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Mark Gaughan

Sports writer at the Buffalo News for more than 30 years, covers college sports and writes Bills game analysis. Past president of the Pro Football Writers of America. Past selector for Pro Football Hall of Fame. Buffalo native. Buffalo State College graduate.


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Textbook power-running execution on LeSean McCoy's 48-yard touchdown run was the exclamation point of a superb ground game for the Buffalo Bills Sunday. The Bills attacked downhill off left tackle to outnumber the Raiders at the point of attack, and McCoy showed his breakaway speed when he got to the second level of the defense. Vlad Ducasse pulled from right guard a…

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One play stood out for Buffalo Bills right tackle Jordan Mills as he watched video of Oakland sackmaster Khalil Mack in last week's game against Kansas City. Mack used one arm to bull rush Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher backward into the lap of quarterback Alex Smith. "I looked at that play about 10 times and looked at what not to do," Mills said after the Bills' 34-14 vi…

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Jordan Mills vs. Khalil Mack The Bills dared to leave their unheralded right tackle one on one vs. the Raiders' sackmaster on a bunch of pass plays. It was not double-team blocking against Mack all the time. Mack had just two tackles. Neither he nor sack-make Bruce Irvin took down Tyrod Taylor. Mack rushed mostly from the right. But Cordy Glenn did a good job against…

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The tide-turning play of Sunday's Buffalo Bills victory over the Oakland Raiders looked like a routine form tackle. Bills cornerback Leonard Johnson used sound fundamentals and dropped his shoulder into Oakland running back DeAndre Washington after a short check-down pass. But the Bills' defense is on a turnover-frenzy roll, and Johnson said he was thinking turnover all…

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Fundamentally sound tackling sometimes pays huge dividends. Bills cornerback Leonard Johnson made a textbook form tackle late in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. He dropped his shoulder and drove into running back DeAndre Washington. The ball popped out and into the arms of linebacker Matt Milano, who returned it 40 yards for a touchdown …

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Khalil Mack vs. Jordan Mills It will not just be the Bills' right tackle against the Raiders' superstar edge rusher. The Bills often will have a running back or a tight end on Mack's side of the field. Mack rushes off right tackle 75 percent of the time and off left tackle 25 percent. One of the few times Mack was one-on-one with Mills in last season's game, Mack hit Ty…

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Oakland sackmaster Khalil Mack is a game-wrecker and the reigning NFL defensive player of the year. Expect the Bills to use a running back or a tight end to the side of right tackle Jordan Mills to help double-team No. 52 on most pass plays. Sometimes, opponents even try to triple-team him. In a game against Carolina last November, the Panthers used slot receiver Ke…

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The defense has carried the Buffalo Bills through the early part of games this season. The Bills have managed just two field goals in the first quarter, the lowest scoring output in the NFL. It hasn't mattered much, however, because the Buffalo defense has allowed only 19 first-quarter points. The first quarter may matter a little more Sunday when the Oakland Raiders…

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Cookie Gilchrist played only three seasons for the Buffalo Bills and four full seasons in the American Football League. He should have played a lot more. That's why Sunday's halftime ceremony to place Gilchrist's name on the Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame is a small measure of justice. Had he not been exploited by the Cleveland Browns as an 18-year-old, he might well…

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A super-quick release and a protective offensive scheme make it hard to force Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr into big mistakes. Carr was the least-sacked quarterback in the NFL last season, even though the Raiders attempted the ninth most passes in the league. Carr's career sack rate is sixth lowest in NFL history. He gets taken down just 3.99 percent of his pas…

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Oakland's offense has dangerous big-play capability out of running formations, and the Raiders will scheme to get star receiver Amari Cooper in favorable one-on-one matches. Cooper (89) caught a 64-yard touchdown pass out of this grouping against the Chargers last season. San Diego had to stay in its base defense because of the extra tackle and a fullback on the fie…

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Tyrod Taylor enjoyed his fifth best yards-producing game in 35 starts as the Buffalo Bills' quarterback in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay. Taylor combined for 321 yards – 268 passing and 53 rushing. Taylor again showed his ability to make throws on the move. And he burned the Tampa defense with scrambles against man-to-man coverage. Opposing defenses may want to be ju…

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The Buffalo Bills showed off diversity in their running game in Sunday's 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bills had some success running out of five different personnel groupings. They executed both their zone running plays and the gap-scheme runs that have pulling linemen leading the way. It all added up to 173 rushing yards on 33 carries, the bigges…

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Gerald McCoy vs. Bills O-line The Bucs' star defensive tackle was neutralized by good blocking and good game-planning by the Bills. McCoy is a three-time first-team All-Pro and ranks among the top three defensive tackles in the NFL, with the Rams' Aaron Donald and Philadelphia's Fletcher Cox. McCoy made just one tackle against the Bills. Guard Richie Incognito faced him…

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The Buffalo Bills' defense gave up the most yards and the most points in any game this season Sunday but made up for it with the big takeaway of the game. Tre'Davious White's strip of Tampa Bay receiver Adam Humphries with 2:20 left set up the winning field goal in the Bills' 30-27 victory. With three takeaways against the Bucs, the Bills have 13 in six games. That's…