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First Section V Coach of the Year announced

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on December 15, 2014 – 4:53 pm

The Bills and New York National Guard Coach of the Week program has been a weekly staple of the high school football season on buffalobills.com, and this year grew to include Section V. In the inaugural year of the program’s exciting expansion, Dan Fichter of West Irondequoit High School took home the Coach of the Year award. Fichter was honored on the field before Sunday’s Bills-Packers game, along with Section VI Coach of the Year winner Tom Langworthy of Jamestown High School, and each of the Coach of the Week winners from both Sections V and VI.

In addition to the recognition online and on-field, each 2014 Coach of the Week winner received a $1,000 grant for their football programs from the Bills and the New York National Guard, a certificate signed by Bills President Russ Brandon, General Manager Doug Whaley, and Head Coach Doug Marrone recognizing their accomplishment and a Bills hat. The High School Coach of the Year winners each received an additional $1,000 grant for their football program.

Congratulations to all of the Coach of the Week winners this year, as well as Coach Fichter and Coach Langworthy for their Coach of the Year honors!


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MMQB gives Bills ‘D’ MVP honor

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2014 – 4:14 pm

Buffalo’s defense handed Aaron Rodgers the worst single game performance of his career. Their play also earned them an MVP nod from Monday Morning Quarterback from the early games on Sunday.

Here’s what MMQB’s Chris Burke wrote about the Buffalo performance.

MVP: The Buffalo defense

Not often does a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, with an offense as potent as Green Bay’s, look as out of sync as he did Sunday. Several times, Rodgers fired to … well, nobody in particular, with his receivers going anywhere but where thePackers’ quarterback expected. Even Jordy Nelson dropped a couple balls, including one that may have gone for a 94-yard touchdown.

Still, the majority of the credit here belongs to the Bills defense and coordinator Jim Schwartz. Buffalo sacked Rodgers just once, but they pressured him constantly and worked aggressive coverage downfield. The secondary came up with two interceptions, both by safety Bacarri Rambo, while the Packers’ receivers were left looking for flags repeatedly.

The final nail in Green Bay’s Week 15 coffin came courtesy of Mario Williams, who swung around the left side of the offensive line to swat the ball from Rodgers’ hand, forcing a safety.

“They really get after you with their four-man rush, which is the typical Jim Schwartz defense,” Rodgers said earlier this week. “He’s a very talented coach and always has some schemes that put pressure on the offense.”

Rodgers had thrown multiple interceptions in just one other game this season: a 44-23 loss in New Orleans. (He’s still yet to throw one at Lambeau Field.) He was just 8-of-24 for 70 yards in the first half, his quarterback rating dipping from 42.2 at the break to 34.3 when all was said and done. That’s the lowest mark of his career.

 


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Brian Dawkins helped Bacarri Rambo

Posted by Dallas Miller on December 15, 2014 – 10:51 am

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After his sudden release from the Washington Redskins, Bacarri Rambo turned to a savvy NFL veteran to hone his craft while unemployed.

“I was working out with Brian Dawkins,” said Rambo. “He was teaching me things, and giving me tips and advice to help me play faster once I got my chance.”

A member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade team and a nine-time Pro Bowler, Dawkins was persistent in pushing Rambo to make plays. Especially after the Redskins informed Rambo that he was cut because he wasn’t involved enough on defense and was not participating on special teams.

“And he stayed in my grill,” added Rambo on Dawkins’ efforts. ” ‘Once you get your chance just go all out.’ “

Rambo signed with Buffalo on Nov. 17 and worked his way into the defensive backfield rotation. Putting Dawkins’ advice into practice, Rambo’s pair of interceptions provided an unexpected boost against Aaron Rodgers, who finished with the lowest QB rating of his pro career.

Rambo also helped spring Marcus Thigpen for a 75-yard punt return TD.

“They said I wasn’t in on too many plays and I wasn’t participating on special teams,” said Rambo of his time in Washington.

“I want to thank the Bills organization for giving me a second a chance.”

 


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Defense hasn’t allowed passing TD in a month

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2014 – 8:55 am

While we made the handling of Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers a primary focus in our feature story coming off of Buffalo’s win over Green Bay Sunday. The two quarterbacks are just part of a string of signal callers that have not been able to manage a passing touchdown against Buffalo’s defense.

The Bills held Manning without a touchdown for the first time in 51 games, then held Rodgers, the league leader in touchdown passes to no scoring throws Sunday, but that’s been the case for Buffalo’s the defense the past four weeks now.

