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Buffalo Bills News - November 14, 2014

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker Observations: Dolphins 22 - Bills 9 [9:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Marrone and 4th down… again.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker Bills lose critical game to Miami [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In the span of five days, their season is virtually over.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker Buffalo Bills LB Kiko Alonso ahead of schedule in recovery from knee injury, according to report [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills seem to be set at the linebacker position for the foreseeable future. Even with Alonso out, the unit has been an area of strength for Buffalo this season. Rookie Preston Brown has steadily improved throughout the season, and Nigel Bradham has emerged as one of the Bills' most consistent playmakers on defense.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' playoff hopes slipping away, and 5 observations from the loss to Miami Dolphins [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Forget about Orton being the man to get the Bills to the playoffs. For the second-straight week, the veteran quarterback looked like the guy who wasn't good enough to stick with the Bears, Broncos, Chiefs or Cowboys. The Dolphins dropped an interception that could have made Orton's final stat line look even worse. He finished with a 56 percent completion rate, 193 passing yards, 4.9 yards per attempt and no touchdowns.'

Marker Former Dolphins receiver Chris '7-Eleven' Hogan stands out for Buffalo Bills [1:46 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Chris Hogan became a Hard Knocks celebrity when the reality TV show focused on his uncanny ability to make plays. Bush called Hogan “7-Eleven” — because he was “always open.”'

Marker Former Dolphins receiver Chris Hogan making impact on Bills [1:45 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '“Even when he came here, he was on the bubble,” Marrone said this week. “He’s competitive as hell, obviously. And every time you think ‘Should we keep Chris or somebody else?’ he just keeps battling and making plays, to where you say to yourself, ‘Hey, we’ve got to keep this guy.’'

Marker Watkins family travels across state to watch him play [1:44 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: 'The group of about 50 left the Fort Myers area early in the afternoon in order to make it across Alligator Alley before the traffic built up and the McMillers checked into a hotel first. They made it to the stadium parking lot in enough time to set up a lively tailgate before heading inside the stadium to their seats with a simple goal in mind.'

Marker Bills' Sammy Watkins has quiet night in Miami against Dolphins [1:43 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: '“Those are the things we’ve got to clean up. We’ve all got to be on the same page,” Watkins said. “We’ve got to make those plays count because you don’t get a clear play like that every play, you don’t get a man-to-man every play or a zone every play or a double coverage. So we’ve just got to make those plays because you don’t get a lot of chances like that.”'

Marker Friday's Miami Coverage [1:42 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Ryan Tannehill leads Dolphins’ surge past Buffalo Bills (Miami Herald)
Revamped offensive line does enough in Dolphins' victory (Miami Herald)
Ryan Tannehill makes Dolphins offense work behind makeshift line (Miami Herald)
Dolphins keep playoff hopes alive with must-win victory (Miami Herald)
Dolphins coaches deserves game ball after win on short week (Miami Herald)
Former Dolphins receiver Chris '7-Eleven' Hogan stands out for Buffalo Bills (Miami Herald)
Photo gallery (Miami Herald)
Dolphins defeat Bills, 22-9, keep playoff hopes alive (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
A mixed bag for shuffled offensive line (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins survive Bills – and themselves - to save season (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins offense suffers low-scoring first quarter vs. Bills (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Ten thoughts on Dolphins 22-9 against Bills (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
20 things we learned (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
The Report Card (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Photo gallery (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win against Bills (Palm Beach Post)
The defensive series that set the stage for Dolphins to beat Bills (Palm Beach Post)
What was Tannehill’s main attribute for Dolphins versus Bills? Winning (Palm Beach Post)
With Denver up next, Miami Dolphins show imagination — and guts (Palm Beach Post)
Former Dolphins receiver Chris Hogan making impact on Bills (Palm Beach Post)
Grading the Miami Dolphins: Finally, the linebackers get an ‘A’ (Palm Beach Post)
Photo gallery (Palm Beach Post)
Watkins family travels across state to watch him play (Fort Myers News Press)
Bills' Sammy Watkins has quiet night in Miami against Dolphins (Naples Daily News)
Dolphins with plenty to feel good about after beating Bills (Fox Sports Florida)
Miami strong in 2nd half to take down rival Bills (Fox Sports Florida)
Photo gallery (Fox Sports Florida)
Dolphins Pay Back The Bills, 22-9 (MiamiDolphins.com)
An Important And Impressive Night (MiamiDolphins.com)
Taylor Turns The Corner Against Bills; Other Notes (MiamiDolphins.com)
Dolphins-Bills Postgame Notes (MiamiDolphins.com)
Photo gallery (MiamiDolphins.com)
Photo gallery (BuffaloBills.com)
Photo gallery 1 (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery 2 (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallery (Syracuse Post-Standard)

Marker Bills lose to Dolphins 22-9 [1:41 AM]
AP reports: '"I'm tired of it, we're all tired of it, and we know the fans are tired of it," safety Aaron Williams said. "It hurts."'

Marker Dolphins break through, top Bills 22-9 [1:40 AM]
AP reports: '"We've got to score," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "This was a team loss. There's no doubt about that when you look at all the things that happened out there tonight. ... We lost this game as a team."'

Marker Bills' Fred Jackson inactive against Dolphins [1:39 AM]
AP reports: 'Receiver Sammy Watkins, who had been listed as probable with a groin injury, was active.'

Marker Miami 22, Buffalo 9 [1:38 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Kyle Orton was a paltry 22-of-39 for 193 yards and Dan Carpenter kicked three field goals to account for all the points for the Bills (5-5), who have dropped their last two games.'

Marker Bills RB Jackson out vs. Miami [1:37 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'He had missed Week 9 with a groin injury, and after Buffalo's bye week, he returned to play in limited fashion in a loss to Kansas City.'

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