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Buffalo Bills News - October 18, 2016

Marker The Buffalo Bills and four game winning streaks in presidential election years [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gil Brandt, a senior analyst for, revealed quite the interesting tidbit about Buffalo and four game winning streaks during presidential election years on Monday. As it turns out, the Bills have had four game winning streaks during seven of the last eight presidential election years.'

Marker What Rex Ryan expects Shaq Lawson to bring to Buffalo Bills as rookie [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I don't know if we can say for this week," Ryan said. "But I think moving forward, it's get in there and spell some guys and then maybe can he play in the sub team? Can he do different things? We're going to find out. But we know he's a really good talent, and I think combined with the players we have I think he'll be good. You know, I think as far as saying well, is he a starter? No. He's not going to start now. I think Lorenzo Alexander's earned that. But we are going to work Shaq in there."'

Marker Miami Dolphins may be without best defensive back in Week 7 versus Buffalo Bills [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Jones, a 2015 Pro Bowl safety and one-time All-Pro, was having another strong season for the Dolphins. Through six games, Jones has 51 total tackles, four passes defensed, 0.5 sacks and one interception. Losing Jones for any amount of time is a significant blow for the Dolphins.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy named an offensive player of the week by Peter King [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The formula for winning seems simple. Buffalo is 4-0 when McCoy has over 100 total yards in a game and 0-2 when he fails to reach this total. In Week 7, Buffalo will play the Miami Dolphins on the road. Miami's run defense is currently 31st in the league and allows 147 rushing yards per game.'

Marker Shaq Lawson, Marcell Dareus returning will make Rex Ryan's Bills defense even scarier [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Adding a first-round pick and a dominant nose tackle to one of the NFL's most productive front sevens? That certainly sounds like fun for Rex and Rob Ryan. It doesn't sound all that amusing for opposing quarterbacks.'

Marker LeSean McCoy is the Bills' MVP — and it's not even close [1:46 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Since Lynn became the lead offensive coach, McCoy has 73 carries for 470 yards and five touchdowns. He's had three 100-yard rushing performances in four games since the coaching change. In each game he's surpassed the century mark, the Bills have won.'

Marker Rex Ryan OK with 'boring' during Bills 4-game winning streak [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"Boring is good," he said on Monday. "Maybe that's the old-school in me."'

Marker Resurgent McCoy running Bills into contention [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We have confidence when it comes to running the football, and Shady proves us right," said Bills left guard Richie Incognito, who admitted his heart sunk when McCoy was down on the field. "When you have a talented guy like him, you feed him. He makes big plays happen. He's a dynamic runner, probably one of the best one-on-one guys I've seen in space as far as making people miss and setting up jukes and getting yards after contact. We want to get him one-on-one with corners, one-on-one with safeties. He'll make that guy miss and gain big yards."'

Marker Bills-Hunter marriage of necessity could prove critical [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Signed as a free agent a few weeks ago after being cut by the Titans, the former second-round pick from Tennessee is trying to resurrect his career, and so far, he has two catches for Buffalo, and both have gone for touchdowns. Last week in Los Angeles he caught a four-yard scoring pass from Tyrod Taylor, and Sunday against the 49ers he caught a 30-yarder. After playing very little against the Rams, Hunter was on the field for 58 percent of the snaps against the 49ers. He was targeted only twice, but at least he's making plays when given the chance.'

Marker Bills LB Shaq Lawson to practice, may play Sunday [1:42 AM]
ESPN reports: '"We'll see if he plays," Ryan said. "I thought initially, I'm like, 'Yeah, we waited this long for our first-round pick,' but we got to do the smart thing and do what's best for the young man, also."'

Marker Rex: We will see if Lawson will play Sunday [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan remained consistent that Lawson would begin practicing as soon as the team hits the field this week, but he said that won’t be the case for Easley or Listenbee. Once any of the players does begin practicing, the team has a three week window to activate him. If they don’t, he must be placed on season-ending Injured Reserved or be released. Regardless if he begins practicing or not, If the player is not activated by the day after week 11, the team must either place him on IR or release him.'

Marker Now that's a stack! [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '300 yards! What was this, Nebraska against Bowling Green? The Bills hadn't rushed for 300 yards since 1992. So no, beating up on San Francisco doesn't mean you can beat the best teams on your schedule playing this way. But I wouldn't blame you if you started to really think about it being possible.'

Marker Bills' Shaq Lawson coming back this week, but may not play [1:39 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'This is an injury that has been bugging him dating back to his days at Clemson, which makes it a long-term injury in every sense of the word. With how close he is to being all the way back, rushing him into the lineup for the sake of doing so is one that can end up doing more harm than good.'

