Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin out indefinitely with fractured ankle [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Corey Graham took over at cornerback when McKelvin went down, while Robert Woods replaced McKelvin as the Bills' punt returner.'
Bills Coach Stumbles on Fourth-Down Decisions, and Questions [1:52 AM]
New York Times reports: 'But Marrone’s reply was revealing; it was worrisome on several other levels because he did not offer a strategic rationale for his decisions. It’s the Bot’s belief — to the extent that bots can have beliefs — that most N.F.L. coaches aren’t making these decisions completely rationally. They’re making them based on outdated wisdom that doesn’t stand up to modern strategic scrutiny.'
Kyle Orton struggles for Bills, and 5 observations from stats, snap counts [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills didn't have a ton of success running the ball against the Dolphins, but it was never more glaring than it was in the second half of the game when Buffalo had just three yards rushing. After piling up 51 yards on 13 rushing attempts in the first half, the Bills had six rushes for three yards in the second half.'
Bills CB McKelvin out with broken ankle [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Coach Doug Marrone said Friday the Bills are still evaluating whether to put McKelvin on injured reserve, and how they would fill his roster spot.'
Sluggish offense sinking Bills' playoff hopes [1:51 AM]
AP reports: '"We just have to make plays down there and right now we're not making them," center Eric Wood said. "I realize that's general, but from my standpoint that's what needs to happen."'
Bills' McKelvin suffers fractured ankle [1:51 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bills coach Doug Marrone on Friday said the team is still weighing its options on McKelvin's status going forward with just six games remaining.'
Bills suddenly on brink of elimination [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We know what we have to do in the future," said quarterback Kyle Orton, who suffered through his worst game since taking over for EJ Manuel six weeks ago, throwing for just 193 yards. "We've got to go out and beat some good teams, that's all of our focus."'
Bills' McKelvin out indefinitely with fractured ankle [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"We’ll have to see what we’re going to do with that," Marrone said. "We’re in discussion there, meaning the roster spot and where we put him, as far as IR and things like that."'
Bills' Marrone doesn't back down after 4th down criticism [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'My philosophy has always been, and I said this from the beginning, to make sure that I’m managing the game where I give our players the opportunity to win, where I don’t make decisions to take the game away from the players on that 4th and 6. It’s 4th and 6, we punt, we stop, you know what I’m saying, we get a score, whether it’s a field goal or a touchdown it’s still a two-score game with obviously three possessions each at least in the game with the timeouts and the two minute. I would find it hard pressed for anyone at that point in the game, knowing my colleagues in this league, to see who would have gone for it in that situation.'
A surge in sacks for Mario [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He had a great game. He went out there and really executed his game plan,” DE Jerry Hughes said of Williams. “We talk about it in our room week and week out what to do and to see him go out there and do it, it was great.”'
What they're saying: Dolphins 22, Bills 9 [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s just not good enough, whatever the reason is. We’ll just have to go back and watch the tape but our performance isn’t good enough right now. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board a little bit and the only thing I know is to go back and work harder, try to get better and it starts with the quarterback. My job is to put points on the board and whatever I’ve got to do to get this offense better I’m going to do.”'
Bills suffer disturbing loss in Miami [1:02 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Because the reality is this ... if you can’t score a touchdown on the road against a team with a winning record, forget the playoffs.'
Kyle Orton falls back to Earth [10:02 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Kyle Orton played his worst game as a Bill, completing 22 of 39 passes for 193 yards and no touchdowns.'
Buffalo Bills Week 11 Report Card [10:01 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'If you can't establish any sort of rushing attack against a solid defensive unit, you make it easier for them to contain your offense. That's exactly what the Dolphins did and it was big reason why they won the game.'
Kyle Orton needed to do better [9:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Kyle Orton had a terrible night, and all the good will he built up in winning three of his first four starts for the Bills has been wiped out with back-to-back poor performances during which he produced just one touchdown (against Kansas City) in 22 total possessions. For three quarters, the maligned offensive line held up pretty well and Orton had time to throw. The problem was he kept throwing like EJ Manuel, which is to say missing receivers who were open.'
