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Buffalo Bills News - November 15, 2015

Marker Bills’ rookie class a feather in Whaley’s cap [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here’s a closer look at how each member of the Bills’ 2015 draft class has fared to this point in their professional careers.'

Marker ESPN documentary looks at the highs and lows of the Bills glory years [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It fits in nicely,” said Dahl. “It is a team that really captured a lot of attention and is remembered – except in this case – remembered for losing rather than winning. Ironically, it was a team that was even winning in the postseason to get to that point where they were losing the big game.'

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November 14, 2015

Marker McCoy’s vintage performances boost Bills’ playoff hopes [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Nothing before has worked against Brady. McCoy, in rhythm, healthy, side-stepping tacklers as if playing himself on Madden gives the Bills legitimate hope in the AFC. And when’s the last time they had that?'

Marker Headset communication breakdown returns [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Pretty frustrating,” is how Rex Ryan described the continued problems, adding he didn’t know why they continue to happen. “If we knew the answer we wouldn’t have the problems. It’s just unbelievable, because we let the clock run out on us a few times. We had to take a bunch of timeouts based on that.”'

Marker On fourth downs, it was math vs. feel, right down to the wire [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ 22-17 victory over the New York Jets featured no shortage of controversial fourth-down decisions by both teams.'

Marker Bills avoided a colossal meltdown [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Because this was a down-to-the-wire night game, the bane of the sports writing profession, we have to have a winning lead and a losing lead ready to go as soon as the game ends. My loser lead was an epic rant, the gist of which was, "How many new, inventive, and downright deplorable ways can the Bills find to lose games?" I'm glad I was able to control-alt-delete that one and offer up my winner because at least now the season will have relevance for at least a little while longer.'

Marker Did Buffalo Bills need to lose to Jacksonville Jaguars to get season on track? [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I just think we needed that in London," cornerback Stephon Gilmore said. "I think we're refocused now. I think the sky is the limit for this team. We don't want to feel that way again."'

Marker Bills’ Ryan may have gone overboard with Jets bit [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“The NFL never should have allowed this to happen. Roger Goodell should have forced Ryan to stand down on this or face a heavy fine and/or suspension. For all of its problems with off-field violence, most of it perpetrated against women, the league should be embarrassed for allowing Ryan to use a national TV game, or any game, to reward a player who assaulted and injured a teammate who ended up in surgery and out of a first-string job.'

Marker After beating Jets, Ryan turns attention to Brady, Patriots [1:53 AM]
AP reports: '"We know what's in front us but here we go, man," Ryan said. "We're going to give it our all."'

Marker Bills survive furious Jets comeback [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It was nerve-wracking," wide receiver Sammy Watkins said. "But I put trust in our defense. It wasn't pretty, but I think we fought as a whole team, our offense and defense."'

Marker Manuel inactive Thursday against Jets [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Ryan explained that when Johnson was with offensive coordinator Greg Roman in San Francisco, they played the Jets and Roman used a similar plan, so the thinking was that Johnson - with such a short week to prepare - had a better grasp of the offense for this game. Of course we'll see what happens when the Bills visit New England on Nov. 23.'

Marker Rex: Safeties ''phenomenal'' in Bills win [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Rambo’s performance yesterday was…..that’s about as good as you can get,” Ryan told reporters who gathered for his weekly day-after media address. “Not saying Eddie Reed-ish,” he said, referring to his former All-Pro safety with the Ravens, “but I mean the one where that big back came in there, he ripped the ball from Chris Ivory. That was phenomenal. Makes the interception. Gets the great hit on special teams. I mean he’s dong tremendous job.”'

Marker 5 takeaways from Bills' Rex Ryan (11/13) [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'While not talking directly at Cowher, Ryan said “you go ahead and watch that tape, and you tell me he doesn’t.” Cowher’s judgment on Dareus seems to be off base, and if he watched every one of the team’s games in 2015, he couldn’t possibly come away with that conclusion. Granted, his impact against Miami was less because the Dolphins did a good job of staying away from the defensive tackle, but, his effort is often noticeable.'

Marker Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills notch statement win with stout defense [1:48 AM] reports: 'The Bills looked surprisingly dominant in an area where they had previously struggled. Prior to the game, the Bills were 16th in the NFL in takeaways. Last year's Bills finished third in the NFL in total takeaways. Thursday night's group looked the part -- turnover differential ultimately proved to be the difference in the game.'

