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Buffalo Bills News - November 18, 2015

Marker 5 Bills practice notes from Nov. 17 [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'During press conferences, it’s usually quite difficult to make Rex Ryan feel awkward when he’s fielding question. The exercise is right in his wheelhouse, but, when asked about the firing of his brother Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, and whether or not he’d hire him in Buffalo, the Bills head coach wasn’t as clear and concise as normal.'

Marker An Improved Buffalo Team Gets Another Shot At New England [1:44 AM]
WBZ-AM reports: 'Thanks to recent injuries to running back Dion Lewis and wide receiver Julian Edelman, the Patriots are running out of playmakers on offense. They have not scored more than 27 points in either of the last two games, and now they will face a Bills team that scored 32 points against them earlier in the season. The Bills have beaten the Patriots in Foxboro only once in the past 14 tries, but this game might be closer than people expect.'

Marker 5 things you have to know about Bills [1:43 AM]
WEEI-AM reports: 'The Bills will provide the first real test for a resurgent New England run defense in a month.'

Marker Top 6 storylines for the Bills-Pats rematch [1:42 AM] reports: '“Our defense is much better than it was that week,” Ryan said this week, in an appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550. “It couldn’t be worse. From a communication standpoint, everything else- oh my gosh- were we bad. They’re really good, but we really helped them.”'

Marker Bills 'D' doesn't see Patriots key injuries changing their attack [1:41 AM] reports: '“I think it’s going to hurt them a little bit,” said Manny Lawson of the loss of Edelman. “He was a key player to their offense especially a guy as quick and talented he is and catch the ball in the middle amongst linebackers and make guys miss, and in the punt return game. It’s a loss for them, but I’m pretty sure they’re going to have somebody step up in that role.”'

Marker Game Preview: New England Patriots host Buffalo Bills [1:40 AM] reports: 'The teams have had many memorable matchups over the years, including a five-game span from 1999 to 2001 where four of the five contests were decided in overtime.'

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November 17, 2015

Marker A few notes on a rare Sunday off for the Bills [12:01 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'What was the last team to beat the Patriots in a game that counted?'

Marker Bills clearly in playoff picture with Chiefs, Texans games looming big [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills currently occupy the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC, thanks to a 22-17 victory over the New York Jets. The Bills had been No. 5 in the AFC entering Sunday, but dropped a spot when Pittsburgh beat Cleveland. That moved the Steelers to 6-4 on the season, a half-game ahead of Buffalo at 5-4.'

Marker Bills may shock world against the Patriots [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here are six reasons why the Bills could shock the world next Monday...'.

Marker Tom Brady's dominance of the Buffalo Bills, game by game [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Overall, he's 24-3 against the Bills, resting in the second half of one of those losses, with 6,724 yards, 61 touchdowns, 19 picks and a 101.5 passer rating.'

Marker Buffalo Bills hold onto final wild card spot heading into Week 11 [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills entered the day in fifth place in the AFC after beating the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football. A win by the Pittsburgh Steelers pushed the Bills into sixth place. The Jets are tied with the Bills but no longer have the tie breaker after the head-to-head loss. Meanwhile, the Raiders, Dolphins and Chiefs are all one game back in the race. The Houston Texans play on Monday Night Football and could move to within a game back if they beat the Bengals.'

Marker Patriots get a second look at Bills next Monday night [1:55 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'One thing that hasn’t changed in the past two moths? Rex likes to talk.'

Marker Rex, Bills look to avenge ''embarrassing'' week 2 loss [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'But to do it, even by Ryan’s own admission, it will take an almost perfect performance to accomplish. “You don’t have to be perfect. You almost….you got to be pretty darn close to perfect,” he told reporters the day after the win over the Jets. “And [Tom" target="_blank"> Brady may have to have an off day. Something has to give. You have to make it to where it is difficult for him and we got to have a great game.”'

Marker How is the playoff picture shaping up for the Bills? [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are 5-4 and are currently sitting in a playoff spot as they head into next week's Monday Night Football game against the New England Patriots.'

Marker Random Observations [1:52 AM]
Bills Daily reports: Great win for the Bills – beating a second divisional opponent in a span of 5 days – that is not easy to do. For as much as Bills fans don’t want to give credit to the Jets, New York has a solid team this year – heck, they are the Bills of two years ago with a top defense and a few offensive weapons being led by Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Marker Bills near the top in toxic differential [1:51 AM] reports: 'Billick sees the statistic as a tell-tale sign of how a team balances the risks and rewards of attempting and preventing big plays. He maintains that statistically teams that have a plus-two edge in turnover differential in a game have an 80 percent chance of winning. Likewise if a team has a plus-two edge in big plays they also have an 80 percent chance of winning. Billick claims if a team has both in the same game they have a 95 percent chance of winning.'

