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Buffalo Bills News - November 23, 2014

Marker Bills' staff member responds to radio report, helps dig out elderly woman during snowstorm [7:52 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Connell grabbed another member of the Bills' staff and brought two Skid-Steer loaders because a plow truck wasn't going to be enough. They had to move seven feet of snow from in front of the couple's home to dig them out.'

Marker A unique atmosphere, and 5 things to watch for at Ford Field [7:51 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We know when we get on that field that no one's going to really care what you went through," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "You have to go out there and win a football game."'

Marker Bills have faced obstacles, but familiar with Jets [7:51 PM]
AP reports: '"It helps us that we've been here before," Marrone said. "We've played here, we know what shoes to wear, what the surface is like, what the sidelines are like. So, that familiarity obviously helps."'

Marker Bills offense needs to come alive [7:50 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The red zone has been a big problem in the back to back defeats with Buffalo unable to get a touchdown in six trips inside the opponents 20 yard line.'

Marker Scouting Report: Jets vs. Bills [7:50 PM] reports: 'It has been a major problem area for the Bills in each of the last three games. Buffalo has not scored a touchdown after penetrating the opponent’s 20-yard line on each of their last eight opportunities. In fact their last red zone touchdown came in the fourth quarter of their win over the Jets a month ago. The Bills don’t need to be perfect. They just need to make good on half of their red zone chances, and it should be enough to post a much needed victory.'

Marker Bills settle in at home away from home [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Lions announced Saturday that all available free tickets had been distributed. The capacity of the stadium is 65,000, but more tickets than that will be given out in anticipation of no-shows.'

Marker Bills must put distractions aside [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Don’t let the many distractions from the devastating snowstorm that forced the game’s date and location to be changed to linger. This is a whole lot easier said than done.'

Marker Buffalo Bills’ special teams much-improved [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Just because the importance of special teams isn’t what it’s cracked up to be, the Bills were still wise to upgrade in that area, and they are being rewarded. Players like Anthony Dixon and Corey Graham have lent experience and leadership, and they have helped to bring along other core special teamers like Williams, Ron Brooks, Chris Hogan, Ty Powell and Larry Dean. And against Miami the Bills had Marcus Easley — the NFL’s 2013 leader in special teams tackles with 23 — back after he missed the previous six games with a knee injury.'

Marker Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills know they're at a disadvantage but don't have time to dwell [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We all know the situation," Marrone said. "I think it is what it is. No one is going to feel sorry for us. We've got to go out there and play, and when we play we've got to go out there and compete and win. That's what our job is. We understand that. As a coach, like I said before, I can't stand up here and say, 'Hey, this is a disadvantage, this is this, this is that. It is what it is, and we've gotta go play."'

Marker Detroit radio station creates 'Green Monday,' wants fans to root against Jim Schwartz for Bills-Jets [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Tickets to the game on Monday night are free, and one radio station in Detroit is calling for people in the area to head to Ford Field in green to support the Jets. Or, more accurately, root against Schwartz.'

Marker Free online tickets for Bills' game against Jets at Ford Field no longer available [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The tickets were available to season ticket holders of both the Lions and Bills on Friday and became available online to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Shortly after noon, the Lions announced that they had distributed all of the free tickets and that a small number of free tickets would be available at the Ford Field box office beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday.'

Marker What you need to know about tickets for Bills' game against Jets at Ford Field [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We're working with the Lions and there's going to be preferred seating between the 20s for any Bills fans that come over from Buffalo that have a ticket to the game," Brandon said. "The way the bar codes are set, those individuals have the opportunity to sit behind our bench in that area and root us on."'

Marker Fred Jackson questionable for Buffalo Bills' game against New York Jets [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, running back Fred Jackson and cornerback Ron Brooks are listed as questionable for the game with groin injuries. Jackson said the extra time off was good and bad for the groin injury that has caused him to miss three of the last four games.'

Marker The ‘Lake Erie Triangle’ haven’t won a playoff game in two decades [1:51 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Speaking of shipwrecks, the lake’s second modern legend involves the three NFL teams spaced about its perimeter in triangular fashion: the Detroit Lions (situated 40 km, or 25 miles, upstream on the lake’s feeder tributary, the Detroit River); the Cleveland Browns (situated on the south-central shore); and the Buffalo Bills (situated where Erie empties into the Niagara River). Fans of these teams are haunted by nightmares of sunken playoff dreams past...'

