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Buffalo Bills News - October 28, 2014

Marker Hackett’s critics are too nearsighted [12:31 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There will be ample opportunity to rip Hackett, maybe against the Chiefs after the bye. But keep in mind, he’s not the only coach who ever played safe with a lead.'

Marker Play of defense sparks Bills’ optimism [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Let’s start with a defense that leads the league in two major statistical categories – sacks, with 28, and interceptions, with 12 – and is in the top 10 in several others. Then, there is the fact the Bills rank fourth in the NFL with a takeaway-giveaway ratio of plus-seven. And there’s a special-teams unit that, in addition to all of the turnovers the defense generates, does plenty to help the Bills have favorable field position, as was the case Sunday with their average drive beginning from their own 49-yard line while the Jets’ average drive began from their 19.'

Marker Williams glad for bye to help him heal [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Finally, the Buffalo Bills' defensive tackle has a Sunday coming up where he won't be matching brute force with another 300-pounder for the better part of three hours.'

Marker Bills force 6 turnovers against Jets [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Hackett has become everyone's favorite target, and for good reason. My head is beginning to hurt from the constant banging against the wall as I watch Hackett stubbornly try to establish a running game that can't be established.'

Marker Bills are flawed, but faithful will take 5-3 [1:56 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Rarely has a 20-point win engendered such criticism.'

Marker Why Buffalo Bills players think this team is different and can finish strong in 2014 [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You start competing against teams that are in the same position you are. When you're not, you're playing against teams that want to knock you off. We're not even in that position yet, so we've got a long way to go before we get into that type of position."'

Marker Nigel Bradham struggles, and 5 observations from snap counts and stats [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He pretty much just told me to calm down," Bradham. "He told me he loves my aggressiveness, but I just have to be smart in those situations and pretty much just try to prevent those personal fouls. That could have hurt us."'

Marker Buffalo Bills remain cautious despite 5-3 start [1:53 AM]
AP reports: '"I don't think that's lost on this team," Williams said. "I think that we have the leadership on this team that has been there, that has done that, and is going to kind of shepherd these young guys in knowing that we've got a long way to go yet."'

Marker Bills appear to handcuff Orton at QB [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett seemed reluctant to turn Orton loose in the Bills' 43-23 victory over New York. Yes, the Bills scored 43 points, but Orton dropped back to pass just 21 times and threw only 17, completing 10 for 238 yards and four touchdowns.'

Marker Bills not taking 5-3 start for granted as they prepare for crucial November [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“The great thing about the NFL and the tough thing about the NFL: there's always a game next week to get ready for,” defensive tackle Kyle Williams said Monday. “I think that guys have been around a while, the guys that have been here, the message will be that we have to move on. Obviously we're gonna enjoy it, we're gonna enjoy our bye week. But when we come back, we know that we've got some big games in front of us, and I really don't think what we're talking about is gonna be an issue.”'

Marker Dixon outsnaps Brown by wide margin: Bills' playtime percentages vs. Jets [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Many were wondering how the running back situation would shake out, and the Bills made a statement by their usages of Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown. The Bills significantly favored Dixon, giving him 75-percent of the snaps while Brown got the remaining 25-percent.'

Marker 14 fast facts after the Bills-Jets game [1:49 AM] reports: 'Watkins leads or is tied for the lead among NFL rookies in the following five categories: receiving yards (590), yards per game (73.8), longest reception (84 yards), touchdown receptions (five, tied with Kelvin Benjamin-CAR), 20-plus yard receptions (nine, tied with Kelvin Benjamin-CAR), first downs (29).'

Marker Bills takeaway tally key in victory [1:48 AM] reports: '“That’s something we wanted to focus on during the game,” said DE Jerry Hughes. “We wanted to find ways to force turnovers. That’s what we focused on during the offseason for us to put that together against a divisional opponent is huge. We can kind of start to build some momentum and start putting wins together. No more one and out, one and out—kind of just really get on a roll.”'

