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Buffalo Bills News - October 20, 2014

Marker Calm, cool Orton delivers Bills in the clutch [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How poorly did the Bills play? Their coach, Doug Marrone, clearly was unable to enjoy it, wearing a sour expression in his postgame news conference as he shared the message he had delivered to the players immediately after the game: “We’ve got a lot of improvement to do. … I’m already on to other things. … I’ve got to get back to work and get some things fixed. When I say fixed, I just mean that we’ve got to get better.”'

Marker Vikings’ pressure frustrates Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Vikings feasted on the interior of the Bills’ offensive line, and in particular rookie left guard Cyril Richardson.'

Marker After gem of a win, Marrone sees the flaws [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was good of Marrone to put this one in perspective. He’s a head coach, after all. He never sounded more in command of the situation, and more focused on the big picture, than he did after the Bills came back to beat a bad Minnesota team that they should have blown out of The Ralph.'

Marker Bills may be in position to change karma [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Maybe they’re learning how to win.'

Marker Injuries to Spiller, Jackson spell double trouble [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I know I got a lot of embarrassing pictures online when I broke my leg,” Wood said, referring to the gruesome compound fracture he suffered in 2009. “But, man, he was in a lot of pain. I was just trying to say anything I could to keep him strong.”'

Marker Game turns out right despite wrong turns [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And Chris Hogan’s five catches – including a remarkable, 28-yard sideline catch to set up the winning score – pretty much sealed that he has moved ahead of Williams as the team’s No. 3 receiver.'

Marker Mark Gaughan’s 10 Plays: Chandler, Hogan deliver clutch catches [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It was 2-Man,” Chandler said, referring to two-deep safety coverage with man coverage underneath. “And that’s just Kyle trusting me that I’m going to get around that guy and putting it into a tight window.”'

Marker Matchup Winners [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ star rookie showed Sunday he is a handful for the vast majority of mere-mortal NFL cornerbacks. Watkins caught nine passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns.'

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 Orton, Watkins rally Bills past Vikes [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 How unlikely was this Bills' 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.'

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