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Third-quarter analysis: Bills on the losing end of replay reviews

By Jay Skurski 

Replay review has not been kind to the Buffalo Bills today.

Two plays went to the booth for further review during the third quarter, and both went against Buffalo. The first play was a 24-yard pass play to tight end Scott Chandler, which was originally ruled a good catch. The replay official, however, ruled that Chandler was not able to get both feet inbounds.

The next review was even more damaging. Quarterback EJ Manuel appeared to complete a 4-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Robert Woods near the end of the quarter, but again the review went against the Bills. It was ruled that Woods did not have possession before going out of bounds because he bobbled the ball.

The Bills had to settle for a field goal after the ruling, giving them a 23-14 lead.

Stevie’s slow day: Wide receiver Stevie Johnson has yet to record a catch through the first three quarters. Johnson had a ball go off his hands – directly to Baltimore linebacker Daryl Smith for an interception.

Three times a charm: Rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso recorded an interception for the third straight game, picking Flacco off at the Buffalo 46-yard line and returning it 6 yards to the Baltimore 48. Alonso became the first Bills rookie linebacker to record an interception in three straight games and just the third to have three picks in a season, joining Stew Barber, who had three in 1961, and Mike Stratton, who had six in 1962.

Running backs banged up: The Bills announced C.J. Spiller had an ankle injury and his return to the game would be questionable. Spiller did come back after that announcement, but limped back off after only one play. On the same series, running back Fred Jackson checked himself out of the game with an apparent left leg injury, forcing Tashard Choice into duty. 

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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