Jeff joined Channel 7 in 2003 as a sports anchor/reporter and was promoted to Sports Director in December 2007. A native of Rochester, Jeff was excited to get back to Western New York after serving as Sports Director and anchor for the ABC affiliate in Kearney, Nebraska, where he was honored with the Associated Press award for “Top Sportscast” in the state. He was also the recipient of six Nebraska Associated Press Awards in his time there.
After graduating from SUNY Fredonia in 1997, Jeff got his start in broadcasting in Jamestown, NY as a sportscaster and reporter for Time Warner Cable Channel 8 from 1998-2001.
In addition to being Channel 7’s Sports Director, he is also a contributor to the “Bills All Access” program and can be seen on the Jumbotron at Ralph Wilson Stadium hosting the halftime highlight show during Buffalo Bills Home games.
Jeff is recently married and he and his wife currently make their home in Buffalo. When he’s not working, Jeff likes to play basketball, jog and of course, relax at home.
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There were once again flashes in the 27-24 overtime loss to the Bengals. Once again missed opportunities, and plenty of frustration following another close loss.
"We've lost a lot of close games and that hurts", said Bills center Eric Wood. "It stings that we're so close and we could be on the other end of some of these games. You wish you could go back and change something but you can't. All you can do is change the next time it comes, and hopefully next time we will", Wood continued.
I thought heading in the Bills were going to need a complete game from the defense to have a shot. They didn't get it. It turned out to be a tale of two halves for Mike Pettine's crew. The first half was one to forget.
The Bengals offense had everything going through the first two quarters. Cincinnati racked up 284 yards of offense in the first half and did so with big plays. The Bengals hit on five plays that went for 20 yards or more in the first half. They also scored points on each of their first three drives. The Bills trailed 17-10 at the break.
"We definitely put ourselves in a hole", said Mario Williams. "But then even at he end of the game we still had a chance to win, so I wouldn't say it's discouraging especially with the way we came back", Williams continued.
The Bills defense did battle back in the second half. While far from perfect the "D" made the stops it needed to, especially in the fourth quarter. Down 24-10 the Bills forced the Bengals into a three-and-out to start the fourth. The Buffalo offense scored on the following drive to cut the Cincinnati lead to 24-17.
Then with 3:28 to play Arthur Moats and Kyle WIlliams stopped Giovanni Bernard on third-and-1 for no gain to force a Bengals punt.
Thad Lewis hit Marquise Goodwin on the following Bills drive to tie the score at 24.
The Bills offense also struggled with consistency in the first half. The early turning point came in the second quarter when the Bills had four shots at a score from the Bengals two yard line. The Bills ran Fred Jackson on first, second and third down for a total of 1 yard. Then on fourth and goal from the one Thad Lewis was sacked at the Cincinnati two for a loss of one.
I had no problem with the decision to go for it on fourth down but the gamble didn't pay off. After the turnover on downs the Bengals marched 98 yards on 9 plays in 5:07 for the teams first touchdown. Andy Dalton capped off the drive with a shovel pass from Andy Dalton to Bernard that went for 20 yards.
Other thoughts -
-Thad Lewis at the very least met expectations on Sunday. Lewis finished 19-of-32 for 216 yards and a pair of passing touchdowns. He also rushed for three yard touchdown. Not bad for a guy who was running the scout offense a little over a week ago. He danced in the pocket at times, and was sacked on five occasions but I think overall he executed the offense.
Lewis showed tremendous touch on his first pass of the game a 47 yard strike to T.J. Graham. His touchdown passes in the fourth quarter were both well thrown balls. The first to Scott Chandler went for 22 yards. Then his 40 yard completion to Marquise Goodwin was right on the money. The throw to Goodwin capped off a 7 play, 86 yard drive
-Rookie LB Kiko Alonso finished with 22 tackles. The team said after the game that was the most by a Bills player since LB Damien Covington had 22 on 10/26/1997 against Denver.
-Punter Brian Moorman looked right back at home in his first game back with the Bills. Moorman averaged 48.8 yards on five punts. He also pinned the Bengals inside their own 1 on a coffin corner kick for the ages. Moorman punted from the Cincinnati 48 and the ball bounced out of bounds at the half yard mark. Moorman received a loud ovation from the Buffalo faithful on the play. The spot was reviewed and once it was confirmed by officials Moorman pumped his fists in a familiar outpouring of emotion on the home sideline.
Spiller says he suffered the injury when his twisted his knee in a pile. Spiller believes the injury happened with 5:50 to go in the second quarter on a play that went for -1 yards. Spiller didn't have a carry the rest of the half. He had one carry in the third quarter before shutting it down. "I felt like I couldn't get no power, that explosiveness off my leg".
Spiller says he will now work with trainers the next few days. "I've got to make sure it's ready to go. I have a lot of faith in the trainers. We will look at it day to day. As of right now we'll see how it feels doing some treatment that I need to do to make sure I'm ready. I think I should be good to go", said Spiller.
Spiller finished Sunday's game with 10 carries for 9 yards rushing against the Jets.
"I'm proud of this team", said Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone after the 23-20 win over Baltimore on Sunday. "Here we are after the first quarter (of the season) and we are 2-and-2. Marrone continued.
A depleted Bills defense played a huge role on Sunday. The unit entered the game against the Ravens with three starters missing from the defensive secondary. Leodis McKelvin, Stephon Gilmore and Jairus Byrd all missed the game against the Baltimore due to injury. Safety Aaron Williams was forced to start at cornerback but still the Bills made Joe Flacco's visit to Ralph Wilson Stadium a miserable experience.
