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Buffalo Bills News - December 8, 2014

Marker What they're saying: Broncos 24, Bills 17 [1:12 AM] reports: '“That is something we harp on every week, and that is something we got to get better at in the red zone and putting points on the board. I think we get aggressive in the second half and we start moving the ball, being aggressive. We just need to change our whole approach in the first half, first quarter, and how we approach the game. I think once we get that killer-instinct mindset to go down field no matter what, no matter who we’re playing, we’ll be a great offense.”'

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December 7, 2014

Marker Manning – taking a back seat to no one [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In many ways, Osweiler has the NFL’s best vantage point. That’s not because he’s a skosh under 6 foot 8 and has a great view of Manning every week from the sideline. Osweiler also gets to examine game film, work out, practice and attend meetings with an NFL icon.'

Marker Manning just a part of the test [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Broncos 29, Bills 18.'

Marker Bills finally hit a December with something on the line [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So yeah, I guess you could say today is big. It’s the first time they’ve entered December with a winning record since 2000, when Bill Clinton was still in the White House. It’s a meaningful game in December. Enjoy it while you can.'

Marker Can Bills slow down Manning? [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Broncos 30, Bills 20.'

Marker A daunting December for the Bills [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Its combined record in the final month of each season since 2000 is 21-35, including eight finishes of 1-3. If the Bills were a real estate agent, they'd be living in a cardboard box for all the deals they failed to close.'

Marker Buffalo Bills OC Nathaniel Hackett says Sammy Watkins has to stop thinking so much [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Usually rookie wall comes across the board. I think it's the fact that people are a little bit nervous about him. So I think they pay a lot more attention to him, and he's not used to that. So when they put their best corner on him, these guys are good, they're experienced guys. You put a guy like (Joe) Haden on him, that guy's spectacular. I think it just presents different challenges for him. In the NFL, you have to work for every single catch. Every single yard you get. He's learning that. I think he's just going through a learning process. I would say it's a rookie wall, but he's probably working harder than he's ever worked in the classroom out on the playing field doing everything, so he's been great."'

Marker Sunday's Denver Coverage [1:53 AM] reports:
Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware regains ability to rush the QB (Denver Post)
Bills vs. Broncos: Who was the edge?; how to watch; more (Denver Post)
Ordeal over, Derek Wolfe back in business (Denver Post)
Adam Gase is beaming over Broncos' sudden balance (Denver Post)
From Plummer to Manning, Broncos play in a quarterback's town (Denver Post)
Broncos' John Fox as NFL coach of the year? (Denver Post)
Three things about the Broncos-Bills game (Colorado Springs Gazette)
Broncos bring back McManus as kickoff specialist (AP)
Broncos re-sign K McManus (The Sports Xchange)
Tight Ends, Terrance Knighton Question Marks As Broncos Host Bills (KCNC-TV)
Preview: Bills at Broncos (KUSA-TV)
Three key players against the Buffalo Bills (KDCO-AM)
Broncos sign McManus to roster, waive Burse (
Broncos-Bills: Three Keys (
What's next for special teams after McManus promoted and Burse waived? (
Inside the Matchup: vs. Buffalo (

Marker Bills need Mile High Miracle to help end playoff drought [1:52 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Orton and the Bills no doubt will be pumped up for this showdown. Too bad it’s against the league’s most prolific passer in a stadium where the Broncos are 6-0 this season.'

Marker The wait was worth it for Bills DE Jerry Hughes [1:51 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: '“Sitting there and watching, you definitely want to at some point in time kind of take what you’re learning and put it to some use,” Hughes said. “I was eager to get on the field, and join those guys and all the fun they were having playing on Sundays. I try not to lose sight of that, but doubt does creep in, because you don’t know what the next year might be like.”'

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Broncos [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It’s not as cut and dry as some are making it out to be, but ultimately the Broncos have too strong of a total team to lose at home to the Bills. Buffalo’s defense will keep them in the game early, but eventually, the Bills offense won’t have enough firepower to keep up with the Denver offense. If the Denver defense weren’t as talented as they are, perhaps the Bills could keep it relatively close with the Broncos. They aren’t, and the quarterback play of Buffalo will likely hold them back from a victory on the road.'

Marker Top 10 reasons the Bills-Broncos game has playoff implications [1:49 AM] reports: 'Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville was the Bills offensive coordinator from 2004-08 and the running backs coach until 2010, during which time he helped to shape Fred Jackson into the back he is today.'

December 6, 2014

Marker Bills’ defense is solid after 12 games [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kyle Orton has brought stability to the position, but he has yet to make a convincing case that he can lead this team to the playoffs.'

Marker Bills need to make Manning work harder [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It wouldn’t be a shock to see Buffalo’s defensive backs align virtually the same way on every pass play – a tactic used by other Denver opponents – so that Manning can’t anticipate exactly where they will end up as he drops back to throw. That’s easier said than done, because it requires them to maintain the same footwork and body lean, both of which Manning will study closely before the snap.'

