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Buffalo Bills News - October 19, 2014

Marker Schumer’s relentless lobbying helped keep the Bills in Buffalo [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“One of the first things I did was to get to know Ralph very well,” Schumer said. “We became good friends. I think he trusted me and liked me and knew he could call on me. And whenever the Bills had problems with the league – which was often – Ralph would be very agitated and upset, and he’d call me up and we’d get to work together.”'

Marker A plea to Bills fans: Ease up on the alcohol [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I have been to two Bills games this season. I have sat in the 300s – the upper level – each time. The distorted utterances last Sunday from the 30-something guy in our row – who, distressingly, had white froth at the corners of his mouth – was just one snapshot from a photo album titled “Toasted.”'

Marker Bills need to deliver in front of home crowd [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Since the start of the 21st century when the Bills slipped into the abyss that they have yet to escape from, they are a rather untidy 53-57 in Orchard Park (not counting a 1-4 mark in their "home" games at Toronto's Rogers Centre). Under Doug Marrone, the Bills are 5-5 at the Ralph.'

Marker Does Pegula know that honeymoon is already over? [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If the Bills don’t cover the 5½ points and beat the rudderless Vikings by two touchdowns, it’ll be high time to label this team a playoff pretender, the latest in a 14-year-run of Buffalo teams that can’t turn what we see on paper into what takes place on the field.'

Marker Three ... and out [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This isn’t a must-win game in the context of the playoff picture because it’s a bit too early for that kind of talk, but it’s a game the Bills absolutely have to win, and should win. Therefore, I guess it really is a must win because a loss to the struggling Vikings would be devastating.'

Marker Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett wants to simplify running game, says C.J. Spiller is t [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We want to try to simplify it down some and get back to some of the stuff that we did little bit more last year and try to take advantage of some things that our guys do well and keep on attacking those specific things, not getting bored with success, call the same thing a couple times in a row, stuff like that to get those guys a feel," Hackett said. "That's a little bit of what we did last year, so the guys got to get a feel for it. So I just have to do a better job of sticking with that kind of stuff."['

Marker Bills looking to re-establish rushing attack against Vikings [1:50 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '"Just keep focusing on what we need to do," Jackson said when asked what the Bills' need to do to get the rushing attack back on track. "We have been inconsistent in all areas of the game. If we get longer drives, sustaining drives I think it will open up the running game so it's on us as running backs, we've got to hit the holes."'

Marker Much on the line today for Marrone, Orton [1:49 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'But today is different. Today brings the Vikings, as bad a team as will line up anywhere in the league today with an overwhelmed first-year head coach and an overwhelmed rookie quarterback who's trying to win without Adrian Peterson and with no good receivers.'

Marker Sunday's Minnesota Coverage [1:48 AM] reports:
Vikings' safety Smith a smashing standout (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
A lot to like about Vikings' RB McKinnon (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Four bold predictions for Sunday's Vikings-Bills game (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
The Call: Vikings at Buffalo (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
When Vikings take on Bills, history generally follows (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Nearly 50 years later, Jim Marshall's wrong-way run remains an NFL classic (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
5 Things to Watch: Vikings at Bills (Fox Sports North)
Pregame primer: 5 things to focus on during Vikings vs. Bills (KSTP-AM)

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Vikings [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This isn’t a game that the Bills should win, this is one that they need to win. The Vikings have endured injuries, suspensions and a rookie quarterback that has left them with a roster that is void of above average talent at most positions on the field. Buffalo has advantages over Minnesota all over the field — specifically at defensive line — and should be able to win this contest handily. If they can’t pull off a victory over this Vikings team as currently constructed at Ralph Wilson Stadium, they’re a lot farther away from being a playoff team than some may have initially thought.'

Marker Top 8 reasons to get loud for the Bills-Vikings game [1:46 AM] reports: 'The Bills are wearing the crisp white-on-white jersey-pants combination on Sunday, and it’s a combination that’s gotten them far. The team is 2-0 in all white, and when they win this weekend, they might just have to go for the white-out all season.'

Marker Van Miller, forever a fixture in Bills history [1:45 AM] reports: 'As the voice playing in your head when you reminisce about those memories, or the one you hear over and over again in TV and radio replays of old Bills highlights, it’s hard to believe his resonant tone has been off the air for eleven years now.'

Marker Broadcast Information: Vikings at Bills [1:44 AM] reports: 'Tim Brando (Play-by-play), Brendon Ayanbadejo (analyst), Peter Schrager (sideline)'

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October 18, 2014

Marker Marrone must put a lid on Bills’ loose talk [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Marrone needs to make sure that the focus of everyone – players and assistant coaches – is razor-sharp because the Bills simply cannot afford to lose.'

Marker O-line, coaches seek fixes for running game [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Given that it’s unlikely the Bills are going to do a whole lot better, at least in the short term, by using one or both of their other healthy guards – rookie Cyrus Kouandjio and Kraig Urbik – and that they probably won’t find an upgrade via trade or free-agent acquisition, it’s reasonable to assume their best option is to make the best out of what they have.'

Marker Bills defensive backs try to get their arms around penalties [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills have a problem with penalties this season —through six games, they have been called for 64. Taking away the 11 that have been declined or offset, their 53 accepted penalties rank third in the NFL behind only Pittsburgh (57) and New England (54). As for per-game averages, their 8.83 infractions is third-most, and their 78.3 yards is fifth-most.'

Marker Marquise Goodwin out for Week 7 game against Vikings [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'In addition to Goodwin, linebacker Ty Powell and wide receiver Marcus Easley have been ruled out for Sunday.'

