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Coach Sean McDermott's defense is predicated on its front four creating pressure. Over the past month, the Buffalo Bills have had a difficult time doing that. In Week 10's loss to the New Orleans Saints, Buffalo registered just three quarterback pressures (one hit, two hurries) 26 Drew Brees drop-backs (11.5 percent of the time). As you can probably imagine, that's not …

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In the second half of the New Orleans Saints thorough handling of the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, Daniel Lasco made a headfirst tackle on a kickoff return and laid on the field motionless. He was ultimately taken off on a stretcher that was placed into an ambulance. On Monday, Lasco took to Twitter to reassure fans he's doing relatively well. https://twitter.co…

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The Bills endured one of their worst home losses in team history in Week 10 against the Saints, and while the laundry list of bad play is already well-documented, one Buffalo player had a strong individual performance. Left tackle Dion Dawkins, who stood in for typical starter Cordy Glenn, received an overall Pro Football Focus grade of +3.1 for his efforts against the…

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The Buffalo Bills defense has suddenly lost its collective tackling prowess. Through the first seven games of the 2017 season, as a team, Buffalo missed a grand total of 47 tackles, good for a rate of 6.71 missed tackles per outing. Against the Jets in Week 9, the Bills missed a whopping 22 tackles, and the whiffs continued against the Saints. In Week 10, Buffalo …

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Despite a poor showing from the entire team, Tyrod Taylor had one of his most efficient efforts of the season against the Jets in Week Nine. The main issue was his inability to avoid pressure, which led to him being sacked seven times. As a passer, Taylor was good. He had a perfect rating over the middle on passes that traveled between 10 and 19 yards. He complete…

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Earlier this week I wrote on how Drew Brees performs in cold weather. Turns out, he hasn't played up to his normal Hall of Fame caliber, but since the start of 2013, he's only played in six of 35 away games with an outside temperature below 60 degrees. So the sample size wasn't exactly ideal. I figured it was logical to look at how Tyrod Taylor has fared in games wit…

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According to Pro Football Focus' rankings, Tyrod Taylor and Drew Brees make up the best quarterback battle of Week 10, and their work on third down is part of the reason why they're viewed so highly by PFF. Taylor's 98.8 passer rating on third down is the eighth-best passer rating in football among quarterbacks who've attempted at least 20 passes on third down. Brees i…

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In the Buffalo Bills' last home game, a resounding 34-14 win over the Oakland Raiders, Sean McDermott elected to go for it on 4th down from Oakland's one-yard line. At the time — within the first minute of the fourth quarter — Buffalo held a 20-7 lead. Tyrod Taylor reached over the goal line for six points, and a Stephen Hauschka extra point gave the Bills a 27-7…

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Two important Saints starters didn't participate in practice on Thursday. Safety/cornerback Kenny Vaccaro and left tackle Terron Armstead were sidelined with injury. Armstead is nursing a hurt shoulder. Vaccaro has a groin injury. Vaccaro was a first-round pick in 2013 and strictly played the safety position for the first four seasons of his NFL career. He's actua…

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During the Drew Brees era, the New Orleans Saints have famously been outstanding at home inside the Superdome. And playing in the NFC South, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers, Brees is essentially guaranteed six road games in nice weather. At time of publication, the Weather.com forecast for Orchard Park this Sunday is a high of 43, lo…

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After respectable showings against Amari Cooper and Mike Evans, Tre'Davious White had his worst game as a rookie against the Jets on Thursday Night Football in Week 9. And much of that had to do with his uncharacteristically bad showing as a tackler. White received an overall grade of -3.1 from Pro Football Focus, a score that included a -1.8 as a run-stopper. On…

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The Pro Football Focus team has updated its quarterback rankings, and the two signal-callers facing each other on Sunday at New Era Field both made the top 10. Drew Brees came in at No. 3, while Tyrod Taylor was No. 7. By the PFF rankings, it's the "best" signal-caller matchup in Week Ten. Here's the write up for Brees: The stat sheet looks great as Brees went 22…

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LeSean McCoy was bottled up against the Jets in Week 9, as he rushed for just 25 yards on 12 carries. All of those 25 rushing yards came after contact. Because he rushed the ball 12 times, that means he averaged 2.08 yards after contact per rush and exactly 0 yards before contact per rush. He forced one missed tackle against the Jets. On the season, McCoy is av…

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As an entire team, the Bills played their worst game of the year on Thursday Night Football in Week 9 against the Jets, and Tyrod Taylor was under duress all evening. Despite being sacked seven times, and facing pressure on 21 of his 49 drop backs, the Bills quarterback pieced together a fine outing as a passer. While a portion of his statistics were accumulated wit…

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Let's check in on a few somewhat off-the-radar prospects who'd be logical fits in Buffalo, seem to have first-round value and should be available when the Bills go on the clock in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, edge-rusher, Oklahoma Okoronkwo is probably the most well-known player on this list, and most of that is due to success of the Oklaho…