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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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Bud Light’s Good Sport Program

Posted by buffalobills.com on December 12, 2014 – 2:11 pm

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The Buffalo Bills encourage fans to participate in Bud Light’s Good Sport Program and pledge to be a Good Sport/Designated Driver. Guests who are 21 years of age or older can register to pledge to not drink alcoholic beverages at a Bills game, and to provide responsible transportation for all members of their party.

 

Fans can sign up at any Guest Services Booth or at one of the Bud Light Good Sport carts at the stadium.  Guests who participate in the Good Sport Program will receive a wristband that identifies him/her as a designated driver and a coupon for a free Pepsi product.

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Guests who participate in the Good Sport Program will also be entered to win a special prize pack from Bud Light and the Bills as a thank you for being a Good Sport/Designated Driver. The winner is announced during the 4th quarter of every game.

 

Guests who pledge will also be registered for a chance to win a trip to either the Super Bowl or Pro Bowl, courtesy of TEAM Coalition, as part of a League-wide contest. In 2010 the Bills sent one of their fans who registered to be a designated driver to the Pro Bowl.

 

Since 2011, the number of designated drivers at Ralph Wilson Stadium has increased over 300%, with 11,658 people signing up to be a designated driver so far this season.
Check out how the responsibility bowl is going by clicking here.


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Pack’s Lacy is probable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 12, 2014 – 1:51 pm

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Packers RB Eddie Lacy (hip) was limited in practice for much of the week, but he’s listed as probable. It’s possible that Lacy will share more of the load with fellow RB and UB product James Starks knowing his hip ailment has been a persistent one, but it appears he’ll be ready for Sunday’s game. Here is the rest of the Green Bay injury report from Friday.

OUT
CB Davon House – shoulder
LB Jamari Lattimore – ankle

PROBABLE
DT Bruce Gaston – illness
RB Eddie Lacy – hip
G T.J. Lang – ankle
G Josh Sitton – toe
LB Nick Perry – shoulder


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Fan Friday 12-12

Posted by Chris Brown on December 12, 2014 – 1:25 pm

Time for another edition of Fan Friday. On to your questions now from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Hi Chris,

What are the illuminated numbers for when the Bills are on Defense? We sit on the visitors side of the Bills Stadium and often wonder if it signals to the defense.

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CB: The fluorescent number cards held up by a Bills sideline assistant when the Bills defense is on the field is a cue card. The number on it identifies the personnel grouping of the opposing offense on that particular play. For example, a card that has an 11 on it means 11-personnel, which is one back, one tight end and three receivers. If it’s a 22 that means two backs and two tight ends. The number in the tens column identifies the number of backs in the grouping. The number in the ones column identifies the number of tight ends in the grouping.

Knowing you’ve got five lineman and a quarterback, you can do the math to figure out how many receivers you need to get to 11 total players based on the number of backs and tight ends.

It’s just a simple identifier tool for the defense so everyone is on the same page and can focus on the defensive play call and any pre-snap checks.

 

2 – Chris:
In the week that the Bills had to play the Jets in Detroit it was stated by Coach Marrone that it was a tough week because he prefers a set routine in preparing the team and he feels the players like a set routine. The way the team performed and had energy against the NY Jets after all the upheaval with the weather, do you think coaches should re-think the need to have a set routine?  Do you think by following the same routine a team could get stale and cause players to lack energy and concentration.  I feel it may be best to change practice routines and schedules during the season which may keep players sharp and fresh.

Thanks
Joe
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CB: I think the coaching staff makes an effort to tweak certain aspects of the practice week to keep players on their toes, but largely football players and coaches are creatures of habit. I don’t know that it’s fair to take one isolated performance in a neutral site situation with a lot of upheaval to the normal schedule and let that convince you that the schedule should be altered every week.

 

3 – Hi Chris,

Is it possible that the Bills will give a free agent a chance at being the franchise QB? I am actually targeting Kirk Cousins from the Redskins. He has one year left on his contract, but I really don’t see him as a fit for the Buffalo Bills. Obviously, EJ Manuel will be given another chance, but Cousins is a bomber, and I think it would be exciting to watch Cousins with our current wide receivers. I would most definitely keep Kyle Orton as insurance, he has more than proven himself.

Your thoughts,
Tony, Ormond Beach, Fl

CB: I think the quarterback position could be a very fluid situation this offseason. You have EJ Manuel under contract and I still believe you have to work with him and develop him further. Giving up on him after just 14 starts seems foolhardy. Ryan Tannehill didn’t look like much in his first two seasons, but now in year three he’s demonstrated bona fide progress and has grown into the role for Miami. The Dolphins stuck with him and he’s rewarding them for that despite a change in offensive system this year.

