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Buffalo Bills News - October 20, 2014

Marker Observations: Bills 17 - Vikings 16 [1:15 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As one rookie shined, another was the worst player on the field between both the Bills and the Vikings. Fifth-round draft pick and left guard Cyril Richardson has struggled since being inserted into the lineup for the injured Chris Williams, and might have had his worst game of his young career against the Minnesota Vikings.'

Marker Survive And Advance [1:14 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'These really are the worst kinds of games for fans to sink their teeth into. We're pretty sure Minnesota isn't that good so beating them doesn't impress that much. Because of that, if the Bills had lost this game it would have been open season on just about everyone from Doug Marrone to the kickoff specialist.'

Marker The Bills use Watkins and they win [1:13 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As bad as the Bills played, they left the stadium 4-3. It doesn’t matter if they won 40-0 or played as sloppy as possible and won 17-16, the record is still 4-3. Two bad performances doesn’t change the fact the the season is still out there for them. Coming up are games against the Jets, Kansas City, Miami, the Jets and Cleveland. If they somehow overcome the coaching and the undisciplined play, they could be in great shape heading into Denver on December 7.'

Marker Bills get miraculous win [1:11 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This was a text book definition of an ugly win but it still counts in the standings no matter how bad it was. On paper, this looked to be the easiest game left on the Bills schedule and yet they were seconds away from a third straight defeat at home. If the Bills are to contend for a playoff spot, they had to have this game as they are in the "soft" part of their schedule. If you go by current records, the Bills don't face a team with a winning record until Denver on December 7th in week 14.'

Marker Orton’s heroics save Bills season [1:10 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'COACHING: Can cut them some slack because of the losses of Jackson and Spiller, but there are times when Hackett is way too predictable and way too conservative. Jim Schwartz’s unit looked lame against the run, yielding 103 yards to rookie Jerick McKinnon. In his post-game press conference, Marrone sounded as if he had lost the game. He’s right when he says there’s a ton of work to do. C.'

Marker Immediate Reactions: Buffalo Bills 17, Minnesota Vikings 16 [1:09 AM] reports: 'Watkins was back to his super self. He’s just that sort of athlete you look at and marvel, as if to say, “They make people like this?” He’s like an alien.'

Marker Bills Pull Out 17-16 Win Over Vikings [1:08 AM]
Bills Daily reports: Kyle Orton hit Sammy Watkins for a two yard touchdown pass with :01 left to lift the Bills to a 17-16 win over the Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Orton hit Chris Hogan for a 28 yard catch to the two as the clock was running out. Earlier in the drive Orton found Scott Chandler on 4th and 20 to keep the drive alive. Orton also hit Watkins for a 26 yard touchdown to give the Bills a short lived 7-3 lead in the first half. Blair Walsh hit field goals from 40, 55, and 33 yards that gave the Vikings the edge most of the way until the Bills final drive.

Marker Bills get one point win with one tick on the clock [1:07 AM] reports: 'The Bills offense waited until the waning moments to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat Sunday. With one second remaining Kyle Orton found Sammy Watkins on the left sideline for a two-yard touchdown catch. Dan Carpenter’s extra point lifted Buffalo to a 17-16 win.'

Marker Sammy Watkins dominant in win over Vikings [1:06 AM] reports: '“I was just out there playing,” he said. “We just look at film, watch those guys and see what they do. I think we had a great plan. We just executed on offense and we took advantage of what they were giving us.”'

Marker Bills lose Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller to injury [1:05 AM] reports: 'Both Jackson and Spiller were visibly upset as they were driven off the field. Jackson was holding his head in his right hand, while Spiller put his hand over his face with a towel draped over his head.'

Marker What they're saying: Bills react to the win over the Vikings [1:04 AM] reports: 'We’ve just got to get better, I think everybody did a better job this week of getting right to work, being focused, being ready to go on Wednesday. Obviously we didn’t hang on to the football like we wanted to, but I thought from an execution standpoint we did some good things. Any time you’ve got a young team and a young offense you’re going to have some growing pains. We’re going to continue to get better and continue to win games.'

Marker Fred Jackson suffers groin injury, leaves Vikings game [1:03 AM] reports: 'On what appeared to be a harmless carry off the right side on a 3rd-and-1 near the end of the third quarter, Jackson fell and reached for his right groin area.'

Marker Van Miller honored as 29th member of Bills Wall of Fame [1:02 AM] reports: 'Seeing my name on the Wall of Fame next to football giants leaves me more than humbled; thank you to the entire Bills organization for this tremendous privilege."'

Marker Mike Williams up, Marquise Goodwin down on Bills-Vikings inactive list [1:01 AM] reports: 'A pair of receivers were the notable names listed on the Bills gameday inactives.'

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October 19, 2014

Marker Hackett maintains his resolve [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Even when you win, you didn’t win right,” Hackett said. “When you lose, it’s how you lost. It’s part of this game. It’s what we signed up for. That’s why I love it. It’s about getting better every week, making the guys feel better and make plays.”'

