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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 4/18

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Bills home primetime game tops 2012 schedule -
"‘The Ralph’ will be roaring the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15 this fall. That’s when the Bills play host to one of their most storied rivals in the Miami Dolphins for an 8:20 pm kickoff. The Week 11 primetime game is the highlight of Buffalo’s 2012 regular season schedule."

Bills return to prime time against Dolphins - The Buffalo News
"The Bills' two West Coast trips come in back-to-back weeks. Buffalo will visit San Francisco in Week Five (Oct. 7) and Arizona in Week Six (Oct. 14). The Bills follow that with a home game in Week Seven (Oct. 21) against Tennessee before their bye in Week Eight."

Buffalo Bills schedule analysis - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Complaint department: Buffalo definitely got the short end of the league's early-season schedule. The Bills play six of their first nine games on the road. Ouch! As we mentioned earlier, Buffalo has been awful in recent seasons away from Ralph Wilson Stadium. This team will have to grow up fast or fall behind. The good news is Buffalo finishes the season with five of its last seven games at home. Therefore, if the Bills are in playoff contention down the stretch in November and December, their chances look good to get over the hump."

32 takes on the 2012 schedule | ProFootballTalk
"Bills: Their success in 2011 hasn’t translated to greater exposure in 2012. They’ll have no Monday night games, and they’ll have to flex their way into a Sunday night appearance."

Bills Focus: 2012 Schedule Released -
Taking a closer look at the Bills' schedule, highlighted by a primetime divisional match-up.

Inside The Bills | December could be big month
"The Bills have had trouble finishing seasons strong in recent years and it’s inevitably taken them out of playoff contention. This year however, the schedule is very favorable for the team to make a good run late in the 2012 campaign." Chris Brown lists the reasons.

Inside The Bills | No bye prior to Thurs. nighter
"After playing on the road at New England in Week 10 (Sun. Nov. 11th) they have to travel home and get ready for their primetime home game against the Miami Dolphins four days later."

Inside The Bills | Weeks 4 thru 10 might say it all
"From Week 4 to Week 10 the Bills have four games against defending division champions (Patriots twice, San Francisco, Houston) with their other two games against second place clubs from last year in Arizona and Tennessee. The combined records of those five teams from 2011 was 52-28 with no team finishing last season with a record under .500."

Meat of the schedule; recent December home record - The Buffalo News
Jay Skurski gives his thoughts on Buffalo's schedule.

Bills open season at New York Jets | Democrat and Chronicle
"As for the rest of the schedule, we had to wait breathlessly until it was officially released on, and when it was revealed, it showed that the Bills will serve as the opponent for the start of the Tim Tebow Era in New York as they open Sept. 9 against the Jets at MetLife Stadium."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Yawn, Bills get Seahawks in Toronto
If I'm reading this correctly, Canada let out a collective yawn while Buffalo let out a collective sigh when the schedule was released and the Seahawks were heading to Toronto.

Schedule reactions - Don Banks
"True, Mario Williams gets to make a statement in his Week 9 return to Houston, as a member of the Buffalo Bills, but Williams is a pretty quiet guy and we're not expecting fireworks."

NFL again flexes its media-savvy muscles - The Olympian
"The fourth quarter will determine the Seahawks’ playoff fate. There are three at home against the rest of the NFC West, and a road date against the Buffalo Bills in Canada – the team’s first regular-season foray onto a foreign stage. (Anticipate no stress. Toronto offers all the charm and conveniences of any big city in the U.S., except more.)"

Vikings on stadium situation: "There is no next year" | ProFootballTalk
It's always worth keeping tabs on other NFL teams and the possibility they might be moving to L.A. before the Bills.

Inside The Bills | Another mock pick for OT
"The offensive tackle need for the Bills continues to dominate mock drafts. This name has been mentioned before, but it hasn’t been the most popular for Buffalo at 10. The folks at OurLads have the Bills taking Stanford OT Jonathan Martin. Here’s what they wrote."

Marvez: AFC free agency report card - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
"Analysis: The Bills gave Williams a six-year, $100 million contract that included $50 million in guaranteed money. Buffalo hopes that expenditure sparks a franchise turnaround like when Green Bay — another team considered a free-agent outpost at the time — signed defensive end Reggie White in 1993. Grade: A"

Highly touted DT Cox in for pre-draft visit -
"Cox is widely viewed as the top defensive tackle in what is considered the deepest class of interior defensive linemen in years. Named 1st Team All-SEC in 2011, one out of every four of Cox’s 56 tackles last season went for loss. He also had five sacks."

QB Tannehill, DE Ingram top Tuesdays pre-draft visits -
"With just over a week before the NFL draft, the Bills are still crossing their ‘T’s and dotting their ‘I’s on some of the more notable prospects in this year’s draft pool. Topping the list of visitors Tuesday was a projected top 10 quarterback and sure fire first-round pass rusher in Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill and South Carolina's Melvin Ingram."

Peter King's Mock Draft
King goes with Michael Floyd for the Bills, but thinks Buddy Nix should pick Alabama safety Mark Barron.

Berry wonders -- again -- about hit from Johnson - The Buffalo News
"Eric Berry is a phenomenal football player who will be a Pro Bowler for years to come, but knowing the Bills organization and Stevie as well as I do and hearing Stevie's very public statements concerning 'bounties' as well as his apologies for the legal downfield block made on Eric, there is no doubt that the hit was unintentional. It is unfortunate that Eric suffered an injury during that game and we all look forward to seeing him back on the field in 2012."

Wideouts with size give this year's class a good look - The Buffalo News
"This is the fourth in a seven-part series previewing the NFL draft. Today's installment: receivers."

WGR 550 - Tannehill Headlines Five Visitors To One Bills Drive
"With the deadline to bring prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft looming on Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills brought in what will likely be their final pre-draft visitors to team facilities on Tuesday."

WGR 550 - Don't Be Surprised If Bills Pick Corner At 10
"If the Bills don't trade out of the tenth overall pick, I think taking a cornerback there makes a lot of sense - considering who is out there."

Berry should be careful with bounty talk - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Regardless of Berry's stance, he needs to be more careful with bounty talk. He shouldn't make public accusations against Johnson or any player unless he's absolutely sure. For example, the NFL did a thorough investigation into the Saints that took years to uncover."

Blogger Blitz: Can Bills win in AFC East? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
James Walker explains how it could happen, and how it could crumble quickly.