DT Kyle Williams 50-50 for Falcons game [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Kyle Williams will be questionable for the game,” said Marrone. “He’s 50-50. It just popped up, lower back. Those things are tough. I’ve been through those things before. I had a player when I was in New York, during walk through just went down to get in his stance and his back locked up. When you talk about backs and hamstrings and things you really don’t know.”'
Scouting Report - Week 13 [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo’s offense has had its share of troubles converting in the red zone this season, but that cannot happen against the second-worst red zone defense they will face this season in the Falcons. Atlanta is allowing opponents to reach the end zone better than 63 percent of the time. The Bills need to have a success rate right around that figure to hand the Falcons their sixth straight loss.'
Bills warm to Toronto [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s going to be a little bit different, but hopefully we’re going to go up there and continue to play well and go win a football game,” defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. “Maybe things change if we go up there and play a really solid, complete football game.”'
Summers a hefty load in Bills' backfield [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When the Bills called, it had been more than three years since he’d played in a regular-season game. Summers knew he wasn’t being brought in to be the primary ballcarrier like he was at UNLV — not with C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and Tashard Choice on the roster. The Bills let Corey McIntyre walk in free agency and were looking for a blocking fullback who could also some rattle some skulls on special teams, and Summers leaped at the opportunity.'
Q&A with Falcons writer D. Orlando Ledbetter [1:57 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'He has had to operate behind an inexperienced and shaky offensive line. The Falcons tried to replace three starters along the line and the transition has not been smooth. Ryan has been sacked 24 times, hit 69 times and hurried on more than 100 other pass attempts. I think his leaky pass protection has led to his problems.'
Q&A with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan [1:56 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Sometimes the lighting and stuff is a little different, and I think the noise level is a little different. But as a quarterback it’s always nice to play indoors -- no wind, no rain, no snow. Nothing to deal with. It makes it a little bit easier.'
Friday's Atlanta Coverage [1:55 AM]
‘No complaints’ for Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Falcons QB Matt Ryan a lightning rod for his slide (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Atlanta (2-9) at Buffalo (4-7) [1:54 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bills 21, Falcons 18.'
Game Scout: Falcons at Bills [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Atlanta gets a break playing in a dome in Toronto rather than outdoors northern New York. The Falcons' biggest concern, however, is the Bills' underrated defense, which will dominate Atlanta's offensive line and add to its season total of 16 interceptions.'
Scouting Report - Week 13 [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: ' Buffalo’s offense has had its share of troubles converting in the red zone this season, but that cannot happen against the second-worst red zone defense they will face this season in the Falcons. Atlanta is allowing opponents to reach the end zone better than 63 percent of the time. The Bills need to have a success rate right around that figure to hand the Falcons their sixth straight loss.'
Broadcast information: Falcons vs. Bills [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Dick Stockton (play by play), Ronde Barber (analyst), Kris Budden (reporter).'
Toronto series leaves the Bills out in the cold [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’ll admit, it’s hard to feel confident in a city that put a crack-smoking buffoon in the mayor’s office. But the threat is there, along with the money. And really, should we Americans be laughing at anyone for the characters they elect to high office?'
Branch plugs big hole for Bills at 5-technique after injry to Carrington [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I feel real comfortable in the defense,” said Branch after Wednesday’s practice. “I’ve embraced my role, tried to get in there and plug up the holes, tried to get disruptive in the backfield. I’m embracing the role and hopefully I can go out and keep doing what I’m doing."'
Toronto game will be televised [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Capacity in the domed stadium for NFL games is about 45,300. Last year’s announced crowd for the Bills game against Seattle was 40,770. Officials of Rogers Media Inc., the Bills’ partner for the game, told the Toronto Star earlier this week about 82 percent of the tickets had been sold, about the same as last year in the week leading up to the game.'
Bills' Jairus Byrd: Fitting in and 'focused on football' [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"A lot of the questions that everyone's asking me, do you want to be here, I'm really not the right one to be asking the questions to," Byrd said. "It's not totally up to me, so like I said, it is what it is and I'm just focused on football and playing to the best of my ability."'
Bills coaches imploring rookie QB EJ Manuel to just ‘let it loose’ [1:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“EJ understands it,” Marrone said. “We’ve been saying to get back there and throw it. Just throw it. Let it loose, let it loose."'
Rob who? Buffalo Bills coach had never heard of Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his exploits [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“No. I always find it funny because people will ask me what’s going on and I’ll be like, ‘What?’ Someone will ask me a question and I’ll turn around to (PR chief) Scott (Berchtold) and go, ‘Where were they going with that question?’ He’s like, ‘Well you haven’t heard,’ and I really don’t."'
