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Vic Carucci

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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With temperatures in the low 20s, Bills coach Sean McDermott had his players in New Era Field for Friday's practice. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams joked about the fact there were significantly fewer members of the media on hand than he saw for other sessions this week. Although McDermott likes to have his team practice in the stadium on the Friday before a home game…

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The Buffalo Bills are going to be without left tackle Cordy Glenn, again, when they face the New Orleans Saints Sunday. Glenn, who continues to be bothered by foot and ankle problems, didn't practice all week and Friday was declared out for the game. Rookie Dion Dawkins will start in Glenn's place for the third time this season. Glenn was active, but Dawkins started …

Bills

The idea, first, is to have someone who will make a significant impact by catching the ball. Ranked near the bottom of the NFL in passing offense, the Buffalo Bills could use that. Badly. But there's more that Kelvin Benjamin could potentially do to help the Bills' ability to move the ball through the air when the towering wide receiver makes his debut with the team …

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Think of it as grabbing onto a live electrical wire or being splashed with ice-cold water. That's the sensation many NFL players seek before and during every game from a little helper that can be found in all dressing rooms and bench areas throughout the league: Smelling salts. Compact. Convenient. Just crack open a white plastic capsule, roughly the size of …

Analysis

Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday at New Era Field: 1. Let go of the nightmare against the Jets. Their instincts likely will tell them otherwise. You don't easily shake off as poor a performance as the team has had in a long time, especially when every player and coach contributed to the prime-time embarrassment. …

Bills

After two practices and some individual work, Kelvin Benjamin is feeling good about his grasp of what he needs to know for his debut as a receiver for the Buffalo Bills Sunday. "(Receivers) coach Phil (McGeoghan) is doing everything he can to get me ready and get me comfortable," Benjamin, who joined the Bills in a trade with the Carolina Panthers last week, said after …

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The numbers tell a fairly daunting story for the Buffalo Bills as they prepare to face Drew Brees, one of the NFL's all-time great quarterbacks. Their defense ranks 28th in the league with 14 sacks. Brees' team, the New Orleans Saints, is first in fewest sacks allowed with eight. If those respective trends hold up Sunday at New Era Field, the Bills could very well be…

Analysis

It drew skepticism as something that couldn't possibly last, something that would eventually run its course as all things seemingly dependent on luck tend to do. Sure enough, those cynics crowed, all of that good fortune the Buffalo Bills enjoyed did run out at MetLife Stadium last Thursday when they stopped taking the ball away and, instead, lost it three times in thei…

Analysis

To snap their 17-year playoff drought, the Buffalo Bills need to win at least five of their remaining eight games. That would get them to the 10-6 record that would likely be the minimum required for a postseason berth. Here are five reasons why it will happen: 1. The schedule. It isn't easy, but it's very manageable. Let's start with how their four remaining home …

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Rex Ryan simply couldn't help himself. When the topic of the Buffalo Bills trading defensive tackle Marcell Dareus to the Jacksonville Jaguars came up during ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown, Ryan, in his first year on the studio show, had an irresistible opportunity to slam his underachieving defensive tackle. And he grabbed it with typical Rex-like zeal. After all, Rya…

Analysis

(Through Thursday’s game. Last week’s ranking in parentheses.) 1. Philadelphia Eagles. They've scored 20 or more points in 12 straight games. (1) 2. New England Patriots. Getting some time to rest, heal before resuming quest for Super Bowl defense. (2) 3. Pittsburgh Steelers. Getting some time to rest, heal before challenging for run to AFC title. (3) …

Bills

We’ve hit the halfway point of the NFL season. Time to revise my quarter-poll ballot for league superlatives. At the end of the year, I’ll submit a final, official one for the Associated Press. For now, here are my choices, with the quarter picks in parentheses: Most Valuable Player Tom Brady, QB, New England. (Brady). Never mind that he's 40. It clearly i…

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After losing reserve running back Taiwan Jones to a season-ending broken arm in Thursday night's loss against the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills Saturday signed Travaris Cadet to take his place. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Cadet is a sixth-year NFL veteran. He had seen his most recent action in the league during three games with the Jets this season. He joined the New Orl…

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In the wee hours of Friday morning, Sean McDermott had three things he could have done while sitting on the Buffalo Bills' chartered flight back home from New Jersey. One was sleep. Two was sit and stew over the 34-21 Thursday Night Football loss against the New York Jets. Three was relive the horror he had just witnessed from the sidelines of MetLife Stadium on the scr…

Analysis

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 34-21 loss against the New York Jets turned out: 1. Don't allow themselves to stub their collective toe in prime-time. Not even close. The Bills looked very Bills-like in this game. They looked like the team that, after winning two in a row, traveled to Cincinnati and lost. Once again, th…