Marker Kyle Orton to be featured in documentary about former Nebraska quarterback Brook Berringer [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"His leadership and his ability to put the team first in some really tough situations, I'll never forget that," Orton said. "To be in his situation where he finally gets a chance to play, plays great, to have to give that up. He could have went one of two ways. He could have been a negative force on the team or he could have been a positive force, and obviously it was a positive force and he put the team in front of any personal goals."'

Marker Remarkable story of Bills' Chris Gragg, Vikings' Jarius Wright: Blood couldn't make us closer [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Gragg and Wright have always been connected. Their parents had them in the bathtub together, they took family vacations to Disney World together, and then they dominated Arkansas High School football together before going to the University of Arkansas.'

Marker Bills try to snap home losing streak, and 5 things to watch in Week 7 [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Last week, Sammy Watkins was targeted only three times in the passing game. That had to do more with the matchup against Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis than it did with Watkins' play, but it's time for the Bills to let loose with Watkins. Marrone admitted that they should have had Watkins as the primary read more often in Week 6. Expect to see that on Sunday.'

Marker Thurmal Energy [1:52 AM]
Gloversville Leader Herald reports: 'Thomas said he usually does three or four signings a year for business openings in the Buffalo area, and he enjoys meeting the fans. "They let you know one thing - how long people have been holding on to stuff," he said. "For me, it's not even about signing the autographs; It's about seeing the Bills fans and where they are."'

Marker Saturday's Minnesota Coverage [1:52 AM] reports:
Vikings receivers try to catch up to expectations (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Kidney stone keeps Zimmer out of practice (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Bills unlikely to find strong trade market for Spiller (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
5 keys to beating the Bills (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Frustrated Chad Greenway itching to get back in game (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer sidelined by kidney stone (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Vikings' 'Tiny' Richardson getting tinier to help quickness (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Vikings' Linval Joseph could be starting to find his groove (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Vikings at Bills: Pioneer Press predictions (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
McKinnon, Asiata to split carries as Vikings will keep two-back system (Fox Sports North)
Zimmer has minor procedure, will coach Sunday (Fox Sports North)
Greenway On Track To Play Sunday For The Vikings/ (WCCO-TV)
Mike Zimmer away from Vikings as he undergoes procedure (KSTP-AM)
Young corners have held together for Vikings so far this season (KSTP-AM)
Harvin trade looking even better for Vikings as Seahawks dump receiver (KSTP-AM)
With Wootton out, rookie Scott Crichton will likely be activated (KSTP-AM)
Zimmer expected back quickly, after procedure (AP)
Zimmer being Zimmer: Vikes coach learning (AP)
Vikings' Zimmer misses practice for 'minor procedure' (The Sports Xchange)
What We Learned: Vikings vs. Bills (
Greenway, Floyd Questionable For Sunday (

Marker Vikings out of excuses in preparing to play Bills [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo has been held to fewer than 100 yards rushing in four straight games after doing that just five times last season. The Bills' two touchdowns rushing are the fewest to open a season since scoring one through seven games in 2010.'

Marker Bills WR Goodwin out vs. Vikings [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Receiver Marcus Easley (knee) is also out, giving the Bills only four healthy receivers.'

Marker Scouting Report: Vikings at Bills [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'In the last three games Buffalo has not only had less production running the ball, they also have called fewer run plays. In 2013 the Bills ran the ball more than 49 percent of the time. Over the last three weeks they’ve run the ball just over 35 percent of the time (35.5%). The offense has to get back to a more even balance to control the pace of the game, more effectively set up play action and finish off scoring drives.'

Marker Preaching consistency, Bills DB coach says heat on Gilmore ''well-deserved'' by Joe Buscaglia [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Absolutely. And we talk about that, too,” he continued. “If you want to be a shutdown corner in this league, you've got to play technique and you gotta play your guy. That's how we talk about it in my room. I don't beat around the bush. I tell them straight that if you want to be a shutdown corner, you take your man out of it by working technique and making sure you get yours covered.”'

Marker Bills Gameplan: How to Attack the Vikings [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'We all know the Bills have struggled mightily in their interior offensive line, especially running the football. But I think it would be a mistake to go away from trying to pound the football this week and taking advantage of a Vikings defense that has allowed at least 150 yards on the ground already twice this season. It’s obviously incumbent upon the Bills OL to be better in order to do that.'

Marker Bills down another WR vs Vikings [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee), linebacker Brandon Spikes (ribs), safety Da’Norris Searcy (knee) and long snapper Garrison Sanborn also received the ‘probable’ designation, reserved for players that have at least a 75-percent chance of playing in the upcoming game.'

Marker WR Travis Harvey added to Practice Squad [1:45 AM] reports: 'A 6-2, 185-pound Florida A&M product, Harvey entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans in 2013 before being released prior to the regular season. He then joined the New York Giants at the start of the 2014 offseason and was released prior to the start of the regular season. A native of Inglewood, CA, Harvey played in 11 games with 10 starts during his senior collegiate campaign and was named first-team All-MEAC after ranking 2nd on the Rattlers with 64 receptions and led the team with 808 receiving yards and 7 touchdown receptions.'

October 17, 2014

Marker Cyrus Kouandjio shrugging off early struggles to try to get on the field for Buffalo Bills [12:24 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I had some tough times in the preseason," Kouandjio said six games into a rookie season in which he hasn't dressed for a game. "I found myself at a crossroads. You can either give up and go home or keep fighting. I just chose to keep fighting. I stopped thinking so much and stopped doing too much."'

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