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Third downs plague Bills - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills' third-down conversion rate has plummeted the last two games. Not coincidentally, so has the team's record. The Bills have converted just 5-of-18 third downs over the two games, a conversion rate of just 28 percent."

Fitzpatrick should be glad he did his deal when he did | ProFootballTalk
"Though I remain a staunch believer in Fitzpatrick, the last two weeks surely would have taken a chunk out of his leverage."

The NFL Season: Buffalo Stampede - goes over the first half of Buffalo's season.

Bills sign DE Moore; elevate DB Nesbitt -
"A former fourth-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009, Moore (6’6" 272) appeared 15 games for the club including seven starts in 2010. The defensive end logged 29 tackles, six quarterback pressures and a pair of fumble recoveries before a shoulder injury landed him on injured reserve in Week 13."

Davis selected as Bills Ed Block Courage award recipient -
"The Buffalo Bills announced that LB Andra Davis was selected as the team’s Ed Block Courage Award winner. The Ed Block Courage Award is presented to the Buffalo Bills player who exemplifies a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. The recipient symbolizes professionalism, great strength, dedication and serves as a community role model for others."

Inside The Bills | Chan on Leodis
"Leodis is struggling," said Gailey. "He’ll tell you that I’m sure. You have to have extreme confidence to play out on the edge like that. It’s like a pitcher walking out there. Every time he takes the mound he’s got to have that confidence no matter what happened last game or the previous three games. He’s got to have that kind of confidence. And his confidence has been shaken a little bit. We’ve got to get him back to where his confidence can be re-gained. We’ll look at everything as to how best to do that."

Inside The Bills | Opposing QB numbers
"Opposing quarterbacks have completed 65.7% of their passes against the Bills. That’s the second-highest percentage in the league. Only Indianapolis has allowed a higher percentage (70.9%)."

Inside The Bills | Fitz agrees w/Stevie, play loose
"We’ve got to play loose. We’ve got no pressure on us. I don’t know if it was something where we were just grinding and trying to fill a role that we weren’t, but we’ve got to go out there and lay loose like Stevie said. That starts with going out at practice and having fun and going out there and putting the work in."

Inside The Bills | WR Toone returns
"Toone now replaces DB Josh Nesbitt, who was elevated to the 53-man squad after Chris White and Eric Wood went on I-R." - Bills' offense bottled up again
"In the past two games, the Bills have been outscored 71-18, falling to 5-4 and looking like a team that is a year or two away as opposed to this season's surprise playoff candidate."

Upon Further Review: Cowboys 44, Bills 7 | THE BEST OF NICK MENDOLA
"Just finished my second viewing (admittedly fast-forwarding) of Bills/Cowboys. Some things I want to add or amend to "Immediate Reactions":"

Is this 2008 All Over Again for Bills? -
"The 2008 Bills were poorly coached and lacked real leadership, so in hindsight its not a big surprise that they fell apart. But these Bills still have a chance to salvage this season." news: Nelson's female fan base grows with account of cheerleader hug
"I just wanted to give her the ball, give her a hug and let her know I was thinking about her," Nelson said in a chat with "It's very rare to make it in the NFL, it's very rare to be a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader and it's even more rare for both of us two people to be on the field at the same time."

Wood, White To Bills' IR; Team Signs Two - WGR 550
"Nesbitt, an undrafted rookie free agent, signed with the Bills after the draft. The former Georgia Tech quarterback switched to defense about halfway through training camp and was signed to the practice squad after the final round of cuts in September."

Power Rankings: Patriots back in top 10 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Bills continue their dramatic slide down the Power Rankings. Buffalo was a fixture in the top 10 last month but is playing ugly football the past two weeks. Buffalo has been outscored 71-18 in losses to the Jets and Dallas Cowboys. November and December is when the good teams separate from the pack and make a push for the playoffs. The Bills aren’t stepping up but early wins still keep them in the hunt."

AFC East Stock Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Bills are now 2-4 in their past six games. Mathematically, Buffalo is still in the thick of the AFC East and postseason races. But nothing about the Bills' performance the past few weeks suggests this young team is ready to take the next step." Ryan Fitzpatrick gets his own bullet, too.

Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Does anyone want to be the No. 2 quarterback in the AFC East?"

Suddenly, these are the same ol’ Bills - Olean Times Herald
"Sunday’s 44-7 waxing by Dallas at Cowboys’ Stadium was reminiscent of some of the embarrassing blowouts endured by the teams of Dick Jauron, Mike Mularkey and Gregg Williams."