Bills RB Spiller discusses career falloff [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I'm not off to the best start in my career, but I still have all the confidence in the world that I'll be where I want to be when the smoke clears," Spiller said.'
Bills' Marrone annoyed, Williams says he doesn't want to be traded [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yeah, I had to because it started getting out of hand. He was trying to see other options but then it got public, and everybody found out and everybody started going crazy,” the wideout remarked. “So I had to tell him, like, I don't want to be traded. I told him that. You're right, at the end of the day you've got to tell him, like, I'm the boss and I want to be here. So that's what I had to do.”'
Dareus excused from Bills practice [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I knew about it last week. He had something come up that was personal for him, so I excused him," head coach Doug Marrone said. "It’s nothing related to anything that has to do with him. It’s family."'
Preston Brown to see familiar QB Sunday vs. Vikings [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s going to be exciting,” said Brown, Buffalo’s leading tackler through six games. “Just looking over there I know he’s going to be smiling and laughing. We always had that fun where we’d be talking to each other so it’d be fun to see him out there.”'
Penalties hamstring Bills’ efforts [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of the 10 penalties against the Bills, a legitimate beef could be raised on five of them. In the first quarter, defensive end Jerry Hughes was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after congratulating teammate Ty Powell with a couple slaps to the helmet.'
NFL should be flagged for too many penalties [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In last Sunday’s Buffalo vs. New England game, 22 penalties were called, counting ones that were offsetting or declined. That’s a lot of watching people loiter and scratch as the rule book is interpreted to the standard for the day. Toss in an average of 20 commercial breaks, and is it any wonder it’s possible to hit the concession stand or do some yard work and hardly miss a thing?'
Forever Changes: The Buffalo Bills Reclamation Project [1:57 AM]
Rolling Stone reports: 'After all, for nearly two decades now, Buffalo has been stuck in NFL limbo; eternally rebuilding, always on the precipice of a major transition. They famously haven't made the playoffs in 14 years – the longest drought in the league – haven't had a winning record in a decade and are currently on their fifth head coach (sixth if you count Perry Fewell's seven-game audition in 2009) since the Music City Miracle.'
Upon Further Review: Bills at Lions [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'or each player that appeared in the game on offense or defense, you'll see their name in bold, with a set of numbers after it. Example: Aaron Merz (54, -2, 2.7). The first number (54) represents the snap count of that game, the second (-2) represents the individual player’s plus-minus of positive plays to negative plays in that game. The third number (2.7) represents the weighted Grade Point Average assigned to that player by the author.'
All-22 Review - Bills/Patriots [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Having Gronk, is like having a cheat code. It's like the video game glitch. If they wanted to, they could go to him on almost every play, but they mix it up for fun. Gronkowski has been one of the most terrifying matchup problems in the NFL since he showed up, and the Bills treated him...like a guy that could be covered, in single coverage, by either Duke Williams or Leodis McKelvin. It's not a shock that things went poorly.'
In defense of the Bills, and not [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Throwing three passes to Sammy Watkins against New England: NOT AT ALL OK.'
A New Chapter For The Bills [1:53 AM]
Bills Daily reports: I got to my seats early, eager to see the historic moment when Terry Pegula addressed the crowd. The atmosphere did not disappoint – you could feel the pent up electricity before the Pegula family was announced and it exploded when the introduction finally came. You could feel the burden of decades fade as the crowd roared – it was quite an experience to be in the stands and one I will never forget.
4 observations after the Bills-Patriots game [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills rotation of defensive linemen has been effective. It’s important to keep the linemen fresh and the Bills have some emerging talent among their D-line backups who have made important plays already this year (Stefan Charles against the Lions, for example). There are plenty of reasons to criticize Buffalo’s defensive lapse in the second half Sunday, but the rotation of defensive linemen is not one of them.'
After 6 games, Bills' identity still not clear [1:07 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Part of Spiller’s problem is that in four-plus NFL seasons he still hasn’t learned not to bounce every run outside in hopes of breaking a big play ... that sometimes four yards are fine. And that’s on Hackett and his fellow offensive coaches.'
Bills open to offers on Mike Williams [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Again, I want to stress to everybody. We did not — we are not — seeking to trade Mike Williams. His agent asked us,” Whaley said. “With anybody we have on this 53-man roster, if someone calls, it is our responsibility to listen to what someone offers. But we are not actively shopping anyone on this team.”'
