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Bills-Falcons matchup a college reunion for McDermott Quinn

But the fact that the Bills won by holding the Falcons to a modest 17 points was even more surprising.

The injury took place in the second quarter of the game with the Falcons trailing the Bills 7-3.

Stephen Hauschka, kicker, Buffalo.

It left Ryan with Taylor Gabriel and Justin Hardy as his top receivers, both of whom seemed overmatched. On the negative, he still hasn't scored a touchdown this season, and the Bills haven't been able to run over teams in a way they did last season. But Ryan also had to cope with another turnover-filled day after throwing two interceptions, plus having a ball he thought was an incomplete pass turn into a crucial 52-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Right defensive end Lorenzo Alexander, left defensive end Shaq Lawson and strong-side linebacker Jerry Hughes all have two sacks each.

Hardy defended his quarterback and said the offense just needed to clean up its schemes and protect the ball. On Atlanta's ten-play drive which tied the game 17-17 midway through the fourth, Matt Ryan found Tevin Coleman on two of four pass plays to set up the score. "We're looking at everything and we're not in a big rush to do anything about it because we don't have a game until next Monday night". Late in the first half, Jones took an early trip to the locker room with what appears to be a hip injury. Cincinnati isn't winning the division after losing their first three games, and Cleveland is an afterthought. We have to play extremely sound defense, team defense and make sure we're communicating.

Against Buffalo, the four-time Pro Bowl selection threw a ball behind receiver Nick Williams that was intercepted with 3:27 remaining.

-COACHING: A-plus - Sean McDermott has the Bills fully engaged and buying into everything he's teaching.

The Bills lost backup safety Colt Anderson with an arm injury in the first quarter. Quinn said Jones wanted to return but could not have played with his usual explosiveness. Sanu (hamstring) and DT Jack Crawford (biceps) also were ruled out. LeSean McCoy ran for 76 yards on 20 carries and that limited success was directly attributable to an offensive line that rose up to a big challenge. Tyrod Taylor would scramble and find the open man in Charles Clay and he would have the 44-yard completion. He has only four catches for 57 yards this season.

Following Micah Hyde's second interception, Hauschka was brought on for a 55-yard field goal attempt. Last year, he was seventh in the National Football League with 11.5 sacks and fourth with five forced fumbles. Last week, McCoy alternated between kneeling and stretching during the National Anthem in response to President Donald Trump saying that NFL players should be fired for not standing during the anthem.

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