

07/15/16, 02:13 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Karlos Williams Suspended Four Games

Second Year

Pyro's take: Second-year Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams has been suspended four games by the NFL for violation of its substance abuse policy. (Mike Rodak)

Fantasy Goo: This is the second day in a row of bad off-the-field news for Bills backup running backs, as rookie Jonathan Williams was charged with DWI Thursday morning. This is a huge setback for Karlos, who already was in the doghouse for reporting to minicamp overweight. Karlos tied an NFL record last year with touchdowns in his first six NFL games, but now, Jonathan Williams has a path to be LeSean McCoy's handcuff -- if he's not suspended, too. Returnee Mike Gillislee is also on the roster.

07/15/16, 02:08 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Sammy Watkins Looks On Track For A Full Recovery After Posting A Video On IG

Bills WR Sammy Watkins

Pyro's take: Bills WR Sammy Watkins, who had offseason foot surgery, seems to be running well. He posted a video on Instagram of him sprinting about 25 yards with good strides and no setback.

Fantasy Goo: In June, Watkins was hesitant about his recovery progress but now seems on track for a full recovery before the start of the season. It is expected that the Bills are cautious with him throughout training camp and preseason. Watkins missed four games last year but was still able to reel in 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns. What looked like a slow start to a sophomore season, turned into an improved year. If he can fully recover and manage to stay healthy, he will continue to be heavily targeted (128 Tgts in 2014 and 93 Tgts in 2015)

07/09/16, 12:58 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.nfl.com

Not afraid of the Woods

Robert Woods played with a torn groin for about half of last season. “There’s no denying it,” said Tyrod Taylor.

Pyro's take: Robert Woods played with a torn groin for about half of last season. “There’s no denying it,” said Tyrod Taylor. “Robert Woods coming back after having a season under his belt battling with an injury came back explosive.” Knowing Roman’s propensity to get multiple weapons involved it would appear that Woods will be in position to challenge his single-season career high 65-catch season in 2014.

Fantasy Goo: A torn groin is NO laughing matter and let it be known that I pull my groin rather often and can tell you first hand that I am in no game shape after doing so. Only in very deep leagues are the mock drafters taking Woods at this time. Woods has grabbed nearly 50 receptions in each of his three seasons and could improve on that as Tyrod Taylor continues his rise. Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay are the only threats to take his targets in Buffalo leaving a nice serving size of passes that can float over to Woods.


07/07/16, 02:46 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.buffalobills.com

Both sides open to in-season extension

After signing a three-year deal last off-season with the Bills, clauses in Taylor's contract triggered that deal to be reduced to only two years.

Pyro's take: After signing a three-year deal last off-season with the Bills, clauses in Taylor's contract triggered that deal to be reduced to only two years. So the former sixth-round pick is now entering the final year of his contract. However, Taylor is schedule to make only $2 million as a base salary and can earn another $1 million in incentives. Those totals are the lowest in the league for any starting signal-caller not playing on his rookie deal.

Fantasy Goo: Many people are talking about Blake Bortles (I love him again this year) going in the first round of this year’s fantasy drafts. Blake averaged 19.63 fantasy points per game in 2015. Guess who was right there with Blake in points per game average? Of course I am going to say Tyrod Taylor. In 14 games played (started as well) Tyrod averaged 19.16. That is first round worthy but, Taylor will likely not go that high in many drafts this year. Taylor did have 2 games without a rushing or passing touchdown but, this can happen to good quarterbacks too. If you draft Taylor you are banking on his run game staying strong. His 568 yards rushing were/are worth more than the passing yards in most leagues. When you look at his stats you will notice that he did not throw for many yards on most weeks but, his rushing yardage made up for it for most weeks. Taylor’s rushing attempts and yards were consistent throughout the 2015 season from week 1 to 17.

07/06/16, 01:32 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.wgr550.com

If not, then cool

Sammy Watkins told @vxmcclure23 yesterday, "Hopefully I'll be back [for training camp]

Pyro's take: Sammy Watkins told @vxmcclure23 yesterday, "Hopefully I'll be back [for training camp]. If not, then cool." Mike Rodak @mikerodak

Fantasy Goo: There are MANY fantasy owners that LOVE Sammy Watkins for their fantasy roster. Personally, I am not one. I can appreciate other opinions. Sammy the player is gifted but, Buffalo does not have a real passing quarterback. Tyrod Taylor ranked 23rd for quarterbacks in 2015 with 3,035 yards while starting every game he played in which was 14 of 16 games. Tyrod will have just had an offseason to prep himself for 2016 as the starter and should grow into an all-around better player. However, Tyrod did not register a single 300 yard passing game in 2015 which is why I will stay away from Sammy but, Watkins is a true talent and I would not blame anyone for grabbing him after 9 touchdowns in 2015. Watkins had only 1 double digit reception game in 2015.


06/26/16, 06:29 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Sammy Should Be A Go For Bills Camp

Buffalo Bills

Pyro's take: Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) told TSN Canada that he thinks that he will "definitely be available" for training camp that begins on July 30. "I might sit out two or three days. It's all about how I feel within those days. The goal is to come back and be prepared for training camp," Watkins said. Watkins is recovering from a surgical procedure that he had undergone to repair a broken bone in his foot.

Sammy Watkins is expected to be available for the team's training camp that begins on July 30. Watkins is one of the NFL's biggest receiving threats down the field and would be a tremendous loss to Buffalo's offense should he miss any regular season action. Watkins is entering his third season with the Bills and could have his best statistical year as a pro in 2016. Watkins and quarterback Tyrod Taylor appeared to have a rapport together in 2015 that will only grow this year if the two can remain healthy and on the field.

06/20/16, 09:30 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.tsncanada.com

Shady McCoy To Get Limited Touches This Preseason

Buffalo Bills RB

Pyro's take: Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) was held out of the majority of the drills in minicamp due to an ankle injury that is said to be minor. The Bills are also expected to limit McCoy's reps throughout the training camp and preseason portions of the offseason "by design" to "keep him fresh" for the regular season.

Entering his eighth season in the NFL, LeSean McCoy is still regarded as one of the league's best at his position. McCoy played in 12 games last season and tallied 895 yards and three touchdowns, adding another 292 yards off of 32 receptions and two scores as a receiver out of the backfield. The multidimensional running back should be considered a mid-to-low end RB1 in the upcoming fantasy football campaign.

06/16/16, 09:06 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.espn.com

Hankerson and Tyrod Working on Timing

Leonard Hankerson

Pyro's take: Hankerson averaged 13.3 yards per catch and about 3.5 catches per game in the first 6 weeks with the Atlanta Falcons. Hankerson was rotating in the 2nd WR role and got injured in week 7. With Watkins out, Hankerson has been working on his timing with Tyrod Taylor.

Fantasy Goo: When Sammy Watkins was drafted by the Buffalo Bills many were excited to see a stand out wide receiver on the team. The team has a history in the most recent years of having lower than average fantasy production. With the addition of Hankerson, there is hope that Tyrod's numbers will increase or at least stay stable until Watkins returns. Hankerson should be a reasonable fill in the first couple weeks.

06/16/16, 08:59 AM CDT by The Archer
Source: www.wkbw.com

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