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Robert Woods’ BOSE playlist

Posted by buffalobills.com on October 18, 2014 – 10:30 am

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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 week #7, it’s Bills WR Robert Woods.  Check out the songs Robert will be listening to on Sunday to get him pumped up before he takes on Minnesota.


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Reed to be honored at alma mater

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2014 – 10:05 am

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Bills Hall of Famer Andre Reed will be receiving a pretty important honor today at his alma mater, Kutztown State.

Kutztown University’s stadium, currently known as University Field, will be named in honor of the Golden Bear alumnus in a ceremony prior to the team’s 1 p.m. game today.

The Kutztown University Council of Trustees approved the name Andre Reed Stadium at a meeting last month.

“Andre Reed is one of the best players ever to play the game of pro football, and his induction into the Hall of Fame is a testament to that,” said KU Acting President Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto.  “We are truly honored to name our stadium after a Golden Bear legend.”

Reed will be on hand for the festivities prior to the game.

“Andre is truly is the most decorated athletic alumnus in the history of our university,” said Greg Bamberger, KU Director of Athletics.  “He is the only Pro Football Hall of Famer ever in the long and storied history of the PSAC, and we are proud to call him a Golden Bear.”


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Kelso: “You have to win this game” – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on October 17, 2014 – 5:09 pm

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Podcast edition of The John Murphy Show. We checked in with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett after Friday’s practice session. Bills Insider Chris Brown sat down with head coach Doug Marrone for our weekly installment of Coffee with the Coach. We also gave a rundown on the news of the day from One Bills Drive and around the league including an updated injury report.

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Bills radio color analyst and former Bills safety Mark Kelso rejoined the show as he sat down to give his game preview as we inch towards Sunday’s game against the Vikings. He discusses quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and what he likes from him along with their rookie running back Jerick McKinnon. As far as the defensive side of the ball, he touched on another rookie for Minnesota, first round pick, linebacker Anthony Barr.

 

“He’s a standout and a difference maker. He makes some exceptional plays. If that kid stays healthy, he is going to be an exceptional player for years to come in this league.”

 

Kelso goes more into depth on both sides of the ball and believes this is very winnable game adding, “On paper they are better than this team. It’s in your building and you have to win this game. If you don’t win this game then you have more serious problems than I suspect.”

 

Finally, VP of Operations and Guest Experience Andy Major sat down to discuss to the fans and the stadium experience as we head into the Bills fourth home game of the year. He weighed in on the Super Gates and how they have relieved the congestion of fans getting into the stadium and added that they had 95% of those entering the stadium last weekend against the Patriots in their seats prior to kick off. Major also updated the Bills Fan Advisory Board and what they will be focusing on at their meeting next week which will include the discussion of adding to the list of prohibited items.

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To hear that and the rest of Friday’s John Murphy Show podcast, click below.

 


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Kim Pegula: “Our Heart is in Buffalo”

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on October 17, 2014 – 2:27 pm

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In her first interview since becoming a co-owner of the Bills, Kim Pegula was a guest on KISS 98.5 on Friday morning with Janet Snyder and Nicholas Pickolas.

She spoke on a number of topics, but frequently brought up her family’s love for Buffalo, its people, and of course, its sports teams.

“Timing is everything,” she said. “Just the way everything fell into place really worked out in our favor and now we get to own the team. It’s something you talk about and maybe you don’t quite think it’s going to happen but now our whole family is so excited about it all.”

Kim said her husband, co-owner and CEO of the Bills Terry Pegula, will handle “players and development and things like that” while she focuses on the organization and its business side including fan engagement. And when asked if she sees any difficulty in owning both of the major sports teams in one town, she said she doesn’t perceive it as a challenge.

“It’s very natural,” she said. “It’s like having kids. The needs are different among each one and things change all the time, so it’s just a matter of doing what needs to be done at that time. We talk about it between the two of us.”

Kim also touched on the One Buffalo campaign, launched as the Pegulas took the field before last Sunday’s game, which signifies the unity and the singular goal of the teams, the community and the city, or as Kim called it, “a celebration of all things Buffalo.”

