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Season Ticket Member of the Game – Joanie DeKoker

Posted by Kelly Baker on November 22, 2016 – 1:50 pm


Joanie DeKoker has been a valued Buffalo Bills Season Ticket Member since 2000. A dedicated Bills fan, DeKoker prides herself on attending both home and away games. Celebrating a milestone in her Bills history, the Bills vs. Patriots game on Oct. 30 marked DeKoker’s 100th consecutive game.

Reflecting on the fond memories she’s made throughout the years, DeKoker recalls Buffalo’s first Super Bowl (XXV) appearance as her favorite.

“I went to all of the Super Bowls—all four Super Bowls with my sister,” said DeKoker. “The first one that was my very first Super Bowl ever…you’re just so excited for all those four or five days—you’re just so excited to be there. I remember walking down the street going toward the stadium and the team bus just passed. That was so exciting…the whole Super Bowl experience was so much fun.”

Over the years, DeKoker has enjoyed watching several Bills players take the field. Her all-time favorite Bill is quarterback Daryle Lamonica and her current favorite is cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

“My favorite person is Daryle Lamonica because he’s the one that got me into football,” said DeKoker.  “I love the way he threw the long bomb. He’s known as the ‘Mad Bomber’ and I just thought it was so exciting.”

For DeKoker, an important part of game days at New Era Field is the tailgate.

“It’s really the tailgate,” said DeKoker. “Just being around everybody that has the same common interest. We all love the Bills. We all love the city of Buffalo and most of us grew up here. Just the comradery we have at the tailgate.”

In addition to the game day experience, DeKoker has come to enjoy the perks associated with her membership. Her favorite is the Bills Bucks Card.

Congratulations, Joanie!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Joanie for her many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our second Season Ticket Member of the Game for the month of October. In addition to Joanie being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, she received two pregame on-field passes to the Bills versus Patriots game on Oct. 30, a club seat upgrade, an autographed football, and select 2016 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Game, email us the account number, name, and the reason for your nomination to Please use the subject line, “STM of the Game Nomination.”


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Bills up 4 spots in power rankings

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2016 – 8:58 am

The Bills grind it out win at Cincinnati last Sunday earned them a bump in the power rankings. Here’s where they checked in this week.


Rex Ryan asked Marvin Lewis for a gift — and the football gods gave it to him. No A.J. Green to deal with, as the Bengals’ star wideout went down with a hamstring injury on the opening drive of the game. Hate seeing Green go down, but fortunately, the injury doesn’t appear as bad as initially thought. And hey, the football gods kinda owed Ryan a favor (or 35). No team in pro football has been beset with more injury problems to key players this season than the Bills. Ryan’s squad stuck it out Sunday on the road, thanks to timely defense and a stout run game — despite yet another injury to LeSean McCoy. That said, Tyrod Taylor has to make that third-and-5 completion to Percy Harvin on the final Bills drive. Jeff Tuel could have made that throw. EJ Manuel could have made that throw. Joe Ferguson could have made that throw. Joe Ferguson — right now, at age 66 — could have made that throw. Still, nice win. Click here for a sweet pic of the final-play scrum.



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Monday QB club update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2016 – 1:27 pm

The Monday Quarterback Club will have a unique keynote speaker at their next Monday evening event at the new Buffalo Marriott HARBORCENTER. Here’s more information.

Ever wonder how the salary cap works? Do you have questions about how NFL contracts are structured?  Then join us on November 28th as Jim Overdorf, Sr. VP of Football Administration from the Bills addresses our group.

Howard Simon, radio host from WGR550 will be our emcee. Other special guests will be announced soon. This event includes a sit down dinner with a vegetarian option available. Deadline to register is Thurs. Nov. 24th.

Monday November 28; doors open at 5:15 PM, dinner at 6:15 PM

Buffalo Marriott HARBORCENTER. 95 Main Street, Buffalo NY. Public parking available in the 716 lot; enter on Washington St. (nominal fee).

FREE for members; $40 for guests

Register by visiting our website here.

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Playtime for Harvin, Henderson, Ihedigbo etc.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2016 – 10:12 am

Here’s a look at the playtime percentages for some of the players who saw increased action Sunday at Cincinnati.

Percy Harvin saw his playing time increase. He had 46 snaps good for 71 percent of the offensive workload. Would he have seen that much time had Robert Woods not suffered a knee injury? Hard to say. We thought going in he’d get between 35-40 snaps, so this figure wasn’t all that different.

