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Buffalo Bills news, 10/24: turning attention to the New Orleans Saints

The Buffalo Bills will head to New Orleans this weekend. Get caught up from media day in Louisiana and Orchard Park.

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Bills Roundup: RB's Miss Practice, Mario Wins POW - VIDEO -

"C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson both missed practice on Wednesday as the team began preparations for New Orleans, while Aaron Williams could begin a transition back to safety, and Mario Williams captured AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. "

Bills’ Dareus rediscovers his comfort zone - Sports - The Buffalo News

"Dareus is starting to play at an elite level in his third NFL season. He leads all NFL defensive tackles with 34 tackles. He’s tied for third among defensive tackles in sacks with four."

Mario Williams wins 2nd AFC Defensive POW honor -
"Williams two sacks came at an opportune time. Williams also contributed three tackles and two quarterback hits to the win."

C.J. Spiller again prepping to play -
"C.J. wants to go. He definitely wants to go," said Marrone. "I think we’re going to have to evaluate that during the week. We’ll have to make a good decision. His injury has been… he’s working hard, he wants to come back and he wants to play, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to make a good decision to see where he’s at. We’ve just got to get him over this hump and we haven’t been able to do it for three weeks."

Doug Marrone: "Let's go play and win a game" -
"The Bills head coach talks about returning to New Orleans, what he'll be thinking walking out of the tunnel, and what makes the Saints offense so dangerous at home."

Thad Lewis: "I'm feeling better than ever" -
"The Bills quarterback talks about his foot injury, getting more comfortable with Stevie Johnson, and working as a team to be productive on offense against the Saints."

Inside The Bills | Fred Jackson update
"I’m fine, I’ll be ready to go Sunday. They wanted to give me (Wednesday) off to get some rest," said Jackson. "It’s just going to be sore, something I dealt with all of last year—being sore with the MCL and LCL. That’s just part of it—I’ll be all right, they’ll manage that, we’ll manage that through rehab and stuff like that and see where it goes."

Inside The Bills | Mario feeling reborn as a player
"I feel like I just started, but I’ve got knowledge as far as going out and playing and understanding things and understanding what I see and being able to react," he said. "I feel a lot more comfortable, but at the same time for the guys up front we feel more comfortable together going out and executing things knowing how one another plays off each other. We’re just going out there and cutting loose."

Inside The Bills | Aaron at safety a possibility
"The signs look to be good for Williams to return to safety this week. Gilmore appears to be playing with a smaller protective club on his surgically repaired left wrist and Brooks appeared in the game this past Sunday, the first since breaking his foot in Week 1. He got seven snaps."

Inside The Bills | Bills inching up power rankings
Nobody (but Peter King) has then in the top half of the league, but they are gaining respect. A win in New Orleans would light these rankings up.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Gilmore Hoping To Ditch The Club For Good
"Yeah it feels good," Gilmore replied. "It actually feels normal right now, but the trainers know more than what I know. They look at the X-rays and stuff like that, so I'm just listening to them."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - All-22 Review - Bills/Dolphins - Mario's Masterpiece
Jeremy White goes through Mario's big day plus the offense's sacks.

Doug Marrone-Sean Payton connection still strong - ESPN
"I always appreciated, one Mr. Benson and I were kind of back to back, I always appreciated what he did for me," he said. "Sean and I, we had a working relationship and we had a close friendship. To be close to him and see what he went through as a head coach was obviously very helpful. ... I was very fortunate to have that and it’s been a big part of who I am today and what I’ve learned."

Saints recall 'nice guy' Marrone as grinder - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
"Both Zach Strief and guard Jahri Evans remain close with Marrone and insist he was instrumental in their development during those years. They both described him as a great teacher and great coach."

QB Watch: Bills' Thad Lewis - ESPN
"Over the past two weeks, they've posted a 47.2 mark on third downs, which is fifth-best in the NFL over that span. Part of that success has been Lewis' ability to drive the ball downfield better than Manuel, while his receivers have also done a better job of making defenders miss to gain the necessary yards after the catch. "

Bills vs. Saints 2013, Week 8 preview: Uffsides -
"The Bills are one of two teams in the NFL to score at least 20 point in every game this year. But will that be enough against Drew Brees and the Saints' high-powered offense coming off a bye? Ehhhh ... probably not. The Uffsides crew previews the game and makes its picks against the spread."

NFL admits mistakes on Vontaze Burfict personal foul penalties - Cincy Jungle
"Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict received a letter from the NFL on Wednesday, in regards to his personal fouls against the Buffalo Bills."

It’s time for Spiller to sit one out - Jerry Sullivan- The Buffalo News
"Winning is probably his No. 1 goal. You have to admire the guy for gutting it out for his team at a time when a lot of people are playing hurt. The Bills’ primary goal should be getting him fully healthy, not sending him out there as half the player he was before."

Saints' offense wary of Mario Williams | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
"Charles Brown will spend Sunday afternoon trying to keep Buffalo sack master Mario Williams away from his quarterback, a matchup which will likely determine the outcome at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome."

Former Saints assistant Marrone trying to turn around Buffalo’s fortunes | Sports | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Tracking the former Saints assistant from New Orlenas to his current job and what he did when he took over the Buffalo Bills to establish himself.

Sean Payton talks Buffalo Bills -
"Sean Payton met with New Orleans media after practice on Wednesday, October 23"

Super Mario leads sack-happy Bills attack | Pro32: Head to Head - AP
"Bruce, to be mentioned in the same sentence is obviously a great feeling," Williams said. "But for myself, my biggest thing is not really counting the sacks I got, it's focusing on the ones I didn't get."

Bills have kept fans' interest midway through - Olean Times Herald
"Some thoughts on the Bills as they approach the season’s midway point:"

32 Observations: Week 7 - Pro Football Focus
Buffalo Bills: Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has more run stops in 2013 at 21 than he did in 2012 at 17. He did so in less than half the number of snaps (324 to 150).

ReFo: Bills at Dolphins - Pro Football Focus
Relive the Bills win over the Dolphins with some analytical analysis.