Whether the Bills choose to stick with Orton as the veteran or bring in another is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to offseason decisions that must be made.

 

4 – Chris,

Can you give fans an update on the RT position. How has Henderson been doing? Fans are probably upset at Cyrus’ development since he got beat out by a 7th round pick. What is the future for Cyrus. I really don’t see him playing guard in the future. The Bills thought he had first round talent. I know Henderson may have been a steal. With no first round pick next year, it looks bad their 2nd round pick can’t be active on game day.

CB: Henderson has had his share of ups and downs this season. He has had some steady games and some unsteady games, but that inconsistency is to be expected with a rookie who is starting at this level for the first time. His athleticism and physical gifts are unquestioned and his work ethic has been pretty solid all year.

Cyrus Kouandjio is much younger in football than Henderson. Henderson played four years of college ball and all through high school. Kouandjio played two years of high school ball and declared early for the draft. Kouandjio is also just 21-years old.

He’s still growing into his body frame. Kouandjio needs to get stronger and needs reps. I think the team has to be patient with him and let him grow and learn for a couple of years. In time he could very well justify being a second-round pick, and the Bills knew when they picked that they’d have to wait on him a bit.

Kouandjio will never have the athleticism or feet that Henderson does. That’s God-given. Had Henderson not had all the off the field red flags, he’d have likely been a first-round pick for what it’s worth. I believe Kouandjio will be a contributor in time, but that’s what it’s going to take before he maximizes his potential. Time.

 

5 – Hi Chris,

Now that TV networks hire former referee’s for insight during the broadcast, would the Bills be able to hire a former ref to be on the staff and be on the sideline to assist the Head coach with challenge calls for example?

Thanks Travis

CB: That’s a pretty clever idea. Knowing how there seems to be an expert for every part of the football operation, why not a former official on your staff? I’ll have to check to see if there are rules against doing that. The only thing that I could see preventing that is a coach being concerned that it would indicate that he doesn’t know the challenge system well enough.


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Searcy out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 12, 2014 – 12:43 pm

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It wasn’t looking promising to begin with, but head coach Doug Marrone confirmed it on Friday, S Da’Norris Searcy is out for Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury.

Searcy was a limited participant on Thursday, but did not practice at all on Friday. Duke Williams is expected to see all of the work at safety in his absence. Williams has been playing a lot this season at safety on a rotational basis.

Here’s the rest of Buffalo’s injury report.

OUT
TE Chris Gragg – knee
S Da’Norris Searcy – hamstring
WR Mike Williams – calf

QUESTIONABLE
DE Jarius Wynn – knee

PROBABLE
K Dan Carpenter – groin
DT Stefan Charles – quad


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Lacy, 2 OL still limited for Packers

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2014 – 4:11 pm

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Green Bay feature back Eddie Lacy (hip) was limited in practice for a second straight day on Thursday. So were both of the Packers’ starting guards.

Josh Sitton (toe) and T.J. Lang (ankle) were both limited again Thursday too. All three players are expected to play Sunday.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Davon House CB Shoulder DNP
Bruce Gaston DT Illness DNP
Eddie Lacy RB Hip LP
TJ Lang G Ankle LP
Jamari Lattimore LB Ankle DNP
Nick Perry LB Shoulder LP
Josh Sitton G Toe LP

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Searcy, Mario, Hairston practice

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2014 – 4:08 pm

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Da’Norris Searcy did not participate in practice on Wednesday, but was able to do a little more in practice Thursday as he worked on a limited basis.

“He did some stuff today, but we’re going to see how it goes,” said head coach Doug Marrone of Searcy. “He was out here, taped up and going. It was on a limited status. He did individual (position drills).”

Searcy is dealing with a hamstring injury. Mario Williams and Chris Hairston returned to practice Thursday from illness.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Mike Williams WR Calf DNP
Chris Gragg TE Knee DNP
Da’Norris Searcy S Hamstring LP
Jarius Wynn DE Knee LP
Dan Carpenter K Right Groin LP
Stefan Charles DT Quad LP

 


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McCarthy: We spend extra time on DBs

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2014 – 1:09 pm

Green Bay head coach Mike Mike McCarthy in being asked about Buffalo’s defense referenced the fact that with the Bills being a team they don’t see all that often, they have to put in some extra study time. Where most of that extra study takes place is with an opponent’s defensive backfield.

