Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on October 19, 2015 · Page D1
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Democrat and Chronicle E2 Monday,October19,2015 LANDRY JONES GETS CHANCE, GIVES STEELERS SPARK PAGE 8D NEW YORK - Daniel Murphy homered off yet another ace. Noah Syndergaard turned in one more outstand- i ng outing from the Mets’ collection of studly young starters. Power, pitching, plus some dazzling defense are falling into place for New York. The Mets breezed past the Chicago Cubs 4-1Sunday night for a 2-0 lead in a surprisingly one-sided NL Championship Series. Jake Arrieta, baseball’s most dominant pitcher since t he All-Star break, had not even settled in when Murphy homered for the fourth straight game, a two-run drive just inside the right-field pole in a three-run first inning. Given the quick lead on a chilly night, Syndergaard kept the bats of Chicago’s young sluggers on ice with s hutout ball into the sixth inning. Curtis Granderson robbed Chris Coghlan of a likely home run with a leaping grab at the center-field wall, s wiped a pair of bases and scored two runs for the Mets. After beating Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Jon L ester and Arrieta, the Mets are two wins from reaching their first World Series since 2000. New York starts NL Rookie of the Year Jacob de- Grom when the series resumes Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Chicago goes with Kyle Hendricks, part of the less- than-imposing back end of its rotation. If the long- d owntrodden Cubs are to reach the World Series for the first time since 1945, they must first force the best-of- seven NLCS back to Citi Field next weekend. After homering off Kershaw, Greinke and Lester, AP Daniel Murphy is congratulated by teammate David Wright after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. NL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Murphy homers; Mets lead Cubs 2-0 RONALD BLUM ASSOCIATED PRESS SeeMETS,Page7D ORCHARD PARK – Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan implored fans to pack Ralph Wilson Stad ium and make it a “playoff atmosphere.’’ The implication was clear. It was a knock on Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton, who in his first four seasons has been to the NFL playoffs four times, only to lose the wild-card game each time. W ell, Ryan got his wish on Sunday. Almost. L oyal fans were at their throaty best. Mother Nature sent in chilly temperatures, gray skies and even some snow flurries. It had the look a nd feel of a January playoff game (you remember those?), right up to the part where Dalton was supposed to fall flat on his face. And the reason? For starters, the B ills and their defense, alleged to be “ elite,’’ never put Dalton on his back. Buffalo’s defense failed to show up in a34-21loss to the unbeaten Bengals,a loss that officially removes the Bills from playoff talk until further notice, b ecause guru Ryan never showed up. I ’d have a better chance explaining Playboy’s decision for removing nudity from its magazine than why Ryan, who has built his reputation on taking the fight to the quarterback, dialed d own pressure on Dalton and not up. T he result was the “Red Rifle’’ turning Ryan red-faced. It’s obvious that Dalton, a fifth-year NFL Ryan's d efense i n full retreat JAMIE GERMANO/@JGERMANO1/JAMIE GERMANO/@JGERMANO1/, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Bills running back LeSean McCoy looks for a hole at the line of scrimmage. He rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown. SeeDEFENSE,Page5D LEO ROTH COMMENTARY ORCHARD PARK - The petulant, bordering on poor sport attitude that marked Rex Ryan's postgame press conferences following Buffalo's first two losses of the season was nowhere to be found Sunday afternoon. I nstead, the Bills head coach looked positively shell-shocked, humbled, even flabbergasted, by what took place dur- i ng Buffalo's 34-21loss to the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals at Ralph Wilson Stadium where the weather was more indecisive than EJ Manuel going through his read progression. Ryan is one of the most upbeat guys in JAMIE GERMANO/@JGERMANO1/, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Bengals running back Jeremy Hill goes airborne over Bills Stephon Gilmore to score on a 13-yard pass from Andy Dalton. The Bengals went on to beat the Bills, 34-21at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. BILLS DEFENSE OVERWHELMED Secondary shredded in 34-21loss to Bengals SAL MAIORANA @SALMAIORANA SeeBILLS,Page6D London calls Sal Maiorana is heading to London to cover the Bills’ game against Jacksonville next Sunday. Look for his reports all week at Demo- cratandChronicle.com, in our print editions and follow him on Twitter at salmaiorana- .com. 3421 /3-3 //6-0 / 243 ANDY’S DALTON’S PASSING Y ARDS The Bengals quarterback racked up 243 p assing yards and 3 touchdowns a gainst an overwhelmed Bills defense. 0 SACKS BY BILLS DEFENSE The Bills defense failed to earn a sack against the Bengals offensive line while A ndy Dalton imposed his will on their s econdary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