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Buffalo Bills News - November 25, 2014

Marker Bills-Jets: What we learned [1:22 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'They need to rely on veteran quarterback Kyle Orton and their stable of young receivers to overcome an unspectacular running game. Orton completed 75 percent of his passes Monday to offset the relative ineffectiveness of the three-headed running back rotation. Subtracting Anthony Dixon's 30-yard touchdown against the worn-down Jets defense late in the fourth and the Bills only gained 86 yards on 28 carries. They came into the game averaging a modest 3.9 yards a carry.'

Marker Woods, Williams Key Bills 38-3 Romp [1:21 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With the game comfortably in hand, EJ Manuel took the field for the first time since Buffalo's loss in Houston, but simply handed the ball off three straight times.'

Marker The Bills prove a point [1:20 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills were 54 percent on third down efficiency, outgained the Jets 336-218, they intercepted Michael Vick once, blocked a punt for a touchdown and sacked the two Jet quarterbacks seven times. Hmm, I think they were ready to play.'

Marker Observations: Bills 38 - Jets 3 [1:19 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Early in the game it looked like quarterback Kyle Orton was channeling his previous two performances into the team’s game in Detroit. He received some help along the way from his receivers with fantastic catches, but Orton was as efficient as the Bills could have asked for. Orton completed 24-of-32 attempts for 230 yards and two touchdowns, and more importantly, helped lead the Bills to convert on all three (!) of their red-zone opportunities — which has been an outright rarity to the 2014 campaign. Orton even showed to be lightning on his feet, rushing for a 10-yard gain and a first down when the left side was there for the taking. He’ll have a much stiffer test against a Cleveland Browns team that has one of the top young cornerbacks in the game, but it was a step in the right direction.'

Marker Immediate Reactions: Buffalo Bills 38, New York Jets 3 [1:18 AM] reports: 'You guys get the feeling that, for whatever emotional lifts are worth, just having Fred Jackson around is worth whatever they have to pay the guy? He’s like an aggressive-running Yoda for this team, the emotional leader they don’t necessarily have in their HC.'

Marker Bills Blowout Jets 38-3 [1:17 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'The Bills took all the emotion of a very unusual week and took it all out on the New York Jets as the Bills won a "home" game in Detroit against the Jets 38-3. Kyle Orton completed 24 of 32 passes for 230 yards including touchdown passes to Robert Woods and Scott Chandler. Woods made four fantastic catches including a David Tyrell type catch and a great acrobatic catch for his touchdown. Boobie Dixon blocked his second punt of the season that was recovered by Manny Lawson for a touchdown. A Duke Williams interception setup a Fred Jackson touchdown run in the rout. Dixon added a 30 yard touchdown run and the defense had seven sacks including two each by Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes.'

Marker Bills Get Dominating Win Over Division Rival [1:16 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Kyle Orton was rock solid as he completed 75% of his passes on hitting 24 of 32 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He struggled early with is accuracy but made the plays when he had to. Grade A: Orton holds on to the job for at least another week.'

Marker Bills plaster the Jets in Detroit 38-3 [1:15 AM] reports: 'Buffalo’s offense had been struggling in the red zone, but looked sharp going three-for-three inside the 20 against the Jets. Kyle Orton was responsible for two of the scores with touchdown passes to Robert Woods and Scott Chandler, who also both scored TDs in the first meeting with New York.''

Marker Bills dedicate win to WNY community [1:14 AM] reports: '“First of all I just want to say shout out to the Buffalo community,” said Boobie Dixon, who had a touchdown run and a blocked punt that led to another touchdown, which put the game away in the second half. “That was definitely for them. It’s been a struggle all week. I know they’re back home struggling and we’re going to go back home and fight with them. That was definitely for them, but we just rallied together. We know we needed this game. It was a must win and we got the ‘W’.”'

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November 24, 2014

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Jets [12:39 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills are in a tough spot in this game, losing a valuable homefield advantage in a contest that they likely must need in order to have any hope for the playoffs. With a loss the Bills will drop to 2-6 in the conference, which will all but erase any hopes of them stealing a wildcard berth in a tiebreaker scenario. The Jets are playing loose, coming off a bye week and off a game in which they stunned a Pittsburgh team that was playing as well as any offense in the NFL. Kyle Orton must have a big game for the Bills to win, because they won’t be able to depend on a huge turnover advantage like they did last time around. This is the ultimate test in adversity for the Bills with what they’ve gone through this week and what this game means to the outcome of the 2014 season. It will likely be a close game, but this is not the same Jets team as the one the Bills saw in October. The fast track at Ford Field for Michael Vick and Percy Harvin could end up being the difference.'

Marker Preview, odds and prediction for Week 12 [12:17 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Jets 19, Bills 10.'

Marker Buffalo with plenty to overcome in Detroit tonight [12:16 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As Bills’ President and CEO, Russ Brandon, noted, “It was a full-on effort by everyone ... the organization, the NFL, the Lions. So many people have taken a lot of steps to make this happen and it’s gone seamlessly from the time we left Buffalo.” But he added, “No one feels sorry for us ... there’s nothing positive from having to move a game. When you take the great fans that we have, the experience at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and playing in the outdoor elements in November, that’s what you live for when you play Buffalo Bills football.'

Marker Nothing routine about this Bills 'home' game [12:15 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'To be sure, the real problem is for Bills’ boss Doug Marrone, thought to be coaching for his job over the season’s last six games. Thus, a major weather calamity that canceled practices, cost a home game, totally disrupted the routine and deprived his team of the advantage of both the crowd and the elements was the last thing Marrone needed while trying to remain employed.'

