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Buffalo Bills News - November 30, 2015

Marker Bills anything but ready for ‘playoff game’ [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rex Ryan, who could never figure out when or when not to pull that red challenge flag out of his pocket, and the rest of the Bills’ coaching staff didn’t. The Bills’ defense, which couldn’t handle a third-string running back or Alex Smith’s passing or running, didn’t. Tyrod Taylor, who was on fire for a half and then struggled with the Chiefs’ defensive adjustments in the final two quarters, didn’t.'

Marker Bills' decision not to blitz backfires vs. Alex Smith [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We have to play what’s called," inside linebacker Preston Brown said. "They know what they’re doing up there. They want to play coverage — they were just finding ways to get the ball through. We tried our best. We had those guys rushing up front. We believe in those four. We don’t have to pressure with those guys. It just didn’t happen.”'

Marker Defense doesn’t lay a finger on Chiefs quarterback [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In this 2015 season nearing the brink, blitzing was not an emphasis.'

Marker Watkins cites lack of urgency by Bills in second half [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kansas City adjusted at halftime by giving the Bills different looks, he said, and “those guys get paid, too.” He understands Tyrod Taylor didn’t want to force the issue and throw an interception. But an offense so rhythmic, so unstoppable in the first half suddenly resembled the Bills offenses of old. The days of Trent and JP, of punts and more punts.'

Marker Ryan trapped into no challenge on Hogan [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The play obviously should have been challenged. CBS cut to a shot of Rex Ryan. An assistant in the press box, detached from the sideline madness and with the help of TV monitors, presumably was instructing Ryan what to do.'

Marker Ryan and coaches get schooled countless ways [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How do I count the ways? Offense, defense, game management, even the post-game interviews, Ryan came out on the short end. The offense, after a fabulous beginning, allowed the Chiefs to take Sammy Watkins out of the game. The defense got shredded by an average offense with a crippled offensive line.'

Marker 10 Plays That Shaped The Game [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Where was Rex Ryan’s challenge flag on the pass ruled incomplete for Chris Hogan with 2:39 to play?'

Marker Take Five by Vic Carucci: Intensity there, but Bills just not good enough [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills didn’t lose because of poor or uninspired effort. They lost because they weren’t good enough in any respect, coaching or playing, to meet the challenge of winning a game with so much on the line. They lost because, defensively, they couldn’t handle the frustrating style of play that the Chiefs employ with a super-intelligent quarterback (Alex Smith) who is an exceptional game manager and an extremely dangerous runner, and a scheme that generally causes death by a million paper cuts. They lost because, offensively, they couldn’t sustain tremendous first-half momentum. They lost because coach Rex Ryan didn’t know when or when not to challenge plays. They lost because they were out-coached on both sides of the ball.'

Marker Mark Gaughan’s matchup winners [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ top pass rusher has enjoyed an excellent season, but he wasn’t enough of a factor on a day when the Bills needed to harass Alex Smith.'

Marker Fourth-down analysis: Chiefs 30, Bills 22 [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That's how bad the Bills coach mismanaged almost every conceivable situation in his team's 30-22 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Fourth downs were part of the problem, as was Ryan's failure to correctly use his challenge flag and his decision to go for two points after a touchdown late in the third quarter.'

Marker Tyler Dunne’s Report Card: Offensive grades acceptable, defense a failure [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Granted, officials on the field should get the calls right. This was another bumbling Sunday for the zebras. But Rex Ryan’s problems with challenges went from comical to mind-boggling.'

Marker Coming Attraction: Five things to Know About the Houston Texans [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sunday’s victory over New Orleans was the fourth straight for Houston, taking them from 2-5 to 6-5, right in the thick of the races for both the AFC South championship and a wild-card playoff spot.'

Marker Drive-in’s loss shows NFL is about nothing but the bottom line [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cohen found that out earlier this month when the NFL blew the whistle on his plans to air the Monday night Bills game against the Patriots with a cease-and-desist letter. His foul? The screen at the drive-in is too big.'

Marker Bills playoff chances take hit in loss to Chiefs [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills took a 16-14 lead into intermission, but it felt like it should have been much more of a cushion. They controlled play for much of the opening half, but the Chiefs made a couple big plays - plus took advantage of yet another incredibly lame bad penalty call against the Bills - to cut into the margin.'

Marker Bills can't rise to the challenge (or execute one) [1:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'After possessing the ball for nearly 20 minutes in the first half, the Buffalo offense had it for just over 11 minutes in the second half. The Bills ran only 25 offensive plays after halftime as the Chiefs went on some lengthy scoring drives and the Bills managed just one scoring drive.'

Marker Bills defense flops in key game [1:44 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' However, in the end, the Bills defense was a little worse and all you have to do is look at the scoreboard. Buffalo was gashed by Chiefs running back Spencer Ware for 114 yards, and the defensive backs – so good most of the year – had a bad day, something safety Corey Graham readily admitted after the game.'