“Our heart is in Buffalo,” she said. “It’s the people and fans that really endear us to Buffalo and to the whole the region and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

Listen to the full interview here.


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Vikes DT Floyd questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2014 – 2:03 pm

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The Minnesota Vikings have their share of injury issues on offense with TE Kyle Rudolph out again this week, but they could also be without DT Sharrif Floyd, who is questionable.

Floyd was again limited in practice on Friday and is 50-50 going into Sunday’s game. Also questionable is starting LB Chad Greenway, who is trying to return from a three game absence thanks to three broken ribs.

Player Pos Injury Participation Friday Game Status
Kyle Rudolph TE Abdomen/ Did Not Part. OUT
Groin
Gerald Hodges LB Hamstring Did Not Part. OUT
Jabari Price CB Hamstring Full Part. PROBABLE
Corey Wooten DE Low Back Did Not Part. OUT
Sharrif Floyd DT Elbow/Ankle Limited Part. QUESTIONABLE
Linval Joseph DT Ankle Full Part. PROBABLE
Chad Greenway LB Hand/Rib Full Part. QUESTIONABLE
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Hip Full Part. PROBABLE
Chase Ford TE Foot Full Part. PROBABLE
Harrison Smith S Ankle Full Part. PROBABLE
Michael Mauti LB Illness Full Part. PROBABLE

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Bills injury status for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2014 – 1:04 pm

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WR Marquise Goodwin, who suffered a hamstring injury in practice Thursday, is out for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. With Marcus Easley also out Buffalo has just four healthy receivers. Here’s a look at the rest of the final injury report for the Bills heading into Sunday’s game.

OUT
WR Marcus Easley – knee
WR Marquise Goodwin – hamstring
LB Ty Powell – ankle

PROBABLE
LS Garrison Sanborn – knee
S Da’Norris Searcy – knee
LB Brandon Spikes – ribs
S Aaron Williams – wrist
DT Kyle Williams – knee


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Vikings head coach has “minor procedure”

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2014 – 12:38 pm

Minnesota Vikings first-year head coach Mike Zimmer is having a minor surgical procedure and is not with his team today (Friday).

That according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Zimmer as reported is expected to be back at work on Saturday.


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Fan Friday 10-17

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2014 – 10:22 am

Big bounce back week for the Bills as they host Minnesota. Just have a feeling the run game will be rediscovered. On to your questions this week from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills. Keep them coming.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Why isn’t Kraig Urbik starting? Is it stubbornness or the right call or something else in your opinion?

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CB: Coach Marrone has been asked about this quite a bit this season. Based on what he’s said it sounds like he and the offensive staff would like to give rookie Cyril Richardson the opportunity to grow into the position. He said as long as Richardson, and Seantrel Henderson for that matter, are still showing signs of improvement in their play they’ll remain in the lineup.

As for Urbik specifically, here is his most recent answer as to why he hasn’t considered re-inserting Urbik into the starting lineup at either one of the guard positions.

“We feel comfortable what his role is for the team right now,” said Marrone of Urbik’s role as backup center. “If someone’s not playing well or not improving, I think (a change is) a possibility. We talk about that too.  I think those (rookies) are getting better in there.  And collectively, we’ve got to keep them coming along.  It’s an option with him. We’ve got Kraig backing up a lot of positions inside.

“I think his versatility is his strength. I think he has good versatility. If we want to put him in there he has the ability to be a starter and go in there and play. He gives us experience. He’s our best option if something were to happen with Eric Wood, and to be ready in case we ever do anything.”

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will the bills be as predictable as last week? First down, run. Second down, run. Third down, pass.

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CB: Contrary to what you might think the Bills threw a good deal on first down last week. In fact on first down they had 12 runs and 15 pass attempts. Granted in the second half they were behind and had to throw more, but even in the first half they had eight runs and six pass attempts. Here were the results.