Marker Bills have good opportunity to get under Bridgewater’s skin [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills 30, Vikings 16.'

Marker Bills’ Brandon excited about future under Pegulas’ ownership [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Brandon has been the architect of the Bills’ business platform, and the team just sold for a record-smashing $1.4 billion. He was involved in striking the stadium lease agreement with Erie County and has overseen two stadium renovations that came in on time and on budget. He was behind the successful move of training camp to St. John Fisher College, his alma mater.'

Marker Schumer’s relentless lobbying helped keep the Bills in Buffalo [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“One of the first things I did was to get to know Ralph very well,” Schumer said. “We became good friends. I think he trusted me and liked me and knew he could call on me. And whenever the Bills had problems with the league – which was often – Ralph would be very agitated and upset, and he’d call me up and we’d get to work together.”'

Marker A plea to Bills fans: Ease up on the alcohol [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I have been to two Bills games this season. I have sat in the 300s – the upper level – each time. The distorted utterances last Sunday from the 30-something guy in our row – who, distressingly, had white froth at the corners of his mouth – was just one snapshot from a photo album titled “Toasted.”'

Marker Bills need to deliver in front of home crowd [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Since the start of the 21st century when the Bills slipped into the abyss that they have yet to escape from, they are a rather untidy 53-57 in Orchard Park (not counting a 1-4 mark in their "home" games at Toronto's Rogers Centre). Under Doug Marrone, the Bills are 5-5 at the Ralph.'

Marker Does Pegula know that honeymoon is already over? [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If the Bills don’t cover the 5½ points and beat the rudderless Vikings by two touchdowns, it’ll be high time to label this team a playoff pretender, the latest in a 14-year-run of Buffalo teams that can’t turn what we see on paper into what takes place on the field.'

Marker Three ... and out [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This isn’t a must-win game in the context of the playoff picture because it’s a bit too early for that kind of talk, but it’s a game the Bills absolutely have to win, and should win. Therefore, I guess it really is a must win because a loss to the struggling Vikings would be devastating.'

Marker Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett wants to simplify running game, says C.J. Spiller is t [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We want to try to simplify it down some and get back to some of the stuff that we did little bit more last year and try to take advantage of some things that our guys do well and keep on attacking those specific things, not getting bored with success, call the same thing a couple times in a row, stuff like that to get those guys a feel," Hackett said. "That's a little bit of what we did last year, so the guys got to get a feel for it. So I just have to do a better job of sticking with that kind of stuff."['

Marker Bills looking to re-establish rushing attack against Vikings [1:50 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '"Just keep focusing on what we need to do," Jackson said when asked what the Bills' need to do to get the rushing attack back on track. "We have been inconsistent in all areas of the game. If we get longer drives, sustaining drives I think it will open up the running game so it's on us as running backs, we've got to hit the holes."'

Marker Much on the line today for Marrone, Orton [1:49 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'But today is different. Today brings the Vikings, as bad a team as will line up anywhere in the league today with an overwhelmed first-year head coach and an overwhelmed rookie quarterback who's trying to win without Adrian Peterson and with no good receivers.'

Marker Sunday's Minnesota Coverage [1:48 AM] reports:
Vikings' safety Smith a smashing standout (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
A lot to like about Vikings' RB McKinnon (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Four bold predictions for Sunday's Vikings-Bills game (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
The Call: Vikings at Buffalo (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
When Vikings take on Bills, history generally follows (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Nearly 50 years later, Jim Marshall's wrong-way run remains an NFL classic (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
5 Things to Watch: Vikings at Bills (Fox Sports North)
Pregame primer: 5 things to focus on during Vikings vs. Bills (KSTP-AM)

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Vikings [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This isn’t a game that the Bills should win, this is one that they need to win. The Vikings have endured injuries, suspensions and a rookie quarterback that has left them with a roster that is void of above average talent at most positions on the field. Buffalo has advantages over Minnesota all over the field — specifically at defensive line — and should be able to win this contest handily. If they can’t pull off a victory over this Vikings team as currently constructed at Ralph Wilson Stadium, they’re a lot farther away from being a playoff team than some may have initially thought.'

Marker Top 8 reasons to get loud for the Bills-Vikings game [1:46 AM] reports: 'The Bills are wearing the crisp white-on-white jersey-pants combination on Sunday, and it’s a combination that’s gotten them far. The team is 2-0 in all white, and when they win this weekend, they might just have to go for the white-out all season.'

Marker Van Miller, forever a fixture in Bills history [1:45 AM] reports: 'As the voice playing in your head when you reminisce about those memories, or the one you hear over and over again in TV and radio replays of old Bills highlights, it’s hard to believe his resonant tone has been off the air for eleven years now.'

Marker Broadcast Information: Vikings at Bills [1:44 AM] reports: 'Tim Brando (Play-by-play), Brendon Ayanbadejo (analyst), Peter Schrager (sideline)'

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