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Rookie EJ Manuel impressive in effort to be Bills starting QB; Buffalo beats Minnesota 20-16

EJ Manuel (courtesy Florida State)

Rookie EJ Manuel, a recent graduate from Florida State, continues to be impressive during the current NFL exhibition season as he led the Buffalo Bills to a 20-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The 23-year-old who is 6’5, 237 pounder is very close to being named the Bills starting quarterback over veteran Kevin Kolb who has struggled all of training camp.

Manuel, playing the first half was 10 of 12 passing for 92 yards and a touchdown at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Kolb, who has been booed constantly by Bills fans during camp, played the second half and was 10 of 17 for 66 yards and an interceptions.

Buffalo Bills, State of New York, Erie County, agree on new stadium lease until at least 2020

Ralph Wilson Stadium home of the Bills (photo by mikerussell via wikipedia commons)

The NFL’s Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement with the State of New York and Erie County on a new lease deal for Ralph Wilson Stadium that will keep the team in the suburb of Orchard Park until at least the year 2020.

The Bills’ current 15-year lease expires on July 31, 2013. Buffalo is located in the United States’ 56th largest TV market and the concerns have been that they might be a target for relocation to Los Angeles or even Toronto.

The $271 million agreement includes $130 million in renovations for the almost 40-year-old stadium which was opened in 1973, has the Bills paying $35 million and New York and Erie County providing the other $95 million.

The lease is for 10 years but the agreement has the Bills staying in Buffalo at least through the first seven years. The team then will have the option of buying out the remaining three years of the lease for $28 million. However, the penalty to leave early is $400 million.

(courtesy of NFLmedia.com & Buffalo Bills)

The owner of the Bills is 94-year-old Ralph Wilson, who is the oldest owner in the NFL and the oldest living former player and Pro Football Hall of Fame member. Rumors are swirling that his health is in decline.

Wilson was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 17, 1918.

Bills agree to 1-year lease extension with county

 

Ralph Wilson Stadium (photo by Evilarry, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

The Buffalo Bills and  Erie County, New York agreed in principle to a one-year lease extension that allows the NFL team to continue playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2013.

The announcement was made by County executive Mark Pononcarz.

Located in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, New York, Ralph Wilson Stadium seats 73,079.

The facility was opened in 1973 at a cost of $22 million. The Bills have been the primary tenants since its opening.

The stadium is named after Pro Football Hall of Famer, founder and owner Ralph Wilson.

 

Info compiled from Buffalo Bills, TV & Radio news

 

NFL GAME RESULTS: Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns lose exhibition games

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT BUFFALO BILLS


Carson Palmer and the rest of the Bengals offensive unit showed a few new wrinkles at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. It was not enough as the Buffalo Bills defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 35-20.

Cincinnati’s first team offense ran 19 plays and amassed 135 yards. Palmer was 9 of 11 for 95 yards, and had touchdown passes to Jermaine Gresham and Chad Ochocinco and finished with a quarterback rating of 142.2.

Adam Jones Bengals CB PR (NFL)

Mike Bugent Bengals PK (NFL)

After Adam Jones took the opening kickoff 52 yards to the Bills 47-yard line, Palmer drove the Bengals to a touchdown in five plays. With the ball on the Buffalo 9, Bills linebacker Andra Davis couldn’t keep up with Bengals rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham who scored his first NFL touchdown. Gresham had four receptions for 45 yards.

After Buffalo tied the game up on a Roscoe Parrish 12-yard touchdown catch on a Trent Edwards pass, the Bengals drove down the field in nine plays. They scored when Chad Ochocinco shook off stumbling defender Leodis McKelvin and caught it in the back left corner of the end zone from 6 yards out.

The Bengals, now 2-2 on the preseason, wraps up that portion of the season Thursday at Indianapolis.

SOUNDS FROM THE BENGALS POST-GAME LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 360 David Rayner Bengals Kicker talks to the media (Part 2) (megasportsnews.com)

45 362 Terrell Owens Bengals Talks with the media about rounding into shape for season (megasportsnews.com)

GAME NOTES

* Ohio State product Mike Nugent had a 54-yard field goal early in the third quarter.

* Dave Rayner, also had a 32-yard field goal.

* Trent Edwards completed 13 of 17 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown.

* Rookie C.J. Spiller carried 12 times for 52 yards and gave Buffalo, now 2-1, a 21-14 halftime lead with touchdown runs of 1 and 20 yards.

* The Bengals penalties totaled 11 for 117 yards.

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT DETROIT LIONS


The Cleveland Browns have improved in some areas this preseason. But Saturday’s game against the Detroit Lions show that much work is still needed to even get to a .500 record in the upcoming season.

Saturday night at Ford Field, the Browns lost three fumbles and allowed three touchdown drives in the second half as the Detroit Lions came away with a 35-27 win.

Jake Delhomme Browns QB (NFL)

With their starters playing, Cleveland scored on three of their five possessions, running 41 plays to Detroit’s 18 and at one point held a 24-14 leasd at halftime.

The Browns scored a touchdowns when Detroit running back Kevin Smith got stripped of the ball and Eric Wright returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.

Jack Delhomme operating out of the no-huddle offense with constant formation motion and shifting of players, thrived as he compiled a third straight 100-plus passer rating performance, completing 20 of 25 passes for 125 yards, with one touchdown to fullback Lawrence Vickers.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford had a nice game, connecting with Bryant Johnson on a fade over Sheldon Brown for a touchdown from 7 yards out on the Lion’s third play from scrimmage. Stafford never got sacked, while completing 13 of 17 passes for 141 yards and one touchdown.

In three exhibition games, Cleveland has not stopped any opposing quarterbacks, allowwing them to complete 30 of 36 passes.

compiled from Cincinnati Bengals & Cleveland Browns news