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Buffalo Bills News - December 21, 2014

Marker RB C.J. Spiller back for Bills against Raiders [4:42 PM]
AP reports: 'With Spiller back, running back Bryce Brown is inactive Sunday for the Bills. The other inactive players for Buffalo are cornerback Ross Cockrell, linebackers LB Larry Dean and Randell Johnson, offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio, receiver Deonte Thompson and tight end Chris Gragg.'

Marker Raiders now have battered reputation [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Now we don’t win. So how can you be committed to excellence when you don’t win?”'

Marker Bills turn back clock in Bay Area [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They can’t afford to let the Raiders hang around today. Oakland is a bad team, one that might be ready to pack it in. But they’ve won two straight at home, and they came from behind in the fourth quarter to win both. They played solid defense in those wins, too, holding the opposition to a combined 20 percent (5 of 25) on third down.'

Marker Bills’ biggest challenge likely to be avoiding letdown [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills 26, Raiders 13.'

Marker 51-3? Bills fans remember it well [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'And anytime the Bills play the Raiders, as they do Sunday out in Oakland in a game they must win to keep alive their slim hopes of making the playoffs, it's impossible not to harken back to the day when Ralph Wilson's team embarrassed Al Davis' team by the ridiculous score of 51-3.'

Marker Can Kyle Orton deliver in big spot? [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills 26, Raiders 14.'

Marker Nathaniel Hackett appreciates Doug Marrone's support, thinks Bills' offense needs continuity [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think the big thing is always going to be continuity," Hackett said. "It's all right there for those guys. I think we need the guys that are the playmakers to make plays when they have the opportunity. We need those guys to step up all the time. We need everybody to be consistent. That's the thing that's so rough. There's time when people do things perfect, and then all of a sudden one guy will do something wrong and it'll mess some things up. I think it's just about everybody working together and everybody being more disciplined and everybody just making plays and doing it."'

Marker Buffalo Bills well aware of Central New York native and Raiders RB Latavius Murray [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It feels great, especially knowing you talk about a graduating class of 55, a small school in Onondaga, it's a great feeling just to be able to represent that whole upstate New York area and my high school," Murray said. "It's a great feeling. I definitely make sure every time I go home I see those who matter the most and try to share the success I've had and just know where I came from and that I'll never forget that."'

Marker Sunday's Oakland Coverage [1:52 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Oakland Raiders have something at stake (Oakland Tribune)
No move imminent — Raiders likely to extend Coliseum lease (San Francisco Chronicle)
Raiders place cornerback Brown on injured reserve (AP)
Raiders place CB Brown on IR (The Sports Network)
Raiders place Brown on IR, promote Hadley (The Sports Xchange)
Bills-Raiders Matchup No. 1: Spiller vs. Burris (CSN Bay Area)
Raiders place Tarell Brown on IR, sign LB Hadley (CSN Bay Area)
Raiders Sign Hadley to Active Roster, Place CB Tarell Brown on IR (Raiders.com)

Marker At 107, a Buffalo Bills Fan Who Sees It All [1:51 AM]
New York Times reports: '“I have never met anybody who’s 107 years old,” the elevator operator said. “Me neither,” Grandma replied.'

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Raiders [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills are big favorites in this game for good reason: Oakland just does not have a very talented roster, and the play of rookie Derek Carr doesn’t inspire much confidence. Turnovers will be the key for any potential Raiders upset, but too much is working against Oakland in this game. Mario Williams and Sammy Watkins, two of the best on Buffalo’s roster, both have the potential to star in this game because of the players that they will line up against. Due to the nature of the Bills’ offense, the game may start off closer than some would hope, but eventually, the talent of Buffalo's roster should win out.'

Marker Pushing through setbacks is Rambo's way [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I wasn't into it as much as I am now, with being released and everything that happened to me, it was eye opening,” he said. “It was 'Hey you have to put in more time and effort. Nobody is going to give you anything. You have to go out and work and you're going to get what you deserve.’”'

Marker Top 10 ways Bills-Raiders could keep playoff hopes alive [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Unstoppable. Smothering. Scary. Game-changing. We have the stats, but let’s all be honest – you don’t need numbers to justify this defense. (Spoiler alert: keep reading for stats.) Let’s see what they can do against a two-win team after holding two Hall of Fame quarterbacks to no passing touchdowns in the past two games.'

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December 20, 2014

Marker Bills can’t afford to underestimate Raiders [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The head coach, in particular, was viewed as the biggest winner from the victory against the Packers. Many observers, locally and nationally, believe it assured him of a third season at the Bills’ helm. But all of that could quickly vanish if his team comes out flat after traveling across the country to face a club that is nothing but a spoiler.'

Marker Defense will turn up pressure on Raiders’ Carr [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You definitely can’t sleep on him,” linebacker Nigel Bradham said. “Carr is a good quarterback. He’s hot and he’s going to be a great quarterback in this league. He’s learning. He’s a young guy and, of course, he made some mistakes – rookie mistakes like we all do. So you have a guy like that back there who has potential, you never know what you’re going to get.”'

Marker Here’s how Bills can make playoffs as wild-card team [1:57 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Looking at Week 16, Bills fans can sit back on Sunday and have a good indication where their team is even before the team takes the field at 4:25 p.m. Sunday in Oakland. San Diego plays tonight, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Kansas City all play at 1 p.m. Sunday. By the time Bills-Raiders starts, Bills fans will know where the team stands. Cincinnati – which almost has to lose out for Buffalo to have a chance – doesn’t play until Monday night, however.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' running back activated, probable for Week 16 against Raiders [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"The health is there," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "We'll have to make a decision on whether he gives us the best chance to win when it comes to game day activation."'