Bills need a critique from outside [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whoever gets the nod — it probably wouldn’t happen until offseason — will have a big job on his hands. He’ll need to examine every aspect of an operation that has missed the playoffs 14 straight times and spent the last year making bold moves to impress its next owner.'
Trump’s tweets about Pegula-owned Bills, Sabres hit some sour notes [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Is he angry? Feeling spurned? Or just doesn’t like losing?'
Police make a number of arrests following Bills game [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills game proved to be fruitful turf for state and local police Sunday.'
Bills WR Mike Williams requests trade off team [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Whaley went out of his way to be clear that the Bills did not make the initial call, and he also said the team is not upset with Williams, and wants him to remain here and contribute to the offense.'
Mike Williams tweets he's happy to be a Buffalo Bill, says everybody should 'chill' on trade talk [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Chill everybody I'm happy with being a buffalo bill....... I mean come on it's my dream my agent just did what a agent supposed to do.'
Brandon Spikes unable to back up trash talk in Buffalo Bills loss to New England Patriots [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think I talked a lot of trash in the offseason and we weren't able to back it up," Spikes said. "That's what hurts me the most. I pride myself on being a man of my word and I just let the city down. It's just unfortunate."'
Mike Williams seeks trade, and Doug Whaley says Bills would entertain it for 'fair compensation' [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's taking it as permission. I take it as anybody on this team, we have to do our due diligence, and if there's somebody out there that's willing to give us compensation that we think is fair and would help us in the long run, we would entertain it. It doesn't mean we would do it, we would entertain it. Again, that's for anybody, not just Mike Williams. Russ (Brandon) would do it for me if someone called for me. That's part of the business, especially coming close to the trade deadline."'
Donald Trump taunts Bills owner Terry Pegula, NFL in Twitter rant [1:52 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"Even though I refused to pay a ridiculous price for the Buffalo Bills, I would have produced a winner. Now that won’t happen."'
Bills' Mike Williams gets permission to seek trade [1:51 AM]
AP reports: '"We like Mike Williams, we expect him back and we expect big things from him," Whaley said. "But like anybody, if he gets me compensation worthy of a No. 1 wide receiver, which he claimed he is, then we would entertain it."'
Spiller gets 12 snaps: Bills' playtime percentages vs. Pats [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Running back C.J. Spiller got a season-low 12 snaps on offense. He has been largely inefficient in 2014 with only a 3.4 yards per carry average, and the Bills seem to be getting frustrated by his penchant to bounce runs outside. Fred Jackson (52) received over four times the amount of snaps of what Spiller was given.'
Mike Williams seeks trade from Bills, GM Whaley comments [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“The agent called me and asked if they could have permission to talk to other teams. I said we like Mike Williams, we expect him back and we expect big things from him,” Whaley remarked. “But like anybody, if he gets me compensation worthy of a No. 1 wide receiver which he claimed he is, then we would entertain it.”'
Doug Whaley: We're not actively shopping Mike Williams [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Hadley Engelhard called me asking for (the ability to seek compensation for a trade),” Whaley said. “No team has contacted us and we have not contacted any teams. I want to stress this to everybody. We are not seeking to trade Mike Williams. We are not actively shopping anybody on this team.”'
10 fast facts from the Bills-Patriots game [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '-RB Fred Jackson recorded a one-yard touchdown run against the Patriots. He now ranks tied for fourth in Bills history with 29 career rushing touchdowns (Wray Carlton). He sits tied for seventh in Bills history with 36 overall touchdowns (Joe Cribbs).'
Pegulas get rousing welcome [11:21 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The phrase describing the Pegulas ownership is "One Buffalo," which was spelled out in a card stunt before kickoff.'
Pegula remains uneasy with role of savior [11:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“If you want to worship somebody, go to church on Sunday,” he said of the adulation he’s received over the two purchases. “Its sometimes a little bit uncomfortable to me that people try to make me something different than what I am. I’m just like everybody else in this room, so that’s been something that sometimes it’s hard to overcome. I’m a private person.”'
Buffalo Bills have closed gap on New England Patriots, but Week 6 loss feeds narrative [10:15 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You do get sick of hearing it. It's all the time. Patriots this, Patriots that," running back C.J. Spiller said. "They put their pants on just like we do, but the thing about them is they execute and they take advantage of the mistakes that we made today. But we're not going to make them out to have super powers or anything like that."'
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