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Buffalo Bills 2014 Schedule Released: No Monday Night Football or Thanksgiving Day Game

April 23rd, 2014 at 10:30 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

The 2014 National Football League scheduled has finally been released. Bills fans across the nation can also be heard yelling about a slight on their part.

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Rumors leading up to the release of the schedule had the Bills hosting the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. Instead of a nationally televised game, the Bills will host Green Bay on Sunday December 14 in Orchard Park.

The schedule, released Tuesday night. features zero primetime games for Buffalo, who haven't played on Monday Night Football since a 25-24 Week One loss at New England in 2009. 

A few highlights of the 2014 Bills schedule include their August 3 matchup against the New York Giants. The Hall of Fame game is the annual kick-off to the NFL season. It could possibly be a home game for Buffalo. Fans may make the drive to Canton, Ohio to cheer on the Bills and honor all-time great Andre Reed. Reed was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year in his ninth year of eligibility.

Here is the official 2014 Buffalo Bills schedule. All times listed below are in the Eastern Time Zone.

Preseason:

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EJ Manuel Relishes Workouts, Looking Forward to 2014 Buffalo Bills Season

April 23rd, 2014 at 11:30 AM
By Richard N. Wade II

The 2013 National Football League season didn't end anything like EJ Manuel envisioned upon being drafted in the first of the 2013 NFL Draft. 

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Manuel suffered three separate knee injuries, forcing him to miss six games. He was largely ineffective the games he did play, resulting in offseason speculation that the Buffalo Bills will potentially select another quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Despite the tumultuous first season, Manuel has used that to motivate him for the upcoming 2014 season. The Bills started their voluntary offseason conditioning program Tuesday, with Manuel eager to improve on his rookie season.

"As far as football, I really didn't take a true offseason necessarily, as far as straight-up time off," Manuel told reporters on the team;s first day of conditioning work. "I might have took just one week after I left Buffalo to hang out with family. Then I was pretty much getting myself back healthy and getting smarter in the film room."

Manuel had five days of on-field passing workouts with Bills teammates in Los Angeles in early April. Then he had an additional four days of on-field passing workouts with teammates in Miami earlier this month. 

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Former Buffalo Bills Andre Reed, Steve Christie Join Buffalo Fan Alliance

April 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills fan group that's looking to lend a hand in keeping the club in Buffalo got a high-profile boost this week.

The Buffalo Fan Alliance said Monday that former Bills receiver Andre Reed leads 14 people named to the group's advisory board.

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The board will help the BFA raise funds toward its goal of $100 million, which it wants to make available as an interest-free loan to any person or group purchasing the team in the wake of Ralph WIlson Jr.'s death.  Also joining the advisory board were former Bills kicker Steve Christie, former New York Giants wideout Phil McConkey – who went to high school in Buffalo – and NBC journalist Luke Russert, whose father, TIm, was born in Buffalo.

"We’re thrilled to have fan favorites like Andre, Steve and Phil join the advisory board," said Matt Sabuda, who's on the advisory board and serves as BFA spokesman. "In the wake of Mr. Ralph Wilson’s passing, with all he did for this region, their involvement reinforces the great affection former players have for the Bills franchise and the Western New York and southern Ontario fan communities.”

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Buffalo Bills Reach $3 Million Settlement in Texting Lawsuit

April 22nd, 2014 at 11:25 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills reached a $3 million settlement package with a Florida fan who sued over getting too many text messages from the team.

The deal got tentative approval Monday in a federal court in Tampa. Jerry Wojick first brought the suit up in October after he said he got more weekly text alerts from the Bills than they said they'd send. The team said it would send between three and five texts per week for a year, but he said he got six on one week and seven the following week.

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The settlement funnels most of the $3 million to some 39,750 affected fans who signed for the now-defunct texting program. Those who file a claim can claim a gift card worth $57.50, $65 or $75, depending on the fan's class tier, that's good only at the Bills store either at Ralph Wilson Stadium or online.

Wojick's lawyers will get $562,500. He will receive $5,000 cash as the class representative. The Bills will also put in safeguards to make sure any potential texting programs in the future abide by their agreed-upon limits.

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Buffalo Bills Schedule Should Be Released Tuesday

April 21st, 2014 at 8:37 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

As it does with everything else, the NFL has made a spectacle of the release of its regular schedule, trying to keep fans on the edge of their seats in anticipation.

It appears that anticipation will end tomorrow.

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CBS Sports reports that the NFL schedule should be released tomorrow, where fans will be able to see which games they would like to attend and predict their favorite team's fate.

There have been reports that the Buffalo Bills will have a home game on Monday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers, and that they may even play the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. 

In response to the delay of the release of the schedule, NFL teams have created contests amongst their fans, asking them to attempt to guess the order of their schedule. The NFL Network has dedicated segments to it. The release of the schedule has become a "big" event, where the NFL can stay in the news during the offseason. 

Fortunately for fans, the suffering should come to an end tomorrow, where the NFL is expected to finally release the regular season schedule, and devour a few more days of media time in the process.

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