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Buffalo Bills News - November 28, 2016

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.'

Marker NFL Week 13 point spreads: Bills open as small underdog to Raiders [1:30 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This spread actually indicates a fair amount of respect from the Vegas oddsmakers. The Bills have won two straight ugly games against the 3-7-1 Bengals and the now 2-9 Jaguars. With three spread points usually given to the home team, Vegas is saying the Raiders are only 1.5 points better than the Bills on a neutral field.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' red-zone defense continues nose dive against Jacksonville Jaguars [1:29 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'That may have held some weight through seven weeks of the season when the Bills were ranked first in the league in red-zone defense. Since then, however, the Bills are the worst red-zone team in the NFL. In a 28-21 win over the Jaguars on Sunday, the Bills allowed the Jaguars to score touchdowns on both of their trips to the red zone.'

Marker AFC playoff picture 2016: Where are the Buffalo Bills in standings after Week 12? [1:28 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The good news is the Bills are just one game out of a wild-card spot in the AFC playoffs. They need to win at least four of their next five games to have a shot at making the postseason after a slow start in conference play. The Bills' biggest remaining games are against the Steelers in Week 14 and the Dolphins in Week 16. Both games are at home. A loss in either game could be enough to bury the Bills.'

Marker Blake Bortles, other Jaguars complain about 'horrible' officiating in loss to Bills [1:27 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"On (Neal) Sterling? Yeah," Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles said after the game. "The one on A-Rob (Allen Robinson) was brutal. I don't know how that wasn't called. Yeah, that was bad. Do get fined for saying that? Might as well just keep talking then. Yeah, that was horrible. Jesus, I don't know how that ... OK, I'm done."'

Marker What Rex Ryan had to say after Buffalo Bills beat Jaguars (transcript) [1:26 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Well I thought we stepped up. I loved the way Darby was playing by the way but I thought our guys took the challenge. It's a good group of receivers, especially the vertical passing and Bortles does a good job of throwing the fade and the back-shoulder. They kept trying to hit us on the drive route, we played a little more cover-two, we were doing some different types of coverages on them but I thought our guys did a good job.'

Marker Buffalo Bills feel Sammy Watkins effect right away in win against Jaguars [1:25 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I have a lot of confidence just going out there and playing how many plays I played," Watkins said. "I probably played more than I was supposed to play and I felt good about it. Just being out there on the field, I didn't really care about catching the ball. I just wanted to feel good, go out there and block a couple plays and just get the feeling again. At first, it's my first game back going against these good cornerbacks, but after a while, I just calmed down and let the game come to me."'

Marker Bills vs. Jaguars: Buffalo claws way to crucial win (10 observations from Week 12) [1:24 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'No, the Bills aren't winning impressively, and yes, they will need to be better on both sides of the ball to come away with wins against the Raiders and Steelers in the next two games. However, the Bills managed to stay alive and improve to 6-5. They will enter December in the playoff hunt, even if it's by the skin of their teeth.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Eric Wood has perfect response for Jaguars fans looking for PI call [1:23 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'For Jax fans complaining about that PI call, see 2015 game...'

Marker Jaguars score first opening drive TD vs. Buffalo Bills since Week 2 of 2015 [1:22 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The biggest play of Jacksonville's opening drive involved quarterback Blake Bortles scrambling for 27 yards on third and six. It appeared that the Bills had forced a third down stop late in the drive, but Corey White was called for defensive holding in the end zone prior to Bortles' incomplete batted pass.'

Marker Bills injury report: Robert Woods and Percy Harvin among inactives against Jaguars [1:21 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Although the Bills will be without Woods and Harvin, it's not all bad news for the wide receiver position. Buffalo will have Sammy Watkins on the field for the first time since Week 2. Marquise Goodwin, Justin Hunter, Walter Powell and Brandon Tate will also see playing time at receiver against the Jaguars.'

Marker Tailgaters roast fan in turkey costume before Buffalo Bills' Week 12 matchup [1:20 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'No humans dressed as turkeys were harmed during the filming.'

Marker Bills pull off 28-21 win over Jags [1:19 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'After an abysmal first half, which saw the Bills net five yards of total offense in the first quarter, Buffalo turned things around just enough in the second half.'

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