1st half  rush figures – 8 carries, 29 yds, fumble lost
1st half pass figures – 6 pass attempts, 7 yards, INT, sack – fumble lost, 2 incompletions

2nd half rush figures – 4 carries, 6 yds
2nd half pass figures – 9 pass attempts, 24 yards, touchdown, 5 incompletions

Against Detroit the week before the Bills ran on first down 11 times and threw 21 times. So until the propensity to run on first down becomes predictable we’ll take a closer look at the play calling by the offense.

 

3 - @ChrisBrownBills

How much do the Bills spend on real scouting and that’s both Collegiate & Pro CFL/NFL?

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CB: There’s no way for me to get you the budget line for the Bills scouting operations, but I can tell you that the personnel department has upwards of 20 scouts, counting GM Doug Whaley. There are pro scouts, who do the advance scouting of future opponents and put together reports on every prospective free agent in the league. They will also take a look at CFL talent.

The college scouting department makes up the bulk of the group and they are scattered across the country. Each scout is assigned to region of the country and they are assigned to all the schools in their territory, with some overlap between scouts so they can get more than one opinion on a prospect.

The Bills as an organization have long believed in the value of scouting when it comes to building a roster and that has not changed one iota under Doug Whaley.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Why do u think they haven’t used Sammy in the screen game? It was what he did the most in college and excelled at it.

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CB: I’m not sure why he hasn’t been used more in the screen game. They have run a handful of receiver screens this season, and Mike Williams is an excellent blocking receiver as is Robert Woods. What I like most about your idea is it is an easy way to get the ball in Watkins’ hands regardless of what the opposing defense is doing coverage-wise.

You’re right he did excel at it. Whether it is something the offensive staff turns to more moving forward however, remains to be seen.

 

5 – Hi Chris,

My question has to do with the offensive line.  If Orton can improve the play at the QB position even just a little this team can make a run at the playoffs. However all the QB attention has hid some issues on the offensive line.  This offensive line is massive in size but for some reason seems to get very little push and obviously lacks in mobility compared to smaller, quicker lines.  What is most disconcerting is that when they run between the tackles there is little space for Freddy or CJ.  Most of their run yardage comes when they bounce it outside and get around the edge with their speed.  I guess my biggest problem has to do with their philosophy of getting BIG linemen as opposed to smaller more athletic guys that you tend to see on successful teams like the Patriots.  Do you think outside of QB, the offensive line is the biggest area of needed improvement and should Marrone be held responsible for this since that is his area of expertise?

Thanks,
-Danny

CB: Coach Marrone himself admitted that the line play up front needs to be better. Against some of the better defensive fronts this season Buffalo’s offensive line has had trouble winning at the line of scrimmage. It’s a bit surprising in light of their size as you mentioned. All that size has left them a bit less mobile for screens and pulls.

I agree with coach that the line play has to be more consistent and not just in the run game, but in pass protection as well. They’ve got to raise the level of play quickly, and that won’t be easy with a couple of rookies learning on the job.


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“AFC East banner would be huge”-JMS 10/16

Posted by johnmurphyshow on October 16, 2014 – 8:23 pm

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A shortened version of the show tonight, our last live show before we head into the weekend and Sunday’s game with the Vikings. The listeners chimed in with their thoughts on what they want to see from the team this week. We also heard from the players as we threw together another version of Around the Locker Room and the news of the day from the team and around the league.

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Our guest tonight was defensive end Jerry Hughes who joined us in-studio. Hughes discussed his switch from outside linebacker to his current defensive end position and why he continues to have steady production. He gave his thoughts on last week’s game against the Patriots and then moved on to Sunday’s game against Minnesota. He talked about going up against Vikings tackle Matt Kalil and what he has seen from rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and how the defensive front can create pressure. Although Hughes is on pace for another season with double-digit sacks, he’s focused on getting wins first.

 

“We’re just trying to find ways to continue to win ball games and win our division. We really want to get a banner up in this building. An AFC East banner would be huge. That’s really our main focal point and our main goal is just find ways to continue to get better as the season goes on.”