November 16, 2015

Marker Five things to know about the Patriots [9:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A week after losing running back Dion Lewis for the season because of a torn ACL in his left knee, New England saw No. 1 receiver Julian Edelman suffer a significant injury Sunday against the New York Giants. Edelman broke his foot on the final play of the first quarter. He will reportedly have surgery Monday and it’s possible he could miss the rest of the season. Edelman has been a beast this season, with 61 receptions for 692 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns in just nine games. Expect Danny Amendola to assume a larger role in the offense with Edelman out.'

Marker Major road tests await Bills after rare weekend off [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Especially against New England, you don’t have to be perfect. You almost … you got to be pretty darn close to perfect,” Ryan said. “And Brady may have to have an off day. Something has to give. You have to make it to where it’s difficult for him and we got to have a great game.”'

November 15, 2015

Marker Whaley’s record as Bills’ GM, has had its successes [5:51 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'However, it’s been this season that Whaley could make the strongest case for the quality of his job performance. And it was never more obvious than in Thursday night’s 22-17 victory over the Jets at the Meadowlands.'

Marker Bills’ rookie class a feather in Whaley’s cap [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here’s a closer look at how each member of the Bills’ 2015 draft class has fared to this point in their professional careers.'

Marker ESPN documentary looks at the highs and lows of the Bills glory years [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It fits in nicely,” said Dahl. “It is a team that really captured a lot of attention and is remembered – except in this case – remembered for losing rather than winning. Ironically, it was a team that was even winning in the postseason to get to that point where they were losing the big game.'

November 14, 2015

Marker McCoy’s vintage performances boost Bills’ playoff hopes [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Nothing before has worked against Brady. McCoy, in rhythm, healthy, side-stepping tacklers as if playing himself on Madden gives the Bills legitimate hope in the AFC. And when’s the last time they had that?'

Marker Headset communication breakdown returns [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Pretty frustrating,” is how Rex Ryan described the continued problems, adding he didn’t know why they continue to happen. “If we knew the answer we wouldn’t have the problems. It’s just unbelievable, because we let the clock run out on us a few times. We had to take a bunch of timeouts based on that.”'

Marker On fourth downs, it was math vs. feel, right down to the wire [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ 22-17 victory over the New York Jets featured no shortage of controversial fourth-down decisions by both teams.'

Marker Bills avoided a colossal meltdown [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Because this was a down-to-the-wire night game, the bane of the sports writing profession, we have to have a winning lead and a losing lead ready to go as soon as the game ends. My loser lead was an epic rant, the gist of which was, "How many new, inventive, and downright deplorable ways can the Bills find to lose games?" I'm glad I was able to control-alt-delete that one and offer up my winner because at least now the season will have relevance for at least a little while longer.'

Marker Did Buffalo Bills need to lose to Jacksonville Jaguars to get season on track? [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I just think we needed that in London," cornerback Stephon Gilmore said. "I think we're refocused now. I think the sky is the limit for this team. We don't want to feel that way again."'

Marker Bills’ Ryan may have gone overboard with Jets bit [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“The NFL never should have allowed this to happen. Roger Goodell should have forced Ryan to stand down on this or face a heavy fine and/or suspension. For all of its problems with off-field violence, most of it perpetrated against women, the league should be embarrassed for allowing Ryan to use a national TV game, or any game, to reward a player who assaulted and injured a teammate who ended up in surgery and out of a first-string job.'

Marker After beating Jets, Ryan turns attention to Brady, Patriots [1:53 AM]
AP reports: '"We know what's in front us but here we go, man," Ryan said. "We're going to give it our all."'

Marker Bills survive furious Jets comeback [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It was nerve-wracking," wide receiver Sammy Watkins said. "But I put trust in our defense. It wasn't pretty, but I think we fought as a whole team, our offense and defense."'

Marker Manuel inactive Thursday against Jets [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Ryan explained that when Johnson was with offensive coordinator Greg Roman in San Francisco, they played the Jets and Roman used a similar plan, so the thinking was that Johnson - with such a short week to prepare - had a better grasp of the offense for this game. Of course we'll see what happens when the Bills visit New England on Nov. 23.'

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