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Buffalo Bills News - December 8, 2014

Marker Quarterly Report [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Doug Marrone punted on fourth and 2 from the Buffalo 16-yard line with less than 6 minutes to go and his team down 14 points. Marrone fooled everyone earlier in the game going for it on fourth down in Denver territory, but reverted to form with any chance of winning the game on the line.'

Marker Report Card [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’d love to give Doug Marrone credit for benching defensive end Jerry Hughes for unsportsmanlike conduct. But Marrone claimed Hughes’ absence for much of the game was not for disciplinary reasons. Then why was Hughes off the field for all but two plays in the third quarter? Fourth-down decisions remain dubious.'

Marker Five things to know about the Packers [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Green Bay made a change during its bye week, moving linebacker Clay Matthews inside. In the four games since then, the Pack is averaging 90 yards a game against on the ground. Despite that, Green Bay still ranks 28th in the NFL against the run, allowing 132.3 yards per game – a good indication how bad they were before the bye week.'

Marker Broncos do just enough to edge Bills [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I felt like it was a game we could win," said defensive back Corey Graham, who intercepted one Manning pass and also recovered a Jacob Tamme fumble in the red zone that kept it a 14-3 game at halftime. "I wasn't overly impressed (by the 10-3 Broncos); we made plays, but we didn't make enough."'

Marker Despite numbers, Orton still mediocre [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Forget his numbers — Orton was awful for most of the game.'

Marker Report card [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills lost a game that most felt they would lose, and thanks to a garbage-time fourth-quarter rally made it look closer than it probably was. This game came down to two things: The offense’s inability to get anything going early, and huge penalties that cost Buffalo points for and against.'

Marker Buffalo gets run over in key game, loses 24-17 [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Putting up the big numbers was former Broncos QB Kyle Orton: 38 of 57 for 355 yards. He led the Bills (7-6) on two long TD drives in the fourth quarter after they'd fallen behind 21-3.'

Marker Doug Marrone keeps Jerry Hughes on sidelines after penalty [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Hughes' lack of playing time led to a couple of questions: What did he do to earn the flag? And why was one of the team's best defensive players spending so much time on the sideline, helmet unbuckled and far away from the action knowing he wouldn't be going into the game?'

Marker Doug Marrone takes blame for Buffalo Bills' lack of discipline in loss to Denver Broncos [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Marrone thinks his team's lack of discipline in the loss stemmed from him and how he was reacting to some of the calls on the field. "That's my fault," Marrone said. "I can't do that on the sideline and not expect the team to react to how I react. That's where I let the team down today. I told them that in the locker room. That's on me."'

Marker Buffalo Bills' strong effort against Peyton Manning not enough [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'At every turn, the Bills seemed to be getting flagged for a penalty in a crucial situation or allowing an untimely big play. They finished with 11 penalties for 98 yards. Manning may not have been his usual dominant self, but he did come up with enough big passing plays to keep the Broncos on schedule.'

Marker What Buffalo Bills players were saying about officiating, penalties in loss to Denver Broncos [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's like every week we get terrible calls, man. It's like we send (video to the NFL) and nothing happens. The next week, we come out and it's the same thing. It's like we have to play whoever we playing and the refs, too."'

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.'

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