“The Bills defense is playing very well,” McCarthy said. “Definitely got talent all the way through. It definitely starts up front with their defensive line and their ability to stop the run and get after it with the pass rush. We’re very impressed with what they’ve done. Physical at the linebacker position. This is a secondary we haven’t played against before. We spend a lot of extra time in particular on film study, this is an uncommon opponent, and we’re impressed with the video.”

Whether the extra study on opposing secondaries helps Aaron Rodgers all the more is unknown, but it apparently can’t hurt in light of the season that McCarthy’s quarterback is putting together this season.


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Bills-Packers sold out

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on December 11, 2014 – 12:55 pm

sellout-packers-storyThe Bills have announced that the Sunday, December 14 home game versus the Green Bay Packers is sold out. Sunday’s game is sponsored by Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

As part of the annual fan appreciation game, hot chocolate at Ralph Wilson Stadium will be half price, and hundreds of items at the Bills Store will be 25% off on gameday. Additionally, over 1,000 prizes will be distributed in-stadium during the game, including Bills Bucks, autographed merchandise and game-worn jerseys.

Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas will serve as Leader of the Charge.

The Bills will host NFL Punt, Pass & Kick winners from three local sectional competitions at the ADPRO Sports Training Center on Saturday, December 13th to compete for the Bills Team Championship. The forty Team Championship participants have been invited to the Bills-Packers game to form Stampede Row as Bills players take the field, and the winners from each age group will receive on-field recognition during the second quarter.

Sunday’s game will include the annual Salute to High School Football celebration, including on-field acknowledgement of the Buffalo Bills and New York National Guard High School Football Coach of the Week winners from the Buffalo and Rochester regions and the recognition Dan Fichter of West Irondequoit High School (Section V) and Tom Langworthy of Jamestown High School (Section VI) as the Coaches of the Year from each region.  In addition, the Bills have invited members of the St. Joseph Collegiate Institute Football program who earlier in the year raised over $3,000 for ECMC’s Mobile Mammography Coach as a part of the WNY Billieve Football Challenge. The Bills are also hosting members of the All-Western New York High School Football First Team.

Gates open at 11:30 a.m. (90 minutes prior to kickoff) and the Bills encourage fans to arrive at the gates early to enjoy the pregame festivities.

A limited number of tickets remain available for purchase in various sections of the stadium. Fans may purchase tickets by going online at buffalobills.com, visiting the Ralph Wilson Stadium ticket office, or calling 1-877-BB-TICKS (228-4257).


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Gameday activities: Packers vs. Bills

Posted by buffalobills.com on December 11, 2014 – 10:45 am

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Here’s a rundown of gameday activities for Sunday’s week 15 game against the Green Bay Packers.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.
Gates open: 11:30 a.m.
Gameday Experience: ADPRO Sports Training Center open 9:30 a.m., visit Santa Claus!

Pregame

Player warm-ups: 11:55 a.m.
Salute to High School football: 12:40 p.m.
Stampede performance: 12:45 p.m.
Punt, Pass and Kick recognition: 12:50 p.m.
Leader of the Charge: Thurman Thomas
Color guard: Boy Scout Troop 325
National anthem: Stephanie Taibi

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

Halftime

Stampede holiday performance

Fan Appreciation Ceremony

As part of the annual fan appreciation game, hot chocolate at Ralph Wilson Stadium will be half price, and hundreds of items at the Bills Store will be 25% off on gameday. Additionally, over 1,000 prizes will be distributed in-stadium during the game, including Bills Bucks, autographed merchandise and game-worn jerseys.

Punt, Pass & Kick

The Bills will host NFL Punt, Pass & Kick winners from three local sectional competitions at the ADPRO Sports Training Center on Saturday, December 13th to compete for the Bills Team Championship. The forty Team Championship participants have been invited to the Bills-Packers game to form Stampede Row as Bills players take the field, and the winners from each age group will receive on-field recognition during the second quarter.

Salute to High School Football

Sunday’s game will include the annual Salute to High School Football celebration, including on-field recognition of the Buffalo Bills and New York National Guard High School Football Coach of the Week winners from the Buffalo and Rochester regions and the naming of the Coach of the Year from each region.  In addition, the Bills have invited members of the St. Joseph Collegiate Institute Football program who earlier in the year raised over $3,000 for ECMC’s Mobile Mammography Coach as a part of the WNY Billieve Football Challenge. The Bills are also hosting members of the All-Western New York High School Football First Team.

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.

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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Watkins: Fighting to the end

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2014 – 10:35 am

The players in Buffalo’s locker room realize the situation in which they’ve put themselves. There is no margin for error with three games to play. Even though it’s his first time going through it at the NFL level, how things have played out has not sit well with Sammy Watkins.