Marker Buffalo Bills not overlooking Oakland Raiders, and 5 things to watch in Week 16 [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills' offense has taken a step back in 2014, but maybe a trip to Oakland is just what Buffalo needs to get on track. The Raiders' defense is the sixth-worst in the NFL against the pass, according to Pro Football Focus. Bills quarterback Kyle Orton is coming off back-to-back brutal games, so if he can't get it going against Oakland the Bills could be in trouble.'

Marker Michigan football has not contacted Tyrone Wheatley, but Buffalo Bills' RB coach would listen [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"In terms of being interested, it's one of those deals of right now and I've said this to my son, T.J., the only thing you have to be interested in is the here (and) now," Wheatley said. "If it was to come about, I would deal with it when it came about. Right now, nothing has come about. All I'm trying to do is be the first team in, what, 14 years to make the playoffs? That's it. Then I want to be another part of something, not just AFC Championships, but to put a championship banner in here, an NFL championship. Right now, that's where my focus is. That's the honest-to-goodness truth. I really have not thought about the Michigan job or going back there."'

Marker Raiders, Bills happy with top picks [1:53 AM]
Oakland Tribune reports: 'Bills coach Doug Marrone was aware of the buzz surrounding Mack in Buffalo last season. "Obviously I saw him on film when he was in college and heard a lot of great things about him," Marrone said in a conference call. "He's someone that's getting better and better. From our standpoint, we've got to know where he is on that field. He's that type of player."'

Marker Raiders must deal with return of Bills’ Spiller [1:52 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: '“A guy of his talent who has the talents of his magnitude, we expect him to come out and hit the ground running,” Jackson said. “That’s what we want him to do, that’s what he’s trying to do. He looked good out there at practice. So as long as he comes out and does what he does, he’ll be OK.”'

Marker Saturday's Oakland Coverage [1:51 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Raiders, Bills happy with top picks (Oakland Tribune)
Raiders' Tarell Brown won't play against Buffalo (Oakland Tribune)
Raiders must deal with return of Bills’ Spiller (San Francisco Chronicle)
Raiders haven't needed much from Janikowski (AP)
Raiders' Carr learning to stay cool under fire (CSN Bay Area)
Raiders coverage unit must improve vs. Bills return game (CSN Bay Area)
Bills-Raiders Matchup No. 2: Williams vs. Barnes (CSN Bay Area)
Raiders injury report: CB Tarell Brown ruled out vs. Bills (CSN Bay Area)
Practice Recap - December 19 (Raiders.com)
Coach Sparano's Final Thoughts on Buffalo (Raiders.com)
Thorpe: "Whenever my number is called, I’m ready" (Raiders.com)
Game Preview: Raiders vs. Bills (Raiders.com)

Marker Rugged Defense Gives Bills Hope for Playoffs [1:50 AM]
New York Times reports: '“What makes it so difficult to defend those players is that they have both strength and speed,” Bills Coach Doug Marrone said. “That’s the combination where they can beat you multiple ways — with power moves or speed moves. I think that when you have that capability and when you possess that talent, you can cause an opponent a problem, just like other people we’ve played have done that to us.”'

Marker Bills in unfamiliar territory in visit to Raiders [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"That's the stigma with Buffalo," Watkins said. "That's all you hear. They never talk about the four Super Bowls that they went to. All you hear about is the 14 years that they didn't go to the playoffs. It's bad and we know that as a team and an organization. We're going to fix it."'

Marker Bills RB Spiller activated [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"Obviously everybody knows he's an explosive player, a dynamic player, good in the receiving game and in the running game, so we're excited to have him back," quarterback Kyle Orton said earlier in the week.'

Marker Bills' Spiller activated, probable to return [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Spiller has rushed for 287 yards on 69 carries and caught 14 passes for 109 yards and one touchdown for the Bills (8-6), who are one game out of the final wild-card spot.'

Marker How the Bills are beating the NFL's best quarterbacks [1:45 AM]
SI reports: '"We believed in each other all week," Rambo said. "The coaches, the team, the players, everybody just believed in each other. We knew that we could come in here, do the right things, and do what the coaches ask us to do, and we could stop this team. We believe in each other, throughout this whole week. We still believe in each other. This is just a huge confidence boost for the whole defense. To not allow not one quarterback, but two of the hottest quarterbacks in the NFL to no passing touchdowns, this is a huge, huge confidence boost for us."'

Marker Bills' Spiller added to active roster, probable for Sunday [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Spiller, cornerback Stephon Gilmore (shoulder), safety Da’Norris Searcy (hamstring), defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee), safety Duke Williams (concussion), running back Anthony Dixon (chest), kicker Dan Carpenter (groin) and return specialist Marcus Thigpen (foot) were all labeled as probable for Sunday’s contest. Only tight end Chris Gragg was listed as questionable, after missing three games with a knee injury.'

Marker Bills add C.J. Spiller to 53-man roster [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The only remaining question is whether he will be active on game day, a decision that rests with Buffalo’s sideline boss.'

Marker Scouting Report: Bills at Raiders [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills need to jump on the Raiders early and stake themselves to an early lead. Oakland ranks 29th in first quarter scoring this season, but their two wins have come in games where they’ve gotten on the scoreboard first. When their opponent scores first they are 0-7 this season.'

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