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Buffalo Bills News - November 29, 2015

Marker 10 Plays That Shaped The Game [7:03 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Where was Rex Ryan’s challenge flag on the pass ruled incomplete for Chris Hogan with 2:39 to play?'

Marker Bills can't rise to the challenge (or execute one) [7:01 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'After possessing the ball for nearly 20 minutes in the first half, the Buffalo offense had it for just over 11 minutes in the second half. The Bills ran only 25 offensive plays after halftime as the Chiefs went on some lengthy scoring drives and the Bills managed just one scoring drive.'

Marker Pin this Bills loss on Rex Ryan [7:00 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So here we are again Bills fans. Are they mathematically out of the playoffs? No they are not but it feels like we are just fooling ourselves if we think they can pull this off. They'd probably have to win four of their last five and maybe even run the table and then get help elsewhere to end the post season drought. It doesn't seem very likely given the fact their longest win streak of the season is two and that's happened just one time.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 12 Report Card [6:23 PM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'One look at the stat sheet tells the story. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had 255 passing yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked once, but that's because he ran out of bounds behind the line of scrimmage on one play. For most of the game, Smith didn't face any serious pressure. The Bills didn't blitz often and it gave Smith time to beat them.'

Marker Drive-in’s loss shows NFL is about nothing but the bottom line [6:21 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cohen found that out earlier this month when the NFL blew the whistle on his plans to air the Monday night Bills game against the Patriots with a cease-and-desist letter. His foul? The screen at the drive-in is too big.'

Marker Report card [6:20 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This is a straight out failure. In a game they desperately needed to win, the Bills weren't good enough against a team that is not better than them. There's no gray area here. They had to win and they didn't. Their defense was terrible, and the offense did nothing in the second half, granted, with limited time of possession.'

Marker Immediate Reactions: Kansas City Chiefs 30, Buffalo Bills 22 [5:42 PM] reports: 'In the end, the National Football League’s substandard product was met by a group of Bills coaches who upped the ante on awful. And the Bills are in deep, deep, pretty deserved trouble. If not for the injuries early in the year, you could wipe the “pretty” off that sentence. Plus, Buffalo’s schedule is fairly weak the rest of the way.'

Marker Bills playoff chances take hit in loss to Chiefs [4:46 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills took a 16-14 lead into intermission, but it felt like it should have been much more of a cushion. They controlled play for much of the opening half, but the Chiefs made a couple big plays - plus took advantage of yet another incredibly lame bad penalty call against the Bills - to cut into the margin.'

Marker Rex Ryan costs Bills in 30-22 loss to Chiefs [4:45 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'First, he failed to challenge a Jeremy Maclin catch that would have been overturned. The Chiefs scored one play later. He then wasted a challenge on a Robert Woods drop that cost his team a timeout, and he decided not to challenge a Chiefs first down on which Alex Smith appeared to come up short of the sticks. Late in the fourth quarter, he opted not to challenge a Tyrod Taylor incompletion to Chris Hogan that may have been overturned. Finally at the end of the game, Ryan challenged a play on which Taylor came up short of the first down and lost the challenge.'

Marker Former Bills and Syracuse coach Doug Marrone reportedly a hot NFL head coaching candidate [4:44 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The former Syracuse and Buffalo Bills head coach is considered a "hot candidate" for head coach openings in the NFL this offseason, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.'

Marker Buffalo Bills bus breaks down on way to Arrowhead Stadium before Chiefs game [4:44 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Let that be a lesson to everyone out there: Don't ignore that check engine light, especially if you happen to be driving a busload of players on their way to a must-win game.'

Marker Chiefs hold off Bills 30-22 for fifth straight win [4:42 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills had a chance for a tying touchdown when they took over at their own 10 with 3:25 left. But after picking up a quick first down, Taylor was stopped short of the marker on fourth-and-9 with 2:16 left, allowing the Chiefs to put the game away.'

Marker Chiefs 30, Bills 22 [4:41 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'But the second half saw the Chiefs (6-5) handle Watkins, force a Taylor fumble and the Chiefs offense caught fire behind quarterback Alex Smith, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and running back Spencer Ware. Smith threw for 255 yards, two touchdown passes and did not have an interception. Maclin caught nine passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. Ware picked up 114 rushing yards on 19 carries with a touchdown.'

Marker Chiefs down the Bills 30-22 [4:40 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Two more Cairo Santos field goals and a stout Chiefs defense were enough to seal a 30-22 win and send the Bills to a 5-6 record.'

Marker Chiefs Blow By Bills 30-22 [4:38 PM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Every year it seems there is a game in November that they have to win to keep their playoff hopes realistic, despite having a medicore record. Every year they seem to come up woefully short in those games. That game this year was today and the Bills found another way to lose a big game. They got off to a hot start and then just collapsed. The offense stopped making plays and the defense was terrible. When they needed to make a play they couldn't. The Chiefs took over at their own 11 in the 4th quarter and easily marched the ball down the "vaunted" defense's throats. It now appears we are once again headed to the final turn of the NFL season without much too play for. The more things change the more they stay the same for all us tortured Bills fans.'