Marker Bills, Lions and NFL Foundation donate $137,000 for disaster relief [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pledges of $50,000 each were made by Bills owners Kim and Terry Pegula, and the NFL Foundation. The foundation also raised $12,000 during its Text-to-Give program that ran during Buffalo’s game against the New York Jets on Nov. 24.'

Marker Maiorana grades Bills: D-line shines [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Here's my quarterly report card, with the grades reflecting only the third quarter performance.'

Marker Bills strength coach Eric Ciano recalls his time with Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas at Georgia Tech [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Everybody gave him that title that he was raw because of Paul Johnson's offense, but shoot, he did a great job in that offense, had a lot of catches, had a great year," Ciano said. "He was successful there even in that offense. He had one-on-one coverage all the time. He was a great player. No question about it. Extremely gifted, hard worker. I have nothing but praise for that kid."'

Marker Mike Williams ruled out for Week 14; Sammy Watkins probable [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Williams has been inactive three other times this season, though those weren't injury related. He was practicing with the scout team this week, so there was a chance he wouldn't have been in the Bills' plans either way.'

Marker Buffalo Bills playing meaningful game in December, and 5 things to watch in Week 14 against Broncos [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Sammy Watkins had 105 receiving yards in the entire month of November. When asked whether Watkins has hit the rookie wall, Marrone simply responded, "I hope not." The Bills have to hope, because Watkins has been their most dangerous offensive playmaker all season. If Buffalo is going to have any prayer of keeping pace with Manning and the Broncos, Watkins has to be break out of this funk.'

Marker Saturday's Denver Coverage [1:52 AM] reports:
Broncos K Connor Barth's goal vs. Bills: "Not have the kicks returned" (Denver Post)
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas might sit out Sunday (Denver Post)
Julius Thomas remains iffy for Broncos; Demaryius Thomas improves (Denver Post)
Demaryius Thomas says he'll give Broncos a break (AP)
Broncos' TE Thomas questionable vs. Bills (The Sports Network)
Stopping Bills Won’t Be Easy For Broncos (KCNC-TV)
Breaking down the Bills offense (
Breaking down the Bills defense (
Demaryius Thomas, Jacob Tamme return to practice (
Williams’ history, father drive him (
Demaryius Thomas climbing the ranks (
Community Conversation: Ben Garland (

Marker Orton returns to Denver with resurgent Bills [1:51 AM]
AP reports: '"I think Kyle Orton is very underrated," Broncos safety Rahim Moore said. "I think in Buffalo that he's found a home. They've given him chances to play, and he's been winning games for them."''

Marker Bills' offense pressed to keep pace with Peyton [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"We look like a complete team when we take the burden off of them," Watkins said this week. "The defense has been holding up the whole year. Now it's time to come together as an offense and help those guys out. And I think if we can put up 28, 35 points a game, it's going to be hard to beat us."'

Marker Bills rule out Mike Williams due to calf injury [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'The fifth-year player has had limited playing time when healthy this season. Williams has been inactive in three of Buffalo's past seven games. He's not had a catch since an 8-yard reception in a 17-14 win at Detroit on Oct. 5.'

Marker Bradham, Greco fined by NFL for incident [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham was fined $16,537 Friday by the NFL for unnecessary roughness in last weekend's win against Cleveland.'

Marker Bills, partners give $137,000 to Red Cross [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The team said Friday that owners Kim and Terry Pegula have pledged $50,000. The NFL Foundation is also pledging $50,000, plus another $12,000 it generated in a fundraiser during the Bills "home" game against the New York Jets on Nov. 24. The game was relocated to Detroit because of the storm that dumped more than 6 feet of snow on the region.'

Marker Bills' Williams ruled out with calf injury [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams, along with defensive end Jarius Wynn and tight end Chris Gragg, were the only three players that have been declared out by the Bills. Wynn will miss a fourth consecutive game due to a knee injury, while Gragg will be out for a second straight week because of a knee injury as well.'

Marker TE MarQueis Gray determined to stick [1:45 AM] reports: '“I'm tired of switching teams and learning new play books and meeting new players,” he said. “If I could stick around here for a while, that'd be the best thing for myself and my family."'

Marker Scouting Report: Bills at Broncos [1:44 AM] reports: 'Kyle Orton and the Bills offense have to convert at a rate of near 50 percent if they want to pull off the upset in Denver. Buffalo has to keep drives alive to not only finish them with points, but more importantly to keep the ball out of the hands of Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense.'

Marker Bills support snowstorm disaster relief [1:43 AM] reports: '“We are grateful to our community and our partners who join us in support of the disaster relief effort”, said Kim Pegula, owner of the Buffalo Bills. “Through it all, this storm brought out the best in the people of our region and our fans rallied together to get back on their feet as soon as possible. We appreciate the support from the NFL and the Detroit Lions who went above and beyond in their support as we dealt with the impact of the storm.”'

December 5, 2014

Marker Buffalo Bills talk about 3 key things in effort to stop Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos [7:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Very different," Hughes said. "Just by the formations he's using now. You can tell he's different because you have to kind of adapt and adjust your game as the years go on, and for him to be in the league so long you can tell he's adjusting because he just went back to a Super Bowl not too long ago. You know he's always adding little pieces to his game to kind of just keep him going."'

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