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Game Day Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 12/27

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Shanahan removes name from consideration for Bills' job : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"Shanahan let the Bills know more than a week ago that he was taking himself out of consideration for their head coaching position, a league source told The News."

Fan Friday 12-25 – Inside The Bills
Chris Brown answers questions on Terrell Owens' re-signing, the GM/HC search, draft needs, and the Bill Polian/John Butler/AJ Smith tree. Seems like Brown and everyone else has moved on to the offseason already.

Week 17 flex decision could get interesting |
Mike Florio thinks the Bills could host another primetime game this year when the Colts come to town if they are looking at 17-0 and there are no games with playoff implications.

Game Previews
Gameday Tipsheet - Week 16 |
Chris Brown gives his key matchups and what to watch in the Bills-Falcons preview.

Bills-Falcons Preview |
The Associated Press preview of today's fame.

Bills-Falcons scouting report : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
Breaking down today's matchup with Allen Wilson of the Buffalo News.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills-Falcons Primer
WGR gets your primed for today's game. A strange sense of optimism permeates the game preview.

Falcons RB Turner questionable – Inside The Bills
Falcons injury report from yesterday.

Buffalo Bills to debut Brian Brohm at QB vs. Atlanta Falcons | Democrat and Chronicle
"The Bills are the most depleted team in the league with 19 players on the injured reserve list. Less than half the players who will start against Atlanta were starters on opening night against New England. And one of the new starters is quarterback Brian Brohm, who wasn't even on the roster six weeks ago and is a player who has never taken a snap in a regular-season NFL game."

Buffalo Bills: Game Day | Democrat and Chronicle
Taking a closer look at today's Buffalo Bills game at the Atlanta Falcons with Sal Maiorana.

Atlanta Falcons find motivation against Buffalo Bills | Democrat and Chronicle
"Eliminated from playoff contention before Sunday's road win over the New York Jets, Atlanta hopes to have consecutive winning records for the first time in its 44-year history. The Falcons (7-7) must beat Buffalo (5-9) on Sunday and win Jan. 3 in Tampa Bay to stop one of professional sports' most inglorious streaks."

Saturday News And Notes: Charging At The Buffalo Bills - The Falcoholic
"Following the holiday, Dave the Falconer wishes readers a Merry Christmas and gives the gift of news links for the Atlanta Falcons' upcoming game against the Buffalo Bills."

Final Word: AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Bills fans should expect anything they see from Brian Brohm to be a bonus. Bills fans should not a) expect too much; b) project his performance as any significant indicator for the future. "

Bills-Falcons Preview |
" The Bills face the Falcons down in Atlanta in week 16 of the NFL season. 2 on Your Side's Ben Hayes breaks down the match-up with sports anchor Randy Waters from WXIA in Atlanta. "

Buffalo Bills Game Day (Two Bills Drive)
Two Bills Drive profiles today's game.

Keys to Falcons-Bills  |
The Keys to Victory for the Atlanta Falcons. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Falcons QB Ryan tackles learning curve : The Buffalo News
Rodney McKissic profiles the Falcons quarterback who is finishing up his second year in the league.

NFL Prediction: Bills-Falcons - ESPN Video - ESPN
Tedy Bruschi and Mark Schlereth tell you if the Falcons can find their second straight win as they host the Bills

Falcons RB Turner questionable – Inside The Bills
Falcons injury report from yesterday.

Bills could be short at corner – Inside The Bills
"Drayton Florence did not practice at all Thursday or Friday due to illness. If he can’t go on Sunday the Bills will be down to just four healthy cornerbacks." To compound the matter Donte Whitner couldn't bump down to nickel because of the loss of Jairus Byrd.

Johnson/Hardy time? – Inside The Bills
"With Josh Reed downgraded to out, it’s a virtual lock that Steve Johnson will be active Sunday, and there’s a good chance James Hardy could be up for the first time since coming off the Reserve/PUP list Nov. 11."

Milestone Tracker

- Lee Evans needs 31 receiving yards to move into third place on the Bills’ all-time receiving yardage list.
- Chris Kelsay
needs one sack to set a new single-season career high.
- Terrell Owens needs two receptions to become the sixth player in NFL history with 1,000 for a career. (Unless Tony Gonzalez catches 6 passes first to reach 1000.)
- Terrell Owens need 88 yards to move into 3rd place on the NFL career receiving yards list.
- Terrell Owens is tied for 4th all-time in touchdowns with Randy Moss.
- Rian Lindell needs 10 points to attain the 1000 point mark for his career.
- Paul Posluszny needs one interception for his third consecutive game with an INT.

Team in Transition
Bills aim to replicate franchise makeover Falcons achieved : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News

"After another lost season, it's time for the Bills to ditch the old blueprint, tear everything down to the studs and go boldly where they haven't gone before. Russ Brandon and the front office have a long to-do list and their work cut out for them."

Kelly's Call: Head coach and QB the priorities |
Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly gives his take on the state of the Bills. He doesn't have a lot of positive things to say.

2010 NFL Draft
Can one of these fill Bills' quarterback needs? : Larry Felser : The Buffalo News
Larry Felser profiles the list of draft-eligible college QBs the Bills might select next year.

More Bills News
Give Maybin Time : Buffalo Sports Daily

"The undersized Maybin has been rag-dolled and ineffective but nobody should dismiss him yet. Be patient. There is plenty of time and plenty of hope for the Karl Malone-built speed rusher from Penn State. Management probably freaked Wednesday when Aaron Schobel said he is thinking about retiring after the season."

T.O. claims no regrets for joining Bills - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Owens will be a Hall of Famer someday, but his year with the Bills likely will be an afterthought. He has some of the worst numbers of his career. He won't go to the playoffs. He will have lost more games that he won." He still has no public regrets.

John Wendling is a special teams superstar for Bills | Democrat and Chronicle
"According to, a statistical service used by some NFL teams, Wendling leads the league with 24 special-teams tackles. His 18 solo tackles are also tops in the league."

Extra-special impact: Five with big impact on special teams -
John Wendling is one of the top five special teams players in the league according to the USA Today.

Bills' inability to stay healthy adds insult to injury : Jerry Sullivan : The Buffalo News
"I imagine that J.T. Allaire isn't feeling too secure these days. Allaire is the Bills' strength and conditioning coach. This is his fourth season in the job, his eighth overall in Buffalo."

Hamdan chooses humility |
"It has been anything but an easy week for Gibran Hamdan. Serving as the team’s third quarterback the past two seasons it’s hard for him not to feel like today’s game against the Falcons was supposed to be his opportunity to get his first NFL start. Instead it will be going to Brian Brohm, a former second-round pick of the Green Bay Packers who has spent all of five weeks with the club."

AFL documentary re-airing on HBO – Inside The Bills
HBO will reair the 1994 documentary "Rebels with a Cause - The Story of the American Football League" a few times over the next month. Click here to check out dates and times.

Monday QB club awards banquet – Inside The Bills
"The Monday Quarterback Club, the business group that backs the Buffalo Bills, will hold its annual Player Awards luncheon on Monday, Jan. 4, at the Millennium Hotel. The annual event will feature Bills player selections for several awards, including Man of the Year, Special Teams Awards, Unsung Hero, and Rookie of the Year."