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Buffalo Bills News - October 19, 2016

Marker LeSean McCoy moving into NFL MVP conversation [1:46 AM] reports: '“Shady is a huge part of what we’re doing here,” said Richie Incognito of McCoy.'

Marker Top 7 storylines for Bills-Dolphins this week [1:45 AM] reports: 'With four games under his belt as offensive coordinator and play caller, it’s evident that Anthony Lynn has made a difference for the Bills. Against San Francisco last week, the Bills hit big plays in the running game using unbalanced lines, and shifting tackles Cordy Glenn and Jordan Mills to the opposite side.'

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October 18, 2016

Marker Sacks now Alexander’s ‘speciality’ [9:16 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills signed both players as free agents … and for clearance sale prices. Brown, the NFL leader in tackles, signed a 1-year deal for $1.25 million and Alexander got $885, 000 for the season, basically the league veteran minimum. For that expenditure of just over $2 million, Buffalo got two players who are performing at a Pro Bowl level. And there’s no way the Bills would have gotten similar production from Lawson and Ragland, had they been healthy, if only because of their lack of experience.'

Marker Special teams has been on point during four-game win streak [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to rankings kept by the website Football Outsiders, the Bills ranked No. 12 in the NFL on special teams through the first five weeks of the season, but that is likely to rise into the top 10 after Sunday’s win. The Bills were nearly flawless against the 49ers, with the highlight for the special teams coming in the fourth quarter, when cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman forced a fumble on a kickoff return by the 49ers’ Keshawn Martin, with safety Jonathan Meeks scooping it up for the Bills.'

Marker Shaq Lawson set to return, but not as the starter [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He’ll have an opportunity to get in there and play and hopefully [he] can spell Jerry [Hughes] and Lorenzo some in base situations and then probably contribute heavily on the sub team as well, our pass rush team," Ryan said, adding that it remains to be seen if he'll play Sunday against Miami.'

Marker Promising Bills seasons have gone south in Miami [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Four times in this millennium, the Bills have traveled to Miami with a winning record. They've lost every time. A quick recap of those forgettable visits...'.

Marker If the season ended today, the Bills would... [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills improved to 4-2 Sunday with 45-16 win over the San Francisco 49ers, which would currently give them the second wild card position.'

Marker Three up, three down following Buffalo's Week Six win over San Francisco [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo has now won four straight games for the first time since 2008, and if the season ended today, would qualify for the postseason. After the 0-2 start, that’s an amazing turnaround.'

Marker Transcript of Rex Ryan's Monday press conference [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well I think we are doing a lot of creative things when we do run the football. Multiple formations, personnel groupings, tackles overs, unbalanced lines, all kind of things, direct snaps, options. So you are getting the whole gambit there. I think that has been really good for us, keeps defenses off balance. And then I think we are doing probably a better job than maybe it looks like yardage wise in throwing the football. So I think we have been efficient and I think we are protecting the ball as well.'

Marker Rex Ryan's old school ways working for the Bills [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Surely, his late father Buddy is smiling from above.'

Marker Buffalo Bills LB Preston Brown breaks down game-changing 4th down stop against 49ers [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The 49ers and Bills had spent the third quarter of the game trading punts. The first five drives of the half had ended with a punt. With just over four minutes left in the third quarter, the 49ers had 4th-down-and-1 at the Bills' 40 yard-line. The Bills were leading 17-13, and Kelly decided to go for it. With Carlos Hyde out of the game, the 49ers ran Mike Davis up the middle, and Preston Brown was there to make the stop.'

Marker The Buffalo Bills and four game winning streaks in presidential election years [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gil Brandt, a senior analyst for, revealed quite the interesting tidbit about Buffalo and four game winning streaks during presidential election years on Monday. As it turns out, the Bills have had four game winning streaks during seven of the last eight presidential election years.'

Marker What Rex Ryan expects Shaq Lawson to bring to Buffalo Bills as rookie [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I don't know if we can say for this week," Ryan said. "But I think moving forward, it's get in there and spell some guys and then maybe can he play in the sub team? Can he do different things? We're going to find out. But we know he's a really good talent, and I think combined with the players we have I think he'll be good. You know, I think as far as saying well, is he a starter? No. He's not going to start now. I think Lorenzo Alexander's earned that. But we are going to work Shaq in there."'

Marker Miami Dolphins may be without best defensive back in Week 7 versus Buffalo Bills [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jones, a 2015 Pro Bowl safety and one-time All-Pro, was having another strong season for the Dolphins. Through six games, Jones has 51 total tackles, four passes defensed, 0.5 sacks and one interception. Losing Jones for any amount of time is a significant blow for the Dolphins.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy named an offensive player of the week by Peter King [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The formula for winning seems simple. Buffalo is 4-0 when McCoy has over 100 total yards in a game and 0-2 when he fails to reach this total. In Week 7, Buffalo will play the Miami Dolphins on the road. Miami's run defense is currently 31st in the league and allows 147 rushing yards per game.'

