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Buffalo Bills News - September 14, 2014

Marker Fans’ love affair with their Buffalo Bills as hot as ever [1:43 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '“If the Bills would have left it would have been absolutely devastating,” said Jenn. “It would have been like your first dog dying when you’re a kid, or your mother dying. It would have been unreal. I can’t even imagine it because I’m not that passionate about anything in my life. But for Jack’s sake I’m very happy they’re still here.”'

Marker Sunday's Miami Coverage [1:42 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Miami Dolphins look to end road woes against Buffalo Bills (Miami Herald)
Passion makes Miami Dolphins fun to watch (Miami Herald)
Dion Jordan, Reshad Jones will miss Miami Dolphins’ game against Buffalo Bills (Miami Herald)
Dolphins-Bills to play for first place in AFC East (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins undrafted rookies settling into NFL life (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
A day to show one lesson learned (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Sunday: Miami Dolphins (1-0) at Buffalo Bills (1-0), 1 p.m., Chs. 4, 12 (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins’ Knowshon Moreno at home in the zone (Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills: How they match up (Palm Beach Post)
Dolphins seek first win in Buffalo since 2011, 2-0 start in AFC East (Palm Beach Post)
Dolphins Look Forward To A Mild Day In Buffalo (MiamiDolphins.com)
5 Keys To The Buffalo Game (MiamiDolphins.com)

Marker Billionaire C. Dean Metropoulos was mystery Bills bidder [1:41 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Massachusetts native Metropoulos has made his fortune teaming with private equity firms in buying well known and slumping consumer food brands, including Hostess, which had been in bankruptcy, in 2013. He typically brings brands back to life, at least for a short time, with new marketing campaigns.'

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Dolphins [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'or what should be one of the most electric home crowds at Ralph Wilson Stadium in recent memory, the Bills have a humongous opportunity to declare that their Week One win wasn’t a fluke. The play of the defensive line will set the tone for the Bills, but the team’s running backs need to be able to get into the second level against the Miami defense in order to have the necessary success for the Bills to obtain a victory. Make no mistake, this will be a tight game between two evenly matched teams. If the Bills get a couple of turnovers early in the contest, the Dolphins might not be able to hear themselves think inside the Pegula-charged crowd inside Ralph Wilson Stadium. If that happens, the Bills could be sitting atop the AFC East by themselves once Sunday is over and done with.'

Marker Top 8 reasons why the Bills 2014 home opener will be awesome [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Speaking of Bills alumni, it’s throwback week! The players will be looking fresh in their white throwback uniforms as we celebrate the past and present of the Buffalo Bills organization.'

Marker Broadcast Information: Dolphins at Bills [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Tom McCarthy (Play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (analyst).'

Marker Camper/RV lot already sold out [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills camper/RV parking lot has completely sold-out and is filled to capacity for the Bills vs. Miami Dolphins game. This is the first time in Bills recorded history that the camper/RV lot has sold out the day before the game.'

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September 13, 2014

Marker Ex-NFL exec Policy details steps to ownership [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The finance committee reviews each pending purchase and, with assistance from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s staff, makes the recommendation for the other 31 owners to vote on.'

Marker Bills like zone read, used in moderation [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Being able to see it pre-snap and kind of having an idea that this is a 99 percent pull right here if this guy does what I think he’s going to do,” Manuel said. “That’s why I was able to go ahead and execute it and not make it a hard process because it’s really not. It’s an easy read, but at the same time you still need to see it pre-snap because it happens so fast.”'

Marker With no Jills to lead cheers, the job of drumming up fan excitement falls to the Stampede [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The drummers’ uniforms consist of Bills game jerseys that carry the name “Stampede” and the numbers of Wall of Fame players, worn with knee-length shorts. As the season progresses, the drummers will turn to sweatpants.'

Marker Slight chance that solar flare could disrupt TV during Bills home opener [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s unlikely, but it’s not impossible,” said Dimitris A. Pados, a professor in the electrical engineering department at the University at Buffalo who specializes in communication systems.'

Marker Buffalo man accused of selling phony tickets to Bills-Dolphins game [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This suspect took $600 from the undercover officer, provided a receipt and gave her two fake Buffalo Bills tickets for this Sunday’s game,” said Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives. The forged tickets appeared to be real, police said.'

Marker Pegula's riches come from hydraulic fracturing [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Elected leaders are happy to shake Terry Pegula's hand and embrace his purchase of the Bills and his investment of Buffalo, but on the other hand they virtually have condemned this process, this technology that he has made his fortune in," said Karen Moreau, president of the state Petroleum Council, a top gas-industry lobbying group in New York.'

Marker Bills receiver Mike Williams feels at home again playing for Doug Marrone in Buffalo [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Just to stay out of that area and act like I'm still gone," Williams said. "There's still a couple of my family members that don't even know that I'm out here, just think I play for the Bills but live in Tampa. I don't know how they think that."'

Marker Keith Rivers out; Stephon Gilmore probable [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, cornerback Stephon Gilmore (groin) and safety Aaron Williams (head) are both listed as probable on the injury report. Gilmore practiced in full all week, while Williams was limited.'

Marker What to look for from the Miami Dolphins against the Buffalo Bills in Week 2 [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Dolphins have a new offensive coordinator, Bill Lazor, who comes from Chip Kelly's system and runs some of the same concepts. After reviewing the Dolphins' win over the Patriots, here are a few things to look for from the Bills' Week 2 opponent.'