Seantrel Henderson pretty much split the work down the middle with Jordan Mills. Henderson go 34 snaps (52%) and Mills had 35 (54%).

On defense James Ihedigbo got 18 snaps good for 25 percent of the defensive plays. Robert Blanton still saw most of the work at safety opposite Corey Graham as he got 48 snaps for 66 percent of the workload. But he left on the second to last play with a foot injury.

Kevon Seymour, who was the primary nickel corner Sunday, got 40 snaps (55%) to Nickell Robey-Coleman’s 15 snaps (21%).

Ronald Darby after a week of competition in practice started Sunday, played well, and got 68 snaps (93%) to Corey White’s four snaps (5%).

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Bills tie NFL record for ball security

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 10:17 pm

The Bills did have a turnover Sunday when Tyrod Taylor threw an interception at the one-yard line. But with just six turnovers on the season, Buffalo tied a league mark.

Buffalo’s 6 turnovers so far this season is tied for the fewest in NFL history after 10 games along with the Seahawks this season. Green Bay did the same in 2015 and Oakland enters Monday night’s game with 6.

The Bills are plus-8 in turnover margin, tying as the 6th best in club annals after 10 games (also +8 in 1960, 1980, and 2005).

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Carpenter was right on the line

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 10:08 pm

Kicker Dan Carpenter was instrumental in Buffalo’s win over Cincinnati Sunday. His 54-yard field goal early in the third quarter gave the Bills a one-point lead, that he only built on with a 20-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. But just how close was Carpenter to his limit based on game conditions on his long distance kick?

“That was it,” said head coach Rex Ryan as to where the line of demarcation was for Carpenter on the field. “That’s as deep as it was going and it was funny because he ran out there with no hesitation. I’m debating and he answered that question. He ran on the field and we would have had 12 on the field because he was out there. He was a confident man and he killed it. It was a huge, huge kick for us.”

The 54-yard field goal was Carpenter’s longest this season. It also set a Bills record. Carpenter now has 14 50-yard field goals in his Bills career, breaking the previous team record of 13 held by Steve Christie.

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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 8:27 pm

Bengals third down conversions 1st half: 6-for-8 (75%)
Bengals third down conversions 2nd half: 2-for-7 (28.5%)
Bills penalties 1st half: 8 for 70 yards
Bills penalties 2nd half: 1 for 5 yards
LeSean McCoy yards per carry average before injury: 6.6
Gillislee, Taylor, J. Williams yards per carry average: 5.0
Brandon Tate KR avg. – 33 yards
Tackles by Zach Brown – 12
INTs by Stephon Gilmore – 2
Time of possession advantage in 2nd half: Bills 20:37; Bengals 9:23

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Bengals inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 11:44 am

Here are the inactive players for the Bengals today in their game versus the Bills. 

QB Jeff Driskel

WR Cody Core

CB KeiVarae Russell

LB Rey Maualuga

G Christian Westerman

DT DeShawn Williams

TE C.J. Uzomah

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Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 11:30 am

Here are the inactives for the Bills today in their game against Cincinnati.

QB Cardale Jones
WR Walt Powell
CB Marcus Roberson
LB Brandon Spikes
OT Cyrus Kouandjio
TE Gerald Christian
DT Corbin Bryant

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Harvin hungry for more work

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 11:05 am

The day after his first game in more than a calendar year, Percy Harvin says he felt great. Granted he played only 21 snaps against Seattle a little over two weeks ago, but he was encouraged by the way his body responded to the most intense work it’s seen in a year. That’s why he’s eager to get more work on the field and contribute more on offense today.

“From what I’m hearing, I think I’m going to be full-go,” said Harvin. “How many plays? I don’t know yet. I definitely practiced the whole time this week. Got a lot more reps and a lot of reps with the [first team]. So I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and keep preparing myself. When game time comes, I’ll let the coaches handle that part.”

Harvin is expected to start opposite Robert Woods at receiver. And though his workload is expected to increase appreciably from 21 snaps at Seattle, to expect 60-70 snaps might be a bit premature.

“He’s going to get some opportunities,” said offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn. “He’ll start, but he’ll probably still be in a limited role because you can’t sit out a year and come back and jump in in two weeks and I think he saw that last week. But he’s done some good things in practice and I’m looking forward to see him make some plays.”

