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Buffalo Bills News - November 24, 2015

Marker Mike Tirico calls out NFL's 'screwed up' officiating on ESPN's broadcast of Bill [1:54 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'ESPN's Mike Tirico, a Syracuse grad, was pretty blunt as he signed off on the broadcast of the game last night and seems fed up with the NFL's officiating.'

Marker Buffalo Bills make Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski look human [1:52 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Pro Football Focus credited the Bills with 15 quarterback hurries on Brady Monday night. Hughes had six of those, including one hit. He was in the backfield constantly and is looking well worth the contract the Bills handed him this offseason.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB hurts shoulder, clouding status for Week 12 [1:51 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Taylor wasn't made available to the media after the game, and Ryan isn't sure what his status will be for the Bills' pivotal game against the Chiefs next week. "I have no idea," Ryan said. "I hope he's ready."'

Marker Bills applying short term memory with Chiefs on deck [1:50 PM] reports: '“We went out there and we did our best,” said DT Corbin Bryant of the Monday night loss in New England. “We didn’t come out with the end result, but when you look at where we’re at in the race, we’re still there. We can’t let this one game just bury us and let our season just slide out of the window. We’re going to get ready for Kansas City and put this one right behind us.”'

Marker Bills-Patriots Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:49 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Like always, we have come up short many times, being here where you think you've got them [the Patriots" target="_blank"> on the ropes. But at the end of the day, they find ways to win. And that's what championship teams do. We're not at that level right now, but I can promise you one thing, we're gonna work our tails off to get there."'

Marker 'Quarterback purgatory', revisited [1:48 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'And, as it pains me to point out, in critical situations at the ends of each half, he didn't at all show a passing level of urgency or understanding of how to manage the clock.

Marker 7 observations from Bills - Patriots [1:30 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Furthermore, one of the most concerning things about Taylor at the moment is the inability to read the entire field. He’ll lock on to his first read — two tops — and never veer from it, even if there is a receiver running open on that play.'

Marker Loss drops Bills out of wild-card spot [1:28 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'With the defeat, the Bills dropped out of the second wild-card playoff spot in the AFC. At 5-5, they’re tied with the Colts, Texans, Jets and Chiefs. However, Indianapolis and Houston are better in the conference (4-3 to the Bills 5-4) — whichever one doesn’t win the AFC South — the Jets are (4-4, but have lost to Buffalo) and Kansas City is better than all three (4-2) and would be the No. 2 wild card after Pittsburgh.'

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Marker Bills’ offense can’t capitalize on opportunities [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s an outstanding football team we played; they proved it again tonight,” Rex Ryan said of his team’s 20-13 loss against the 10-0 Patriots. “The difference is they made some big plays … We knew we’re a better football team” than the earlier meeting, “but we just weren’t good enough. We’re not quite there.”'

Marker Bills' Gilmore: 'We knew every route' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We knew what they were going to do," Gilmore said. "We knew every route. We knew everything but there were one or two plays that you wish you could have back. I don't think they would have scored, but you can't have those one or two plays against New England."'

Marker Defense puts heat on Brady; Taylor falls short [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills tied the score in the third quarter, yet it didn’t feel like Brady or the Patriots were in any kind of trouble.'

Marker Defense redeems itself, but the offense fails [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But of course, this was the Bills, who over the years have turned losing to the Pats into an art form. They gave it their best effort, but it takes more than a noble effort to beat the Pats at home, where they haven’t lost a regular-season conference home game that mattered in seven years.'

Marker Taylor underwhelming in New England [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With each pass that fell 2 or 3 yards shy of a receiver, somewhere high above General Manager Doug Whaley had to wonder if this truly is his long-term answer at quarterback.'

Marker Referee Gene Steratore on the wayward whistle, Watkins' final catch [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There were missed calls, odd calls and a dose of controversy when an inadvertent whistle negated what could've been a New England Patriots touchdown. Instead, the officials ruled it a 14-yard gain and penalized Rex Ryan 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.'

Marker Mystery of why the Bills can’t solve Brady continues [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ defense blitzed Brady on only five pass plays all game Monday night, by unofficial count. He only hurt the Bills on two of them. But that was enough to engineer a 20-13 victory.'

Marker Amendola, White take over nicely for Pats [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And that was exactly what the Bills unleashed on Tom Brady. Although they sacked him only once, they did hit him 10 times – very hard on multiple occasions (Brady got up very slowly after one of the hits) – and generally made him feel uncomfortable and frustrated with the lack of protection from his banged-up offensive line that often seemed overmatched.'

