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Marcell Dareus Becoming Candidate for Defensive Player of the Year

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

A troubled offseason has given way to a dominant regular season for Marcell Dareus.

The fourth-year defensive tackle from the University of Alabama was arrested on two separate occasions, once for felony drug possession in May, then again in June for a variety of charges, including reckless driving, reckless endangerment, and participating in an illegal speed contest.

The result of those aforementioned charges have yet to be determined, so Dareus is free to play for the Buffalo Bills, as his contract dictates. Through the team's first seven games, Dareus is tied for second overall in sacks at 7.0 with five other players. He is an integral part of a defensive unit that has yet to yield a rushing touchdown. The Bills are only allowing 80.4 yards per game on the ground, which is fourth overall in the National Football League.

With the stats building up with each game played, Dareus has entered himself into the conversation for the Defensive Player of the Year award. Last year's winner, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, is not having the same impact he had last year.

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Buffalo Bills Sammy Watkins Proves to Be a Major Factor in Win Over Minnesota Vikings

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

The Buffalo Bills waited until the last second to grab their fourth victory of the season, and fittingly it came at the hands of first-round draft pick Sammy Watkins.

Watkins saw a steady dose of work Sunday being targeted 14 times.

Watkins did what Bills fans were hoping for from their number one receiver on Sunday: catch the game-winning pass.

But Watkins did way more than that. Earlier in the drive, Kyle Orton threw behind Watkins. Instead of letting the ball go by and giving up on the play, Watkins stretched out and got a hand on the ball. While he didn’t catch the ball, he knocked the ball down and out of the reach of the safety who was looming behind looking to make a play.

Watkins was responsible for keeping the Bills moving forward by erasing a mistake.

Watkins commented on the game-winning touchdown.

“I was just making the play,” Watkins said. “I saw they were heavy inside. I just came back outside. That was the read; just made the great play”

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Buffalo Bills Running Back Anthony ‘Boobie’ Dixon is Ready to Become Featured Running Back

October 20th, 2014 at 1:11 PM
By Mike Matisz

Buffalo Bills Running Back Anthony ‘Boobie’ Dixon will get his chance to see increased playing time over the next few weeks.

The Bills are moving Dixon up on the depth chart after losing C.J. Spiller to a broken collarbone for the year and Fred Jackson for a few weeks with a groin injury.

Dixon is ready to accept the challenge ahead.

"It's time to step up and be great," Dixon said. "It's what I've been waiting for for a long time, getting that workhorse role and I just tried to take advantage."

Dixon was the only running back left on the roster when Spiller and Jackson got hurt, leaving him to finish the game.

Dixon finished the game with 13 carries and 51 yards as well as three receptions for 15 yards.

For Dixon, he’s ready for the challenge. Noted as being a special teams or short-yardage back, Dixon wants to change how he’s viewed in the NFL.

"I feel like I didn't really get labeled right coming out of college and high school. People tried to do something else with me, make me somebody that I really wasn't," Dixon said. "I've been a workhorse like that all my life. I've been making plays like that all my life."

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Buffalo Bills on the Edge of AFC Wild Card Seven Games into NFL Season

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

The Buffalo Bills made a statement in the offseason that this would be the year the team would end a 14-year playoff drought, but after a promising start, the Bills are on the outside looking in.

The Bills are currently sitting in seventh place in the AFC at 4-3. They trail the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens for the wild card, and the New England Patriots for the lead in the AFC East. New England beat Buffalo last week to take control of the division, but wins by both teams this week keep them within a game from each other.

Buffalo also has five teams nipping at their heels. The Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs are all sitting at 3-3. The Bills suffered a loss to the Texans, but beat the Dolphins once this season. They have not played the other three teams that are trying to catch them in the standings, but they will see Kansas City and Cleveland later this season.

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Buffalo Bills Week Seven Reaction: Debacle Avoided

October 20th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills committed four turnovers and eight penalties, but managed to beat the Minnesota Vikings in a game they had no business even being close in.

The Bills did everything they could to give the game away to a struggling Vikings team. Minnesota scored 10 points off of Buffalo's turnovers, and things seemed bleak, even when the Bills got the ball on their own 20-yard-line with just more than three minutes to go. The good news is, the Bills showed resiliency, and won a game against an inferior opponent.

Sammy Watkins proved to be huge. Nine catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns will turn heads, especially coming from a rookie wide receiver that a franchise has put immense pressure on to perform. Watkins has answered that challenge, and did so with a last-second touchdown catch near the sidelines. Watkins is the true No. 1 receiver for Buffalo, and they use the other wide outs as role players. That could backfire as it did against New England last week, but Watkins has proved that he can be a big-game receiver.

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