 

Hughes gave praise to the defensive backs for sticking with their coverage to allow time for the defensive line to apply QB pressure. We finished our segment by asking Jerry about his favorite movies and what he has seen most recently.

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We also heard from Hamburg High School head football coach, Pat Cauley who called in to discuss this week’s Intense Milk High School Rivalry of the week as Hamburg hosts cross-town rival Frontier, Friday night. To hear that and the rest of Thursday’s John Murphy Show, click below.

 


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2014 – 5:49 pm

Here’s a look at where you can find Bills players and coaches on the local radio airwaves on Friday.

  • KISS 98.5, Janet and Nick in the morning
    • 7:00 am – Chris Hogan
  • 3 The Edge, Shredd and Ragan
    • 7:20 am – Preston Brown
  • WCMF, Break room
    • 7:30 am – Frank Summers
  • WGR 550 am, Howard Simon and Jeremy White
    • 8:10 am – Doug Marrone

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Nike uniform of week 7

Posted by buffalobills.com on October 16, 2014 – 5:40 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.

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The uniform combo for the Week 7 game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills will be the team’s white jerseys on white pants.  Shop for your own Nike jersey by clicking here

 

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


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Vikes LB Greenway hoping to return Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2014 – 4:46 pm

Vikings LB Chad Greenway is trying to return from a three-game absence this week due to three broken ribs suffered back in Week 3. Minnesota defensive coordinator George Edwards (a former Bills DC) commented on his linebacker’s chances of playing Sunday against the Bills.

“Well he practiced (Wednesday) so we’ll just progress through the week and just see how he does during practice as we go through the week,” Edwards said. “(Wednesday) he practiced pretty good and seemed to be okay but we just have to follow it through the week and see how he feels as we keep going.”

Edwards believes Greenway, who practiced fully on Thursday, can make a big difference in their defensive scheme if he’s available.

Chad is a good player, there’s no doubt about it. Getting him back would be a boost for us but again, we just have to follow it through the week, see how he’s doing, see as they keep looking at him through the week, see how he’s progressing and that kind of thing,” said Edwards. “I don’t know medically all the things that they’re talking about so from that aspect of it we’ll just have to keep going and see how he progresses through the week.”

Greenway was listed as doubtful last week and did not play. He said last week that breathing is the most painful thing to do when his heart rate is up.


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Kouandjio getting work at guard

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2014 – 4:31 pm

Bills second-round pick Cyrus Kouandjio has begun working at guard in addition to his offensive tackle position. Head coach Doug Marrone confirmed that the move began two weeks ago.

“Two weeks ago I had told (offensive line) Pat (Morris) obviously I work with him and I said, ‘(Cyrus) is really moving well. We need to see if we can develop him in playing tackle and guard,’” said Marrone. “If he keeps going the way he’s going we could get a spot for him somewhere just like a lot of other people.”

Marrone has had Kouandjio lined up at guard with the scout team in the practice setting.

“I think he’s done a nice job. Of any of the players who haven’t been playing I see him as one of the most improved,” said Marrone. “From what you’ve seen of him in the preseason and what you see now when you watch it, his movement skills have truly been a 180 from what we saw in preseason. So I’m really excited about that. Since his movement skills have increased we’re seeing where we can develop him and where he can fit.”

What was most encouraging to Marrone concerning Kouandjio’s development is the game is slowing down for him.

“I think for him and my conversations with him and you can ask him about it, one of the things he said to me which was most important, I asked him, ‘How’s it going?’ He said, ‘It’s getting slower for me.’ That is a good thing. As a coach that’s the one thing I always like to hear. You can see it in how he plays. I think it’s slowed down for him and in the beginning I would’ve said he can only play right tackle from what I saw. But when I saw his movement skills increase and really doing a 180 I said, ‘Let’s throw him in there because I know things happen faster.’ It’s a much harder transition from going outside to in, rather than going inside out.”

 

 


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Vikes DT Floyd unable to practice

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2014 – 4:19 pm

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd was not able to go on Thursday at practice.

