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LeSean McCoy left the Bills' regular-season finale win over the Dolphins with an ankle injury, at a time when he had rushed for just 10 yards on 11 carries, which continued his struggles in Miami during his time with Buffalo. McCoy did a lot with not much help up front, as 11 yards came after contact, meaning he gained -1 yards before contact in Week 17. Pro Football Fo…

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In a must-win game against the Dolphins in Week 17, Jerry Hughes busted out of his slump. Through the first six games of 2017, he registered 28 quarterback pressures (three sacks, seven hits, 18 hurries) on 190 pass-rushing snaps. In his next nine contests, leading into the regular-season finale, he generated just 10 quarterback pressures (one sack, two hits, seven hurr…

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Tyrod Taylor was effective in the first half but cooled off in the second half — especially in the fourth quarter — against the Patriots in Week 16. He completed 2 of 5 passes made 20 or more yards down the field for 79 yards. He missed on both of his attempts over the middle in the 10 to 19-yard range. From the line of scrimmage to 19 yards down the field, Taylor we…

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Tyrod Taylor and the Bills played the Patriots tightly for three quarters in Week 16, and much of that had to do with fine inside-the-pocket passing from Buffalo's quarterback. In New England, Taylor completed 18 of 30 passes (60 percent) from inside the pocket for 257 yards (8.56 yards per attempt). That equates to a passer rating of 87.7. While he's had higher insi…

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Parity is a perpetual theme in the NFL. New teams in the playoffs each season is one of the main reasons that parity is discussed at length every year. Starting with the 1990 season, at least five teams have made the postseason that didn't advance to the playoffs the previous season. The Bills have a chance to be part of history on Sunday if they earn a postseason-be…

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Acquired before Week 9, Kelvin Benjamin had only played 45 snaps for the Bills heading into Week 14's matchup with the Colts. Of course, that game featured snow of epic proportions, which limited offensive production, but it was that contest in which Benjamin settled into his role as one of Buffalo's primary targets. He's played 130 snaps over the past three weeks an…

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The life of an NFL GM during the season often involves numerous trips to college games to scout draft prospects. Bills GM Brandon Beane and assistant GM Joe Schoen are reportedly at Thursday's Camping World Bowl in Orlando between Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech. Quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receivers James Washington and Marcell Ateman are the headliners, all…

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A few weeks ago, I documented Tyrod Taylor's success against the Miami Dolphins during his time as the Buffalo Bills starter. Counting Week 15's performance in which he connected on 17 of 29 passes for 224 yards (7.72 yards per attempt) with one touchdown and no picks, Taylor has now completed 89 of 137 passes (64.9 percent) for 1,232 yards (8.99 yards per attempt) with…

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The Buffalo Bills have this playoff drought. Maybe you're aware. But you may be surprised to learn the Miami Dolphins have been mired in similar mediocrity. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald sent out this tweet listing Miami's win-loss records starting in 2004, and the numbers aren't much different than Buffalo's. https://twitter.com/ArmandoSalguero/status/9460716…

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At 6-foot-4 and 330-plus pounds, Deandre Coleman was re-signed by the Bills this season to aid the team's run-defense efforts, but the veteran was actually a liability against the Patriots in Week 16. Coleman received an overall grade of 34.5 in New England, the lowest grade out of 111 qualifying defensive linemen. His run-defense grade of 31.5 was also the lowest among…

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Tom Brady didn't test Tre'Davious White in New England, as the Buffalo Bills' rookie cornerback pitched a low-volume shutout in coverage. Against the Patriots, White was only thrown at once and did not allow a catch. He received a 48.6 overall Pro Football Focus grade, the 66th best out of 97 qualifying cornerbacks in Week 16. He made five total tackles (four solo) a…

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LeSean McCoy had a huge day in Buffalo's loss in New England in Week 16, a game that marked a high-level of versatility for the veteran running back. He had 71 rushing yards on 17 attempts (4.18 yards per rush) and five catches for 76 yards. It was the first contest for McCoy in which he amassed over 70 rushing yards and 70 receiving yards in the same game since Nov. 17…

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Tom Brady had a high-efficient, by-his-standards low-volume game in the Patriots' win over the Bills in Week 16. Much of his effectiveness had to do with Buffalo's pass-rushing issues, which have been a problem for the team for the majority of the 2017 campaign. On his 30 drop backs against the Bills at home, Brady was pressured only four times (13.3 percent). On tho…

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Tre'Davious White is currently Pro Football Focus' highest-graded rookie, and he's trending toward winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year award according to the analytics website. For a stretch in the middle of the season, fellow rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore of the Saints passed White in PFF's grading system when White allowed a touchdown in consecutive games a…

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It's becoming more likely that the Patriots will be without two complementary pieces on both sides of the ball against the Bills in Week 16. Running back Rex Burkhead did not practice Thursday with a knee injury. Defensive tackle Alan Branch did not practice as well for the second-straight day. In the first meeting with the Bills this season, Burkhead ran for 78 yard…