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Buffalo Bills News - October 16, 2014

Marker The Buffalo Bills will make the NFL playoffs [12:20 PM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Look at the schedule. The Bills could finish 10-6 and grab a wildcard. Having veteran QB Kyle Orton and a solid running game gives Buffalo a good chance to go 7-3 the rest of the way.'

Marker Offensive woes testing Bills’ morale [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Spiller, who is in the final year of his original five-year contract, is a polite guy who posts Bible passages on his Twitter feed. From his rookie year, he has refused to complain about his inconsistent playing time. Whatever resentments Spiller has, he is careful to keep them inside.'

Marker Bills’ Spiller blocks out trade talk [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I always said you take advantage when you’re in there, do everything you possibly can to make plays for your team,” he said. “So I’m not caught up in how many snaps I get. Obviously you want to play more, but certain things happen throughout the game, and you have to go to different packages. I’m not concerned.'

Marker Williams says agent did his job asking about a trade [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When I go through practice all week long and I find out Saturday I’m not playing, it was a big shock to everybody,” Williams said. Engelhard “just did his job, and I’m still here. I’m in my hometown, playing for the team I wanted to play for. … Right now, I’m a Buffalo Bill until proven wrong.”'

Marker After career in trenches, ex-Bill Ritcher patrols the skies [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Football gave me the opportunity and resources to do it. I was able to continue to get instrument ratings. When I finished I was instructing a little and was hired by Continental Express. Once I got a little jet time I applied with TWA and Midway. American was the best offer out there and I’ve been with them ever since.”'

Marker Buffalonians cry foul over Lululemon’s ‘wide right, ‘no goal’ mosaic [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Our commitment is to remove the floor (it is currently covered with a rug) and represent Buffalo in a way that they are proud of,” Palmieri said. “We look forward to enrolling our community into design inspiration for the store.”'

Marker Mike Williams tells his side of the trade request story [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Marrone said he has talked to Williams about what happened and he believes it’s in the past. He said Williams wants to be part of the team, and Marrone wants Williams to be here.'

Marker C.J. Spiller: 'I want to be a Bill' [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"This organization is going to do what's best for the organization to be in position to win ballgames and win championships. I want to be involved in that, be a part of that here at Buffalo, but if this organization decides to go in a different direction, I won't have any bad feelings at all. I want to be a Bill. I want to be a Bill."'

Marker Sanborn injured, long snappers work out [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The team auditioned two potential replacements for Sunday's game against Minnesota if Sanborn can't play.'

Marker C.J. Spiller not thinking about contract or trading deadline as Buffalo Bills running back struggles [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Just trusting what my eyes see and not over-thinking," Spiller said. "That's been the biggest thing on my end, just over-thinking it too much instead of going back to that little kid in the backyard, playing with his friends and having fun. I put so much pressure on it. It has nothing to do with this being the final year of my contract, it's just over-thinking and trying to make that play when I should have just taken what they're giving us when I should have just kept us out of the negative plays."'

Marker Sammy Watkins says Buffalo Bills trading Mike Williams 'would hurt all of us' [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I was very surprised," Watkins said. "He's a great athlete. He's getting paid all that money and he's not playing. I feel like anybody would feel the same way whether it's coach, player, anybody. That's just the nature of the game. Guys want to be on the field, guys want to make plays. He's one of those guys that want to be on the field and he has the ability to make any play."'

Marker Mike Williams now doesn't want Buffalo Bills to trade him; coach Doug Marrone says he's annoyed [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's always been team first, and I'm pretty sure (Marrone)'s telling you that's how I've been the whole time. It's just my agent wanted to see other options, doing what an agent is supposed to do. When I go through practice all week and I find out Saturday I'm not playing, it's a big shock to everybody. Nobody really knows. He just did his job, and I'm still here in my hometown playing for the team I wanted to play for."'

Marker Marcell Dareus excused from Buffalo Bills practice on Wednesday [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills were also without wide receiver Marcus Easley and linebacker Ty Powell on Wednesday. Safety Aaron Williams was back on the field but had his wrist heavily wrapped. He is dealing with both neck and wrist injuries.'

Marker Hey, Buffalo fans. Let's lighten up! [1:47 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'No one needs to be reminded what those phrases mean and the painful moments of which we’re reminded. The funny thing is, how many of us wore those phrases on t-shirts or sported them on bumper stickers on our cars? Yet when a yoga pants store chooses to localize its shop with those phrases, we then decide to get our underwear in a bunch?'

Marker Thursday's Minnesota Coverage [1:46 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Vikings nose tackle Joseph fights against his own instinct (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Vikings giving up too much too early (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Kalil could be Spielman's biggest Vikings draft bust (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Bills could exacerbate Vikings' turnover, sack issues (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Scouting report: Vikings at Buffalo (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Job one for Vikings: Make sure Teddy Bridgewater survives, analysts say (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Another major challenge for struggling offensive line (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Defense knows it needs to show up on time for kickoff (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Matt Asiata can expect more playing time this week (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Bills rookie Sammy Watkins coming off first so-so performance (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Chad Greenway appears ready to return (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Bridgewater shoulders blame for Vikings' offensive struggles (Fox Sports North)
Tale Of The Tape: Minnesota Vikings At Buffalo Bills (WCCO-TV)
Bridgewater has chance to be part of solution on and off field (KSTP-AM)
Teddy Bridgewater takes blame for sacks that Zimmer calls 'team issue' (KSTP-AM)
Injury report: Chad Greenway practices fully, Price and Hodges sit out (KSTP-AM)
Vikings WRs struggling to make an impact on field (AP)
Vikings have to protect to improve on offense (The Sports Xchange)
Bridgewater Applying Lessons Learned (Vikings.com)
5 Vikings-Bills Storylines to Watch (Vikings.com)
Practice Roundup 10/15: Vikings Seek Consistency (Vikings.com)
Zimmer, Bridgewater Address The Media (Vikings.com)

