Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 11/2

Bills' Jackson Had Face-to-Face Meeting With GM Nix - WGR 550
"Multiple sources to WGR can confirm an earlier report by ProFootballTalk.com, that the Bills intend to strike deals with a pair of players that do not have a contract in place for next season. Those players include kicker Rian Lindell and right tackle Erik Pears."

Bills find a gem in Barnett - The Buffalo News
"Beside the physical qualities of speed, instincts and things like that, he brings an energy to our defense and to our team," coach Chan Gailey said. "Every time he walks on the field he's got energy whether it's practice or a game. He's brought a great little edge to us."

Inside The Bills | Why NT not foreign to Dareus
"I think I did pretty well, but that’s just something we did in college," said Dareus. "We just kept rotating at multiple positions. The more positions you can play, the more ready you are up front. That’s what we did, and it wasn’t that hard. So it was just staying at it and keep chopping that wood."

Inside The Bills | No egos to mess with success
"It’s not hard at all because nobody in here has a big head, nobody’s ego needs to be checked," Johnson said in an interview on NFL Network. "It’s a lot of guys that know they came from the bottom and right now we’re working our way to get to the top. Nobody is talking or bragging about what they’ve done or what they can do; it’s a family here. It’s a good unit over here in Buffalo."

Inside The Bills | Offense wants to iron out lulls
"In the game, there is always a dry period," said Stevie Johnson in an NFL Network interview this week. "I think to be one of those teams, we have to be able to get over that faster than what we have been. Sometimes it takes us two or three series to get over that dry spell. I think we can work on that and just continue to go out there and handle the business. Having fun is always good when you’re winning, so just make sure we can continue to handle business."

Johnson "Gailey Fresh" on Halloween | wgrz.com
"Johnson said the key to the costume was the sleeveless windbreaker and having a "super crease" when wearing khakis."

Gridiron Meeting - Toronto Star
Damien Cox compares the latest Buffalo Bills game to the Toronto Argonaughts games and notes that the crowd backed the Bills more than they back the Argos both in numbers and spirit.

NFL-Bills big winners in Canada but still a close call for fans - Yahoo! Sports
"The National Football League (NFL) said on Monday it will let the fans decide whether the Buffalo Bills delivered more than a win during their annual trip north to Canada to play a regular season game."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Bills playing like it's 1999
"Beat all the remaining teams on their schedule with losing records and get a split with the New York Jets and the Bills will finish with 10 wins and almost be assured of their first playoff berth since 1999."

Winning effort wins over Toronto crowd - Niagara Gazette
"The notion that the Bills couldn't create a homefield advantage for themselves up here was discarded like a lineman trying to block Marcel Dareus one-on-one. Sunday's 23-0 win over the Washington Redskins did more than put the Bills back in the forefront of the playoff picture. It energized a fan base thirsting for a real NFL experience."

32 Teams, 32 Observations | ProFootballFocus.com
"Buffalo Bills: Linebacker Nick Barnett has played 444 snaps this season; with the next-highest true linebacker on the team only having 109 snaps."

Are the Bills really alive in November - Bucky Gleason
"Basically, the Bills would be in terrific shape to make the playoffs and could take command over the division in two weeks if they can beat the Jets and overcome Dallas, which was reeling after getting humiliated in Philadelphia on Sunday. It's well within reason given what we've witnessed this season."

Midseason MVP report | National Football Post
Fred Jackson comes in at number two on Matt Bowen's list behind only Aaron Rodgers.

Marcell Dareus rejoices in Bills' defense against Redskins | Democrat and Chronicle
"Marcell Dareus was bursting at the seams with such enthusiasm the defensive lineman had difficulty containing himself Monday, a day after putting the charge back in the Buffalo Bills pass rush."

AFC East Stock Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Marcell Dareus and Fred Jackson have rising stock.

Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Are you shocked that Ryan Fitzpatrick beat Matt Moore last week? I know I am.

New York Jets, Buffalo Bills looking finally playing a big game - NYPOST.com
"The Jets and Bills face off Sunday in Orchard Park in a game that holds huge implications for both teams. The Jets are trying to prove they are back, and the Bills are trying to prove they have arrived."

Brad Smith's emotions will be running wild when he faces former team - ESPN New York
"Smith wanted that in the worst way, but he was displaced by the perfect storm -- the lockout-shortened free-agency period, the new kickoff rule and the Jets' obsession with Nnamdi Asomugha. They never extended a formal offer to Smith, so when the Buffalo Bills ponied up $15 million for four years, it was a no-brainer."

Don’t dismiss Bills’ defense against ’Skins - Olean Times Herald
"But while you never had the feeling, once the game started, that the Bills would lose, to dismiss their defensive performance because Washington was inept does it a disservice. Fact is, at 3-4, the Redskins have more victories than 10 NFL teams and equal to three others. In other words, it’s a middle-of-the pack team."

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