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Buffalo Bills News - December 27, 2014

Marker Patriots Game Preview [1:45 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Patriots 21, Bills 16.'

Marker Scouting Report: Bills at Patriots [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo’s defense struggled last week as their tackling was as inconsistent as it has been all season. They have to get back to wrapping up ball carriers with sure tackling and consistent fundamentals, otherwise the Patriots could run wild on the ground, much like they did in the season finale last season.'

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December 26, 2014

Marker Bills make big impression on little fans [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The thing that Brian started is pretty special,” Chandler said. “To get to visit those kids and just be able to put a smile on their face is something you can't really put into words, how that feels."'

Marker Pegulas have decisions to make soon [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Pegulas’ first order of business will be deciding whether to keep General Manager Doug Whaley and coach Doug Marrone. Apparently, tension mounted between the two during the season. Some inside the organization believe that their working relationship is beyond repair.'

Marker Bills running on empty in run game [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As a result, the Bills’ running game has been anemic. They rank 25th in rushing with 1,378 yards, and if they don’t gain 174 yards in Sunday’s finale against the Patriots, they will finish with their lowest total in a 16-game season. The current futility mark is 1,552 yards in 2006, when the Bills were 27th in the NFL.'

Marker Marrone sticking with Orton against Patriots [1:56 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And what does that say about EJ Manuel, the 2013 first-round draft choice who was limited to 10 starts as a rookie due to multiple knee injuries and was benched after going 2-2 to start this season?'

Marker Bills QB Kyle Orton gets a second shot at Patriots [1:55 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots had just one game tape to study of Orton with the Bills the last time they met. But they came up with a game plan that seemed to work.'

Marker Despite brutal loss versus Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills showed progress in 2014 [1:54 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: 'Perhaps the statistic of the year for the Bills: In Weeks 7-15, opposing quarterbacks (and the group included Rodgers and Peyton Manning) combined to throw three touchdowns and 13 interceptions against Buffalo.'

Marker In Bills, Patriots face a team that's gotten downright defensive [1:53 AM]
Brockton Enterprise reports: 'OK, so maybe there are no banners for 9-7 seasons, but that is a sign of improvement for a team that’s been mediocre (or worse) for what seems like a football eternity.'

Marker Friday's New England Coverage [1:52 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Patriots make red zone into a dead zone for opponents (Boston Globe)
Bills QB Kyle Orton gets a second shot at Patriots (Boston Globe)
Hard final exam for offensive line (Boston Herald)
Five threats to spoil Patriots’ party (Boston Herald)
Despite brutal loss versus Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills showed progress in 2014 (Springfield Republican)
A few Patriots approaching milestones in season finale against Bills (Springfield Republican)
Wilfork as good as new in comeback from Achilles injury (Providence Journal)
Patriots' Slater celebrates with gift of Pro Bowl berth (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Patriots happy with return on Amendola (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)
In Bills, Patriots face a team that's gotten downright defensive (Brockton Enterprise)
Many happy returns for Amendola (Brockton Enterprise)
Patriots, Bills searching for that final meaning (Nashua Telegraph)
One scout's take: For Patriots, Bills, plenty of reasons to take Sunday seriously (WEEI-FM)
Vince Wilfork following Achilles injury: 'I worked my tail off just to get back and play football like I normally play (WEEI-FM)
No changes on Patriots' injury report Thursday (WEEI-FM)

December 25, 2014

Marker Kyle Williams determined to keep grinding [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“My disappointment’s deep,” he acknowledged Wednesday, as the Bills continued preparations for Sunday’s season finale at New England. “It’s tough to swallow every year.”'

Marker Rex bemoans what could have been [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Tell me about it,” Rex said. “You know what I wanted for Christmas? For the New England game to matter. Still alive for the playoffs going into the last game, I would have taken that. I really was starting to believe in them again.”'

Marker Despite name change, fan group still backing Bills [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Not surprisingly, there are more than a few other guys like him, guys who have spent their entire lives living near the stadium, guys who can’t imagine life without the Bills.'

