Doug Marrone: ''I'm just hurting'' [1:10 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'think those guys did a nice job, they knocked it out. At the end of the day, you don’t like it to come down to those plays. There’s other things that go on during the game and that’s what we have to do a better job all around so that things like that, the game doesn’t come down to that at the end. We want to be better than that.'
EJ Manuel: ''It's a tough pill to swallow'' [1:09 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Yeah, I mean it’s a crazy game. Football is a game of making plays, honestly. We had the opportunity to make them and we just didn’t today. That’s the disappointing part of the game but nonetheless you still have games left to play and have to look forward to that.'
C.J. Spiller: ''I just saw daylight'' [1:08 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We had a great day running the ball. That was our goal coming into the game, we wanted to run it. Like I said, during the bye week we were going to fix the running game and today was a great example of that. The guys did a great job upfront blocking and we just tried to find holes and take advantage of them.'
An NFL team in Canada can co-exist with the CFL. Here’s how [7:49 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'The obvious policy implication for any entrepreneurs who aspire to establish an NFL team in Toronto? They would be wise to ensure that a CFL team simultaneously thrives in Toronto – perhaps even generously bankrolling the franchise. Rather than being slain by the arrival of an NFL team, a healthy CFL might be the key to the long-term success of such an NFL initiative. If appropriate cultural sensitivity and respect are shown towards “Our League,” NFL backers may find that the league has an opportunity to co-exist in Canada with the CFL.'
The thrill is gone for kick returners thanks to NFL rules changes [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kickoff returns have faded into near-irrelevancy around the NFL, and they’ve become downright moot for the Buffalo Bills.'
The time is ripe for Spiller to step up [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Still, it’s fair to ask, which is the real C.J.? The runner who terrorized defenses last season and reached 1,000 rushing yards faster than any back in 78 years? Or the guy who has put up single-game rushing totals of 9, 11, 23 and 6 yards this year and virtually disappeared from the passing game?'
Bills’ run, passing games should find lanes vs. Falcons [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills 30, Falcons 20.'
Buffalo Bills take on Atlanta Falcons [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I think that Toronto series has turned into pretty much a joke,” Wood roared. “I think they started it hoping that we’d have a lot of fan support in Toronto. We have none. And it’s a bad atmosphere for football. I mean, nobody wants to play there. I guess for opposing teams it beats the hell out of going into somebody else’s stadium and dealing with a bunch of crowd noise.”'
Three .. and Out [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills 24, Falcons 17.'
Have the Bills forfeited edge of homefield? [1:54 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'When an NFL team has only eight home games, giving up one — no matter the profit margin — is extremely punitive.'
Bills-Falcons: not what it appeared [1:53 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But the Falcons’ defense has been the real problem, ranking 27th overall, 28th against the run, 24th versus the pass and 29th in points surrendered.'
These aren’t the Falcons Bills expected [1:52 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Falcons, 2-9, unraveled early, losing four of their first five, the defeats coming by an average of under five points.'
NFL needs to stop messing with Bills [1:51 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Without local ownership, there would be little reason to keep the Bills in a place where Wilson had to buy some 3,500 tickets to his team's Nov. 17 home game to avoid a television blackout.'
Bills’ Marcell Dareus in better place, on the field and off, after tragedies [1:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“Yeah, it’s been pretty hard to play football, period – altogether,” Dareus told me last December at a promo stop in Toronto, in his first in-depth interview about Simeon’s death. “This is the first time I’ve been anywhere. I’ve just been scared.'
Game Day preview: Atlanta vs. Buffalo, at Toronto [1:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The Falcons defence has struggled to stop the run, especially during their current five-game losing streak. The Bills love to run it behind the NFL’s only backfield duo with 500 yards, Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. The Bills would do well to draw up a game plan whose intention is to establish the run, and then try to burn the Falcons deep with play-action passes, as QB EJ Manuel did so well two weeks ago against the Jets. We saw in that game the blazing speed of wideouts T.J. Graham and rookie Marquise Goodwin. Regular starters Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods are expected back, the first time since September that all four receivers have joined Manuel on the field.'
