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Bills QB Kyle Orton Plans to Retire

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Buffalo Bills quarterback Kyle Orton has told the team he intends to retire.

The 10-year NFL veteran signed a two-year contract with the Bills just over a week before the beginning of the 2014 season. Following a 2-2 start, Buffalo benched starting quarterback E.J. Manuel in favor of Orton, who went 7-5.

“I just have been going at it for 10 years and it’s just a family decision and I’ve decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day,” said Orton in a statement.

Orton was originally selected by the Chicago Bears out of Purdue in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL draft.  In 87 regular-season games with the Bears, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and Bills, he passed for 18,037 yards with 101 touchdowns and 69 interceptions.

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Bills Prepare for Peyton Manning and Broncos

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The Bills are one of six teams with a 7-5 record in the AFC and understand the importance of Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos (9-3).

Buffalo will have to limit quarterback Peyton Manning if they are going to have a chance to pull out the victory.

"Just get after him," Bills defensive end Mario Williams said this week.  "Don't waste any time because obviously he's a very smart quarterback and he knows where he wants to throw the ball before the balls snapped.  We can't play around, can't hesitate."

The Bills are 3-2 on the road this year and quarterback Kyle Orton knows he'll have to deliver on offense when going up against Manning.

"I don't think we feel any more pressure this week because the quarterback the defense is facing," Orton said. 

Manning and the Broncos offense is averaging 30.1 points a game.  Buffalo is only allowing 18.1 per game.

"We haven't played a meaningful game in December in a long time," Bills running back Fred Jackson said.  

"This is something that we have that opportunity and we have to take advantage of it," Jackson continued.

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One Day Later, Bills Dominate Jets

om Szczerbowski/Getty Images(DETROIT, Mich.) -- Even though snow stranded members of the team and forced them to play their home game at Detroit's Ford Field a day later, the Buffalo Bills throttled the New York Giants, 38-3 on Monday night.

Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes in the win, despite Buffalo (6-5) having a shortened practice week.

"We probably had the easy part of it, and back home they had the tough part," Orton said. "[We're] excited to get here and get a big win for us, and hopefully this will propel us forward."

With many of their fans still snowed in across Western New York, the Bills put together an impressive showcase in all three phases. Five different players scored touchdowns on offense, including a pair of passes to Robert Woods and Scott Chandler. When Chandler pulled in his catch, the tight end mimicked a shoveling motion for those back in Buffalo.

"It was a little bit of a tribute to the people of Buffalo," Chandler said. "You want to do something special for our fans. They did a great job showing up for us tonight, and for the people back there, we're behind you."

The Bills also dominated on defense, holding the Jets (2-9) to just 218 total yards and only 3-of-15 on third down conversions. Manny Lawson had possibly the biggest play of the game, recovering a blocked punt in the end zone to give Buffalo a 24-3 advantage in the third quarter.

Orton finished the game with two touchdown passes and 230 yards while Michael Vick through for just 76 yards and an interception, ultimately leaving the game with an injury.

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Bills Score in Final Seconds, Defeat Vikings

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Sammy Watkins caught a game-winning touchdown pass from Kyle Orton with one second left on the clock as the Buffalo Bills (4-3) snuck past the Minnesota Vikings (2-5), 17-16 on Sunday. 

Orton, a 10-year veteran, led an 80-yard drive in the final quarter to cap off an improbable victory for the Bills who turned the ball over four times. Buffalo also lost a pair of running backs in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to injury.

That did not deter the quarterback who overcame a lost fumble and interception of his own. The rookie Watkins finished the day with nine catches for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Orton kept the drive alive by converting a fourth-and-20 with a 24-yard pass to Scott Chandler. Two plays later, he found Watkins to convert on third-and-12.

"Any time you get a chance to go on a game-winning drive, it's awesome," Orton said. "We hung in there, made some mistakes, but in the end we got the win, and that was our goal."

The Vikings led 13-10 at halftime on a pair of Blair Walsh field goals sandwiched around a Cordarelle Patterson touchdown catch. The lead ballooned to six on Walsh's third field goal of the game in the fourth quarter after Minnesota had a first-and-goal on the seven.

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Orton Takes Over at QB in Buffalo

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- After losing two straight, the Buffalo Bills have decided it was time to make a change at quarterback.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone declared Monday that Kyle Orton will start at quarterback Sunday versus the Detroit Lions instead of EJ Manuel.

Manuel has started all four games for the Bills this season, leading them to a 2-2 record.

