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[BN] Blitz newsletter: How likely are the Bills to go after Kirk Cousins or Alex Smith?

Finding a franchise quarterback is an ever-present concern for Bills fans. The News' Jay Skurski was asked in this week's Bills Mailbag about the possibility of bringing in Washington's Kirk Cousins or Kansas City's Alex Smith next year. Here are his replies:

  • On Cousins: "Any team that signs Cousins will have to make a massive financial commitment. The Bills could create the cap space to do that, but it doesn’t strike me as likely."
  • On Smith: "Giving up an asset for Smith also isn’t something I’d be eager to do."
  • On targeting a QB in the draft: "Trading up for a quarterback is the likeliest scenario of the ones mentioned above."

Could we see Brandon Reilly this week? The rookie receiver could dress for his first game after Andre Holmes (neck) was ruled out. Patriots running back Rex Burkhead was also ruled out, increasing the odds former Bill Mike Gillislee will play.

"Epic dodgeball" coming to the Pro Bowl: The skills competition is back, featuring dodgeball and a series of other games, including having receivers catch balls dropped by drones. I'm most excited to see kickers try to play tic-tac-toe in the uprights.

Mark Gaughan's Matchup Watch: Will the Patriots use a defender to spy on Tyrod Taylor again?

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X's and O's: TD or FG? Red-zone defense looms large for Bills vs. Patriots.

Mark Gaughan's Play to Watch: Look out for the Patriots' screen game.

Sully's Mailbag: How about a defensive player for MVP? Aaron Donald, perhaps?

The Retribution Game? Does Rob Gronkowski have one coming from the Bills? It's a definite maybe, Tim Graham wrote.

Inside the NFL: In a turbulent year, a bit of fun has returned to the game.

Stephon Gilmore not very talkative as reunion game approaches: Gilmore, the former Bills cornerback, called this a "big game." He said the Bills and Patriots are "different." Hope you were sitting down for that.

LeSean McCoy's mother to get her moment in the sun: Mama McCoy will be featured in an ESPN segment.

Don Paul's updated forecast for Bills-Patriots game: It must be an away game; there's some sun in the forecast.

View from Vegas: Betting trends and prediction for Bills-Patriots.

Vic Carucci's NFL Power Rankings: The Bills are up to 10th in Week 16.

Trivia: Remembering Dick Enberg, the broadcaster who passed away. You can also watch Enberg's call of the Bills' AFC title rout before their first Super Bowl trip.

Podcast: Can the Bills stop Gronk?

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