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Tyrod Taylor had an efficient albeit unspectacular passing performance against the Dolphins in Week 15. He was much better in the first half than he was in the third and fourth quarters. Taylor went 1 of 6 for 29 yards on throws made 20-plus yards down the field. At the intermediate level, the Bills signal-caller completed all four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown…

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Tom Brady hasn't been standard Tom Brady recently. While the future first-ballot Hall of Famer has been the ultimate criticism-silencer in his career, I'm not insinuating he's "done" or anything of that nature. Just simply stating a trend based in fact. In his last three games, Brady has passer ratings of 82.4 (at Bills), 59.5 (at Dolphins), and 87.6 (at Steelers)…

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The Buffalo Bills have been disciplined in Sean McDermott's first season at the helm. Buffalo has currently been called for 88 (enforced) penalties, the 11th-lowest figure in the NFL. Interestingly, 22 of those flags came in back-to-back games. In Week 8's win over the Oakland Raiders, McDermott's squad was hit with 11 penalties. The following game, a loss at the New…

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Like the majority of quarterbacks in the NFL, Tyrod Taylor is pretty dependent on the quality of his pass-catchers. Here's a nearly three-year study I've conducted on how the Bills quarterback has fared when he had his top two targets on the field. For a game to be counted, it needed to feature one of the following pass-catcher duos for Taylor: 2015-2016: Sammy Watki…

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In the Bills' win over the Dolphins, Tyrod Taylor rebounded well after consecutive brutal home starts against the Saints and Patriots. Taylor completed 13 of 22 passes from inside the pocket for 167 yards (7.59 yards-per-attempt) with one touchdown and no interceptions. That equated to a quarterback rating of 98.1. Here are Taylor's updated inside and outside the poc…

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Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde is on track to make the Pro Bowl for his efforts in the 2017 regular season. While his safety mate Jordan Poyer won't earn a bid to the All-Star game in Orlando, he's enjoyed an underrated, breakout campaign in Buffalo this year. On the year, Poyer's 92.1 Pro Football Focus coverage grade is second among all safeties in the NFL and actual…

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Tre'Davious White had another Defensive Rookie of the Year caliber performance in Buffalo's win over Miami on Sunday. Against the Dolphins, White received a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 87.7 – in the "elite" range – the sixth-highest among 122 qualifying cornerbacks in Week 15. He was thrown at eight times and allowed three catches for 58 yards with one interc…

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En route to 10,000 career rushing yards, LeSean McCoy was dominant in the first half in the Bills' win over the Dolphins. In the second half, he struggled. In the first two quarters against Miami, McCoy carried the ball eight times for 46 yards (5.75 yards per carry) with a rushing touchdown. He also had four receptions for 46 yards with a receiving score. With Buffa…

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In every game against the Patriots, limiting Rob Gronkowski's production is a priority for the opposing defense. But just how vital is it? Probably more vital than you think. Check Tom Brady's splits when throwing and not throwing to Gronkowski this season: Brady's 2017 statistics throwing to Gronkowski: Targets: 98 Receptions: 64 Yards: 1,016 Yards Per At…

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Mike Gillislee might be in line for a redemption game against the Bills in Week 16 after all. In true Bill Belichick fashion, Buffalo's super-efficient backup running back in 2015 and 2016 has been used sparingly in New England after signing a two-year, $6.4 million deal with the Patriots in the offseason. Strangely, Gillislee hasn't carried the ball since Week 8 and…

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With Shaq Lawson on IR, the Bills have a defensive end rotation featuring Jerry Hughes, Ryan Davis, Eddie Yarbrough and newcomer Cap Capi. The latter not only held his own but made a crucial play in Buffalo's win over the Dolphins in Week 15. On 23 snaps against the Dolphins, Capi had a sack – which resulted in a fumble – and one "stop," a stat line that may seem ins…

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The Miami Dolphins released their final injury report for their Week 15 game against the Buffalo Bills. Starting left guard Jermon Bushrod has been ruled out with a foot injury. He hasn't played since Week 11 for Miami. Expected to start in his place is Jesse Davis, a former undrafted free-agent out of Idaho. Questionable are recently surging Xavien Howard, defensive…

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The Miami Dolphins have been supremely stingy on third down of late, and Armando Salguero tweeted the statistic that quantifies how good they've been in their last two games: https://twitter.com/ArmandoSalguero/status/941368570520498178 (*According to Pro Football Reference, the Bills have converted 42.1 percent of their third-down attempts, which puts them in 7th in…

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After a shaky start to the season, Jay Cutler was tremendous for the Miami Dolphins in their dominant victory over the New England Patriots in Week 14. He completed 25 of 38 passes for 263 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Let's take a deeper dive on Cutler's year with Miami and play of late. Here are Cutler's split stats at home and away from the …

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Miami Dolphins starting center Mike Pouncey received a "did not practice" label on Thursday, the second straight day he didn't participate in Miami's preparatory session for their Week 15 game against the Bills. Pouncey is dealing with a hip injury, but he told reporters in Miami on Thursday that part of his time off was planned because the Dolphins played Monday night.…