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Fan Friday 11-27

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2015 – 1:03 pm

We’re getting pretty close to do or die time and the Chiefs game at Arrowhead on Sunday is step one. Here are your latest questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills Do you think Tyrod is “the guy” or should the bills draft a qb in the first round until they find him?


CB: I would still like to see him play more before passing judgment. Perfect example is last Monday’s game his accuracy was off for the first time this season. Was that an aberration or is there more to it? We don’t know because we haven’t seen enough of Tyrod.

I do believe the greatest concern with Taylor is his ability to stay healthy and in the lineup. We’ve already seen two injuries with him this season. One cost him a pair of starts in Week 6 & 7. The other is the one he’s currently dealing with.

Make no mistakes about it. Taylor is as tough as they come. The question is can his physical frame withstand the punishment that quarterbacks typically take over the course of a 16-game season?

That’s to be determined. Even if Taylor finishes the season strong, I’m a proponent of drafting a quarterback every year. It’s the most important position in football so why wouldn’t you try to ensure you’re strong at that position by drafting one there every year?

I’m not saying round one necessarily, but just like everyone says you can never have enough cornerbacks, I think the same applies to QB.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills what possibility of re-signing the gilly lock to an extension and is Mario a fit for Rex’s scheme may need cap room and waive


CB: The Bills did buy some time with Stephon Gilmore by picking up his fifth-year option, so he’s not a free agent until 2017, but it’s my belief that Gilmore is priority number one when it comes to locking up players long term. Whether that happens this offseason or just prior to the 2016 season remains to be seen.

As for Mario Williams he has the skill set to play in any defensive scheme. Your cap room query however, is valid. His cap figure is very high and there is substantial savings that could be had if he is waived or if he agrees to restructure. More on that in the answer below.

3 –

How do you think the future free agents on the team are doing? Cordy Glenn is having a very good year. What are the odds they can keep him? How much is he a priority over someone like Bradham is having a down year? I know they probably can’t keep everyone but keeping a good tackle long term seems like a good option given they haven’t been too stable on either side on the line in years. What would it cost? Do you expect a ‘hometown discount’ for Incognito too? Given that some teams may not want him still. How much flexibility do they have to do so?

CB: Their flexibility is likely to be rooted in what they decide to do with some cost prohibitive contracts on the roster. Chief among them Mario Williams. His cap figure next season is $19.9M. That will need to be addressed before the team reaches free agency. Both linebacker and offensive tackle are thin positions in terms of experienced depth, so it will be interesting to see how they choose to prioritize Bradham and Glenn.

The team is also going to have to re-sign Richie Incognito, who will be a priority for the offensive line, and no I would not expect Incognito to be willing to take a hometown discount, especially since it’s likely to be his last NFL contract.


4 – Hi Chris,

First off thanks for the Fan Fridays! I enjoys reading other fans questions and your insight to them.

My questions is about the health and return of Aaron Williams. I haven’t seen anything reported about him other than he was up in a box cheering on his teammates during the jets game. Has he recovered from his neck injury? With the activation of McKelvin can he still return to playing this season? (although with Rambo and Cory playing well we are not falling apart without him)

Recently Displaced Bills fan now in DC,
CB: Williams has attended each of the Bills last two road games. He was placed on short term I-R. He’ll be eligible to return for the Eagles game in Week 14 at the earliest. Whether he does or does not is solely up to the team’s medical staff.


5 – Chris;
Bud Grant had a saying, too many “fan in the stands penalties” and plays. He could bring in any fan from the stands to line up off sides etc. When u get down to it, off sides, holding , dropped passes, punts, over and under thrown passes etc., any fan can make those plays.
Am I being too critical ??
Too many miscues keep us from winning. What are ur thoughts ??

Jim in Florida

CB: I think there were too many miscues last week. Unfortunately it doesn’t take much when facing the Patriots, one of the most consistent teams in the league when it comes to execution. Their defense had just one or two poor plays, but played well enough to win. The offense and special teams units could not say the same in that game.

