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The Buffalo Bills game this weekend is blacked out on local television. The players aren't thrilled, but they understand it's their fault (even though it probably isn't).

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Bills players stand behind Gailey - The Buffalo News
"I love Chan," said Bills defensive tackle Spencer Johnson. "I love Chan. If we go 9-7, everybody's talking something totally different. We're still going to keep the faith and keep playing hard and see how it goes."

FitzGailey's days are numbered - The Buffalo News
"Gailey can stick up for his quarterback. It's admirable. His bosses have to be wondering how they can continue to market Fitz as a franchise QB to a dubious, discerning public. They can see that Fitz is failing, reverting to form as an erratic passer who can't hit big throws or win the big games.'

Fitzpatrick needs a strong finish - The Buffalo News
He's a streaky quarterback, and he'll need to end the year on a good one to attempt to appease Bills fans this off-season.

Former Buffalo Bills coach Mike Mularkey makes his return - Democrat and Chronicle
The Bills are trying to put a run together to make the playoffs like in 2004, when they came up one game short. Mike Mularkey was the coach then, and remembers the season well.

Bills coach Chan Gailey not giving up on Ryan Fitzpatrick - Democrat and Chronicle
After the head coach's comments yesterday, it appears Fitzpatrick's job isn't just safe for the rest of 2012, but beyond.

5 questions for former Bills coach Mike Mularkey - CBS Sports
On his resignation: "There were some things, and I'll just say this - family was very much a part of it and I just felt like I made the right decision then."

Spiller closing in on Thurman's mark -
"Through that six-game stretch Spiller has posted 100 or more total yards from scrimmage in each of them. Thurman Thomas holds the team record for most consecutive games with 100 or more total yards from scrimmage with nine."

Bills sign DE Bryant to Practice Squad -
"Bryant started 35 of 47 games played at Northwestern and recorded 89 tackles, 19.5 tackles for losses and 4.5 sacks."

Chan Gailey: "We have to avoid the negative plays" -
Chan Gailey spoke with the media on Wednesday. As you can see through the link, it wasn't rosy.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: "We're a better team than we've shown" -
"I think it is tiring coming up to the podium, having to talk after all these losses and having to figure out why we are where we are, why we have been inconsistent on offense or why we keep losing games."

Mario Williams: "I just have to keep it going" -
The pass rusher gives one-sentence answers to most of the questions.

Fred Jackson: "Everybody in this locker room is a competitor" -
Jackson is asked as many questions about the game not selling out as he is about his performance going forward.

Bills Roundup: Gailey Endorses Fitz - VIDEO -
"Bills head coach Chan Gailey talks about sticking with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback for this season and the long term, plus Aaron Williams returned to practice on a limited basis."

Chan Gailey Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"The Bills head coach talks about Fitz as the starting quarterback, the play of Andy Levitre, and how far along Tarvaris Jackson is in the offensive system."

Fred Jackson Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills running back talks to the media about the Jaguars game this weekend and his role in the offense."

Ryan Fitzpatrick Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills quarterback talks to the media about the Jaguars game this weekend, his performance recently and the franchise moving forward."

Inside The Bills | Whaley on drafting, evaluating QBs
"Whaley has spent most of the last three months scouting college talent around the country. He focuses on the top prospects available in the draft while the team’s regional scouts concentrate on the talent in their own area."

Inside The Bills | Chan on Fitz’s future
"I think we’ve always said we’re looking to develop a quarterback for the future, but I don’t think it’s the near future," said Gailey. "I think we’re talking about Fitz being the guy for us, and as we continue to get better, I think he’s going to be the guy."

Inside The Bills | A. Williams practicing
"For the first time since Week 9 Aaron Williams is practicing."

Inside The Bills | Gameday activities-Jacksonville
Find out what the Bills are doing for fans before and during the game on Sunday.

Inside The Bills | Bills Pro Bowl fan voting update
It looks like several Bills will lose out on the top spot in fan voting. Jairus Byrd and Kyle Williams should have a look at being the top reserves.

Inside The Bills | Report: Colts ink Bills prac squad S Howell
"The rookie was an undrafted signing of the Bills back in the spring."

Inside The Bills | Leodis back in mix at nickel?
"I think our first choice would be to move Leodis in there," said Gailey. "Leodis played it in the spring and played it in pre-season and showed some good things in there."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Brandon: Jacksonville Game Will Be Blacked Out
"Brandon also told WGR that he is not optimistic for the other two remaining games slated to be played in Orchard Park either."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Gailey Says Fitzpatrick Is The QB Of The Future
The three question marks Paul Hamilton put in the fourth sentence of this piece stopped me from reading the rest of it. I assume it's about Chan's comments on Fitzpatrick from the opening paragraph.

AFC East mailbag: Bills and Jets - AFC East Blog - ESPN
James Walker, an expert on the Buffalo Bills, answers questions about Ryan Fitzpatrick, the play-calling of Chan Gailey, and Jairus Byrd being underrated.

Can the Bills cool off Chad Henne? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Henne comes to Buffalo with the hot hand. In two games, he’s thrown for 615 yards, six touchdowns and just two interceptions. Henne also has a 99.6 passer rating."

Why Does Common Sense Elude Bills? |
Sal Maiorana and Leo Roth pose and answer that question in the midst of their conversational piece on the Bills.

An Open Letter to Russ Brandon of the Buffalo Bills - Bull Run
One UB blogger thinks the Bills should hold training camp there and package Bulls season tickets with Bills season tickets in an effort to get a better atmosphere on Saturdays.

32 Observations: Week 12 |
"Buffalo Bills: Ryan Fitzpatrick’s average depth of target has diminished from 7.1 over the first half of the season to 5.2 over the second half."

Power Rankings: Week 13 |
Buffalo fell one spot to No. 23. The highest they were ranked was 19th, and the lowest was 28th.

Super Mario finally finds his game in Buffalo - Yahoo! Sports
"Buffalo's sack totals are improving along the way. After managing just 10 in the first five games, they now have 17 in past six." Nice to see Nick Mendola's name on the byline.

Jaguars-Bills Preview - Yahoo! Sports
"The Jaguars will try for their third straight victory against the Bills. They won the last meeting in Buffalo, 36-26 on Oct. 10, 2010."

What are the rules for Bills fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium? |
Bills GM Russ Brandon said, "While we do our best to control rowdy behavior, we are compelled to turn away some fans at the gate, eject some fans from the stadium for various offenses, and in extreme situations, arrest fans for criminal conduct."

Losing record means game will be blacked out - Dunkirk | The Observer
"I cannot focus on (unsold tickets)," Mario Williams said. "I am trying to go out and play. Blacked out, televised, whatever - you have to go out and play."