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Buffalo Bills News - December 22, 2014

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 16 Report Card [1:43 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'As for the rest of the coaching staff, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is one of the major reasons why this unit is one of the league's worst. Marrone should return in 2015, but Hackett shouldn't. There should be a new offensive coordinator next season.'

Marker Bills miss playoffs yet again, wasting a helluva great defence [1:42 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The brutal Bills offensive line is to blame, yet only to a degree. Same with the overly protective, overly conservative scheme and play calls of head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.'

Marker Monday's Oakland Coverage [1:41 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Oakland Raiders beat Buffalo Bills 26-24 (Oakland Tribune)
Raiders rookie Khalil Mack continues to impress (Oakland Tribune)
Oakland Raiders fans party like it's 2015 (Oakland Tribune)
Latavius Murray, Darren McFadden form a powerful one-two rushing punch against the Bills (Oakland Tribune)
Oakland Raiders honor 4-year-old girl (Contra Costa Times)
Oakland Raiders on upswing, but true culture change takes time (San Jose Mercury News)
Photo gallery (San Jose Mercury News)
Raiders top Bills for 3rd home win in row (San Francisco Chronicle)
Sticking with run pays dividends (San Francisco Chronicle)
Raiders’ competitive spirit shows a transformation is afoot (San Francisco Chronicle)
Stats and fact from Raiders vs. Bills (San Francisco Chronicle)
Game grades for win over Bills (San Francisco Chronicle)
Knockout Punch (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Rookie defender Mack on track (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Photo gallery (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Photo gallery (Sacramento Bee)
Raiders knock Bills out of playoffs with 26-24 win (AP)
Raiders in Oakland for 2015, NFL seeks two future L.A. teams (The Sports Xchange)
Raiders hold off Bills for third win of season (CSN Bay Area)
Raiders run game dominates stout Bills defense (CSN Bay Area)
Raiders' Khalil Mack virtually unstoppable vs. Bills (CSN Bay Area)
Sparano 'made his case' to remove interim tag (CSN Bay Area)
Photo gallery (CSN Bay Area)
Raiders Hang on to Beat Bills 26-24 (Raiders.com)
How It Unfolded - Raiders vs. Bills (Raiders.com)
Raiders vs. Bills Quick Hits (Raiders.com)
Raiders vs. Bills Postgame Quotes (Raiders.com)
Streaks Collide at O.co (Raiders.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 playoff hopes end with 26-24 loss to Raiders [1:40 AM]
AP reports: '"Dreams get crushed. Nightmare," running back C.J. Spiller said.'

Marker Dareus out for Bills with knee injury [1:39 AM]
AP reports: 'Dareus was helped off the field after getting hurt early in the second quarter on Sunday. He was originally listed as questionable to return, but the Bills announced later he was out for the game.'

Marker RB C.J. Spiller back for Bills against Raiders [1:38 AM]
AP reports: 'With Spiller back, running back Bryce Brown is inactive Sunday for the Bills. The other inactive players for Buffalo are cornerback Ross Cockrell, linebackers LB Larry Dean and Randell Johnson, offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio, receiver Deonte Thompson and tight end Chris Gragg.'

Marker Oakland 26, Buffalo 24 [1:37 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"It breaks your heart. When you've gone this long and you don't come through, it hurts," said Orton. "It was all there, we just didn't have execution. And in the end it cost us. I'm disappointed in myself."'

Marker Bills eliminated after stumbling in Oakland [1:36 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Still got one game to go. We'll play as hard as we can and try to get a win. But, certainly, when you've gone this long and you're right there with a chance and you put it all on the line and you don't come through, it hurts."'

Marker Raiders-Bills: What we learned [1:35 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Their offense needs a serious offseason upgrade, especially up front. The Bills rushed for 13 yards on 13 carries against the Raiders. "We're all grown men. We work very hard, we dedicate ourselves to this game," Bills tight end Lee Smith said. "You get your ass whipped up front for four quarters, it's embarrassing. We take it personal, and there's no excuse for it."'

Marker Bills CB Gilmore suffers possible concussion [1:34 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'After being examined by Buffalo's medical staff, Gilmore left the game and was, according to the Bills, being evaluated for a concussion. At the end of the third quarter, the Bills announced that Gilmore would not return.'

Marker Bills DT Dareus leaves with knee injury [1:33 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Dareus walked off the field under his own power after being examined by the Bills' medical staff. He walked to the locker room with 12:52 remaining in the first half. He returned to the sidelines to test his knee but returned to the locker room before halftime.'

Marker Raiders End Bills Playoff Hopes [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The third quarter belonged to the Raiders, as they controlled the clock and kicked two field goals to make it 19-10. Buffalo's offense finally came to lfie towards the end of the quarter, and they started the 4th quarter with a touchdown pass to Scott Chandler to cut the lead to 19-17.'

Marker Bills=UGH!!! [1:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'During his post game press conference, Marrone was asked about a report that mentioned him as a candidate for the job at the University of Michigan. Marrone said he had nothing to do with that job and that "you're stuck with me." Perfect choice of words to describe how most Bills fans would feel about his return next season but it appears the Bills will go for continuity over quality. Lets hope they don't make the same mistake with the starting quarterback.'

Marker Observations: Raiders 26 - Bills 24 [1:30 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The third down that will live in infamy — or for as long as the current playoff drought continues — all happened when Andre Holmes rose up over Corey Graham and plucked the ball out of the air for a 51-yard gain. That moment sucked the life out of both the fan base and the sidelines in one fell swoop.'

