Raiders vs. Bills -- Setting the scene in Buffalo

September 18, 2011, 4:29 pm
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Sept. 18, 2011


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Paul Gutierrez

Greetings from Western New York. It's a beautiful day here in Buffalo, temperatures in the high 60s. Traffic was insane outside for the Bills' home opener. Took about an hour to go 15 miles.

Ralph Wilson stadium is a gem. Best sightlines of any press box in the NFL. Just can't stand the fake grass.

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Raiders defensive end Trevor Scott is making a homecoming, of sorts, as he played at the University of Buffalo, lining up at tight end his first two years on campus before switching over to the defensive side of the ball.

"I have great memories from my time there at school," said Scott, who actually grew up a fan of the New York football Giants. "I'm looking forward to going back to Buffalo and getting a win."

Defensive tackle Desmond Bryant is also looking forward to renewing acquaintances with a college teammate from Harvard in Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

"We were on campus at the same time," Bryant said. "He was a senior captain when I was a rookie and he's a great player. I've seen him make some incredible throws, incredible runs. He's a great quarterback. He does a lot of different things.

"He's going to be a tough matchup but, you know, I think we're prepared for him."

Bryant said there is a special pride among NFL players who came from the Ivy League.

"It will be nice to shake Fitzy's hand after the game and say, 'We made it,' and talk to him a little bit."

Before that, though, Bryant wants to be in "Fitzy's" face all game long.