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Buffalo Bills News - December 7, 2014

Marker Bills need Mile High Miracle to help end playoff drought [1:52 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Orton and the Bills no doubt will be pumped up for this showdown. Too bad it’s against the league’s most prolific passer in a stadium where the Broncos are 6-0 this season.'

Marker The wait was worth it for Bills DE Jerry Hughes [1:51 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: '“Sitting there and watching, you definitely want to at some point in time kind of take what you’re learning and put it to some use,” Hughes said. “I was eager to get on the field, and join those guys and all the fun they were having playing on Sundays. I try not to lose sight of that, but doubt does creep in, because you don’t know what the next year might be like.”'

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Broncos [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It’s not as cut and dry as some are making it out to be, but ultimately the Broncos have too strong of a total team to lose at home to the Bills. Buffalo’s defense will keep them in the game early, but eventually, the Bills offense won’t have enough firepower to keep up with the Denver offense. If the Denver defense weren’t as talented as they are, perhaps the Bills could keep it relatively close with the Broncos. They aren’t, and the quarterback play of Buffalo will likely hold them back from a victory on the road.'

Marker Top 10 reasons the Bills-Broncos game has playoff implications [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville was the Bills offensive coordinator from 2004-08 and the running backs coach until 2010, during which time he helped to shape Fred Jackson into the back he is today.'

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Marker Bills’ defense is solid after 12 games [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kyle Orton has brought stability to the position, but he has yet to make a convincing case that he can lead this team to the playoffs.'

Marker Bills need to make Manning work harder [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It wouldn’t be a shock to see Buffalo’s defensive backs align virtually the same way on every pass play – a tactic used by other Denver opponents – so that Manning can’t anticipate exactly where they will end up as he drops back to throw. That’s easier said than done, because it requires them to maintain the same footwork and body lean, both of which Manning will study closely before the snap.'

Marker Bills, Lions and NFL Foundation donate $137,000 for disaster relief [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pledges of $50,000 each were made by Bills owners Kim and Terry Pegula, and the NFL Foundation. The foundation also raised $12,000 during its Text-to-Give program that ran during Buffalo’s game against the New York Jets on Nov. 24.'

Marker Maiorana grades Bills: D-line shines [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Here's my quarterly report card, with the grades reflecting only the third quarter performance.'

Marker Bills strength coach Eric Ciano recalls his time with Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas at Georgia Tech [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Everybody gave him that title that he was raw because of Paul Johnson's offense, but shoot, he did a great job in that offense, had a lot of catches, had a great year," Ciano said. "He was successful there even in that offense. He had one-on-one coverage all the time. He was a great player. No question about it. Extremely gifted, hard worker. I have nothing but praise for that kid."'

Marker Mike Williams ruled out for Week 14; Sammy Watkins probable [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Williams has been inactive three other times this season, though those weren't injury related. He was practicing with the scout team this week, so there was a chance he wouldn't have been in the Bills' plans either way.'

Marker Buffalo Bills playing meaningful game in December, and 5 things to watch in Week 14 against Broncos [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Sammy Watkins had 105 receiving yards in the entire month of November. When asked whether Watkins has hit the rookie wall, Marrone simply responded, "I hope not." The Bills have to hope, because Watkins has been their most dangerous offensive playmaker all season. If Buffalo is going to have any prayer of keeping pace with Manning and the Broncos, Watkins has to be break out of this funk.'

Marker Saturday's Denver Coverage [1:52 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Broncos K Connor Barth's goal vs. Bills: "Not have the kicks returned" (Denver Post)
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas might sit out Sunday (Denver Post)
Julius Thomas remains iffy for Broncos; Demaryius Thomas improves (Denver Post)
Demaryius Thomas says he'll give Broncos a break (AP)
Broncos' TE Thomas questionable vs. Bills (The Sports Network)
Stopping Bills Won’t Be Easy For Broncos (KCNC-TV)
Breaking down the Bills offense (DenverBroncos.com)
Breaking down the Bills defense (DenverBroncos.com)
Demaryius Thomas, Jacob Tamme return to practice (DenverBroncos.com)
Williams’ history, father drive him (DenverBroncos.com)
Demaryius Thomas climbing the ranks (DenverBroncos.com)
Community Conversation: Ben Garland (DenverBroncos.com)

Marker Orton returns to Denver with resurgent Bills [1:51 AM]
AP reports: '"I think Kyle Orton is very underrated," Broncos safety Rahim Moore said. "I think in Buffalo that he's found a home. They've given him chances to play, and he's been winning games for them."''

Marker Bills' offense pressed to keep pace with Peyton [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"We look like a complete team when we take the burden off of them," Watkins said this week. "The defense has been holding up the whole year. Now it's time to come together as an offense and help those guys out. And I think if we can put up 28, 35 points a game, it's going to be hard to beat us."'

