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Top-5 Disadvantages Buffalo Bills Have This Week Against New York Jets

November 21st, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Western New York has been attacked by Mother Nature this week, as the region set records for the amount of snowfall accumulated. This has caused the NFL to relocate the game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets to Detroit at 7 pm on Monday night.

The game will be televised in the Buffalo and New York markets on CBS, as the game between the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens are set for Monday Night Football. Each team will get an extra day to prepare for the new location, but the Bills are still at a disadvantage. Here is a list of reasons why:

  1. Buffalo has yet to practice this week. The Bills are against the wall as it is after losing two-straight games they should have won. The playoffs don't look to be a real possibility any longer, but they're not mathematically out of it yet. This is a must-win game for Buffalo, against a division opponent. Not practicing for any opponent puts a team at a disadvantage.
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Buffalo Bills Game Against New York Jets Will not Be Played in Orchard Park

November 20th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

Tuesday night saw Western New York get hammered by a winter storm like no other. Snowfall totals estimated upwards of 80 inches blanketed South Buffalo and the surrounding communities. Orchard Park, where Ralph Wilson Stadium is located, was hit particularly hard.

The NFL announced late Thursday afternoon that he game will not be played in Orchard Park on Sunday. The NFL will make the final decision to play the game at the current location, change the date and/or time, or move the game to another location to be determined by the NFL and the Buffalo Bills.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo was in town to tour the damage when he was asked if the game should be played on Sunday or not.

"Everybody would love to see a Bills game go forward, but I think even more, everybody wants to make sure public safety comes first,” Cuomo said. “At this point in time, doing what we have to do with the driving ban and everything we just said – staying off the roads – would make a Bills game impractical. So if you ask me today, right now, my two cents would be it would be impractical to do the game because it could jeopardize public safety."

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Buffalo Bills Lack of Practice Places New York Jets in No-Win Situation

November 20th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Bills haven't practiced yet this week as a result of the major snow storm that has rocked the Orchard Park area, which leaves the New York Jets in a no-win situation.

If the Bills and Jets play Sunday and the Jets defeat the Bills, the New York media may take the "should have won" attitude because the Bills haven't had the chance to practice. However, if the Bills win, the Jets will most likely get ridiculed by the media for not beating an under practiced team.

In what could be an attempt at damage control, Jets head coach Rex Ryan downplayed the role of practice for the AFC East rivals.

"We know each other well, so how much the plan changes, probably not a whole lot," said Ryan. "They did force six turnovers on us the last time, so I don't know if they want to change that formula. I think it might be a bigger issue had you not just played your opponent. We just played three games ago or something, so I don't know how big an issue it is. Obviously, if the league thinks it's an issue, they may make an adjustment."

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Buffalo Bills Quarterback Kyle Orton Would Be Limited If Bills Practiced

November 20th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Bills did not hold practice on Wednesday due to the extreme weather, but the Bills were still required to submit an injury report with estimations on participation.

One name that was added to the list was quarterback Kyle Orton, who injured his toe Thursday against the Miami Dolphins. So far, there is no indication that Orton will miss the game.

Here is the Bills initial injury report:

Did not participate:

DE Jarius Wynn (knee)

Limited participation:

QB Kyle Orton (toe)
RB Fred Jackson (groin)
G Kraig Urbik (shoulder)
DE Manny Lawson (ankle)
CB Ron Brooks (groin)
K Dan Carpenter (right groin)

Full participation:

WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
WR Marquise Goodwin (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (hip)
FB Frank Summers (neck)

The Bills are currently trying to dig out of the snow storm with another on its way. So far the Bills and the NFL have committed to having the game played on Sunday, with mixed reaction from fans in the area.

A decision will be made about the start time of the game later in the week, provided the storm continues as predicted.

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Fred Jackson Concerned About Buffalo Bills not Being Able to Practice

November 20th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills backed themselves into a corner after losing two-straight games, and now Mother Nature has made things more difficult for the 5-5 team after dumping a record amount of snow on Western New York this week.

The Bills have not been able to practice this week because of the driving bans that have been in place in Orchard Park. The Bills will likely not be able to practice again today, and with the New York Jets coming to town, Fred Jackson is concerned about the competitive advantage the Jets may have this week.

"I'll tell you, we'll be at a huge disadvantage," Jackson told "But it's what we have to do. As a professional, you got to try and prepare as best you can."

Head coach Doug Marrone has recorded the game film and distributed portions to his players while they are stuck at home. In the mental sense, the Bills should be prepared to play the Jets, whenever the game will take place. But being physically prepared is something the Bills will need to overcome. Receivers aren't running routes or catching passes. Struggling quarterback Kyle Orton isn't working on his accuracy. The offensive line isn't working on physically blocking certain schemes that the Jets like to do. Defensive backs aren't defending routes that the Bills anticipate the Jets will run. Jackson is right, the Bills will be at a disadvantage if they have to go into the game without practicing.

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