Marker Offense rides McCoy to victory [1:47 AM] reports: '“He did a great job in the running game and in the passing game,” said Tyrod Taylor. “We were able to connect a couple of times in the air, but more importantly we battled as a team and he continued to keep battling and found a way to win.”'

Marker Karlos Williams carving out spot in record books [1:46 AM] reports: '“It was something that we’ve had in our playbook and in our game plan for a couple of weeks now and finally had a chance to call it. They were matching their linebackers with our running backs, and we had a chance to get Karlos up the seam. He did a great job on the route. He got collision, but was able to get underneath him and bend it so I found him and he made a good play to get in the end zone,” said Taylor.'

November 13, 2015

Marker Wood, offensive line becoming the strengths of the Buffalo Bills [6:16 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '“We are finding out what we can do well. We have two great running backs in Shady (McCoy) and Karlos (Williams). We are figuring out what they do while we are doing our job up front,” said Incognito.'

Marker Win keeps Bills in wildcard race [11:05 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“The game was a slugfest … it felt like playoff intensity, both teams fighting for their lives to get in,” Ryan said. “Obviously it’s been a long time since the Jets made it and a long time since we made it. I wouldn’t be surprised if the last week (Jan. 3 at “The Ralph”) decides who goes.”'

Marker TDs of a special kind for Williams ... and Williams [11:04 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo’s first touchdown was also the team’s initial special teams TD of the season. Jets kickoff returner, rookie Devin Smith, fumbled on a kickoff return when hit by Bacarri Rambo and fellow safety Duke Williams picked up the loose ball and returned it 19 yards for a score.'

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Marker Bills hang tough to win Meadowlands slugfest [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The coaches did a tremendous job,” Rambo said. “They came up with a tremendous scheme. They knew these guys like the back of their hands. They knew what was coming, and they put us in the right position to make plays.”'

Marker In an ugly victory, Ryan’s plan rings true [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the game turned ugly, it’s because the Bills made it that way. They had another strong running game, piling up 148 yards against the No. 1-rated defense in the NFL, and harassed Ryan Fitzpatrick into one of the weak performances that were commonplace against Ryan’s defense when he was the Bills’ QB.'

Marker Playmaking Rambo has a hand in three turnovers [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’ll do whatever it takes to come back healthy and 100 percent,” Rambo said. “We have players. Our back-ups could start on different teams and that’s the beauty of this defense.”'

Marker Run game, defense, poise lead to win for Rex [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills were only penalized five times for 44 yards. That qualifies as a minor miracle for a team that entered the game leading the NFL with 85 penalties and that routinely draws flags in the double digits, such as the 13 it had last Sunday.'

Marker Bills, Jets uniforms are sights for sore eyes [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Holy rods and cones, those were some gaudy uniforms the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets wore Thursday night. I swear I actually could see a gloaming well past midnight in the easterly skies.'

Marker Watkins got clutch catch vs. Revis Island [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Credit the Bills’ offensive coordinator for sticking with the run and coming up with some plays to the edge of the mighty Jets run defense that worked. Buffalo finished with 33 rushes for 148 yards against Rodgers’ No. 1-ranked run defense in the NFL.'

Marker Fourth-down analysis: It was math vs. feel, right down to final minute [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Despite that, this was a situation where punting it away felt right. The opposing quarterback was Ryan Fitzpatrick, after all. The Bills’ defense should have been trusted to put the game away, especially considering the Jets didn’t have any timeouts.'

Marker Rex, pass defense come home with A’s [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rex Ryan said he might feel certain emotions after the game and, boy, he wasn’t kidding. He admitted this win was satisfying, comparing the Jets firing him to getting dumped by a hot girlfriend. So there he was on the sideline chucking his headset, screaming “(bleep)-yeah! (Bleep)-yeah!” when the win was sealed.'

Marker Bills hold off Jets in Rex Ryan's return [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We beat a hell of a football team, a very talented football team," Ryan said after his triumphant return to the place where he was the head coach the previous six years. "We just had to keep fighting and that's we did as a team, so I'm extremely proud of my team, and it took every man."'

Marker Tough-talking Rex backs it up [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'New York loved Ryan’s act, but now can’t stand him. The New York Post ran a headline Thursday with a large photo on its front page of a grinning Ryan that read “Wipe that smile off his face.’’'

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