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“Our Plan is to win out” – JMS 11/26

Posted by johnmurphyshow on November 26, 2014 – 7:22 pm

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The team turned their attention to this weekend’s game against the Browns on Wednesday. We heard from Browns coach Mike Pettine on his return to Ralph Wilson Stadium and his adjustment to being a head coach. After Wednesday’s practice, Bills head coach Doug Marrone and defensive tackle Kyle Williams both spoke about Pettine and the groundwork he laid for their defense.

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Bills defensive end Manny Lawson sat down with us in studio. Lawson looked back at the Jets game and talked about his touchdown, recovering the ball in the endzone after the Boobie Dixon blocked punt. We then switched gears to this weekend’s game. Lawson and the rest of his teammates are excited for their return to Ralph Wilson Stadium this Sunday and hope to carry over the motivation from last week through the rest of the season.

 

“We have to. We plan on winning out and take everything for what it is. We have to win out to get to where we want to go. We want to go out there and put a show on for our fans and winning at home is going to be a key statement for us especially this week coming off of a win and that’s something we need to improve on.”

 

Lawson also talked about his season and the switch from linebacker to defensive end and his role on specials teams.

 

We finished the show recapping the news of the day including reaction from running back Boobie Dixon and his Player of the Week award for his efforts against the Jets. To hear Wednesday’s complete John Murphy Show, click here.

 

 

 

 


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Fred Jackson’s motor home featured

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on November 26, 2014 – 5:49 pm

fred-motor-homeThe Great American Country network is premiering a new season of Celebrity Motor Homes, and along with actor Kevin Bacon, Bills RB Fred Jackson and his RV will star on premiere night. His family of six is featured in the episode that showcases motor home, airing on Wednesday, November 26th at 8:30 p.m. Tune in to get a behind-the-scenes look at his home on wheels and how he and his kids use it to get around in style!

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Dixon tips hat to teammates for POW honor

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2014 – 5:20 pm

Bills RB Boobie Dixon became the third player on the roster to win AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors Tuesday, thanks mainly to his blocked punt against the Jets that Manny Lawson recovered for a touchdown in the 38-3 victory. Dixon gave credit to his teammates for making the award possible.

“It was great. It was a great honor,” said Dixon. “First thing I’ll say, shout out to my teammates for pushing me and supporting me. We go into war together.  They’re the ones that motivate me to do what I do.  It just felt good.”

The Bills are the only team with three players earning Special Teams POW honors this season. Dan Carpenter and C.J. Spiller were the others.


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Gameday activities: Browns vs. Bills

Posted by buffalobills.com on November 26, 2014 – 4:59 pm

Here’s a rundown of gameday activities for Sunday’s week 12 game against the Cleveland Browns.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.
Gates open: 11:30 a.m.
Gameday Experience: ADPRO Sports Training Center open 9:30 a.m.

Giveaway

The first 50,000 fans through the gates will receive a Unyts Panini football trading card pack.7A_7626_1464F1_Bu.p1.p1.pdf.r72

Pregame

Player warm-ups: 11:55 a.m.
Stampede performance: 12:45 p.m.
Play 60 Recognition: 12:50 p.m.
Leader of the Charge: Jim Kelly
Color guard: Wende Correctional Facility
National anthem: John Iremar Clayton

*The Radiant Heaters will be turned on in the sideline clubs.

Halftime
Milford Mill Academy Marching Band

NFL Play 60

To celebrate the NFL’s Play 60 movement to encourage kids to be physically active for 60 minutes each day, the Bills will host 20 local children – 10 participants from the Independent Health Foundation’s Fitness for Kids Challenge and Play 60 Challenge and 10 from the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program – to form Stampede Row as Bills players take the field.

Unyts Blood Drive

In response to a critical need for blood following the recent storm, Unyts will host a blood drive in Ralph Wilson Stadium’s Paul Maguire Club on Tuesday, December 2 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. All presenting donors will get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the newly renovated gameday locker room and the first 300 presenting donors will receive a One Buffalo t-shirt. For more details, visit www.unyts.org, click “Give Blood,” and use sponsor code 1925.