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October 27, 2014

Marker No Fly Zone: Bills crush Jets on power of 6 turnovers [11:15 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Who knew the Jets were this bad?'

Marker Buffalo reaches rare offensive marks [11:15 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It was the most points the Bills have scored since beating the Bengals, 48-31, at Cincinnati, in 2010.'

Marker Underdog Bills bring Jets – and critics – to heel [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Yes, we brought it up,” the Bills’ coach confirmed after his team’s 43-23 victory. “I’ll do whatever it takes to get this team ready to go and motivated. If I can find a piece of information to get it, I’ll use it.”'

Marker Meltdown by Jets leaves plenty of blame to go around [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We didn’t execute,” Smith said of what went wrong in the first quarter. “When I say ‘we,’ I’m talking about myself because it was just atrocious, the way that I started out. I never expected to start a game out like that.”'

Marker Orton has offense revving in higher gear [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They can smell it now, though. Sure, the Bills have flaws. But just about every team in the league has flaws. How do you explain the Steelers, or the Seahawks or Bengals or Browns? Every time you assume something about a team, its fortunes flip the other way.'

Marker Bradham, Watkins have some teachable moments [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Watkins and Bradham also made bone-headed mistakes that cost the Bills points.'

Marker Orton hits key passes, ‘D’ all over Geno [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Smith had the home fans booing from the start, when he badly misfired on an early throw. He continued to draw their wrath with some unbelievably bad passes that ended up in the hands of three Buffalo defenders.'

Marker Watkins get caught; Smith misfires [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills broke the game open in the second quarter after Sammy Watkins caught an 84-yard pass from Kyle Orton that should have been an 89-yard touchdown. Watkins’ premature celebration allowed Saalim Hakim to catch him from behind at the 5.'

Marker Matchup Winners: Bills 43, Jets 23 [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Jets’ second-year quarterback gives new meaning to the phrase “turnover machine.”'

Marker Quarterly Report: Bills 43, Jets 23 [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills didn’t have Geno Smith to kick around for long Sunday. That’s because they forced the New York Jets’ quarterback to the bench with three straight interceptions in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium.'

Marker Bills’ grade-A formula: Pass and stop the pass [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Twitter was aflutter with criticisms of offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett’s unimaginative playcalling and Buffalo’s inability to move the chains on nine of the possessions in which it could have. But listen people: Buffalo beat a division opponent on the road by 20 points.'

Marker Five Bills story lines heading into bye [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One area of concern coming out of Sunday’s game is at running back. As expected, replacing the injured tandem of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller proved difficult. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown combined for just 59 yards on 29 carries, and as a team the Bills rushed for a paltry 67 yards on 32 attempts, an average of 2.1 yards per rush. With Jackson likely not back for Week 10, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will need to find a way to get more production from Dixon and Brown.'

Marker Buffalo Bills blast New York Jets [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In what can only be called a laughable performance by the 1-7 Jets, New York turned the ball over six times, helping the Bills to a 43-23 victory in front of a disgruntled crowd at MetLife Stadium, most of whom were on the New Jersey Turnpike heading home shortly after the fourth quarter commenced.'

Marker Bills beat Jets in 'remarkable meltdown' [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Yet despite the problems, the offense did score 43 points. Of course, when the Bills play a good team (and they have a few in the second half of the season) the line is going to need to be much, much better. Is that possible? I have my doubts.'

Marker Report card [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'And yet, they scored 43 points in spite of Hackett's play-calling.'

Marker Poll: Public funding not favored for a Bills stadium [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Really, this is a bailout issue in the public eye," said pollster Larry Harris, whose Washington, D.C.-based Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc. conducted the Voice of the Voter poll. "Why are we giving money to billionaires?"'

Marker Watkins, Bradham learn quick lessons [1:45 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Still, at the risk of offering some discouraging words after what — from a score standpoint — was a blowout, Buffalo is fortunate to have played teams as bad as the Vikings and Jets the past two weeks. Against stronger competition, the Bills might well have lost one, if not both of those games.'

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