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Buffalo Bills News - December 5, 2014

Marker Hunger and talent keep Bills in playoff hunt [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We're probably a better team,” said Eric Wood, a 2009 first-round pick. “When I say team, I don't necessarily just mean talent. As an offense, our schemes, how well we're playing defensively and how we're executing on special teams, that all contributes. I don't know that it's solely talent, but I would guess this is the most talented team I've been on since I've been here and that's probably why we're still in it.”'

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Marker Cheers greet Jim Kelly at Brockport event [10:44 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We all go through things in our life and a lot of times people give up," Kelly said. "One of the things I learned as a young kid was to never give up."'

Marker Was it ever a good idea for the Buffalo Bills to play up there in Toronto? [9:41 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Oh, they tried to make it work. The Canadian town that thought it wanted the NFL and the American sports franchise that hesitated not at all to stiff its loyal fans mashed cake in each other's faces in good faith back in 2008. And the Bills did play six regular-season games between '08-'13 up there in that Toronto shopping mall.'

Marker Facing Manning raises the bar for Bills’ defense [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s a Hall-of-Fame quarterback, and I think that says enough right there,” coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday. “Not to compare the two, but we play against a Hall-of-Fame quarterback twice a year” in Brady. “It’s the same thing. It’s challenging."'

Marker Watkins tries to plow through the rookie wall [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The whole game, I’m going to get a lot of one-on-one matchups,” Watkins said. “That’s what they play. They throw a lot of other stuff behind it, but you just got to be prepared and see what defense they give you. It’s mostly man-to-man, but you also get different coverages down the field.”'

Marker Spiller happily returns to practice field [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Spiller acknowledged that he felt some “fatigue” in the area of the injury after practice. “But that’s just all about getting the strength back into it and getting it moving back around like normal,” he said. “For me, it’s nothing that’s concerning or any setbacks that we have right now so it feels good.”'

Marker Bills have terminated Toronto series [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The initial five-year deal was a financial windfall for the Bills, with Rogers guaranteeing the Bills roughly double the revenue from the games in Toronto that Buffalo would gross for games in Orchard Park. The terms of the five-year extension were not made public, but sources told The News the terms were not nearly as tilted in the Bills’ favor, and that the team was not grossing much more than it would take in at The Ralph.'

Marker End was long past due for Bills’ Toronto series [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was easy to picture the Bills and their Toronto partner, Rogers Communications, gleefully rubbing their hands in anticipation of the huge financial windfall. In fact, the late Ted Rogers, president and CEO of Rogers Communications, said something to the effect of expecting people to be lined up “all the way to Queen Street,” about six blocks from the domed stadium bearing the company name, to purchase tickets.'

Marker Broncos pose tough test for Bills [1:44 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“If we can keep Peyton on the sideline, that works to our advantage,” running back Fred Jackson said in what qualifies as a classic understatement. “We need to keep him sitting on the bench and give ourselves an opportunity to win a game. It’s easy to sit here and say it, but it’s on us to go out and do it. It’s going to be a good test, but it’s one we have to be ready for.”'

Marker Spiller returns to practice [1:43 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Just getting back into football type stuff," Spiller said. "Get back into some individuals, get used to hearing some play calling again. It was an exciting day for me. There's some fatigue in there, but that's just all about getting the strength back into it and getting it moving back around like normal. For me, it's nothing that's concerning or any setbacks that we have right now so it feels good."'

Marker Buffalo Bills end Toronto series [1:42 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The sour taste left behind from the loss to Atlanta was the impetus for suspended the series for 2014 so that both sides could review its viability. Once Terry and Kim Pegula were granted ownership of the Bills earlier this fall, it became clear that they were going to try to get out of the final three years of the extended agreement, and that has proven to be the case.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Kyle Orton not feeling sentimental about return to Denver [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It was a long time ago," Orton said. "Not a lot of guys that I was around there are still there, so I don't really have many feelings about it one way or another."'

Marker Eric Wood says 2014 Buffalo Bills are the best team he's been on [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"When I say team I don't necessarily just mean talent. As an offense, our schemes, how well we're playing defensively and how we're executing on special teams, that all contributes and I don't know that its solely talent but I would guess that this is the most talented team I've been on too."'

Marker What Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills' players are saying about Peyton Manning [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Not to compare the two, but we've played against a Hall of Fame quarterback. Twice a year we play against one. It's the same thing. It's challenging. You've just got to be able to make sure that you contain them. It's difficult. You've got to switch things up. You can't keep things the same. If they get hot, you can get yourself into trouble."'

Marker Nigel Bradham, Preston Brown among overlooked contributors on dominant Buffalo Bills defense [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"My vision started changing," Bradham said. "I started understanding life more. It wasn't about me. I had to do right. I know I had somebody looking up to me."'

Marker Sammy Watkins, C.J. Spiller among those limited at Wednesday practice [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Spiller wasn't the only Bills player limited on Wednesday. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hip), defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (hip), wide receiver Robert Woods (ankle), wide receiver Chris Hogan (hamstring) and Dan Carpenter (groin) were all among those limited. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn both missed practice with illness.'

Marker The Buffalo Bills and Syracuse football took similar paths with Toronto and MetLife Stadium series [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Adding $78 million to the team's bankroll to play six regular season games and two preseason games at Rogers Centre was a deal they couldn't turn down.'

