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Buffalo Bills News - October 24, 2016

Marker Three up, three down following Buffalo's Week Seven loss at Miami [1:25 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lorenzo Alexander – What a story this continues to be.'

Marker Bills need more from Tyrod late in games -- just check the numbers [1:25 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In Taylor's year and a half with the Bills, his teams are 2-7 in games when they've been tied or within one possession (eight points) at any point the fourth quarter. Taylor's numbers in those situations are poor: A completion percentage of 45.2 percent, a quarterback rating of 50.3 and more interceptions (3) than touchdowns (2).'

Marker Bills telecast is Bizarro World of spins, a fake out, brief return of Super Mario [1:24 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Early in the Bills’ 28-25 loss to Miami, one guy on Twitter called them CBS’ “D Team” of announcers. Actually, they are considered No. 7 out of eight CBS teams, which apparently illustrates what the network thought of the Bills’ four-game winning streak. But like Alexander and Brown, the announcers performed better than expected.'

Marker It’s another bad loss for the Bills [9:23 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo led, 17-6, in the final half-minute of the third period … what could possibly go wrong?'

Marker Monday's Miami Coverage [7:02 AM] reports: Click here

Marker Dolphins bully Bills on both sides of the line [12:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When the Bills built a 17-6 lead with 5:51 left in the third quarter, it looked like the respect was about to reach heights the franchise hadn't experienced in a long time. But then, reverting to the form that has defined 16 years of futility, the Bills gave up two touchdowns in a span of 1:32 in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Eric Wood calls Jarvis Landry's hit on Aaron Williams 'garbage' [12:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I didn’t see it. I heard about it, and I thought ‘that’s garbage,’ ” Bills center Eric Wood said. “Who knows if he knows he’s had prior neck injuries, but we’ll see if he gets fined more for that than the guys dancing.”'

Marker Shady decision to let McCoy play in Miami [12:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But I don't need to watch film to know this: LeSean McCoy should not have been on the field at Hard Rock Stadium. A week earlier, McCoy was being touted for MVP. Against the Dolphins, he was MIA. Running on a hamstring that he'd tweaked in practice on Wednesday, McCoy was a shell of himself on a day when the Bills desperately needed a running game.'

Marker It was a reckless crackback block. That's when I stopped watching. [12:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Landry lined up wide left at the 11-yard line and veered at Williams on a run play to the left. Williams, his eyes on Dolphins back Jay Ajayi, didn't see Landry shooting toward him. Landry could've hit Williams cleanly, but launched his helmet and left shoulder into Williams' face.'

Marker Former Dolphins teammate Mike Pouncey has got much love for Richie Incognito [12:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He was a dog here, still a dog up there," Martin said. "He plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played. All the success that he’s getting and that he’s had, is a testament to the way he plays football."'

Marker McCoy says 'it just didn't feel right;' Shaq's debut & more [12:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ''“I tried to take off … and it just didn’t feel right,” he said. “I felt a little pain and I did what I had to do, so I came out. It was the smart thing to do. I didn’t reinjure anything or make it worse. That was the best thing. I just kind of felt it and it was kind of like a warning mentally.”'

Marker Mark Gaughan's 10 Plays that Shaped the Game: Cutback runs killed Bills [12:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miami’s go-ahead touchdown was a 12-yard run by Damien Williams with 3:56 left. He broke four tackles on a cutback to the weak side against a light defense in nickel personnel. Laremy Tunsil and Mike Pouncey double-teamed Leger Douzable at the point of attack. Douzable dove at Williams’ legs but couldn’t slow him down. Zach Brown was the linebacker on that side but got blocked on the second level by Tunsil.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Matchup Winners: Miami ganged up on 1st-down runs [12:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the first 58 minutes of the game, the Bills ran on 13 of 18 first-down plays. Those 13 runs produced 36 yards, and nine of the runs went for 3 or fewer yards. On the first-down pass plays the first 58 minutes, Tyrod Taylor was 4 of 5 for 101 yards. That included the 67-yard TD to Marquise Goodwin, a perfect play call against a Miami blitz.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Ajayi feasts on Bills' horrific run defense [12:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' defense was horrific against the run. Not only did the Dolphins' offensive line consistently knock the front seven off the ball, the Bills' linebackers were nowhere to be found to fill cutback lanes through which Ajayi routinely exploded for long runs.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Points After: Dolphins 28, Bills 25 [12:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills now are 1-2 in the AFC East and 1-3 in the AFC, which suddenly casts a different light on all of that hopeful playoff discussion in recent days.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Hot Read: Lack of elite Marcell Dareus caught up to Bills [12:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That’s what the Bills needed against a Miami’s breakout runner, Jay Ajayi. The Bills needed the eight or nine disruptive plays in the backfield Dareus is supposed to be giving them.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Hot Read: File this one away in the archive of regret [12:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When Tyrod Taylor hit Marquise Goodwin with a 67-yard bomb in the third quarter to give the Bills that 17-6 lead, I figured it was over. Turn out the lights, I tweeted at that point. No way Miami gets back in this one, the way the Bills' defense has been playing in the red zone.'

