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Buffalo Bills are the Favorites Among Western New York Twitter Users

October 25th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

A social media study of NFL fan bases found the Buffalo Bills to be in firm control of the western half of New York state.

The report was compiled by Twitter Sports by looking at the NFL teams followed by Twitter users in every county in the country.

The study found the Bills to be the most-followed team in 17 counties in New York state. The Bills had a minority following in much of the rest of the state, and they registered at least some following in sporadic counties throughout the Northeast, Southwest, Midwest and in Utah, Idaho and Montana. They also have some devotees in western Alaska.

The New York Giants were the favorite team in most of the New York state's remaining counties. The New York Jets were the most-followed team in only one county in the state – Cortland County, where they host their training camp – as well as three Alabama counties. The New England Patriots were tops in one eastern New York county near the Vermont border.

The Dallas Cowboys are, by far, the most-followed team nationwide. They control nearly all of Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas and Oklahoma. They also reign supreme as far away as southern California and southern Idaho.

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Buffalo Bills’ Playoff Odds Unchanged After Win Over Minnesota Vikings

October 25th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills saw their playoff odds go essentially unchanged after beating the Minnesota Vikings last weekend. But one of their division rivals has vaulted past them in pursuit of a playoff position.

The 3-3 Miami Dolphins, thanks to their win over the Chicago Bears, saw their playoff odds increase to 32.9 percent according to Football Outsiders, which calculates odds by running 50,000 weekly season simulations. The Bills, in spite of the win, saw their odds only go up 0.9 percent to 26.7 percent. The 4-3 Bills have a mean win total per the simulations of 8.2, just behind Miami's 8.3. Leading the way in the AFC East are the New England Patriots, who have 9.5 mean wins and a 62.3 percent chance of making the playoffs.

The Bills, although only one game behind the Pats, have only a 19.3 chance of winning the division. The Patriots, by comparison, have a 55.5 percent chance.

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Former Buffalo Bills Quarterback Kevin Kolb: Concussion Symptoms Linger

October 25th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Kevin Kolb was knocked out of the Buffalo Bills lineup – and the NFL – before he ever got a full chance to prove what he could do. He said he's OK with that, but the symptoms from the four concussions he sustained while in the league continue to dominate his life.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Kolb said he vividly recalls the concussion that ended his his career. It happened on his 29th birthday – Aug. 24, 2013, in a preseason game for the Bills against the Washington Redskins. He'd signed a two-year contract the previous offseason with the Bills to presumably replace the ousted Ryan Fitzpatrick and mentor whatever quarterback they would draft.

Still fighting for the starting job at the time against then-rookie EJ Manuel, Kolb was hit in the head by a Washington defender's knee and knocked out of the game. He initially thought he could shake it off, but upon reflection he knew that would be the last time he ever suited up:

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Buffalo Bills Offering Jack-O-Lantern Templates for Halloween Season

October 25th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills have arguably the most loyal fan base in the NFL, and with Halloween next week, fans are certain to want to carve their favorite team's logo into a pumpkin.

The Bills have recognized this, and have provided fans with templates to print for their pumpkins. The Bills have three logos to choose from, one being the logo on its own, another being the logo on a helmet and then there is the word BILLS. Each are available on the team's website to use to carve the perfect Jack-O-Lantern.

The Bills have also allowed fans to contribute their own, unique templates. With creative people across the fan base, there's no telling the different styles that could be uploaded. Bills fans are known as a family and a community, so sharing their ideas with other fanatics is not uncommon.

Halloween is less than a week away, so fans who haven't carved their pumpkins yet are urged to do so quickly. They are also urged to share their works of art with the rest of the world. The Bills encourage their fans to share their images on social media sites likeTwitter and Instagram. The hashtag for Twitter is #BILLSHALLOWEEN.

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Buffalo Bills Receiver Sammy Watkins Earns Rookie of the Week Honors

October 25th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Sammy Watkins had a career-day last week against the Minnesota Vikings, catching nine passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

That performance was good enough for week seven's Rookie of the Week honors.

Watkins has earned the award twice this season, with the last performance coming against the Miami Dolphins in week two. Both of Watkins' performances came were in front of his home crowd at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

With the performance, Watkins has declared himself the official focal-point of Buffalo's offense. When he doesn't get the ball, the offense struggles. But when the ball is thrown even remotely near him, chances are he's making the catch. Too many times do coveted rookies have a disappointing performance, and after week one, many feared that Watkins would fit that description. Instead Watkins has flourished in Buffalo's system.

Watkins has done enough to make opponents realize that they're up against a special talent. The New England Patriots had Darrelle Revis locked on him in their matchup earlier this season and New York Jets coach Rex Ryan playfully asked Watkins not to play this week in a conference call with New York reporters.

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