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Buffalo Bills News - November 28, 2016

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Marker Bills' defense holds up in crunch time [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' defense was missing some big dogs of its own for those final two possessions. Cornerback Ronald Darby also exited the game in the first quarter with a concussion, prompting all sorts of shuffling in an already thin secondary. Defensive lineman Marcell Dareus -- who finished with two sacks, three tackles for loss and two quarterback hits -- left the game just before the first of Jacksonville's last two drives with what Rex Ryan called an "abdominal issue."'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Sammy Watkins returns, and his impact is unmistakable [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Watkins didn't let them down. He eased back into the flow, playing on a shade under 50 percent of the offensive snaps. But he made a big difference. He reminded Bills fans how much the team had missed him and no doubt stirred renewed regrets about what might have been this season if he had been healthy all along.'

Marker Tim Graham: With a jump cut and a dash, LeSean McCoy propels Bills through Jaguars [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With respect to backup Mike Gillislee, sidelined by a bum hamstring, without McCoy the Bills probably don't win. In the second half, he ran for 98 yards and made a monumental 25-yard catch on Buffalo's winning touchdown drive.'

Marker Bucky Gleason: Bills' performance in win looks painfully familiar [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For the better part of the game Sunday, considering the gruesome display from both offenses, it looked more like a horror show. It was worse than watching the U.S. presidential election. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were the only two people from major parties who could have possibly lost to the other.'

Marker Notebook: Bills 28, Jaguars 21 [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hunter’s fourth receiving touchdown of the season provided the winning points in Buffalo’s 28-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at New Era Field. For the season, he’s got seven catches for 87 yards, with those four touchdown receptions covering 55 yards.'

Marker Marcell Dareus sits out late with mysterious abdominal issue [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He kept telling the medical staff, ‘I can play,’ but it’s like, we’re not going to put a guy out there that is clearly having some issues,” Ryan said. “We’ll see. Hopefully it’s something he can get over.”'

Marker Migraines hold Percy Harvin out vs. Jaguars [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Percy, he was trying like heck," coach Rex Ryan said. "He has that illness and it is migraine. He kept coming to meetings, he would get sick. He’s trying everything. But it was unfortunate he couldn’t go today."'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills don't play like better team early, but finish that way [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Given the heavy amount of zone the Jaguars play in their secondary, the Bills' tight ends figured to have plenty of opportunities to catch passes. For the most part, they did, but Taylor just didn't consistently find them.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Matchup Winners: Jags run D fell one play short of awesome [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor has two big advantages over Bortles. No. 1: He doesn’t make turnovers. Taylor has 10 interceptions the past two years. Bortles has 31 the past two years and 48 the past three years. No. 2: Taylor is a better deep thrower then Bortles. Taylor’s 62-yard completion to Sammy Watkins was perfect, dropped directly over the receiver’s outside shoulder. Bortles has a big height edge over Taylor. But he also has a bigger windup, dropping the ball down before he delivers the ball.'

Marker 10 Plays That Shaped the Game: Bills' Justin Hunter shows hang time [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On the Jags’ final drive, Robey-Coleman raced from the far side of the field to break up what would have been a 26-yard pass to Jags tight end Neal Sterling at the Buffalo 40. A lot happened before the snap. The Bills were in a three-deep zone, but then the Jags changed the formation with pre-snap motion. Robey-Coleman switched to a combination coverage with a safety. Then he saw the tight end go deep, and he had to react fast and take off. There was some contact on the sideline.'

Marker Report card: Bills 28, Jaguars 21 [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For the second straight game, Tyrod Taylor threw for 166 yards. It’s clear at this point the Bills are in “game manager” mode with him. They’re asking him not to turn the ball over, which he accomplished Sunday, and make one or two big plays with his arm. He did that, too, with a 62-yard completion to Sammy Watkins and a 16-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter in the fourth quarter. The Bills have to hope Watkins came through the game healthy, because another receiver (Walt Powell) went down with an injury.'

Marker Insta-Graham: LeSean McCoy emerges from shady start to carry Bills past Jaguars [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The lead changed five times in the second half, but the Bills landed several haymakers to keep their postseason hopes legit.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Points After: Bills 28, Jaguars 21 [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Play of the game: McCoy's 75-yard touchdown run, which was the longest run of his career. It also was his second touchdown of the game, making him the first Bills player with three multi-touchdown games in a season since Willis McGahee in 2004.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Hot Read: Another Bills win, but how good are they? [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They got their wish Sunday. Watkins and Dareus were on the field for the first time all season and both contributed to an urgently needed victory. Dareus was terrific for the second week in a row, though the defense allowed Jacksonville to stay in the game in the second half. Watkins was limited, but caught a 62-yard bomb from Tyrod Taylor to set up a go-ahead TD in the third quarter, and drew a pass interference call that led to the winning score early in the fourth.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Hot Read: I don't care if the Jags are 2-9. This was a good win. [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tyrod Taylor got the job done. He only threw for 166 yards. But he made an excellent throw to Justin Hunter for the winning touchdown pass. (Good leaping grab, too.) Taylor made a perfect throw on the 62-yard bomb to Sammy Watkins that set up the Bills third touchdown. That’s the second biggest difference between Taylor and Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles. Taylor throws a good deep ball; Bortles doesn’t. Taylor also rushed for 38 yards. (The biggest difference between Taylor and Bortles is Bortles is a turnover machine. Tyrod is not.)'