Marker Bills' Williams informs agent to end trade talks [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"I had to tell him, 'I don't want to be traded,'" Williams said following practice. "At the end of the day, you've got to tell him, 'I'm the boss, and I want to be here.' So that's what I had to do."'

Marker Vikings-Bills Preview [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '''It's not one individual,'' coach Doug Marrone said. ''It's easy when it's one individual. You just put one out and put somebody else in. But it's up front, it's hitting the holes, it's believing and trusting the scheme.'''

Marker Bills RB Spiller discusses career falloff [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I'm not off to the best start in my career, but I still have all the confidence in the world that I'll be where I want to be when the smoke clears," Spiller said.'

Marker Bills' Marrone annoyed, Williams says he doesn't want to be traded [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Yeah, I had to because it started getting out of hand. He was trying to see other options but then it got public, and everybody found out and everybody started going crazy,” the wideout remarked. “So I had to tell him, like, I don't want to be traded. I told him that. You're right, at the end of the day you've got to tell him, like, I'm the boss and I want to be here. So that's what I had to do.”'

Marker Dareus excused from Bills practice [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I knew about it last week. He had something come up that was personal for him, so I excused him," head coach Doug Marrone said. "It’s nothing related to anything that has to do with him. It’s family."'

Marker Preston Brown to see familiar QB Sunday vs. Vikings [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s going to be exciting,” said Brown, Buffalo’s leading tackler through six games. “Just looking over there I know he’s going to be smiling and laughing. We always had that fun where we’d be talking to each other so it’d be fun to see him out there.”'

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October 15, 2014

Marker Penalties hamstring Bills’ efforts [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of the 10 penalties against the Bills, a legitimate beef could be raised on five of them. In the first quarter, defensive end Jerry Hughes was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after congratulating teammate Ty Powell with a couple slaps to the helmet.'

Marker NFL should be flagged for too many penalties [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In last Sunday’s Buffalo vs. New England game, 22 penalties were called, counting ones that were offsetting or declined. That’s a lot of watching people loiter and scratch as the rule book is interpreted to the standard for the day. Toss in an average of 20 commercial breaks, and is it any wonder it’s possible to hit the concession stand or do some yard work and hardly miss a thing?'

Marker Forever Changes: The Buffalo Bills Reclamation Project [1:57 AM]
Rolling Stone reports: 'After all, for nearly two decades now, Buffalo has been stuck in NFL limbo; eternally rebuilding, always on the precipice of a major transition. They famously haven't made the playoffs in 14 years – the longest drought in the league – haven't had a winning record in a decade and are currently on their fifth head coach (sixth if you count Perry Fewell's seven-game audition in 2009) since the Music City Miracle.'

Marker Upon Further Review: Bills at Lions [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'or each player that appeared in the game on offense or defense, you'll see their name in bold, with a set of numbers after it. Example: Aaron Merz (54, -2, 2.7). The first number (54) represents the snap count of that game, the second (-2) represents the individual player’s plus-minus of positive plays to negative plays in that game. The third number (2.7) represents the weighted Grade Point Average assigned to that player by the author.'

Marker All-22 Review - Bills/Patriots [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Having Gronk, is like having a cheat code. It's like the video game glitch. If they wanted to, they could go to him on almost every play, but they mix it up for fun. Gronkowski has been one of the most terrifying matchup problems in the NFL since he showed up, and the Bills treated him...like a guy that could be covered, in single coverage, by either Duke Williams or Leodis McKelvin. It's not a shock that things went poorly.'

Marker In defense of the Bills, and not [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Throwing three passes to Sammy Watkins against New England: NOT AT ALL OK.'

Marker A New Chapter For The Bills [1:53 AM]
Bills Daily reports: I got to my seats early, eager to see the historic moment when Terry Pegula addressed the crowd. The atmosphere did not disappoint – you could feel the pent up electricity before the Pegula family was announced and it exploded when the introduction finally came. You could feel the burden of decades fade as the crowd roared – it was quite an experience to be in the stands and one I will never forget.

Marker 4 observations after the Bills-Patriots game [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills rotation of defensive linemen has been effective. It’s important to keep the linemen fresh and the Bills have some emerging talent among their D-line backups who have made important plays already this year (Stefan Charles against the Lions, for example). There are plenty of reasons to criticize Buffalo’s defensive lapse in the second half Sunday, but the rotation of defensive linemen is not one of them.'

October 14, 2014

Marker After 6 games, Bills' identity still not clear [1:07 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Part of Spiller’s problem is that in four-plus NFL seasons he still hasn’t learned not to bounce every run outside in hopes of breaking a big play ... that sometimes four yards are fine. And that’s on Hackett and his fellow offensive coaches.'

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