Marker Patriots-Bills Matchup Winners [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Thurman and the defensive coaches seemed to confuse Brady in the first half by rushing three men and dropping eight into coverage on six plays. Brady was just 2 of 6 for 14 yards on those rushes. Yes, Brady did beat the blitz for the key 41-yard gainer to Danny Amendola. But the Bills knocked Brady down 15 times, including one sack. As usual against the Bills, it was all on Brady’s shoulders. Only this time it was harder for him because he didn’t have injured receiver Julian Edelman. New England passed 40 times and rushed 22. In the first meeting they passed 59 times and ran 15.'

Marker Fourth-down analysis: Patriots 20, Bills 13 [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That moment came for Ryan on a fourth-and-2 play from the Bills’ 47-yard line with 10:12 remaining in the fourth quarter, with his team trailing, 20-10 to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. Ryan elected to punt.'

Marker Tyler Dunne’s Report Card: Patriots keep McCoy in check [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Give Rex Ryan credit for his game plan. He had Brady frustrated in the first half. Cameras caught the quarterback shouting on the sideline and the third-down heat was making him uneasy. Players appear to be more comfortable in Ryan’s scheme. But that decision to punt on fourth and 2 at midfield in the fourth quarter? Odd.'

Marker Blunders bury Bills in loss to Patriots [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This time there were two particular bungles in critical situations, both times the Patriots made Buffalo pay, and ultimately that was the difference in New England's 20-13 victory which stretched its season-long unbeaten streak to 10 games and dropped the Bills to 5-5.'

Marker Oops, they did it again: Bills repeat mistakes [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It's a feather in the Bills' cap to hold down the NFL's highest-scoring offense, albeit one missing star receiver Julian Edelman. Tight end Rob Gronkowski caught just two passes. The Patriots couldn't run the ball a lick. But New England showed it may also have one of the better defenses in the league this year, and it showed in the second half when Buffalo's offense could manage just a field goal in its final six possessions. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor had a chance to lead the Bills to the tying touchdown in the final 1:51. But with no timeouts and no energy on his throws due to a damaged shoulder, time ran out on the Bills in Foxborough, where their record at Gillette Stadium fell to 1-13. Ryan is 4-11 all-time against Brady and Bill Belichick.'

Marker Bills fluster Brady but offense sputters [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There was a point last year when the Bills season was in danger of blowing up and indeed, it blew up. Remember, the Bills were 5-3 at the midway point, but they faced two games in five days, the first against Kansas City, the second in Miami. The Bills lost them both, and it delivered a dagger deep into their playoff hopes. Well, we have arrived at that point in the 2015 season.'

Marker Report card [1:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As usual, the Bills just weren't good enough to beat the Patriots. It's an old and tired storyline, but there were obvious situations in this game where the outcome could have gone Buffalo's way, but it went New England's because the Patriots always find a way, and the Bills don't. Maddening, but painfully true, and it's not changing any time soon with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady still functioning at such a high level.'

Marker Bills left feeling confused, 'cheated' by inadvertent whistle in loss to Patriots [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"They cheated us," Bradham said. "They spotted the ball in the middle of the field and gave them all those yards and then blew the whistle. It's crazy, man. At least spot the ball where he caught it. That was just one of them things where they didn't give us no explanation. Fortunately we were able hold them to a field goal."'

Marker Tyrod Taylor not up to challenge in Bills' loss to Patriots [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Give Ryan credit: His defensive game plan against Brady was solid. The Bills were in the game because of the pressure they were able to create against the best quarterback to ever play the game. Even so, Ryan's in-game clock management was questionable. The team had just one timeout late in the fourth quarter because a miscommunication caused Ryan to burn one. He also failed to go for it on fourth-and-2 near midfield when his team was down 10 with 10 minutes to play in the game. In close games, those small errors can make all the difference.'

Marker Patriots QB Tom Brady uses 'Rex Ryan' as a pre-snap call against Bills [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'On New England's first drive of the game, Brady stepped to the line and ESPN's cameras clearly picked up the audio of him shouting "Rex Ryan" as his pre-snap audible. The play was a run up the middle.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 11 Report Card [1:41 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Ryan needs to be a little more liberal in those situations. You're playing the Patriots. They have Tom Brady. You don't. Keep the ball and try to get the two yards. It could make a huge difference.'

Marker Patriots top Bills to remain undefeated [1:40 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'But if you want to slay a giant, you can’t keep shooting yourself in the foot.'

Marker Subdued Rex Ryan admits Patriots the better team [1:39 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '“That’s an outstanding football team we played. They proved it again tonight,” said Ryan. “We just weren’t good enough. We’re not quite there. … It’s tough to match with them, personnel-wise. They did a great job. That’s a good football team. They deserved to win. We know right now we’ve got to find a way to get better – as players get better, as coaches get better. If we do, we’ll see if there’s a different outcome.”'

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