Matthews: Everyone Is Picking On The Bills

SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE IS PICKING ON THE BILLS

What they’re saying about the Buffalo Bills after last Sunday’s season-opening 47-3 loss at the Baltimore Ravens (and helping to explain why it was a no-brainer for coach Sean McDermott to decide to start rookie quarterback in Sunday’s home opener against the LA Chargers – it has to boost the hopes of his players and avert a revolt by the fans):

Stephen A. Smith, ESPN: :There is a legitimate chance that this year’s Buffalo Bills may be the worst NFL team we’ve seen this decade...They’re God awful. Is there any worse QB than (Nathan) Peterman? Lordy.”

Michael Rapaport: “The Bills should start Colin Kaepernick next week. Peteran shouldn’t be allowed to even play Madden.”

Mike Greenberg, ESPN: “Upon further review, the Bills look like the worst team in the NFL. How they left themselves in a place where Nathan Peterman would be their opening day starter is a mystery.”

Jim Rome, CBS Sports Radio : “Bills Mafia. How’s your day going?”

Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun sports columnist: “Just about everyone thought the Ravens had improved this season, especially in the passing game, but we didn’t know how much. We still don’t know because the Buffalo Bills were terrible.”

Every NFL Power Rankings on the planet has Buffalo No. 32 in the NFL Power Rankings entering Week 2:

USA Today Sports Weekly: “Be nice to drop scalding mess further down board, but apparently we’re not allowed to elevate Alabama or Clemson ahead of Buffalo.”

ESPN: (down from No. 24 entering Week 1:  “Buffalo fans rejoiced to see rookie QB Josh Allen replace Nathan Peterman in the third quarter on Sunday. While Allen had a Total QBR of just 39 in his debut, at least it was better than the 0.9 that Peterman posted.”

NESN.com: “No offense to head coach Sean McDermott, but we won’t need to go back and look at the tape to further evaluate the Bills’ Week 1 performance.”

Even Business Insider has the Bills No. 32: “The Nathan Peterman experiment again ended in horrifying fashion...It’s tough to imagine they don’t five Josh Allen the starting nod Week 2.”

SB Nation has Buffalo No. 32 but showed some mercy – no cruel comments.

Bleacher Report ranks the Bills No. 32 – after Sunday’s home opener against the LA Chargers.

BOB’S “BEST BET”: BENGALS OVER RAVENS

The Baltimore Ravens play at the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night. Both team are coming off impressive season-opening wins and it is a pick-em game.

This is a tough call because I think both teams are underrated sleepers with genuine playoff berths.

The Bengasls are coming off an impressive win at Indianapolis. Could the Ravens be overconfident coming off a scrimmage against Buffalo?

When in doubt, take the home team.

Bob’s “Best Bet”: CINCINNATI (pick-em) 24, Baltimore 20.

BIG KNIGHTHAWKS NEWS THURSDAY

The Halifax Privateers are expected to be announced at a media conference Thursday morning in Halifax, Nova cotia.

The owner of the new team in the National Lacrosse League for the 2020 season is expected be  current Rochester Knighthawks owner Curt Styres.

The big question has been if the Privateers would be an expansion team or if Styres would move the team lock, stock and Matt Vinc and Cody Jamieson to Halifax. That’s what he prefers and what I believe he is entitled to do. I wouldn’t like to see that happen but I don’t see how anyone could stop him.

There has been debate within the NLL whether Styres should take Rochester’s roster with him to Halifax. It has been reported that the league would waive the customary expansion fee if Styres would leave his current Rochester roster behind.

The popular scenario is that Rochester would remain in the NLL in 2020 – as of now owned by the Pegulas, who also own the NLL Buffalo Bandits. This, of course, would be awkward to say the least.

The Pegulas could sell the Knighthawks and hope the new owner would keep the team in Rochester in Blue Cross Arena as a winter of the Pegulas, whoalso own the AHL Amerks and now run BCA.

