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Buffalo Bills news, 11/28: Atlanta Falcons, Toronto Series dominate turkey talk

Today's links are stuffed with bird talk of a different feather than turkey and a trip other than to your family's house. Happy Thanksgiving.

Rick Stewart

Doug Marrone: "this is a big game" -

"The Bills head coach talks about heading up to Toronto to face the Falcons, the speed of Atlanta's defense, and whether playing in a dome this week is a disadvantage." The back-and-forth questions about Rob Ford are the most hilarious thing I've read in a long time. Click it now.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Robey Pops Up On Injury Report

"According to head coach Doug Marrone, Robey injured the ankle during a practice in the past two weeks. The coach believes there isn't any reason for concern, however, as he expects Robey to play in their game against the Falcons."

Branch plugs big hole for Bills at 5-technique after injury to Carrington - Sports - The Buffalo News

"The player who opened the season as the starter, Alex Carrington, was lost to injury in Week Three. His contract is up this year. The player who took his place, Alan Branch, is playing on a one-year deal. "

Toronto links

Toronto series leaves the Bills out in the cold - Sports - The Buffalo News
Jerry Sullivan: "One thing I’m surely not thankful for is the Bills’ annual "home game" in Toronto. I didn’t intend to make a fuss about it this year. But the closer it gets, the greater my sense of responsibility to rip the whole misguided enterprise."

Bills notebook: Toronto game will be televised - Sports - The Buffalo News
"There still were 5,325 tickets left on the Bills in Toronto website as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. Rogers Media said last year it had stopped giving away complimentary tickets in order to pad the attendance figure."

Doug Marrone tries to cut Toronto negativity off at the pass - Bills Blitz
The head coach cites turnovers, not Toronto, as the reason for losing games in the dome.

Matt Ryan makes appeal to Toronto's Falcons fans - Bills Blitz
Asked about his expectations for the crowd, Ryan told Buffalo-area reporters by phone today: "Yeah, you know what, we'll anticipate going into it where it's going to be really loud and difficult for us to communicate, and then obviously adjust if it's different. But I'm hoping our fans show up. I'm hoping we've got a bunch of supporters up in Toronto and that they show up this weekend and are pulling for us."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Employing Diplomacy For 6th Annual Trip To Toronto
"Im just gonna take it year to year," Wood said. "I'm not going to go up there with any ill feeling or any less excited than I am for every game. Hopefully the Bills fans will be out there supporting us this year and looking forward to a good atmosphere if we can get it."

Buffalo Bills: NFL’s bottom line decidedly in Toronto’s favour: Kelly | Toronto Star
"In order to make a Buffalo-based ownership group attractive, it must commit to building a new stadium. At that point, we’re beyond heritage and romance. It’s one thing to own a team. It’s another to pour tear-inducing amounts of money into one that plays in a financially strapped city of only 250,000 residents."

Teams need one place to call home | Welland Tribune
"Toronto will need to host at least three home games a year before the Bills can be regarded as a regional franchise, should the team decide on taking such a course as a future direction."

CEO Russ Brandon says Buffalo Bills not for sale - ESPN
"I'll tell you this: Obviously it was a great way to start off my bye [week] Sunday, when I heard the news of this and listening to all of the nonsense relative to it," Brandon told WGR 550. "If we had to discuss and speak to every single individual that would have interest in buying an NFL franchise, that's all you would talk about on your show."

Falcons links

3 key matchups: Worrilow breaks down Bills' rushing attack | Atlanta Falcons |
Take a look at what the Falcons will be trying to do on Sunday.

Wing Tips: Falcons vs. Bills -
"The Falcons head north of the border to Toronto for an international series match against the Buffalo Bills at the Rogers Centre in Week 13. Take a look at some key stats for Sunday's game."

Which Buffalo Bill Would You Want On The Falcons? - The Falcoholic
Falcons fans discuss which Bills player they would want on their roster. Marcell Dareus is running the table.

Inside The Bills | Bills not sleeping on poor Falcons record
"We have to approach like this team was in the NFC championship last year and they were in the game," said Scott Chandler. "It was a good game, so they’re a very talented football team and we’ve got to approach it as they’re a good team."

Bills clicks

EJ Manuel pays it forward -
"He’s had wins on the field, but for this quarterback, watching his mom survive cancer and putting others in a better spot to cope with what his family has been through, that's what this Thanksgiving is all about."

History of Bills Thanksgiving Day games -
Lots of highlights from the AFL days and a few from the 70s with a 90s loss to the Lions thrown in.

EJ Manuel "chomping at the bit" to make plays -
"Bills quarterback EJ Manuel talked to the media after practice Wednesday about the upcoming game in Toronto and finally having all of his offensive weapons healthy. "

Bills Roundup: Offense Back at Full Strength - VIDEO -
"The Bills got back on the practice field on Wednesday with an offense that is fully healthy for the first time since week one, to prepare for the Falcons in Toronto."

Inside The Bills | Around the Nation: What they’re saying
"Here’s a look at what some national media members are saying about the Bills headed into the Week 13 matchup against the Falcons:"

Buffalo Bills want C.J. Spiller to take safe route - ESPN
"I expect to see that [more] of what we saw before. If something is open inside, to go ahead and take it," coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday. "Not always look for that big home run play."

NFL Nation Buzz: Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Bills Blog - ESPN
"Bills reporter Mike Rodak says the team returned from the bye week with a clean bill of health, a good sign as Buffalo prepares to face the struggling Falcons in the annual game in Toronto."