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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Is the bye week really that powerful?

Being on the bye week is great. You can't lose.

But after a week of R&R – thanks, Marv Levy – you'd think teams would do better.

Mark Gaughan examined the stats, and it turns out teams coming off the bye week don't do nearly as well as you'd expect, winning only 53.9 percent of games and beating the spread only 52.3 percent of the time. Maybe the bye week isn't all-powerful after all.

A deep film look at the Bills' run game: A film analysis showed that offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is actually getting away from some of his outside zone principles to try to help the Bills' running game by going back to some of what was successful last year.

Doug Marrone really didn't like the Sammy Watkins pick: We kind of knew this already, but now we finally heard it from Marrone himself. The ex-Bills coach didn't like the team giving up two first-round picks for a wide receiver given how uncertain the team's quarterback situation was.

Fantasy football advice: Pick up Vikings RB Jerrick McKinnon if he's available. And drop Giants QB Eli Manning to make room.

Thurm doubles down: Thurman Thomas took to Facebook Thursday and reiterated comments he made to The Buffalo News earlier in the week about the nature of NFL player protests against racial injustice. "Please don’t let the message of inequality be obscured by the process of which it is being delivered," he wrote.

Podcast: Mark Gaughan joined the Daily Drive podcast to talk X's and O's.

Bills trivia: How many of the 11 games in the Bills-Buccaneers series have been in Buffalo?

Dareus watch: Marcell Dareus played only 22 snaps against the Bengals but earned his second-highest PFF grade of the season.

Merch tent: You can get a One Buffalo quarter-zip if you want one.

Throwback stats: Stats about Bills teams from the early '70s.

Thursday night game: The Eagles improved to 5-1 by beating the Panthers, 28-23. Carson Wentz hit Zach Ertz for two touchdowns while the Eagles picked off Cam Newton three times. Panthers backs Christian McCaffrey, Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker combined for 1 rushing yard on 13 carries (box score).

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