My fear is that a Knighthawks team playing in Rochester in 2020 without the current players would be the final NLL season for Rochester...another pro team would bite the dust.

VINC AND VITARELLI STAR AS PETERBOROUGH WINS MANN CUP

The Peterborough Lakers beat the visiting  Maple Ridge Burrards 11-8 Tuesday night to sweep the Canadian Senior-A summer indoor lacrosse championship in four games.

Rochester Knighthawks star goalie had 39 saves on 47 Maple Ridge shots and Hawks teammates Cory Vitarelli had two goals.

SHORT SHOTS

Updated World Series win probabilies from the 538 ELO computer: Red Sox 27 percent...Astros 22 percent...Indians 9 percent...Cubs 9 percent...Dodgers 7 percent...Yankees 6 percent (no thank you)...Cardinals 5 percent...A’s 4 percent.

The Alliance of American Football, set to launch the week after Super Bowl 33, has signed 332 players and assigned them to the league’s eight teams: Atlanta, Orlando, Memphis, Birmingham, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, San Antonio and San Diego.  The first game will be February 9 on CBS. The  AAF will offer enhanced in-game betting.

Most of you have family or friends who’ve moved to the Carolinas – better weather, more jobs, lower taxes, etc. But one thing they’ll have and we won’t have and don’t want – Hurricane Florence. I hope everyone has evacuated and there will be minimal damage when you return home.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Wednesday, September 12

Andrew Luck 29...Freddie Freeman 29...Yao Ming 38...Martin Lapointe 45...Ka-Jana Carter 45...Terry Dehere 47...Angel Cabrera 48...Vernon Maxwell 53...Cindy Rarick 59...Deron Cherry 59...Wilfredo Benitez 60....Ricky Rudd 62...Chip Beck 62..Mike Murphy 68....John Fuqua 71...Mickey Lolich 78. Emmy Rossom 32 and Jennifer Hudson 37 are invited to the birthday party. Jesse Owens was born on this date 105 years ago (1913) and died in 1950 at age 66.

Thursday, September 13

Cheick Diallo 22...A.J. McCarron 28)...Thomaa Muller 29...Michael Johnson 31...Baron Corbin 34...Nene’ 36...Daisuke Matsuzaka 38...Jose Theodore 42...Craig Rivet 44...Ted Drury 47...Richie Anderson 47...Bernie Williams 50...Brad Johnson 50....Igor Kravchuk 52...Rufus Bess 62...Rick Dempsey 69.

Friday, September 14

Deshaun Watson 23...Gary Harris 24...Gregory Polanco 27...Jimmy Butler 29...Jonathon Simmons 29...Michael Crabtree 31...Delmon Young 33...Frostee Rucker 35...Terrell Fletcher 45...Kurt Gouveia 54...Tim Wallach 61....Orest Kindrachuk 68...Larry Brown 78...Harry Sinden 86.

ON THIS DATE IN SPORTS...

September 12

42 years ago (1976), the Seattle Seahawks played and lost  their first NFL regular-season game 30-24 to St. Louis...Minnie Minoso of the White Sox at age 53 became the oldest player to get a MLB hit...39 years ago (1979). Carl Yastrzemski got his 3,000th hit...36 years ago (10982), Jimmy Connors won his fourth U.S. Open, over Ivan Lendl, 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4...14 years ago (2004), Roger Federer won his first U.S. Open title, beating Lleyton Hewitt, 6-0, 7-6, 6-0.

September 13

135 years ago (1883), one-armed pitcher Hugh Daily of Cleveland no-hit Philadelphia...109 years ago (1909), Ty Cobb won the American League title with his ninth HR (inside-the-park)...69 years ago (1949), the LPGA was formed in New York City...53 years ago (1965), Willie Mays hit his 500th home run in San Francisco’s 11th straight win...37 years ago (1981), John McEnroe beat Bjorn Borg 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 for his third straight U.S. Open title...27 years ago (1991), Joe Carter posted his third consecutive 100-RBI season with a thid different team (Cleveland-San Diego-Toronto).

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