Marker Sunday's New York Coverage [1:50 AM] reports:
Monday’s Matchup: Jets (2-8) at Bills (5-5) (New York Times)
Rex Ryan only able to do so much with weak group of NY Jets cornerbacks (New York Daily News)
NY Jets WR Eric Decker: Breaking up with Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos was hard to do (New York Daily News)
Tickets for NY Jets vs. Bills game sells out after relocation to Detroit (New York Daily News)
Why the Jets are so happy with the progress of Percy Harvin (New York Post)
Michael Vick relishes second chance at starting against Bills (Newsday)
Free tickets for Jets-Bills in Detroit almost gone, so it looks like Ford Field won't be empty after all (Newark Star Ledger)
Q&A with Jets safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, on his big game and favorite spots in Brooklyn, still his home (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets’ defense looking up at the corners (Bergen Record)
Quigley's in Favor of Ford Field (

Marker Sunday's Detroit Coverage [1:49 AM] reports:
Jim Schwartz won't talk, get carried off Lions' field again (Detroit Free Press)
Avedisian making impromptu homecoming with Bills (Livingston Daily)

Marker Bills practice in Detroit prepping for Jets game [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Originally scheduled to play Sunday in Buffalo, the Bills were forced to relocate after a rare November storm dumped more than five feet of snow in the Buffalo area this week. Buffalo practiced at the Lions' headquarters for the first time Friday night, just hours after landing in Detroit.'

Marker Bills DE Hughes fined $22,050 [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I did yell because I did get held on that play," Hughes said. "I made sure I yelled, 'Holding.' Whatever else came after that, I really don't know. I don't know. ... I've never really seen a holding call missed at the point of attack like that. So I really don't know. I'm at a loss for words right now."'

Marker Bills expect packed Ford Field [1:46 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The capacity of Ford Field is 65,000, but Brandon does not expect fans to be turned away. "With free tickets, your no-show rate has a tendency to be higher," Brandon said.'

Marker Bills' Brandon: We're anticipating a sell out [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“That’s what we’re anticipating,” Brandon said. “It's incredible to think that that many tickets have been distributed in that short period of time. We're looking forward to a robust house that night and hopefully we'll have a lot of Bills fans in there as well.”'

Marker Bills list Fred Jackson as 50-50, but expect him to play [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I know we listed him as questionable, I think it's more because of the type of injury that it is that something could happen," head coach Doug Marrone said. "We're planning on him to be ready to go."'

Marker Bills D-line goes two deep [1:43 AM] reports: 'Rotating the defensive line, a common practice nowadays in the NFL, keeps the starters from getting both physically and mentally exhausted. It also is part of the reason why guys like DE Mario Williams, DE Jerry Hughes, and DT Marcell Dareus are having career years.'

Marker Shovelers working around the clock at the Ralph [1:42 AM] reports: 'Shovelers are requested to bring their own shovel with a limited supply at the stadium, and are asked to dress warmly in gloves, hats, boots and a warm coat. They may enter the Team Store overflow parking lot north of the Store itself and park in the plowed Lot 6 area. There will be workers there to help direct them to the right building for check-in.'

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November 22, 2014

Marker Bills flee Ralph Wilson Stadium to practice in Detroit for Monday night’s game [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I mean, they’re professional athletes and we’re more than halfway through the season, so we expect them to be ready to go, but obviously with those days you have to work some of those kinks out. That’s why we’re able to come out here and practice. The trainers and doctors will do a good job, and each player will do a good job of taking care of their body.”'

Marker Odd week for Bills will have fitting climax [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Especially with the younger players,” he said. “I’ve never been through a storm like this. It was just hard to believe. I was sitting in my house looking out and saying, ‘Wow! This is really going down. We can’t go in and everybody’s stuck.’ I wondered, ‘Are we really in Buffalo or in Antarctica?’ ”'

Marker All tickets for Bills’ Monday game are free [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All seating will be general admission.'

Marker Number to call for Bills fans seeking refunds, credits [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills apparently mistakenly gave out an incorrect phone number for its ticket office. Information on the Bills Website instructs ticket holders to call 1-877-228-4357. But that’s actually the phone number for a domestic violence crisis center in Ohio, which has been receiving a barrage of calls from Bills fans.'

Marker Country will be rooting for Bills [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I do hope the stadium is playable by then and the Bills and their fans, especially those folks in the ravaged towns south of Buffalo, can revel in their resiliency. Sports is good at providing escape, and boy do these people need it. A chance to remember lives lost, but also to come together and celebrate the spirit of neighborly love that dug this town out.'

Marker What Anthony Dixon, Buffalo Bills' players were saying about snowstorm in Western New York [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We've had a few deployment meetings throughout the day," Bills president Russ Brandon said before the team took off. "We broke down and basically geo-targeted our players and tried to find out what the biggest stress points were amongst our athletes and their families. It didn't matter if you were the VP of Administration or if you were working in stadium operations. Anyone who could assist in the process to get our players to the facility, whether it was via automobile, whether it was via snowmobile, even if we could get guys to the side of the road to be picked up as they left their areas.'

Marker Buffalo Bills give out wrong number for fans seeking refunds on tickets [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills mistakenly gave out 1-877-228-4357 as the number to call, but the correct number to call is 1-877-228-4257, and the Bills' ticket office is expected to open on Monday.'

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