What’s interesting is the prevailing theme in the locker room this week was just executing the game plan more effectively. We’ll see if it can happen Sunday in KC.

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McKelvin fares well at safety

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2015 – 8:51 am

He hadn’t played in a regular season game in almost a calendar year, then five days before his return to the field he was asked to line up at a different position, Leodis McKelvin took the assignment of playing safety last Sunday and ran with it. He and head coach Rex Ryan both reviewed the game film for a full assessment as to how McKelvin fared in the new role.

“I think first off the Buffalo Bills fans are very familiar with Leodis and the kind of heart and passion he plays with. It was just great to see it first hand,” said Ryan. “He made a phenomenal play on that swing pass. He was thrown in there playing out of position. He had never played safety. I don’t know the last time he had played safety. He just did a great job for us. This dude loves to play as you guys know. It was just a great opportunity to witness it and I thought he played well.”

McKelvin didn’t deny that there are some areas of his execution that could use some improvement, but after not playing for a year he thought things went relatively well.

“I played pretty good,” he said. “There were some things I can get better at as far as putting myself in better position or being in the middle of the field and reading the quarterback. Overall it was a good job and a good showing.”

Ryan is wholly familiar with the challenge of moving from corner to safety having done it with other players in the past, but he obviously felt McKelvin was capable of handling it. Counting McKelvin, Buffalo has three cornerbacks who have transitioned to safety in Aaron Williams and Corey Graham.

“It’s not an easy transition. It really isn’t,” said Ryan. “Number one you’ve got to physical and you’ve got to be tough. It’s different and you’ve got to be smart and all those guys possess those qualities.”

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Why Aaron Williams went to short term I-R

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2015 – 3:10 pm

Bills S Aaron Williams returned from a scary Week 2 neck injury last week to play against the Titans in Week 5. But during the game he had to exit during the first defensive series after making a tackle. Later in the game he was seen shaking out his left arm in between plays, presumably because he was feeling some numbness, but he finished the game. Bills head coach Rex Ryan shed some light on why the decision was made to put S Aaron Williams on short term injured reserve this week.

“He was sore we all knew that after the game,” said Ryan of Williams. “He finished the game, so I wasn’t sure of the extent of the injury. We went back, he was sore at that time, our trainers took him to the doctors. They advised us he should be out for a few weeks, and that’s why we put him on the return I-R deal.”

When asked if it was a new injury from the neck that had sidelined him for two games, Ryan indicated it’s still a neck issue for Williams.

“Pretty much the same, that was a scar tissue type deal,” said Ryan. “We thought he was healthy and this thing came up. This is something we’re erring on the side of caution. We’re never going to play somebody if we think he’s at substantial risk.”

Ryan said that Aaron Williams will not need surgery “at this time.”

Buffalo is expected to make use of Duke Williams, Bacarri Rambo and Jonathan Meeks to help fill the void left behind by Williams.


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Fan Friday 9-25

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2015 – 11:23 am

The Bills look to bounce back this week and get an important win on the road at Miami Sunday. Here’s your latest rundown of questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 –@ChrisBrownBills

Hey Chris any chance we will see more blitz packages and sack coming from our D-Line this week. Didn’t see much last week :/


CB: In the wake of sticking almost exclusively with a pass rush of their front four in the first half last week I would anticipate that Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman will mix it up a bit more. So while there will be instances where they do just rush four, I believe they will weave in some blitz packages in certain down and distance situations. As for sack totals, the Bills have averaged 4.5 sacks per game in the last four meetings, so you’re likely to see more of them Sunday.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills

How is the team morale going into week 3 after a tough loss last Sunday? #Bills


CB: Team morale is just fine heading into Sunday. One loss can’t be a soul crusher for any team and that’s certainly not the case at One Bills Drive. The offense is encouraged by the rhythm they found late in last week’s game with three straight touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to make it a game. And for the record Tyrod Taylor confirmed for me that New England was not sitting back. They were playing the same defensive looks that were working earlier in the game. And the defense is motivated to redeem themselves last week as is special teams. So I’m expecting a strong performance.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills

I know the Bills haven’t said too much about Aaron Williams but is it possible he’s back for the Giants game?


