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Buffalo Bills news, 10/29: Robert Woods' dropoff, C.J. Spiller's injury

We haven't really seen the Buffalo Bills offense since the preseason. What will it look like when EJ Manuel and C.J. Spiller return?

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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.

Robert Woods quiet since Buffalo Bills quarterback change - ESPN

"Digging deeper, ESPN Stats & Information tracks whether a receiver runs a pass route on any given play. Through Week 5, Woods was targeted on 22.7 of plays where he ran a route. Since Week 6, he has only been targeted 14.1 percent of such plays."

C.J. Spiller to test ankle early this week -

"It’s a high ankle (sprain), which is normally a little bit worse than the other ones," said Marrone.

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From the booth: Bills at Saints -
John Murphy praises Stephon Gilmore and Kiko Alonso, laments the loss of kickoff returns, and disses the Superdome.

Inside The Bills | Bills turnovers too often in their territory
"The Bills have 13 giveaways on the season. All but one of them have come on their own half of the field. More than half of them (7) have come at or inside their own 25-yard line. There were two such occurrences yesterday in the first quarter."

Inside The Bills | Run game a tale of two halves
"The Bills productive rushing attack was true to form in the first half rolling up respectable yardage and posting a fat yards per carry average, but that all changed in the second half."

Inside The Bills | Fred: We probably spurred coach to challenge
Jackson: "The offensive line knew that I was in. I knew I was in. The ref even came up to me after the challenge and said, ‘You probably were in. We just couldn’t see it on the TV copy. For you guys to be as ecstatic as you were I wouldn’t doubt that you were in. We just couldn’t see it.’"

Inside The Bills | Mario keeping sack pace
"Bills DE Mario Williams had another sack in Sunday’s loss to the Saints and has upped his season total to 11 in the first eight games. His 11 sacks through 8 games are most by a Bill since sack became official statistic in 1982."

Upon Further Review: Buffalo Bills - ESPN
Turnovers, field position, and Doug Marrone wanting to avoid being "really an idiot"...

Buffalo Bills' report card vs. New Orleans Saints - ESPN
Not a whole lot changed from their win over Miami to the loss to New Orleans. Well, except Drew Brees. Buffalo's pass defense grade suffered as a result.

Saints-Bills 2013 Recap, Kenny Stills Love, Jimmy Graham Injury: Podcast - Canal Street Chronicles
Get your ears on the Saints podcast following the Bills game if that's your sort of thing.

Saints vs. Bills 2013 Must-See Photos from the Game - Canal Street Chronicles
"A full gallery of photos from my own personal game day experience at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the Saints' Week 8 win 35-17 over the Buffalo Bills."

C.J. Spiller: I wasn’t ready to play | ProFootballTalk
"I wasn’t ready," Spiller said, via the Buffalo News. "It was coach Marrone’s decision. I respected that. Everybody knew that I wanted to play. I wanted to help us win. But it was best for me so I can get back to playing normally."

Bills showing their progress - Democrat and Chronicle
"They are also a team brimming with character, a team that doesn't wilt at the first sign of adversity, and that came to the forefront when the defense went out there and stuffed the Saints on three plays, and then were rewarded when Garrett Hartley missed a 47-yard field goal."

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Regrouping Bills excited for unbeaten Chiefs test | Pro32: Head to Head
"I'm ready to go," said an animated Marrone during Monday's news conference. "I don't want to miscommunicate that I'm disappointed in our record. I'm disappointed. We're all disappointed. But there are things that I'm also excited about with this team. I'm excited to go into the second half of the season."

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EJ Manuel closer to practicing -
"He will be working extremely hard this week," said Marrone. "I can’t answer the question is he going to be practicing or not. I don’t want to get into that. He’s going to be working extremely hard to a level of a great stage of where we should be."

Inside The Bills | Remaining strength of schedule one of easiest
"According to ESPN’s Mike Sando, who took a look at the numbers the Bills have the fourth easiest remaining strength of schedule. On the road the remaining strength of schedule gets even less challenging."

Bills’ Byrd keeps an eye on trade deadline - Sports - The Buffalo News
"No, not really. I haven’t really given it too much thought," he said. "I mean, I’m focused on winning games here. If something happens, it happens, but right now my focus is with my teammates here and just trying to win games."

Manuel to ramp up rehab, but return to Bills not set - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Marrone said on Oct. 16 that Manuel was four-to-six weeks from a return. If that timeline remains true, Manuel would likely return either in Week 11 at home against the Jets or Week 13 against the Atlanta Falcons in Toronto (the team has a bye in Week 12)."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Will "ramp Up" EJ Manuel This Week
"Ahead of the team's most recent game against the New Orleans Saints, Manuel was on the field throwing the ball to rookie wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. The quarterback was merely standing in place, and did not drop back and plant off his back leg (the right leg, which is injured) to throw."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Spiller Has A High Ankle Sprain
Joe Buscaglia's full injury update.

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Toronto Argonauts sign Aaron Maybin to practice roster | ProFootballTalk
"The Toronto Argonauts added Maybin, the Bills’ 2009 first-round pick, to their practice roster on Sunday."