Bills were undone in a hurry by '88 Bengals [1:45 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The Bills of back-in-the-day often talk as though they invented the no-huddle offense in 1990, the first of their four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. But “refined” or “perfected” is more like it.'
Westerman, Charles provide Canadian content in Bills Toronto Series event [1:44 AM]
CP reports: '"But it's always good to have support and just be a role model for guys who might one day have aspirations to play collegiately in the U.S., in the NFL or CFL. Football has grown here and we've seen many guys come out and play in the CFL and NFL so I'm definitely excited by that."'
5 things to watch in Bills - Falcons [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The two keys to this game for a Bills victory will be C.J. Spiller getting back to being himself once again against a very vulnerable run defense, and the defensive line dominating the Falcons offensive line at the point of attack. If both of these happen, the Bills could run away with the contest and continue along in their playoff pursuits. With a full week of rest and a matchup that is entirely advantageous for Buffalo, the Bills might just collect their second victory in Canada.'
Falcons take turn for the worse [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You can make excuses all you want for all of the different things that have gone wrong,” said Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. “But at the end of the day, from a player’s perspective, we need to play better. So that’s kind of the way I see it. We’ve been in some tight games. We’ve had opportunities to win a lot of ballgames. And we just haven’t made the plays.”'
Kyle Williams wakes up with back issues [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I plan on playing. At the same time, if you can’t you’re only gonna hurt everybody else. We’re gonna work on it, we’re gonna be aggressive and see how it does.”'
Buffalo Bills coordinator explains club's remarkable defensive turnaround [1:57 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'After Thursday's games, the Bills are tied for the league lead in interceptions (16) and tied for second in sacks (37). What’s more, they rank third in opponent pass-completion percentage (57.1%) and seventh in red-zone defence, allowing foes to score touchdowns only 47% of the time after advancing inside the 20.'
Nothing to see at the Rogers Centre but a regular NFL game [1:56 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'Indeed, there are rumblings in the Toronto business community that Bon Jovi and Tanenbaum are much further down the road on a new football stadium than either is willing to let on, and that they have in fact been quietly lining things up for two years or more.'
Saturday's Atlanta Coverage [1:55 AM]
Falcons’ offensive line has a matchup nightmare (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Injuries, Falcons' struggles frustrate Roddy White (AP)
Tale Of The Tape: Atlanta Falcons At Buffalo Bills (WZGC-FM)
Behind the Facemask: Sean Weatherspoon (AtlantaFalcons.com)
Injury report (AtlantaFalcons.com)
Bills DT Charles' long journey leads home [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'He's come a long way from his days with various junior and minor league Canadian teams.'
Bills DT Williams questionable for Sunday [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'Williams says he woke up with spasms in his lower back Friday morning. He did not practice Friday.'
Falcons seek to warm up against Bills in Toronto [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Just don't try to get him to suggest the setting provides an edge to Atlanta, a team accustomed to playing indoors, and which is 0-5 on the road this season.'
Atlanta Falcons play road game against Buffalo Bills in comfort of a dome [1:51 AM]
CP reports: '"Yeah, they must have fixed the schedule or something out there in Atlanta," Johnson said. "Who put the schedule together to have them come to Toronto?"'
Bills DT Williams questionable for Sunday [1:50 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"It was fun this morning. I think I woke everybody up," Williams said on the team's website. "I guess I slept on it wrong and when I stepped to get out of bed it cinched up on me.";
Bills' Kyle Williams questionable for Sunday [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: It's the first back spasm Williams has ever had, and it's affecting the lower left side of his back. "It's just something that jumps up on you," he said. "A lot of times when it's getting better it'll go away just as quick as it came. So that's kind of what we're hanging our hat on."'
Gilmore presses through challenging season [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: ''“I feel a lot better, I’m actually using my left hand now; playing with confidence like I always have been,” Gilmore said. “I’m actually being myself like I was in training camp.”'