Tailgating Reminder: No open fires are permitted in the Bills parking lots or on stadium grounds. Fires in contained grills are permitted.  Please do not empty hot coals on the parking lot pavement. Thank you!

Security Process: Remember to arrive at the gates early to avoid missing any of the pregame activities.  Be sure to empty pockets in preparation for the metal detection screening process at gate entry.

Make Mom Proud: Follow the Bills fan code of conduct available here.

Designated Driver:  If you’re over 21, stop by any Guest Service Booth and pledge not to drink and make sure everyone in your group gets home safely.  Designated drives will receive a coupon good for one non-alcoholic beverage and will be entered into a raffle to win the Designated Driver of the Game prize and sweepstakes with a chance to win Pro Bowl or Super Bowl tickets. Sign up here.

Visa Deal of the Game: Spend $100 and get 10% off your next online purchase at shopthebills.com! *Excludes Jerseys

Bills 50/50 Raffle
The Buffalo Bills are teaming up with Pointstreak 5050 on an innovative platform to raise charitable funds for the Buffalo community and Western New York region through an electronic 50/50 raffle on gamedays at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Pointstreak 5050 system enables raffle tickets to be sold to fans through mobile sellers utilizing electronic handheld devices, portable printers, and a number of stationary selling terminals around Ralph Wilson Stadium with half the proceeds going to one lucky fan and the other half going to the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.

BAG POLICY REMINDER:

  1. Clear Bags smaller than 12” x 6” x 12” are permitted.
  2. One gallon clear plastic freezer bags are permitted.
  3. Small clutch bag approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap is permitted.

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Browns injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2014 – 4:19 pm

Here’s a look at the Browns injury report in advance of their game against the Bills on Sunday.

Their top tight end Jordan Cameron is trying to return this week from a concussion, but was limited Wednesday. Their leading interceptor DB Tashaun Gipson didn’t practice due to a knee injury.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Jordan Cameron TE Concussion LIMITED
Karlos Dansby LB Knee DNP
Tashuan Gipson DB Knee DNP
Barkevious Mingo LB Shoulder FULL
Marlon Moore WR Hamstring DNP
Athyba Rubin DL Back DNP
Jabaal Sheard LB Foot DNP
Joe Thomas T Not Injury Related/Rest DNP

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Woods limited on Bills injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2014 – 2:08 pm

Here’s a look at the Bills injury report following Wednesday’s practice. Robert Woods was listed as limited with ankle injury, but head coach Doug Marrone feels Woods will be ready for Sunday’s game.

“He’ll be fine,” said Marrone.

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DE Jarius Wynn – knee
TE Chris Gragg – knee
TE Lee Smith – illness

LIMITED PRACTICE
K Dan Carpenter – groin
WR Robert Woods – ankle
S Baccari Rambo – hamstring


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Ryan: Got to give Woods credit

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2014 – 11:04 am

Jets head coach Rex Ryan admitted that their defensive game plan was to shut down Sammy Watkins after he torched them in the first meeting for 157 yards on three catches and a touchdown. In the aftermath of their 38-3 loss to the Bills in the second meeting Ryan tipped his hat to Robert Woods (9 rec. 118 yds, 1 TD), who made the Jets pay for focusing their pass defense on Watkins.

“We had a plan to take away Sammy Watkins,” Ryan said. “I thought we pretty much did that, but they kind of exposed us on the other side and I probably should’ve been more balanced in my approach, coverage wise.

“They have some talented players on there and they made some plays. Robert Woods had a career day and again like I said, they knew, they’re no dummies. We weren’t going to let the one kid (Watkins) kill us again, so the other guy hurt us. To their credit, Woods made some great catches. I give him credit.”


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“An Angry & Dominant Performance” – JMS 11/25

Posted by johnmurphyshow on November 25, 2014 – 9:44 pm

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Our return to One Bills Drive to recap Monday night’s dominant win over the Jets at Ford Field in Detroit. We began the show hearing from you, the fans and listeners who chimed in with their thoughts and opinions on the game. After the win, we went inside the locker room to shell out another edition of Around the Locker Room. We also recapped all the highlights with our Game Rewind courtesy of Murph’s play-by-play calls.