Buffalo did not allow Michael Vick or Geno Smith to throw a touchdown pass back in Week 12 and Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel could not reach the end zone through the air either, though Manziel had a rushing score. Ryan Tannehill is the last quarterback to throw a TD pass against the Bills back in Week 11.

In fact Tannehill’s two passing TDs in that Week 11 game are the only two passing touchdowns allowed by Buffalo since midseason. Opposing quarterback have not thrown a touchdown pass on the Bills in six of the last seven games.

That group of quarterbacks has however, throw a total of 11 interceptions to Buffalo defenders.


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Graham: We’ve set the standard now

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2014 – 8:52 am

The Bills defense has played well all season long, but over the last two weeks holding both Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers without touchdown passes and picking off four passes has been downright unthinkable. We cover Buffalo’s defensive prowess in depth in our feature story on Buffalobills.com. But veteran CB Corey Graham, who always believed this kind of play on their side of the ball was possible now says they’ve set a standard they have to meet every week moving forward.

“We have to obviously continue to play like that but once we do that, now the mark is set,” said Graham. “Now you got to expect that every week from everybody and that’s what we got to do. We’ve got to make sure we’re locked in and ready to go every week.”


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Perfect by narrowest of margins vs. NFC North

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2014 – 6:35 pm

It probably wasn’t seen as a strong likelihood going into the season, but the Bills made it a clean sweep of the NFC North this season.

Buffalo won all four games against the four opponents from the inter-conference division they were scheduled to play based on the league’s rotational schedule. And they did it by the narrowest of margins in three of the four games.

They beat Chicago by three in overtime (23-20). They beat Detroit on a 58-yard field goal with four seconds remaining (17-14). They beat Minnesota by one point on a last second touchdown pass from Kyle Orton to Sammy Watkins (18-17).

Their finale against Green Bay was a comfortable eight-point win by comparison (21-13).

It’s the first time Buffalo went 4-0 against a division since 2004 when the Bills swept the NFC West. That year Buffalo finished 9-7.


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McCarthy blames himself for GB safety

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2014 – 6:00 pm

The Bills had only one sack of Aaron Rodgers in their big win over the Packers Sunday and it came at the end of the game. Mario Williams stripped Rodgers of the ball in the end zone and the fumble though recovered by Eddie Lacy in the end zone could not be advanced with less than two minutes in the game resulting in a safety for the Bills. After the game Packers head coach Mike McCarthy put the sack and subsequent safety on himself, citing a poor protection call with their backup right tackle in the game.

Packers starting RT Bryan Bulaga left the game with a concussion in the second half and did not return. It left second-year lineman and Akron, NY native JC Tretter to step in at right tackle to block Mario Williams. McCarthy in hindsight felt his play and protection call put Tretter in a bad spot going against one of the best pass rushers in the game.

“Yeah, that last call was my fault,” McCarthy said. “I had another play in mind and I should’ve went with it. The result would’ve been different. In that particular spot, I should’ve helped him on that play so that last fumble is my fault based on the protection call.”

Williams swooped in off the left side and dislodged the ball from Rodgers throwing hand forcing the fumble. The safety sealed the game for the Bills lifting them to 8-6 on the season.


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‘D’ hold Rodgers to lowest 1st half pass rating

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2014 – 2:55 pm

Buffalo’s fifth-ranked defense has done a solid job through the first two quarters of their game against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense. In fact Rodgers has his lowest passer rating in the first half all season.

In today’s game Rodgers first half passer rating is 42.4, clearly the lowest this season for the MVP candidate.

The previous low was Week 2 against the Jets (83.1).


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Packers inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2014 – 11:43 am

Here are the inactive players for the Packers today against the Bills.

QB Scott Tolzien
CB Davon House
LB Carl Bradford
C Garth Gerhart
TE Justin Perillo
WR Jeff Janis
DT Bruce Gaston


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Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2014 – 11:38 am

Here are the inactives for the Bills for today’s game against Green Bay.

