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Buffalo Bills News - October 20, 2014

Marker Bills running back out for game against Vikings after hurting groin [1:35 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Moments after Jackson was taken to the locker room, the Bills officially ruled him out for the game. He buried his face in a towel as he was carted off the field, and the crowd gave him a standing ovation.'

Marker Sammy Watkins lone bright spot, and 5 observations from Week 7 win [1:34 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The turnovers and penalties were one thing, but the Bills' offense won't be able to get off the ground until it gets better play from the offensive line. Rookie guard Cyril Richardson again struggled, and the Bills allowed six sacks in the game. Buffalo did manage over 100 yards on the ground for the first time since Week 2 against the Dolphins, but the offensive line play needs to improve.'

Marker It was not pretty, but the Bills got it done Sunday [1:33 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '"Making the last (catch) to win this game in Buffalo is the best feeling ever," Watkins said. "But you've got to keep doing those things on the field and keep getting better as an offense - keep moving on."'

Marker 'Tis better to have won than lost [1:32 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'So far this season, the Bills are bucking that trend. Buffalo is 4-3, with three of its wins coming on the last play of regulation. Is it sustainable? Doubtful.'

Marker Watkins shines in comeback win [1:31 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'The coaching staff deserves some blame for the awful start. There were too many penalties, turnovers and mental mistakes. The fact that the Bills didn't give up does show that this team is different than previous ones. An ugly win is still a win.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 7 Report Card [1:30 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Turnovers and mediocre run defense aside, the Bills coaching staff did a good job this week. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is often criticized, but he drew up the right plays on the Bills' final drive, including the call on 4th and 20 that saved the game.'

Marker Orton passes for 105 yards on Bills’ final drive [1:29 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'All thanks to as clutch a mid-season, end-of-game drive as the Bills have mustered in some time.'

Marker Bills beat Vikings on Watkins' 2-yard TD catch [1:28 AM]
Erie Times News reports: '"Everybody kept their poise and determination," said Orton, who threw for 283 yards and two scores but also turned the ball over twice in an uneven performance for him and the team. "You don't ever apologize for winning a game in this league. It's too hard."'

Marker After uneven performance, is Orton the answer for Bills? [1:27 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Orton's 10-year, five-team NFL career is dotted with alternating episodes of success and failure.'

Marker Monday's Minnesota Coverage [1:26 AM] reports:
Buffalo's last-second TD sinks Vikings (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Kalil's chance to fly under radar evaporates (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
How much pain can rookie coach Zimmer take? (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Vikings offense having a tough time adjusting (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Bridgewater bounces back from shaky start (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Vikings-Bills Instant Replay (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Key plays in Bills' final drive (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
5 Extra Points (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Vikings-Bills game balls (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Jim Souhan grades the Vikings (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Photo gallery (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Last-second TD brings another L (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
TD aside, Cordarrelle Patterson's role minor again (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Vikings' Chad Greenway mostly effective in return (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Vikings' Jarius Wright says playoffs aren't out of reach (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Ailing Mike Zimmer never considered missing game (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Jerick McKinnon makes his case for becoming feature back (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Offensive line running out of bodies (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Defense shines until last-minute collapse (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Vikings' loss a disturbing throwback to last season (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Teddy Bridgewater falls short of 'perfect' goal (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
For Vikings, it was the worst of both worlds (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Photo gallery (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
5 things we learned: Vikings at Bills (Fox Sports North)
Vikings report card: Incomplete effort against Bills (Fox Sports North)
Photo gallery (Fox Sports North)
Teddy Bridgewater's growing pains continue in close loss (KSTP-AM)
Jerick McKinnon appears to have taken over as Vikings' primary back (KSTP-AM)
Two more injuries leave Vikings thin along the offensive line (KSTP-AM)
Four takeaways undone by defensive letdown on final drive (KSTP-AM)
Photo gallery (KSTP-AM)
Photo gallery (WCCO-TV)
Last-Second Score Sinks Vikings in Buffalo (
5 Takeaways From The Bills Loss (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallery (Syracuse Post-Standard)

Marker Bills beat Vikings 17-16 on Watkins 2-yard catch [1:25 AM]
AP reports: 'The touchdown capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive which Orton extended by converting a fourth-and-20 and a third-and-12. Orton set up the decisive score with a 28-yard pass to Chris Hogan at the Vikings 2.'

Marker Bills show resolve in rallying to beat Vikings [1:24 AM]
AP reports: 'Here are a number of things that stood out in a game in which the Bills improved to 3-0 against NFC North opponents this season...',

Marker Bills' Jackson, Spiller hurt against Vikings [1:23 AM]
AP reports: 'The injuries depleted Buffalo's backfield to third-string running back Anthony Dixon and fullback Frank Summers. Running back Bryce Brown was inactive to start the game.'

