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Buffalo Bills News - October 23, 2016

Marker First quarter analysis: Bills' red zone defense holds again [4:51 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miami took 7:28 off the clock on its 15-play, 79-yard opening drive but couldn’t punch it into the end zone as the Bills’ top-rated red zone defense held again, forcing a 36-yard Andrew Franks field goal. Running back Jay Ajayi had gains of 9, 10, 11 and 12 yards on the first drive.'

Marker LeSean McCoy in, Robert Woods and Marcell Dareus out against Dolphins [4:49 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wide receiver Robert Woods is out for the Bills because of a foot injury. He was listed as doubtful. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is out with a hamstring injury, the third game he's missed because of that following a four-game NFL suspension. He has yet to make his 2016 debut.'

Marker Bills wilt in colossal fashion, lose 28-25 to Dolphins [4:43 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Who knows what McCoy’s status will be moving forward, and if the Bills don’t have him available, or at least healthy, their three-game gauntlet that starts next week at home against New England, and continues with brutally tough road games at Seattle and Cincinnati becomes all the more daunting.'

Marker Bills looking to stay hot in Miami [10:07 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And Brown assessed it’s because “just know them. We play them twice a year. We know the tendencies they like to do. We know they’ve got a new head coach (Adam Gase) but it’s still the same plays out there. We’ve got to go out there and be tough with those guys cause they’re a physically tough team.”'

Marker Lawson excited to finally make game debut [10:06 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“YOU’VE GOT those guys, Jerry being here for a long time, and Zo just got here,” he said. “But them two guys are unstoppable. Learning from them will help me be a better player in the long run. Us three together on the field, me with those guys, it might be special.'

Marker Pregame primer: Everything you need to know for Bills-Dolphins, plus five things to watch [8:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Is Marquise Goodwin ready to be a No. 1? The Bills are likely to be without Robert Woods because of a foot injury, which will elevate Goodwin into the No. 1 job. Given Goodwin's injury history and prior performance, that never could have been imagined before the season.'

Marker Bills Today: Lawson could make pass rush a three-headed monster [8:44 AM] reports: '“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Hughes. “We used to watch Shaq [Lawson] in college. The way he turns that corner, closing speed on the quarterback, non-stop, living motor, and chasing whoever has the ball – that’s what we like. We want to go out there and want guys hunting whoever has the football.”'

Marker Sunday's Miami Coverage [12:20 AM] reports: Click here

Marker The continuing decline of Mario Williams [12:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So, yes, when the Bills and Dolphins meet at 1 p.m. Sunday inside Hard Rock Stadium, both Ryan and Williams will have plenty of motivation to prove they were right − even if neither one of them would admit as much.'

Marker Kiko Alonso hopes he's found a home in Miami [12:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He’s always been a guy that can run and hit," Ryan said. "Very instinctive player."'

Marker Bills look to avoid one of those haunting defeats [12:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Who can forget the loss in Oakland two years ago, just one week after a glorious home win over the Packers? How about last year's loss to the Jaguars in London? Or if you want to go back a dozen years in the playoff drought, you could point to the last-second loss to those Jags on opening day in 2004, after Nate "Playmaker" Clements didn't bat down the pass on fourth down.'

Marker Undermanned Bills face tough task against Dolphins [12:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Well, it’s not a must-win, but it sure would be a nice one to get. To be a playoff team, you have to win the games you’re supposed to win, and 2-4 Miami falls into that category for a Buffalo team that has won four straight. Beyond that, with a demanding three-game portion of their schedule on the horizon — home to New England, then at Seattle and at Cincinnati with a bye week mixed in — this is a game the Bills really need to put in the left-hand column, if for no other reason than to give themselves some wiggle room if they fall flat in that three-game gantlet.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins: Preview, predictions [12:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills 23, Dolphins 16.'

Marker Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy expected to be active versus Dolphins (report) [12:12 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Based on one report, it appears the Bills running back will be active in a limited role. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports shared the information on Saturday night.'

