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Buffalo Bills Will Relax, but Remain Focused During Bye Week

October 30th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

As the Buffalo Bills currently reside at 5-3 on the season, they will attempt to relax and recuperate during the bye week. A team that has exceeded expectations thus far, head coach Doug Marrone will try to guide his team and keep them competitive despite not playing again for another ten days.

"I think, depending on the exact situation, there's benefits for each one, whether it's early, middle or late," said Marrone. "A lot of it, when you first think about it, it goes to injuries and if we played this week, who wouldn't play or who would play. I think those are the things that go into it. Where it occurs, do you like it middle? I just think because it's right in the middle, but I think it depends on the situation. Where you are, how you're playing, what's going on."

The Bills are in position to earn a playoff spot this season with their 5-3 record, a place the team hasn't been in fourteen years. How can a head coach and his team expect to relax when the rest of the season is so imminent?

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Buffalo Bills Would Give Cleveland Browns 25th Pick in NFL Draft If Season Ended Today

October 30th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

When the Buffalo Bills sent this upcoming draft's first round pick to the Cleveland Browns so they could select wide receiver Sammy Watkins, the Bills said they were trading a late-round pick.

If the season ended today, that wouldn't be untrue.

If the season ended today, which obviously it doesn't, then the Bills would be giving the Cleveland Browns the 25th overall selection in the upcoming draft. If the Bills brass wishes to keep it that way, the team must keep winning.

The Bills may wish that the season was over at this point, as the team currently holds the sixth overall spot in the AFC, which is the last playoff spot.

While the road to the Super Bowl would be extremely treacherous, starting with a road game against the Cincinnati Bengals. If the Bills were to win that game, the Denver Broncos would be next.

While the Bills have a difficult path ahead, the team is on the right path so far this season, and if they could add a few more wins, they can find a way to solidify a late-round pick that they could send off to Cleveland with no regrets.

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Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins Named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month

October 30th, 2014 at 1:05 PM
By Mike Matisz

When the Buffalo Bills drafted Sammy Watkins in the first round of the NFL Draft, the team knew he had tremendous talent. The NFL is starting to take note, naming Watkins the NFL offensive rookie of the month.

Since quarterback Kyle Orton took over, Watkins has flourished, and the past month has been a tremendous upgrade offensively.

Watkins caught 21 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns in the last four weeks. For comparison, September saw Watkins get 17 catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns.

If Watkins wasn't caught from behind, he could have padded his stats with an additional touchdown and five yards, but he was more than deserving of the honors regardless.

Watkins is the first player in Bills franchise history to be awarded offensive rookie of the month.

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Former Buffalo Bills Receiver Andre Reed to Get Hometown Honor Despite Profane Tirade

October 30th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed will receive honors from his hometown high school this weekend, in spite of a recent profanity-laced tirade he directed at a fellow alum on social media.

The field at J. Birney Crum Stadium at Dieruff High School in Allentown, Pa., will be renamed in honor of Reed Nov. 1. But the Allentown School Board briefly considered the idea of rescinding the honor due to Reed's outburst, which was aimed at someone on Facebook who criticized the move.

The board approved the motion Tuesday after tabling it Thursday for reconsideration. One school board member voted against the proposal, saying Reed's choice of language was not befitting someone about to be recognized.

Reed told the Lehigh Valley's Express-Times that he won't attend, despite earlier intentions to attend and tailgate with fans beforehand:

"I am deeply honored to have been considered for the naming of the field, but I will no longer be in Allentown."

This is not the first time Reed's words have made news. He spoke out against Jon Bon Jovi's proposed bid to buy the Bills when Reed entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. He used far more choice words in condemning the rock star in a New York Post interview.

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National Media Outlets not Confident in Buffalo Bills During Home-Stretch of the Season

October 30th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills are 5-3 coming into the bye week, with four winnable games on tap, but national media outlets still don't have faith that they can be playoff contenders.

Gregg Rosenthal's column on NFL.com suggests that the Bills have too tough of a schedule in the second-half of the season to compete for a playoff position. He cites their road games against the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, as well as their home games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers. He apparently doesn't understand how good Buffalo's defense has been and how big of a weapon Sammy Watkins is.

The Chiefs will be a tough opponent coming out of the bye week, but it's a winnable game. Kansas City lost a couple of key pieces to their defense. The Bills upgraded an offense that almost beat them last season. Buffalo's defense is also much improved against the run, which means Jamaal Charles could have a tough time getting many yards against the Bills.

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