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Buffalo Bills News - October 20, 2014

Marker Quarterly Report [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Once again, Bills coach Doug Marrone showed his conservative nature by electing to punt on fourth and 1 from the Bills’ 41-yard line on their first possession of the third quarter.'

Marker Dramatic ‘W’ offsets some D grades [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Against a lousy opponent, Buffalo was sloppy and uninspired for 58 minutes – and pretty lucky over the final two minutes. Doug Marrone was agitated after the victory because of how poorly his team played. The Bills gave up a first down on a fourth-and-1 situation because they had 12 men on the field. Marrone lost a challenge.'

Marker Harvin helps Jets’ need for speed [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Harvin comes with some significant character concerns – several outlets reported he got into fights with multiple teammates in Seattle, and the Seahawks would have cut him if they couldn’t trade him – but he gives the Jets something their offense has lacked for a long time – an explosive playmaker.'

Marker Buffalo Bills edge Minnesota Vikings [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'On second and goal from the 1-yard line, Orton found Watkins crossing right to left in the end zone against Xavier Rhodes for the tying touchdown.'

Marker What a brutal performance by the Bills [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'hey allowed Kyle Orton to be sacked six times for 28 yards in losses and to be harassed at least a half dozen other times. Rookies Cyril Richardson and Seantrel Henderson looked like lost puppies — albeit big puppies — and Erik Pears continues to resemble an EZ-Pass lane.'

Marker Veteran leadership pays off [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But at this juncture, with the Bills 4-3 and nobody reaching for pronged utensils, its significance can't be overstated.'

Marker Report card [1:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'A win is a win, so the grade has to be better than average, but anyone who watched knows this team has a long way to go if it dreams of making the playoffs. And Doug Marrone was the first to admit this. Four turnovers, penalties, bad line play. Bills were very fortunate.'

Marker Bills snatch win from Vikings [1:44 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I would hate to be characterized as grumpy after a win,” an unsmiling Marrone said. “But I don’t help myself (being upbeat) right now. My mind is already going ahead, it’s my responsibility. To come in here and B.S. you guys, come on.'

Marker In the end, Bills get an unlikely win [1:43 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In the 55-year history of the Buffalo franchise, only one other time — against the Colts in 1997 — had the Bills turned the ball over at least four times and endured six-or-more sacks ... and won.'

Marker Sammy Watkins' last-second catch gives Buffalo 17-16 win [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Safety Aaron Williams was injured in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Kyle Orton, Kyle Williams say Buffalo Bills won't apologize for ugly win over Minnesota Vikings [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It doesn't matter how you win it," quarterback Kyle Orton said. "You don't ever apologize for winning a game in this league. It's too hard. They're a good defense, they're a good football team. We hung in there, made some mistakes, but in the end we got the win and that was our goal."'

Marker Anthony Dixon finally gets opportunity after C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson leave game for Buffalo Bills [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I've been prepared all my life for that. I work hard every day, working on the little stuff. I work hard every day, working on the little stuff, you know working on making plays for this team."'

Marker Scott Chandler says Buffalo Bills felt like different team on final drive against Minnesota Vikings [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We're a different team this year," Chandler said. "We just believe in one another more. Some huge plays from young guys down the stretch and obviously Kyle standing in there and making some great throws.'

Marker What Buffalo Bills players were saying about game-winning drive against Minnesota Vikings [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The last drive was tough to process given how quickly it all unfolded, but here's what the Buffalo Bills were saying about the biggest moments of the drive.'

Marker Terry Pegula gets game ball from Russ Brandon after first win as Buffalo Bills owner [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Pegula likely didn't picture a sloppy, four-turnover game in which the Bills narrowly escaped defeat against an inferior Minnesota Vikings team with a 17-16 win. Yet that's how it happened on Sunday, and there was a smile on Pegula's face as he walked out of the locker room after the game with president Russ Brandon and general manager Doug Whaley.'

Marker Bills running back suffers broken collarbone, according to report [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'That leaves the Bills with Anthony Dixon as their only healthy running back along with Frank Summers for the remainder of their Week 7 game against the Vikings. Bryce Brown will likely be active for the team's Week 8 game against the New York Jets if Spiller and Jackson have to miss time.'

Marker Bills running back out for game against Vikings after hurting groin [1:35 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Moments after Jackson was taken to the locker room, the Bills officially ruled him out for the game. He buried his face in a towel as he was carted off the field, and the crowd gave him a standing ovation.'