The reigning Super Bowl MVP was picked off five times, sacked on four occasions and harassed throughout the day. The 5 interceptions were the 6th most in Bills club history. Flacco finished with 347 yards passing but the Bills were not gonna just sit back and him them pick them apart.
Aaron Williams finished with one of his finest games. He had two picks, four passes defended and finished with 2 tackles. And what can you say about rookie Kiko Alonso? With his two interceptions on Sunday Alonso became the first Bills rookie LB to have a 3-game interception streak. "I just go out and play" said Alonso post game. "I'm just trying to get better every single day and that's all I care about"
The Bills held the Ravens to only 24 yards rushing on 9 attempts and improved greatly on third down. The Bills limited Baltimore to conversions on only 3 of 16 third down opportunities. The Ravens abandoned the run game in the second half and at one point threw on 30 straight plays.
Offensively I was very impressed that the Bills were able to get the ground game going. Finding consistency in the running game was a constant theme throughout the week, but this was the Ravens. Baltimore entered the week boasting the leagues 4th ranked defense against the run giving up just over 74 yards a game. The Ravens hadn't given up a rushing TD all year. Still the Bills rolled up 203 yards on the them on Sunday. Both C.J. Spiller (77 yards) and Fred Jackson (87 yards and a touchdown) ran hard. Both were dinged up in the victory. Spiller left with an ankle injury. Jackson reportedly suffered a sprained MCL. We should learn more about their status for the Cleveland game on Monday.
Coming off a tough performance against the Jets I believe EJ Manuel did bounce back in some ways against the Ravens. His throw to Robert Woods on the 43 yard touchdown may have been the nicest completion of his young career. Manuel's stats won't jump off the page at you. He finished 10-of-22 for 167 yards and a touchdown. He was picked off twice and also lost a fumble. Still Manuel seemed more poised to me for the most part then he did against the Jets.
He seemed more comfortable in the pocket with the rush coming at him. The throw to Chandler on the sideline that was eventually ruled incomplete was as good as it gets. The throw to Woods that was ruled incomplete for what would have been a second touchdown was nice. Still he left several plays out there. He missed Stevie Johnson in the endzone in the first half. His second interception in the fourth quarter was on an under thrown ball to Woods."There are always things you can do better, but none the less we won the game today and that's the biggest thing. We want to be excited about that and look forward to Cleveland now", said Manuel postgame
In terms of Special Teams Dan Carpenter was 3-for-3 on FGs. He's 10-for-11 on the season. Also have to give credit to Marcus Easley who continues to excel in special teams. He finished with four tackles against the Ravens.
The Sabres and fans were flying high following last Thursday's game one win... Now what?? Three straight losses and a 3-1 series deficit have caused obvious reason for concern. The lid protecting the always attractive panic button is without question starting to raise, and it's now up to the Sabres "core group" to slam it back down.
The Bruins have come as advertised, a physical bunch that cherishes a tight defensive style... but what about the Sabres?? We knew goals would be at a premium.. but when Craig Rivet, Tyler Myers, Matt Ellis, and Mike Grier have four of the Sabres eight goals in this series.. that's not going to get it done.
Jason Pominville, Tim Connolly and Derek Roy have combined for just a few points. Is this enough from the guys the Sabres rely on for production? Obviously the absence of Jochen Hecht, and more recently Thomas Vanek hasn't helped things offensively, but the aforementioned trio has to step up.
The Bills won the turnover battle and had 13 less penalties then the Jets who had 20, but dropped to 1-2 on the year, and 0-2 in the AFC East.
Adding to the disappointing performance were the injuries. Running Back C.J. Spiller (knee), Cornerback Leodis McKelvin (Hamstring), Defensive Tackle Marcel Dareus (ankle) and Defensive tackle Alex Carrington (knee) all left the game and did not return on Sunday.
Head Coach Doug Marrone said he didn't have much of an update on the extent of the injuries after the game.
Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine couldn't have been happy with his units performance against his former team. The Bills defense made enough plays to keep the team in the game late but couldn't get a consistent pass rush on rookie QB Geno Smith, and gave up huge chunks of yards. Smith was sacked 9 times through the first two games but but the Bills couldn't get to him once on Sunday. Smith finished 16-of-29 for 331 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown and threw two picks. He beat the Bills with 4 passes that went for 40 yards or more. Smith's two touchdowns were on throws of 51 yards and 69 yards. Both were completed with Justin Rogers in coverage. It was a brutal day for the cornerback.
The Bills also had problems stopping the run. Bilal Powell rushed 149 yards on 27 carries. The Jets finished with 182 yards rushing and 513 total yards of offense.
Geno Smith was far from perfect. Still the growing pains of a young quarterback were far more evident for the Bills EJ Manuel.
On his first three drives Manuel completed only one of his first five passes for 1 yard.
The Jets have won of the top defenses in the league and game plan was straight forward. Stop the run and force Manuel to beat them. The rookie couldn't do it on Sunday. Manuel struggled with the constant pressure brought by the Jets and finished the day 19 of 42 for 243 yards and a touchdown. He missed out of bounds on several throws and was sacked 8 times.
Manuel was not helped by the Bills inability to get the ground game going. CJ Spiller was held to nine yards on 10 carries before leaving with a knee injury. Fred Jackson had one of the lone highlights with a 59 yard run. He finished with 7 carries for 72 yards.
The Bills execution on third down was terrible. The offense finished 4-fo-18 in third down situations. The Bills also hurt themselves by setting for field goals in the red zone. Going 0-3 on the day inside the 20.
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