"It's not all EJ's fault, but we need to get better production, obviously, out of that position," Marrone said. "We have to make adjustments. We've got to make some changes, because we can't keep going in the direction that we're going."

The Bills selected Manuel with the 16th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. Since then he has started 14 games, leading the Bills to a 6-8 record while throwing for 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

The 31-year-old Orton takes over after playing in three games for the Dallas Cowboys last season. During that time, he completed 64.7% of his passes for 398 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.


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Bills Sign Veteran QB Kyle Orton 

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The Buffalo Bills have signed free agent quarterback Kyle Orton to a one-year deal, the club announced late Friday night.

The Bills have spent much of the preseason searching for a veteran backup quarterback to mentor E.J. Manuel.  The team signed Jordan Palmer earlier this week, but released him shortly afterwards.

Orton, 31, has started 70 games over his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, and Kansas City Chiefs.  The Cowboys released Orton back in July, paving the way for him to sign with Buffalo.

According to ESPN, Orton's deal includes a player option for a second season.  He was selected by the Bears in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL draft.

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ESPN: Cowboys Will Release QB Kyle Orton

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Dallas Cowboys will release backup quarterback Kyle Orton, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Releasing Orton saves the Cowboys $3.25 million this season.

The 31-year-old Orton had considered retiring after the 2013 season and has already been fined $70,000 for missing all of the team's minicamp workouts.

Orton played in three and started one game for Dallas last year. During his eight season NFL career, Orton has compiled a 35-35 record while passing for 15,019 yards, 83 touchdowns, and 59 interceptions.

This offseason, the Cowboys signed former Cleveland Browns' quarterback Brandon Weeden as an insurance policy in case Orton chose to retire. Weeden will now compete with Caleb Hanie and Dustin Vaughan for the backup job.

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Former Browns QB Weeden Signs with Cowboys 

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) --  The Dallas Cowboys have signed former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden to a two-year contract.

According to ESPN, the deal is worth $1.23 million over the length of the deal and does not include any bonus money.

As of now, Weeden will be the third quarterback for the Cowboys, who already have starter Tony Romo and backup Kyle Orton under contract.  The team hasn't carried a third quarterback on the roster since 2011.

Weeden was drafted by the Browns in the first round of the 2012 draft.  He compiled a 5-15 record before being released last week, completing 438 of 784 passes for 5,116 yards with 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.

If he performs well, the 30-year-old Weeden will have a chance to redeem his career in Dallas after a difficult stint with the Browns.

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Eagles Hold On, Beat Dallas for NFC East Crown

Rich Shultz/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Following a season in which they finished dead last in the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles won the division crown Sunday night with a 24-22 win over Dallas (8-8). The victory was sealed when Brandon Boykin intercepted Kyle Orton with 1:49 remaining.

The Eagles (10-6) jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the second quarter when Nick Foles connected with LeSean McCoy on a three-yard touchdown pass. The Cowboys answered with a scoring drive of their own capped off by Gavin Escobar's 17-yard reception in the endzone. Philadelphia would take a 17-10 lead into the halftime break before Dallas closed the gap to 17-16 on two Dan Bailey field goals heading into the fourth.

With just over six minutes left in regulation, Bryce Brown scored from six yards out to put the Eagles ahead by eight. Orton again led Dallas downfield and found Dez Bryant on a 32-yard scoring pass. The ensuing two-point conversion failed, leaving the Cowboys trailing 24-22 with under four minutes to play.

Dallas' defense would give them one last shot, but Orton threw behind Miles Austin trying to march his team into field goal range, resulting in his second interception. Orton, who was playing in place of Tony Romo -- out following back surgery -- finished the game with 358 passing yards and two touchdowns. Foles was 17-of-26 in his attempts for 263 yards and two scores while rushed for 131 yards.

It marks the third straight season in which the Cowboys have lost on the final day of the regular season with a chance to clinch a playoff berth. Philadelphia will now host New Orleans on Sat., Jan., 3 in the Wild Card Round.

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Tony Romo Undergoes Back Surgery, Out For Season 

Rob Carr/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) --  Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo underwent back surgery on Friday morning and will miss the remainder of the season.  

Romo suffered a herniated disc in his back during last week's win over the Washington Redskins.  He received treatment from the team all week, including an epidural, but nothing helped as the Cowboys placed him on injured reserve.

Kyle Orton will start on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.  The winner of that game will take home the NFC East title.  Jon Kitna was brought in as insurance.

"This was the right decision for him, and this is the right decision for our organization," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said of Romo. "He started his road to recovery, and he'll be back sooner rather than later."

Romo finishes the season having thrown for 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns.

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