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Buffalo Bills News - October 8, 2017

Marker Bills Backers Club: Support crosses state lines in N. Kentucky, Cincinnati [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Sunday morning tailgate party will be held in a free parking lot under the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge in Covington, Ky. Chili, wings, and Sahlen’s hot dogs with Weber’s mustard will be served, along with whatever is cooking on the hood of the famous Red Pinto. Tailgaters will be able to take a $1 shuttle ride to Paul Brown Stadium for the game.'

Marker Jerry Hughes is playing like a man possessed, and the Bills defense is soaring [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Defensive line coach Mike Waufle loves working with Hughes, and he said his numbers don’t do his performance justice. He has three sacks, but he has been a nightmare for opposing offensive lines to deal with. Last week against the Falcons, for instance, Hughes had one sack and it resulted in a forced fumble and a touchdown for Buffalo, plus he had five other pressures on Matt Ryan.'

Marker Bills vs. Bengals: Roles are reversed for a showdown in Cincinnati [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Which Andy Dalton will show up? The Bengals quarterback is a wildly polarizing player. There are some observers who think he’s been a career-long mediocrity, and other believe he’s been a solid NFL quarterback for most of his six-plus years in the league. The answer is probably somewhere in the middle, and this season, he has been the very definition of polarizing.'

Marker Bills vs. Bengals: How to watch, listen, plus things to know before kickoff [1:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This will be the 31st regular-season meeting, and the Bills lead the series 16-14. For a stretch between 1989-2010, the Bills won 10 consecutive games against Cincinnati, their longest winning streak over one team ever, and also the longest losing streak for the Bengals against one team. Buffalo did lose three in a row when Andy Dalton arrived in Cincinnati, but Buffalo won the most recent game, 16-12 in 2016. Oddly, Buffalo is 4-1 in five games at Paul Brown Stadium.'

Marker Bills visiting 1-3 Bengals as underdogs [1:44 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“They have a lot of challenges. Everybody knows they have (wide receiver) A.J. Green, a guy who can take the top off a defense. They’ve got (wideout Brandon) LaFell who does a lot of things underneath. They’ve got a lot of weapons, the three-headed monster running back (Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard and rookie Joe Mixon) as well. They’re doing a lot of things well, and as soon as they got that new offensive coordinator (former quarterback coach Bill Lazor), they’ve been scoring a lot more points. You have to take the first two games out of it, and just watch what they’ve been doing the last two.”'

Marker Pollock: Bills have reason to be cautious despite 3-1 start [1:43 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“You have to continue to trust the process and stay focused,” he said. “I’ve been a part of teams that have started 6-2 and not made the playoffs ... it can happen and turn on you quickly. That happens when guys lose focus or start reading the press clippings, start making everything become routine and not being committed and trying to figure out ways (to) get better and really dissecting their own game. We all have a little bit of weakness in our game from week to week that teams try to exploit the following week.”'

Marker Northtown Auto billboard references Harambe before Buffalo Bills-Bengals game [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Every week, Northtown Auto has a billboard aimed at the Buffalo Bills' next opponent. In Week 5, Buffalo will take on the Cincinnati Bengals, so Northtown Auto decided to make a reference to Harambe, a gorilla that was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after a three year old boy fell into his exhibit back in 2016.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals 2017: Preview, odds, prediction for Week 5 [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bengals have been rock solid on defense. With Vontaze Burfict back, Cincinnati has not been an easy team to run it. The pass defense is the strength of this group, however. The Bengals are second in the league in opposing quarterback rating. Tyrod Taylor will be without top wide receiver Jordan Matthews in this game, so the Bills could struggle to move the ball through the air.'

Marker Buffalo Bills not shocked by Stephon Gilmore's struggles: 'He has no dog in him' [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I can just tell you that there was zero shock in Buffalo watching him play the last few weeks," Breer said. "The guys who are there, who have coached him, who have played with him, are not surprised at all from what they've seen. In fact, I'll tell you what one source in Buffalo said to me about him. 'Loved to blame everyone else, he sucked last year. We were all surprised when he got a big deal. Not a competitor. He has no dog in him.'"'

Marker Bills make big strides under new defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier [1:39 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'But people forget that Frazier’s defenses also ranked in the top eight in yards allowed three times when he was Vikings defensive coordinator. They also led the league in run defense twice.'

Marker Bills promote Mabin from practice squad; cut Philly Brown [1:38 AM]
AP reports: 'Mabin's promotion to the active roster comes with the Bills listing three defensive backs as questionable to play. Starting cornerback E.J. Gaines is nursing a groin injury, while backup Shareece Wright has a back injury. Staring safety Micah Hyde is dealing with a knee injury.'

Marker Bills/Bengals preview: notes and stats [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'QB Tyrod Taylor passed for TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rating.'