Marker Immediate Reactions: Oakland Raiders 26, Buffalo Bills 24 [1:29 AM]
NickMendola.com reports: 'The sheer number of passes that are quickly thrown were just as predictable to the opposition as they are to fans and analysts. And in time Orton started missing those as well. Don’t point to the touchdown passes today. Don’t let your hopes betray you. Kyle Orton should not be back next year just because he “knows the system.” The vast majority of veteran quarterbacks in the NFL could’ve done what he did, and they would not be coming out of retirement to do it.'

Marker Raiders Upset Bills 26-24 [1:28 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Just when you think there was a culture change and the Bills were turning the corner the nightmare of the past 15 years reared its ugly head once again. Everything fell into place for the Bills today in the playoff race except they forgot to show up against a lousy two win team and got beat by the Raiders. There isn't much left to say except boy is it painful being a Bills fan. 15 years and counting since the Bills last postseason berth the curse continues and shows no signs of coming to an end.'

Marker All Units Contribute To Very Disappointing Loss [1:27 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Doug Marrone made a questionable call punting on 4th and 1 midway through the fourth quarter at their own 46. The Raiders took the next 5:22 off the clock and when the Bills got the ball back they were down by 9 with 2:51 to go.'

Marker Bills playoff hopes end in loss to Oakland [1:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In a must win game situation to keep their playoff hopes alive Buffalo jumped out to an early lead, but saw it disappear as their offense could not string enough yard-producing plays together. Oakland had balanced scoring with 13 points in each half and it was just enough to post a 26-24 victory. With the loss Buffalo was officially eliminated from the AFC playoff race ending their hopes of securing an AFC postseason bid for the first time in 15 seasons.'

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Marker Raiders now have battered reputation [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Now we don’t win. So how can you be committed to excellence when you don’t win?”'

Marker Bills turn back clock in Bay Area [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They can’t afford to let the Raiders hang around today. Oakland is a bad team, one that might be ready to pack it in. But they’ve won two straight at home, and they came from behind in the fourth quarter to win both. They played solid defense in those wins, too, holding the opposition to a combined 20 percent (5 of 25) on third down.'

Marker Bills’ biggest challenge likely to be avoiding letdown [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills 26, Raiders 13.'

Marker 51-3? Bills fans remember it well [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'And anytime the Bills play the Raiders, as they do Sunday out in Oakland in a game they must win to keep alive their slim hopes of making the playoffs, it's impossible not to harken back to the day when Ralph Wilson's team embarrassed Al Davis' team by the ridiculous score of 51-3.'

Marker Can Kyle Orton deliver in big spot? [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills 26, Raiders 14.'

Marker Nathaniel Hackett appreciates Doug Marrone's support, thinks Bills' offense needs continuity [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think the big thing is always going to be continuity," Hackett said. "It's all right there for those guys. I think we need the guys that are the playmakers to make plays when they have the opportunity. We need those guys to step up all the time. We need everybody to be consistent. That's the thing that's so rough. There's time when people do things perfect, and then all of a sudden one guy will do something wrong and it'll mess some things up. I think it's just about everybody working together and everybody being more disciplined and everybody just making plays and doing it."'

Marker Buffalo Bills well aware of Central New York native and Raiders RB Latavius Murray [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It feels great, especially knowing you talk about a graduating class of 55, a small school in Onondaga, it's a great feeling just to be able to represent that whole upstate New York area and my high school," Murray said. "It's a great feeling. I definitely make sure every time I go home I see those who matter the most and try to share the success I've had and just know where I came from and that I'll never forget that."'

Marker Sunday's Oakland Coverage [1:52 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Oakland Raiders have something at stake (Oakland Tribune)
No move imminent — Raiders likely to extend Coliseum lease (San Francisco Chronicle)
Raiders place cornerback Brown on injured reserve (AP)
Raiders place CB Brown on IR (The Sports Network)
Raiders place Brown on IR, promote Hadley (The Sports Xchange)
Bills-Raiders Matchup No. 1: Spiller vs. Burris (CSN Bay Area)
Raiders place Tarell Brown on IR, sign LB Hadley (CSN Bay Area)
Raiders Sign Hadley to Active Roster, Place CB Tarell Brown on IR (Raiders.com)

Marker At 107, a Buffalo Bills Fan Who Sees It All [1:51 AM]
New York Times reports: '“I have never met anybody who’s 107 years old,” the elevator operator said. “Me neither,” Grandma replied.'

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Raiders [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills are big favorites in this game for good reason: Oakland just does not have a very talented roster, and the play of rookie Derek Carr doesn’t inspire much confidence. Turnovers will be the key for any potential Raiders upset, but too much is working against Oakland in this game. Mario Williams and Sammy Watkins, two of the best on Buffalo’s roster, both have the potential to star in this game because of the players that they will line up against. Due to the nature of the Bills’ offense, the game may start off closer than some would hope, but eventually, the talent of Buffalo's roster should win out.'

Marker Pushing through setbacks is Rambo's way [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I wasn't into it as much as I am now, with being released and everything that happened to me, it was eye opening,” he said. “It was 'Hey you have to put in more time and effort. Nobody is going to give you anything. You have to go out and work and you're going to get what you deserve.’”'

Marker Top 10 ways Bills-Raiders could keep playoff hopes alive [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Unstoppable. Smothering. Scary. Game-changing. We have the stats, but let’s all be honest – you don’t need numbers to justify this defense. (Spoiler alert: keep reading for stats.) Let’s see what they can do against a two-win team after holding two Hall of Fame quarterbacks to no passing touchdowns in the past two games.'

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