Bills on life support courtesy of inept offense [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'What frustrated the Bills in Denver is that the defense did a solid job against the high-powered Broncos offense led by Peyton Manning. Denver had season-lows for first downs (15) and total yards (306), and Manning threw for a season-low 173 yards. His 56.9 passer rating was his worst since 2008.'
Bills' Marrone was unaware of Hughes' benching [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I knew originally after the penalty, I know we talked about on the headsets of bringing him off to the sideline to make sure he cools down," Marrone started. "Afterwards, when I was asked the question, I was told he only played three snaps I think it was. It was a very limited amount. Someone said hardly played or maybe didn't play. I didn't know about that. I wasn't aware of that. Looking back, he played, I actually wrote it down, 12 of the last 36 [snaps]. I've told the coaches, reiterated it, again it's my responsibility, that if something's going to change in the rotation of rotational players, make sure that I am aware of it, and then obviously I have the final decision."'
Bills back to square one at quarterback...again! [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There are rumors about a number of quarterbacks who could be on the market this off season(Jay Cutler, Sam Bradford, Colin Kapernick, Robert Griffin III, Nick Foles, Cam Newton). Whoever is out there, the Bills need to figure out who the best guy is and do everything in their power to get him. They can't go into 2015 putting all their eggs in the Orton/Manuel basket. It would be like this past off season when they decided they were fine with Manuel, Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel. It just isn't good enough and Orton's play each week is driving that point home.'
WR Mike Williams added to Waived/Injured list, WR Deonte Thompson signed [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Thompson entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2012. The 6-0, 203 pound Florida product has played in 13 games for Baltimore (2012-13), recording 15 catches for 147 yards and returning 22 kicks for 590 yards. Thompson, 25, was released prior to the start of the 2014 regular season by the Ravens before joining the team’s Practice Squad.'
12 fast facts from the Bills-Broncos game [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With his 127 receiving yards, Watkins is now the first Bills rookie to produce four 100-yard games in a season. He is the first Bill to go over the century mark four times in a season overall since Lee Evans in 2008.'
Bills' playoff hopes clearly on life support [3:25 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'So why am I being such a grinch 17 days before Christmas? Because while fans have every right to keep the faith for as long as their team's playoff chances flicker, the Bills face a much more serious issue than microscopic odds to make the post-season. As in quarterback.'
Self-inflicted wounds haunt Bills in Denver loss [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All the Bills needed to do was be sound and efficient on both sides of the ball. They were neither.'
Bills’ playoff chances go sliding downhill [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When the game was in doubt, though, Orton wasn’t up to it. The fact is, he needed to be great for the Bills to pull the upset. He was terrible.'
Penalty earns Hughes a seat [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hughes said the coaches told to him to “just cool down, drink some water, clear my head, collect my thoughts.” He had plenty of time because he didn’t play much after that.'
Lack of discipline cost Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills ran the ball only 16 times for 74 yards. They averaged a strong 4.6 yards per carry, but didn’t seem as committed to trying to control the game on the ground – and keep the ball away from Peyton Manning – as they have been.'
Matchup Winners [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The play-calling wasn’t the problem. The Bills’ run game isn’t good enough to merit more rushing attempts against a quality foe like Denver. The Bills miss C.J. Spiller in a big way.'
Harris INT dashes comeback hopes [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Down by 21-3, the Bills were trying to climb back into it. On a first-down play from the Denver 19, Orton threw for Robert Woods on a skinny post to the left. Woods was unable to press Harris to the outside before making his cut inside. Harris returned the INT 38 yards to set up a field goal.'
Quarterly Report [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Doug Marrone punted on fourth and 2 from the Buffalo 16-yard line with less than 6 minutes to go and his team down 14 points. Marrone fooled everyone earlier in the game going for it on fourth down in Denver territory, but reverted to form with any chance of winning the game on the line.'
Report Card [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’d love to give Doug Marrone credit for benching defensive end Jerry Hughes for unsportsmanlike conduct. But Marrone claimed Hughes’ absence for much of the game was not for disciplinary reasons. Then why was Hughes off the field for all but two plays in the third quarter? Fourth-down decisions remain dubious.'
Five things to know about the Packers [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Green Bay made a change during its bye week, moving linebacker Clay Matthews inside. In the four games since then, the Pack is averaging 90 yards a game against on the ground. Despite that, Green Bay still ranks 28th in the NFL against the run, allowing 132.3 yards per game – a good indication how bad they were before the bye week.'
Broncos do just enough to edge Bills [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I felt like it was a game we could win," said defensive back Corey Graham, who intercepted one Manning pass and also recovered a Jacob Tamme fumble in the red zone that kept it a 14-3 game at halftime. "I wasn't overly impressed (by the 10-3 Broncos); we made plays, but we didn't make enough."'
Despite numbers, Orton still mediocre [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Forget his numbers — Orton was awful for most of the game.'
Report card [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills lost a game that most felt they would lose, and thanks to a garbage-time fourth-quarter rally made it look closer than it probably was. This game came down to two things: The offense’s inability to get anything going early, and huge penalties that cost Buffalo points for and against.'
