Bills need win over Texans to keep wild card chances alive

The 30-22  loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend helped to push the Bills a bit further back in the bid for a wildcard slot in the upcoming NFL playoffs.  It has been 15 years since the Bills have made it into the playoffs.

“We made it tough on ourselves,” Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor said, “but we’ve just got to take it week by week, day by day. Maintain a hungry attitude.”

This Sunday, the Houston Texans come calling on the Bills and are also looking to keep their playoff hopes alive after upsetting the New Orleans Saints 24-6.

Be sure to get your tickets and help cheer on your Buffalo Bills to victory over the Houston Texans!

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Bills eek out victory

The Miami Dolphins were hoping to end their losing streak at two games but the Buffalo Bills had intentions of their own and in a battle of wills, the Bills walked away Miami Gardens with a 23-21 victory.

Guided by RB Fred Jackson who had 36 yards and a TD on 11 carries to go along with four receptions for 49 yards, the Bills held the Dolphins scoreless in the first and fourth quarters.  This game was especially sweet for Jackson, who broke his leg here in November of 2011.

“Oh yeah, I was motivated.  That was something that ran through my mind yesterday. And I wanted to be out there.”

The team expect Jackson to be suited up and ready when the Saints come calling this weekend.

“He’s got a lot of heart. He’s one of those guys who’s a natural leader,” guard Kraig Urbik said. “When we need a little pick up or need a little extra, he’s always the guy to provide it. He’s one of those guys that we always rally behind.”

Great seats and tickets are still available for the Bills/Saints  match up.

 

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Peyton’s Broncos to Open 2012 NFL Season Against Steelers

The September 9 game, announced by the NFL on Tuesday along with the full 2012 schedule, will be the first in 20 months for the four-time Most Valuable Player, who was cut by the Indianapolis Colts in March after missing the 2011 campaign recovering from neck surgery.

“The opening game in Denver obviously will be an interesting way to start the season,” Steelers’ President Art Rooney said in a statement.

“There will be a lot of attention paid to Peyton Manning’s first game with the Denver Broncos, so it’ll be exciting to start out that way.”

Plenty of attention on the first Sunday of the season will also be paid to the New Orleans Saints when the scandal-ravaged team hosts the Washington Redskins, who are expected to draft Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III next week.

Saints coach Sean Payton is suspended the entire season for his part in a scheme that paid bonuses to players for knocking opponents out of games, several players could still be banned and quarterback Drew Brees is dealing with a contract dispute.

Tim Tebow, who was released by the Broncos to make way for Manning, could make his Big Apple debut when the New York Jets host the Buffalo Bills in Week One.

Opening week will also feature a Monday Night double-header with the Cincinnati Bengals visiting the Baltimore Ravens and the Oakland Raiders hosting the San Diego Chargers.

“From our team’s standpoint and our fans’ standpoint, I don’t know that you could put together a more exciting schedule when you look at the number of great teams we play and when we play them,” Chargers head coach Norv Turner said in a statement.

“We start our offseason program on Monday and I think it really gives our guys something to look forward to. It should give our guys great motivation.”

The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears will add another chapter to their long-standing rivalry when they open Week Two with a Thursday meeting at Lambeau Field, while defensive end Mario Williams, who left the Houston Texans to join the Buffalo Bills in the biggest off-season signing after Manning, makes his home debut against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Williams, the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player, will face his former team when the Bills visit the Texans on November 1 for a Week Nine game.

The U.S. Thanksgiving Day lineup will see familiar names suiting up November 22 as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots visit the rival New York Jets, Houston heads to the Motor City to face the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys host Washington.

Two games will be played outside the United States as the St. Louis Rams and Patriots play at London’s Wembley Stadium on October 28 while the Buffalo Bills make their annual visit to Toronto for a December 16 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The NFL had already announced that the regular season will kick off September 5 with the champion New York Giants hosting the division rival Dallas Cowboys.

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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