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Right on schedule, weeks before Christmas, the Buffalo Bills' season is over. Now it's time for the finger pointing and politicking at One Bills Drive. Western New York's most tiresome winter pastime is upon us, and this episode could be more blustery than normal. Reports fluttered Sunday like the snowflakes around New Era Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers left…

The divisional round of the NFL postseason featured three players from Western New York, a University at Buffalo graduate and 10 former Buffalo Bills. Here is look how each of those players did: Western New Yorkers • Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: The Amherst native made seven catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-20 victory over Kansas City. Gronk played 53 offe…

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' loss to the Oakland Raiders here at the Coliseum ... What it means: The Bills had to win this one and made it interesting by scoring a touchdown with 69 seconds to play. Now their playoff hopes are dashed, and Doug Marrone's job might be in jeopardy again one week after upsetting the Green Bay Packers. The Raider…

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller will make his return to the lineup this afternoon in Oakland. Spiller is active for the Bills for the first time since he broke his collarbone in Week Seven against Minnesota. He was activated from the injured reserve/designated to return list Friday. With Spiller back, running back Bryce Brown will once again take a seat. Brown i…

The Buffalo Bills were in empty-the-bench mode in the fourth quarter. Led by quarterback EJ Manuel, the Bills' backups got a chance to play in a blowout victory over the New York Jets inside Ford Field. Manuel took over for the Bills' final drive, but didn't throw a pass as the Bills had the 38-3 lead that would be the final score. He handed off three times to Anthony Di…

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' blowout victory over the New York Jets at the Meadowlands ... What it means: The Bills won for the first time in MetLife Stadium after five losses. At the season's midpoint, the Bills are 5-3 and very much in the AFC East race. Player of the game: Bills quarterback Kyle Orton was effective and clean. He we…

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Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' heart-pumping victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Ralph Wilson Stadium ... What it means: In a thriller, the Bills avoided three straight home losses despite four giveaways and the loss of running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller to what appear to be long-term injuries. The Bills are 4-3. Player of the game: With one second t…

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Quick highlights from a familiar-feeling Buffalo Bills loss to the New England Patriots in Ralph Wilson Stadium ... What it means: The Bills had a chance to establish themselves as contenders in the AFC East but got raked in the first game of the Pegula era. The Bills are 3-3. Player of the game: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went 27 of 37 for 361 yards and four touchdo…

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DETROIT -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' thrilling victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field ... What it means: The Bills finished the Wilson era with high drama, falling behind by two touchdowns early and then rallying to tie the score in the fourth quarter. The game was headed for overtime until Golden Tate's 55-yard catch and run put the Lions in (what sh…

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HOUSTON -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' loss to the Houston Texans in NRG Stadium ... What it means: The Bills fell to 2-2 and lost a pair of important defenders. The Bills were the better team for much of the game, but the Texans featured the most phenomenal player, who made all the difference. Past beats the present: Bills quarterback EJ Manuel was outperfo…

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Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' big afternoon against the Miami Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium ... What it means: The Bills' defense and special teams propelled them to victory, capping a jubilant week in which the team was bought by Terry and Kim Pegula and late founder Ralph Wilson was honored before kickoff. The Bills are 2-0 and atop the AFC East. Players …

CANTON, Ohio -- With the Buffalo Bills' top two tight ends -- Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki -- expected to miss tonight's preseason opener against the New York Giants, ample playing time awaits second-year veteran Chris Gragg. "It is big. Those guys are down right now. I mean, it's still early, but I want to take advantage of all these opportunities," Gragg said. "I alway…

PITTSFORD -- The frustration was evident in Doug Marrone this morning after the Buffalo Bills went through their first padded practice of training camp at St. John Fisher College. Normally one to fill a reporter's notebook, most of the coach's responses were limited to a sentence or two, including the first one he was asked about his offense looking sloppy. "Yeah, in the…

The Buffalo Bills added some depth to their secondary today in Round 4 of the NFL Draft by selecting Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell. There's a good bet he'll be the smartest player in the team's locker room. Cockrell has been graduated since December 2012, finishing his degree in political science in 3 1/2 years, and is one of only 17 four-time Academic All-Atlantic Coast…

With pre-draft visits needing to be wrapped up by Sunday, Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley indicated the team's work in that regard is done. The Bills hosted 29 prospects out of an allowed 30 from non-local schools during the past month or so. The complete list of visitors, by position, is as follows: Cornerbacks Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech Walt Aikens, Liberty…