“Very upset,” he said of Buffalo’s current standing at 7-6. “We understand as a team and an organization that it’s not all on what everybody is saying. It’s about what we do. I think we let a couple games slip on ourselves so we put ourselves in this situation. But we still have control of our destiny. We could win out three games and be 10-6 and hopefully make it to the playoffs. That’s what we’re fighting for.”

 


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Robey: “He’s the best QB in the NFL” – JMS 12/10

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 10, 2014 – 9:31 pm

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We’ve hit the middle of the week. Wednesday is the day the team turns their attention to the next opponent. With the Packers coming into town, there was plenty of talk in the locker room on defending Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense, which was featured in tonight’s version of Around the Locker Room. We then hit the news of the day which included Fred Jackson being awarded the team’s 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year. Also, reaction from the NFL’s new personal conduct policy.

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Our first guest at the bottom of the hour was defensive back Nickell Robey. Robey talked about his role in this year’s defense, adding that he has improved immensely when it comes to his coverage skills noting that they are now “second-to-none.” He also gave his opinion on why this year’s defense has been so successful, alluding to the accountability that each player has on that side of the ball. We then switched gears to this week’s home finale at Ralph Wilson Stadium against the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who Robey called “the best quarterback in the NFL.”

 

“We expect a lot when we’re home. We know the communication for their offense is going to be tough because our crowd is magnificent. Our fans are second-to-none so if we can disturb their communication on that side and get them looking at different things and get them thinking one thing but we’re also doing something else underneath and if we can get them thinking that, the edge of the game will definitely shift.”

 

At the top of the first hour, we were joined by Tyler Dunne, the Packers beat reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Dunne talked about Sunday’s matchup from Green Bay’s point of view, dealing with both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. We began by getting his thoughts on Aaron Rodgers’ play this season and why the QB has been so successful running the Packers offense.

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“It’s just the fact that he’s not going to put the ball in harm’s way. That’s really unprecedented for him. What makes him different from the Tom Brady’s and the Peyton Manning’s is that ability to extend the play, use his legs, and do something outside of the pocket. There was a play against New England where Bill Belichick was scratching his head after the game because they (Patriots) had everybody covered. They had Nelson covered. They had Cobb covered. It was a second and eighteen, the screen pass was covered, and then Rodgers takes off on the run and gains seventeen yards. Even if you do everything perfectly defensively, he can still find that one weakness that you have defensively.

 

Dunne did mention that Packers quarterbacks coach and former Bills QB Alex Van Pelt is one of the reasons Rodgers is having such an effective 2014 season.

 

Finally, Andy Major, the Bills VP of Operations and Guest Experience rejoined us to talk about prepping the stadium for the fans this Sunday. Major took listener calls to answer their questions and concerns specifically when it comes to entry into the stadium and parking. He also talked about the “Responsibility Bowl” and the push to encourage from fans to sign up to be a designated driver.

 

To hear the entire John Murphy Show from Wednesday, click here.


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Around the league in Week 15

Posted by Dallas Miller on December 10, 2014 – 5:04 pm

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With the regular season winding down, here’s a look at how the playoff picture can develop in Week 15. The Broncos (West), Colts (South) and Patriots (East) are among the teams that can clinch AFC division titles, while the Packers and Cardinals can lock up postseason berths in the NFC.

AFC

CLINCHED: None
ELIMINATED: Oakland, Jacksonville, Tennessee, NY Jets

DENVER BRONCOS

Denver clinches AFC West division:
1. DEN win or tie
Denver clinches a first-round bye:
1. DEN win + IND loss + CIN loss + PIT loss or tie
2. DEN win + IND loss + CIN loss + DEN clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over PIT
Denver clinches a playoff spot:
1. MIA loss or tie + HOU loss or tie + CIN loss + PIT loss
2. MIA loss or tie + HOU loss or tie + BAL loss + CLE loss or tie
3. MIA loss or tie + HOU loss or tie + BAL loss + PIT win

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

New England clinches AFC East division:
1. NE win or tie
New England clinches a first round bye:
1. NE win + IND loss + PIT loss or tie + CIN loss or tie
2. NE win + IND loss + PIT loss or tie + DEN loss
New England clinches a playoff spot:
1. BUF loss or tie + CIN loss + PIT loss + BAL loss + HOU loss or tie
2. BUF loss or tie + CIN loss + PIT loss + KC loss or tie + SD loss
3. BUF loss or tie + HOU loss or tie + KC loss or tie + SD loss + BAL loss

