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12/15/2014 05:48 PM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff
Rochester: Spiller Cleared to Return
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - With two games to play, the Bills still with a shot at the postseason after their stunning win against the Packers. At 8-6, the team will post its first non-losing season since 2004, which was the last time there was so much to play for this late in the year.

Perhaps an added boost to the lineup coming for the stretch run. Head coach Doug Marrone saying Monday C.J. Spiller has been medically cleared will be added to the active roster this week.

The running back's missed the last seven games recovering from a broken collarbone and has been practicing the last couple weeks.

Marrone's not quite ready to commit to Spiller playing against Sunday Oakland just yet.

"I’d like to see more, his participation more before we make that decision," Marrone said. "He’s a guy that has made plays in the past. Anytime that you can bring back someone that’s a potential playmaker obviously helps.

Injured safety Duke Williams is going through concussion protocol. The Bills are also hoping to have safety Da'Norris Searcy back in limited fashion for Wednesday's practice after he missed Sunday's game.


12/13/2014 11:25 PM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff

Seemingly forgotten in all the long-shot playoff talk surrounding the Bills this week is that Sunday's game against the Packers is the final one at Ralph Wilson Stadium this year.

The Bills are 4-3 at home this season, winning two-straight. Of course, we can't completely forget about the postseason push, where the Bills are a game back of the wild card, but behind three other 7-6 teams because of tie-breakers.

Still, the team wants to get one more win for their fans as much as their playoff hopes.

"You want to go out and play well," running back Fred Jackson said. "It's the last time we get to put the pads on here at the Ralph for the season, so one of the things we want to do is give those guys something to get excited about. Not only do that, playing against a good team and keep our hopes alive. Chasing the playoffs and best thing we can do is go out and beat those guys in front of our home crowd and try and get some momentum."

"We have to go out with a bang," safety Aaron Williams said. "I know the fans are deserving for it. We're working our butts off to get that win for them. Once again, as long as we have our communication right and their responsibilities right, we'll be strong in this game."


12/11/2014 08:11 PM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The Bills-Packers game this Sunday is officially sold out and will air live locally.

A lot of focus is on Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers this week. One of the NFL's best, he also has a great supporting cast, starting with receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. Nelson is fifth in the league in receiving right now with 1,265 yards and has 12 touchdowns on the season. It's another busy week for the Bills defensive backfield.

"They have some phenomenal playmakers. Randall Cobb and Jordy, he’s having a great year," safety Aaron Williams said. "And you have to add the tight ends as well especially with a prolific running back like they do with (Eddie) Lacy. If you don’t stop the run it’s going to be a long day, and then adding to the pass game, it’s going to be a long day so we have to do a great job on the back end of just staying on top and having great communication."


12/10/2014 06:58 PM Posted By: Andy Young
Rochester: Bills Face Another Power in Push to Playoffs
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — At 7-6 and 11th in the AFC standings, the Bills face a monumental task to make the playoffs, likely needing to win their final three games and get some major help. While the odds are against them, they're not ready to give up.

"We've still got a shot. What we've got to do is take care of our business and win games," running back Fred Jackson said. "We've got to win in this game. If not, who knows what's in store for us but it wouldn't be good."

"We let a couple games slip on ourselves, so we put ourselves in this situation," added wide receiver Sammy Watkins. "But we still got control of our destiny. We can win out three games and be 10-6 and hopefully make it to the playoffs. That's what we're fighting for."

"We've got to go out and get a win. We're going to prepare hard. We've got an excellent opponent coming in here Sunday," said center Eric Wood. "Looking forward to an awesome atmosphere once again with another sold out crowd and we're fired up."

The Bills continue their tour of the NFL's best quarterbacks on Sunday. A week after holding Peyton Manning to his lowest quarterback rating in six years and ending his streak of 51 consecutive games with a touchdown, they have to take on the Packers' Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers has been absolutely lights out this season with 35 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

"I feel like right now Aaron Rodgers is probably the best quarterback in this league," safety Aaron Williams said. "The numbers don't lie. If you look at his numbers, his numbers are phenomenal. We're not going to look past that whatsoever."

"I don't think this situation will be too big for us," said defensive tackle Kyle Williams. "I think that having played some of the quarterbacks that we've played on a consistent basis, we feel like we can do some good things.

"Now does that mean that we're going to roll our hat out there, we're going to do a good job against him as well? No. We have to go, we have to put our work in and we have to be on top of our business this week. Big challenge, but are we going to get caught up in the who's who deal? I don't think so."

The Packers have never won in Buffalo in five tries, and if that trend continues, the Bills will keep that playoff door open for at least another week.


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