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Buffalo Bills News - December 22, 2014

Marker Silver lining? Bills weren't going to beat Pats anyway [8:16 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Is Kyle Orton ready to deliver in a big spot? OK, now that I've stopped laughing, I can answer this: No. But really, did anyone expect him to?'

Marker Buffalo Bills release Mike Williams from injured reserve, according to report [8:15 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Expectations were high for the former Syracuse wide receiver when he was traded to his hometown of Buffalo. But he ended up catching only eight passes and spent a handful of games as a healthy scratch for the Bills. Once Buffalo went to Kyle Orton at quarterback, Williams had a tough time getting on the same page with the veteran. Despite his lack of playing time, Williams' career in Buffalo was eventful, including a trade request and demands for more playing time.'

Marker C.J. Spiller struggles, Bills 'embarassed' by Raiders, and observations from stats and snap counts [8:15 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It just sucks," Dixon said. "Hats off to them. They took it to us. I just wish we could have took it to them a little bit more. Tried to force it just a little bit more. But we didn't, and that's just something we have to try and get in our heads. When you're playing against teams like that that's going to play with power, we got to play with power. We have to take what we want and not let them take it to us. I think we did a little bit of that today."'

Marker Bills' loss extends playoff drought to 15 seasons [8:14 PM]
AP reports: '"As a player who's always been to the playoffs, who's never lost over eight games, it hurts," Watkins said. "I'm not used to losing. And hopefully, we fix it next year and get back on the right page."'

Marker Buffalo Bills cut receiver Mike Williams [8:13 PM]
AP reports: 'The decision means the Bills won't have to pay the final four years of his contract, including the $5.2 million base salary he's due to next season.'

Marker Bills bitterly tease fan base again as streak hits 15 [8:12 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills have a huge void to fill at quarterback because it's clear Orton isn't the answer to the decade-plus black hole at that position. But the offensive line is inept, and if quarterback is priority 1A in the offseason, then the line is 1B. Both guards need to be replaced, and rookie right tackle Seantrel Henderson has a long way to go before he becomes a polished, reliable player. Even the supposed competent players, left tackle Cordy Glenn and center Eric Wood, haven't been all that good this year. As for depth, if the Bills had any, they'd be playing.'

Marker Bills release WR Williams off IR [8:11 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills acquired Williams from Tampa Bay for a sixth-round pick before the season, but he played in only nine games and caught just eight passes.'

Marker Bills part ways with WR Mike Williams [8:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Head coach Doug Marrone cited weekly game plans and needs on special teams among the reasons Williams was one of the seven inactive players on those four occasions this season. He also was candid in stating there were other receivers who were performing more consistently for the offense.'

Marker 14 fast facts from the Bills-Raiders game [8:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Watkins (62), Fred Jackson (65) and Robert Woods (61) are the first Bills trio to produce more than 60 receptions. The trio is the fifth in the NFL this season with at least three players with 60 grabs (Chicago: Matt Forte-94, Alshon Jeffery-83, Martellus Bennett-82, Brandon Marshall-61; New England: Julian Edelman-92, Rob Gronkowski-82, Brandon LaFell-61; Pittsburgh: Antonio Brown-122, Le’Veon Bell-77, Heath Miller-63; NY Giants: Odell Beckham Jr. – 79, Ruben Randle-65, Larry Donnell-61).'

Marker Two vets hit record marks on Sunday [8:09 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills had a tough time establishing the run game all day but RB Fred Jackson was still able to help out. He led the team with nine receptions on 12 targets for 93 yards and a long of 34 yards. With these numbers, Jackson broke his single-season receiving yardage record – 442 yards set in 2011. He now has 497 receiving yards on the year.'

Marker What they're saying about the Bills loss to the Raiders [8:07 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We knew we were going to go up against a good defense. I thought they’d been playing well and certainly have a good front. I think it’s all gone back to the same thing. When we go out there and do our jobs and execute we look pretty good. When we don’t we struggle so ultimately that falls on the quarterback and it’s my job to get everybody on the same page and make sure it looks good and we score points so I’m certainly disappointed in myself.”'

Marker Bills can only blame themselves [8:06 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills never ran a single play in the Raiders’ red zone ... not one inside Oakland’s 20. Orton’s other two TD tosses were 30 yards to wide receiver Robert Woods and 29 to tight end Scott Chandler.'

Marker Bills’ Egg-Laying Performance Hard to Stomach [10:25 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Not a good day for Marrone or his coordinators, Jim Schwartz and Nathaniel Hackett. Schwartz’s unit allowed the league’s least productive offense to score 11 points above its average. Hackett’s playcalling was predictable. And Marrone failed to prevent his team from suffering a let-down following the Green Bay win. F.'

