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Buffalo Bills News - December 6, 2016

Marker Plenty of blame to go around in loss to Raiders [9:19 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It’s easy to sit back and be critical but if you’re playing without five receivers in the game, I have a feeling — regardless if it’s Tom Brady or anybody else — it’s going to affect you, and that unfortunately has been kind of where we are. Hopefully we’ll get some more guys healthy and be more effective in the passing game.”'

Marker Analysis: When adversity struck, Bills ran and hid [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I hope it starts with me,” Ryan said. “I know I’m mentally tough. If this team and every person in that room was like me, then I promise you we’re mentally tough enough. We’ve just got to find a way. That’s it. The way to do it is to be committed to what you’re doing.”'

Marker Rex Ryan refuses to commit to Tyrod Taylor as starter for next season [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Well, I can tell you this right now. As much as it doesn’t feel like it, we’re still in the hunt here," Ryan said. "We’re going to do whatever we can to win. We know we have to win these four games. We’ve got a hot Pittsburgh team here that’s loaded. It’s playing well on defense. Their offense is about as good as it gets.'

Marker Bills' Percy Harvin done for season [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Based on his reported salary and bonus structure, Harvin will earn about $870,000 from the Bills this season.'

Marker Loss to Raiders showed the difference between Bills and playoff teams, Lorenzo Alexander says [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It comes to being inconsistent. That’s been our tale the whole year. I can’t tell you why it’s like that," Alexander said. "We either have a strong first half or a strong second half, and I can’t tell you what mentally is going on with guys or us collectively that’s saying why we can’t put four quarters together.'

Marker Rex says 'communication could have been better' after Charles Clay's absence Sunday [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan continued, "I think the communication could have been better throughout, but I’m not going to get into specifics. But for someone to see the birth of a child, I think is obviously a huge day. That’s his first child, so I’m OK with that."'

Marker Bucky Gleason: Tyrod should hit the road – and take Rex with him [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor’s days in Buffalo appear to be numbered. The Bills have an escape clause in the five-year and $90 million contract extension he signed during training camp. Terry and Kim Pegula are generous people, but they’re not pushovers. Anyone could examine Taylor’s play, do the math and see he’s not worth the dough.'

Marker What They Said: Rex Ryan & Bills players Monday after they 'imploded' vs. Raiders [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I mean it is the same team, everything else for the first two and half quarters but it just seemed like it snowballed on us. We thought we were playing well, offense, defense, everything. I thought we were playing, having a heck of a game, and then all of a sudden it just took a turn and we couldn’t. We couldn’t right the ship.'

Marker Three up, three down following Buffalo's Week 13 loss to Oakland [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s an absolute treat to watch McCoy run. He averaged more than 7 yards a carry Sunday, piling up 130 yards on just 17 attempts. McCoy is absolutely one of the best running backs in the league, and must feel like he’s all alone at times in trying to carry the Bills’ offense.'

Marker Rex Ryan the Optimist: 'We're still in the hunt here' [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There are up to a dozen tiebreakers to settle wild-cards with head-to-head result being No. 1. It means if current division-leaders Baltimore and Oakland were to fall into the wild-card picture with 10-6 records, the Bills lose out. If it’s Miami they are in contention with, the Bills lose out on division record. If it’s Denver and Buffalo, the Bills win out on better record against common foes — providing the Broncos lose to the Patriots and Raiders.'

Marker Maiorana: It's time for Bills to move on from Tyrod [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'While the Raiders were scoring 29 unanswered points, in between, the Bills had four possessions consisting of 10 plays, nine net yards, and a Taylor interception. The defense failed, but let’s also remember two of Oakland’s scoring drives began at the Bills 16 (Taylor’s pick) and the Bills 38 (after a 17-yard net punt by Colton Schmidt). This loss is on Taylor every bit, if not more, than the defense.'

Marker 2 Buffalo Bills currently leading in 2017 Pro Bowl fan voting by position [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Brown is leading all AFC inside linebackers with 106,464 votes while Alexander is the leading vote-getter for the AFC's special teams player with 68,677 votes.'

Marker Rex Ryan says Buffalo Bills won't consider playing Cardale Jones over Tyrod Taylor [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Well I can tell you this right now, as much as it doesn't feel like it, we're still in the hunt here," Rex Ryan said Monday. "We're going to do whatever we can to win. We know we have to win these four games. We've got a hot Pittsburgh team here that's loaded. It's playing well on defense. Their offense is about as good as it gets. That's a huge challenge in front of us. At no time are we looking at that. We're trying to win these next four games."'