Marker Why Rex Ryan gave John Blake the 'Freak Maker' a chance to coach Bills defensive line [12:11 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"That was the guy that I wanted, but John is so loyal and everything else that he decided to stay in college," Ryan said this week. "For a couple years I tried to get him. I still harass him about that to this day, but no, it's funny. It's come full circle. He's here and that's the original guy that I wanted on my staff Shoot he's doing a great job."'

Marker Buffalo Bills' team flight delayed to Miami due to mechanical issue with airplane [12:10 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As mentioned by the Bills' PR staff, Buffalo will arrive in Miami early on Saturday night. The delayed flight should have no bearing on tomorrow's matchup.'

Marker How hitting QB Tannehill pays off for Dolphins foes, and more [12:09 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In each of his five seasons Tannehill has thrown more touchdown passes in the second half compared to the first. In total, 54 TDs and 30 interceptions after halftime, compared to 39 and 31 before.'

Marker Bills own the Dolphins now like the Dolphins owned the Bills in the 1970s [12:08 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Because the Bills-Dolphins drama of today has about as much in common with its 1970s predecessor as a Bugatti has with a Ford LTD.'

Marker Dolphins aim to reverse four-year trend of being dominated by Buffalo Bills [12:07 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: '"Is there a little bit of a past there where they've kind of come in here and bullied us a little bit? Yes," Dolphins coach Adam Gase said before referencing last week's 30-15 victory over Pittsburgh.'

Marker LeSean McCoy likely to play on Sunday, will have 'limited role' [12:06 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'The Bills would love to sit McCoy, let Mike Gillislee pound the ball 30 times and get out of Miami with a huge divisional win. But if the running game isn't going and McCoy feels healthy, he could see additional run. Or maybe if something happens to Gillislee, he ends up seeing additional carries.'

Marker Bills/Dolphins preview: notes and stats [12:05 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Aim for 5th win in row. Outscored opponents 124-53 in past 4.'

Marker 5 things to watch for in Bills - Dolphins (10/22/16) [12:04 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: ' Since the winning streak started, this week is probably the most adversity they’ve faced from an injury perspective.'

Marker Top 10 reasons why the Bills will Squish the Fish [12:03 AM] reports: 'Through six games, Bills sackmaster Lorenzo Alexander is leading the League in sacks with eight. With a sack this Sunday, Alexander would be the first player in the NFL to start the season on a seven-game sack streak since 2011. A force to be reckoned with on the field, Alexander will give the Dolphins a run for their money.'

Marker How to Watch Bills vs. Dolphins [12:02 AM] reports: 'Play-by-Play: Tom McCarthy. Color Analyst: Adam Archuleta.'

Marker What they're saying: Bills-Dolphins game predictions [12:01 AM] reports: 'National media make their predictions for this week's Bills-Dolphins matchup at Hard Rock Stadium...'.

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October 22, 2016

Marker Slow start could be a blessing [11:28 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills lead the NFL in rushing (166 yards per start) by 20 yards a game over runner-up Philadelphia and top the league in yards per carry (5.6). They’re also tied for fourth in points per game (27) and third in score differential (10 a game).'

Marker Saturday's Miami Coverage [7:14 AM] reports: Click here

Marker If McCoy and Woods can't go, Bills will call on former Dolphins to lead the way [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“They had drafted Jay Ajayi [when I was] coming off IR, so there was six running backs. I guess I was the guy that hadn’t done anything in the NFL yet, so they released me.”'

Marker It's official: Bills activate Shaq Lawson to make NFL debut Sunday [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Lawson may not have been the only player discussed on the phone call. The Bills also brought tight end Manasseh Garner up from the practice squad Friday, releasing guard Gabe Ikard and tight end Gerald Christian to make room.'

Marker Bills list McCoy as questionable, probably game-time decision [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Asked if he felt he could play in a game, the running back said, "The biggest thing is just waiting how I feel Sunday. That's the most important. I'm doing a lot of preparation as if I'm playing, so I've just got to stay positive and keep with the treatments and being of the mind that I can go out there and play."'

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