NFL’s bottom line decidedly in Toronto’s favour [1:53 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'In order to credit the idea that the Bills will end up staying in Buffalo, you have to believe several things. First — that the will exists locally to keep them. It does. Second — that the money to buy them will materialize. It might. Third — that a huge capital investment beyond the $1 billion (U.S.) purchase price will be further made. This is where it gets iffy.'
Regional franchises haven't worked in pro sports [1:52 AM]
Welland Tribune reports: 'Whether the game counts for more than that is doubtful. Other than a healthy payday and a chance to increase a footprint in a foothold the Bills established long ago on the sheer strength of geography, there isn’t anything remarkable about Buffalo’s Toronto series.'
Thursday's Atlanta Coverage [1:51 AM]
It’s reality check time for the Falcons (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Falcons OT Terren Jones was tipping the scales at 380 pounds (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
3 key matchups: Worrilow breaks down Bills' rushing attack (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Falcons' Ryan looks to end road woes against Bills (Fox Sports South)
Rookie OT Jones hoping to make debut for Falcons (AP)
Falcons Sign WR Croom to Practice Squad (AtlantaFalcons.com)
Time Machine: Falcons Hang Tough vs. Bills in 2005 (AtlantaFalcons.com)
Wing Tips: Falcons vs. Bills (AtlantaFalcons.com)
CEO says Bills not for sale [1:50 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I'll tell you this: Obviously it was a great way to start off my bye [week] Sunday, when I heard the news of this and listening to all of the nonsense relative to it," Brandon told WGR 550. "If we had to discuss and speak to every single individual that would have interest in buying an NFL franchise, that's all you would talk about on your show."'
Bills lose edge hosting Falcons indoors at Toronto [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'The Falcons, who play their home games in a dome, "must have fixed the schedule," Johnson joked.'
Falcons-Bills Capsule [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Bills are 1-4 in regular-season games at Toronto since opening annual series north of border in 2008.'
Bills' Robey pops up on injury report [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to head coach Doug Marrone, Robey injured the ankle during a practice in the past two weeks. The coach believes there isn't any reason for concern, however, as he expects Robey to play in their game against the Falcons.'
Bills employing diplomacy for 6th annual trip to Toronto [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Im just gonna take it year to year," Wood said. "I'm not going to go up there with any ill feeling or any less excited than I am for every game. Hopefully the Bills fans will be out there supporting us this year and looking forward to a good atmosphere if we can get it."'
Bills-Falcons Toronto game will air on local television [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Activities surrounding the game include a weekend takeover of Yonge-Dundas Square in Downtown Toronto where the Bills will host an NFL Youth Football Festival featuring live music, football-themed games, sponsor tents and giveaways, and special appearances by the Buffalo Jills and NFL Hall of Famer Bills alumni Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas (4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday). In support of the NFL’s Play 60 movement, and as part of Sports Day in Canada, ParticipACTION will take part in an afternoon of football drills and skills led by experienced instructors on Saturday, November 30 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.'
Doug Marrone: ''this is a big game'' [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Well when you look at it, you can say this. It’s an advantage if you weren’t playing a team that plays in a dome all the time. Domes are different, each one is different. For the quarterbacks waking up and knowing what the elements are it’s good, you’re both playing on the same field. Again, like I said before I’m not going to backtrack, I want to build this team so when we get ready to make a run in these playoffs, wherever it may be, whatever year, we’re playing a home game in January and the weather is like outside and that advantage is to us. Yes, I’m trying to create an advantage by that weather.'
EJ Manuel ''chomping at the bit'' to make plays [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: Do you regret that you can’t play in the snow in Buffalo this week? A: Do I regret that? Yeah, I hate it. I want to go out there and play in the Ralph this Sunday. (Laughs) No, I’m just kidding, but hey, I’m sure it’ll snow again on one of these Sundays, so I’m not worried about that. I’m sure it’ll be there for maybe the Dolphins game when we come back or I’m sure when we play New England they might have some snow, so I’m sure we’ll get one in.'
EJ Manuel pays it forward [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Obviously I had a lot of responsibilities and I’d already graduated but I had a full season ahead and at Florida State you’re expected to win each and every Saturday,” he said. “Beyond that pressure you still have your mom and her health. But she helped me out a lot because she always sounded upbeat when I talked to her. She was always positive about everything. She helped me probably more than I helped her.”'
Falcons Game Preview [5:01 PM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Falcons 27, Bills 23.'
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