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Buffalo Bills News - November 13, 2014

Marker Buffalo Bills promote DE Bryan Johnson to roster from practice squad [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He is perhaps known most for his training camp altercations with former Syracuse center Mackey MacPherson and current Bills captain Eric Wood.'

Marker Why Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is taking too much heat [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's never going to be good enough, and you want that," Hackett said. "It's just one of those things that everybody has to understand it's not going to be fixed overnight."'

Marker Kyle Orton brushes off Buffalo Bills' red zone issues; Mike Williams thinks he can solve them [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Well, we had one bad game in the red zone," quarterback Kyle Orton said. "Last few weeks, we've had our success in the red zone, so one game we didn't execute the way we should've and could've and (we'll) get right back on track this week and make the corrections we need to make."'

Marker Dolphins matchup a must-win for Bills [1:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“It seemed like when we got in the red zone, we just weren’t making the plays we needed to make. People have got to step up, myself included, and make plays in the red zone.”'

Marker Dolphins can make Bills butt of the joke with a win [1:49 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Did I mention Leodis plays for a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs since 1999?'

Marker Sammy Watkins heads close to home, Bills face Dolphins [1:48 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: 'A contingency of 40 to 50 of Watkins’ friends and family members planned on being among the 60,000-plus in attendance at Sun Life Stadium for a game that nationally will be televised by the NFL Network and CBS.'

Marker Thursday's Miami Coverage [1:47 AM] reports:
Dolphins’ performance vs. Bills could be barometer for team’s future (Miami Herald)
Dolphins can make Bills butt of the joke with a win (Miami Herald)
Dolphins CB Cortland Finnegan officially out for Bills game (Miami Herald)
Greg Cote’s Thursday NFL pick: Bills vs. Dolphins (Miami Herald)
Dolphins vs. Bills: Who has the edge? (Miami Herald)
Ryan Tannehill's right arm more important as Dolphins' injuries pile up (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Two Dolphins starters will sit, but Lamar Miller is expected to play vs Bills (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Time for Dolphins to put up or pack it up (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Shelley Smith regains starting role on the Dolphins' rebuilt O-line (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
New York Giants claim Orleans Darkwa off the Dolphins' practice squad (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Thursday: Buffalo Bills (5-4) at Miami Dolphins (5-4), 8:25 p.m., NFL Network, Chs. 4, 12 (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins by the numbers heading into Thursday night's Bills game (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
The Bills' top 10 Dolphins killers (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Miami Dolphins face Bills’ pass rush with rookie moving to left tackle (Palm Beach Post)
Dolphins can prove they are playoff-caliber with win over Bills (Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills: How they match up Thursday night (Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach Post predictions for Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills (Palm Beach Post)
Sammy Watkins heads close to home, Bills face Dolphins (Fort Myers News Press)
Dolphins look to turn fortune around vs. Bills in pivotal matchup (Fox Sports Florida)
Thursday Night Football Breakdown: Buffalo Bills At Miami Dolphins (WFOR-TV)
Miami cornerback Finnegan ruled out against Bills (AP)
Dolphins' Finnegan ruled out vs. Bills (The Sports Network)
Plenty On The Line In Tonight’s Game (
Taylor Preparing To Start; Other Notes (
Dolphins-Bills Wednesday Injury Updates (
Breaking Down The Bills (
Dolphins On Thursday Nights (
5 Keys To The Bills Game (

Marker A 'chess match' – Miami faces nemesis Buffalo [1:39 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo's front four has given Miami fits over the past two seasons. In the three meetings, Miami is averaging 71 yards per game rushing and 4.8 yards per pass, with six turnovers and 13 sacks.'

Marker Bills get into predicting game before facing Miami [1:38 AM]
AP reports: '"We didn't put it up on the board or anything, but we're aware of what's been said," Tannehill said. "It's just a matter of going out and playing well. At the end of the day it doesn't matter what you say during the week, it matters how you play — in this case on Thursday."'

