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Buffalo Bills News - November 28, 2016

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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...'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.”'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.”'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker Source: Bills OT Seantrel Henderson facing 10-game ban [1:07 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Henderson has been officially informed of the suspension and is appealing the ruling, a source told Schefter, confirming an NFL Network report. A final decision on Henderson's suspension will be made this week, according to the NFL Network.'

Marker Bills hold off Jaguars, win 28-21 [1:06 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After both the Bills and Jaguars exchange chances, Jacksonville gets the ball with 6:55 left to play. The Jaguars are able to get the ball into Buffalo territory, but take a costly delay of game penalty on 4th and 4 with 3:33 to play. On 4th and 9, Bortles throws short to Lee and Buffalo's defense stops the Jaguars short.'

Marker Big plays keep Bills season alive [1:05 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The defense had some issues in this game. They weren’t good on third down(Jacksonville was 8-15) or in the red zone(Jags were 2-2). Bills opponents have now scored touchdowns on 10 of their last 11 red zone trips. Ronald Darby left the game in the first quarter with a concussion. Corey White had a bad day filling in for Darby and Jonathan Meeks was a liability at safety. Even so, they still limited Blake Bortles to 50% completions(13-26) and just 126 yards. The Jags top three receivers, Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Marquise Lee combined for seven catches and 73 yards.'

Marker The Bills are doing what it takes to win [1:04 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In the end the last two weeks have been wins. That’s all that matters, they don’t ask how pretty they are, they just ask how many.'

Marker Bills-Jaguars: Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:03 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'For the second week in a row, the Bills opponent was 8/15 on third down. That's over 53%. It's also way too high. They're not getting off the field when they have opportunities, and it's hurting both sides of the football.'

Marker Bills hold off Jags for 28-21 win [1:02 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'LeSean McCoy ran 19 times for 103 yards, but had a rough day finding consistency on the ground.'

Marker 7 observations from Bills - Jaguars (11/27/16) [1:01 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'LeSean McCoy was the focal point of the Bills offense on Sunday. The Bills knew it, the Jaguars knew it — heck, most everyone in the stadium knew it, too.'

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