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Buffalo Bills News - December 11, 2016

Marker Bills’ playoff hopes may be down but not gone [8:42 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In the easiest scenario, the Bills need to win out and hope Denver loses at least two of those games. Most specifically, New England and Oakland, as the Bills played both of those teams, so a common games tiebreaker would come into play. Because Buffalo beat New England, this tiebreaker wouldn’t be a factor. Both teams would be 7-5 in conference play, so that option gets skipped.'

Marker Pregame primer: Everything you need to know for Bills-Steelers, plus five things to watch for [8:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Can Tyrod Taylor rise to the occasion? The Bills' quarterback has come under the most intense scrutiny of his two-year career in Buffalo after a miserable performance against Oakland left the team's playoff hopes dangling by a thread. The excuses are all gone Sunday for Taylor. He's expected to have Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Charles Clay in the lineup at the same time. The pressure will be on the Bills' quarterback to produce in a must-win game. If he can, it will go down as his best win since coming to Buffalo.'

Marker Sunday's Pittsburgh Coverage [2:06 AM] reports: Click here

Marker Welcome to your nightmare, the Steelers [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Over the last two decades, bad things have occurred when the Bills and Steelers get together. It's been especially nightmarish for quarterbacks, who have suffered some defining negative moments against the Black and Gold defense.'

Marker Getting to know: Bills defensive tackle Deandre Coleman [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I did track in ninth and 10th grade. I tried wrestling, but didn’t like it. I tried basketball. I made the team, but it wasn’t for me. They begged me to play, so that’s the only reason I did it. Track I did shot put and discus, big-man relay ..."'

Marker Maiorana: Bills grades mediocre at three-quarter point [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Since the end of the Oakland loss, I’ve made it perfectly clear how I feel about Tyrod Taylor: I’ve seen enough, and I don’t think he’s the answer to Buffalo’s never-ending quest to find a franchise QB. He has regressed from last year when he was raw but showed promise, and he has the same problems that I think will always be prevalent in his game.'

Marker Bills vs. Steelers: Preview, predictions [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Steelers 27, Bills 23.'

Marker Antonio Brown refers to Buffalo Bills cornerbacks as 'Gilbert and the other guy' [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Regardless of what Brown calls Buffalo's cornerbacks, they'll have their hands full on Sunday. Brown leads the league in touchdown receptions (11), is tied for first in receptions (88) and is fourth in receiving yards (1,052).'

Marker Enemy territory: Bell a big part of dynamic Steelers' offense [1:54 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Steelers 20, Bills 17. I think this will be a game of running backs, and I think Le'Veon Bell will be just a little bit better than LeSean McCoy.'

Marker Nick's 6-pack of Bills - Steelers facts [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The prior two times the Bills had a three-game home stand in a season; they finished with a losing record.'

Marker Bills need a win to keep hope alive [1:52 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'It likely won’t be an easy task for the Bills’ offense, as the Steelers come into the game ranked seventh in points per game allowed at 19.7 and have allowed the sixth fewest yards per game rushing at 92, which could make things tough on McCoy and the Bills’ running game.'

Marker Bills add LB Albright to roster [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Albright has spent time on both the Bills' 53-man roster and practice squad this season.'

Marker 5 things to watch for in Bills - Steelers (12/10/16) [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Also, if Kyle Williams can’t play, I think that might just be the big matchup that finally swings the matchup into the favor of the Steelers. Eventually, I believe the offensive firepower of the Steelers will pull this one out, and in turn, spoiling any remaining hope for the Bills to make the playoffs in 2016.'

Marker Who to root for? - Week 14 [1:49 AM] reports: 'Here’s a look at the rest of the weekend’s matchups that have an impact on Buffalo’s postseason aspirations, and who Bills fans should be pulling for.'

Marker What they're saying: Bills-Steelers game predictions [1:48 AM] reports: 'T.T. didn't fare well in Oakland last Sunday, but the relevant narrative is that he is Tyrod Taylor, not Tyrod Tolzien. Keith Butler's Pittsburgh defense has its work cut out for it.'

