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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 the end of the regular season upon us, it's time to reveal my voting for the NFL All-Pro team and league superlatives. First, here's the All-Pro ballot: OFFENSE WR: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Flex (RB or TE): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh TE: Rob Gronkowski, New England LT: Tyron Smith, Dallas LG: Richie Incognito, Buffalo …

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday: 1. Take control early to promptly extinguish any incentive the Dolphins might have. The Bills did exactly that when the teams met on Dec. 17 at New Era Field. They built a 21-6 halftime lead that was enough to keep them pretty much in control for the rest…

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When you think about the Buffalo Bills' interminable playoff drought, you can't help but remember some of the coaches who have been a part of it. Ironically, three who took turns contributing to 17 seasons of Bills futility are guiding teams that are in a position to significantly impact their former club's chances of finally reaching the postseason Sunday. P…

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If Buffalo Bills fans take even a brief moment to think about, let alone mention, Vlad Ducasse, they’re usually not doing so in the most complimentary way. They mainly see him as a body just taking up space on the offensive line. And when there are struggles up front, such as the pass-protection breakdowns that helped lead to Tyrod Taylor being sacked six times …

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com.   FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Let's get this out of the way from the start. The Buffalo Bills on Sunday did not get their usual pummeling from the New England Patriots – this time 37-16 – because the NFL's officiating staff doesn't know a touchdown …

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 37-16 loss against the New England Patriots worked out: 1. Do not seek revenge against Gronk. Check. This game didn't have a long list of things the Bills did right, but here's one: They did not seek any revenge for the cheap shot Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski delivered to the back of the he…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 37-16 loss against the New England Patriots Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Expected result, but still showing a pulse: Who expected the Bills to emerge from here with a victory? Almost no one. They…

1. New England Patriots. Bill Belichick has never been happier with NFL officiating than he was last week. (2) 2. Pittsburgh Steelers. Like the rest of us, Mike Tomlin is trying to figure out what constitutes a catch. (1) 3. Philadelphia Eagles. So much for the "devastation" of losing Carson Wentz. (3) 4. L.A. Rams. So far, they've put together the best st…

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The last time the Buffalo Bills faced the New England Patriots, the Bills' run defense was a lowlight of a defensive effort that otherwise did plenty to frustrate Tom Brady and the rest of the Pats' passing game. The Bills allowed the Patriots to rush for 191 yards and average 5.5 yards per carry in the 23-3 victory on Dec. 3 at New Era Field. The struggles of Buffal…

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A fair amount of what will be remembered most from the 2017 NFL season falls under the heading of items the league would prefer to forget. Such as: The fallout, including declining television ratings, from kneeling-during-the-national-anthem protests by players in reaction to critical comments from President Trump. Injuries to several marquee players, in…

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It's hard to find bright spots in a 20-point loss, but the Buffalo Bills had a few in their Dec. 3 game against the New England Patriots. And all were on defense. When you frustrate Tom Brady to the point where he's screaming at offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after the Patriots' first series ends in a field goal, you must be doing something right. When you f…

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Three players who have done their part to help to keep the Buffalo Bills' playoff hopes alive — strong safety Micah Hyde, running back LeSean McCoy and guard Richie Incognito — have been selected to the AFC squad for the 2018 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Tuesday night. Hyde is a first-time selection to the league's annual all-star game, which is scheduled for Jan. 28 in …

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Tre'Davious White says he isn't out to bring harm to Rob Gronkowski when the Buffalo Bills face the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday. In fact, during an interview Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, the Bills' rookie cornerback sounded as if he's willing to forgive the Patriots' tight end for the vicious blow Gronkowski delivered to the back of White's head …

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Micah Hyde is the seemingly one solid candidate the Buffalo Bills have to be selected to the NFL's 2018 Pro Bowl roster, which is scheduled to be announced at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Hyde received the most votes for strong safeties from fans, although that accounts for only one third of the voting process. Coaches and players account for the rest. He ranks among the league l…