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What happened to the takeaways?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 10:17 am

Part of what was helping the defense in keeping points off the board during their four-game winning streak were turnovers. Buffalo had a total of 10 during that period. Not surprisingly, on the Bills current three-game losing streak they haven’t had a single takeaway.

Buffalo’s last turnover on defense came in the waning moments of their win at Los Angeles Oct. 9th when Nickell Robey-Coleman made his second interception of the game to seal the win.

If the Bills are unable to post a takeaway today against the Bengals it would match a four game stretch in which they went without a turnover back in 2002.

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A statistical look at Darby & Gilmore

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 9:00 am

The play in the secondary was a major focus this week of head coach Rex Ryan. Saying he’s tired of the mistakes, and attributing the majority of the issues in getting beat deep to technique, Ryan opened Ronald Darby’s left cornerback position to competition as well as Nickel Robey-Coleman’s nickel position and the safety position next to Corey Graham, which had been most recently occupied by Robert Blanton.

However, the cornerbacks specifically have been the ones under fire for giving up big plays. So let’s look at how their defensive numbers in coverage compare to that of last season when Darby and Gilmore were among the league leaders in pass breakups.

As you can see in the table below the completion percentage against both Darby and Gilmore is up. Opposing QBs are completing passes against Darby about seven percent more than last year and against Gilmore it’s about 11 percent more.

Though just 56 percent of the season is in the books (9 games), Gilmore has already allowed 72 percent of the yardage he surrendered last year.

Darby, who has played in one fewer game, has already allowed 76 percent of last year’s yardage in half the games.

Their pass breakups are just slightly off from last year’s pace. Gilmore is on pace to have as many if not more interceptions this season. Darby has yet to field an interception this season.

Yr & Player Targets Completions Comp. Pct. TDs Rec. yards PBUs INTs
2015 – Darby 107 54 50.50% 3 647 21 2
2016 – Darby 49 28 57.10% 3 491 9 0
2015 – Gilmore 93 44 47.30% 4 611 18 3
2016 – Gilmore 41 24 58.50% 1 440 7 2

Whether the two boundary corners can lock things down over the final seven games will be rooted mainly in technique because the opportunities will be there. Knowing the struggles they’ve had they will be tested, especially today against a Cincinnati team that likes to push the ball down the field.

A.J. Green leads the NFL with seven catches of 30 or more air yards. Add in the fact that the Bills have allowed six 100-yard receivers this season, matching the total from all of last year and you see why opposing offenses will be more than willing to take their shots.

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Special Pro Football HOF offer for Bills fans

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2016 – 8:24 am

For those Bills fans making the road trip to Cincinnati for the game this weekend, you might be interested in stopping in Canton on your way there at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here’s why.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is inviting Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills fans traveling through Ohio this weekend to experience “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth!”

Any Bills or Bengals fan dressed in their team’s gear who mentions the promotion at the Hall’s box office will receive a $5 discount on any regular price museum admission. The promotion runs from Friday, Nov. 18 through Monday, Nov. 21. The Hall of Fame is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information about planning a visit to the Hall of Fame can be found at:

The Bills take on the Bengals this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Paul Brown Stadium.


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Thurman Thomas to receive Legacy of Service Award

Posted by Kelly Baker on November 18, 2016 – 3:26 pm


Throughout his 13 years in the NFL, former Bills running back Thurman Thomas was recognized several times for his efforts on the field. An influential member of the Western New York community, the Hall of Famer has also made a name for himself off the field.

Thomas has been selected to receive the Legacy of Service Award on Friday, Nov. 18 at Niagara University’s President’s Dinner at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino. He was chosen based on his continued commitment to serving the community.

Thomas and a group of other honorees will be acknowledged during the dinner, which begins at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the university’s scholarship programs.

For more information on how to purchase tickets to the dinner, please visit here.

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Bengals key players good to go

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2016 – 2:31 pm

Several of them were limited, but some of Cincinnati’s key players are ready to go for Sunday’s game against Buffalo.

Andy Dalton, Tyler Eifert, Brandon LaFell, Rey Maualuga, Michael Johnson and George Iloka were all limited in practice at some point during the week. But their lack of participation appeared to be more the result of having a short week having just played Monday night against the Giants.

Only backup TE C.J. Uzomah is doubtful.

