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National Football League Hires Four Women to Shape New Domestic Violence Policy

September 16th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

The 2014 National Football League season is only two weeks old. Several teams are certainly surprising everyone. The Buffalo Bills are 2-0 and atop the AFC East division. While the New Orleans Saints, a popular preseason pick to win the Super Bowl, are a disappointing 0-2.

What is even more alarming the amount of off-field incidents taking away from the action on the field. Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and Greg Hardy have all been making the news, not for their on-field exploits, but off- the-field transgressions.

The backlash by media outlets has forced the NFL to adjust its domestic violence policy. Commissioner Roger Goodell has caught flack for not originally suspending Ray Rice for more than two games. He has since suspended the former Ravens running back indefinitely for the alleged assault against his then fiancee Janay Palmer.

In order to avoid any more of a mess, the NFL has hired four women to help shape its new domestic violence policy.

First, Anna Isaacson, who is currently the NFL's vide president of community affairs and philanthropy, will take on an expanded role as vice president of social responsibility. Goodell wrote in a memo that Anna will "oversee the development of the full range of education, training, and support programs relating to domestic violence."

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Buffalo Bills Linebacker Brandon Spikes Sees Less Playing Time with Return of Nigel Bradham

September 16th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Bills played week one against the Chicago Bears without linebacker Nigel Bradham, but week two saw the return of the suspended linebacker.

The problem for the Bills was where Bradham would fit in. As it turns out, it wasn't a problem at all, as Brandon Spikes saw his snap count go down, but was able to conserve his energy for the long third quarter spells on defense. Spike also saw time on special teams.

According to ESPN, here is the snap count for the active linebackers for the Buffalo Bills.

Preston Brown — 79 of 79

Nigel Bradham — 66 of 79

Brandon Spikes — 15 of 79

Ty Powell — 1 of 79

Randell Johnson — 0 of 79 (special teams only)

Spikes also saw a lack of playing time because the run-stopper wasn't needed as the Bills were mostly ahead, and the Dolphins were without starting running back Knowshon Moreno.

Bradham was asked about his return to play this week.

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Despite Criticism, Buffalo Bills Special Teams Unit Thrives with Starters

September 16th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Bills received some criticism when the team first announced that starting players would be placed throughout the special teams unit.

So far, the early indications are that the move is paying dividends as this past performance saw running back CJ Spiller run a 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown among other positives.

At the Monday press briefing, Bills head coach Doug Marrone addressed his mindset on the idea of continuing to use starters on special teams.

"There are about 30-something positions on special teams," Marrone said. "You have four or five, sometimes you can have six, core players that can play a majority of those four. Then, all of the sudden, due to injuries you start having to watch out about those snap counts with everyone. We do have starters on most teams, at least one phase of it. For Robert Woods to go down there and make that play, which was a great play, we pointed that out to the team. Brandon Spikes blocked for CJ Spiller. We pointed that out. Leodis [McKelvin] coming from 50-something yards downfield to be in the mix for the blocked punt. I think that just goes to show the type of effort that our starters are giving on special, which I think is important. Corey Graham is playing all over the place. You can sit there and preach that as a coach, but when those players go out there and the rest of the team can see it on the field then that will make you better. We've been playing well on special teams right now and we need to keep going."

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Buffalo Bills not Worried About Lack of Respect from the Rest of the NFL

September 16th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills are 2-0 and are in complete control of first place in the AFC East, but the rest of the NFL doesn't seem to be impressed.

The Bills beat the Chicago Bears on the road in week one and secured a dominant and emotional victory over the Miami Dolphins in week two. Still, many expect the 1-1 New England Patriots to eventually win the division title.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone isn't worried about the way his team is perceived around the league.

"We know it's a long season. We've got to get better each week. That's the one thing we've been talking to the players about. Really our focus right now is on the game that's next, which is San Diego. That's how we're looking at," Marrone said. "To sit here and say, 'Oh, did we expect to have people to give us credit?' Not when you haven't done anything for such a long period of time. I think we understand that and we're not looking for that. We're just looking to go out there and win a game."

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Early Indications Suggest Buffalo Bills Made Correct Decision with Jairus Byrd

September 16th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills lost Jairus Byrd in free agency to the New Orleans Saints, but the team's defense isn't suffering much.

Byrd left Buffalo for money, but his departure suggested that he didn't believe that the Bills would be competitive enough for him to stay. The early indications of this season, however, suggest that the Bills are better without him.

Byrd forced the the only turnover the Saints have thus far this season, as he caused a fumble against the Atlanta Falcons in week one. The Bills have forced five turnovers in the first two games of the season, and the team doesn't plan on slowing that production down anytime soon. Buffalo's secondary is dangerous with Corey Graham emerging as a serious problem for opposing offenses, not to mention the pass rush the team's front-four provides to limit the time quarterbacks have to throw the ball.

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