Marker Odell of a Catch [10:48 AM]
SI reports: 'I spent some time Friday with the three NFL executives who spearheaded the nuts and bolts work of moving the game from snowbound Ralph Wilson Stadium in the south Buffalo snowbelt, where six feet of snow fell, to Detroit. And if you’re a logistics nerd, as I am, what league executive vice president Eric Grubman, director of football operations Blake Jones and senior vice president of football operations David Gardi laid out was pretty methodical—and you’ll understand exactly why the decision was made.'

Marker Cast adrift by weather, Bills plow ahead [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Las Vegas actually favors the Bills to win tonight. They opened as four-point favorites. Once the game was postponed and relocated, it was taken off the board and reset, with the Bills giving as many as 2.5 points.'

Marker Turnovers and civic pride could go a long way against Jets [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills 20, N.Y. Jets 17.'

Marker Bills have to rise above Mother Nature’s haymaker [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They’ll get no sympathy here. The Bills are the last NFL organization that deserves sympathy over a change of venue. Remember, they gave away a regular-season home game to Toronto six years in a row in the name of profit and regionalization.'

Marker Relocation of Bills game doesn’t derail Buffalo man’s tailgating plans [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Normally I’d be out at the stadium tailgating, but I’m here,” Johnson said. “I’ve got a case of beer and friends are stopping by. We’ll tailgate as long as the beer holds out.”'

Marker Bills get back to business after 'unprecedented' week [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We all know the situation," said Marrone. "No one is going to feel sorry for us. We've got to go out there and play, and when we play we've got to go out there and compete and win. That's what our job is. We understand that and I told them what I felt was the truth; we have to man up and we have to go after it."'

Marker Three ... and Out [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills 20, Jets 16.'

Marker A unique atmosphere, and 5 things to watch for at Ford Field [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We know when we get on that field that no one's going to really care what you went through," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "You have to go out there and win a football game."'

Marker Bills' staff member responds to radio report, helps dig out elderly woman during snowstorm [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Connell grabbed another member of the Bills' staff and brought two Skid-Steer loaders because a plow truck wasn't going to be enough. They had to move seven feet of snow from in front of the couple's home to dig them out.'

Marker Monday's New York Coverage [1:51 AM] reports:
Snowstorm and Detroit home game could undo Buffalo (New York Daily News)
Not to be cold, but NY Jets are best opponent for beat-down Bills (New York Daily News)
NY Jets players say Rex Ryan should stay (New York Daily News)
Scalpers selling free Jets-Bills tickets for $125: report (New York Daily News)
Jets out to pay Bills back for Week 8 beatdown (New York Post)
On ‘neutral’ ground, Jets must make use of Buffalo’s rough week (New York Post)
Riding momentum, Vick says he’s ready to take on the Bills (New York Post)
Jets have big advantages in rescheduled game with Bills (Newsday)
Detroit radio station touts #GreenMonday to back Jets (Newsday)
Percy Harvin and Sammy Watkins highlight 3 Jets vs. Buffalo Bills matchups to watch (Newark Star Ledger)
Free Jets-Buffalo Bills tickets being scalped for up to $125, per report (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets-Buffalo Bills predictions: Our staff picks for Monday night's game (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets set for odd scenario (Bergen Record)
Jets matchup: Week 12 vs. Bills (Bergen Record)
Vick Leads Rejuvenated Jets Into Matchup Against Spiraling Bills (Wall Street Journal)
Jets-Bills tickets won't bring a profit (ESPN New York)
Free tickets gone within 10 minutes (ESPN New York)
Bills expect packed Ford Field (ESPN New York)
Saalim Hakim & T.J. Graham on the Fast Track (
Final Week 12 Injury Report (

Marker Monday's Detroit Coverage [1:50 AM] reports:
Bills feel at home at Ford Field (Detroit News)
Fans scramble for free tickets to NFL game at Ford Field (Detroit Free Press)
Watch Ford Field, Lions make displaced team feel welcome (Ann Arbor News)

Marker Bills have faced obstacles, but familiar with Jets [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"It helps us that we've been here before," Marrone said. "We've played here, we know what shoes to wear, what the surface is like, what the sidelines are like. So, that familiarity obviously helps."'

Marker Bills offense needs to come alive [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The red zone has been a big problem in the back to back defeats with Buffalo unable to get a touchdown in six trips inside the opponents 20 yard line.'

Marker Scouting Report: Jets vs. Bills [1:47 AM] reports: 'It has been a major problem area for the Bills in each of the last three games. Buffalo has not scored a touchdown after penetrating the opponent’s 20-yard line on each of their last eight opportunities. In fact their last red zone touchdown came in the fourth quarter of their win over the Jets a month ago. The Bills don’t need to be perfect. They just need to make good on half of their red zone chances, and it should be enough to post a much needed victory.'

November 23, 2014

Marker Bills settle in at home away from home [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Lions announced Saturday that all available free tickets had been distributed. The capacity of the stadium is 65,000, but more tickets than that will be given out in anticipation of no-shows.'

Marker Bills must put distractions aside [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Don’t let the many distractions from the devastating snowstorm that forced the game’s date and location to be changed to linger. This is a whole lot easier said than done.'

Marker Buffalo Bills’ special teams much-improved [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Just because the importance of special teams isn’t what it’s cracked up to be, the Bills were still wise to upgrade in that area, and they are being rewarded. Players like Anthony Dixon and Corey Graham have lent experience and leadership, and they have helped to bring along other core special teamers like Williams, Ron Brooks, Chris Hogan, Ty Powell and Larry Dean. And against Miami the Bills had Marcus Easley — the NFL’s 2013 leader in special teams tackles with 23 — back after he missed the previous six games with a knee injury.'

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