Marker Battle for the AFC East lead, and 5 things to watch [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Speaking of pass blocking one-on-one, Seantrel Henderson is about to get the best test of his young career as the seventh-round rookie will line up across from esteemed Dolphins pass rusher Cameron Wake. Henderson was a seventh-round pick with first-round talent, but any rookie going up against Wake is going to be in for a tall task. Wake started the 2014 season with a two-sack game against New England. Now he's coming for Henderson.'

Marker Saturday's Miami Coverage [1:49 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Reliable Jason Trusnik will be Miami Dolphins’ man in the middle against Buffalo Bills (Miami Herald)
Miami Dolphins’ Dion Jordan and Reshad Jones will return early from drug suspensions under new agreement (Miami Herald)
NFL may be on verge of drug policy that could reinstate Dolphins' Reshad Jones, Dion Jordan (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Philip Wheeler is cleared to play against Bills, but will he start? (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
New drug policy could shorten suspensions for two Dolphins (Palm Beach Post)
Dolphins reflect on what it is like to swim in troubled waters (Palm Beach Post)
Dolphins Report 14 Injuries Prior To Week 2 Showdown With Bills (WFOR-TV)
Breaking Down The Bills (MiamiDolphins.com)
Jenkins Enjoying Expanded Role On Defense; Other Notes (MiamiDolphins.com)
Countdown to kickoff: Dolphins at Bills (MiamiDolphins.com)
Dolphins-Bills Friday Injury Updates (MiamiDolphins.com)

Marker Graham, Williams feel at home with Bills [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"It's been there since I was a kid," Graham said. "I always had the dream of playing in the NFL. When I was 5, I was already a Bills fan because of my uncles, they were Bills fans and I was coming to the games. So to have that opportunity to put on that jersey and come out in that stadium and play, it's going to be a special day."'

Marker Rivers ruled out with groin injury [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The return of linebacker Nigel Bradham should offset the loss of Rivers. Bradham, one of Buffalo's most improved players from a year ago, missed Week 1 because of a suspension. Rookie Preston Brown is also expected to stay in the starting lineup with Rivers out.'

Marker Former Bills owner Ralph Wilson honored [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '"This is a special day even though the torch is going to be passed on, we're still here to celebrate Ralph Wilson," said former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who announced last week that he was cancer free after getting treatment for sinus cancer.'

Marker Bills to play Sunday without LB Rivers [1:45 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Cornerback Stephon Gilmore is expected to return to the lineup after missing last week's game with a groin injury. He practiced all week and is listed as probable.'

Marker Bills declare LB Rivers out vs. Dolphins [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With Bradham due to return from a one-game suspension, he re-enters the starting lineup as the team’s weakside linebacker. The Bills will look to either rookie Preston Brown or Ty Powell to start in Rivers’ place at the strongside position. Brown started for the Bills at that spot in Week One.'

Marker Manny Lawson is Mr. Reliable [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He’s a very versatile player,” said fellow end Jerry Hughes. “He can play numerous positions on the field. He’s a big, strong, tall fella. With those attributes right there I don’t see how he couldn’t help [any team]. Here he helps us out tremendously, just by having those attributes. Being able to get on the field, find a way to get to the ball, no matter who has it. It speaks huge for him. His football IQ is off the wall.”'

Marker Scouting Report: Bills vs. Dolphins [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills were effective on offense against Chicago last week because 60 percent of their first downs went for four yards or more. That will have to continue that Sunday so offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett has more of the playbook to work with on second and third down. It’ll also keep Miami’s pass rush from pinning their ears back with fewer true passing situations.'

September 12, 2014

Marker Something goes right for Bills fans [1:08 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And now, pending approval from the NFL’s owners, they will own the Bills, ensuring that the franchise remains in the Buffalo area. The Pegulas were so determined to get the Bills and keep them in Western New York that their reported bid — a record $1.4 billion — was basically meant to blow any other potential ownership group out of the water. It appears they succeeded.'

Marker Pegulas' purchase of Bills gives fans plenty to 'Shout!' about [10:26 AM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: 'This has been a giddy run of late for Bills fans. First, Kelly announces he is cancer-free. Then, Buffalo upsets the Bears in the season opener. And now Terry and Kim Pegula ensure that the Bills will be staying put for a long, long time. It’s enough to make Bills fans “Shout!” for generations to come.'

Marker Woods mindset is to be Bills’ No. 1 receiver [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You want to be the best. You don’t ever come into a situation saying, ‘I want to be the No. 2.’ As long as you push yourself to be your absolute best, that’s the right mindset,” Woods said. “I’m excited to have another explosive player who deserved that pick. But I’m going to challenge him. I’m going to challenge Mike Williams. I’m going to fight to be the No. 1 receiver in this room. That will elevate this offense and this whole team.”'

Marker Rookie Schmidt punted well past expectations [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I give him a lot of credit. He worked hard all week. I said it after the game: Our rookie punter against their rookie punter would be one of the keys,” Marrone said. “Field-position wise, we won that battle and he did his part. I was happy for him. Not knowing him that well or that long, I’m sure he’s like everyone else in this league that’s put a lot of time into becoming a good player.”'

Marker Excitement soaring for Bills’ home opener [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But as for buying tickets on the secondary market, good luck.'

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