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Buffalo Bills News - December 8, 2014

Marker Mike Pereira addresses 'insane' criticism of officials who fist-bumped in Buffalo Bills' loss to Bro [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'm amazed at people on Twitter who love to chat when they don't know what they're talking about," Pereira said. "I'm even more amazed when people in the media write things that have no basis or merit to be written.'

Marker Offense struggles against Broncos [1:41 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'The defense played well, but the offense couldn't get going until it was too late.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 14 Report Card [1:40 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Buffalo has had issues scoring in the red zone and they haven't taken advantage of some opportunities created by their defense. Those are two of the biggest problems with this unit. And they're two of the biggest reasons why the Bills need a new offensive coordinator.'

Marker Broncos’ run first offence a late-season trend [1:39 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Buffalo’s defence, meantime, kept the Bills in the game. But week after week against teams not named the New York Jets, the offence can’t come close to moving the ball with any regularity.'

Marker Monday's Denver Coverage [1:38 AM] reports:
Broncos' defense, run game beat Bills as Peyton Manning has off-day (Denver Post)
Buffalo's Kyle Orton frustrated at his showing against Broncos (Denver Post)
Juwan Thompson comes on strong spelling C.J. Anderson (Denver Post)
Wes Welker resurfaces with key catches in Broncos' win (Denver Post)
Father Time bearing down on Broncos' Peyton Manning (Denver Post)
Broncos defense is rising to the challenge (Denver Post)
Highs, lows of Denver's Week 14 win (Denver Post)
Peyton Manning: I'd rather have a win than another record; more quotes (Denver Post)
Photo gallery (Denver Post)
With another tough-guy win, Broncos' new identity changes future (Colorado Springs Gazette)
Peyton Manning resembles Kyle Orton and still wins handily (Colorado Springs Gazette)
Quarter by quarter (Colorado Springs Gazette)
Thomas active for Bills-Broncos game (AP)
Broncos TE Thomas returns vs. Bills (The Sports Network)
Broncos TE Thomas to return vs. Bills (The Sports Xchange)
Broncos DE Wolfe returns to game (The Sports Xchange)
Broncos Continue To Ride The C.J. Anderson Touchdown Train (KCNC-TV)
Team Grades: Broncos Mediocre In Win Over Bills (KCNC-TV)
Photo gallery (KCNC-TV)
Denver wins despite Manning's worst game as a Bronco (KUSA-TV)
Photo gallery (KUSA-TV)
Win over the Bills displayed the team’s evolution (KDCO-AM)
Broncos taking running game too far (KDCO-AM)
Peyton's Take: 'Comfortable with winning' (
By becoming grinders, Broncos now a 'complete team' (
Defense steps up with vital turnovers (
Three Keys, Unlocked (
Photo gallery 1 (
Photo gallery 2 (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallery (Syracuse Post Standard)

Marker Broncos beat Bills 24-17 behind Anderson's 3 TDs [1:29 AM]
AP reports: 'Manning's streak of 51 straight games with a touchdown throw — three shy of Drew Brees' NFL record — ended on a sun-splashed, almost still afternoon in Denver, where the game-time temperature was a balmy 63 degrees.'

Marker Bills hold Peyton in check, still fall 24-17 [1:28 AM]
AP reports: 'Orton had 355 yards, most of them after the Bills had fallen behind by three touchdowns in the third quarter. Like Manning, he threw two interceptions. The first came after he'd moved the Bills inside the Denver 20 midway through the third quarter, down by 18, when there was still enough time to mount a legitimate comeback.'

Marker Anderson leads Broncos past Bills 24-17 [1:27 AM]
AP reports: '"C.J. did a good job down there in the red zone, getting in there on those runs," Manning said of Anderson's scores of 6, 1 and 3 yards. "Those are hard-earned runs down there. It was good to improve our red zone (efficiency)" after settling for five short field goals in a win at Kansas City.'

Marker Refs fist bump OK, NFL says [1:26 AM]
AP reports: 'The play drew strong reactions from players and fans who complained the refs shouldn't have celebrated during the scoring play.'

Marker Denver 24, Buffalo 17 [1:25 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo (7-6) forced three turnovers but gave it away three times as well. Kyle Orton threw for 355 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for the Bills, who were trying to win three in a row for the first time since the start of the 2011 season.'

Marker Manning, Broncos, run to 10th win [1:24 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Denver's defense was just as rough, if not rougher, on Buffalo quarterback Kyle Orton, a former Bronco. Orton one-upped Manning with a touchdown pass while completing 38 of 57 passes for 355 yards, but he also was intercepted twice and was sacked four times.'

Marker Broncos-Bills: What we learned [1:23 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills offense got untracked in the second half but once again it was too late. And wide receiver Sammy Watkins believes the Bills need to be more aggressive offensively from the outset. "We just need to change our whole approach in the first half, first quarter. I think once we get that killer instinct mindset to go down field no matter what, no matter who we're playing, we'll be a great offense."'

Marker Bills Offense Sputters in 24-17 Loss [1:22 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills would put together one more touchdown drive as Kyle Orton led the team down the field completing big passes to Scott Chandler and Sammy Watkins along the way. Orton would then sneak into the end zone from one yard out to give Buffalo a glimmer of hope with 55 seconds left, but a failed onside kick attempt would give the ball back to Denver, and end the game.'

Marker Another missed opportunity [1:21 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'To me it’s such a waste the Bills lost this game because Peyton Manning did little to hurt them. You have to win that game if Manning has those stats, but they didn’t. The players in the locker-room said themselves that they shot themselves in the foot all day. It seemed like many times when there was a positive, the players or coaches would do something goofy. This game is just another missed opportunity.'

