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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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Brian Daboll's coaching history suggests he will know what to do with a franchise-caliber quarterbacking talent, should the Buffalo Bills acquire one. The new Bills' offensive coordinator was part of the gold-standard NFL passing offense in his most recent stint as a New England Patriots assistant from 2013 to 2016. That makes him well-versed in the precision, possessio…

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The Buffalo Bills' passing offense was not quite as bad in 2017 as it was during the J.P. Losman and Trent Edwards eras. That's the most upbeat spin we can come up with in assessing the Bills' ability to throw the ball this year. It's remarkable the Bills made the playoffs in spite of the pass offense, given some ignominious lows it hit, such as: The Bills 176.6…

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The Buffalo Bills enjoyed relatively good health on their way to their first playoff season of the millennium. The Bills lost a combined total of 39 games by starters to injuries in 2017. That ranked tied for ninth fewest in the NFL, according to roster analysis by The News. The league average was 54 games by starters lost to injury. It's good to be healthy. Each of …

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Fresh off an excellent playoff performance in Jacksonville, the Buffalo Bills' oldest player has no plans to retire. Outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said he wants to be back in 2018 and aims to play in the NFL whether the Bills want him or not. "Retirement's not on my radar quite yet," said Alexander. "I definitely want to get one more in. I really love this org…

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Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue reiterated his statement Monday that Bills guard Richie Incognito directed racial slurs at him during Sunday's playoff game. Meanwhile, Bills offensive linemen expressed support for Incognito while acknowledging they could not be aware of everything that was said on the field during the game in Jacksonville. "I've be…

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Bills D-line vs. Jags O-line It was one of the finest performances of the season by the Buffalo Bills' defensive line. Leonard Fournette was held to 51 yards on 21 carries, a mere 2.7-yard average. The Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive line is massive. A big worry was whether it would bully the Bills between the tackles (as the New Orleans Saints did in midseason). But…

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The Buffalo Bills had five possessions in the second half and could not get into scoring position once. That was the reason for their 10-3 playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tyrod Taylor's limitations at quarterback were on display on the Bills' best second-half scoring chance, and that leads our 10 plays that shaped the game. 1. QB shortcomings. The Bills …

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The Buffalo Bills' offense had to take advantage of every small opportunity against the NFL's No. 2-ranked defense Sunday. It did not. We could pick out many little plays that the offense gave away. One was the offensive pass interference penalty from the Jacksonville 1-yard line that forced the Bills to settle for a field goal instead of getting a touchdown. But that c…

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Matchup Watch: Bills at Jaguars Bortles vs. Bills' safeties The Bills need to goad the Jaguars' quarterback into some mistakes. He threw 13 interceptions this season, ranking 19th in INT percentage. He threw five picks in the last two games. Under pressure last week against the Titans, he was 1 of 11 with two picks, according to Pro Football Focus. The Bills disguise…

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Play to Watch: Jaguars' Power O Will the Jaguars stick with the run game or get pass happy against the Bills? Jags back Leonard Fournette is not 100 percent due to a sore ankle that has hindered him since Week 6. But the Jags have the ability to power up and play physical. Seven of Fournette's 14 longest runs have come from "heavy personnel," with extra tight ends and o…

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The matchup of the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense vs. the Buffalo Bills' offense is a mismatch on the order of 51-3. Raise the white flag. The Bills have the No. 31 passing offense in the NFL. The Jaguars are No. 1 in passing yards allowed, No. 1 in sacks, No. 1 in opposing quarterback rating and No. 2 in interceptions. How do you put an optimistic spin on it? Maybe t…

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Big-Play Breakdown: Jalen Ramsey INT Jalen Ramsey was one of the top-rated cornerbacks to enter the NFL in the past 20 years and he has lived up to his billing the past two seasons. He was the first freshman cornerback to start at Florida State since Deion Sanders. He's not quite as fast as Sanders but he's bigger and stronger. Ramsey, 6-foot-1 and 209 pounds, has the l…

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Just like Bills fans everywhere, Mary Wilson was walking on air Monday. Wilson couldn't help but reflect on what the end of the Bills' playoff drought would mean to her late husband, Bills founder and Hall of Fame owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. "Ralph would be over the moon," Mary Wilson said Monday from her Florida home. "He'd be so happy for the fans and for Buffalo. An…

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The Buffalo Bills' defense has played a bend-but-don't-break style to maximum advantage this season. The Bills' defense closed the regular season ranked 26th in yards allowed and 18th in points allowed. It was 29th against the run and 20th against the pass. Not too impressive. Yet the defense spearheaded the team's drive to a playoff berth. The main statistical ca…

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MATCHUP WINNERS: Bills vs. Dolphins Tyrod Taylor vs. David Fales Taylor forever will be remembered as the quarterback who helped end The Drought. And he will be remembered as a Miami killer. In six Bills games against the Dolphins, Taylor is 4-2. He has averaged 65 percent completions and 239 yards a game passing with 10 TD passes and no interceptions. He has added 2…