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Buffalo Bills News - November 12, 2014

Marker Dolphins Game Preview [1:43 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Bills 21, Dolphins 17.'

Marker Bills release S Jerome Couplin [1:42 AM] reports: 'Couplin entered the league as an undrafted free agent earlier this year with the Detroit Lions. The 6-2, 215-pound William & Mary product appeared in eight games and accumulated two tackles during his time with the Lions this season. Couplin, 23 and a native of Washington, DC, has played primarily on special teams.'

Marker From the Booth: 4 observations from the Bills-Chiefs game [1:41 AM] reports: 'In only his fourth year, Dareus has matched all the high expectations.'

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November 11, 2014

Marker Bills must quickly get past loss to K.C. them to prepare for Miami on Thursday [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You’re trying to get it to where you can make sure that they’re prepared and ready to go and seeing things at a speed that they’re going to see in four short days,” Marrone said. “I think those are all the challenges. We all have them. Obviously, the team we play has” to deal with the same thing. “At least it’s equal from that sense.”'

Marker Bills’ losses that simply defy belief [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Seeing the Bills lose games they appeared to have won has become an autumn ritual for their tortured faithful. They turn the most optimistic people into fatalists. It’s not a question of whether they’ll dash your hopes, but what new and creative ways they’ll find to do it.'

Marker Thursday’s game at Miami is must-win for Bills [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills never surprise us with the creativity they exhibit in finding ways to lose. Upon Further Review, there’s no way to spin this particular loss because it was as ugly looking back as it was living through in real time.'

Marker Sammy Watkins' underwhelming day, and 5 observations from stats and snap counts for Bills [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills are now 0-4 in games in which Watkins has 30 yards receiving and are 5-0 when he has more than 30 yards receiving. Getting Watkins healthy and back on track should be priority No.1 in Buffalo.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Marcell Dareus says he didn't need to wait for contract year to take over NFL [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It doesn't really need to be a why," Dareus said after the Bills' Week 10 game against the Chiefs. "I just want to do it. If I'm going to take over the league, then I'm going to do it. One of the goals that I wanted to reach when I came out of college was to be the best player and be the best person I can possibly be. Why wait until a contract year like most guys do? Or wait for someone else? I want to do it. I want to do it now. Last year I started to get the ball rolling and now I'm on cruise control. I'm ready to have fun. We're out there playing off of each other."'

Marker What Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills players were saying about preparing for Miami Dolphins on short wee [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Recovering is one of the things that sucks about Thursday games. For all the guys that are beat up they don't have much time to really have their body rest and recover, so that's the main thing."'

Marker Sammy Watkins listed as full participant, Fred Jackson limited on Buffalo Bills' Monday injury repor [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Watkins was listed as a full participant on the injury report, while Jackson was listed as limited. The Bills will likely learn more when they get in a full practice Tuesday, but Watkins being listed as a full participant is promising after he played 93 percent of the team's offensive snaps on Sunday. Jackson played only 27 snaps but expressed confidence that he would be able to get his body ready on a short week.'

Marker Future GM for the Bills? [1:52 AM]
Finger Lakes Times reports: 'In preparation for tomorrow’s outing, Mirras said he planned to get a good night’s sleep and would be practicing his answers. His mother suggested he pay close attention to yesterday’s game in order to familiarize himself with the current roster. Although he donned a C.J. Spiller jersey for this interview, he and his parents were discussing more formal attire for the Bills’ panel – a blue blazer, white shirt and possibly a red or Buffalo Bills tie.'

Marker Missed TD chances hurting Bills [1:51 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'They went 0-for-4 scoring touchdowns in those opportunities against the Chiefs, contributing to what could be a costly loss when the AFC playoff field is sorted out several weeks from now.'

Marker Bills believe they have Dolphins’ number [1:50 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '“I think the Bills are built to beat us,” linebacker Philip Wheeler said after Buffalo’s 29-10 drubbing of the Dolphins in Week 2. “They have a good scheme against us every year. “Their defense stops our offense. Their offense runs the ball on us.”'

