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Buffalo Bills News - November 13, 2015

Marker LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams duo fueling Bills' O [1:16 AM] reports: 'Now that their playmaking trio is healthy and contributing big plays each game, the Bills are assuming pole position in the AFC Wild Card race.'

Marker What we learned: Bills hold off Jets in Rex's return [1:15 AM] reports: 'Egregious uniform violations aside, this game was still quite ugly. Thursday nighters are never truly beautiful, but in a rain-soaked matchup between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tyrod Taylor, we were treated to a contest marred with drops and fumbles and generally bad offensive playcalling. This goes without really digging into the fact that the game hinged on a perfect snap that flew through the hands of Bills punter Colton Schmidt deep in his own territory. These are the types of games that Rex Ryan's teams are built to win, though.'

Marker Bill Cowher: Rex has made 'mockery' of captain tag [1:14 AM] reports: '"The captain tag is something that every head coach in this league takes seriously," Cowher said. "The captain tag is something that players vote on, head coaches they give their title to. It requires a player that you think exemplifies leadership. You earn that. Rex Ryan has made a mockery of it and to me it's annoying.'

Marker Rex Ryan defends decision to make IK captain [1:13 AM] reports: 'This is a classic example of how Ryan endears himself to his players. He doesn't care if he's hated by every other team and fanbase. Signing Enemkpali and then defending him relentlessly makes his locker room feel like a protected space and makes it seem like it's Buffalo against the world.'

Marker Bills use turnovers to beat Jets 22-17 [1:12 AM] reports: 'Buffalo used turnovers to overcome an early three-point deficit as part of a string of 22 unanswered points to stake themselves to a 22-3 third quarter lead. Two forced fumbles by Bacarri Rambo and a Corey Graham interception led to 13 points off turnovers for the Bills.'

Marker Bacarri Rambo makes big impact in big Bills win [1:11 AM] reports: '“All week we were talking about their running of a certain route and I knew it was coming so it just allowed me to make a play,” said Rambo.'

Marker EJ Manuel inactive; Josh Johnson serves as backup QB [1:10 AM] reports: 'Josh Johnson, who was signed by the club on Oct. 14th, served as the backup to starter Tyrod Taylor in Week 10. Bills head coach Rex Ryan addressed the move after the Bills win over the Jets citing it as a one game switch.'

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Marker The Rex factor [11:10 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Ryan is coaching his first game against the team that fired him, after a six-year stint, last January. And if you think that’s not a factor, let me tell you how to get rich selling rotary phones.'

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Marker Soft-spoken Gilmore the mentor of young defensive backfield [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s prime time,” Stephon Gilmore adds. “Everybody’s watching. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play in this situation? The guys who show up, that’s who they’ll be talking about. It should hype you up more to play in this game.”'

Marker Bills need to rattle Fitz in a playoff-type game with the Jets [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Oh, and let’s not forget former Bills head man Chan Gailey, now calling plays as the Jets’ first-year offensive coordinator. Gailey got a lot out of some average offensive players during his time in Buffalo, but he and Fitz got run out of town after a third losing season in 2012.'

Marker The C’s have it on Bills’ midseason report card [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How do you get to .500? By not being exceptional in most areas. And that has been the Bills through their first eight games.'

Marker Tyler Dunne's three Bills Thoughts: More Karlos Williams, tackling Chris Ivory, Fitz vs. Tyrod [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But another Fitz reunion raises the question of whether or not the Bills would've been better off simply riding the Fitzpatrick wave. Hindsight is 20/20 and it was time for Buffalo to invest in a high draft pick at the most important position in sports. But the 2013 16th overall pick EJ Manuel has not panned out. Buffalo has switched gears again, this time, to Tyrod Taylor. He's a completely different player than Fitzpatrick, one who can throw the deep ball and mesmerize defenders on the run but might not be able to go through progressions on a Fitz-level.'

Marker '30 for 30' film on glory days of Bills sounds like great 25th anniversary present [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think Buffalo Bills fans, and really sports fans in particular, won’t be disappointed,” said Dahl. “There is a lot here to experience.”'

Marker 3 and out: Aerial game could be key vs. Jets [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills 19, Jets 17.'

Marker Maiorana hands out Bills' midseason grades [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Taylor has given the Bills some of their best play at this position in recent memory. He leads the league with a remarkable 71.8 completion percentage, though part of that stems from the fact that he has attempted just 149 passes. Still, it’s impressive, and if nothing else, Taylor has an unknown ceiling and that’s exciting. He has proven to be an accurate thrower and a pretty good decision-maker, and his ability to run out of trouble adds a new dimension to the Bills' offense. The grade would be higher, but I have to include EJ Manuel’s two-game 0-2 stint.'

