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Buffalo Bills’ Marcell Dareus Leads Pro Bowl Fan Voting at Defensive End

December 19th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Three Buffalo Bills players – including one who would be new to the Pro Bowl – are among the top 10 at their positions in NFL Pro Bowl fan voting.

The voting, which ended earlier this week, has Marcell Dareus as the leading vote-getter at defensive tackle. Mario Williams if fourth among defensive ends, while Dan Carpenter is eighth among kickers.

Dareus is tied for 11th in the NFL with 10 sacks. He has 47 total tackles on the year, along with a forced fumble and pass defended. He made his Pro Bowl debut last season.

Williams' 13 sacks are good for fourth in the NFL. He has 37 tackles in all, along with two forced fumbles – one of those coming at the end of last week's win over the Green Bay Packers to force a safety and seal the win. He also blocked a field goal Sunday. He's been to the Pro Bowl three times, including last season.

Carpenter leads the NFL with 32 field goals made. Those field goals have come on 36 attempts, with a long of 58 yards. He has 122 total points, tied for fourth in the NFL. He's never made the Pro Bowl.

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Kyle Orton Excited That Buffalo Bills Remain in Playoff Hunt

December 19th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

16 weeks into the season, the Buffalo Bills still have not been eliminated from the playoffs, and while fans have a nervous excitement running through them, quarterback Kyle Orton is thrilled that the team has a chance to make the playoffs.

The Bills haven't made the playoffs since 1999, and this season is the closest Buffalo has come to ending that drought since 2004, that saw the team lose a heartbreaker to the backups of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the final week of the season. Orton wasn't around for the past 14 seasons, but he is excited for the opportunity his team has this season.

"I don't know about the drought, but I'm excited to have a chance," Orton said. "I'm excited to be where we're at. I'm excited to be winning football games and there's nothing better than coming down the last couple of weeks knowing that you have to win."

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Buffalo Bills Linebacker Keith Rivers OK with Decreased Playing Time

December 19th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Bills seem to have found their rotation at linebacker, however it appears that Keith Rivers doesn't fit into it.

Rivers, who is a former first-round pick, started 47 games between 2008 – 2013 but hasn't been starting since a groin injury kept him out of weeks two and three.

When Rivers went down the Bills saw the rise of Preston Brown and the resurgence of Nigel Bradham.

ESPN.com broke down Rivers' snaps so far this season:

Week 1: 38 defense, 7 special teams
Week 2: Inactive (injured)
Week 3: Inactive (injured)
Week 4: 58 defense, 12 special teams
Week 5: 17 defense, 6 special teams
Week 6: 41 defense, 4 special teams
Week 7: 6 defense, 0 special teams
Week 8: 1 defense, 8 special teams
Week 10: 6 defense, 11 special teams
Week 11: Active, did not play
Week 12: 10 defense, 1 special teams
Week 13: Active, did not play
Week 14: 0 defense, 4 special teams
Week 15: 1 defense, 0 special teams

The steady decrease in time doesn't appear to be bothering Rivers too much.

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Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone Defends Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett

December 19th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Mike Matisz

During his press conference Thursday, Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone was asked about his opinion of the job that offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett has done. Marrone deflected any blame from the media and fans from Hackett.

Marrone hired Hackett out of Syracuse, which is where Marrone had coached previous to the Bills. Some believe that the woes of the offense are currently Hackett's fault.

"If there's any blame, it should be on me [for] anything that happens with our football team, first of all," Marrone said. "I think secondly, if it was a problem with one thing, it would be very easy to fix. It's really collective."

"And that's probably 99 percent of all the problems that occur when you're on the team. Sometimes a play will point out somebody, but at the end of the day when you're evaluating all the plays, it's just a matter of trying to get 11 guys to be [as] efficient as they can, and when everyone has a clean opportunity to get it done, does that player get it done or not, and that's how you evaluate it."

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Fred Jackson: Buffalo Bills Won’t Let up Against Oakland Raiders

December 19th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills are coming off of two, very solid tests in the Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers, but this week's opponent in the Oakland Raiders don't quite measure up to those tests.

In sports, it's common for a team to play-up or play-down to its opponent. When a team is playing the best in the league, it usually comes through with its best effort. However, when a team is playing against a team that has struggled, it sometimes doesn't play as well. Bills running back Fred Jackson says his squad won't have any issues playing its best football against the Raiders.

"It's easy," Jackson said of not allowing his team to overlook the Raiders. "They're professionals just like we are. We're going into their home. They're not going to roll-over for us. We know that, so we're preparing for them just like we prepare for everybody. They're a team, if you look at them on paper, their record doesn't indicate how good they are. They're a team that has been in a lot of games this year. We know we're going to get a great punch out of them. We have to be able to take that punch and be able to play ball."

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