Marker Bills focus forward following 4th-quarter meltdown [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"We went into the game and the phases and things that we concentrated on for the most part we won," coach Doug Marrone said. "But the two glaring ones obviously are turnovers and red-zone touchdowns. That's really the elephant in the room."'

Marker Bills bothered by bobbled opportunity [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It's devastating," safety Aaron Williams said.'

Marker Watkins takes all but 5 reps: Bills' playtime percentages vs. KC [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Sammy Watkins, despite missing two days of practice during the week, played at an alarmingly high rate with a groin injury. He had the most snaps of any wide receiver, and only missed five throughout the game. He was targeted 10 times by Kyle Orton.'

Marker This Loss For The Bills Hurts More Than Usual [1:46 AM]
WHAM-AM reports: 'The only plus to playing in Miami Thursday night is that there will be less time than usual to bemoan another lost opportunity to end the NFL’s longest playoff drought.'

Marker Compressed week gives Bills no time to waste [1:45 AM] reports: '“We just slept here,” said Marrone of his staff. “In order to get the work done and get the film in from the Detroit game and get everything, all the reports done and get the game plan set and meeting with the doctors on the injuries to see who is available and who is not. So it’s pretty much standard around the league for us as coaches.”'

November 10, 2014

Marker Turnovers help Chiefs take away win [11:10 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But the most punitive turnover came with just under 10 minutes to play when Leodis McKelvin fumbled on a punt return when hit by fullback Anthony Sherman, who also recovered.'

Marker Bitter loss leaves Bills grasping for ways to reach next level [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Instead, they showed, just as they did after three previous seasons with a 5-3 record, that they still don’t know how to take that next step when the stakes begin to climb. Sure, they might figure it out as soon as Thursday night’s AFC East showdown at Miami, or soon thereafter, but right now, they aren’t there. They aren’t ready.'

Marker It’s deja vu time as Chiefs find a way to win despite being outplayed [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was far from easy for the Chiefs. They were outgained, 364-278, went just 3 of 13 on third down and watched as Alex Smith was sacked six times and hit 10 times in total. But when their offense needed them, Smith and star running back Jamaal Charles came through.'

Marker Knocking on the door, Orton leaves empty-handed [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The problem with following a chronic loser is that the need to believe can become greater than the reality. People are so desperate for a franchise quarterback that they want to see more in Orton than is actually there.'

Marker Add another gruesome loss to Bills’ annals [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Looking back, there have been so many that it’s hard to keep track. The Bills have a gift for letting games slip away and losing when it matters most. It’s difficult to distinguish one from another after a while. They become one giant loss in one giant game in one giant season of their long and sordid past.'

Marker Groin injury hampers Jackson, Bills’ opportunities [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I knew I’d be able to get out here and compete,” Jackson said. “Unfortunately it wasn’t enough. But I knew I had the ability to play.”'

Marker Fumbling problems return for Brown [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fumbling was a weakness of Bryce Brown’s game in Philadelphia, and it reared its head at the worst time Sunday.'

Marker Matchup Winners [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Without watching the film, I’d say our tackles did a heckuva job,” said Bills center Eric Wood.'

Marker Quarterly Report [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Doug Marrone is painfully conservative. Another example of that came on a fourth-and-1 play from the Bills’ 41-yard line with 7:03 left in the game. Colton Schmidt’s punt was solid – pinning the Chiefs at their 3-yard line – but at some point this season it would be nice to see Marrone give his offense a chance in that situation.'

Marker Report Card [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills, coming off their bye, had two weeks to prepare for the Chiefs and were at home. They were in command much of the game, but gave it away. Head coach Doug Marrone unsuccessfully went for it on fourth-and-10 before the two-minute warning rather than kick the field goal and try an onside kick or rely on his defense to make another stop.'

Marker Five Things About The Dolphins [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They need it just as bad as the Bills.'

Marker Orchard Park police report 3 DWI arrests at Bills game [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“For us, it was more on the quiet side,” said Erie County Undersheriff Mark Wipperman, who noted that Bills co-owner Kim Pegula provided a “morale boost” for deputies and the team’s private security firms by stopping by their morning security briefing.'

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