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Buffalo Bills News - November 18, 2015

Marker A year ago, Bills pull off win despite epic storm [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I woke up Wednesday morning, getting ready to go to practice, and I couldn’t open my door,” defensive tackle Corbin Bryant said. “I was panicking, like ‘Oh, man, I’m going to be late.’ But then they sent out a text that said practice was canceled. Nobody could get out."'

Marker Dareus misses practice; Kyle Williams out [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills aren't required to release an injury report until later in the week, but Ryan all but declared that defensive tackle Kyle Williams will be out against New England. Williams has missed the past three games because of a knee injury suffered in Week Six against Cincinnati.'

Marker Bills defense gets a mulligan against Patriots [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I don't know about that, but 466 yards, I know New England is looking forward to this game," Ryan quipped.'

Marker Rex: Ryan reunion sounds fun, but unlikely [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He's going to take some time and get away from it a little, which is good, but I haven't thought about that," Rex said Tuesday afternoon following the Bills' short practice at One Bills Drive as they began getting ready for the showdown against New England.'

Marker Sammy Watkins on big catch against Darrelle Revis: 'That's what the elite guys do' [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I kind of knew what he wanted to do to me," Watkins said. "I kind of knew how he was playing me, what I had to do. I just trusted. That's one thing I do, I watch a lot of film on guys. We just have to trust in film and go by that film. The film don't lie."'

Marker Would Buffalo Bills' Rex Ryan consider hiring his recently fired brother Rob Ryan? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"A lot of things would have to ... I mean I'll never say never, that's for sure," Rex said. "We kind of purposely set a path going to different teams. He's his own man, I'm my own man, and we purposely set that path. With that being said, I ain't gonna lie to you: I think it'd be pretty fun. If it could help, obviously you'd consider it, but he'd have to consider it as well. You know, we've got great coaches already here. But we'll see."'

Marker Rex Ryan on Syracuse's near-upset of Clemson at Carrier Dome: 'Not good' [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Not good," Ryan said. "Syracuse played a great game. I was expecting my kid to get a little (playing time) at wideout and all that stuff, and he didn't. He still did his job and all that stuff, but I was wanting some playing time at receiver. Syracuse had other plans. They played a really good game."'

Marker Rex Ryan has more love for Bill Belichick, Tom Brady [1:50 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Ryan was also asked about Brady, whose 466 passing yards in the Patriots' Week 2 win in Buffalo were the second most of his career and the most against the Bills in their franchise's history. "That one was hard to fathom. That has never happened to me before," Ryan said, adding that the Patriots are "arguably the best team in football right now" and have "the best offense in the league, with the best quarterback."'

Marker Buffalo Bills a different team than when Patriots first faced in Week 2 [1:49 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"I think that there are certainly a number of examples of Buffalo doing a lot of different things," Belichick said on Tuesday. "There are plenty of examples of them blitzing, there are plenty of examples of them with a three-man rush, so I think you've got to be ready for everybody to come or three guys to come and everywhere in between. They mix it up, even in any given game, there may be more or a higher or lesser frequency of one or the other, so you've just got to be ready and that's historically the way it's been playing against [Rex" target="_blank"> Ryan."'

Marker Bills view Patriots game as barometer [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"I know we have improved as a football team," Ryan said. "How much have we improved? We are going to find out on Monday."'

Marker Ryan to Brady: 'You are going to go gray, pal' [1:47 AM]
CSN New England reports: '"The quarterback never gets worse," Ryan said last week after beating the Jets. "What's wrong with him? That quarterback never gets worse. Like what is wrong with him? You know what I mean? When you get older, you're supposed to get worse. This dude's getting better. Like, it's sick. It's not right. I'm waiting for the wheels to fall off."'

Marker Mario back, Dareus absent to start Bills practice [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wide receiver Denarius Moore wasn't at practice Tuesday after missing his flight to Buffalo. Ryan said he will be fined by the team.'

Marker 5 Bills practice notes from Nov. 17 [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'During press conferences, it’s usually quite difficult to make Rex Ryan feel awkward when he’s fielding question. The exercise is right in his wheelhouse, but, when asked about the firing of his brother Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, and whether or not he’d hire him in Buffalo, the Bills head coach wasn’t as clear and concise as normal.'

Marker An Improved Buffalo Team Gets Another Shot At New England [1:44 AM]
WBZ-AM reports: 'Thanks to recent injuries to running back Dion Lewis and wide receiver Julian Edelman, the Patriots are running out of playmakers on offense. They have not scored more than 27 points in either of the last two games, and now they will face a Bills team that scored 32 points against them earlier in the season. The Bills have beaten the Patriots in Foxboro only once in the past 14 tries, but this game might be closer than people expect.'