Bills Insider Chris Brown joined us at the top of the second hour to give his weekly assessment following the team’s latest game. He discussed the Bills offensive output against the Jets, which included successful trips inside the redzone led by quarterback Kyle Orton. Brown also weighed in with his thoughts on the Bills defensive performance, specifically when it came to the play of the Bills defensive line and Mario Williams.

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“The one thing we underestimate, in both of the games against the Jets, once (Michael) Vick was in there, Mario Williams was on his blind side. That matchup was probably one of the worst mismatches you’re going to find in the league between a defensive end and an offensive tackle. He (Williams) owned (Breno) Giacomini in both games. There were a couple of plays where they matched him up with a tight end. I was dumbfounded by that adjustment by the Jets and the offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. He split both tight ends and then tossed Michael Vick like a rag doll for his second sack of the game. It was just an angry and dominant performance.”

Brown also talked about the unusual circumstances leading up to the game and the outstanding preparation led by head coach Doug Marrone.

Bills President Russ Brandon addressed the media this morning regarding the preparations for holding Sunday’s game against the Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Brandon says the stadium is “one hundred percent operational.” There were great efforts made over the last few days, led by VP of Operations and Guest Experience Andy Major, who joined us in-studio to round out the show. Major talked about the cleanup process and the job done by the staff on hand including upwards of 500 people who were inside the stadium helping with the snow removal. Major added that the warmer temperatures aided in speeding up the process. He also discussed the ongoing efforts and the plan to have Ralph Wilson Stadium safe for those in attendance come Sunday.

To hear more from Major and the rest of Tuesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Bills tip hat to fans that trekked to Detroit

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2014 – 1:06 am

The players weren’t sure what kind of atmosphere they’d be walking into at Ford Field Monday night with their game against the Jets moved in the wake of the record snowfall back in Buffalo. But as always Bills fans delivered giving the players an added dose of motivation thanks to their unyielding support.

“I wasn’t (surprised),” said Boobie Dixon of the fan support. “They’ve been great all year. People were telling us on Twitter or Instagram or Facebook that they were going to be there and I believed. Everybody was saying the game might be sold out and we were like, ‘Whoa, they really love us so we’ve got to put on for these people.’ We’ve got to represent and that’s what we went out there to do.”

Head coach Doug Marrone was naturally concerned that the team would lose home field advantage with the game moved 500 miles west to Detroit.

“I’ll tell you what our fans were phenomenal,” said Marrone. “When I first came out there I didn’t know what to expect. I know there was a (Detroit) radio station trying to garner up some support for the Jets with a ‘green out’ or something like that. We had heard about that. You get concerned about whether it’ll be home field and whether we need to use a silent count (on offense). As soon as I came out and looked to the right and saw all those blue jerseys I was like, ‘Holy cow, here we go. We’ve got the crowd.’ That was a little bit of a relief at the beginning of the game.”

“That was big. It was definitely something that we weren’t sure about what was going to happen,” said Mario Williams. “I don’t even know how  the weather is there, whether it’s cleared up or what.  For people to come out of their way with everything going on back home, that means a lot to us and we definitely took it to the field.”

“Crowd-wise it seemed like we had the majority of the fans here,” said Robert Woods. “They were pretty loud cheering for us. We were making plays. Really I just think we kept the crowd in it and I think that helped us as well. It felt like a home game for us. We had to play football regardless of whether it was home or away or neutral site we had to play and win this game.”


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Mario goes into domination mode

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2014 – 1:05 am

He was an undeniable terror on the field. Mario Williams was in full blown domination mode in the first half of Monday night’s game and Breno Giacomini was the victim.

After a penalty against the Bills set the Jets up 1st-and-goal at the Buffalo four-yard line it looked like New York would make it a game. But Mario Williams slipped under the Jets’ right tackle dipping his right shoulder without every breaking stride. And while Michael Vick was rolling out to his left on the play Williams busted tail and caught him from behind to trip him up for a sack and a six-yard loss.