Marker Joe B: 5 things to watch for in Buffalo Bills - Cincinnati Bengals (10/7/17) [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Reluctantly, I take the Bengals to win the game — even after selecting the Bills to win on the latest episode of the Bills Beat podcast. The difference between now, and when we recorded it on Thursday afternoon, was that the injury status to starting cornerback E.J. Gaines was not known. '

Marker 5 Questions with Eddie Yarbrough [1:35 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '“It’s great to have the support, especially from a great town and great organization like Buffalo. Those guys and gals are amazing. I just work hard and play my best game for them."'

Marker What they're saying: Bills-Bengals 2017 game predictions [1:34 AM] reports: 'Ultimately, this is going to be a physical, close football game. That favors the Bills because that's exactly the type of game Buffalo has been winning this season. The Bills are accustomed to pulling out close games, which only adds to the toughness Sean McDermott has brought to Buffalo.'

Marker How to watch Bills vs. Bengals [1:33 AM] reports: 'Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1:00 p.m. E.T.'

Marker Bills promote CB Mabin from practice squad; WR Brown released [1:32 AM] reports: '“I’m here to do one job and that’s to play cornerback for the Buffalo Bills, so I’m preparing the same way I’ve prepared in Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 even though I wasn’t up,” Mabin told “It’s my job to know our defense. It’s my job to know their offense.”'

Marker Top 10 reasons to be excited for Buffalo's Week 5 matchup [1:31 AM] reports: 'Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes has been downright dangerous all season. With three sacks in four weeks, Hughes has proven to be a quarterback’s nightmare. The Bengals will certainly have their work cut out for them when trying to contain this pass rusher.'

Marker Bills Today: Cincinnati QB respects Bills defense [1:30 AM] reports: '“They don’t do a ton of stuff, it’s just that they’re really good at what they do. There are some areas where you prepare, and you don’t know the plan half the time because they are moving around and doing different things. These guys are just sound and they are playing really well,” Dalton said.'

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Marker Bills think they're close to run-game breakout [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Yeah, it needs to get better, just like a lot of areas on our team," coach Sean McDermott said Friday, acknowledging there's a shortcoming but not wanting to single it out.'

Marker Bills to face Bengals without Jordan Matthews, Ramon Humber [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews and linebacker Ramon Humber will miss Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with thumb injuries suffered in last weekend's win against the Atlanta Falcons.'

Marker Sully's Mailbag: Cam Newton channels his inner Bobby Riggs, plus Bills, Eichel & more [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They can't rely on the defense to carry them. If you don't get significant contributions from wideouts, it catches up with you sooner or later. Teams will continue to crowd the box and dare Tyrod Taylor to beat them down the field. Sunday's game against a third-ranked Bengals defense will be a telling test.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills can't let fast start and Bengals' struggles kill their [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This time, the Bills need to do more than slow down the pace of the game. They need to start showing the kind of production they had in their season-opening victory against the New York Jets.'

Marker Advanced Stats: The Bills' biggest advantage (and disadvantage) vs. Bengals [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Meanwhile, Bills center Eric Wood has had some issues as a pass-protector through four games. He's surrendered four pressures (two hits, two hurries) on 127 pass-blocking snaps. While that may not seem like a high rate of pressures allowed, it's the 13th-best Pass-Blocking Efficiency score (97.6) out of 33 qualifying centers. Not bad but not great.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor up to No. 8 on's QB Index [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor was ranked 24th in their Week One rankings, which included every player. He was the last player listed in the "middle of the pack" category, behind Jay Cutler and Joe Flacco.'

Marker Bills athletic comparison profile: Rookie linebacker Matt Milano [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Before Bills rookie linebacker Matt Milano makes his first professional start against the Bengals, let's access his potential from an athletic perspective.'

Marker Bills Fans Near and Far: A lifetime of Bills mediocrity hasn't killed this fan's faith [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s hard being a fan of a team that’s never made the playoffs in the entire time I’ve been watching,” Okoniewski said. “But I’ll always be a Bills fan. Even after 17 years of not being in the playoffs, which is most of my life. I’ll always be a fan, even if they go 30 years without being in the playoffs.”'

Marker What They Said: Head coach Sean McDermott [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yeah, it needs to get better just like a lot of areas on our team. We need to get better at a lot of areas. It’s still early in the process and I think we’d be making a huge mistake to say we’re good enough in this area, we’re good enough in that area, we’re not good enough in that area. We just have to continue to improve and get to know our team. I don’t think you really know your team, and I’ve talked about this before, until the end of October potentially, or the late part of October when you get to know all the guys on your team and what they do best. You can see we’re still tinkering with the roster in some spots, trying to get the right 53, and then you add the practice squad on top of that, the right practice squad. This is a work in progress.'

Marker Steve Tasker knows he can't win working Bills-Bengals game for CBS [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"No, not at all. I look at the game analytically," he explained. "I am a real positive person. I am cheering players who play well no matter what jersey they are wearing. It is just like another game to me."'

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