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11/25/2014 12:17 AM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff

DETROIT - After being snowed in then shipped out, the Bills played their most complete and dominating game of the season.

"It just showed that this team will keep fighting," wide receiver Sammy Watkins said. "We got a great organization that puts us in situations to win. And we got this win for Buffalo and for our families that are back home."

"Shout out to the Buffalo community," running back Boobie Dixon said. "That was definitely for them. It's been a struggle all week. I know they're back home struggling and we're about to go back home and fight with them. That was definitely for them."

"I told someone coming off the field, this team, the way these guys compete, we'll play in a parking lot," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. "Does that mean we're invincible? No. But we'll go and we'll compete and when adversity's at our back, we're going to step up and fight."

Tight end Scott Chandler celebrated his second quarter touchdown by pretending to shovel snow in the end zone.

"It wasn't really something that I'd thought out too much, but I scored and I thought I need to do something that'll show the people back in Buffalo we're thinking about them," Chandler said. "Broke a couple shovels this week shoveling snow. One was my mine, one was my neighbor Steve's. And so that was the only shovel I had was the one I used right there. We just wanted to show the people back in Buffalo we're behind them. And we want to be a representation of them, tough and resilient and that's what we were today."

En route to their route of the Jets, the Bills ended their 21 drive touchdown drought. The team found the end zone in the red zone for the first time since their first meeting with the Jets about a month ago.

"Offensively, we went back and were just going to pick a couple concepts and just work on them and that's what we're going to live with and just get better each week at," head coach Doug Marrone said.

"Coach Marrone's message to the offense was go out there and take it, trust in each other and trust in the system and I think we probably did a better job of that than anytime throughout the year so far," quarterback Kyle Orton said.

"We got a lot that we have to get done. We don't want to rely on anybody else," running back Fred Jackson said. "We have to take care of our business and we were able to do that tonight. We got to continue to build on that. Continue to play well. Continue to put up points. Our defense is doing a tremendous job. Special teams is doing a tremendous job. And on offense we have to keep getting better."

It's another shortened week for the Bills as they welcome the Browns to Ralph Wilson Stadium, which team president Russ Brandon said will be ready come next Sunday.


11/23/2014 09:51 PM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff
Rochester: Bills Playing for WNY
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DETROIT - The Bills wrapped up their preparations here in Detroit Sunday with a light practice and walk-thru over at the Lions facility. Then it's on to Monday Night Football against the Jets. While playing a game seemed so unimportant days ago while the snow blasted the southtowns, everyone within the Bills organization from top to bottom, knows the game itself now can be exactly the brief escape Bills fans need.

"With what our community’s going through, right now we look at it as a three-hour opportunity to take people’s minds off of what’s in front of them and what they’ve been through and provide them with Buffalo Bills football," team president Russ Brandon said. "Hopefully it will be a great outcome for them. Number one, for our fans and as importantly we expect to represent the Buffalo region and community in the appropriate manner."

"We know the type of effect that we have when we win, we know the type of effect that we have when we lose," head coach Doug Marrone said. "Obviously for myself, it hurts me deeply when we’re not able to win football games because the people of that region deserve it. They’re great fans, great supporters and obviously we hope to rally around it and do a good job."

"Anytime you have a city going through the type of turmoil that we've gone through, you want to go out and give them something to kind of hang their hat on at the end of all of this," running back Fred Jackson said. "So we definitely want to go out and play for those guys. Go out and get this win not only for ourselves, but for everybody back home that's watching this game."

"The city's on our back, man," defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said. "We were the lucky ones to get out to shed some light on such a gloomy situation. So we're going to out there and try our best and win one for the home team."

Once again, Brandon saying Saturday that all the tickets for Monday night's game have been distributed, so there will be a good crowd on hand to see the Bills and Jets in primetime.


Updated 11/22/2014 11:33 PM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff
Rochester: Bills Prepare for Jets
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The biggest difference for the team from Friday into Saturday - it was all about football.

There was no snow. Everything in practice was centered around how to beat the New York Jets. The energy we saw Friday night was still there Saturday, and then some, as the team finally feels a bit more normality here in their temporary digs.

"More than anything, you hear guys feel like they have their legs back," running back Fred Jackson said. "Yesterday, after sitting around for a couple of days, not practicing, then traveling here and trying to practice, guys felt a little bit sluggish. And coming out here that wasn't the case. Guys felt like they were back in the routine, moving around and that's a good feeling."

"It's been good to get some on-field work headed into this week," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. We've had plenty of time to be at home and see film of them and what they do. Do be able to get out here and get on the field is good."

"We felt back to ourselves," defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said. "We are playing fast, moving fast, and playing with each other. We went over what Schwartz gave us on our iPads and it was all kind of clicking together for us. So hopefully it'll be where we want."

The Bills will treat Sunday as a hybrid of their usual Friday and Saturday routine, with a light practice and walk-thru, leading up to game day Monday night at Ford Field.


11/21/2014 10:30 PM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff
Rochester: Bills Hit the Field in Michigan
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For the first time in ten days, the Bills held a full practice, breaking in their temporary home here at the Lions facility for more than two hours. The team not shying away from the fact that this isn't the ideal situation, but refuse to let that be an excuse for how things will play out Monday night.

"Being laid up in the house for a while is not fun and it was good to get to focus just on football for a few hours and not have to worry about anything else," said tight end Scott Chandler.

"I never sat in the house all them days and didn't go anywhere, so it was fun to get back out here," cornerback Stephon Gilmore said. "You notice you miss it. You can never take it for granted. That's why I like coming back out here today."

"A bunch of running around, playing around," wide receiver Sammy Watkins said. "But everyone was getting their job done and that's what we need. Everyone having fun at practice and I hope it carries over into the game."

"We're faced with the same challenges and adversity, so it makes it common," head coach Doug Marrone said. "We have a common challenge. So I think anytime that happens, I think you can rally around that."

"We expect to go out and win a football game, no doubt about it," quarterback Kyle Orton said. "Hey, we're in the situation we're in. Nothing we can do about it except enjoy being around each other, enjoy practicing and go out there and play with a lot of energy and competitiveness and go get a great win."

The Bills will be back at the Lions facility Saturday afternoon for another round on the field and in meetings, as the clock ticks closer to kick-off from Ford Field against the Jets.


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