Kiko Alonso limited, but set to play against Jaguars
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/12/13) Bills rookie middle linebacker Kiko Alonso was limited in Thursday practice with a knee ailment, but Doug Marrone said he will be listed as probable in the Friday injury report. He is expected to play Sunday at Jacksonville.
Bills DST ready for Jacksonville
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/12/13) The Bills DST is looking at a strong matchup Week 15 against the Jaguars.
Jacksonville has been generous to opposing defenses, allowing them to score 14.00 Fantasy points per game. The team has had a tough time preventing defenses from making big plays. Jacksonville ranks near the top of the league with 17 interceptions thrown. They have also allowed 40 sacks.
The Bills have allowed a fair share of points this season, giving up 25.7 per game, but have shown an ability to force turnovers. Buffalo has interception 18 passes this season. They have forced 44 sacks as well. The Bills are a strong play based on matchup, but there are likely more dependable defenses out there Week 15.
Stephon Gilmore picks off his first
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Bills defensive back Stephon Gilmore finally picked off his first pass of the season Sunday, in a 27-6 loss to the Buccaneers. Gilmore added two tackles -- both solo -- in the Week 14 loss.
Gilmore has 28 tackles and one interception in eight games in his second season.
Kiko Alonso quiet in losing effort
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso had one of the quietest games of his career in Week 14, as he finished Sunday's 27-6 loss to the Buccaneers with just six tackles. This was his lowest total since Week 7, bringing his total as a rookie to 131 with three games remaining on the schedule.
Jairus Byrd adds another interception in Week 14
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Bills defensive back Jairus Byrd got a late start to the season due to a foot injury, but has been making up for lost time recently. He recorded his fourth interception in as many games Sunday, in a 27-6 loss to the Buccaneers in Week 14.
Byrd picked of Mike Glennon and returned it 19 yards before being taken down. He added four tackles -- three solo -- in the game.
Byrd now has 36 tackles and four interceptions in just eight games this season.
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The Bills DST had a lot of hype in 2012 after signing Mario Williams, but the addition didn't change much. The Bills DST was a middle-of-the-pack option with 30 sacks (one more than 2011), and they allowed 395 points, which was tied with Denver for third worst in the NFL. The Bills DST did have 29 takeaways (20 interceptions) and scored four touchdowns, but the unit has plenty of work to do under new coordinator Mike Pettine, who held the same position with the Jets last year. The Jets were known for creative blitz packages, which should help the pass rush, but this unit has a lot to prove before Fantasy owners can trust them. (Updated 4/25/13)