Buffalo gets run over in key game, loses 24-17 [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Putting up the big numbers was former Broncos QB Kyle Orton: 38 of 57 for 355 yards. He led the Bills (7-6) on two long TD drives in the fourth quarter after they'd fallen behind 21-3.'
Doug Marrone keeps Jerry Hughes on sidelines after penalty [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Hughes' lack of playing time led to a couple of questions: What did he do to earn the flag? And why was one of the team's best defensive players spending so much time on the sideline, helmet unbuckled and far away from the action knowing he wouldn't be going into the game?'
Doug Marrone takes blame for Buffalo Bills' lack of discipline in loss to Denver Broncos [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Marrone thinks his team's lack of discipline in the loss stemmed from him and how he was reacting to some of the calls on the field. "That's my fault," Marrone said. "I can't do that on the sideline and not expect the team to react to how I react. That's where I let the team down today. I told them that in the locker room. That's on me."'
Buffalo Bills' strong effort against Peyton Manning not enough [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'At every turn, the Bills seemed to be getting flagged for a penalty in a crucial situation or allowing an untimely big play. They finished with 11 penalties for 98 yards. Manning may not have been his usual dominant self, but he did come up with enough big passing plays to keep the Broncos on schedule.'
What Buffalo Bills players were saying about officiating, penalties in loss to Denver Broncos [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's like every week we get terrible calls, man. It's like we send (video to the NFL) and nothing happens. The next week, we come out and it's the same thing. It's like we have to play whoever we playing and the refs, too."'
Mike Pereira addresses 'insane' criticism of officials who fist-bumped in Buffalo Bills' loss to Bro [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'm amazed at people on Twitter who love to chat when they don't know what they're talking about," Pereira said. "I'm even more amazed when people in the media write things that have no basis or merit to be written.'
Offense struggles against Broncos [1:41 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'The defense played well, but the offense couldn't get going until it was too late.'
Buffalo Bills Week 14 Report Card [1:40 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Buffalo has had issues scoring in the red zone and they haven't taken advantage of some opportunities created by their defense. Those are two of the biggest problems with this unit. And they're two of the biggest reasons why the Bills need a new offensive coordinator.'
Broncos’ run first offence a late-season trend [1:39 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Buffalo’s defence, meantime, kept the Bills in the game. But week after week against teams not named the New York Jets, the offence can’t come close to moving the ball with any regularity.'
Monday's Denver Coverage [1:38 AM]
Broncos' defense, run game beat Bills as Peyton Manning has off-day (Denver Post)
Buffalo's Kyle Orton frustrated at his showing against Broncos (Denver Post)
Juwan Thompson comes on strong spelling C.J. Anderson (Denver Post)
Wes Welker resurfaces with key catches in Broncos' win (Denver Post)
Father Time bearing down on Broncos' Peyton Manning (Denver Post)
Broncos defense is rising to the challenge (Denver Post)
Highs, lows of Denver's Week 14 win (Denver Post)
Peyton Manning: I'd rather have a win than another record; more quotes (Denver Post)
Photo gallery (Denver Post)
With another tough-guy win, Broncos' new identity changes future (Colorado Springs Gazette)
Peyton Manning resembles Kyle Orton and still wins handily (Colorado Springs Gazette)
Quarter by quarter (Colorado Springs Gazette)
Thomas active for Bills-Broncos game (AP)
Broncos TE Thomas returns vs. Bills (The Sports Network)
Broncos TE Thomas to return vs. Bills (The Sports Xchange)
Broncos DE Wolfe returns to game (The Sports Xchange)
Broncos Continue To Ride The C.J. Anderson Touchdown Train (KCNC-TV)
Team Grades: Broncos Mediocre In Win Over Bills (KCNC-TV)
Photo gallery (KCNC-TV)
Denver wins despite Manning's worst game as a Bronco (KUSA-TV)
Photo gallery (KUSA-TV)
Win over the Bills displayed the team’s evolution (KDCO-AM)
Broncos taking running game too far (KDCO-AM)
Peyton's Take: 'Comfortable with winning' (DenverBroncos.com)
By becoming grinders, Broncos now a 'complete team' (DenverBroncos.com)
Defense steps up with vital turnovers (DenverBroncos.com)
Three Keys, Unlocked (DenverBroncos.com)
Photo gallery 1 (DenverBroncos.com)
Photo gallery 2 (DenverBroncos.com)
Photo gallery (BuffaloBills.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallery (Syracuse Post Standard)
Broncos beat Bills 24-17 behind Anderson's 3 TDs [1:29 AM]
AP reports: 'Manning's streak of 51 straight games with a touchdown throw — three shy of Drew Brees' NFL record — ended on a sun-splashed, almost still afternoon in Denver, where the game-time temperature was a balmy 63 degrees.'
Bills hold Peyton in check, still fall 24-17 [1:28 AM]
AP reports: 'Orton had 355 yards, most of them after the Bills had fallen behind by three touchdowns in the third quarter. Like Manning, he threw two interceptions. The first came after he'd moved the Bills inside the Denver 20 midway through the third quarter, down by 18, when there was still enough time to mount a legitimate comeback.'
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