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Buffalo Bills News - November 30, 2015

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.'

Marker Rex Ryan unhappy with lack of replays at Arrowhead Stadium in Bills' loss [1:29 AM]
ESPN reports: '"A lot of times everybody will be up there, but I'm not saying anybody in particular is advising me because it never worked out," he said. "Every decision is my decision, and so it's my responsibility.'

Marker Chiefs down the Bills 30-22 [1:28 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Two more Cairo Santos field goals and a stout Chiefs defense were enough to seal a 30-22 win and send the Bills to a 5-6 record.'

Marker Pin this Bills loss on Rex Ryan [1:27 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So here we are again Bills fans. Are they mathematically out of the playoffs? No they are not but it feels like we are just fooling ourselves if we think they can pull this off. They'd probably have to win four of their last five and maybe even run the table and then get help elsewhere to end the post season drought. It doesn't seem very likely given the fact their longest win streak of the season is two and that's happened just one time.'

Marker Bills-Chiefs Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:26 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Here we go again. The Bills had 9 penalties for 91 yards. That’s right at their average of 9.45 per game, which is second in the league (Tampa Bay is first at 9.91), and is over their average of 85.73, which leads the league.'

Marker 7 observations from Bills - Chiefs [1:25 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'For a coach that preached all week long about how enormous the upcoming game was, and how important it was for every player to be at their best for a game like this one against the Chiefs, he certainly didn’t heed his own advice. With his team in control of the game in the game in the second quarter, Ryan and the Bills’ lack of decisiveness on one play started a string of events that ultimately led to one conclusion: this loss, perhaps what will be the most important of the season, falls on the shoulders of Rex Ryan.'

Marker Another challenging loss as the Bills playoff hopes fade [1:24 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Just like last year when they fumbled away a home victory against Kansas City, it appears that a squandered opportunity vs. the Chiefs has cost them again.'

Marker Immediate Reactions: Kansas City Chiefs 30, Buffalo Bills 22 [1:23 AM] reports: 'In the end, the National Football League’s substandard product was met by a group of Bills coaches who upped the ante on awful. And the Bills are in deep, deep, pretty deserved trouble. If not for the injuries early in the year, you could wipe the “pretty” off that sentence. Plus, Buffalo’s schedule is fairly weak the rest of the way.'

Marker Chiefs Blow By Bills 30-22 [1:22 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Every year it seems there is a game in November that they have to win to keep their playoff hopes realistic, despite having a medicore record. Every year they seem to come up woefully short in those games. That game this year was today and the Bills found another way to lose a big game. They got off to a hot start and then just collapsed. The offense stopped making plays and the defense was terrible. When they needed to make a play they couldn't. The Chiefs took over at their own 11 in the 4th quarter and easily marched the ball down the "vaunted" defense's throats. It now appears we are once again headed to the final turn of the NFL season without much too play for. The more things change the more they stay the same for all us tortured Bills fans.'

Marker Defense Collapses After Strong Offensive Start [1:21 AM]
Bills Daily reports: Tyrod Taylor was much more accurate with the deep ball this week, than last year. He threw for a career high 291 but got all but 55 of them in the first half. He put the ball up for Sammy Watkins early and often and he had huge results. He did nothing after halftime and did lose a fumble.<br /> Grade C: A in the first half, F in the second half.

Marker Bills can't hang onto lead fall to Chiefs [1:20 AM] reports: 'Kansas City scored 17 straight points and the Bills’ offense stalled in the second half managing just a touchdown. The win moves the Chiefs (6-5) a full game ahead of the Bills (5-6) in the AFC Wild Card race and gives them a valuable head-to-head tiebreaker.'

Marker Watkins dominates, but it lasts just a half [1:19 AM] reports: '“We were just getting perfect looks and we were practicing them all week,” said Watkins. “We got the looks we wanted to get, and [Tyrod" target="_blank"> was just throwing the ball freely.”'

Marker Bills turn inward, relying on leadership [1:18 AM] reports: '“Of course we made it tough on ourselves with the loss (Sunday),” Taylor said. “But everything is still manageable. We’ve just got to take it week by week, day by day and maintain a hungry attitude and keep coming to work with a positive mindset. That’s just got to be our outlook moving forward.'

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November 29, 2015

Marker Bills, Chiefs to vie for wild card positioning [11:35 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'They’re 4-2 in the conference (to the Bills’ 5-4) and with a win today Kansas City would move to 6-5, 5-2 while Buffalo would fall to 5-6, 5-5, in effect trailing the Chiefs by two games with five to play courtesy of the head-to-head defeat.'

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Marker Savvy Smith manages well in Chiefs’ offensive system [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There’s no denying that Smith has had some success with big-play passes on the way to the Chiefs’ 5-5 record. His eight completions of 40 or more yards are tied for the most in his 11 NFL seasons. One of his new wide receivers, speedster Jeremy Maclin, is second on the team with 48 receptions for 612 yards (an average of 12.8 yards per catch). That includes a long of 61 yards.'

Marker Who is your team's clock-management assistant? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan relies on Chris Palmer to manage the clock. Palmer's official title is senior offensive assistant. Nowhere in the Bills' media guide does it mention Palmer's clock duties.'

Marker Defense has to bring the heat while offense must warm to task [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Chiefs 23, Bills 20.'

Marker No playoff vibe to this latest Bills-Chiefs encounter [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s hard to get up for Kansas City, possibly the most dull, non-descript franchises in the league. This will be the eighth straight year in which the Bills and Chiefs meet in the regular season. They’re the only non-division foes in the league who can make that claim.'

Marker Getting to Know Colton Schmidt: Consistency is key to punter’s longevity [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Other punters, you make one mistake and that can eat away at you and you’re out of the NFL. What are ways you stay calm? Yeah, that’s definitely there. You always remember the bad ones over the good ones for sure. I’m pretty sure every one of us is that way and could tell you every bad kick they’ve had. But you can’t let that bother you. You have to stay focused. At the end of the day, you’re still an athlete, still a competitor so you should have that mindset of ... “I’m better than that” and fight through it. You come back and step up next time. If you had the other mindset, you probably wouldn’t even make it here.'

Marker The Other Side: Paylor on on the Chiefs' defense, Peters, prediction [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I'm picking the Chiefs to win 23-20, but I think it's up in the air. I just think that with the way the Chiefs’ defense is playing, it will take a strong effort by a banged-up Tyrod Taylor to come out of Arrowhead with a victory. Also, the Bills are among the league’s most penalized teams, which never helps on the road.'

Marker Bills-Chiefs will have a playoff atmosphere [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Chiefs 17, Bills 13.'

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