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Buffalo Bills News - December 17, 2014

Marker FB Frank Summers released [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Summers was signed by Buffalo as a free agent on April 18, 2013 and entered the NFL as a fifth-round (169th overall) draft selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009.'

Marker From the Booth: 4 observations from the Bills-Packers game [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Easley is often overlooked, but he was missed when he was out of the lineup. And he’s one of the reasons the Bills special teams continue to shine.'

Marker Special teams peaking at right time [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We knew all week that special teams wasn't their strong point,” TE MarQueis Gray said in the locker room following Sunday’s win. “They gave up some blocked punts this year and we figured if we went after them and made some plays then we would have a good advantage this week.”'

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December 16, 2014

Marker Huge Game, Huge Win [12:51 PM]
Bills Daily reports: How maddening is it to think that but for a continuous string of backup caliber quarterbacks the Bills might be turning the page? Time waits for no man, and if the Bills keep waiting for a better quarterback they won’t be able to hold together their current special defensive unit – that would be a tragedy.

Marker Bills can’t worry about postseason status [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Then they will need help. Lots of it. Provided the Bills win out, if three of the following five scenarios play out, Buffalo would end the NFL’s longest streak of consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance at 14.'

Marker Calculators burn up over Bills’ playoff scenarios [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills fans know one thing. They’re still alive for the playoffs. That’s a refreshing change from the last five seasons, when they went into the last two weeks with at least nine losses and nothing but holiday pride on the line.'

Marker One DWI arrest after Bills game [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A State Police DWI Saturation Patrol around the stadium made 163 traffic stops and issued 68 traffic tickets.'

Marker Ex-Bills kicker Steve Christie reveals his successful fight against cancer [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m feeling a lot better now,” Christie said on Monday. “When the result came back, I said I want to be somewhat vocal about it, because this is something that can be prevented. Or at least if it is diagnosed early, it makes a heckuva difference.”'

Marker For the Bills, a win that resonates [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Raiders are 2-12 and are one of the worst teams in the NFL, but the Bills better not sleep on these guys because Oakland will be at home and playing with nothing to lose. That's always a scary combination for a team in playoff contention. How utterly sickening would it be for Buffalo to negate its tremendous victory over Green Bay by laying an egg in Oakland and blowing up the season? Yeah, very.'

Marker Here's how the Bills make the playoffs [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'AFC North rivals Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore are all at nine wins, while AFC West rivals Kansas City and San Diego are at eight. If one of the teams from the North loses twice, and both the Chargers and Chiefs lose at least once, two wins by the Bills gets them in.'

Marker C.J. Spiller will return to Buffalo Bills' active roster this week [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You know, he's cleared, so I'm looking forward to seeing how he practices during the week," Marrone said. "I'd like to see more participation before we make that decision."'

Marker Bills beat Packers despite Kyle Orton's struggles, and 5 observations from stats and snap counts [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But the Bills' 21-13 win makes one wonder where the Bills would be with even an average quarterback. Kyle Orton again struggled, and outside of two games against the Jets, he hasn't looked like a starting quarterback in the NFL.'

Marker Bill Polian says Bills coach Doug Marrone should be coach of the year candidate [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Doug Marrone, the Bills' head coach, should be very much in the running for coach of the year," Polian said. "The Packers are a much better team, but they weren't yesterday in Ralph Wilson Stadium, and that's to Doug Marrone's credit, that's to Jim Schwartz's credit and that team's credit."'

Marker Bills set to activate running back C.J. Spiller [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"He's a guy who's made plays in the past," Marrone said of the team's 2010 first-round draft pick. "Any time you can bring back someone who's a potential playmaker obviously helps."'

Marker Bills' Spiller set to return [1:49 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Marrone noted that even though Spiller has been cleared to play, he will not necessarily do so on Sunday. That decision will be based on practice this week.'

Marker Bills RB Spiller to come off IR [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Spiller missed six weeks with a broken collarbone. He has been practicing since Dec. 3, and the team had until Dec. 24 to decide whether to activate him.'