He’s struggling with elbow and ankle injuries this week. He was limited in practice Wednesday, but did not participate at all on Thursday. Here’s the rest of Minnesota’s injury report including the addition of Mike Mauti, who also was a non-participant Thursday. He has an illness.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Kyle Rudolph TE Abdomen/ Did Not Part.
Groin
Gerald Hodges LB Hamstring Did Not Part.
Jabari Price CB Hamstring Limited Part.
Corey Wooten DE Low Back Did Not Part.
Sharrif Floyd DT Elbow/Ankle Did Not Part.
Linval Joseph DT Ankle Limited Part.
Chad Greenway LB Hand/Rib Full Part.
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Hip Full Part.
Chase Ford TE Foot Full Part.
Harrison Smith S Ankle Full Part.
Michael Mauti LB Illness Did Not Part.

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Goodwin added to injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2014 – 3:54 pm

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Bills WR Marquise Goodwin was added to the injury report Thursday after sustaining a hamstring injury in practice. He left practice early and did not return. Here’s a look at the rest of Buffalo’s injury report update for Thursday.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Marcus Easley WR Knee DNP
Ty Powell LB Ankle DNP
Kyle Williams DT Knee LP
Da’Norris Searcy S Knee LP
Brandon Spikes LB Ribs LP
Aaron Williams S Wrist/Neck LP
Marquise Goodwin WR Hamstring LP
Garrison Sanborn LS Knee FP

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Gameday activities: Vikings vs. Bills

Posted by buffalobills.com on October 16, 2014 – 12:20 pm

Here’s a rundown of gameday activities for Sunday’s week 7 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.
Gates open: 11:30 a.m.
Gameday Experience: ADPRO Sports Training Center open 9:30 a.m.

Giveaway
Sunday’s gameday sponsor, BlueRock Energy, will be giving away smart wallets to the first 40,000 fans.

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Pregame

Player warm-ups: 11:55 a.m.
Stampede performance: 12:45 p.m.
Leader of the Charge: Takeo Spikes
Color guard: Attica Correctional Facility
National anthem: Adrian Michael

Halftime
Longtime Voice of the Bills Van Miller will be inducted to the Bills Wall of Fame. Miller’s name will be revealed on the Wall of Fame inside Ralph Wilson Stadium as he is presented with an honorary Wall of Fame ring and blazer to celebrate his many accomplishments and contributions to the Buffalo Bills organization.

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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Orton wary of Vikes blitz packages

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2014 – 11:00 am

Kyle Orton and the rest of the Bills offense is looking to get back on track Sunday and although the Vikings are just 20th against the run and 20th in points allowed, Buffalo’s veteran quarterback is very familiar with Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer’s blitz schemes from his days as defensive coordinator with Dallas and Cincinnati.

“Good defense, fast linebackers, fast secondary; attacking style defense,” said Orton. “Obviously third down anytime you play Coach Zimmer, third down is going to be an issue with their blitz package. We’re going to have to do a good job on early downs. I think that’s the thing that looking back when we do well on first and second down and kept ourselves in good third downs, we’ve executed and gone down and scored so I think that’s really a focus.”

The Vikings have 14 sacks on the season.


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“Let me know my dogs are with me” – JMS 10/15

Posted by johnmurphyshow on October 15, 2014 – 9:45 pm

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Back at it for a full night show as the team turns their attention to this Sunday’s game against the Vikings. We began the show with a lowdown from today’s practice including an injury update and we heard from the players inside the locker room with another edition of Around the Locker Room.

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Our first guest was Bills running back Boobie Dixon who sat down in-studio to discuss his game last week against the Patriots, where he saw increased reps. He also talked about the recent struggles in the run game and weighed in on if there is a major need to make changes or if it’s a work in progress.

 

“It’s a big emphasis on us sticking together and not letting the outside noise take us off of our goals and what we want to do this season. I feel like we’re going to be a great running team and we just have to stick together. It’s going to be tough. Every team is struggling with something and every team is going to have their bumps in the road but I think the winning teams, the championship teams, they stick together and they will keep on grinding and pushing and eventually things will happen for them.”