Marker 5 surprising numbers from the Bills defense [1:38 AM] reports: 'Through six games Buffalo has surrendered just three passing touchdowns. It’s the lowest figure in the league. Denver, Houston, Minnesota and Seattle rank tied for second with four.'

Marker Brownie Points - Week 6 [1:37 AM] reports: 'Zach Brown engages 49ers C Darren Kilgore driving him into the backfield. It forces Davis after the hand-off to cut inside where Preston Brown is waiting for him. Lerentee McCray arrives off the edge and Kyle Williams comes in support from the back side to stop Davis a second time for no gain and a turnover on downs.'

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October 17, 2016

Marker Fox announcers won't be sending Bills-49ers tape to the Hall of Fame [1:44 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’ve always been a fan of the 73-year-old Stockton, especially of his calls of pro basketball and major league baseball games. That is why it was so sad to hear how badly he has lost his fastball.'

Marker Bills game has higher local rating than all big weekend sports events combined [1:44 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 38.4 rating Sunday for the game carried on the local Fox affiliate, WUTV, was lower than the 41.3 rating for the Bills win over Los Angeles on Oct. 9 and the 39.7 rating for the Bills win over the New England Patriots on Oct. 2.'

Marker Driver who struck person in parking lot after Bills game arrested after returning to retrieve licens [1:43 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent at the police station and was charged with consuming alcohol in a vehicle, driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI, driving without a front license plate and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, police said.'

Marker Bills run over 49ers [10:07 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo ran up 491 yards total offense, 10th-most in franchise history and carrying most of the burden was running back LeSean McCoy, No. 2 in the NFL in rushing, who went for 140 yards on 19 carries including touchdown runs of 4, 12 and 18 yards.'

Marker For Bills’ McCoy, beef with Kelly far ‘in the past’ [10:06 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As for his relationship with McCoy, Kelly maintained, “My feelings haven’t changed, I think LeSean’s an outstanding football player. I enjoyed coaching (him) in the two years we had him at Philadelphia ... he was extremely productive while he was there. So I don’t have any expectations of what’s going to go on at the game.”'

Marker McCoy runs game plan to perfection [9:26 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We’re 4-2 and right now everybody is in a great place.” And next Sunday, the Bills opponent is Miami, the NFL’s worst rushing defense.'

Marker Kaepernick remains firm in beliefs after loss to Bills [9:25 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I can’t let him die in vain. I have to be able to try to carry that on and fight that same fight until we accomplish our goal.”'

Marker Bills’ streak best since ’08 [9:25 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo sacked 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick three times. The first was recorded by inside linebacker Zach Brown, his second of the year. The second one went to outside Alexander who now has one in all six games as a Bill — extending his franchise record in that category — and an NFL-leading eight on the season. He’s also the first Bill with sacks in six straight games since Aaron Schobel did it in 2006. The only other time a Bill had as many as eight sacks in the first six games was Mario Williams in 2014. The Bills last sack was by rookie defensive tackle Adolphus Washington, the second of his career.'

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Marker LeSean McCoy overcomes scare, leads Bills' stampede over 49ers [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was hardly a coincidence that the man who made the trade, Chip Kelly, is now coaching the Niners. McCoy insisted he's "past that ... everything's Buffalo." But that spike he made in front of the 49er bench suggested otherwise.'

Marker How sublime has LeSean McCoy been? You don't know the half of it [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McCoy remained molten in first halves, running 11 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns. He broke a 38-yarder up the middle early in the second quarter. A 24-yard carry picked up a startling third-and-20 conversion three minutes before halftime.'

Marker Kaepernick the talking point, but his play leaves much to be desired [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He hadn’t played in over a year … so you knew he was going to be rusty,” Bills linebacker Zach Brown said. “So you just had to get him out of the pocket, make bad throws, make him try and run the ball and make bad decisions. They did, and it worked.”'

Marker Bills notebook: Defense ranking with best, Hunter finds end zone again & more [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This is what good teams do,” defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. “We were able to withstand their first surge. … I think it was the turning point of the game. We talked about it on the sideline: They wen out, they struggled that first series (after halftime), had a couple penalties and we just said, ‘listen, we are not going to start like that. We have to put the foot to the gas and get going here.’ ”'

Marker Take it from me, McCoy has been worth every penny [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This is the first year that I’ve ever really been doubted,” McCoy said during his news conference. “Is this kid too good? Is he not good? Are we wasting our time? So to hear you say that, yeah, it can definitely drive you.”'

Marker At this point, Rex can say what he wants [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But all nitpicking aside, this team has the look of a wild-card contender in a mediocre AFC. They're 4-2, a game back of New England in the AFC East. It's amazing to contemplate, but if they win in Miami, they could be playing for first place in the division -- maybe the conference -- when the Pats come to town in two weeks.'

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