Marker Some Dogs Don't Have Their Day [1:20 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Have I mentioned yet that Kyle Orton isn't any good? No? Well here you go then.'

Marker Observations: Broncos 24 - Bills 17 [1:19 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'For the fourth time in five weeks, Kyle Orton hindered the offense and prevented the Bills from taking what could have been theirs.'

Marker Game not as close as the final verdict [1:18 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'The other questionable decision was made by Doug Marrone with just under six minutes remaining and the Bills trailing by 14 points. On a 4th-and-2 from his own 16, the Bills coach opted to punt rather than go for it. Yes, it would have been incredibly risky to go for it in that situation, but time was not on the Bills side at that point, so they might as well have rolled the dice.'

Marker Immediate Reactions: Denver Broncos 24, Buffalo Bills 17 [1:17 AM] reports: 'He’s not a man who would accept sympathy, but man (or woman) you have to feel for Fred Jackson. He’s the example of a consummate professional, a throwback running back and a tough son of a gun. And he’s been surrounded by below average coaches and quarterbacks his entire career.'

Marker Broncos Knock Off Bills 24-17 [1:16 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'The Bills came ready to play early as they had a lot of emotion, energy, and some limited success early. Some very questionable penalties including the one on Robey and a pass interference call on Stephon Gilmore hurt them. Even when they did good things the referees got in their way. Two long inteception returns were negated by questionable penalties. Their failure to take advantage of opportunities to score and poor play in the kicking game didn't help. You can overcome all these things if you are an elite team, the Bills aren't but the team they lost to is and that is why the Bills limp home with their playoff hopes dangling for dear life.'

Marker Not Enough Firepower To Pull Off Upset [1:15 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Kyle Orton made a boneheaded play on a 3rd and 1 early in the 2nd quarter when he slid down for a one yard sack when he had a chance to dive forward for a first down. The Bills were forced to settle for a field goal. He kept checking down to the short passes before throwing downfield a lot in the fourth quarter in garbage time.'

Marker Bills late comeback falls short in Denver [1:14 AM] reports: 'Da’Norris Searcy left the game with a hamstring injury in the first half and did not return.

Marker Corey Graham’s takeaway day shrouded in loss [1:13 AM] reports: '“Yeah it’s frustrating,” CB Corey Graham said. “You obviously want to get points whenever you can. I was trying my best to get there. It’s unfortunate that we weren’t able to score points but you just have to keep playing.”'

Marker What they're saying: Broncos 24, Bills 17 [1:12 AM] reports: '“That is something we harp on every week, and that is something we got to get better at in the red zone and putting points on the board. I think we get aggressive in the second half and we start moving the ball, being aggressive. We just need to change our whole approach in the first half, first quarter, and how we approach the game. I think once we get that killer-instinct mindset to go down field no matter what, no matter who we’re playing, we’ll be a great offense.”'

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December 7, 2014

Marker Manning – taking a back seat to no one [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In many ways, Osweiler has the NFL’s best vantage point. That’s not because he’s a skosh under 6 foot 8 and has a great view of Manning every week from the sideline. Osweiler also gets to examine game film, work out, practice and attend meetings with an NFL icon.'

Marker Manning just a part of the test [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Broncos 29, Bills 18.'

Marker Bills finally hit a December with something on the line [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So yeah, I guess you could say today is big. It’s the first time they’ve entered December with a winning record since 2000, when Bill Clinton was still in the White House. It’s a meaningful game in December. Enjoy it while you can.'

Marker Can Bills slow down Manning? [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Broncos 30, Bills 20.'

Marker A daunting December for the Bills [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Its combined record in the final month of each season since 2000 is 21-35, including eight finishes of 1-3. If the Bills were a real estate agent, they'd be living in a cardboard box for all the deals they failed to close.'

Marker Buffalo Bills OC Nathaniel Hackett says Sammy Watkins has to stop thinking so much [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Usually rookie wall comes across the board. I think it's the fact that people are a little bit nervous about him. So I think they pay a lot more attention to him, and he's not used to that. So when they put their best corner on him, these guys are good, they're experienced guys. You put a guy like (Joe) Haden on him, that guy's spectacular. I think it just presents different challenges for him. In the NFL, you have to work for every single catch. Every single yard you get. He's learning that. I think he's just going through a learning process. I would say it's a rookie wall, but he's probably working harder than he's ever worked in the classroom out on the playing field doing everything, so he's been great."'

Marker Sunday's Denver Coverage [1:53 AM] reports:
Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware regains ability to rush the QB (Denver Post)
Bills vs. Broncos: Who was the edge?; how to watch; more (Denver Post)
Ordeal over, Derek Wolfe back in business (Denver Post)
Adam Gase is beaming over Broncos' sudden balance (Denver Post)
From Plummer to Manning, Broncos play in a quarterback's town (Denver Post)
Broncos' John Fox as NFL coach of the year? (Denver Post)
Three things about the Broncos-Bills game (Colorado Springs Gazette)
Broncos bring back McManus as kickoff specialist (AP)
Broncos re-sign K McManus (The Sports Xchange)
Tight Ends, Terrance Knighton Question Marks As Broncos Host Bills (KCNC-TV)
Preview: Bills at Broncos (KUSA-TV)
Three key players against the Buffalo Bills (KDCO-AM)
Broncos sign McManus to roster, waive Burse (
Broncos-Bills: Three Keys (
What's next for special teams after McManus promoted and Burse waived? (
Inside the Matchup: vs. Buffalo (

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