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Buffalo Bills News - November 27, 2014

Marker WR Marcus Thigpen claimed by Bills, added to 53-man roster [1:30 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills also announced that the team has released DE Bryan Johnson.'

Marker Bills-Browns game sold out [1:29 AM] reports: 'In response to a critical need for blood following the recent storm, Unyts will host a blood drive in Ralph Wilson Stadium’s Paul Maguire Club on Tuesday, December 2 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. All presenting donors will get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the newly renovated gameday locker room and the first 300 presenting donors will receive a One Buffalo t-shirt. For more details, visit, click “Give Blood,” and use sponsor code 1925.'

Marker Boobie Dixon named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week [1:28 AM] reports: 'This is Dixon’s first player of the week award. Dixon is the third Buffalo Bills player to win the special team player of the week award in 2014.'

Marker 12 fast facts from the Bills win over the Jets in Detroit [1:27 AM] reports: 'The Bills completed their first season sweep of the Jets series since 2007. The Bills have won four out of their last five games against the Jets. Buffalo’s 81 combined points in this year’s two games are the highest by a Bills team in a season series since posting 87 vs. Miami in 1966.'

Marker A Time For Thanksgiving [1:26 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'So as we sit down to gorge ourselves on fowl and football this Thanksgiving, let us give thanks for this past week. For the adversity that brings out the best in western New Yorkers. For the pride we have in our region. For the hospitality of Detroit – somewhere upstairs Ralph Wilson has got to be overjoyed to see how his home town treated his team. Let us be thankful a team that can and did put together a solid game across the board. Let us be thankful for the entertainment break the team provided to the home fans. Let us be thankful that the Bills have given us something to be thankful for.'

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November 26, 2014

Marker Boobie Dixon has breakout game against Jets after being stuck in snowstorm [11:30 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's so funny, man," Henderson said. "He's always into something. That's just how Boobie is. He's real cool. Real down to earth guy."'

Marker Woods made Jets pay for single coverage [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Yeah, we knew that” Williams “was new out there, just started playing really,” Woods said. “But our whole mindset was whoever was out there, we needed to attack them and push them with speed and make them believe that we were going deep every play.”'

Marker Ryan magic has worn off with Jets [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Monday’s loss was an utter humiliation. I don’t want to take away from a brilliant Bills performance, but the Jets were a pathetic mess. They were outplayed, outhit and outhustled. They were dumb and lifeless. In the second half, they essentially quit on their coach.'

Marker Bills will play in Orchard Park on Sunday [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He said the stadium suffered some damage but not enough to delay Sunday’s game.'

Marker Bills need more games like this one [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The defense. Absolutely dominant and fun to watch.'

Marker Mario Williams can't be stopped, and 5 observations from stats and snap counts in Bills-Jets game [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Williams now has 12 sacks this season, and the Bills, who sacked Jets quarterbacks six time on Monday, have a league-leading 46 sacks, eight better than the next best team in the NFL.'

Marker What they're saying: Bills 38, Jets 3 [1:54 AM] reports: '“Yeah, I thought we played pretty well on offense minus maybe a couple of three-and-outs because of a couple of penalties or lack of execution. But overall I thought we played well, played with a great mentality and that was really Coach (Doug) Marrone’s message to the offense, just go out there and take it and trust in each other, trust in the system. I think we probably did a better job at that than any time throughout the year so far.”'

Marker Doug Marrone, possibly coaching for his job, rallies Bills around tough circumstances in crucial win [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He just kept telling us every day that people are counting us out," offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson said. "All our losses (are) pretty much close other than two of them. And hey, we fight. That's what we do. Coach Marrone always preaches that we're still in the race. We can still win out. We can beat anybody in the NFL. We all believe that. We rallied around coach Marrone and the whole coaching staff, and we're just going to keep riding this thing out. That's what we're going to do."'

Marker Don't adjust computer screen: Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills to play a meaningful late-season game [1:53 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"This is going to be an old-fashioned, blue-collar matchup as much as it can be when all the players are millionaires," said Hall-of-Fame guard Joe DeLamielleure, who played for both franchises. "The teams are similar and so are the fan bases. I've told people that fans of these two cities will buy tickets before they'll buy their kids jackets. That's how much the franchises mean to their cities."'

Marker The Snow Couldn’t Stop the Bills, and Neither Could the Jets [1:52 AM]
SI reports: '“I got to look at so much [Jets] film that by the time we played the game, I could pretty much tell from their formation what they were going to do."'

Marker Bills back to normal after finally returning home [1:51 AM]
AP reports: '"It was just a busy, hectic week. And really this win was for the city of Buffalo, giving back for everything that they've been through," receiver Robert Woods said. "It feels good, especially after a win. Now we've just got to get another one."'

