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Buffalo Bills to Gain by Doing Nothing During Bye Week

October 31st, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills enter their bye week in a good place in terms of pushing for a playoff spot. But several games could have them sitting that much prettier after their week off.

The Bills are 5-3 at their halfway point. They're tied for a Wild Card spot with the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers, but various tiebreakers would technically give the Bills one of the two slots. The Bills are also one game back of the New England Patriots for the AFC East lead.

The Patriots could very well pull even in the loss column this week, as they host the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Baltimore and Pittsburgh play each other, so one of them will knock the other a half-game behind the Bills.

The Chargers, meanwhile, play the Miami Dolphins – who are only a half-game back of the Bills at 4-3. The Bills would gain regardless of who wins that game. Chargers hold a tie-breaker over the Bills due to a head-to-head win, while the Dolphins would lose a tiebreaker to the Bills as of now due to their loss in Buffalo, so a Dolphins win would solidify the Bills' standing as one of the two playoff teams. A Chargers win, meanwhile, would knock the Dolphins a full game behind Buffalo in the Wild Card chase.

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Mike Williams not Likely to Get Additional Snaps After Buffalo Bills Refuse to Trade Him

October 31st, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Mike Williams hasn't played much for the Buffalo Bills, and after he was a healthy scratch against the New England Patriots, his agent requested permission to seek compensation from other teams for a trade.

The Bills never traded him, but Williams is not likely to see the field for Buffalo the rest of the season.

Buffalo just hasn't found a way to use Williams. Whether it is the trade request, or something behind the scenes, Doug Marrone simply does not seem to like him. Williams has yet to catch more than two passes in a single game and only has one touchdown on the season. His large frame is something that the Bills seemed to desire, and getting him for a late-round draft pick seemed to be a steal. However, Williams has apparently not impressed his coaches.

Marrone told the media he was bothered by the trade request because it served as a distraction to the team. He has since deflected any questions regarding Williams, pointing at the week's game plan as how he will use his receivers. Apparently Buffalo has not played a team that Williams matches up well against. Since being scratched against New England, Williams has dressed the last two games. He caught zero passes.

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Can the Buffalo Bills Be Winners with Quarterback Kyle Orton? It’s Possible.

October 31st, 2014 at 1:03 PM
By Mike Matisz

When the Buffalo Bills signed quarterback Kyle Orton to a two-year deal, the team initially called him a veteran back up quarterback.

Fast forward a month, and Orton was scheduled to start for the Bills.

But can the Bills give Orton the tools to be as successful as he was for the Chicago Bears?

When Orton played in Chicago, he went 21-12, with his peak season of 10-5 in 2005. The keys to success for the Bears were a stout defense, a strong running game, and reliable receivers under head coach Lovie Smith.

The Bills currently have a strong defense and reliable receivers with a struggling run game. But it appears that that's all Orton needs for the time being.

Orton is 3-1 with the Bills, losing only to the New England Patriots, who have clearly found their stride.

The Bills may have had a few opponents that gave them more trouble than they should have, but the Bills climbed above it and found their way into the victory column.

As for long-term success? The Bills have the power to turn the field around on defense. A timely turnover or forcing a three-and-out could bring the offense back onto the field and into position to score more points.

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Buffalo Bills Post Seven-Year TV Ratings High in Win Over New York Jets

October 31st, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

There must be something about a good butt-kicking of the New York Jets that excites Buffalo Bills fans.

Sunday's 43-23 win over New York posted the highest local TV ratings in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls market in seven years. The Bills posted a 40.7 rating for the game, meaning more than four out of every 10 TV sets in the Buffalo area were tuned in to the game. Nielsen does not include Canadian viewers, nor does it account for mass viewings at bars, so the actual percentage of people watching the game was likely higher.

That rating was still only good for fifth in the NFL, though. More than half of the New Orleans market (50.1 percent) tuned in to the Saints on Sunday. That was followed by Green Bay/Milwaukee (45 rating), Denver (44.9) and Pittsburgh (41.3). In New York, the Jets drew only a 12.1 rating, worst in the league.

For the season, the Bills are averaging a rating of 35.8, seventh-highest in the NFL. The markets ahead of Buffalo are:

  1. New Orleans, 44.6 rating
  2. Green Bay/Milwaukee, 42.8
  3. Denver, 41.6
  4. Seattle, 39.9
  5. Kansas City, 36.8
  6. Pittsburgh, 36.5

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AFC East Watch: Buffalo Bills Have Bye, Rivals Have Tough Matchups

October 31st, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills will be resting this Sunday as they have hit the bye week with a 5-3 record. Their division rivals, however, have a tough week ahead of them.

The division-leading New England Patriots will host Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos Sunday. Manning and Tom Brady have had some epic battles over the years and Manning has had the upper-hand recently. Despite allowing New England to overcome a huge deficit in their regular season matchup last season, the Broncos handled New England in the AFC Championship game, though that game was in Denver. The Broncos have a much-improved defense this season, especially after acquiring former-Patriot Aqib Talib. The Bills could get a favor from Denver, as a loss for New England will allow the Bills to get closer to first in the AFC East. The only drawback is that the game isn't on prime time.

The Miami Dolphins are a team of pretenders, and they will have the task of playing against the San Diego Chargers. San Diego is one of the NFL's top teams, but is on a skid that needs to be stopped. Even though the game is in Miami, San Diego is one of the best west coast teams in traveling east. San Diego beat the Bills at home earlier this season, but they could do Buffalo a favor by disposing of the Dolphins to give Buffalo an extra cushion in the division.

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