Buffalo Bills vs. Atlanta Falcons: Sunday NFL game preview [1:48 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Sunday’s crowd is expected to top 40,000, as it did last year. A few thousand seats were still available through Ticketmaster as of late Friday.'
Sunday's Atlanta Coverage [1:47 AM]
Matt Ryan’s key passing numbers are down (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
On the hot seat: Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Oh Canada: Falcons prepared for international travel (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
The X-factor: Buffalo quarterback E.J. Manuel (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Q&A with Matt Ryan (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
3 key matchups (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Robert Alford’s Weekly Diary: Week 13 (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Jaguars' market is similar to Buffalo's [1:46 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Both are trying to regionalize their franchises, and each plays a game a year on foreign soil — Buffalo plays an annual game in Toronto (this year’s game is Sunday against Atlanta), and the Jaguars are playing a game in London for at least the next three years. The foreign games get both teams more revenue despite the loss of home field advantage for the game.'
Bills were undone in a hurry by '88 Bengals [1:45 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The Bills of back-in-the-day often talk as though they invented the no-huddle offense in 1990, the first of their four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. But “refined” or “perfected” is more like it.'
Westerman, Charles provide Canadian content in Bills Toronto Series event [1:44 AM]
CP reports: '"But it's always good to have support and just be a role model for guys who might one day have aspirations to play collegiately in the U.S., in the NFL or CFL. Football has grown here and we've seen many guys come out and play in the CFL and NFL so I'm definitely excited by that."'
5 things to watch in Bills - Falcons [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The two keys to this game for a Bills victory will be C.J. Spiller getting back to being himself once again against a very vulnerable run defense, and the defensive line dominating the Falcons offensive line at the point of attack. If both of these happen, the Bills could run away with the contest and continue along in their playoff pursuits. With a full week of rest and a matchup that is entirely advantageous for Buffalo, the Bills might just collect their second victory in Canada.'
Falcons take turn for the worse [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You can make excuses all you want for all of the different things that have gone wrong,” said Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. “But at the end of the day, from a player’s perspective, we need to play better. So that’s kind of the way I see it. We’ve been in some tight games. We’ve had opportunities to win a lot of ballgames. And we just haven’t made the plays.”'
Kyle Williams wakes up with back issues [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I plan on playing. At the same time, if you can’t you’re only gonna hurt everybody else. We’re gonna work on it, we’re gonna be aggressive and see how it does.”'
Buffalo Bills coordinator explains club's remarkable defensive turnaround [1:57 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'After Thursday's games, the Bills are tied for the league lead in interceptions (16) and tied for second in sacks (37). What’s more, they rank third in opponent pass-completion percentage (57.1%) and seventh in red-zone defence, allowing foes to score touchdowns only 47% of the time after advancing inside the 20.'
Nothing to see at the Rogers Centre but a regular NFL game [1:56 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'Indeed, there are rumblings in the Toronto business community that Bon Jovi and Tanenbaum are much further down the road on a new football stadium than either is willing to let on, and that they have in fact been quietly lining things up for two years or more.'
Saturday's Atlanta Coverage [1:55 AM]
Falcons’ offensive line has a matchup nightmare (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Injuries, Falcons' struggles frustrate Roddy White (AP)
Tale Of The Tape: Atlanta Falcons At Buffalo Bills (WZGC-FM)
Behind the Facemask: Sean Weatherspoon (AtlantaFalcons.com)
Injury report (AtlantaFalcons.com)
Bills DT Charles' long journey leads home [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'He's come a long way from his days with various junior and minor league Canadian teams.'
Bills DT Williams questionable for Sunday [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'Williams says he woke up with spasms in his lower back Friday morning. He did not practice Friday.'
Falcons seek to warm up against Bills in Toronto [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Just don't try to get him to suggest the setting provides an edge to Atlanta, a team accustomed to playing indoors, and which is 0-5 on the road this season.'
Atlanta Falcons play road game against Buffalo Bills in comfort of a dome [1:51 AM]
CP reports: '"Yeah, they must have fixed the schedule or something out there in Atlanta," Johnson said. "Who put the schedule together to have them come to Toronto?"'
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