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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 11/5

Florence family one of service -
"My dad, my sister, all of my uncles, my grandfather and I’ve got cousins that are active," said Florence. "Most of it is just that commitment of being away from your family, time, risk, everything that goes into it. That’s what they sign up for and I don’t think we give those people enough credit with what they deal with each and every day. The mental stress that they have to deal with, it’s a tough situation because they’re on edge all the time and have to be on alert. There are things that they can’t really talk about when they come back and there are things that they see that they try to forget, but it’s still there."

Aaron Maybin: Rex Ryan saw something that Bills’ coaches didn’t | ProFootballTalk
"But Maybin has three sacks so far this season with the Jets, and he says the difference between his old team and his new team is simple: His old coaches never gave him a chance to show what he could do, and his new coaches are making the most of his talents."

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 11-4
Chris Brown answers questions on Alex Carrigton, how the Bills "misjudged" Aaron Maybin, Shawne Merriman's presence, Marcell Dareus' helmet coming off, and the tight end's role in Buffalo offense.

Bills-Jets Preview -
"The Jets (4-3) have lost both games following their bye since Ryan took over before the 2009 season and entered this year's week off with consecutive wins, including 27-21 over San Diego on Oct. 23."

Twitter sets up meeting of Morrisons at Bills game -
Kirk Morrison, the Bills linebacker, is hosting Kirk Morrison, not a Bills linebacker, this weekend as the result of a name change on Twitter. The Morrisons took in the Sabres game last night and the non-NFLer will have sideline passes this weekend.

Motorola XOOM Scouting Report - Week 9 -
Chris Brown previews this weekend's game.

Bills "Gift of Warmth" collection Sunday -
"New warm clothing (especially gloves) and monetary donations will be collected at the Ralph Wilson Stadium gates before the 1:00 p.m. game. Those not able to donate at the game are encouraged to donate at any M&T Bank branch throughout the Buffalo region beginning November 28, 2011 through December 30, 2011."

Stevie Johnson on the Jets Matchup -
What does Stevie Johnson think about the Jets? Find out here.

David Nelson on the Jets Matchup -
I think Nelson is in line for a big game Sunday. What does he think?

Week 9: Jets vs. Bills Preview -
Looking ahead to the Jets-Bills AFC East tilt tomorrow.

Five games to watch this weekend, from NBC SportsTalk | ProFootballTalk
Bills-Jets makes the cut.

Inside The Bills | Simms: The Bills are real
"Going to Buffalo is tough. The Buffalo Bills are real. I believe. They’re 5-2 and the way they are doing it is impressive. Ryan Fitzpatrick is for real. Fred Jackson is a star. I’ve gone up there in years past and even when they weren’t a good team, in that stadium and with that crowd, they’re always tough. It’s going to be a tough test for the Jets."

Inside The Bills | Fred gets midseason Off. MVP
"Schefter has Fred Jackson as his runner-up for league MVP behind Aaron Rodgers and he’s got Jackson as his Offensive MVP. Here’s what Schefter had to say about Jackson with an interesting quote from Drayton Florence. Schefter also had Bills head coach Chan Gailey as his co-runner-up for NFL Coach of the Year with Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis behind 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh."

Inside The Bills | Levitre to start Sunday
"Yes he’s good to go," said Gailey. "He practiced again today."

Inside The Bills | Kelsay, Hairston questionable
"Kelsay was limited again (Friday) and he’s probably going to be a game time decision," said Gailey.

Inside The Bills | Dareus wins Rookie of the Week
"Bills NT Marcell Dareus was named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 8 after his big game against the Redskins. Dareus was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on"

After Further Review: These Steelers know how to man up - Football
"I have been praising Bills safety George Wilson all season. He always shows up. Watching him live against the Redskins, I appreciate him even more. He is a good football player. He has a nose for the ball. A former receiver, he also tackles better than you would think for a guy who made a position move. If Wilson isn't in the Pro Bowl this year, it might be a crime." Also a nice spotlight on Stevie Johnson.

2011 NFL Midseason Report includes awards, story of year - Don Banks
The story of the year is the turnaround of teams like the Bills and the potential end of some playoff droughts. Comebacks are the trend of the year and pretty much responsible for the story of the year. The upset of the year is Buffalo's victory of the Patriots. The Executive of the year is Buddy Nix. Don Banks apparently like dem Bills.

Jones feels great, hopes to burn Jets - The Buffalo News
"Two things thrilled Donald Jones as he practiced all week: He felt no pain in his ankle that caused him to miss the last two games, and he's returning to the lineup at the right time."

Buffalo Bills’ stars scheduled to appear in East Rochester | Democrat and Chronicle
Fred Jackson and Stevie Johnson are scheduled to sign autographs on a first-come, first-served basis from 7 to 9 p.m. at Van Bortel Ford, 71 Marsh Road on Tuesday.

Levitre To Start At LT; Fitzpatrick, Jones Probable - WGR 550
Joe Buscaglia runs down the Bills injuries.

AFC East injury report - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Here is the final injury report for Week 9 in the AFC East:

Final Word: AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Rex Ryan is 3-1 against the Bills but the Jets are winless on the road this season. Can they protect Mark Sanchez? James Walker thinks these notes are keys to the game.

Chris Kelsay says it's fun to be a Buffalo Bill | Democrat and Chronicle
"Ever since that epic victory over New England, I've noticed a vibe that hasn't pulsated on One Bills Drive since at least 2004, when Mike Mularkey's first team won six in a row in the second half before flying into the side of a mountain named the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season finale and blowing a chance to qualify for the NFL playoffs."

Buffalo Bills' resurgence a regional pick-me-up | Democrat and Chronicle
"The Bills are winning and western New Yorkers are happy. But what drives that gratification, and does it translate to any economic benefits?"

Fred Jackson of Bills presents challenge for Jets -
"He’s one of their best players, so highlight your best player,’’ said Jets linebacker Bart Scott. "He’s the key to their offense. He’s the motor that makes everything run. If you slow him down, you slow the offense down.’’

Stopping Fred Jackson won't be easy for Jets - Newsday
"He's an unbelievable athlete and incredibly strong," Jets linebacker and former teammate Aaron Maybin said. "He's also a determined guy. You look at his story and where he's come and how much he's been able to accomplish, he's a fighter. He's someone as a defense you have to make sure you always know where he is on the football field. He's a major weapon for them."

Mark Sanchez faces a challenge in Buffalo's clever, calculating coverage |
"Buffalo has been labeled a high-risk, high-reward defense because of the route-jumping style and press coverages in which so many of their interceptions have come. But one thing was readily apparent to the four quarterbacks watching film throughout the week — the level of risk involved (the Bills have given up just five passing plays of 40 or more yards) is well calculated and well executed."

Jets turn focus to stopping Bills' Jackson -
"Our priority up front is to stop the run," defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said. "It’s weird to say — we’ll get in situations against Buffalo and we’re going to dare a spread offense to throw. But I think there are going to be some plays where you might have to do that."

Maybin making his mark, but with Jets not Bills - Yahoo! Sports
"Honestly, it’d be hard to sit here and wonder why, and that’s not really even a concern for me anymore," Maybin said. "I stopped worrying about what went wrong in Buffalo a long time ago."

NY Jets' Shonn Greene could carry day against Buffalo Bills in Week 9 - NY Daily News
"Given the Jets’ recent history against the Bills, Greene figures to play a prominent role Sunday in Buffalo. The Jets averaged 279 rushing yards against the Bills in the four games since Ryan took over, a stat made more impressive by the 3-1 record and two victories on the road."