CB: Bills head coach Rex Ryan said the following about Aaron Williams’ status beyond this week.

“Our trainers seem to be very optimistic about him being up for next week, but we’ll see,” said Ryan.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Any chance we see mckelvin by the bye week?


CB: Leodis McKelvin is doing more and more on the side with athletic trainers during practice. There are still some hurdles for him to clear. I think a safe guess-timate, and it is a guess on my part, that by the week following the bye (Week 9) he stands a good chance of being ready to go in the home game against the Dolphins.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Why wasn’t that Steelers player fined for the hit on Goodwin???


CB: I think it’s a valid question. The hit on Goodwin was borderline late number one and second the Steelers player buried the crown of his helmet into Goodwin’s rib cage when he had already gone to the ground. The Pittsburgh player could’ve been flagged for spearing. Had he been then I think a fine could’ve been a possibility, but to my knowledge there was no fine.

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Rex on Aaron: A stretch for him to play

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2015 – 3:08 pm

The good news is Aaron Williams is out of the hospital and was walking around on his own two feet at One Bills Drive Monday. The bad news is it’s not looking good for him to play Sunday in Miami.

“Aaron was in the building today so he was cleared from the hospital so that was real encouraging,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “He’s stiff and sore right now and he’s got (that thing) on his neck. We’ll see how it progresses. Thank goodness that he was cleared so he’s doing okay.”

When asked if he has a chance to play on Sunday, Ryan said the following.

“I think that’s probably a stretch for him to play, but it’s probably too early to say,” he said.

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Kyle: Good week to get Marcell back

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2015 – 1:46 pm

Any week would be a good week to get a Pro Bowl caliber defensive tackle back on the field, but when you’re facing a divisional opponent with a high-powered offense, the return of Marcell Dareus means all the more.

Dareus’ linemate Kyle Williams was pretty pumped to have the big fella back in the lineup this week to face New England.

“It’s great to have a really good player back with us,” said Williams. “He helps us even more, and we’re excited to have him back. It couldn’t come at a better time.”

“He’s a 100-million dollar man and we expect a lot from him and he understands that,” said Aaron Williams. “He knows his role and his responsibility and he’s also one of our leaders so he understands all that.”

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Aaron: When it’s New England it’s personal

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2015 – 11:45 am

It’s New England week for the Bills and while the opponent alone is enough to put Bills fans in a froth leading up to Sunday, there are players in the locker room who harbor just as many personal feelings as those who root for the team. 

“I don’t like New England, so yeah it’s definitely personal for me,” said Williams. “That’s just the way I feel. They’re a great football team. Don’t get that twisted at all. That’s why they’re the four-time NFL champs.”

When asked what he doesn’t like about New England, Williams talked about the Patriots’ attitude 

“Just the way they carry themselves on the field and stuff,” said Williams. “All the stuff that has happened to me in the past with some of the players has definitely gone through the roof for me. That’s a reason it’s personal for me and they’re our rival. It’s the history. So it’s not just personal. It’s the Buffalo Bills history.”

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Aaron’s homage to Fred

Posted by Chris Brown on September 13, 2015 – 9:25 pm

For those that may not have caught it when Aaron Williams made the game-clinching interception with two minutes left in the game to seal the Bills win over the Colts, the safety paid homage to his former teammate Fred Jackson.

Williams at the end of the play did Fred Jackson’s ‘Incredible Hulk tear open the shirt move.’ When asked about it after the game, Williams explained why he did it.