Marker Corey Graham takes blame for Buffalo Bills' loss to Oakland Raiders [7:07 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think we did enough to win the game, if you take away that play," Graham said. "There were a lot of plays that didn't go our way out there today. I'm not going to say one play (lost the game), but that was a big one. I should have made that play."'

Marker Same old Bills emerge as season fades to black [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The final score was 26-24, but that doesn’t give anything remotely close to a true indication of how much the Bills were outplayed.'

Marker Dreams of postseason take a real beating [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There was no letdown. The Bills were simply outplayed by an Oakland team with an interim head coach and very little to play for. The worst thing is, they were physically beaten at the point of attack for much of the day.'

Marker Dinged defense has letdown, while Mack looms large for Oakland [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s different,” Bills cornerback Corey Graham said. “Obviously, when you lose two of your better players it’s going to be tough for the defense.'

Marker 10 Plays [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills marched to the Raider 33 in the first quarter. But Woodson, a 17-year veteran, made up for his early mistake on Watkins’ TD by intercepting an Orton pass for Chandler up the right seam. Bad decision by Orton.'

Marker Quarterly Report [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Oakland rookie Khalil Mack, the University at Buffalo product, is legit. Mack made three tackles in the first quarter, including one on the Bills’ first play from scrimmage, when he dropped running back Fred Jackson for no gain.'

Marker Report Card [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ season was in the balance. A loss would extinguish their postseason hopes. So they were outplayed by a hapless Raiders franchise that seemed more inspired despite playing only for pride. Schwartz’s head-coach stock is slipping. Nathaniel Hackett might be on the verge of calling his last game next week. So might Marrone.'

Marker The beat goes on for Patriots [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rob Gronkowski is a Comeback Player of the Year candidate. The Amherst native played just seven games in 2013 because of injuries, but has been a force this season. Gronkowski has 82 catches for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s started 10 games and appeared in 15. He was eased into action at the beginning of the year as he got back into shape after those injuries, which included a torn knee ligament. Gronk’s presence gives the Patriots the ability to run or pass.'

Marker Up in smoke [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Fans who have stuck with them through about a decade and a half of thick, and four decades of thin, deserve a day to turn their backs on a team that defines the very essence of heartbreak, of disappointment, and of sheer incompetence.'

Marker Three ... and Out [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The former UB stud — picked No. 5 overall by Oakland, one slot after Buffalo took Sammy Watkins in May — was all over the place. He was credited with five tackles, one sack for 10 yards and two other quarterback hits, and was a constant source of disruption to the Bills.'

Marker Report card [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Doug Marrone perhaps saved his job last week with that win against Green Bay. And then his team responded with this performance. As sickening losses go, this leaps right into Pittsburgh 2004 territory. Just an inexplicable, demoralizing, epic Bills-like failure on all fronts. Merry Christmas to all.'

Marker Buffalo can't stop Derek Carr, lowly Oakland in 26-24 loss [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Instead of having a playoff berth possibly on the line next week in New England, the Bills can start looking ahead to next season and figuring out what to do at quarterback. Orton failed to get Buffalo over the hump after replacing ineffective second-year player EJ Manuel.'

Marker Doug Marrone noncommittal on EJ Manuel, Kyle Orton as Bills aim to finish strong against Patriots [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'm just going to try to win every game I play," Marrone said. "I'll look at the film, see what we have to do and play who gives us the best chance to win next week."'

Marker Buffalo Bills' playoff hopes die in Oakland, and 5 observations from Week 16 loss to Raiders [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills' run defense got off to a great start to the season but has fallen off a cliff in the last couple of months. On Sunday, the Bills allowed 142 yards on the ground to the Raiders, who don't have much of a passing game.'

Marker Bills coach Doug Marrone on Michigan football coaching job: 'You're stuck with me' [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You're stuck with me," Marrone said. "Fortunately or unfortunately."'

Marker What Buffalo Bills players are saying about blowing chance at playoffs against Oakland Raiders [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It just breaks your heart, you know? You sit there and put it all into it for a long time and you really don't do it for anybody but yourselves and for the guys next to you in the locker room. We still have one game to go and we'll play as hard as we can and try to get a win. Certainly when you've gone this long and you're right there and you have a chance and you put it all on the line and you don't come through, it stings. It hurts."'

Marker Team chokes in must-win game [1:44 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'The biggest issue for me was Doug Marrone punting on fourth-and-one from the Buffalo 46 in the fourth quarter. The Raiders then went on a touchdown drive that chewed up 5:22 and gave them a 26-17 lead. Buffalo lucked into a comeback after Oakland missed the field goal. I don’t know if Buffalo got caught looking past the Raiders, but it sure seemed like it. Another year with no playoffs, and this one will be tough for fans to swallow.'

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