He then corralled Vick on the next play when he tried to step up and scramble up the middle allowing him to gain just a yard on second and goal from the 10. The Jets ultimately settle for a field goal.

Later in the half, Williams split a double team even though the tight end was holding the defensive end and grabbed Vick with one hand and tossed him like a rag doll. By game’s end Williams had three tackles, a pair of sacks to push his team-leading total to 12, and three quarterback hits.

When asked if Mario was playing angry, Marrone said he saw a difference in his defensive end’s play as well.

“I’ll tell you what. I don’t disagree with that,” Marrone said. “He came out and I was like, ‘Whoa.’ I really was, I was like, ‘Holy cow. There he goes.’ Whatever that is that’s what we need to keep getting no doubt about it.”

When asked about their strategy against Vick, Williams said they wanted to keep it simple.

“Just go. That’s about it,” he said. “We didn’t want to sit there and hesitate and think about this and that with him running and stuff likethat.  Just get after it.”


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Duke uses the game to get first INT

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2014 – 1:04 am

Duke Williams had a critical interception at a key point in Monday night’s win over the Jets, and he used some knowledge from earlier in the game to get the key takeaway.

“It was a slant-flat,” said Williams of the play. “They ran it the first third down of the game,  as soon as I saw the flat, I just jumped on the slant, and Vick threw it right to me.”

As big as Williams play was, knowing Fred Jackson scored on a five-yard run just a few plays later, he was quick to credit Buffalo’s talented defensive line, which generated consistent pressure on Michael Vick.

“It makes it way easier, when you got Mario, Kyle, Corbin, Jerry—those guys make it way easier for defensive backs,” Williams said. “All the credit goes to them.  Quarterbacks barely have any time to throw the ball. It just is credit to them. We were able to get interceptions due to the defensive line.  Shout out to those guys up front for doing a great job.”


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Marrone: Lions help was critical

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2014 – 1:03 am

He thanked them more than once over the weekend for opening their doors. After their most dominating victory of the season Bills head coach Doug Marrone knows there’s no way it would have even been possible were it not for the assistance and generosity of the Detroit Lions.

The Ford family and team president Tom Lewand extended every courtesy they could right down to stenciling the Bills logo on the middle of the field, despite the fact that they have a game in their building in three days time on Thanksgiving.

“I said it all week long. I don’t think we could’ve been as prepared as a football team if it wasn’t for the Detroit Lions helping us out with their facilities and the extra people,” said Marrone. “I don’t think we would’ve been as prepared were it not for how they opened their arms to us to help us.”

The Lions allowed the Bills to use their indoor practice facility, their meetings rooms, film rooms, training rooms for treatments and weight room. They even helped build a makeshift locker room in the hallway adjacent to the indoor practice field.

But at the end of a week that felt like four, Marrone was glad he could tell his players something they were all waiting to hear.

“I told the players the best thing and I’ve been dying to say it,” said Marrone. “I just want to go home. I just want to go home. It’s been a long week.”


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Jets inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2014 – 5:45 pm

Here are the Jets inactives for tonight’s game against the Bills.

QB Matt Simms
WR Water Powell
RB Bilal Powell
CB Josh Thomas
LB Ikemefuna Enemkpali
OL Dakota Dozier
OL Wesley Johnson


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Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2014 – 5:41 pm

Here are the inactives for the Bills game tonight against the Jets.

Frank Summers
MarQuies Gray
Randell Johnson
Bryan Johnson
Cyrus Kouandjio
Marquise Goodwin
Jarius Wynn


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BENRUS Best Dressed – QB EJ Manuel

Posted by buffalobills.com on November 24, 2014 – 5:31 pm

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The BENRUS Best Dressed series presents one well-dressed player with a product from the military-inspired lifestyle brand. Fullback Frank Summers won in week 11.

As the winner of BEST DRESSED, EJ Manuel received a BENRUS Sky Chief Watch. The Sky Chief, engineered in 1940, was worn by World War II Aviators and can be considered one of the greatest timepieces in history. Today, BENRUS acknowledges the significance of The Sky Chief and its ingenuity in a contemporary, modernized model available for purchase on benrus.com.