 

Dixon discussed why he loves to bark to his teammates and what he likes in response, adding “Just bark with me. Let me know you’re there. Let me know my dogs are with me.” He also talked about the leadership roles in the running back group and why he plays the wild card in that corp.

Takeo Spikes

At the top of the hour, a familiar name to Bills fans called in. Former Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes joined the show to talk about this Sunday’s game, where he will be ‘Leading the Charge’ as the team is introduced through the tunnel.

 

“I want it to be all spontaneous when I get out there on the field. I might try to tap Brandon (Spikes) because you know Brandon wears the visor, so maybe I can get one or two more plays in if I can put the visor on. He’s the same jersey and everything so I can go out there and steal a few plays.”

 

Spikes continues to talk of the Bills as “we” and says he still has a special place in his heart for Buffalo. He added his thoughts on the Bills defense and their chances of taking over the AFC East and also talked about his current broadcasting career where he’s an analyst on NBC Sports Network’s “Pro Football Talk.”

 

Finally, we got some insight from Fox Sports sideline reporter Peter Schrager who will be on the sideline for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. He covered the Vikings game against the Lions last week and weighed in with his heading into this week, specifically the line of scrimmage where he sees the Bills having success against a struggling offensive line for Minnesota.

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“I know you guys out in Buffalo have a dominate defensive line and I would be licking the chops if I were you guys because eight sacks last week. Ziggy Ansah had 2 ½ and the Lions, every time there was a passing play they seemed to be in Teddy Bridgewater’s face. He’s not a huge guy. He doesn’t tower over the offensive line. There have been a lot of deflections batted down at the line. Suh, Fairley, and those guys were in his face all day long. If I have Jerry Hughes, Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, and Marcell Dareus breathing down on him, you have to be worrying coach Mike Zimmer right now.”

 

To hear more from Schrager, Kim Pegula’s message to Takeo Spikes, and the complete John Murphy Show from Wednesday, click below.

 


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Rush frequency impacted by time & score

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2014 – 5:44 pm

The Bills run game has had its share of struggles not just this past week against New England, but the past three games. A good part of why is rooted in being behind on the scoreboard. Trailing in the game has contributed to calling more pass plays than usual, which is why Buffalo’s run percentage is down from what it was last season.

Last year when the Bills had the number two rushing offense in football they ran the ball 49 percent of the time. Over the last three games here is the run to pass figures for the offense.

Houston – 24 runs, 44 passes
Detroit – 22 runs, 43 passes
New England – 23 runs, 38 passes
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Total – 69 runs, 125 passes

Three game run percentage – 35.5%
Three game pass percentage – 64.5%

“Obviously it’s very frustrating, but at the end of the day, the other teams do a great job of having a good game plan for trying to come in and trying to stop our running game. It’s going to take a group effort,” said C.J. Spiller. “Everybody has to do their job from the offensive line o the running backs to the tight ends to the receivers. It’s not going to be one person that just waves a magic wand around us and automatically change. It’s going to come from a group effort and we will. We’re working hard at it. The good thing is that we have another shot on Sunday to try and correct the mistakes.”

 


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Section V Coach of the Week: Greece Athena

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on October 15, 2014 – 5:24 pm

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With only three days to prepare a new quarterback after the starting quarterback was injured, Head Coach Rob Cerone led the Greece Athena High School football team to a victory over Brockport High School last Friday, October 10. Greece Athena improved to an impressive 5-1 record. For that big win, the Bills and the New York National Guard are honoring Cerone with this week’s Section V Coach of the Week Award.

The Coach of the Week program has been a weekly staple of the high school football season on buffalobills.com and this year was expanded to Section V. In addition to the recognition online, Cerone and other winning coaches receive 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, a Bills hat, and an invitation to join the Bills on-field December 14th for pregame ceremonies prior to kickoff against the Green Bay Packers. At that point, a High School Coach of the Year will be selected for sections V and VI, with each winner receiving an additional $1,000 grant for their football program.

Congratulations to Coach Cerone!


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