Marker 5 things you have to know about Bills [1:43 AM]
WEEI-AM reports: 'The Bills will provide the first real test for a resurgent New England run defense in a month.'

Marker Top 6 storylines for the Bills-Pats rematch [1:42 AM] reports: '“Our defense is much better than it was that week,” Ryan said this week, in an appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550. “It couldn’t be worse. From a communication standpoint, everything else- oh my gosh- were we bad. They’re really good, but we really helped them.”'

Marker Bills 'D' doesn't see Patriots key injuries changing their attack [1:41 AM] reports: '“I think it’s going to hurt them a little bit,” said Manny Lawson of the loss of Edelman. “He was a key player to their offense especially a guy as quick and talented he is and catch the ball in the middle amongst linebackers and make guys miss, and in the punt return game. It’s a loss for them, but I’m pretty sure they’re going to have somebody step up in that role.”'

Marker Game Preview: New England Patriots host Buffalo Bills [1:40 AM] reports: 'The teams have had many memorable matchups over the years, including a five-game span from 1999 to 2001 where four of the five contests were decided in overtime.'

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November 17, 2015

Marker A few notes on a rare Sunday off for the Bills [12:01 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'What was the last team to beat the Patriots in a game that counted?'

Marker Bills clearly in playoff picture with Chiefs, Texans games looming big [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills currently occupy the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC, thanks to a 22-17 victory over the New York Jets. The Bills had been No. 5 in the AFC entering Sunday, but dropped a spot when Pittsburgh beat Cleveland. That moved the Steelers to 6-4 on the season, a half-game ahead of Buffalo at 5-4.'

Marker Bills may shock world against the Patriots [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here are six reasons why the Bills could shock the world next Monday...'.

Marker Tom Brady's dominance of the Buffalo Bills, game by game [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Overall, he's 24-3 against the Bills, resting in the second half of one of those losses, with 6,724 yards, 61 touchdowns, 19 picks and a 101.5 passer rating.'

Marker Buffalo Bills hold onto final wild card spot heading into Week 11 [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills entered the day in fifth place in the AFC after beating the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football. A win by the Pittsburgh Steelers pushed the Bills into sixth place. The Jets are tied with the Bills but no longer have the tie breaker after the head-to-head loss. Meanwhile, the Raiders, Dolphins and Chiefs are all one game back in the race. The Houston Texans play on Monday Night Football and could move to within a game back if they beat the Bengals.'

Marker Patriots get a second look at Bills next Monday night [1:55 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'One thing that hasn’t changed in the past two moths? Rex likes to talk.'

Marker Rex, Bills look to avenge ''embarrassing'' week 2 loss [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'But to do it, even by Ryan’s own admission, it will take an almost perfect performance to accomplish. “You don’t have to be perfect. You almost….you got to be pretty darn close to perfect,” he told reporters the day after the win over the Jets. “And [Tom" target="_blank"> Brady may have to have an off day. Something has to give. You have to make it to where it is difficult for him and we got to have a great game.”'

Marker How is the playoff picture shaping up for the Bills? [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are 5-4 and are currently sitting in a playoff spot as they head into next week's Monday Night Football game against the New England Patriots.'

Marker Random Observations [1:52 AM]
Bills Daily reports: Great win for the Bills – beating a second divisional opponent in a span of 5 days – that is not easy to do. For as much as Bills fans don’t want to give credit to the Jets, New York has a solid team this year – heck, they are the Bills of two years ago with a top defense and a few offensive weapons being led by Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Marker Bills near the top in toxic differential [1:51 AM] reports: 'Billick sees the statistic as a tell-tale sign of how a team balances the risks and rewards of attempting and preventing big plays. He maintains that statistically teams that have a plus-two edge in turnover differential in a game have an 80 percent chance of winning. Likewise if a team has a plus-two edge in big plays they also have an 80 percent chance of winning. Billick claims if a team has both in the same game they have a 95 percent chance of winning.'

November 16, 2015

Marker Five things to know about the Patriots [9:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A week after losing running back Dion Lewis for the season because of a torn ACL in his left knee, New England saw No. 1 receiver Julian Edelman suffer a significant injury Sunday against the New York Giants. Edelman broke his foot on the final play of the first quarter. He will reportedly have surgery Monday and it’s possible he could miss the rest of the season. Edelman has been a beast this season, with 61 receptions for 692 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns in just nine games. Expect Danny Amendola to assume a larger role in the offense with Edelman out.'

Marker Major road tests await Bills after rare weekend off [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Especially against New England, you don’t have to be perfect. You almost … you got to be pretty darn close to perfect,” Ryan said. “And Brady may have to have an off day. Something has to give. You have to make it to where it’s difficult for him and we got to have a great game.”'

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