Marker Report card [1:43 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This is a straight out failure. In a game they desperately needed to win, the Bills weren't good enough against a team that is not better than them. There's no gray area here. They had to win and they didn't. Their defense was terrible, and the offense did nothing in the second half, granted, with limited time of possession.'

Marker Rex Ryan costs Bills in 30-22 loss to Chiefs [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'First, he failed to challenge a Jeremy Maclin catch that would have been overturned. The Chiefs scored one play later. He then wasted a challenge on a Robert Woods drop that cost his team a timeout, and he decided not to challenge a Chiefs first down on which Alex Smith appeared to come up short of the sticks. Late in the fourth quarter, he opted not to challenge a Tyrod Taylor incompletion to Chris Hogan that may have been overturned. Finally at the end of the game, Ryan challenged a play on which Taylor came up short of the first down and lost the challenge.'

Marker Why did Sammy Watkins disappear in second half of Bills' loss to Chiefs? [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Like I said, the time of possession definitely changed," Taylor said after the game. "We only had the ball 11 minutes, so we didn't have a bunch of opportunities to take those shots unlike the first half. It was something we had to work for, take shots when we could and get the ball into some other guys' hands."'

Marker Rex Ryan gives shoddy explanation of mismanagement of challenges that cost Bills [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The 37-yarder, I wasn't aware of it because, again, I wasn't seeing the video on it, and again, so from my vantage point, I thought he caught the ball. That was from my vantage point. Obviously, I would have challenged it if I would have known there was any question whatsoever on a 37-yard play that flipped the game. We were in complete control of that game and then they threw some balls over our heads. Obviously I would have challenged."'

Marker Tyrod Taylor rallied Bills after loss to Chiefs in attempt to keep spirits up [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's like Tyrod (Taylor) said when he pulled me aside after the game, 'We've got to pull the guys back into it. The season is not over with,'" defensive end Jerry Hughes said after the game. "He said it best. We just had a quick little one-on-one. He told me to pull the guys aside. He saw my head down because he knew how badly I wanted to win this. For him to do that and tell me to pick my head up, and let's pull the guys up so we can finish the season up strong, that speaks tremendous volumes to the character we have leading this team. We are going to do that. We are going to rally behind each other and we just have to come out fighting after the game."'

Marker AFC playoff picture 2015: Buffalo Bills take big fall in standings after loss [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We're out of mulligans, let's put it that way," Rex Ryan said after the game. "We have to take care of our business."'

Marker Buffalo Bills bus breaks down on way to Arrowhead Stadium before Chiefs game [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Let that be a lesson to everyone out there: Don't ignore that check engine light, especially if you happen to be driving a busload of players on their way to a must-win game.'

Marker Former Bills and Syracuse coach Doug Marrone reportedly a hot NFL head coaching candidate [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The former Syracuse and Buffalo Bills head coach is considered a "hot candidate" for head coach openings in the NFL this offseason, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 12 Report Card [1:35 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'One look at the stat sheet tells the story. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had 255 passing yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked once, but that's because he ran out of bounds behind the line of scrimmage on one play. For most of the game, Smith didn't face any serious pressure. The Bills didn't blitz often and it gave Smith time to beat them.'

Marker Bills’ playoff bus sputters again at the usual time [1:34 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Bills head coach Rex Ryan was savaged on social media and local sports radio immediately after the game, for twice screwing up challenges on that drive.'

Marker Bills lose 30-22 to Chiefs in matchup of playoff contenders [1:33 AM]
AP reports: '"We didn't get the job done," Watkins said. "We've got to put the nail in the coffin when we play great teams like this. You give them a chance and let them live, they start making plays — their defense starts making plays. We've got to put them away."'

Marker Chiefs hold off Bills 30-22 for fifth straight win [1:32 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills had a chance for a tying touchdown when they took over at their own 10 with 3:25 left. But after picking up a quick first down, Taylor was stopped short of the marker on fourth-and-9 with 2:16 left, allowing the Chiefs to put the game away.'

Marker Chiefs defeat Bills for fifth straight win [1:31 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'But the second half saw the Chiefs (6-5) handle Watkins, force a Taylor fumble and the Chiefs offense caught fire behind quarterback Alex Smith, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and running back Spencer Ware. Smith threw for 255 yards, two touchdown passes and did not have an interception. Maclin caught nine passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. Ware picked up 114 rushing yards on 19 carries with a touchdown.'

Marker 3 things we learned about the Bills [1:30 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Rex Ryan is going to have to find some way to beef up the play on his defensive line. Injuries had starters Kyle Williams and Mario Williams out of Sunday's game in Kansas City. Then Alex Carrington left the field on a cart with a serious right leg injury. That left just five defensive linemen for four spots in Ryan's defensive scheme. Kyle Williams is apparently done for the season with a knee injury and matters did not look promising with Carrington. Against a battered and shuffled Chiefs offensive line, the defensive line was unable to grab a sack.'

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