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Buffalo Bills News - December 6, 2016

Marker The unraveling [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So here we sit. 6-6, still, perpetually, annoyingly, annually, "In The Hunt". We'll continue to debate the future of the quarterback. Some fans will start to come looking for Rex Ryan. It's the NFL's circle of life in Buffalo. There is still a quarter of the season to go. They could run the table and end up with the most wins since 1999. They could completely unravel and a housecleaning that includes the quarterback being kicked to the curb could really gain some traction. They could, and most likely I'd say, will spilt those four games and finish 8-8.'

Marker The day everything turned on Bills QB Tyrod Taylor [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Four completed passes, 15 attempts, 30 passing yards, one sack taken, one delay of game penalty, and an interception — all in 38 minutes of play. A good way to see a quarterback’s overall effectiveness is by yards per attempt, and through that stretch, the math is pretty easy'

Marker Percy Harvin will miss remainder of 2016 season after being placed on non-football injury list [1:35 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'After signing with the Bills at the start of the 2015, lingering knee and and hip injuries forced Harvin into retirement.'

Marker Percy Harvin placed on non-football illness list [1:34 AM] reports: 'When he rejoined the Bills following a brief retirement Percy Harvin felt spry and healthy. But after appearing in two games Harvin began to experience severe migraine headaches rendering unfit to play in the past two games. On Monday the team made the decision to put Harvin on the reserve/non-football illness list.'

Marker Bills Today: Keeping their composure [1:33 AM] reports: '“That’s one of our problems we have to clean up,” said Sammy Watkins. “When a team makes their surge we’ve got to keep our composure. I don’t think we handled that well in any game. We’ve got to start keeping our composure, play the next play, and move on from it. We always get riled up and we’re yelling and stuff like that. We have to stay composed.”'

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December 5, 2016

Marker Collapse dents Bills playoff hopes [8:19 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'After 2 1/2 quarters of playing genuinely impressive football against one of the league’s best teams, on the West Coast at that, the Bills folded like an origami swan.'

Marker Monday's Oakland Coverage [5:47 AM] reports: Click here

Marker Bills shell-shocked by stunning collapse against Raiders [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The turn of events almost defied description. One minute, the Bills were leading, 24-9 ... the next, they were giving up 29 unanswered points on the way to falling to 6-6 and virtual elimination from the playoffs.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor has few answers on and off the field in Oakland [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor used four words or less to answer four questions in his postgame press conference. Perhaps that’s fitting. If he didn’t have any answers on the field, why should he be expected to after the game?'

Marker Raiders punter Marquette King blames Nickell Robey-Coleman for his stupid penalty [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'King responded by doing a celebration with the penalty flag that earned him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.'

Marker Bills blow 15-point lead for just the third time this millennium [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The others losses: The 2011 finale against the Patriots (that was actually on Jan. 1, 2012) and a Dec. 4 game against the Dolphins in 2005.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Bills go to pieces on the road (again) [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I should have known better. Long-suffering Bills watchers know better by now. They have a library of regrettable history as a guide. This is what the Bills do. They raise people's hopes, nudge their fans into a state of belief, and then, as always, they come crashing to Earth when it truly matters.'

Marker Tim Graham: Bills' offense is quaint – good for old-school stats, not for winning [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo simply doesn't have the passing game to compete. The offensive line is talented enough to pass block. Tyrod Taylor adds an effective running dimension that worries defensive coordinators.'

Marker Bills Notebook: Khalil Mack is a nightmare come to life, Gillislee makes impact & more [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We knew we had to get those defensive stops and stay disciplined in our game plan,” Mack said. “We did that and we shut them down well in the (second) half.”'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills showed they were capable of winning ... and then woke up [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor didn't help his own cause by showing poor decision-making and too often panicking and scrambling rather than maintaining poise and finding open receivers. And there were open receivers that he simply didn't find or overthrew or underthrew.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Points After: Raiders 38, Bills 24 [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' season is, for most practical purposes, over. They likely needed to win all of their remaining five games to have a shot at making the playoffs as a wild-card team. Now, they're on the verge of elimination with four games left.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's 10 Plays That Shaped the Game: Raiders picked apart Bills coverage plan [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'By quick count, the Bills rushed three and dropped eight on 12 pass plays. But Raiders quarterback Derek Carr still was good enough in the fourth quarter to pick apart the Bills’ zones. Buffalo blitzed five or more on just six plays. In a perfect world, the Ryan brothers would like to attack more than that. Ironically, Carr beat one of those few blitzes for the game’s go-ahead touchdown.'