“Freddy’s meant a lot to me, everybody knows that,” said Williams. “The first game at the Ralph, the crowd, the fans did an amazing job of rocking it.  I had to do it. It was personal for me. It wasn’t anything with the business side of it, it was just for me, he meant a lot to me. He got me to where I’m at today. He made me the person and the man in this locker room to lead this team.  I definitely pay tribute to him.”

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Aaron on what Fred meant

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2015 – 6:21 pm

Aaron Williams and Fred Jackson may have been separated by a decade when it came to age, but they were two of the closer friends on the team. That’s why it was a tough day for Williams seeing Jackson get released by the club Monday. Williams knew not only how much Jackson meant to the team, but the WNY community as well.

“Fred was the governor of Buffalo,” said Williams. “Everybody looked up to him.  It wasn’t just the guys in the locker room. You ask any of the fans in the community, they would tell you 22 was by far the number one favorite in the city.  What does it mean to lose him? It’s a deep blow for us in the locker room and people in the community.  But we can’t dwell on it, I can’t dwell on it, nobody else can dwell on it.  we still have a season to get ready for and focus on Detroit, get ready for week one.”

To honor Fred, Williams wore his number 22 jersey on the practice field Monday, something head coach Rex Ryan was fine with.

“He came to me, and I said absolutely,” said Ryan of Williams request to wear 22 at practice. “You’re showing respect to a guy who was a mentor to him. Absolutely, I had no problem with it.  But he did check with me, and I said, ‘You don’t need to do that, I understand.'”

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Duke does well stepping in for Aaron

Posted by Chris Brown on August 8, 2015 – 11:56 pm

For the first week of training camp it’s been Corey Graham and Aaron Williams as the starting safety tandem, but with Williams sidelined for the blue-white scrimmage Saturday night, Duke Williams stepped in and earned the praise of his head coach for his performance.

“I was happy with Duke Williams,” said Rex Ryan. “I think with Aaron (Williams) being out for the scrimmage, Duke stepped in – hadn’t had any reps with the ones, we’ve been going with Aaron, and he stepped right in. Its different communication with a different guy with Corey (Graham) and all that, and he stepped right in. I thought he did a nice job.”

Williams saw almost half the snaps at safety last season splitting time with Da’Norris Searcy.

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Aaron: Right back in the flow

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2015 – 4:11 pm

Bills S Aaron Williams missed the entire spring practice schedule rehabbing from offseason surgery, but he’s been full go since training camp started and doesn’t feel like he’s missed a beat.

“Actually the first day my expectations were to just be out there and know my responsibilities,” Williams told “But after being out there and running around out there on the field I felt like I haven’t lost a step, which is a good thing. So it feels good to be back and flying around with these guys and working hard.”

Williams said his mindset when he was sidelined and could not practice was singularly focused on the only football he could perform at that time.

“It got me well acclimated with the playbook,” said Williams of the spring time when he was sidelined. “I had so much time on my hands to the point where I should know everything and not make any mistakes. I think I had a bit of advantage with more rest time and it allowed me to study more.”

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Aaron on track for training camp

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2015 – 2:07 pm

Aaron Williams, who is coming off of offseason surgery, has not seen any action in the spring and that has carried through to the mandatory minicamp. According to Rex Ryan, Williams will be good to go come training camp at the end of July.

“Aaron should be ready to go,” said Ryan. “He’s sitting in there in the meetings, and it’s tough for some positions. Like Leodis (McKelvin) will come in and play corner like it’s nothing. But playing safety is a more challenging position mentally and the communication part of it and all that. With Aaron not being able to go we’ll see how it goes. He seems to be sharp and I’m looking forward to seeing him on the field.”

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Report: Titans to land free agent S Searcy

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2015 – 12:47 pm

It was not expected that the Bills would be able to keep free agent safety Da’Norris Searcy in the fold moving into 2015. Now as the window of free agency is poised to open there are reports as to just where the safety is headed.