Marker Bills can't hang onto lead fall to Chiefs [4:36 PM] reports: 'Kansas City scored 17 straight points and the Bills’ offense stalled in the second half managing just a touchdown. The win moves the Chiefs (6-5) a full game ahead of the Bills (5-6) in the AFC Wild Card race and gives them a valuable head-to-head tiebreaker.'

Marker Defense Collapses After Strong Offensive Start [4:20 PM]
Bills Daily reports: Tyrod Taylor was much more accurate with the deep ball this week, than last year. He threw for a career high 291 but got all but 55 of them in the first half. He put the ball up for Sammy Watkins early and often and he had huge results. He did nothing after halftime and did lose a fumble.<br /> Grade C: A in the first half, F in the second half.

Marker Bills, Chiefs to vie for wild card positioning [11:35 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'They’re 4-2 in the conference (to the Bills’ 5-4) and with a win today Kansas City would move to 6-5, 5-2 while Buffalo would fall to 5-6, 5-5, in effect trailing the Chiefs by two games with five to play courtesy of the head-to-head defeat.'

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Marker Savvy Smith manages well in Chiefs’ offensive system [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There’s no denying that Smith has had some success with big-play passes on the way to the Chiefs’ 5-5 record. His eight completions of 40 or more yards are tied for the most in his 11 NFL seasons. One of his new wide receivers, speedster Jeremy Maclin, is second on the team with 48 receptions for 612 yards (an average of 12.8 yards per catch). That includes a long of 61 yards.'

Marker Who is your team's clock-management assistant? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan relies on Chris Palmer to manage the clock. Palmer's official title is senior offensive assistant. Nowhere in the Bills' media guide does it mention Palmer's clock duties.'

Marker Defense has to bring the heat while offense must warm to task [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Chiefs 23, Bills 20.'

Marker No playoff vibe to this latest Bills-Chiefs encounter [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s hard to get up for Kansas City, possibly the most dull, non-descript franchises in the league. This will be the eighth straight year in which the Bills and Chiefs meet in the regular season. They’re the only non-division foes in the league who can make that claim.'

Marker Getting to Know Colton Schmidt: Consistency is key to punter’s longevity [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Other punters, you make one mistake and that can eat away at you and you’re out of the NFL. What are ways you stay calm? Yeah, that’s definitely there. You always remember the bad ones over the good ones for sure. I’m pretty sure every one of us is that way and could tell you every bad kick they’ve had. But you can’t let that bother you. You have to stay focused. At the end of the day, you’re still an athlete, still a competitor so you should have that mindset of ... “I’m better than that” and fight through it. You come back and step up next time. If you had the other mindset, you probably wouldn’t even make it here.'

Marker The Other Side: Paylor on on the Chiefs' defense, Peters, prediction [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I'm picking the Chiefs to win 23-20, but I think it's up in the air. I just think that with the way the Chiefs’ defense is playing, it will take a strong effort by a banged-up Tyrod Taylor to come out of Arrowhead with a victory. Also, the Bills are among the league’s most penalized teams, which never helps on the road.'

Marker Bills-Chiefs will have a playoff atmosphere [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Chiefs 17, Bills 13.'

Marker Bills meet Chiefs for crucial game Sunday [1:52 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'There’s a segment of Alex Smith haters in KC that are going to moan about Smith regardless. There’s also a segment of Alex Smith fans in KC (many of them former Niners fans who came over with Smith) who are going to defend Smith regardless. It makes for some fun comment sections, let me tell you.'

Marker Bills/Chiefs preview: notes and stats [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'QB TYROD TAYLOR (100.9) is on pace to join HOFer JIM KELLY (101.2 in 1990) as only Bills with 100+ rating in single season. Has won 4 of past 6 starts & passed for 1,232 yards with 7 TDs vs. 1 INT for 100 rating & 160 rushing yards'

Marker 5 things to watch for in Bills - Chiefs [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'At the end of the day, with the teams so close, I barely give the edge to the most talented roster: the Bills.'

Marker P Colton Schmidt flourishing in second season [1:49 AM] reports: '“A lot people know what they’re supposed to do as far as their golf swing goes when they’re driving the ball. Doing it is a whole other thing. It’s simple when you lay it out. Like for us, you need to get the ball out flat and swing up, but it doesn’t always work that way. In theory, it seems simple. It’s just a matter of finding it. It’s like a broken record when you ask anyone what you need to do to be a better punter. You’ll always hear back, ‘Consistency.’ You just have to find your own way how to be consistent,” he said.'

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