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Cleveland Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine Thanks Buffalo Bills for His Opportunity

November 27th, 2014 at 2:06 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Bills have had a strong defense for a couple of seasons and one of the coordinators responsible for that is now the head coach with the Cleveland Browns.

Mike Pettine was the defensive coordinator for the Bills last season before being picked for the head coaching position in Cleveland. Now, as he heads back to Buffalo for a regular season showdown between two teams with winning records, he took the time to thank the Bills for his opportunity in Cleveland.

"It was bittersweet for me to leave," Pettine said. "Because I just felt that we were headed the right direction and the culture that we were building, especially in the defensive room, we thought that was a special group and they've continued to prove it this year.

"I wouldn't be sitting here in this chair if it wasn't for that group."

Pettine also thanks Bills head coach Doug Marrone for the chance he has, noting that Marrone was a big reason why he was able to get where he is today.

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History of Buffalo Bills, Buffalo-Area Pro Football on Thanksgiving Day

November 27th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills haven't played on Thanksgiving in some two decades, but they once were something of a holiday staple. Here is a look at the team's history of Thanksgiving games.

  • Nov. 23, 1961: The franchise's first-ever Thanksgiving game saw it travel to the Polo Grounds to play the New York Titans. Touchdowns by Elbert Dubenion and Dewey Bohline weren't enough as the Bills lost, 21-14.
  • Nov. 26, 1964: The Bills' first Thanksgiving win saw the club come back against the San Diego Chargers. A Daryle Lamonica touchdown and Mike Stratton safety helped the Bills overcome a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, with Stratton recording a late interception that set up a 33-yard Pete Gogolak field goal to complete a 27-24 win.
  • Nov. 25, 1965: The two teams spent Thanksgiving together again the following year. This game saw the Chargers pull a comeback, scoring 10 fourth-quarter points to go ahead 20-17. Jack Kemp led a two-minute drive, though, nearly going 75 yards for a game-winning touchdown. The Bills were stopped just short, though, and Gogolak gave the Bills a 20-20 tie with a 22-yard field goal as time expired.
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Buffalo Bills Hoping for More Success at Home with Cleveland Browns Coming to Town

November 27th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills have not been very good at Ralph Wilson Stadium this season, and with a must-win game at home this week against the Browns, the Bills will need to change that misfortune in a hurry.

Buffalo has lost big games at home to the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. They gave the game to Kansas City, while looking under-prepared for the Chargers and Patriots. For some reason, the Bills don't seem to play well with the home crowd behind them.

"I just talked to them about it," head coach Doug Marrone said. "We have not done a very good job here. It's been a long time since we've won a game at our stadium, so I talked to our players about that right after I brought them up after practice."
The home crowd has done its job in every game at Ralph Wilson Stadium this season. There is plenty of energy to feed off of and fans do their best to try to will the team to a victory. Still, Buffalo seems to have a hard time being effective on their home field. It could be a matter of too much hype or energy. Marrone says the team is simply not executing at home.
"We just haven't played well. Execution. [Last week] we played well in all three phases, which we haven't done before. That's always a challenge," Marrone said. "You set this level. You're able to go out there, you're able to play well in all three phases and now you've got to be consistent at it. It starts with me making sure and it goes down through the coaches to the players themselves. Once you've shown what you can do and have the capability of, you've got to continue that the rest of the year. When you start going up and down, that's when you're not a good football team. We have a chance to be a good football team and be consistent, but we have to go out there and do it on Sundays."
Consistency is a big part of Buffalo's issues this season. After the first two games, the Bills looked like a playoff team. They went on to lose the next two, against teams they should have beaten. They dropped two games in a row, putting a serious damper on their playoff hopes before manhandling the New York Jets. The Bills have an issue being consistent, which translates to mediocrity. Bills quarterback Kyle Orton understands that the Bills need to be consistent in order to be considered a good football team.
"It doesn't really matter where we play," Orton said. "We've got to do our jobs and when we do that in spurts we've shown that we can be good and if we do that for a whole game pretty much like we did last week, we showed we can be really good. It's just the challenge for us is consistency and making a habit."
The Bills will need to duplicate last week's performance if they hope to have any chance of making the playoffs. The Browns are a tough AFC opponent that is also fighting for a wild card position, if not a division title. The Bills will need to figure out a way to be consistent, and that has proven to be easier said than done for this team this season.

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Robert Woods is Lauded by Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan After Buffalo Bills 38-3 Win

November 26th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

Sammy Watkins was the main focu of the New York Jets defense going into their Monday night game. While the Jets limited Watkins to three catches for 35 yards, teammate Robert Woods thrived, setting career highs in catches (nine) and receiving yards (118) to go along with one touchdown.

"We had a plan to take away Sammy Watkins," Rex Ryan said. "We pretty much did that, but that kind of exposed on the other side of the defense. I should have adjusted our coverage and give a more balanced approach."

The Bills quickly adjusted to the Jets double covering Watkins for most of the game. Robert Woods relished the opportunity to make the Jets pay for the defensive lapse.

“Yeah, I mean, Sammy was getting double covered pretty much all game and even he came up to me and said, ‘Somebody’s got to make a play.’ I saw I was getting a lot of man-to-man coverage and I just had to beat my man," Woods said. "Kyle (Orton) placed the ball where only I could make the catch.”

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Buffalo Bills Running Back Boobie Dixon is AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

November 26th, 2014 at 4:03 PM
By Mike Matisz

The NFL has named Buffalo Bills running back Boobie Dixon as the AFC Player of the Week following the Bills 38-3 win over the New York Jets.

Dixon, who blocked a punt that was recovered in the end zone by Manny Lawson during the game, extending the Bills lead.

Dixon commented on the play.

“Actually it was just me trying to make a play. It wasn’t a call. I told Danny (Crossman) before I went out there, I said, ‘Danny, he’s sitting on me. I think I can get back there.’ He didn’t call the rush so I just said, ‘You know what? I’m going to carry my man to the punter. I’m going to block my dude and then I’m going to block the punt.’ It just happened. It felt great.”

This is Dixon's first Player of the Week in his career.

This is the third special teams player to get this award so far this season from the Bills.

Kicker Dan Carpenter and running back C.J. Spiller were named the AFC's special teams players of Weeks 1 and 2, respectively.

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