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Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 21-12 victory against the New York Jets Sunday at New Era Field: All alone in first place: With the New England Patriots having lost to the Kansas City Chiefs last Thursday night and the Miami Dolphins having their opener postponed due to Hurricane Irma, the Bills are all alone in first place in the AFC East. Living down to ex…

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If Pete Rozelle were around today he wouldn't be comfortable. One word most associated with the late former commissioner of the National Football League was "parity." He took great pride in the unpredictability and the even competition that made the league so popular. Well, the NFL is coming off a season marked by an historic lack of parity and seems headed for anoth…

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The 2017 NFL season is upon us. Time for some fearless predictions. I’m already on record as picking the New England Patriots to beat the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl LII (and I'll stick with it even after watching what the Kansas City Chiefs did to spoil the Pats' pre-game Super Bowl LI victory celebration Thursday night), and Ben Roethlisberger as my NFL MVP. …

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Here are my three thoughts on the Buffalo Bills as they prepare to open the season Sunday against the New York Jets: 1. Those who were quick to declare that the Bills and Jets are playing for first place in the AFC East are correct, of course, but let's pump the brakes on attaching a whole lot of meaning to the New England Patriots' season-opening flop. I don't …

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1. Pittsburgh. Big Ben, Bell and other weapons will thrive. 2. Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers and the rest of a veteran roster look tough. 3. Atlanta. If they can shake the Super Bowl nightmare, they’ll be hard to beat. 4. Kansas City. What an amazing debut for Kareem Hunt! 5. Seattle. Russell Wilson is healthy again. Watch out! 6. New England. Defense is a disast…

Who'll win all the divisions? Make the playoffs? Win the Super Bowl? What will the Bills' record be? Who'll be their quarterback next year? Our staff makes its fearless predictions for 2017: Stay tuned to [BN] Blitz for everything you need to know about the Buffalo Bills.

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Here are my five takes on Sunday’s season-opener between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets at New Era Field: 1. This has the potential to be among the worst games of the Week One NFL schedule. The Bills have the look of a team that figures to win a half-dozen games or so at the most. The Jets have the look of a team that will own the top pick of next year's NF…

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Matchup watch Bills DL vs. Jets OL The best aspect of the Jets offense is the running back tandem of Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. Can those two get going behind an offensive line that is not athletic? New York figures to run a lot of inside zone plays. New center Wesley Johnson doesn't have the power at the point of attack that departed Nick Mangold had. He's a good …

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The New York Jets' defense is not a joke. Yes, the Jets are everyone's pick to earn the No. 1 pick in next spring's NFL Draft. But their defense still has a menacing scheme and enough talent to make life difficult for the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's season opener. "They can put a lot of pressure on you," said Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. "They can test your …

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There’s something special about opening day, no matter what the expectations are for an NFL team. Tailgating plus good weather equals optimism – at least before kickoff. The good feelings should continue for the Buffalo Bills and their fans on Sunday when the New York Jets visit New Era Field. The Bills are heavy favorites in the first game of the Sean McDermott Era aga…

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The Buffalo Bills insist they’re focused on the 2017 season – even if everyone else is looking ahead. With six picks in the top three rounds, and a possible avenue to acquire even more, the 2018 draft will likely determine the success or failure of Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott in Buffalo. If the team’s general manager and head coach can nab a franchise quarterback w…

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It was easy for Brandon Reilly to quickly become a favorite of Buffalo Bills fans. Not only did they love his long-shot path as a zero-star walk-on at Nebraska to undrafted rookie in the NFL who made head-turning plays in the preseason, but they also ate up his background as a standout youth hockey player. That the kid was among the nation's very best prospects as a …

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In one day, the Bills parted ways with a local product, a fan favorite and the relative of an NFL Hall of Famer. Running back Jordan Johnson, a former Sweet Home High School and University at Buffalo standout, was released on Saturday as NFL teams reduced their rosters from around 90 to the 53. Former Nebraska wide receiver Brandon Reilly, who impressed in the preseason, …

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After what looks to be a fairly easy opening-day opponent in the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills seemingly have significant challenges throughout their 2017 schedule. Three of their first five games are on the road, and they all figure to be tough: the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, and Cincinnati Bengals. Then, there’s what looks to be a daunting stret…