Marker Kyle Williams says Pro Bowl selection is bittersweet [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's bittersweet," he said of the Pro Bowl, "because you come and compete and work to win as a team, to go to the playoffs and win a championship. At the same time, anytime you're recognized by your peers and the coaches you play against, the Bills fans that vote for you, and you have an opportunity to represent this organization and our city, it's always an honor to do that."'

Marker Watkins, Pegulas help boost Bills merchandise sales in 2014 [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's hard to weigh which factor has played most into it, but team performance has always been a driving force," said Marc Honan, the Bills' chief marketing officer, who said merchandise sales in house at One Bills Drive are up 50 percent over this team last year.'

Marker Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills trying to avoid a franchise season-low rushing total against Patriots [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Buffalo still hasn't had a running back rush for more than 71 yards in a game, and Jackson can't figure out why.'

Marker Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes not disappointed about missing out on Pro Bowl [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I havent really thought about that," Hughes said. "This is our last game, AFC East opponent, going to Foxboro to play Tom Brady so that's going to be fun. That's what our focus has been, go up there, collect a win and have fun."'

Marker Aaron Williams wants Patriots to play starters, and what Bills are saying about motivation [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Nobody understands outside this locker room, so it doesn't bother me at all," Williams says. "A lot of people say they're upset with us that we didn't make the playoffs, but I really don't understand what makes them think that we aren't upset. We're in here busting our butts every day to get in those playoffs and it just doesn't happen our way this year. I know it's frustrating. It's been 15 years since they've seen a playoff game. But we're working. It's not like we're out here cashing a check and saying forget about it. A lot of people do care about trying to make the playoffs."'

Marker Stephon Gilmore, Marcell Dareus miss Buffalo Bills' Wednesday practice [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Yeah, Stephon is in the concussion protocol and Marcell, right now, we're resting him and we'll see where he is later in the week," Marrone said.'

Marker Aaron Williams limited at Buffalo Bills' Wednesday practice with hip injury [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Safety Aaron Williams was limited in practice with a hip injury, while defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (knee) and cornerback Stephon Gilmore (head) were both not at practice for Buffalo.'

Marker Marrone happy with what Spikes has brought to Bills [1:49 AM]
CSN New England reports: '“He’s really done a great job for us,” Marrone said during a conference call Wednesday afternoon. “In the locker room, on the field. Helped some of our younger linebackers with Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham playing with Kiko (Alonso) being out. Just helping them, learning how to be a pro, watching film doing those things. He had an outstanding offseason, he was here throughout the whole offseason I think that was important. He was everything we expected him to be.”'

Marker Former Bills DT Branch playing with 'enthusiasm' [1:48 AM]
CSN New England reports: '“I see him playing with a lot of enthusiasm,” Marrone began. “Obviously we’re happy for him. Obviously, you don’t like playing against good football players and Alan’s a very good football player. You see him making plays and you see him out there having fun and he brings a lot of energy and he’s a solid football player and he’s playing well.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills Quotes 12/24: Doug Marrone and Kyle Orton [1:47 AM]
Patriots.com reports: ' It's hard to tell how close you are because you continue to have to fight. The first time is usually the most difficult time because you're trying to change the culture and maybe some poor habits you've gotten accustomed to because you've lost so much. Those things are always a process and always according to change. You always have to keep going forward and keep fighting and then you look back and say, ‘Okay, this is what we were able to do to do that.' You never know exactly what was the piece or players or what you may have or scheme or what you may do, so you just have to keep working and going forward and know what you believe in and keep fighting.'