Marker Jay Skurski's Hot Read: Another 'win,' but it sets up the biggest game of the season [1:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills rarely make things easy, and that was particularly true Sunday at New Era Field in a 28-21 win. Right down to the curious decision to waste a timeout before punting with the lead in the fourth quarter, there was plenty not to like. The defense, which lost cornerback Ronald Darby to a concussion, looked lost at times. The Bills gave up three scoring drives of at least 65 yards.'

Marker Bucky Gleason's Hot Read: Once again, Bills make it interesting [1:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was yet another befuddling performance from the Bills, but their struggles were quickly dismissed in victory. No matter how they won, they won for the second straight week and improved to 6-5 this season. They’re headed to Oakland for another big game next week. That much we know.'

Marker Quarterly analysis: Defense strong again as Hunter's TD lifts Bills to ugly win [1:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The go-ahead touchdown was set up by a Prince Amukamara pass interference penalty on long pass to Sammy Watkins. Hunter went up and over his man to haul in a nice pass from Taylor for a 16-yard touchdown at the front corner of the end zone. It was his seventh reception with the Bills; four of them have gone for touchdowns.'

Marker Third quarter analysis: Big plays from McCoy, Watkins put Bills ahead of Jaguars [1:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills took the lead late in the quarter on Tyrod Taylor’s 7-yard scramble, which gave him his fifth rushing touchdown of the season. The drive was set up by a beautiful 62-yard pass from Taylor to Sammy Watkins, who beat first-round pick Jalen Ramsey clean off the line and took off down the right sideline. Taylor initially hesitated on the throw but dropped the ball right into Watkins’ hands.'

Marker Second quarter analysis: Rex Ryan's fourth-down gamble pays off; Watkins gets involved [1:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rex Ryan gambled on fourth-and-1 play from the Jaguars’ 13-yard line in the final minute of the second quarter, and the end results was a LeSean McCoy touchdown that got the Bills on the board.'

Marker First quarter analysis: Bills offensive MIA; Darby injured [1:39 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Allen Hurns dropped a long pass on the Jaguars' next drive that could've gone for a touchdown. They totaled 107 yards in the quarter.'

Marker Percy Harvin headlines Bills' list of inactives against Jacksonville [1:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Also inactive for the Bills are quarterback Cardale Jones, linebacker Brandon Spikes, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, running back Mike Gillislee (hamstring), defensive tackle Corbin Bryant (shoulder) and wide receiver Robert Woods (foot).'

Marker Bills overcome slow start, defeat Jaguars 28-21 [1:37 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With two victories in a row, the Bills are now 6-5, and while they remain buried in the AFC chase, at least they still have life as they head to Oakland next week for yet another must-win game.'

Marker Bills in a tough spot, but showing some grit [1:36 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When you’re the Bills and you haven’t made the playoffs for 16 seasons, there comes a point when one loss pretty much dooms you, and the Bills reached that uncomfortable precipice several weeks ago when they closed out a three-game losing streak in Seattle. That dropped their record to 4-5, and as if that wasn’t a big enough problem, the fact that four of their five losses have been to teams in the AFC left them in an egregious tiebreaker situation.'

Marker With Sammy Watkins back, now it's OK to judge Taylor [1:35 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Let’s digest this statistical nugget: Buffalo ran 26 plays in the first half for 63 yards and one touchdown and trailed 7-6. It also ran 26 plays in the second half, but for 241 yards and three touchdowns, plus a critical seven-play possession that produced two first downs and chewed off the final 3:25 to seal the deal.'

Marker Bills triplets Taylor, McCoy, Watkins to the rescue in win [1:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Helllooo. The Bills entered the game with a .500 record, the very definition of average. With that kind of baggage, they weren’t about to overlook Orchard Park High School.'

Marker Bills 28, Jaguars 21: Quarter by quarter recap [1:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills finished with just 304 yards of offense and 45 percent of their offense came via two plays — McCoy’s 75-yard TD run, and Sammy Watkins’ 62-yard pass reception.'

Marker Report card [1:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The boos emanating from New Era Field were loud and clear throughout the first half, and the Bills richly deserved the rude serenade. The defense started terribly, and the offense was comatose most of the first two quarters, but everything changed in the second half. And so, in yet another game that they simply could not lose, the Bills survived, just like they did in Cincinnati. Give them credit for showing some grit; two straight ugly wins is still two wins, and now at 6-5, the Bills live again to play another meaningful, must-win game this week in Oakland.'

Marker What Buffalo Bills were saying about LeSean McCoy's 75-yard touchdown [1:31 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Oh, that was big. Anytime you have an explosive play like that it's big for the offense. Just a momentum booster and we were able to build off of that play coming out at half time and turn things around in the second half. It was an ugly first half, but like I said, that was a great way to start the second half and for us to build momentum.'

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