Player Pos Injury Game Status
C.J. Uzomah TE Calf DOUBTFUL
Wallace Gilberry DE Calf QUESTIONABLE
Clint Boling G Shoulder  
Andy Dalton QB Rt. Shoulder  
Tyler Eifert TE Knee  
Michael Johnson DE Calf  
Brandon LaFell WR Knee  
Rey Maualuga LB Fibula  
George Iloka S Shin  
James Wright WR Hamstring

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Groy to start, Rex feels good about Dareus

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2016 – 2:03 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan put the starting status of a few positions up for grabs this week in practice in an effort to foster competition and improve consistency. On Friday he only confirmed who will be manning on starting role on Sunday.

“We’re going to start (Ryan) Groy at center, but that’s really the only lineup change that I’m comfortable saying right now,” said Ryan.

As for Marcell Dareus, who is battling his way through a groin injury, Ryan is optimistic that his defensive tackle will be able to suit up in Cincinnati.

“I don’t want to ‘cat’ myself, but I’m feeling pretty good about the big man,” he said.

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Justin Hunter a new add to injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2016 – 1:34 pm

Buffalo’s receiver position has been hit hard by injury all season long. Friday another receiver got nicked up in practice.

WR Justin Hunter was limited Friday after sustaining a strained groin. He’s listed as questionable for the game Sunday in Cincinnati, along with the balance of players on the injury list besides DT Corbin Bryant, who is out with a shoulder injury.

Player Pos Injury Participation Friday Game Status
Corbin Bryant DT Shoulder DNP OUT
Marcell Dareus DT Groin LP QUESTIONABLE
Justin Hunter WR Groin LP QUESTIONABLE
Brandon Tate WR Concussion FP  


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FanDuel fantasy update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2016 – 1:03 pm





On Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati, the Bills will try to snap a three-game losing streak against a Bengals squad fighting for their playoff lives. This is a must-win game for both teams, so this clash should be all about will, i.e., who wants it more?

The Bills have scored 25 points in each of their last three games, allowing for plenty of terrific FanDuel options. Here’s a look at the value of some Bills players this week.

TYROD TAYLOR – QB – $7,300
Ever so quietly, Tyrod has been tearing it up, averaging 23.1 FanDuel points over his last three outings. He’s thrown 38 passes in each of his last two games, but, even better, he’s run the ball 13 times for a total of 91 yards and 2 touchdowns. Look for this trend to continue against Cincy’s 24th-ranked run defense.

LeSEAN McCOY – RB – $7,500
McCoy will look to take advantage of the Bengals iffy run D. McCoy has averaged over 18 FanDuel points a game (not including the Miami game), undeniably elite numbers. This week, he’s priced at $7,500, a shockingly low cap hit for somebody with top-shelf stats.

ROBERT WOODS – WR – $5,400
Last week, Robert had the game of his NFL life, hauling in 10 of his 13 targets, for 162 yards and 21.2 FanDuel points. Woods and Taylor have established a rapport—it could be argued that Robert is now the QB’s favorite target—and if you can get a number 1 receiver on your FanDuel roster for $5,400, you make it happen.

Who are you drafting on your Daily Fantasy team this week? Play Fantasy Football on FanDuel.


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Fan Friday 11-18

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2016 – 11:38 am

Do or die time for the Bills this weekend in Cincinnati. Got to decide if they want to be part of the AFC playoff race Sunday. Let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills FF,any thought to Incognito going to C and Groy LG? Groy has been ok at G when needed but IMO was a factor in SEA loss at C


CB: When there’s a significant loss on the offensive line, as is the case with Wood lost for the season to a broken leg, coaches often want as little disruption as possible when addressing the void in the lineup. Ryan Groy is expected to be the answer in the pivot.

First, and probably most important, Groy has operated as the swing center-guard since spring camps. He’s snapped to all three quarterbacks on the roster. He’s played a number of roles across the front including guard, tackle eligible and tight end on run plays. That equips him with a firm working knowledge of what everyone is doing on every play, which provides him with the wherewithal to make pre-snap checks efficiently and consistently.

Knowing how critical the communication is from the center in Buffalo’s offense, having Groy with the knowledge base necessary is essential in the pivot.

I’m not saying that Richie Incognito couldn’t play center, but with literally zero reps there since the day he arrived in Buffalo it’s not something you can just ask him to do with a week of practice. Incognito is a Pro Bowl guard. Moving him to address the need at center would be like robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Which goes back to the old adage that you don’t change two positions to address one.