Marker How to watch Steelers vs. Bills [1:47 AM] reports: 'Details on how to watch Buffalo’s Week 14 matchup against Pittsburgh on Sunday, Dec. 11.'

Marker Bills call up LB Albright from practice squad [1:46 AM] reports: '“We need that big body on special teams,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “Pittsburgh has a big core group you know and we needed a big, fast guy so it makes sense.”'

Marker Bills Today: CBS Eye on Tyrod [1:45 AM] reports: '“I look at Tyrod and I say, ‘OK, he likes to see the receiver open—let’s make sure he’s open—and then he throws it.’ Instead of just trusting his instincts and letting it go. But you only get that way through tremendous repetition,” Simms said.'

Marker Top 10 reasons why the Bills will steal the show in Week 14 [1:44 AM] reports: 'Lou Gramm, lead singer of the popular rock band Foreigner, will be at New Era Field and ready to deliver an unforgettable national anthem performance. A Rochester, N.Y. native, the rock star is no stranger to Western New York.'

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December 10, 2016

Marker For Bills’ Taylor, most important game of season [12:43 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Worse, from Taylor’s perspective, a defeat in that game minimizes the importance of the last three games to the extent that Buffalo management will get precious little more insight into its decision,'

Marker Saturday's Pittsburgh Coverage [7:20 AM] reports: Click here

Marker Should he stay or should he go: The Tyrod Debate [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Bills elected not to exercise the option, Taylor would become an unrestricted free agent, and the Bills would be left with a “dead money” hit of $2.853 million on their 2017 salary cap.'

Marker Bills know bringing down Roethlisberger is not a one-man job [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You first have to look at his overall physique," Bills outside linebacker Jerry Hughes, who is 6-2 and 254 pounds, said Friday. "He's pretty much an offensive lineman because he's bigger than some of us defensive ends or linebackers who actually" have to "tackle him. So it's pretty much going to be an all-out wrestling match just to get somebody down who's that big, because you really don't see too many quarterbacks that big that really have his stature other than" Carolina's "Cam Newton."'

Marker Kyle Williams misses Friday's practice with back injury (Bills-Steelers injury report) [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If Kyle can’t go, we’ll definitely miss his presence on the field, his leadership, his skill set he brings to the table," Worthy said. "But at the end of the day it’s a rotating door with the league, so guys gotta be ready to play and everybody has to be ready to step up. This is a game that we have to have, so regardless – whichever 11 step on that field – we have to be prepared and ready to go."'

Marker Should the Bills go for two every single time? [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For the Bills, that means the value of an extra point attempt isn't one point anymore. At Carpenter's success rate, Bills' point-after attempts are only worth about .88 points. That fact should play a larger role in the team's two-point conversion philosophy.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Cardale Jones shouldn't play [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Putting Jones behind center would accomplish nothing beyond satisfying those who no longer can stand the sight of Taylor doing his part to keep the Bills' passing game at the very bottom of the NFL.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Mailbag: Is Rex sliding back toward the hot seat? [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I certainly don't believe Rex will be fired if they finish 10-6. Terry Pegula looks for reasons NOT to fire people. As Robin suggests, they'll declare a 10-6 (or even 9-7) season a success, using all the injuries as a convenient excuse.'

Marker To go for two, or not: Steelers are trend-setters in NFL [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Last year they were a phenomenal 8-for-11, the eight successes setting an NFL single-season record. This year they’re a more modest 3-for-8, bringing Tomlin’s total to 21-for-32 since he took the Steelers job in 2007.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Anthony Lynn just outside of top coaching candidates, says [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Based upon his success this season, Lynn is becoming a popular name among possible head coach candidates in the offseason. In his latest coaching candidate article on, Conor Orr listed Lynn just outside of the top four candidates. Lynn was Orr's top choice in his "right on the cusp" category.'

Marker Buffalo Bills injury report Week 14: Rex Ryan 'concerned' about Kyle Williams [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Williams, who practiced in full on Wednesday and Thursday, had his back lock up on him Thursday night. He did not practice, and Rex Ryan isn't sure whether he will play on Sunday.'

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