Marker Thursday's New England Coverage [1:46 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Patriots’ Danny Amendola finally caught fire a little bit (Boston Globe)
Matthew Slater, Darrelle Revis focused on Super Bowl, not Pro Bowl (Boston Globe)
Julian Edelman an important piece (Boston Herald)
Patriots turn over old leaf (Boston Herald)
Matthew Slater’s been truly special (Boston Herald)
The case for Dont'a Hightower as a 2014 Pro Bowler... (Springfield Republican)
Darrelle Revis: New England Patriots have team goals, Pro Bowl isn't one of them (Springfield Republican)
Jamie Collins, Jonas Gray, Brandon Browner added to New England Patriots injury report (Springfield Republican)
Perfect attendance at New England Patriots practice on Christmas Eve (Springfield Republican)
Recent Super Bowl champions haven’t had December momentum (Providence Journal)
Patriots' special teams dynamo Slater has proven to be a quick study (Providence Journal)
No Pro Bowl nod for Wilfork, but staying on the field Sunday could be lucrative (Providence Journal)
Brandon Bolden emerging late in season (Providence Journal)
Patriots have full practice attendance again on Wednesday (Providence Journal)
To play, or not to play the starters is the question (Metro West Daily News)
Top-seeded Pats focus on regular-season finale (AP)
With everything clinched, business as usual for Patriots (The Sports Xchange)
Darrelle Revis: Patriots Have Team Goals; Pro Bowl Isn’t One Of Them (NESN)
Patriots Practice Report: Perfect Attendance For Christmas Eve Session (NESN)
Patriots Injury Report: Jonas Gray Among 15 Limited In Practice (NESN)
Wilfork on playing-time incentive: 'Not worried about that' (CSN New England)
Former Bills DT Branch playing with 'enthusiasm' (CSN New England)
Marrone happy with what Spikes has brought to Bills (CSN New England)
Slater: 'I have no desire' to play in Pro Bowl (CSN New England)
Revis on Pro Bowl nod: 'We focus more on team goals' (CSN New England)
Ninkovich: It's time to 'stay on the gas' (CSN New England)
Belichick has players practice in pads on Christmas Eve (CSN New England)
Browner, Collins, Gray added to Patriots injury report (CSN New England)
Revis, Slater Agree That Pro Bowl Nods Take Backseat To Patriots’ Goals (WBZ-AM)
Jamie Collins, Brandon Browner Among 15 Patriots Listed On Injury Report (WBZ-AM)
Tale Of The Tape: Buffalo Bills At New England Patriots (WBZ-AM)
Darrelle Revis on his 6th Pro Bowl: ‘We have team goals that we want to accomplish and the pro bowl is definitely not one’ (WEEI-FM)
Jonas Gray, Jamie Collins, Brandon Browner among 15 limited in Patriots’ practice (WEEI-FM)
Patriots Pro Bowlers 'honored'; Dec. 24 notes (Patriots.com)
Patriots - Bills Injury Report (Patriots.com)
Patriots Quotes 12/24: Danny Amendola, Darrelle Revis & Matthew Slater (Patriots.com)
Buffalo Bills Quotes 12/24: Doug Marrone and Kyle Orton (Patriots.com)

Marker Jackson seeks to spark Bills' pedestrian run game [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'The running game faces an uphill test. With 1,378 yards rushing, Buffalo is 174 yards short of matching the team's 16-game low of 1,552 yards in 2006.'

Marker Bills-Patriots Preview [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '''It just breaks your heart,'' said Kyle Orton, who threw for 329 yards, three touchdowns and two picks. ''It was all there. We just didn't have the execution. And in the end, it cost us.'''

Marker Bills-Patriots Capsule [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Patriots have won past 35 home games against AFC teams, longest streak in either conference since 1970 merger. ... QB Tom Brady is 23-2 vs. Bills with most recent loss coming in 2011 on field goal on final play.'

Marker Week 17 Preview: Bills at Patriots [1:42 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The drama was sapped when Buffalo stubbed its playoff toe at Oakland and New England wrapped up home-field advantage in Week 16. The Patriots don't want to break their unblemished record against the Bills at Gillette Stadium (12-0) and won't rest key players until the outcome is in hand.'

Marker Bills without Dareus, Gilmore to start practice week [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Both defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and cornerback Stephon Gilmore could not participate at Wednesday’s practice inside the ADPRO Sports Training Center. Each player suffered an injury on Sunday in Oakland and could not return to game action because of it.'

Marker Players make mark in second chance with Bills [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Someone doesn’t think that you’re good enough,” said Urbik. “When I was in Pittsburgh I was just trying to be the best player I could be and I just didn’t do it quick enough, which is why they released me. Coming in here I had a second chance and needed to make the most of it. So I just tried to come in and get better every day and be a better player and ended up playing a bit that year.”'

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