Groy at center makes the most sense as I see it.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills

The collapse of the secondary is it players or coaching that’s to blame?


CB: Stephon Gilmore said it’s on the players to make plays. It’s his opinion that the coaches are putting them in position to make plays on the ball. That would seem to run in concert with Rex Ryan who said the majority of the issue is technique related.

Opponents are taking a different approach in attacking the Bills DBs and more often than not the Bills coverage players are not making the necessary adjustments in their coverage technique. That means playing proper leverage as a defender, footwork, driving to the hip of the receiver. All those things factor in, but based on what the coaches and players are saying it’s player error more than anything else.
3 – Chris,
Why doesn’t Time Warner Cable carry the Buffalo Bills  programming on MSG in my area?

I looked online and it lists the shows on the guide where I live, but when you tune in it shows all NYC programming. But it will show the Sabres games. I am confused about this.

I live in Wayland, NY 14572 which is in northwestern part of Steuben County. My understanding is that everybody west of Syracuse would get the Bills programming. If you could find a reason for this it would be greatly appreciated thanks


CB: From what I have been told MSG only provides their WNY programming like our Sunday pre-game show, Bills All Access, at 11 am and the Rex Ryan Show (Sundays 11:30 am) as far as Rochester. If you draw a vertical line on a map from the middle of Rochester down through the rest of WNY everyone west of that line gets WNY programming on MSG. If you are east of that line, which I believe you are in Wayland, you get MSG’s NYC programming.

My solution for you would be to contact Time Warner Cable and demand MSG’s Western New York programming. You live in WNY, so it only makes sense.


4 – Chris,

I really would like to see Robert Woods as a Bill for the next 4 years. Can you give us an idea of what salary he is expected to command in free agency?

Joe Roberts


CB: Woods is on pace to set single-season career highs in receptions and receiving yards. His market value based on his average numbers the first four years would approach $9M per season. That might seem exorbitant, but that’s what the market bears.

Jacksonville’s Allen Hurns just signed a four-year deal this year for just over $40M. His numbers are marginally better than Woods, so it’s reasonable to think that Woods could command a contract in the neighborhood of $9M/year knowing the receiver market isn’t flush with players in their low to mid-20’s with his kind of experience.

Woods is just 24-years old. The only players with comparable age and superior numbers are Alshon Jeffery, Michael Floyd and Kamar Aiken.

I’m not optimistic that the Bills would pay that kind of money for Woods, knowing they’re likely to pay Sammy Watkins big money when his rookie deal is up, provided he can find a way to stay healthy in the next year or so of course.

5 – Chris
We heard an awful lot about Dez Lewis this offseason and with all the injuries at WR why hasn’t he been brought up to the 53 we’ve brought up 1 WR off the practice squad but not Dez not sure I understand has he fallen off I mean we really need help and he seemed to help last year and it was reported that he worked hard in the offseason and looked like he had improved in training camp what’s your thoughts

Thanks, Steve
From Kentucky

CB: Dez Lewis looked like a world beater in the spring practices and appeared like he had a chance to make an impact as the team’s third receiver. But when the pads went on in training camp he disappeared. He has never been able to re-establish the same kind of consistency in his game since.

It’s disappointing to see, but it’s a different game when the pads go on and some players can make the adjustment and some can’t. Hopefully Lewis can re-capture some of what made him look so promising in OTAs this past spring.

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Dalton, Eifert, LaFell back to full practice

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2016 – 4:25 pm

Coming off a Monday night game in New York, some of Cincinnati’s key offensive and defensive players were limited in practice Wednesday, but it appears that was more in an effort to lighten the load knowing they’ve got one day less to recover from their previous game.

Andy Dalton, Tyler Eifert and Brandon LaFell were all limited in practice Wednesday, but were all full participants Thursday. DE Michael Johnson also practiced fully on Thursday.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday Participation Thursday
Wallace Gilberry DE Calf LP DNP
C.J. Uzomah TE Calf LP
Clint Boling G Shoulder LP FP
Andy Dalton QB Rt. Shoulder LP FP
Tyler Eifert TE Knee LP FP
Michael Johnson DE Calf LP FP
Brandon LaFell WR Knee LP FP
Rey Maualuga LB Fibula LP FP
George Iloka S Shin FP FP
James Wright WR Hamstring FP FP

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