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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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."'
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.'
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."'
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.'
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...'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins locker room reaction [1:18 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy, and Sammy Watkins all spoke with the media following the win.'
Rex says confidence was difference in 2nd half for Bills [1:17 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“They definitely had our number in the first half,” Ryan said. “I thought it was big for us to get that score right before the intermission. I thought that kind of gave our guys confidence and we played much better in the second half."'
Keeping hope alive [1:16 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '“It was perfect how it played out,” McCoy said. “I mean getting the score in the first half, ending it like that with putting points up and then in the second half we get a quick score and then it was a fight. After that it was just a fight and one thing about (Jacksonville) is they are very talented.”'
Buffalo Bills Week 12 Report Card [1:15 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'This game was closer than it should have been. The Bills, on paper, are a better team than the Jaguars. The offense struggled early and the defense wasn't much better. Once the offense got going, the Bills put up some points and won the game.'
Bills claw back to beat Jaguars, barely stay in the playoff hunt [1:14 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“Right now, at this part of the season, a win is a win,” Bills guard Richie Incognito said. “It could be ugly, it could be by 30 points, but you need to collect as many wins as possible and keep approaching this thing one week at a time, one game at a time, one win at a time.”'
McCoy rallies Bills to 28-21 win over Jaguars [1:13 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills (6-5) won for the second straight week when trailing at halftime after doing so just once last season.'
Watkins' return gives Bills a spark in 28-21 win over Jags [1:12 AM]
AP reports: '"Right now I'm feeling great," he said, following Buffalo's 28-21 win over Jacksonville on Sunday. "I think, now I kind of got over that hump — the mental hurdle."'
McCoy's two TDs spark Bills past Jaguars [1:11 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Playing one week after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated thumb, McCoy became the first Bills player with three multiple-touchdown games in the same season since Willis McGahee in 2004.'
Watkins' return sparks Bills offense [1:10 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We've been saying it for a long time because we know," Ryan said. "He's such a difference-maker as a player and hopeful he can play a little more and more because we certainly need him and we're a different team with him."'
Bills CB Darby tested for concussion [1:09 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Darby took a knee to the head while trying to tackle Jaguars running back Chris Ivory. He sat on the turf for several minutes after the play and gingerly walked off the field.'
Bills OT Henderson faces 10-game suspension [1:08 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I've got doctors telling me this is the No. 1 medicine that would help your disease," Henderson told the Buffalo News last month. "You try to tell that to the league, and it seems like they didn't care too much.'
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