Da’Norris Searcy
Frank Summers
Randell Johnson
Cyrus Kouandjio
Deonte Thompson
Chris Gragg
Jarius Wynn


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BENRUS Best Dressed Week 15

Posted by buffalobills.com on December 14, 2014 – 11:37 am

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As the winner of BEST DRESSED, Robert Woods will receive a BENRUS J1 Messenger Bag, perfect holiday gifts! Follow @benrususa and use the hashtag #HolidayswithBENRUS for a chance to win some of the latest gear. BENRUS watches, sunglasses, duffle bags and backpacks are available for purchase at www.BENRUS.com

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Pack’s ‘O’ make you defend entire field

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2014 – 11:10 am

When looking at how incredibly precise, efficient and explosive Green Bay’s offense has been this season one wonders how even on the broken plays they’re still able to gain big chunks of yardage. A lot of it points back to Aaron Rodgers, but as head coach Doug Marrone sees it the Packers don’t allow defenses to cheat or shade to one side of the field or the other.

“It’s speaks for itself how good they are offensively,” Marrone said. “If you just had a quarterback and a running back, you wouldn’t be at the numbers that they are. If you just had a quarterback and one wide receiver, you wouldn’t be at the numbers they are. Their offensive line, you look across the board and those guys are five tough sons of a guns that get after it. They deserve a lot of the credit for the success that they’ve had.

“You have to defend the whole field. When you have to do that from a defensive standpoint, no matter who you’re playing against, it becomes difficult. That’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to get the defense to defend the whole field because, when you get defense to do that, you can make bigger plays.

Marrone said the Packers force defenses to cover the whole field with their route patterns and their formations.


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Bills ‘D’ hoping for crowd noise

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2014 – 10:30 am

Bills fans haven’t let them down yet, which is why Buffalo’s defense is hoping to hear the 73-thousand plus loud and clear when they’re on the field today.

Knowing the efficiency with which Aaron Rodgers runs the Green Bay offense, the Bills defense, despite being a top five unit, knows any help they can get from the fans to disrupt communication and operation of the Packers attack is welcomed.

Coming off a win in their last home game, Kyle Williams sees this one as even more critical due to the ‘no margin for error’ importance on this game.

“I think that was a lot of that talk leading up to our last game with Cleveland—we hadn’t played particularly well at home, and we were able to do that there with Cleveland and win a big game,” he said. “We’ve got an even bigger game this week. With Aaron Rodgers and their offense coming in,  our crowd can play as a big a part in this game as they’ve played in any game this year. He relies a lot on different counts, different cadences, keep the pass rushers off their toes, keep the defense on their toes—crowd noise can be a big benefit for us this weekend.”


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Aggressive play the aim for offense

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2014 – 9:03 am

Robert Woods talked about it after the loss to Denver last week, more aggressive play right from the jump for Buffalo’s offense. Heading into Sunday’s game with Green Bay, he and his offensive teammates are hoping it happens.

“Attitude and just going after the defense,” said Woods when asked what he means by being more aggressive. “What we see and what they give us and what we feel like we can take in certain routes, certain runs, certain plays and just always attacking and keeping them on their heels. Just keep moving forward.”

Fred Jackson believes there will be opportunities in the air and on the ground against a Packer defense that surrenders points.

“Running the ball we feel like we can run the ball and we have to be able to run the ball and we feel like we can do it against them,” he said. “It’s about being aggressive and going after them. I think that’s what he wants to do. We all want to go after them, get some long scoring plays, get the crowd into the game and being loud for us and if we do that it gives us the best chance to win.”

And winning is a must because a loss essentially ends the Bills attempt to stay in playoff contention.

“It’s do or die,” said Woods. “We have to win so no reason to hold back.”

 


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Fired up Packers ‘D’ expected by Marrone

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2014 – 2:59 pm

While Bills fans see a Packers defense that surrendered 37 points to the Falcons last week and perhaps an opportunity for the Buffalo offense to get back on track, head coach Doug Marrone sees something different.

Marrone believes Green Bay’s defense will come out motivated to redeem themselves after allowing Atlanta to climb back into the game this past Monday night.

“I think what that convinces me of is they’ll come in here and their defense will be ready to go right off the bat,” said Marrone in his weekly appearance on Coffee with the Coach presented by Tim Horton’s. “There has been a lot of focus on that. Julio Jones and Matt Ryan are two of the better players at their positions in the league and they were able to take advantage of some man-to-man opportunities and really played well. Defensively they had a big lead at the time, but they haven’t played that poorly all year in the secondary. It’s actually been the strength of their defense. What it does is it gives you some optimism where we might be able to run the ball and throw the ball just as well. We’ve been challenged all year offensively so our job is to make sure we’re efficient.”


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Orton remaining confident

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2014 – 12:57 pm

It wasn’t an easy line of questioning that Kyle Orton had to handle this week. The media asked him flat out if he and the rest of his offensive teammates felt they were holding up their end of the equation when it came to team performance.