Marker 4 reasons the Buffalo Bills sacked Toronto series [1:35 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In part, that’s because Bills fans in Western New York boycotted the Toronto games, en masse. Only a trickle followed their beloved team across the border, refusing to help underwrite what they believed might be the dreaded relocation of the franchise to Toronto after the death of founding owner Ralph Wilson.'

Marker Biggest obstacle to Buffalo Bills’ Toronto experiment might have been sporting culture in Canada [1:34 AM]
National Post reports: 'Americans have also developed a ubiquitous, intricate cultural infrastructure to support football, unlike anything that exists in Canada. High school football can fill big stadiums in small towns on Friday nights; college football can captivate entire regions on Saturday afternoons. In Canada, high school football can be played in front of friends and family.'

Marker As a Bill, Kyle Orton returns to Denver hoping to not repeat the past [1:33 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'On Sunday, Orton returns to Denver for the second time since he was waived in 2011.'

Marker Thursday's Denver Coverage [1:30 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Peyton Manning takes back seat as C.J. Anderson shines for Broncos (Denver Post)
Peyton Manning not fazed as injuries pile up for Broncos (Denver Post)
As a Bill, Kyle Orton returns to Denver hoping to not repeat the past (Denver Post)
Broncos' winning formula will have its run as Foxball (Denver Post)
Broncos' Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas fighting through ankle injuries (Denver Post)
Thomas edges closer to returning to lineup (AP)
Mitch Unrein gets the best of Peyton Manning (AP)
Broncos want to improve red-zone efficiency (The Sports Xchange)
Broncos, Bills Possess Multiple Talented Pass-Rushers (KCNC-TV)
Tale Of The Tape: Buffalo Bills At Denver Broncos (KCNC-TV)
Reality, not fantasy, is C.J. Anderson's focus (DenverBroncos.com)
Battle of the fronts (DenverBroncos.com)
What They’re Saying: Doug Marrone and Kyle Orton (DenverBroncos.com)
Injury update: Aqib Talib, Julius Thomas practice; Demaryius Thomas limited (DenverBroncos.com)
Gameday info: Broncos vs. Bills (DenverBroncos.com)

Marker Bills running back C.J. Spiller resumes practicing [1:29 AM]
AP reports: 'The chances of Spiller playing again this season are partially linked to whether the Bills remain in the playoff hunt. At 7-5, Buffalo is in the thick of a jumbled playoff AFC playoff picture but faces a pair of daunting tests over the next two weeks.'

Marker Bills-Broncos Preview [1:28 AM]
AP reports: 'They've limited opponents to a league-low 15.2 points since the start of Week 7, but that 4-2 stretch - featuring the New York Jets twice along with Minnesota, Kansas City, Miami and Cleveland - is a bit deceptive. Only the Dolphins (25.1 points per game) and Chiefs (23.1) - the two teams that beat the Bills - rank in the top of half of the league in scoring.'

Marker Bills reach deal to terminate Toronto series [1:27 AM]
AP reports: 'Receiver Steve Johnson questioned whether the warm-weather Falcons "fixed" the schedule in getting to play indoors. Center Eric Wood had referred to the games in Toronto as "a joke."'

Marker Bills end Toronto Series agreement [1:26 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills began playing games in Toronto in 2008, matching up against the Steelers in the preseason and the Dolphins during the regular season. The 2013 regular-season game against Atlanta drew 38,969 fans for the Falcons' 34-31 overtime win.'

Marker Bills buckling up for Broncos, shootout [1:25 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"They're excellent defensively," said center Eric Wood. "They have a great front four and their secondary makes a lot of plays. They're fairly similar to our approach (on defense); when you've got big-time pass rushers you don't have to blitz, they let those guys off the edge go after the quarterback and their interior guys are good and they get some push inside."'

Marker Bills terminate agreement to play in Toronto [1:24 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"In hindsight, I know there's a lot of noise about moving games up north, and I understand that completely," Brandon said. "But when we look at what it has done for us regionally and what it has done for us back at Ralph Wilson Stadium, obviously southern Ontario has become a very large market for us as far as fans coming to our games at Ralph Wilson Stadium. That has been a positive."'

Marker Bills' Glenn, K Williams miss Wednesday's practice [1:23 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Along with that duo, kicker Dan Carpenter (right groin), wide receiver Robert Woods (ankle), wide receiver Chris Hogan (hamstring) and safety Bacarri Rambo (hamstring) all were able to practice but on a limited basis. Tight end Chris Gragg (knee) and defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee) sat out of practice, like they did all last week, once again on Wednesday.'

Marker C.J. Spiller practices, Week 16 the goal [1:22 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It was an exciting day for me,” said Spiller. “Just getting back into football type stuff. Get back into some individual drills, get used to hearing some play calling again. We’ve been working hard for this day and the day was successful. We’ll see how it feels in the morning and continue to build from there.”'

Marker Bills and Rogers Communications agree to terminate Toronto series [1:21 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills President Russ Brandon said, “We greatly appreciate the support we’ve received over the past seven years from all of the tremendous people at Rogers Communications. We will continue to work hard to solidify our footprint in Southern Ontario. Our fan base in this region remains extremely important to our organization and their support has been well documented.”'

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