Top 8 reasons to get loud for the Bills-Vikings game [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'
Van Miller, forever a fixture in Bills history [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'
Broadcast Information: Vikings at Bills [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Tim Brando (Play-by-play), Brendon Ayanbadejo (analyst), Peter Schrager (sideline)'
Marrone must put a lid on Bills’ loose talk [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Marrone needs to make sure that the focus of everyone – players and assistant coaches – is razor-sharp because the Bills simply cannot afford to lose.'
O-line, coaches seek fixes for running game [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Given that it’s unlikely the Bills are going to do a whole lot better, at least in the short term, by using one or both of their other healthy guards – rookie Cyrus Kouandjio and Kraig Urbik – and that they probably won’t find an upgrade via trade or free-agent acquisition, it’s reasonable to assume their best option is to make the best out of what they have.'
Bills defensive backs try to get their arms around penalties [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills have a problem with penalties this season —through six games, they have been called for 64. Taking away the 11 that have been declined or offset, their 53 accepted penalties rank third in the NFL behind only Pittsburgh (57) and New England (54). As for per-game averages, their 8.83 infractions is third-most, and their 78.3 yards is fifth-most.'
Marquise Goodwin out for Week 7 game against Vikings [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'In addition to Goodwin, linebacker Ty Powell and wide receiver Marcus Easley have been ruled out for Sunday.'
Kyle Orton to be featured in documentary about former Nebraska quarterback Brook Berringer [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"His leadership and his ability to put the team first in some really tough situations, I'll never forget that," Orton said. "To be in his situation where he finally gets a chance to play, plays great, to have to give that up. He could have went one of two ways. He could have been a negative force on the team or he could have been a positive force, and obviously it was a positive force and he put the team in front of any personal goals."'
Remarkable story of Bills' Chris Gragg, Vikings' Jarius Wright: Blood couldn't make us closer [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Gragg and Wright have always been connected. Their parents had them in the bathtub together, they took family vacations to Disney World together, and then they dominated Arkansas High School football together before going to the University of Arkansas.'
Bills try to snap home losing streak, and 5 things to watch in Week 7 [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Last week, Sammy Watkins was targeted only three times in the passing game. That had to do more with the matchup against Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis than it did with Watkins' play, but it's time for the Bills to let loose with Watkins. Marrone admitted that they should have had Watkins as the primary read more often in Week 6. Expect to see that on Sunday.'
Thurmal Energy [1:52 AM]
Gloversville Leader Herald reports: 'Thomas said he usually does three or four signings a year for business openings in the Buffalo area, and he enjoys meeting the fans. "They let you know one thing - how long people have been holding on to stuff," he said. "For me, it's not even about signing the autographs; It's about seeing the Bills fans and where they are."'
Saturday's Minnesota Coverage [1:52 AM]
Vikings receivers try to catch up to expectations (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Kidney stone keeps Zimmer out of practice (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Bills unlikely to find strong trade market for Spiller (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
5 keys to beating the Bills (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Frustrated Chad Greenway itching to get back in game (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer sidelined by kidney stone (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Vikings' 'Tiny' Richardson getting tinier to help quickness (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Vikings' Linval Joseph could be starting to find his groove (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Vikings at Bills: Pioneer Press predictions (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
McKinnon, Asiata to split carries as Vikings will keep two-back system (Fox Sports North)
Zimmer has minor procedure, will coach Sunday (Fox Sports North)
Greenway On Track To Play Sunday For The Vikings/ (WCCO-TV)
Mike Zimmer away from Vikings as he undergoes procedure (KSTP-AM)
Young corners have held together for Vikings so far this season (KSTP-AM)
Harvin trade looking even better for Vikings as Seahawks dump receiver (KSTP-AM)
With Wootton out, rookie Scott Crichton will likely be activated (KSTP-AM)
Zimmer expected back quickly, after procedure (AP)
Zimmer being Zimmer: Vikes coach learning (AP)
Vikings' Zimmer misses practice for 'minor procedure' (The Sports Xchange)
What We Learned: Vikings vs. Bills (Vikings.com)
Greenway, Floyd Questionable For Sunday (Vikings.com)
Vikings out of excuses in preparing to play Bills [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo has been held to fewer than 100 yards rushing in four straight games after doing that just five times last season. The Bills' two touchdowns rushing are the fewest to open a season since scoring one through seven games in 2010.'
Bills WR Goodwin out vs. Vikings [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Receiver Marcus Easley (knee) is also out, giving the Bills only four healthy receivers.'
Scouting Report: Vikings at Bills [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'In the last three games Buffalo has not only had less production running the ball, they also have called fewer run plays. In 2013 the Bills ran the ball more than 49 percent of the time. Over the last three weeks they’ve run the ball just over 35 percent of the time (35.5%). The offense has to get back to a more even balance to control the pace of the game, more effectively set up play action and finish off scoring drives.'