Mike Williams not involved in Bills' loss, says building chemistry with Kyle Orton has been tough [9:33 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I played three plays, so you can't even start a rhythm," Williams said. "I mean, three plays. Two runs and a pass. I try to do my best ability on the plays. I'm just waiting for my opportunities."'
Doug Marrone defends decision to punt in fourth quarter of Buffalo Bills' loss to Miami Dolphins [9:32 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Because, you know, with eight minutes, a situation like that ... we didn't get as good of a punt, that plays into the field position, like we had gotten last week," Marrone said. "We were thinking about going for it on fourth-and-6, the percentages are just not in our favor. We needed the two possessions, so we were going to get more than two possessions after that — at least in our opinion."'
Observations: Dolphins 22 - Bills 9 [9:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Marrone and 4th down… again.'
Doug Marrone on hot seat with Buffalo Bills, even if he's not concerned [7:25 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While Marrone's message was consistent with his philosophy from day one, the calls for his job are getting louder and his seat is getting warmer after the same issues — red-zone offense and conservative play-calling — that have plagued this team for the last two issues have reared their ugly head in two losses following the team's bye week.'
Firing blanks again, Bills bow to Dolphins [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Right now, the only thinking with regards to this team is figuring out what it has to do to score a touchdown. The Bills haven’t produced one in more than seven quarters.'
Season goes bust as Bills’ retreat continues [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After 15 years of repeated, excruciating failure, it’s only fair to lay the blame where it belongs – on a dysfunctional organization that has been trying to win with inferior coaches and quarterbacks for the entire millennium.'
Jackson rests injured groin, giving start to Brown [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jackson’s inability to contribute in Thursday night’s divisional game will cause many to question the decision to let him play Sunday.'
Quarterly report [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills got absolutely horrific quarterback play from Kyle Orton. His final stat line – 22 of 39 for 193 yards, 4.9 yards per attempt, 69.7 passer rating – doesn’t come close to explaining how poorly he played. He had no answers for the Miami defense.'
Plenty of blame to go around for loss [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Doug Marrone’s chary fourth-down decisions will keep Bills fans irate another week. With 9:42 left in the game and his team down 10 points, Marrone punted from the Dolphins’ 47-yard line. Later, the Bills were forced to go for it on fourth down in their own territory. Nathaniel Hackett’s red-zone play-calling has failed to produce a touchdown in almost nine full quarters.'
Bills lose critical game to Miami [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In the span of five days, their season is virtually over.'
Report card [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills faced a must-win game, and while the conditions were difficult - on the road, at night, on a Thursday against a divisional rival - it was still a grossly disappointing performance. For the second time in five days, they met a fellow AFC playoff contender, and for the second time in five days, proved they are not a bona fide playoff contender. It's as simple as that.'
Bumbling Buffalo loses crucial game, 22-9 [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills, ranked last in the NFL in red-zone touchdown efficiency, mounted grinding drives of 67 and 85 yards on their first two possessions. But Miami held them to a field goal each time, and those were their best TD chances.'
Mario Williams' red contacts, dominant play for Bills against Dolphins garnering attention [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Williams also improved his career sack total to 85 with his two sacks on Thursday, and 32 of those sacks have come with the Bills. It's safe to say Williams won't be getting rid of those contacts any time soon.'
Bills' Jerry Hughes on personal foul penalty for bumping official: 'It doesn't surprise me at all' [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He said after the game that he was not surprised about the penalty. Turns out it was the same crew that called him for unsportsmanlike conduct for slapping teammate Brandon Spikes on the helmet against the New England Patriots earlier this season.'
Doug Marrone says Buffalo Bills haven't considered benching Kyle Orton for EJ Manuel [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Marrone shouldn't turn on his television anytime soon, because the chatter has already begun. On NFL Network after the game, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and the rest of the crew wondered when the time will come for Manuel to get another shot.'
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