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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…

Analysis

A staple in Rick Dennison's offense is the deep cross or "over" route after a play-action fake. We've seen Tyrod Taylor and multiple wide receivers connect on this play thus far in the 2017 season, and it's a relatively simple but effective route against a variety of coverages. First, let's look at the play from an offensive perspective. These are essentially the rou…

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David Onyemata, born in Lagos, Nigeria, had a spectacular collegiate career in Canada, was picked fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and is now starring for the Saints in his second professional season. New Orleans was eager to select the former Manitoba standout, as the Saints front office traded their 2016 and 2017 fifth-round picks to move up with Washington to …

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The Bills acquired Kelvin Benjamin at the trade deadline for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons may not be so obvious — his impact on Buffalo's downfield passing attack. They may have already gotten help in that area with Deonte Thompson, who has four receptions of 20 or more yards in three games, but how much downfield presence does Benjamin offer? Let's t…

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In one of the more highly touted running back draft classes in recent memory, a group that featured Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey, Saints third-round pick Alvin Kamara has been a multi-faceted producer for New Orleans. Let's examine Kamara and his path to being the do-everything runner in the Saints backfield. He spent two years at Tennessee, and was one …

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Ramon Humber returned from injury against the Jets and wasn't the same player he had been in the previous two games before being sidelined. After back-to-back overall grades of -1.8 to begin the season, the Bills veteran linebacker had two straight contests with positive overall grades (+1.1 vs. Broncos, +2.6 vs. Falcons). On Thursday Night Football in Week Nine, Hum…

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Cordy Glenn had a game to forget against the Jets on Thursday. On 55 pass-blocking snaps, he allowed a whopping seven quarterback pressures (one sack, six hurries), the most he's allowed in a single game as a professional. The previous high for quarterback pressures allowed by Glenn was five, which occurred on four separate occasions: Home against Chargers in 20…

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Last week, I debuted my study of Tyrod Taylor's passing from inside and outside the pocket in 2017. The initial results were a bit surprising, especially given the consensus thought that he struggles as a pocket passer. After a sound albeit unspectacular game against the Raiders in Week Eight, here are his updated figures. Inside the Pocket 108 completions, 159 at…

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Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams are the headliners on the Jets defense, but there's another front seven player who's enjoying a fine season and flying under the radar. Steve McLendon, a free-agent signee by New York in 2016, is one of the NFL's premier run defenders at the defensive tackle position. A season ago, he played 167 run snaps and made 20 "stops" …

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Does Kelvin Benjamin have an issue with drops? The newest Bills wide receiver is 6-foot-5, with big 10 1/4-inch hands, but has certainly experienced some issues with catching the football despite the array of highlight reel receptions he's made in his professional career. But just how "bad" is his drop issue? Let's take a look. Catchable Targets - Drops 2014: Ca…