When asked specifically if he felt like he and his offensive teammates were letting the defense down, this was his response.

“It’s a team football game,” he said. “We’re 7-6 because that’s what the team has done to get to that point. Obviously as an offense we want to go out and play well every week. If we’re letting anybody down we’re letting ourselves down. I don’t have any regret. I have a lot of optimism that we’re going to get it done this week and we’re going to get it done for the remainder of the season.”


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Corey Graham’s BOSE playlist

Posted by buffalobills.com on December 13, 2014 – 12:47 pm

This year BOSE, the Official Sound of the Bills, is going to bring insider access to fans by showing fans what songs Bills players listen to on game day.  For 12 weeks during the 2014 season, a different Bills player will be featured in the Player Playlist, presented by BOSE.  For this week, it’s Bills CB Corey Graham.  Check out the songs Corey will be listening to on Sunday to get him pumped up before he takes on the Packers.

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Pack bring couple of WNY’ers with them

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2014 – 10:26 am

The Green Bay Packers have a pair of Western New York natives on their roster, so the two will be coming back home for Sunday’s game.

RB James Starks, who played his college ball at UB, will be back playing against the team he watched growing up. So will OL J.C. Tretter, who hails from Akron, NY. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy had nothing but good things to say about both players.

“James has been a great representative,” said McCarthy of Starks. “He represents our program very well. He’s been an excellent Green Bay Packer. I go back to his first year, 2010, he had the hamstring injury, missed all of camp, was put on PUP and came off it and was a huge part of our run to the Super Bowl. He’s the same James Starks as I’m sure you guys remember. He’s smiling every day. Tremendous work ethic. He’s really in the groove right now and I thought he played his best game as a Green Bay Packer last week. … He’s been given more opportunites but I thought he played extremely well against Atlanta.”

As for Tretter, McCarthy appreciates the Cornell grad’s versatility.

“JC’s doing great. He’s a great fit for us,” said McCarthy. “Pretty much can play all five positions. That’s obviously rare as an offensive lineman. Very pleased what he’s done. He’s had two unfortunate injuries that have kind of held him back as far as opportunties. But JC is a very good young player.”


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Builder of Ralph Wilson Stadium LEGO replica passes

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on December 12, 2014 – 4:32 pm

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Dedicated Bills fan and longtime season ticket member Bob Hall passed away this week at the age of 58.

There was no greater exhibition of his incredible Bills fandom than the 20-foot long LEGO replica of Ralph Wilson Stadium he built over a 5-year period, profiled in this video.

“I am incredibly passionate about the Bills and I took the same approach with the stadium,” said Hall at the time. “Why not build the stadium so that every time I come down to the basement I feel like I’m at that wonderful place?”

Many Bills fans are dedicated, but Hall will forever be remembered by those who knew him best for going above and beyond in his support of the team.

“There’s nothing better than a Bills fan and Western New Yorkers,” he said. “I thought I could do this, and show all of the other NFL fans what being a Buffalo Bills fan is all about.”

Check out this photo gallery of Hall’s Ralph Wilson Stadium LEGO replica, and read more here.

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Nike uniform of Week 15

Posted by buffalobills.com on December 12, 2014 – 2:55 pm

Each week Nike presents the Uniform of the Week where you’ll see a photo of the combination your Buffalo Bills will be wearing on the field.

Buffalo Bills players and fans have been asking for this combination for some time!  The uniform combo for the Week 15 game between the Green Bay Packers and the Buffalo Bills will be the team’s royal blue jerseys on royal pants. Shop for your own Nike jersey by clicking here

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Here is the Bills uniform combination so far in 2014:

Week 1 at Chicago Bears: White / White

Week 2 vs. Miami Dolphins: Throwback White / White

Week 3 vs. San Diego Chargers: Blue / White

Week 4 at Houston Texans: White / White

Week 5 at Detroit Lions: White / Blue

Week 6 vs. New England Patriots: Blue / White

Week 7 vs. Minnesota Vikings: White / White

Week 8 at New York Jets: White / Blue

Week 9 bye

Week 10 vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Blue / White

Week 11 at Miami Dolphins: White / Blue

Week 12 vs. New York Jets: Blue / White

Week 13 vs. Cleveland Browns: Blue / White

Week 14 at Denver Broncos: White / White

Week 15 vs. Green Bay Packers: Blue / Blue


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