Marker Shaq Lawson, Marcell Dareus returning will make Rex Ryan's Bills defense even scarier [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Adding a first-round pick and a dominant nose tackle to one of the NFL's most productive front sevens? That certainly sounds like fun for Rex and Rob Ryan. It doesn't sound all that amusing for opposing quarterbacks.'

Marker LeSean McCoy is the Bills' MVP — and it's not even close [1:46 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Since Lynn became the lead offensive coach, McCoy has 73 carries for 470 yards and five touchdowns. He's had three 100-yard rushing performances in four games since the coaching change. In each game he's surpassed the century mark, the Bills have won.'

Marker Rex Ryan OK with 'boring' during Bills 4-game winning streak [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"Boring is good," he said on Monday. "Maybe that's the old-school in me."'

Marker Resurgent McCoy running Bills into contention [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We have confidence when it comes to running the football, and Shady proves us right," said Bills left guard Richie Incognito, who admitted his heart sunk when McCoy was down on the field. "When you have a talented guy like him, you feed him. He makes big plays happen. He's a dynamic runner, probably one of the best one-on-one guys I've seen in space as far as making people miss and setting up jukes and getting yards after contact. We want to get him one-on-one with corners, one-on-one with safeties. He'll make that guy miss and gain big yards."'

Marker Bills-Hunter marriage of necessity could prove critical [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Signed as a free agent a few weeks ago after being cut by the Titans, the former second-round pick from Tennessee is trying to resurrect his career, and so far, he has two catches for Buffalo, and both have gone for touchdowns. Last week in Los Angeles he caught a four-yard scoring pass from Tyrod Taylor, and Sunday against the 49ers he caught a 30-yarder. After playing very little against the Rams, Hunter was on the field for 58 percent of the snaps against the 49ers. He was targeted only twice, but at least he's making plays when given the chance.'

Marker Bills LB Shaq Lawson to practice, may play Sunday [1:42 AM]
ESPN reports: '"We'll see if he plays," Ryan said. "I thought initially, I'm like, 'Yeah, we waited this long for our first-round pick,' but we got to do the smart thing and do what's best for the young man, also."'

Marker Rex: We will see if Lawson will play Sunday [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan remained consistent that Lawson would begin practicing as soon as the team hits the field this week, but he said that won’t be the case for Easley or Listenbee. Once any of the players does begin practicing, the team has a three week window to activate him. If they don’t, he must be placed on season-ending Injured Reserved or be released. Regardless if he begins practicing or not, If the player is not activated by the day after week 11, the team must either place him on IR or release him.'

Marker Now that's a stack! [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '300 yards! What was this, Nebraska against Bowling Green? The Bills hadn't rushed for 300 yards since 1992. So no, beating up on San Francisco doesn't mean you can beat the best teams on your schedule playing this way. But I wouldn't blame you if you started to really think about it being possible.'

Marker Bills' Shaq Lawson coming back this week, but may not play [1:39 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'This is an injury that has been bugging him dating back to his days at Clemson, which makes it a long-term injury in every sense of the word. With how close he is to being all the way back, rushing him into the lineup for the sake of doing so is one that can end up doing more harm than good.'

Marker 5 surprising numbers from the Bills defense [1:38 AM] reports: 'Through six games Buffalo has surrendered just three passing touchdowns. It’s the lowest figure in the league. Denver, Houston, Minnesota and Seattle rank tied for second with four.'

Marker Brownie Points - Week 6 [1:37 AM] reports: 'Zach Brown engages 49ers C Darren Kilgore driving him into the backfield. It forces Davis after the hand-off to cut inside where Preston Brown is waiting for him. Lerentee McCray arrives off the edge and Kyle Williams comes in support from the back side to stop Davis a second time for no gain and a turnover on downs.'

October 17, 2016

Marker Fox announcers won't be sending Bills-49ers tape to the Hall of Fame [1:44 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’ve always been a fan of the 73-year-old Stockton, especially of his calls of pro basketball and major league baseball games. That is why it was so sad to hear how badly he has lost his fastball.'

Marker Bills game has higher local rating than all big weekend sports events combined [1:44 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 38.4 rating Sunday for the game carried on the local Fox affiliate, WUTV, was lower than the 41.3 rating for the Bills win over Los Angeles on Oct. 9 and the 39.7 rating for the Bills win over the New England Patriots on Oct. 2.'

Marker Driver who struck person in parking lot after Bills game arrested after returning to retrieve licens [1:43 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent at the police station and was charged with consuming alcohol in a vehicle, driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI, driving without a front license plate and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, police said.'

Marker Bills run over 49ers [10:07 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo ran up 491 yards total offense, 10th-most in franchise history and carrying most of the burden was running back LeSean McCoy, No. 2 in the NFL in rushing, who went for 140 yards on 19 carries including touchdown runs of 4, 12 and 18 yards.'

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