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Indianapolis clinches AFC South division:
1. IND win or tie

NFC

CLINCHED: None
ELIMINATED: Giants, Redskins, Bears, Buccaneers

ARIZONA CARDINALS

Arizona clinches a playoff spot:
1. ARI win + DAL/PHI game does not end in a tie
2. ARI win + DET loss + ARI clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over GB
3. ARI win + DET loss + GB win or tie

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Green Bay clinches a playoff spot:
1. GB win + DAL loss + GB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over DAL


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Fuel Up to Play 60 “Be the Change” Forum

Posted by buffalobills.com on December 10, 2014 – 4:49 pm

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Nearly 200 students and teachers from Western NY were on hand at the ADPRO Sports Training Center on Tuesday for the annual Fuel Up to Play 60 “Be the Change” forum.  The students, from Orchard Park, Niagara Falls, Grand Island, Buffalo City, Rochester City and Rush Henrietta Schools,  were joined by Running Back C.J. Spiller, Bills’ Nutritionist Dan Liburd and dairy farmer Jason Kehl, from  Strykersville NY.

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Students gathered to learn how healthy eating and physical activity can benefit them not just in school but for a lifetime.  It’s all a part of Fuel Up to Play 60, a national partnership between the National Football League and the American Dairy Association, to encourage students to eat healthy foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains, and low fat and fat free dairy products) and exercise 60 minutes daily. The participants also received leadership and communication training to help find their voice in order to drive healthy change within their schools.

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Check out the photo gallery.


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Pack’s Lacy limited

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2014 – 4:32 pm

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The Packers are relatively healthy with just three games left in the regular season. Starting RB Eddie Lacy however, is a bit nicked up. He was limited in practice Wednesday. Here’s the rest of Green Bay’s injury report.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Davon House CB Shoulder DNP
Eddie Lacy RB Hip LP
TJ Lang G Ankle LP
Jamari Lattimore LB Ankle DNP
Nick Perry LB Shoulder FP
Josh Sitton G Toe LP

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Searcy does not practice

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2014 – 3:38 pm

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Da’Norris Searcy was in attendance at practice Wednesday, but didn’t do much on Wednesday. He was joined by a couple of other players who were out ill. DE Jarius Wynn in his return from injury practiced on a limited basis. Here’s the full injury report.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Mike Williams WR Calf DNP
Chris Gragg TE Knee DNP
Da’Norris Searcy S Hamstring DNP
Mario Williams DE Illness DNP
Chris Hairston T Illness DNP
Jarius Wynn DE Knee LP
Dan Carpenter K Right Groin LP
Stefan Charles DT Quad LP

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100 catch seasons not so rare in 90’s

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2014 – 11:54 am

There’s a common perception that with the NFL becoming more and more of a passing league that there have been far more 100-catch seasons in the last eight or nine seasons in comparison to the 10 or 11 seasons prior. Buffalo has a pair of receivers in both eras who were number one picks in Eric Moulds and Sammy Watkins, who were the subject in our exam of the 2014 WR class to that of the ’96 class. Moulds already has a 100-catch season, which is the only in franchise history. Watkins will probably flirt with some 100-catch seasons in his career, but in counting up the 100-catch season in the NFL in those two eras might surprise you.

From 2006-2014 there have been 33 100-catch seasons posted. Wes Welker has five of them for the most in that span. But between 1995 and 2005, granted an 11-year span instead of eight-year plus span, there were 34 100-catch seasons by individual receivers.

As far as Eric Moulds is concerned it shows that the receivers from his era were more productive arguing that today’s receivers get more targets per game and thus more opportunities to make more catches. The fact that there aren’t appreciably more receivers today posting 100-catch seasons than there used to be when he was playing is proof as far as he’s concerned.

“You look at the New England Patriots. They just plug guys in,” Moulds told Buffalobills.com. “They lose Wes Welker and plug in (Julian) Edelman and he gets 100 catches. It’s one of those things where you throw the ball so much and you put so much emphasis on the passing game that you’re obviously going to have an opportunity to make plays. They’re given so many opportunities with the passing game.”

Moulds said in a conversation with former teammate and Hall of Famer Andre Reed the two leading receivers in team history entertained the thought of playing in today’s game and how many more chances they’d have to produce.

“You’re always going to say, ‘What if I was playing this era,’” said Moulds. “I had a conversation with Andre Reed right before he went into the Hall of Fame and he was saying, ‘Moulds what if we were playing in this era where they throw the ball a ton? Even when I was in the K-Gun we didn’t throw it this much.’ I said, ‘Man, it would be great.’”


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