BENRUS, LLC was founded as a watch company in 1921. For over four decades, it manufactured legendary timepieces for the U.S. military. Giovanni Feroce, internationally recognized as one of today’s most successful American CEO’s, is building BENRUS into a multi-billion dollar, military-inspired lifestyle brand. Mr. Feroce currently serves as CEO and Chairman of BENRUS, LLC.


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Brandon: Hosting Browns at RWS looks good

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2014 – 5:25 pm

Bills team President Russ Brandon provided an update on where things stand with respect to the state of Ralph Wilson Stadium’s readiness to host next Sunday’s home game against the Cleveland Browns in the wake of the nearly six feet of snow that was dropped in Orchard Park last week.

“On an hourly basis we’re in communication with our stadium operations staff back at One Bills Drive through (VP of Stadium Operations) Andy Major, who is doing an outstanding job in charge back there,” said Brandon. “With the heat wave that we had today and over the last two days having 500 shovelers in the building we’ve made great progress. And all indications are that we are 100 percent ready to roll back at Ralph Wilson Stadium, have a good week of practice and get ready for the Browns. None of the reports that I have would lead us to think otherwise.”

 


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Shovelers no longer needed at the Ralph

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on November 24, 2014 – 5:03 pm

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Thanks to the overwhelming support from more than 500 members of the Western New York community, Ralph Wilson Stadium is no longer in need of snow shovelers at this time.

The shuttle bus service from McKinley to the Stadium and back will be shut down tonight at 9 p.m.

Workers received $10/hour in compensation and those that worked a total of eight hours received a game ticket to the either the Browns or Packers game based on availability.


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Vick brings dose of unpredictability

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2014 – 1:18 pm

In his last two starts Michael Vick has not turned the ball over as the Jets starting QB and with a stout defense it helped lift New York to an unlikely win over Pittsburgh in Week 10. You never quite know what you’re going to get in terms of performance and consistency from Vick week to week, and for Buffalo’s defenders that can be a bit bothersome.

“You just never know what you’re going to get with that guy,” said Marcell Dareus, who is tied for the team lead with Mario Williams with 10 sacks on the year. “So we’re going to try our best to put him in a box and do what we can with him because you never know what you’re going to get. He could come out there and have the game of his life or he could come out there and play mediocre. We just don’t know so we’re going to try our best to prepare and be ready for him.”

Dareus said it helps that they saw Vick live back in Week 8 when he came on in relief of Geno Smith who threw three first half interceptions in the first meeting against the Bills.


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MMQB lays out how Bills wound up in Detroit

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2014 – 12:10 pm

It was a decision that had to be made at the league level. Once it became evident that playing Buffalo’s Week 12 game at Ralph Wilson Stadium against the Jets was unrealistic, the NFL had to immediately plan for a suitable alternative location taking into account a myriad of logistical factors.

MMQB senior writer Peter King spoke to some of the chief decision makers with the NFL involved in the decision to move the game to Detroit and to Monday. Up to 12 different college and NFL venues were considered.


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Players not sure what they’ll get from fans

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2014 – 11:10 am

It’s by all accounts a neutral site game. About 67-thousand tickets were distributed for free by the Lions ticket office for the Bills-Jets Monday night game. But the players aren’t sure what to expect when it comes to the atmosphere inside Ford Field Monday night.

“I absolutely don’t have a clue,” said Marcell Dareus. “I don’t know what’s going on. I just know we’ll be out on the field and we’re going to go out there and try to get a win. I hope Detroit comes out and some supporters I don’t know who they’re going to be rooting for, but as long as we get somebody to come out because I like to give people a show.”

“I have no idea to tell you the truth,” said Fred Jackson. “It’s going to be an experience that we’ll take in stride. I’m sure there will be a lot of football fans there. Maybe not necessarily fans of both of the teams playing, but teams that are there or fans that are there to watch some football. It’ll be interesting to see and I’m excited to see what happens.”


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