Marker Bills-Browns on for Sunday despite stadium damage [1:50 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"We had less leaks than we really anticipated, less issues than we anticipated, but still a lot of damage," said Major. "And that's what we're focused on now is the repair work."'

Marker Bills happy about this tale of two draft freaks [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'So it is early and the jury has a while to consider whether Clowney was worth that pick. But in Buffalo, the Bills are happy with Williams. He looks very much like the highest-paid player on the team. In a 38-3 win over the New York Jets on Monday night, Williams racked up another two sacks, giving him 12 for the season, just two off the career high he set at Houston.'

Marker Bills expect Sunday's home game to be at home [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We've had pipes and some things that have had issues, but right now everything is being worked through. All indications lead to a full game-day experience on Sunday."'

Marker Bills' air game features the other receiver [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Woods' performance was vital to the success of the passing game. He entered the NFL as a second-round pick in 2013, billed as the most NFL-ready receiver in that draft, but while Woods has played fairly well, he has rarely been a difference-maker. Until Monday. He set career highs for catches (9) and yards (118) with eight of the receptions converting first downs, and one resulting in a touchdown.'

Marker It's official: Bills will play Browns in Buffalo Sunday [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We've got some ceiling tile damage, we've got our ring wall on the field is damaged in places from the snow removal, we've got some pipes that have burst in some of the concessions and some of the restroom areas,” Major revealed. “Our fieldhouse wall caved in a little bit in our practice facility which is not going to affect the team at all or our practices, it's already been repaired.”'

Marker Thanks Bills [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Look, I didn't experience this storm like so many of you did. But I'd be willing to bet that scenes like the one playing out in my living room were happening all over Western New York. The game even happened at an early enough hour that I could see my way clear to let my guys push past their normal bedtime to enjoy it with me. Here's hoping many of you did likewise.'

Marker Coming home: What it took to dig out the Ralph [1:44 AM] reports: '“Once the travel bans were lifted, about 500 total shovelers were here triple shifting from Saturday to Monday night,” said Bills VP of Event Operations, Andy Major. “They did a tremendous job, and we’re very thankful to Jani-King who lined that project up for us. We really appreciated what the shovelers were doing and I think they really came through for us.”'

Marker What they're saying: Bills 38, Jets 3 [1:43 AM] reports: '“We’re happy, no doubt about it. There are so many people to thank. Afterwards I gave the game ball to obviously the emergency response team in Erie County. I think that’s important, pretty much too many people to thank for us being able to get it together. More importantly the players did a heck of a job coming out tonight and really playing well. Defensively and offensively we did a better job in the red zone. We talked about it all week and we were able to run the football down there, which was important. Special teams, I think early on we didn’t do a very good job with the field position, a couple penalties early. I thought pretty much our guys were ready to go. Whether we rallied around all the adversity or not I think those are questions for them, obviously we talked about it. We wanted to give the people back in our region a chance to smile a little bit by the way we play. I told you that, that’s how I feel, and that it’s important for them than it is anything else. I’m just proud of this football team and it’s just too many people to thank to stay up here.'

Marker Bills offense leans on Robert Woods [1:42 AM] reports: 'Part of the reason Woods was able to be so successful was his matchup came against Jets rookie DB Marcus Williams, whom he didn’t see the first time around. Marcus Williams, an undrafted free-agent, was activated to the Jets’ 53-man roster just earlier this month. The Bills knew about the matchup but to them, it didn’t matter who was lining up against them.'

November 25, 2014

Marker Solid win for Bills, given the situation [11:36 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“But as soon as I came out and saw all those blue jerseys, I thought, ‘Holy cow, baby, here we go ... we’ve got the crowd.’ It was a relief and we needed to get them into the game.''

Marker Bills' Fred Jackson jokingly imitates former teammate Marshawn Lynch in postgame interview [8:04 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While Lynch added a dozen more one-word answers to round out his interview, Jackson could barely keep a straight face giving that short of an answer. The two played together in Buffalo for their first four seasons in the league, but apparently Jackson's cordial nature with the media didn't rub off on the Seahawks' star.'

Marker Bills ride a perfect storm of emotion to win over Jets [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We wanted to give the people back in our region a chance to smile a little bit by the way we played,” Marrone said. “It’s more important for them than it is anything else.”'

Marker Win after week of adversity is anything but routine [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But for one night, with Buffalo fans looking for something to lift their spirits after a week of relentless bad weather, the Bills played like a team that mattered, like a proud, determined squad that feels it is better than its circumstances, better than its record suggests.'

Marker Lions add personal touch to their hosting duties [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t think we would have been as prepared without the way they opened their arms to us,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said.'

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