Marker Buffalo Bills place WR Percy Harvin on injured reserve weeks after signing him [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Harvin, who ended the 2015 season on injured reserve with knee and hip injuries and later retired, played in just two games for the Bills before he began having issues with his migraines and couldn't practice. The Bills officially placed him on the non-football illness list and ended his season Monday afternoon.'

Marker AFC playoff picture 2016: Where are the Buffalo Bills in standings after Week 13? [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Not only did the Bills hurt themselves by blowing a second half lead and losing 38-24 to the Raiders. But wins by the Steelers, Chiefs and Broncos made the day a bit of a disaster for Buffalo in the standings.'

Marker Bills pass rush fails with similar test ahead against Steelers [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The Steelers (7-5) sport one of the best offensive lines in regard to sack percentage, only allowing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (11 GP, 3,034 yards, 25 TD, 8 INT) to be brought down on 3.4 percent of his drop backs, that’s the third best in NFL.'

Marker Bills' Rex Ryan puts down any idea of Tyrod being benched [1:44 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Ryan also put down any idea that any other quarterback, specifically Cardale Jones, would see playing time any time soon.'

Marker Bills QB Taylor not immune from blame after loss to Raiders [1:43 AM]
AP reports: '"For some reason, (it's) not getting done to where we need it to," he said, noting the Bills rank 31st in the NFL in allowing a sack for every 11 pass attempts. "That's clearly not good enough. So we just have to take a hard look and we've got to improve in a hurry."'

Marker Migraines land Harvin on Bills' season-ending illness list [1:42 AM]
AP reports: 'Harvin's health and readiness to play were in question after his season in Buffalo was cut short in October 2015 because of injuries to his right knee and hip.'

Marker Patience wearing thin on Bills QB Taylor [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Whatever the reasons, whatever the excuses, the bottom line is this: The Bills have the worst passing offense in the NFL, and Taylor is a major part of the problem. He simply does not see the field well, is slow to make decisions, holds the ball too long and, despite great mobility, has been sacked 70 times in his 26 games. Taylor also doesn't throw receivers open, and he almost never throws the ball over the middle.'

Marker Bills place Harvin on reserve/non-football illness list [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Harvin last practiced with the Bills on Nov. 23 and was sidelined due to migraines. He was inactive for the team's previous two games because of conditioning.'

Marker Bills place WR Percy Harvin on reserve/NFI list, ending his season [1:39 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills gave Harvin a one-year deal with a prorated $1.56 million base salary and per-game roster bonuses of $22,500.'

Marker Back to the QB drawing board for the Bills [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Despite the fact Carr and company were held to a mere three field goals in the first half, you knew they were going to put together a run. For me, the question was whether or not the offense could respond with points of their own but the answer was an emphatic NO.'

Marker The unraveling [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So here we sit. 6-6, still, perpetually, annoyingly, annually, "In The Hunt". We'll continue to debate the future of the quarterback. Some fans will start to come looking for Rex Ryan. It's the NFL's circle of life in Buffalo. There is still a quarter of the season to go. They could run the table and end up with the most wins since 1999. They could completely unravel and a housecleaning that includes the quarterback being kicked to the curb could really gain some traction. They could, and most likely I'd say, will spilt those four games and finish 8-8.'

Marker The day everything turned on Bills QB Tyrod Taylor [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Four completed passes, 15 attempts, 30 passing yards, one sack taken, one delay of game penalty, and an interception — all in 38 minutes of play. A good way to see a quarterback’s overall effectiveness is by yards per attempt, and through that stretch, the math is pretty easy'

Marker Percy Harvin will miss remainder of 2016 season after being placed on non-football injury list [1:35 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'After signing with the Bills at the start of the 2015, lingering knee and and hip injuries forced Harvin into retirement.'

Marker Percy Harvin placed on non-football illness list [1:34 AM] reports: 'When he rejoined the Bills following a brief retirement Percy Harvin felt spry and healthy. But after appearing in two games Harvin began to experience severe migraine headaches rendering unfit to play in the past two games. On Monday the team made the decision to put Harvin on the reserve/non-football illness list.'

Marker Bills Today: Keeping their composure [1:33 AM] reports: '“That’s one of our problems we have to clean up,” said Sammy Watkins. “When a team makes their surge we’ve got to keep our composure. I don’t think we handled that well in any game. We’ve got to start keeping our composure, play the next play, and move on from it. We always get riled up and we’re yelling and stuff like that. We have to stay composed.”'

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December 5, 2016

Marker Collapse dents Bills playoff hopes [8:19 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'After 2 1/2 quarters of playing genuinely impressive football against one of the league’s best teams, on the West Coast at that, the Bills folded like an origami swan.'

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