Marker Bills receiver Mike Williams active against Vikes [1:22 AM]
AP reports: 'The move comes a week after Williams' agent, Hadley Engelhard, was granted permission to seek a trade after the receiver was inactive in a 37-22 loss to New England. The Bills (3-3) do have a spot to fill at receiver with Marquise Goodwin out with an ankle injury.'

Marker Buffalo 17, Minnesota 16 [1:21 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The prospect of the Bills winning appeared dim when Orton was sacked at the Buffalo 40 on third down. However, the veteran quarterback converted a 4th- and-20 with a 24-yard pass to Scott Chandler.'

Marker Bills lose Jackson, Spiller to injuries [1:20 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The team ruled out both players for the rest of the game, leaving Anthony Dixon as the only available option in the backfield.'

Marker Bills beat Vikings on last-second TD [1:19 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo won despite turning the ball over four times.'

Marker Bills-Vikings: What we learned [1:18 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills were deeper at running back than any other position before this game. No longer.'

Marker Bills lose RBs Jackson, Spiller [1:17 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Spiller, who also was taken to the locker room on a cart, could miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone. He was in tears when he left the field.'

Marker Bills Edge Vikings 17-16 [1:16 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After a stagnant performance throughout the entire fourth quarter, the Bills offense finally awoke on the final drive, completing a 4th and 20 to Scott Chandler and an oustanding completion to Chris Hogan at the two yard line. Those plays set up a sideline end zone pass to Sammy Watkins for his second TD of the game, including the game winner.'

Marker Observations: Bills 17 - Vikings 16 [1:15 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As one rookie shined, another was the worst player on the field between both the Bills and the Vikings. Fifth-round draft pick and left guard Cyril Richardson has struggled since being inserted into the lineup for the injured Chris Williams, and might have had his worst game of his young career against the Minnesota Vikings.'

Marker Survive And Advance [1:14 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'These really are the worst kinds of games for fans to sink their teeth into. We're pretty sure Minnesota isn't that good so beating them doesn't impress that much. Because of that, if the Bills had lost this game it would have been open season on just about everyone from Doug Marrone to the kickoff specialist.'

Marker The Bills use Watkins and they win [1:13 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As bad as the Bills played, they left the stadium 4-3. It doesn’t matter if they won 40-0 or played as sloppy as possible and won 17-16, the record is still 4-3. Two bad performances doesn’t change the fact the the season is still out there for them. Coming up are games against the Jets, Kansas City, Miami, the Jets and Cleveland. If they somehow overcome the coaching and the undisciplined play, they could be in great shape heading into Denver on December 7.'

Marker Bills get miraculous win [1:11 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This was a text book definition of an ugly win but it still counts in the standings no matter how bad it was. On paper, this looked to be the easiest game left on the Bills schedule and yet they were seconds away from a third straight defeat at home. If the Bills are to contend for a playoff spot, they had to have this game as they are in the "soft" part of their schedule. If you go by current records, the Bills don't face a team with a winning record until Denver on December 7th in week 14.'

Marker Orton’s heroics save Bills season [1:10 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'COACHING: Can cut them some slack because of the losses of Jackson and Spiller, but there are times when Hackett is way too predictable and way too conservative. Jim Schwartz’s unit looked lame against the run, yielding 103 yards to rookie Jerick McKinnon. In his post-game press conference, Marrone sounded as if he had lost the game. He’s right when he says there’s a ton of work to do. C.'

Marker Immediate Reactions: Buffalo Bills 17, Minnesota Vikings 16 [1:09 AM] reports: 'Watkins was back to his super self. He’s just that sort of athlete you look at and marvel, as if to say, “They make people like this?” He’s like an alien.'

Marker Bills Pull Out 17-16 Win Over Vikings [1:08 AM]
Bills Daily reports: Kyle Orton hit Sammy Watkins for a two yard touchdown pass with :01 left to lift the Bills to a 17-16 win over the Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Orton hit Chris Hogan for a 28 yard catch to the two as the clock was running out. Earlier in the drive Orton found Scott Chandler on 4th and 20 to keep the drive alive. Orton also hit Watkins for a 26 yard touchdown to give the Bills a short lived 7-3 lead in the first half. Blair Walsh hit field goals from 40, 55, and 33 yards that gave the Vikings the edge most of the way until the Bills final drive.

Marker Bills get one point win with one tick on the clock [1:07 AM] reports: 'The Bills offense waited until the waning moments to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat Sunday. With one second remaining Kyle Orton found Sammy Watkins on the left sideline for a two-yard touchdown catch. Dan Carpenter’s extra point lifted Buffalo to a 17-16 win.'

Marker Sammy Watkins dominant in win over Vikings [1:06 AM] reports: '“I was just out there playing,” he said. “We just look at film, watch those guys and see what they do. I think we had a great plan. We just executed on offense and we took advantage of what they were giving us.”'

Marker Bills lose Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller to injury [1:05 AM] reports: 'Both Jackson and Spiller were visibly upset as they were driven off the field. Jackson was holding his head in his right hand, while Spiller put his hand over his face with a towel draped over his head.'

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