Marker Sammy Watkins lone bright spot, and 5 observations from Week 7 win [1:34 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The turnovers and penalties were one thing, but the Bills' offense won't be able to get off the ground until it gets better play from the offensive line. Rookie guard Cyril Richardson again struggled, and the Bills allowed six sacks in the game. Buffalo did manage over 100 yards on the ground for the first time since Week 2 against the Dolphins, but the offensive line play needs to improve.'

Marker It was not pretty, but the Bills got it done Sunday [1:33 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '"Making the last (catch) to win this game in Buffalo is the best feeling ever," Watkins said. "But you've got to keep doing those things on the field and keep getting better as an offense - keep moving on."'

Marker 'Tis better to have won than lost [1:32 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'So far this season, the Bills are bucking that trend. Buffalo is 4-3, with three of its wins coming on the last play of regulation. Is it sustainable? Doubtful.'

Marker Watkins shines in comeback win [1:31 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'The coaching staff deserves some blame for the awful start. There were too many penalties, turnovers and mental mistakes. The fact that the Bills didn't give up does show that this team is different than previous ones. An ugly win is still a win.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 7 Report Card [1:30 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Turnovers and mediocre run defense aside, the Bills coaching staff did a good job this week. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is often criticized, but he drew up the right plays on the Bills' final drive, including the call on 4th and 20 that saved the game.'

Marker Orton passes for 105 yards on Bills’ final drive [1:29 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'All thanks to as clutch a mid-season, end-of-game drive as the Bills have mustered in some time.'

Marker Bills beat Vikings on Watkins' 2-yard TD catch [1:28 AM]
Erie Times News reports: '"Everybody kept their poise and determination," said Orton, who threw for 283 yards and two scores but also turned the ball over twice in an uneven performance for him and the team. "You don't ever apologize for winning a game in this league. It's too hard."'

Marker After uneven performance, is Orton the answer for Bills? [1:27 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Orton's 10-year, five-team NFL career is dotted with alternating episodes of success and failure.'

Marker Monday's Minnesota Coverage [1:26 AM] reports:
Buffalo's last-second TD sinks Vikings (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Kalil's chance to fly under radar evaporates (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
How much pain can rookie coach Zimmer take? (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Vikings offense having a tough time adjusting (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Bridgewater bounces back from shaky start (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Vikings-Bills Instant Replay (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Key plays in Bills' final drive (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
5 Extra Points (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Vikings-Bills game balls (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Jim Souhan grades the Vikings (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Photo gallery (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Last-second TD brings another L (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
TD aside, Cordarrelle Patterson's role minor again (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Vikings' Chad Greenway mostly effective in return (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Vikings' Jarius Wright says playoffs aren't out of reach (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Ailing Mike Zimmer never considered missing game (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Jerick McKinnon makes his case for becoming feature back (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Offensive line running out of bodies (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Defense shines until last-minute collapse (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Vikings' loss a disturbing throwback to last season (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Teddy Bridgewater falls short of 'perfect' goal (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
For Vikings, it was the worst of both worlds (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Photo gallery (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
5 things we learned: Vikings at Bills (Fox Sports North)
Vikings report card: Incomplete effort against Bills (Fox Sports North)
Photo gallery (Fox Sports North)
Teddy Bridgewater's growing pains continue in close loss (KSTP-AM)
Jerick McKinnon appears to have taken over as Vikings' primary back (KSTP-AM)
Two more injuries leave Vikings thin along the offensive line (KSTP-AM)
Four takeaways undone by defensive letdown on final drive (KSTP-AM)
Photo gallery (KSTP-AM)
Photo gallery (WCCO-TV)
Last-Second Score Sinks Vikings in Buffalo (
5 Takeaways From The Bills Loss (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallery (Syracuse Post-Standard)

Marker Bills beat Vikings 17-16 on Watkins 2-yard catch [1:25 AM]
AP reports: 'The touchdown capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive which Orton extended by converting a fourth-and-20 and a third-and-12. Orton set up the decisive score with a 28-yard pass to Chris Hogan at the Vikings 2.'

Marker Bills show resolve in rallying to beat Vikings [1:24 AM]
AP reports: 'Here are a number of things that stood out in a game in which the Bills improved to 3-0 against NFC North opponents this season...',

Marker Bills' Jackson, Spiller hurt against Vikings [1:23 AM]
AP reports: 'The injuries depleted Buffalo's backfield to third-string running back Anthony Dixon and fullback Frank Summers. Running back Bryce Brown was inactive to start the game.'

Marker Bills receiver Mike Williams active against Vikes [1:22 AM]
AP reports: 'The move comes a week after Williams' agent, Hadley Engelhard, was granted permission to seek a trade after the receiver was inactive in a 37-22 loss to New England. The Bills (3-3) do have a spot to fill at receiver with Marquise Goodwin out with an ankle injury.'

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