According to the Tennessean, Searcy is going to sign with the Tennessee Titans at 4 pm when the market opens.


Bills GM Doug Whaley has stated since the NFL Combine last month that trying to re-sign Searcy was going to prove difficult. With Searcy looking for starter money and big money already being doled out to Devin McCourty in New England (5 yrs, $47.5M) and Buffalo heavily invested in Aaron Williams, paying big money for Searcy just wasn’t feasible.

Fortunately Buffalo has a lot of safety talent on the roster. Duke Williams, Baccari Rambo, Johnathan Meeks and Kenny Ladler are all young players who will vie for the starting job left vacant by Searcy.

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Winning record has value

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2014 – 9:10 pm

Even though the playoffs weren’t in the cards for the Bills, as the players saw it a winning record was the next best thing to accomplish. The fact that they did is something the players believe they can build on.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Fred Jackson. “To be able to say you had a winning record in a season is something that you’ll always be able to say. We got that accomplished. It’s bittersweet because it’s not what we shot for this year.  We obviously wanted to get into the playoffs. But at the end of the year, it’s something you can hang your hat on and say we’ve done something that hasn’t been done since 2004. We got a winning record and it’s something we can continue to build on.”

“It’s been awhile since we had a winning record. For us to come out here and get a win and end the season on a great note is a good feeling,” said Aaron Williams. “Moving in the right direction. I’ll be honest, I’ve been on this team for four years now and I’ve been 6-10 three years straight.  It shows that the guys in the front office are doing a great job of getting this team back into the playoffs.”

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Bills still determined to finish above .500

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2014 – 9:58 am

The Bills playoff hopes have been squashed with their loss at the hands of the Raiders Sunday. With one game to play in a stadium where they have never won, the players are determined to finish with a winning record at 9-7.

“Win,” said Nigel Bradham when asked where the team goes in the wake up an upset loss. “We’ve just got to win it and finish the season strong, 9-7. I mean you don’t want to be 8-8 so at least we can go out with a win on our shoulders and go into the offseason and have a lot of momentum coming in next year.”

“We get paid to do this so we better show up and act like it. That’s what I expect of us,” said Fred Jackson. “We don’t take weeks off because we have nothing to play for so to speak. We have everything to play for. We’re a bunch of prideful guys and we have an opportunity to go win a football game. That’s what guys are going to show up and do and they’ll show up and work just like we have every other week.”

“I know my teammates are going to play hard no matter what. I don’t want to have any guys think that just because we’re out of it that we’re not going to play hard,” said Aaron Williams. “I don’t like New England. I’m sure they don’t like New England. They don’t like us. I want to win. It’s still a positive season. I mean I’m pretty sure the predictions for this year were 4-12? Whatever it was it wasn’t a winning record so I want to go out with a bang with a winning record and get ready for next year.”

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Players feel sting of missed playoff opportunity

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2014 – 2:58 am

It’s as close as the team has been to the postseason in a decade, so for all of the players on Buffalo’s roster it was an opportunity in Week 16 that the Bills wanted to capitalize on. When Sunday’s outcome did not yield the result they needed, the sting of missing another postseason cut deep.

“You play for a chance to get in the postseason and we didn’t get that done,” said Fred Jackson. “There’s going to be a lot said about us as a team. Nobody is more disappointed than us in this locker room. We have a lot of fans that follow us and support us and they want it bad too. This still sucks anytime you get eliminated. Everybody in this locker room is let down and disappointed.”

“We’re trying to move this organization up the ladder and when we lose a game like this and we have a chance to get ourselves in better position for the playoffs it definitely hurts,” said Corbin Bryant.

“Your dreams get crushed. It’s a nightmare,” said C.J. Spiller. “No words to describe it. The playoff hopes are over.”

“There are really no words at this point for how disappointed I am just for myself and the way we played in general,” said Aaron Williams. “I feel like we just didn’t come out and play. We had the playoffs this year and we let it slip away.