Marker Bills rule out Mike Williams due to calf injury [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'The fifth-year player has had limited playing time when healthy this season. Williams has been inactive in three of Buffalo's past seven games. He's not had a catch since an 8-yard reception in a 17-14 win at Detroit on Oct. 5.'

Marker Bradham, Greco fined by NFL for incident [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham was fined $16,537 Friday by the NFL for unnecessary roughness in last weekend's win against Cleveland.'

Marker Bills, partners give $137,000 to Red Cross [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The team said Friday that owners Kim and Terry Pegula have pledged $50,000. The NFL Foundation is also pledging $50,000, plus another $12,000 it generated in a fundraiser during the Bills "home" game against the New York Jets on Nov. 24. The game was relocated to Detroit because of the storm that dumped more than 6 feet of snow on the region.'

Marker Bills' Williams ruled out with calf injury [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams, along with defensive end Jarius Wynn and tight end Chris Gragg, were the only three players that have been declared out by the Bills. Wynn will miss a fourth consecutive game due to a knee injury, while Gragg will be out for a second straight week because of a knee injury as well.'

Marker TE MarQueis Gray determined to stick [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I'm tired of switching teams and learning new play books and meeting new players,” he said. “If I could stick around here for a while, that'd be the best thing for myself and my family."'

Marker Scouting Report: Bills at Broncos [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Kyle Orton and the Bills offense have to convert at a rate of near 50 percent if they want to pull off the upset in Denver. Buffalo has to keep drives alive to not only finish them with points, but more importantly to keep the ball out of the hands of Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense.'

Marker Bills support snowstorm disaster relief [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We are grateful to our community and our partners who join us in support of the disaster relief effort”, said Kim Pegula, owner of the Buffalo Bills. “Through it all, this storm brought out the best in the people of our region and our fans rallied together to get back on their feet as soon as possible. We appreciate the support from the NFL and the Detroit Lions who went above and beyond in their support as we dealt with the impact of the storm.”'

December 5, 2014

Marker Buffalo Bills talk about 3 key things in effort to stop Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos [7:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Very different," Hughes said. "Just by the formations he's using now. You can tell he's different because you have to kind of adapt and adjust your game as the years go on, and for him to be in the league so long you can tell he's adjusting because he just went back to a Super Bowl not too long ago. You know he's always adding little pieces to his game to kind of just keep him going."'

Marker December looms large for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“There’s no use at looking ahead and worrying about what the challenges are in the future,” coach Doug Marrone said. “You’ve got to accept the challenges of today.”'

Marker Orton returning to place where he had his best season [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Asked by Denver-area reporters on a conference call Wednesday how his time with the Broncos ended, Orton said, “still have got some good friends back there. Pretty much it.”'

Marker Buffalo stands front and center in debate on NFL blackouts [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One of the chief Senate sponsors of the bill – Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. – said blackouts hurt fans of small-market teams like the Bills, who must work harder to fill seats. He noted that while 28 percent of Buffalo’s city population could fit inside Ralph Wilson Stadium, Soldier Field in Chicago would accommodate only 2 percent of that city’s population.'

Marker Bills' Marqueis Gray makes most of opportunity [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I know that the business side of this league is a dangerous part, but at the end of the day I just want to play football and the Bills have given me the opportunity to," said Gray, an undrafted player who has spent short stints with the 49ers, Browns, Vikings and now the Bills since the start of 2013. "Four teams in two years, that's a lot."'

Marker Bills' Mike Williams still believes in himself [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Williams came to the Bills in a trade from Tampa Bay in the offseason after scoring 25 touchdowns in four seasons with the Buccaneers. The Buffalo native was supposed to upgrade the Bills' passing game in the red zone, but he has rarely been given a chance. He has just eight catches for 142 yards, and his only touchdown came on an 80-yard bomb.'

Marker Mario Williams named AFC defensive player of the month [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm trying to make sure that I know what it is, so this way I can use it all the time," coach Doug Marrone said when asked what has spurred Williams on the last few games when he clearly has looked tremendous and motivated. "If we can keep him going the way he is right now in these last two games, he's been dominant. When he plays like that, people are going to start saying, 'What are we going to do?' And we've got a lot of good guys playing around him too."'

Marker Mike Williams confused by role with Buffalo Bills, still doesn't think anyone can cover him [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I still talk to the coaches," Williams said. "I'm still the same old Mike. I'm the same person. I'm still the person that nobody can check. We'll see, though. We've gotta get on the field to prove it. ... I'm still that can score in the red zone anytime I want. I'm still the same Mike. It's just other people gotta see it, and if they don't see it then, I mean, somebody will."'

Marker ESPN's Mark Schlereth jokes that Denver Broncos will beat the Buffalo Bills 100-0 [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We've been underdogs to teams who have been 2-8, so we're kind of used to it," Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes said. "We don't put too much into effect about what other people outside of this building are going to grade us or anything like that. We just come to work and we work hard, and I think that's showing off on the field on Sundays. I think for us, it's continue just to come to work and keep working hard."'

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