DT Kyle Williams 50-50 for Falcons game [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Kyle Williams will be questionable for the game,” said Marrone. “He’s 50-50. It just popped up, lower back. Those things are tough. I’ve been through those things before. I had a player when I was in New York, during walk through just went down to get in his stance and his back locked up. When you talk about backs and hamstrings and things you really don’t know.”'
Scouting Report - Week 13 [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo’s offense has had its share of troubles converting in the red zone this season, but that cannot happen against the second-worst red zone defense they will face this season in the Falcons. Atlanta is allowing opponents to reach the end zone better than 63 percent of the time. The Bills need to have a success rate right around that figure to hand the Falcons their sixth straight loss.'
Bills warm to Toronto [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s going to be a little bit different, but hopefully we’re going to go up there and continue to play well and go win a football game,” defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. “Maybe things change if we go up there and play a really solid, complete football game.”'
Summers a hefty load in Bills' backfield [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When the Bills called, it had been more than three years since he’d played in a regular-season game. Summers knew he wasn’t being brought in to be the primary ballcarrier like he was at UNLV — not with C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and Tashard Choice on the roster. The Bills let Corey McIntyre walk in free agency and were looking for a blocking fullback who could also some rattle some skulls on special teams, and Summers leaped at the opportunity.'
Q&A with Falcons writer D. Orlando Ledbetter [1:57 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'He has had to operate behind an inexperienced and shaky offensive line. The Falcons tried to replace three starters along the line and the transition has not been smooth. Ryan has been sacked 24 times, hit 69 times and hurried on more than 100 other pass attempts. I think his leaky pass protection has led to his problems.'
Q&A with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan [1:56 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Sometimes the lighting and stuff is a little different, and I think the noise level is a little different. But as a quarterback it’s always nice to play indoors -- no wind, no rain, no snow. Nothing to deal with. It makes it a little bit easier.'
Friday's Atlanta Coverage [1:55 AM]
‘No complaints’ for Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Falcons QB Matt Ryan a lightning rod for his slide (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Atlanta (2-9) at Buffalo (4-7) [1:54 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bills 21, Falcons 18.'
Game Scout: Falcons at Bills [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Atlanta gets a break playing in a dome in Toronto rather than outdoors northern New York. The Falcons' biggest concern, however, is the Bills' underrated defense, which will dominate Atlanta's offensive line and add to its season total of 16 interceptions.'
Scouting Report - Week 13 [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: ' Buffalo’s offense has had its share of troubles converting in the red zone this season, but that cannot happen against the second-worst red zone defense they will face this season in the Falcons. Atlanta is allowing opponents to reach the end zone better than 63 percent of the time. The Bills need to have a success rate right around that figure to hand the Falcons their sixth straight loss.'
Broadcast information: Falcons vs. Bills [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Dick Stockton (play by play), Ronde Barber (analyst), Kris Budden (reporter).'
Toronto series leaves the Bills out in the cold [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’ll admit, it’s hard to feel confident in a city that put a crack-smoking buffoon in the mayor’s office. But the threat is there, along with the money. And really, should we Americans be laughing at anyone for the characters they elect to high office?'
Branch plugs big hole for Bills at 5-technique after injry to Carrington [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I feel real comfortable in the defense,” said Branch after Wednesday’s practice. “I’ve embraced my role, tried to get in there and plug up the holes, tried to get disruptive in the backfield. I’m embracing the role and hopefully I can go out and keep doing what I’m doing."'
Toronto game will be televised [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Capacity in the domed stadium for NFL games is about 45,300. Last year’s announced crowd for the Bills game against Seattle was 40,770. Officials of Rogers Media Inc., the Bills’ partner for the game, told the Toronto Star earlier this week about 82 percent of the tickets had been sold, about the same as last year in the week leading up to the game.'
Bills' Jairus Byrd: Fitting in and 'focused on football' [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"A lot of the questions that everyone's asking me, do you want to be here, I'm really not the right one to be asking the questions to," Byrd said. "It's not totally up to me, so like I said, it is what it is and I'm just focused on football and playing to the best of my ability."'
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