- The Bills have released RB Tashard Choice
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The Bills have signed TE Tony Moeaki.
ATLANTA FALCONS AT BUFFALO BILLS GAME PREVIEW - The Atlanta Falcons have gone from posting the NFC’s best record last season to the having the NFL’s worst, and they’re headed toward their highest draft pick since selecting quarterback Matt Ryan in 2008.
Ryan’s struggles away from home are a major reason for the team’s sub-standard record, and he’ll look to help Atlanta end a five-game losing streak Sunday when it faces the Buffalo Bills in Toronto.
The Falcons (2-9) went 13-3 and hosted the NFC championship game in 2012, but they’ll finish this season under .500 for the first time since going 4-12 in 2007, leading them to take Ryan with the third overall pick.…
Atlanta is tied with Jacksonville and Houston for the NFL’s worst mark.
The Falcons inconsistent play continued in last Thursday’s 17-13 home loss to New Orleans as the Falcons scored that many points or fewer for the fourth time during the skid. Head coach Mike Smith, without mentioning names, eluded to lesser-used players getting a long look as they battle for jobs.
He cautioned not to view that stance as the team giving up, though.
Ryan has won plenty since arriving in Atlanta, but he’s having a down season with 12 interceptions after throwing 14 all of last year. Last week marked the first time he didn’t throw a touchdown pass in 19 games, including the playoffs.
The disparity between Ryan’s stats at home and on the road has been cause for concern as well. He’s completed 72.4 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and one interception while posting a 106.2 rating in Atlanta, but he has a 60.5 completion percentage, eight touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 70.2 rating in five road games - all losses.
Ryan will try to bounce back against a Buffalo defense that picked off New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith three times in a 34-17 win Nov. 17 before the Bills’ bye week.
Jarius Byrd had two of those interceptions and has three in his last two games. His 21 picks since entering the league in 2009 rank second.
The Bills (4-7) ended a three-game losing streak and are anticipating receivers Stevie Johnson (groin) and Robert Woods (ankle) back after resting during the bye.
Buffalo still is holding on to slim playoff hopes, though it would have to jump ahead of multiple teams to capture an AFC wild-card spot. It hasn’t been to the playoffs since losing to Tennessee in the Music City Miracle in the 1999 season.
Marrone is trying to keep his team focused on the task at hand.
Ryan threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons beat the Bills 31-3 in the most recent meeting Dec. 27, 2009.
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NEW YORK JETS AT BUFFALO BILLS GAME PREVIEW - The surprising New York Jets have tied an NFL record by alternating wins and losses through their first nine games.
Facing the struggling Buffalo Bills could help them finally make it two in a row.
Looking to continue their quest for a playoff spot, the visiting Jets go for an eighth victory in nine matchups against the Bills on Sunday.
Projected by many to finish near the bottom of the AFC, New York (5-4) has instead managed to hold its own. After watching several contending teams lose last weekend, the Jets come out of their bye with a one-game lead for the second wild-card spot.
The Jets followed a 30-27 overtime win over East-leading New England with a 49-9 loss at Cincinnati in Week 8, but they got back on track Nov. 3 by beating NFC South-leading New Orleans 26-20.
Chris Ivory ran for a season-high 139 yards and a touchdown against his former team as New York outgained the Saints 198-41 on the ground. The Jets intercepted Drew Brees twice and made it through the game without a turnover, improving to 5-2 when committing two or fewer.
The Jets have to be feeling good about posting back-to-back wins given their recent domination of the Bills (3-7). New York, which won 27-20 on Sept. 22 behind Smith’s season-high 331 passing yards and three total TDs, have averaged 29.3 points in taking seven of eight from Buffalo.
Coach Rex Ryan, though, knows it would be foolish to take the Bills lightly. One player Ryan is hoping can help the Jets end their inconsistency is Ed Reed, who agreed to terms Thursday one day after being waived by the Houston Texans. The nine-time Pro Bowl safety - who criticized Texans teammates and coaches after Sunday’s 27-24 loss at Arizona - was one of the anchors of Ryan’s defense during his time as coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens, and can only help a Jets pass defense currently ranked 26th in the league at 268.9 yards allowed per game and tied for 27th with only five interceptions.
It’s uncertain just how much offseason hip surgery affected the 35-year-old Reed, who missed the first two games of the season recovering and had been recently demoted to the second string in Houston. He had 16 tackles in seven games and failed to add to his 61 career INTs in his brief time in Houston.
Buffalo has dropped three straight and five of six, losing 23-10 at Pittsburgh last Sunday. Rookie EJ Manuel returned from a sprained right knee and went 22 of 39 for 155 yards with a touchdown and an interception as the Bills were held to a season-low 227 yards of total offense.
Manuel could be in for another long day with two of his favorite targets sidelined. Stevie Johnson, leading the team with 41 receptions and 471 receiving yards, is out with a groin injury, and rookie wideout Robert Woods will miss a second consecutive game with a sprained left ankle.
The Jets expect to have veteran Santonio Holmes (hamstring) available for the first time since Week 4. Holmes had five catches for 154 yards and a TD in September’s meeting, and he’s scored in four of his last five games against the Bills.
New York is getting tight end Kellen Winslow back after he served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Winslow is tied for the team lead with two touchdown catches.
The Jets will also be looking for big things from wideout David Nelson with Jeremy Kerley (elbow) unlikely to play. Nelson, whose three-year career in Buffalo came to an end after the Bills decided not to tender him a contract as a restricted free agent this offseason, is looking forward to Sunday.
Nelson posted 80-yard efforts against the Patriots and Bengals before catching one pass for 19 yards versus the Saints.
BILLS’ WR STEVIE JOHNSON OUT WITH GROIN INJURY - Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets because of a groin injury.
That means the Bills will play without their top two receivers against the Jets. Rookie Robert Woods (ankle) was ruled out this week by head coach Doug Marrone.
The injuries are the latest blow to an already struggling passing attack. The Bills were unable to generate much through the air in the first meeting between the two teams, which New York won 27-20. Buffalo is 29th in the NFL in passing.
Johnson leads the Bills in receiving with 41 receptions for 471 yards and three touchdowns. The six-year player is the only established veteran at wide receiver on Buffalo’s roster. (Photo: Associated Press)