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10/28/2014 05:38 PM Posted By: Jon Scott
Rochester: Bills Plan Ahead During Bye Week
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ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - The Bills are free to leave One Bills Drive for the next few days. But what they do with their time during the bye week could set the tone for the second half of the season.

"Just go home and hang out with my family," running back Boobie Dixon said. "My brothers, my little cousins, just let them keep pumping that motivation and that confidence in me. They always love me up every time they see me, you can never get enough of that."

"Really just not come up here and not be in film and really committed to that the way we are during the week," defensive end Kyle Williams said. "It's really just a time to slow down and spend a little time at home. And for most of us, hopefully letting our body rest and getting charged up or the second half."

"It's not really resting or relaxing. It's more reloading," Head coach Doug Marrone Said. "... and that's more of the mindset, being able to reload and get ready and be prepared. Because if I go back and I take too much time and I just sit around and relax and not do anything, I won't be where I need to be as a leader coming back here."

One guy not resting during the bye week will be running back Fred Jackson. He says his rehab from a groin injury is progressing. Team doctors say it is still a four week timetable for a return, but Jackson is not ruling out coming back against Kansas City or Miami.

"We got a great training staff, great doctors and if it's possible, it's possible," Jackson said. "If they think I can get out there and do it, it doesn't matter what week it is or what day. So we'll see what they say. I'll continue to come in here and keep working, trying to get better, and once they give me that green light, I'm going to go whenever that is."

The Bills will go back on the practice field early next week as they prepare to welcome the Kansas City Chiefs to Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday, November 9th.


10/27/2014 06:28 PM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The Bills enter the midway point of the season 5-3, their best mark at this point in the year since 2011.

They go into the bye week winners of three of their last four games - just a game back of the Patriots for first place in the AFC East. But the players know there's a lot more football to be played.

"We're happy, we're not satisfied," safety Aaron Williams said. "We know this record should've been a lot better than 5-3. If we didn't hurt ourselves the last couple games, we'd be in a first place position right now. But we're happy with where we're at right now. We're going to take this time to relax and let our body heal a little bit and get ready for these two big games coming up, Kansas City and Miami."

"We haven't accomplished anything yet," cornerback Corey Graham said. "We still got a half a season to go, we've got to get better and better every week. 5-3 is only the beginning, we still got a long way to go. It's not even how you start, it's how you finish the season."

As of Monday, the Bills defense ranks seventh-best in scoring in the NFL, allowing 20.6 points per game. They're also top ten in yards allowed per game and rush defense.

But where they really shine, highlighted by Sunday's performance, is ranking tops in the league in sacks (28), interceptions (12), and total takeaways (18). The players still say there's room for improvement.

"We're still trying to build our identity," defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said. "We're not where we want to be as a team, so as a defense, we're just steady doing what we're supposed to do. When it's time for us to go out there and our number's called, we're going to go out there and do the best we can, perform hard, go hard as possible until we get off the field and do the same thing when we're called again."

"Numbers don't lie. We can be a lot better," Aaron Williams said. "There's a lot of stuff we gotta work on and we push each and every week, we hold each other to a high standard. So we're never going to be complacent about the stats. We just want to improve."

The Bills next game is November 9 when the Chiefs come to Ralph Wilson Stadium.


10/25/2014 10:55 PM Posted By: Greg Vorse
Rochester: Bills Look to Enter Bye at 5-3
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The Bills and Jets are both looking to buck a trend in Sunday's AFC East showdown.

Buffalo has lost 9 of its last 10 road games against divisional foes, while the Jets have lost 6 straight this season.

Also on the line for Buffalo is momentum entering their bye week. The Bills are coming off of their last second, come from behind win over the Minnesota Vikings. Entering the off week, a 5-3 record looks a lot better than 4-4.

"I think it is huge to get a win before the bye," receiver Chris Hogan said. "Especially against the Jets, a divisional opponent, this would be a huge win for us."

"It is a divisional team, so we wanna go out there and get the win," defensive end Jerry Hughes said. "We want to win our division and we know how important that is so we take this very serious."

The Jets have had the Bills number here in New Jersey - Buffalo hasn't tasted success on the road against New York since October 18, 2009.

Kickoff tomorrow from MetLife Stadium is at 1:00.


10/21/2014 08:52 PM Posted By: Greg Vorse


ORCHARD PARK N.Y. — The Bills addressed their running back woes Tuesday, placing C.J. Spiller on the reserve/injured, designated for return list.

Spiller can return to practice Dec. 21.

To date, the Clemson product has 287 rushing yards on 69 attempts but has yet to find the endzone.

To fill his spot, Buffalo announced they have signed running back Phillip Tanner. Tanner appeared in 39 games with the Dallas Cowboys after joiningg them as an undrafted free agent in 2011. In those games, the Middle Tennessee State product ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 56 carries.


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