Marker Bucky Gleason's Hot Read: Dolphins show Bills how to ground and pound [12:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jay Ajayi showed what made LeSean McCoy so effective during the Bills’ four-game winning streak. He shredded the Bills for 214 yards rushing, giving him 200-plus yards on the ground in consecutive weeks. Miami’s offensive line wore down Buffalo, much the way Buffalo’s line did for McCoy during their turnaround.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Hot Read: Let the second-guessing of the Bills begin [12:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Then there’s quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Yes, he was without his top two receivers in Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods. Yes, McCoy wasn’t right. Yes, the protection from his offensive line broke down far too often. But don’t franchise quarterbacks have to find a way? When the Bills got the ball back with 3:56 remaining in the fourth quarter trailing by four points, Taylor threw three straight incompletions. He just doesn't inspire much confidence in those situations.'

Marker Fourth quarter analysis: Bills implode as injuries mount [12:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miami’s Jay Ajayi ran for 74 yards in the final quarter alone, giving him to 214 on the day – the second-most rushing yards the Bills had ever allowed (Ricky Williams had 228 yards in 2002). A late Bills touchdown made the 28-25 final score look closer than it was.'

Marker Third quarter analysis: Goodwin jets past Maxwell for long touchdown [12:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Running back Mike Gillislee made a great block on the play to give Tyrod Taylor time to throw, and he dropped a perfectly placed pass into Goodwin’s hands. To celebrate his touchdown, the former Olympian went to his favorite move: Reenacting a long jump.'

Marker Second quarter analysis: Blocked punt sets up Bills touchdown [12:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lerentee McCray got a hand on Matt Darr’s punt early in the second quarter that set up the drive. The Bills would’ve been backed up to their own 17 after Darr’s first punt, but a holding penalty forced the Dolphins to replay fourth down.'

Marker First quarter analysis: Bills' red zone defense holds again [12:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miami took 7:28 off the clock on its 15-play, 79-yard opening drive but couldn’t punch it into the end zone as the Bills’ top-rated red zone defense held again, forcing a 36-yard Andrew Franks field goal. Running back Jay Ajayi had gains of 9, 10, 11 and 12 yards on the first drive.'

Marker LeSean McCoy in, Robert Woods and Marcell Dareus out against Dolphins [12:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wide receiver Robert Woods is out for the Bills because of a foot injury. He was listed as doubtful. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is out with a hamstring injury, the third game he's missed because of that following a four-game NFL suspension. He has yet to make his 2016 debut.'

Marker Bills wilt in colossal fashion, lose 28-25 to Dolphins [12:40 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Who knows what McCoy’s status will be moving forward, and if the Bills don’t have him available, or at least healthy, their three-game gauntlet that starts next week at home against New England, and continues with brutally tough road games at Seattle and Cincinnati becomes all the more daunting.'

Marker Bills were beaten on both sides up front [12:39 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buffalo offensive line was manhandled by a Miami line that included Ndamukong Suh, Cameron Wake, and Bills castoff Mario Williams. The league’s No. 1 running team managed just 67 yards, and from the looks of things, it might not have mattered if LeSean McCoy was completely healthy because there was nowhere to run.'

Marker Dolphins 28, Bills 25: Quarter by quarter recap [12:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It seemed like the game changed right there, but incredibly, the Goodwin TD had the opposite effect it should have on the Bills. That play seemed to wake the Dolphins from a game-long slumber, and they drove downfield to an Ajayi touchdown that officially signified that indeed, the momentum had irreversibly switched.'

Marker Report card [12:37 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This was a massive disappointment on so many levels, but what really struck home with me was how this looked so familiar to what we’ve all witnessed for so long with the Bills. How many times have we been here with this franchise? They get you to a certain point where you start feeling good about the team, and its future, and then they punch you in the gut and lose to a second-class citizen team like Miami. It gets old, it really does. I know it was a road division game, but if you claim to be a playoff contender, you have to win this one, and they didn’t. What’s new?'

Marker Bills vs. Dolphins: LeSean McCoy active for Week 7 despite hamstring injury [12:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Rounding out the Bills' list of inactive players for Week 7 are quarterback Cardale Jones, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, center Patrick Lewis and running back Jonathan Williams and offensive tackle Michael Ola.'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods out for game versus Miami Dolphins, says Schefter [12:35 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Robert Woods would miss today's Week 7 matchup with the Miami Dolphins.'

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