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Disguising late key for Bills ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2014 – 5:07 pm

Every defense in the NFL employs disguises for their intended coverages pre-snap in the hopes of crossing up the opposing quarterback. Some QBs are easier to fool than others. Denver’s Peyton Manning is one of the tougher nuts to crack, but after seeing some previous opponents of the Broncos succeed, Buffalo may take a stab at it as well.

Bills S Aaron Williams was encouraged by the success the St. Louis Rams had in disguising their coverages late in the pre-snap process. It’s playing with fire a bit because you do want to be set for the play, but it worked for them. Could it work for the Bills?

“St. Louis did a great job of disguising and moving around,” said Williams. “I feel like that’s one of the things we’re getting better at. The last few weeks, Searcy and I, Duke, we’ve done a lot better job of communicating and to move around so a quarterback won’t know what we’re in right as we break the huddle. As long as we move around and have our disguise not kill us, as long as we get to the spot, we’ll be fine.”

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Unyts Blood Drive at RWS tomorrow

Posted by on December 1, 2014 – 10:43 am



Buffalo Bills Blood Drive
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 11 am–8 pm

Ralph Wilson Stadium
One Bills Drive
Orchard Park, NY 14217

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 11am – 8pm Ralph Wilson Stadium

The first 500 presenting donors will receive a “One Buffalo” t-shirt courtesy of the Buffalo Bills.
All donors who make an appointment and keep it will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Buffalo Bills vs. Green Bay game on Sunday, December 14, 2014. 100 people will win!
(Names will be picked every day and posted on Facebook, and Unyts will contact each winner by phone or email.)

To make an appointment at the stadium on December 2, CLICK HERE.

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Bills know this one is a biggie

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2014 – 11:08 am

There have not been a whole lot of critical games for the Bills in the second half of the season in recent years, but today’s matchup with the Chiefs is certainly one of them. And that fact is not lost on the men in Buffalo’s locker room.

With both teams at 5-3 on the season and an opportunity to have a head-to-head edge over another AFC playoff contender in a game on your home turf, the Bills know the magnitude of today’s game.

“This is a very important quarter for us,” said Aaron Williams. “Any AFC game is going to be very important. But like coach says every day it’s only one game at a time. We’re really focused on Kansas City and nothing else. With that being said we’re going to work each and every day to get our record better. We have to come out here and take care of our responsibilities and be very fundamentally sound.”

“With those guys, they have a good scheme, good players,” said Kyle Williams. “It’s going to be a big test for anybody, especially for us coming in here with a big AFC game. We take each week for what it’s worth and this week we have a big challenge.”


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Defending home field has to be better

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2014 – 1:45 pm

The Bills have talked a lot amongst themselves about defending their home field. In the first half of the season they were a pedestrian 2-2 at home and 1-2 against AFC clubs. With four home games left on the schedule, three of which are against AFC teams including Kansas City Sunday, Buffalo’s players and coaches know home field must become a bigger advantage in the second half of the season.

“We’ve played phenomenal clubs, but at the same time a home game has to be our advantage,” said Aaron Williams. “We’ve got to protect our house. We haven’t done a real good job of that lately, but I think this quarter with three of the four games here it’s very important for us to win at home. We win all the road games and that’s great, but home games are special for the fans and for our momentum down the road.”

“When you get yourself in a situation where you have the third quarter (of the season) starting and three of the four being home games with the first one being Kansas City at home being extremely important,” said head coach Doug Marrone.

When asked about being a home underdog again with the Chiefs favored on Sunday, Marrone said he was not surprised in light of their .500 record at home.

“It’s going to be that way until we prove we can go out there and win on a consistent basis and we haven’t,” he said. “I’m not upset with anyone.  Do you need it as motivation?  I think these guys go out there every day and they understand what we have to prove each day.”

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