Marker Bucky Gleason's Hot Read: Bills struck by Mack truck, crash into ditch [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The weird thing about their 38-24 loss to the Raiders was the Bills showed no apparent signs of driving off the road. They were cruising along, enjoying the peace and serenity of a Sunday afternoon drive when suddenly someone jerked the wheel and steered them into a ditch.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Hot Read: Bills' pass offense is barely NFL caliber; pass 'D' car [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills rushed for 212 yards on the Oakland Raiders. How much more can you expect to gain on an NFL defense? The Bills’ pass offense is barely NFL caliber. They finished with 191 passing yards and had a mere 132 by the time Oakland took its 38-24 lead.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Hot Read: Bills' collapse an epic punch to the stomach [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This group is exactly what its record indicates – a mediocre, average, .500 team that continues to spin its wheels.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Hot Read: Another Bills road loss in the chronicle of woe [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This loss happened so fast, it's hard to know where to begin. Suffice it to say that Derek Carr and the Oakland offense, which had struggled mightily in the first half, shredded the Bills' defense in the second half.'

Marker Insta-Graham: Raiders spot Bills late 15-point lead, vaporize them anyway [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rex Ryan's squad had wilted. Then it showed almost no sense of urgency as time evaporated.'

Marker Nick Veronica's quarterly analysis: It's Khalil Mack's world and we're just livi [1:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Raiders took over on the 16-yard line and scored four plays later to take a 38-24 lead. That was the dagger, a fourth consecutive touchdown that effectively put that game out of reach for the struggling Bills offense.'

Marker Third quarter analysis: Bills have big lead quickly erased in nail-biter with Raiders [1:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mike Gillislee capped a 10-play drive with his second touchdown of the game on the Bills' next possession, putting them up 24-9 with 24 minutes to play.'

Marker Second quarter analysis: Gillislee puts Bills ahead, Janikowski keeps it close [1:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills did a great job neutralizing All-Pro defensive end/linebacker Khalil Mack in the first half. He was in on only three tackles and didn’t record a quarterback hit. He made one tackle for loss late in the second quarter but didn’t have any game-changing plays.'

Marker First quarter analysis: Taylor outdueling Carr early as Bills and Raiders are tied [1:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor hit Watkins twice on the drive (while going 6 for 7 for 75 yards) after not targeting him until the second quarter last week.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Report Card: Running game was great, but Bills will want to run away from other g [1:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s a problem when McCoy is the team’s leading receiver, as he was with seven catches for 61 yards. Buffalo’s longest completion was a 22-yarder to Justin Hunter that served as his only catch. Tyrod Taylor has now gone three straight games throwing for less than 200 yards. He and Sammy Watkins clearly weren’t on the same page on at least a couple occasions Sunday. The injuries at wide receiver certainly don’t help, but that excuse is getting old. General Manager Doug Whaley can share some of the blame for mismanaging the position if the players on the field can’t get it done.'

Marker Charles Clay headlines Bills' list of inactives against Raiders [1:39 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Also inactive Sunday for the Bills are: cornerback Ronald Darby (concussion), wide receivers Percy Harvin (migraines) and Robert Woods (knee), quarterback Cardale Jones, tight end Logan Thomas and defensive tackle Jerel Worthy.'

Marker Total, epic meltdown as Bills lose 38-24 to Raiders [1:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills played the way losers play, the way a team that doesn’t know how to win plays. They played scared, they played conservative, they played not to lose, and of course, what did they end up doing? They lost.'

Marker Maiorana: Another depressing December on tap for Bills [1:37 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What a charade. What that line doesn’t say is that for the miracle to happen, the first thing they’re going to have to do is win their remaining four games, and after watching that performance in Oakland Sunday, does anyone truly believe they’re capable of sweeping the last four, especially when the gauntlet starts with the Steelers next week?'

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