Buffalo Bills news, 12/26: New England Patriots looming after Christmas break

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The Buffalo Bills took Wednesday off for Christmas and so did we. Here's a short links post to ease you back in to the swing of things.

Predicting Pro Bowlers for the Bills - ESPN

"The NFL is to announce the 2014 Pro Bowl rosters on Friday, so there is no better time to make a few guesses at who might make the cut for the Buffalo Bills."

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Marrone holding on QB decision for Sunday - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills head coach Doug Marrone is going to wait until Thursday at the earliest to make a call on whether EJ Manuel is healthy enough to start Sunday at New England."

Inside The Bills | Carpenter closing on Christie
"Carpenter is currently 31-34 on field goal attempts this year, good for the second most accurate kicking season in team annals (91.2%). If he puts just three attempts through the uprights Sunday at New England he’ll break Steve Christie’s mark set in 1998 when he made 33 field goals."

Inside The Bills | Belichick tips hat to Kyle Williams
"Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a lot of respect for all the talent on Buffalo’s defensive line, but he called Kyle Williams perhaps the best they’ve seen all season. Here’s why."

Bills seek winning record vs. AFC East - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Where do you want to start?" Marrone responded this week, when asked what his team had to play for in the season finale, given that the playoffs are out of reach for a 14th consecutive season. "We can start with being the only team in our division to have a winning record. That would be important for what we want to be able to build on."

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McKinnie thinks Bills knew snap count | ProFootballTalk
"They were getting [a jump]. I feel like they were getting a rhythm with our cadence," McKinnie said Tuesday, via James Walker of ESPN.com. "Me being around, I knew some things that we can do to help counter that. So I definitely brought that to my offensive line coach."

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