Marker First Super Season Week 10: The Steve Tasker Show [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Scott Norwood made a field goal on the first play of the fourth, and John Hagy intercepted Rosenbach on the first play after the kickoff, leading to Beebe's TD reception on the next play. One play after the kickoff, Leonard Smith forced Johnson to fumble and Leon Seals recovered at the Cards 28. Mueller scored seven plays later, and Kenneth Davis scored late in the game after a pair of 12-yard Camarillo punts.'

Marker How Rex Ryan turned Bills-Jets game on Thursday night into must-see TV [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'What makes it so hard to believe is how Ryan behaved up to this point. He's taken veiled shots at former Jets general manager John Idzik. He teared up in an HBO special when asked about his time with the Jets. Did those emotions just disappear? Ryan said he made Enemkpali a captain because it means something extra for a player to go up against his old team. So how can he claim the meeting means nothing to him?'

Marker Bills bound for streak, or swoon? [1:50 AM]
Artvoice reports: 'The matchup with Rex’s old team, the 5-3 Jets should be a pretty good indicator whether his new one stays in the postseason derby for long.'

Marker Never mind Rex, Gailey and Fitz face their old team, too [1:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'So, while everybody’s talking about Ryan’s return to MetLife Stadium, and his desire to avenge his firing last December after coaching the Jets the previous six seasons, know that Gailey and Fitzpatrick probably want to avenge their firings from the Bills just as badly.'

Marker Jets' Sheldon Richardson still has plenty of love for former coach Rex Ryan [1:48 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '“He’s one of us,” Richardson said. “Me coming from a strict coach in college, overstrict, I always said — Rex is the completely opposite. First thing he said is, ‘I don’t work for you, you don’t work for me, we work for each other.’ He made himself one of us.”'

Marker Jets fans should boo Bills coach Rex Ryan early and often for empty promises [1:47 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Ryan is fun to be around and I like him personally. But he lost me by choosing Enemkpali as a captain against the Jets. That’s not just Rex being Rex. That’s a slap at doing what’s right.'

Marker Jets are frauds if Rex hype distracts from beating Bills [1:46 AM]
New York Post reports: 'You don’t allow a Rex Ryan to march into your building and beat you.'

Marker Rex’s Bills vs. Jets: Storylines galore and the winner will be … [1:45 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Jets 30, Bills 21.'

Marker Jets, Todd Bowles focus on winning, not Rex Ryan's stunts [1:44 AM]
Newsday reports: '"We're trying to win two games in four days. It's not facing him, it's facing the Bills,'' Bowles said Sunday after a 28-23 win over the Jaguars. "They're a division rival and we're trying to win the game.'''

Marker Rex Ryan's first game vs. Jets is all about him [1:43 AM]
Newsday reports: 'This game is all about Rex, and so is his team. Just like the Jets, who reveled in his refreshingly humorous and candid demeanor in the early days, riding the wave to two AFC title games before his roster -- and his act -- began to wear thin.'

Marker Bills-Jets tickets not commanding big dollars on secondary market [1:42 AM]
Newsday reports: 'According to, the average asking price as of Wednesday morning was $131.09, the least expensive Jets home game of the season and the third-cheapest Jets home game in MetLife history. The lowest asking price Wednesday morning was $38.'

Marker How will Buffalo Bills handle power balance between ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan, Doug Whaley? [1:41 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Whaley has control over the 53-man roster and Ryan has control over the 46-man game-day roster. This has led to some interesting decisions. Whaley cut loose fan favorite running back Fred Jackson, and some in the organization weren't thrilled about it. And of course, Whaley traded away quarterback Matt Cassel—who was once competing for the No. 1 job—to the Dallas Cowboys, even though Cassel was the No. 2 ahead of EJ Manuel. That move backfired, with Manuel going 0-2 as the starter when Tyrod Taylor went down, including a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Time will tell if this power balance can last.'

Marker Jets are better off with the Rex Ryan show in Buffalo [1:40 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The Jets can take a step closer to that goal with a victory on Thursday night. Jets fans probably will remember this: The Rex Ryan Show was far less funny when his team loses a game.'

Marker Ryan Fitzpatrick bravely defends bearded men from bullies like Rex Ryan [1:39 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The reporters who cover the Bills recognized the seriousness of this situation. They asked Fitzpatrick for his response when they had a chance to talk to him later Tuesday. Let history show that the Bills reporters understand what's important.'

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