Marker Buffalo (5-4) at Miami (5-4) [1:37 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Dolphins 20, Bills 16.'

Marker Week 11 Preview: Bills at Dolphins [1:36 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Dominant defense should produce a low-scoring game but the playoff implications push the slight edge to the home team on a short week.'

Marker Wynn declared out vs. Miami; Bills promote DE [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A day ahead of the Bills’ contest against the Dolphins, the team officially declared Wynn out with a knee injury. In response to his status, the Bills signed practice squad defensive end Bryan Johnson to fill out the 53-man active roster. Buffalo released safety Jerome Couplin after Tuesday’s practice.'

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Dolphins [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Dolphins and Bills are two eerily similar teams with the same record, and oddly enough, both suffered heartbreaking losses last week in a game that each should have won. The difference for the Bills and Dolphins in the second game of this series is that Miami is playing as well defensively as any team in the NFL, and the Bills had to travel to the game on such a short week. There is a reason why the road teams on Thursday night games struggle as much as they do, and the Bills might just succumb to that against an equal opponent.'

Marker These Bills are better, but should be better still [1:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'We're on pace to have all that wasted. One main reason why is that their coach lacks courage.'

Marker DE Bryan Johnson promoted to 53-man roster [1:32 AM] reports: 'Johnson originally joined the Bills as an undrafted free agent earlier this offseason. During his collegiate career, Johnson played in 28 games with 10 starts while at West Texas A&M and he tallied 89 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, eight QB hurries, two fumbles forced and two fumbles recovered. Johnson played at Nassau Community College (NY) before West Texas A&M and led the Lions to a 19-2 record while being named a two-time All-Conference selection.'

Marker Scouting Report: Bills at Dolphins [1:31 AM] reports: 'Buffalo has slipped all the way to the bottom of the league in red zone touchdown efficiency at just better than 41 percent (41.2%). Working in their favor is their defense has allowed the fewest red zone possessions in the league (21) and the Dolphins have struggled in the red zone (46.5% TD efficiency). The Bills offense has to cash in on at least half their red zone opportunities with touchdowns and hope the defense can hold Miami to just a couple of red zone possessions in the game.'

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November 12, 2014

Marker Jerry Hughes bolsters Bills' pass rush [8:23 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We all see what he does rushing the passer, but rushing the passer isn't just about getting sacks," said Williams. "You have guys who can get bunches of sacks, but when it comes to consistent steady pressure, they might not generate. Jerry gets sacks, and he creates pressure in the backfield in the run game and the pass game. He's done a great job."'

Marker Week 11 game crucial for Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, and 5 things to watch for on Thursday Nig [9:24 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has caught fire since coach Joe Philbin publicly considered benching the third-year quarterback. He threw for three touchdowns against San Diego and put together a decent game on the road against Detroit in Week 10. Tannehill has never had an easy time against Buffalo, but he's playing at home and starting to find a rhythm. If he can stay hot, the Bills could be in trouble.'

Marker Williams still waiting for a shot [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Williams has been inactive in two of the Bills’ last four games – including Sunday against Kansas City when the team went 0 for 4 inside the red zone against the Chiefs. It prompts the question, why isn’t the team using Williams to help what is such a glaring offensive issue?'

Marker Roster slot available for a defensive end [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Defensive end Jarius Wynn missed practice Tuesday because of a knee injury, making it unlikely he’ll be able to play Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins. That would leave the Bills with just three healthy defensive ends – starters Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes and reserve Manny Lawson.'

Marker Defense has big opportunity against Tannehill [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills, who lead the league with 34 sacks, are more than capable of doing something to prevent that. The Lions sacked Tannehill three times and were credited with nine quarterback hits in their victory against Miami last Sunday. Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams are as effective as any defensive-tackle duo in the NFL, bringing consistent pressure up the middle to collapse the pocket and force Tannehill to drift from side to side.'

