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Vic Carucci covers the Bills and NFL for The Buffalo News. He is a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector, has authored nine books about pro football and is a past president of the Professional Football Writers of America.


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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 10-3 wild-card playoff loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at EverBank Stadium. Fun while it lasted: The Bills' season is over. The team far exceeded expectations with its 9-7 record a…

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Often, when spoken during those weekly news conferences at One Bills Drive, it comes off as mind-numbingly robotic. Surely, there must be a microchip of some kind guiding what comes out of Sean McDermott's mouth, right? What human being would utter the same word, over and over, in practically every answer to every question? *** "We have to focus on ourselves a…

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The numbers simply don't add up for the Buffalo Bills in an area that could very well have the greatest impact on the outcome of their wild-card playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday. The Jaguars had the NFL's No. 1 rushing attack in the regular season. It was led by standout rookie Leonard Fournette, who had 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns. The Bills …

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are trying their hardest to protect Blake Bortles, and not only with an offensive line that allowed a franchise-low 24 sacks during the regular season. They're also doing so with the structure of an offense that minimizes the times Bortles throws and the length of his passes. They're making every effort to be safe and conservative, letting dynam…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' wild-card playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Everbank Field Sunday: 1. Ride that emotional wave that began in Miami all the way through Jacksonville. The Bills did more than simply receive a postseason berth last Sunday. They ended a 17-year playoff drought in the most dramatic fashion possible. Minut…

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The Buffalo Bills rank near the bottom of the NFL with players who have postseason experience. They have 18, along with the Tennessee Titans, but Buffalo's players who have been in the postseason have taken part in 79 playoff games while the Titans' have played in 82. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Bills' wild-card opponent Sunday, and the Los Angeles Rams have fewe…

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Contradictory perceptions aside, the Buffalo Bills will likely have chances for some big pass plays in Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Yes, that would be the same Bills team whose offense was far from great during the regular season and doesn't exactly have as its calling card the ability to consistently make big plays through the air. …

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Terrell Owens, who spent one of his 15 NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills, is one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Owens, who played for the Bills in 2009, is a finalist for the third time. The former wide receiver also played for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals. The finalists will be co…

The Buffalo Bills have granted the Houston Texans permission to interview Bills vice president of player personnel Brian Gaine for the Texans' general manager vacancy, according to the Houston Chronicle. Gaine joined the Bills last offseason after serving as a front-office executive with the Texans from 2014 to 2016 as director of pro personnel and then director of play…

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As the years flew by and The Drought became a double-digit anchor strapped to the collective neck of the Buffalo Bills and their fans, the question became one of the ways to wallow in the ceaseless misery. Who was the last coach to guide the Bills to the playoffs? Why that would have been Wade Phillips, of course, after the 1999 season. And those awful memories of th…

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What are LeSean McCoy's chances of playing in the Buffalo Bills' wild-card playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday? Apparently, it's something that won't be determined until right before the 1 p.m. kickoff, according ESPN's Adam Schefter. Schefter, citing a source, tweeted Tuesday that the running back is expected to be a "game-time decision." Schefter a…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – There was a lot of praying and hand-holding. Sweat mixed with tears. Joy and anxiety were being woven together as the drama continue to build. All eyes focused on the 32-inch TV screen hanging on the wall at one end of the visitor's …

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 22-16 victory against the Miami Dolphins worked out: 1. Take control early to promptly extinguish any incentive the Dolphins might have. Semi-check. The Bills did the taking control early part. They scored a touchdown, on a 26-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor to tight end Nick O'Leary, on their ope…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 22-16 victory against the Miami Dolphins Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium ... and the end of the team's playoff drought. It's over! After 17 years, the dreaded playoff drought is a thing of the pas…

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1. New England Patriots. Do they really need as much officiating help as they've received the past two weeks? (1) 2. Pittsburgh Steelers. They don't seem all that fired up about pursuing remote chances for home-field advantage. (2) 3. L.A. Rams. The NFL's best story should continue with a strong postseason run. (4) 4. Philadelphia Eagles. They're still winning, bu…