Marker Playoff push can't mask Bills' need for better QB play [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We'll just keep on getting better," Orton said after completing 14 of 27 passes for 158 yards with one interception. "I think that's the only focus that you can have. Feel good that we got the win, but realize there are a lot more things we can do to get better. It's a battle every week of execution. The good offenses just execute play in and play out. We'll work our butts off to get to that point."'

Marker Bills to activate Spiller this week [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'To make room for Spiller on the roster, the Bills will need to either release someone or place an ailing player on injured reserve. Some candidates for release would likely include kickoff specialist Jordan Gay, fullback Frank Summers, wide receiver Deonte Thompson or to place tight end Chris Gragg on IR.'

Marker Bills top picks from 2012 heading in different directions [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Two years into the careers of cornerback Stephon Gilmore and left tackle Cordy Glenn, the top two picks of the Buffalo Bills in the 2012 NFL Draft, one seemed to be a bit more ahead of the other. An injury set Gilmore back which led to an average season, while Glenn had become a quality force for the Bills at left tackle.'

Marker C.J. Spiller to be activated off injured reserve [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He’s cleared so I’m looking forward to seeing how he practices during the week,” said Marrone, who confirmed he’ll be placed back on the roster this week.'

Marker 11 fast facts from the Bills win over the Packers [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo closed Sunday’s game with Mario Williams sack and forced fumble to secure its 21-13 lead. The team continues to lead the NFL with 49 sacks and the total is also tied for the third-highest in team history (49 in 1995).'

December 15, 2014

Marker After 15 years, Buffalo Bills are two wins and a bit of luck removed from making NFL playoffs [10:31 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'And, so … yes. The Bills, who are 96-142 since that Nashville nightmare, could finish with double-digit victories for the first time in these past 15 years. And if they do, and if the gods are kind, that would mean they'd qualify for the playoffs all this time later.'

Marker Bills knock off Packers, earning a win of historic proportions [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Their defense is generating national discussion for its championship-level dominance and extraordinary depth. Doug Marrone’s presumably murky future could very well have been settled. With an 8-6 record, two games better than his first season in 2013, a legitimate case can be made that he assured himself of a third year as the team’s head coach.'

Marker Rodgers endures worst game of his career [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It was frustrating,” Rodgers said. “They did a good job on defense, kind of slowed us down a little bit. We had some opportunities and didn’t execute very well on them.”'

Marker Stop mighty Rodgers? DBs had it covered [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The secondary made a lot of plays,” said Graham, who blamed himself on the play when Jordy Nelson dropped a certain TD pass. “We’ve got a good group. Guys go out there, ball out and lay their head on the line. No matter who we go against, we compete.”'

Marker Marrone has earned his keep with Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Nobody would have blamed Marrone for cracking a smile afterward, but he looked the same way Sunday as he did after a Week Three loss to San Diego. Still, he knew this was a big one. His players certainly did. They understood what he had been through this season with his uncertain future hanging over the franchise.'

Marker Rambo catches on fast with two interceptions [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When Duke went down, he was ready to go,” Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore said of Rambo. “I could see it in his eyes on the sideline. I could just see the confidence.”'

Marker ‘D’ makes Rodgers look ordinary [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And although Rodgers wasn’t helped by his own surprising incompetence and multiple drops by his receivers, Buffalo’s defense can take a large chunk of credit for making the top candidate for league MVP look like he had no business on an NFL field.'

Marker Report Card [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Doug Marrone might have saved his job Sunday. The Bills have improved from last year by at least two wins and will avoid a losing record for the first time in 11 seasons. The fact that they beat an elite opponent significantly enhances the victory’s luster. That offense, though …'

Marker Bills could play in Raiders’ final home game in Oakland [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Last week NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted the possibility of the Raiders moving to Los Angeles next season is “very legitimate,” while CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that it’s well known inside NFL circles that both the Raiders and Rams would like to relocate.'

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