Marker Kansas City Chiefs challenged Kyle Orton, Buffalo Bills to throw on key drive [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"They put five guys down and played man across the board, so I'm like, 'Let's air it out.'"'

Marker Miami Dolphins not happy about trash talk from Buffalo Bills CB Leodis McKelvin [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"For someone to just jump off saying things like that before the game being played, I don't know if he's trying to rally his team together or what they're trying to do," Dolphins safety Jimmy Wilson told ESPN on Monday. "It just seems cheap. But we're not worried about it. We're going to go handle our business. We know how important these AFC games are to win. We got to avenge ourselves."'

Marker Sammy Watkins listed as full participant, Fred Jackson limited on Buffalo Bills Tuesday injury repor [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Watkins was listed as a full participant for the second-straight day, while Jackson was again limited. Meanwhile, defensive end Jarius Wynn was the only Bills player who did not participate in practice on Tuesday after injuring his knee against the Chiefs in Week 10.'

Marker T.O. native Stefan Charles took long route to NFL [1:53 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“It was rough, man,” said the Scarborough native. “We used to get these big ship containers that came in from the docks. There would be like 2,000 tires and you had to pull off every tire and stack them up. From seven in the morning until four in the afternoon we’d be stacking tires and then we had practice at six.”'

Marker Bills receiver Sammy Watkins ready for homecoming at Miami on Thursday [1:52 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: '“You get to change things up that you did the first game,” Watkins said. “You know how the (opponent) plays. You get an extra shot at them, so now you get to fix the things that you didn’t do good last game and correct them.”'

Marker Dolphins not biting over quote by Bills' McKelvin [1:51 AM]
AP reports: '"We've got to line up Thursday anyway, man, so whatever you say it is what is," said Wallace, who leads the Dolphins with 40 receptions for 519 yards and six touchdowns. "We'll be out there on Thursday night. I ain't got no time for that. ... We're not worried about that, man. That's lightweight. We're not worried about that."'

Marker Wednesday's Miami Coverage [1:50 AM] reports:
Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill has ‘big opportunity’ to make Bills pay (Miami Herald)
Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor likely to start vs. Bills if Cortland Finnegan out (Miami Herald)
Mike Pouncey is motivated to prove himself at new position (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins' Taylor could make first start at corner (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Bills in Dolphins heads? Ignore words, examine numbers (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Why are Dolphins playoff chances at 41.2 percent? (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Who has the edge? Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Staff predictions: Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins adept at reaching red zone, inept when they get there (Palm Beach Post)
Ex-Dolphins Larry Csonka, Mercury Morris, Jim Kiick subject of special (Palm Beach Post)
Bills receiver Sammy Watkins ready for homecoming at Miami on Thursday (Naples Daily News)
Dolphins find going gets tough when they reach the red zone (Fox Sports Florida)
Tale Of The Tape: Buffalo Bills At Miami Dolphins (WFOR-TV)
Dolphins not biting over quote by Bills' McKelvin (AP)
Dolphins QB Tannehill limited in practice (The Sports Xchange)
Dolphins Are Ready For Prime-Time Players (
James Looking To Make An Impression; Other Notes (
Dolphins-Bills Tuesday Injury Updates (
10 Questions With Earl Mitchell (
Dolphins To Wear All Aqua Uniforms On Thursday (

Marker Focused Dareus anchors Bills dominating D-line [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"One of the goals that I wanted to reach when I came out of college was to be the best player and be the best person I can possibly be," Dareus said. "But words only mean so much until you put your actions behind you."'

Marker Quick turnaround forces Bills to regroup [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"The nature is to lose a tough game like that, feel like you kind of gave it away at the end; to let that linger and hang on to you through the week, but we can't afford that this week," said defensive tackle Kyle Williams. "Usually, the first day (of the week) that we start practice is the day that we're going to be traveling down to Miami to get ready to play a game the next day. We're looking forward to that."'

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