Preaching consistency, Bills DB coach says heat on Gilmore ''well-deserved'' by Joe Buscaglia [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Absolutely. And we talk about that, too,” he continued. “If you want to be a shutdown corner in this league, you've got to play technique and you gotta play your guy. That's how we talk about it in my room. I don't beat around the bush. I tell them straight that if you want to be a shutdown corner, you take your man out of it by working technique and making sure you get yours covered.”'
Bills Gameplan: How to Attack the Vikings [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'We all know the Bills have struggled mightily in their interior offensive line, especially running the football. But I think it would be a mistake to go away from trying to pound the football this week and taking advantage of a Vikings defense that has allowed at least 150 yards on the ground already twice this season. It’s obviously incumbent upon the Bills OL to be better in order to do that.'
Bills down another WR vs Vikings [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee), linebacker Brandon Spikes (ribs), safety Da’Norris Searcy (knee) and long snapper Garrison Sanborn also received the ‘probable’ designation, reserved for players that have at least a 75-percent chance of playing in the upcoming game.'
WR Travis Harvey added to Practice Squad [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'A 6-2, 185-pound Florida A&M product, Harvey entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans in 2013 before being released prior to the regular season. He then joined the New York Giants at the start of the 2014 offseason and was released prior to the start of the regular season. A native of Inglewood, CA, Harvey played in 11 games with 10 starts during his senior collegiate campaign and was named first-team All-MEAC after ranking 2nd on the Rattlers with 64 receptions and led the team with 808 receiving yards and 7 touchdown receptions.'
Cyrus Kouandjio shrugging off early struggles to try to get on the field for Buffalo Bills [12:24 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I had some tough times in the preseason," Kouandjio said six games into a rookie season in which he hasn't dressed for a game. "I found myself at a crossroads. You can either give up and go home or keep fighting. I just chose to keep fighting. I stopped thinking so much and stopped doing too much."'
Bills defense plans difficult day for Vikings rookie QB [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The main thing is to make sure he can’t be back there comfortable, because then he’ll pick you apart,” Brown said.'
Brown being patient, but wondering why he’s sitting [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I mean, I look at it this way – I’ve matured,” he said. “I know if this was the old Bryce in this situation, I probably wouldn’t be here right now. So I think that shows a lot, just about my maturity the last few years. I remember when I was in college and things didn’t go my way, in the past, I just walked away.”'
Thurman Thomas switches teams, backs Cuomo this time around [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the 30-second ad, Thomas looks into the camera and says that Cuomo has “stood up” for Western New York. The Cuomo campaign did not reveal the cost of the ad.'
Lululemon received a lesson in social media [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Talk about a marketing #fail.'
C.J. Spiller: 'I want to be a Bill' [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm not off to the best start in my career, but I still have all the confidence in the world that I'll be where I want to be when the smoke clears," Spiller said.'
Van Miller to be added to Bills Wall of Fame Sunday [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Can anybody imagine Bills' history without Van's voice on the soundtrack? Can you tell the team's story without mentioning Van? You can't,'' said John Murphy, Van's popular color analyst for 16 seasons who replaced him as voice of the Bills in 2004. "If there were a fan vote, he would've been on the Wall already.'''
Bryce Brown patiently waiting for his shot as Buffalo Bills running game struggles [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I mean ... I look at it this way: I've matured," Brown said. "I know if this was the old Bryce in this situation, I probably wouldn't be here right now. So I think that shows a lot, just about my maturity the last few years. I remember when I was in college and things didn't go my way, in the past, I just walked away. That just showed I've matured a lot."'
Buffalo Bills working Cyrus Kouandjio at guard; Doug Marrone says starters need to improve [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"From any of the players that haven’t been playing — I’d rather put it that way — I see him as one of the most improved from what you’ve seen in the preseason and what you’ve seen of him when you watched it," Marrone said. "His movement skills right now, it’s truly been a 180 from what we saw in the preseason. I’m really excited about that. Now, since that has increased, we’re looking to see where we can develop him and where he can fit."'
Marquise Goodwin limited by hamstring Thursday [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The good news for Buffalo is that long snapper Garrison Sanborn returned to a full practice, so the Bills won't have to scramble to fill his spot for the game against the Vikings on Sunday.'
Rhodes, Watkins to renew rivalry in Buffalo [1:50 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: '“The kid is just good,” Rhodes said. “He’s explosive when he comes out of his breaks. I can say about his game now is he’s more detailed now. They’re probably on him for being more detailed, being at the right spot at the right time, not drifting his routes.”'
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