Tre’Davious White still feels the burn from the Bills’ loss to the Bengals. The rookie cornerback has spent much of the past two weeks ruminating about the two big plays he allowed against All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green.
“It’s tough, because one of the main reasons why we’re 3-2, man, we lost the game because of the way I played,” White told Vic Carucci. “I want to be in the Hall of Fame, so I can’t have letdowns like that if I want to be one of the best corners in the league. I take it upon my chin and I take it personally, I take it hard.”
Winston will start Sunday: Jameis Winston “threw the ball well” in practice on Friday and will play against the “head-busters” on the Bills defense, Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter announced. The quarterback had been listed as questionable with a shoulder injury, raising the possibility that Ryan Fitzpatrick would start against his former team. For the Bills, wide receiver Jordan Matthews (thumb), cornerback E.J. Gaines (groin) and cornerback Leonard Johnson (hamstring) are questionable, while tight end Charles Clay (knee) and linebacker Ramon Humber (thumb) have been ruled out.
Marshawn Lynch suspended: The former Bills running back will not play here next week. Lynch has been suspended one game without pay for running on the field and making contact with an official during the Oakland Raiders’ win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.
Thirty years later: Bucky Gleason caught up with Orchard Park High School graduate Todd Schlopy to reminisce about the two field goals he kicked to lead the Bills to a 6-3 victory over the New York Giants during the 1987 NFL player strike. “A game long forgotten that he’ll forever remember,” Gleason wrote. Schlopy went Hollywood a couple years later, but he remains a Buffalo guy at heart.
Worry about ratings: Back from the league’s fall meeting in New York, Carucci reported on the concerns about declining TV ratings in his Inside the NFL column: “The inescapable truth is that fans are tuning out. Again. And in ways that make league executives and club owners and everyone else with a stake in the NFL take notice.”
Defending their dirt: Every Bills player has a jar filled with a mixture of ground rubber from the New Era Field turf and sand from the training camp field at St. John Fisher College. A sign reading “Defend our Dirt” hangs in the hallway outside the stadium locker room. Carucci explained why.
Which Bills have the most trade value? Jay Skurski ranked the team’s five best trade assets in his weekly mailbag.
What are the Bills’ biggest draft needs? It’s never too early to think about next year’s draft. Jerry Sullivan listed the positions he would prioritize in his mailbag.
Matchup watch: Richie Incognito has another tough assignment this week. After going up against Bengals All-Pro Geno Atkins in Cincinnati, the Bills guard faces a defensive tackle who might be even better in Tampa Bay’s Gerald McCoy, according to Mark Gaughan's analysis.
Play to watch: Gaughan broke down the back-shoulder pass the Bucs like to throw to tight end Cam Brate in the red zone.
Third and not very long: Both the Football Outsiders and NFL Next Gen Stats indicate Tyrod Taylor is not throwing the ball past the first-down marker on third-down passes very often this season. “As far as third downs, completions is what you need,” Taylor told Nick Veronica.
Among Buffalo’s best: Vaughn Parker went from St. Joe’s to UCLA to the NFL. One of the top linemen to ever come out of Western New York, he’ll be one of 12 new members inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 1.
Power rankings: Where does Carucci rank the Bills coming out of the bye week? Higher than the Bucs.
John Murphy Show: Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, Fox announcer and Lewiston native Daryl “Moose” Johnston, radio analyst Mark Kelso, and Greg Cosell from NFL Films were guests on Friday’s show.
Trivia: You probably know it has been 17 years (and counting) since the Bills’ last playoff game. But when was their first postseason game?