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Mark last Sunday as "hopeful" on the progress line of Tyrod Taylor's career. The Buffalo Bills won a game and he played a significant role in the outcome. It's hardly a reach to say that, without his effective and efficient play, the Bills would not have beaten the Denver Broncos. After a 1-1 start that only fueled lingering doubts about the team's fortune…

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The Buffalo Bills face their toughest test of the season Sunday. The 3-0 Atlanta Falcons are the defending NFC West champions, and a team that coach Sean McDermott knows well after going up against them twice a year during his six seasons as defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. "The weapons that they have on this offense, starting with the quarterback, wit…

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Here are my five takes on Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: 1. Don't get into a track meet you aren't likely to win. The Falcons will throw the ball. A lot. They threw on nine of their first 12 plays in last Sunday's victory against the Detroit Lions. And why not? They have one of the NFL's best quarterbacks in Matt Ry…

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Face it, the bar was low. Low enough that you could trip over it, as was often the case with the 2015 and 2016 Buffalo Bills. If Sean McDermott could consistently make sure he had no fewer and no more than 11 players on the field at a time, he'd look like a coaching genius next to his predecessor, Rex Ryan. It isn't truly as simple as that, of course, but that's…

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Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 26-16 victory against Denver Broncos worked out: 1. The Bills need to stick with their run-first offensive personality, because it's nearly impossible to successfully reinvent yourself in the NFL once the season starts. However, offensive coordinator Rick Dennison had better be ready to make some tweaks. Check. Onc…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 26-16 victory against the Denver Broncos Sunday at New Era Field: Credibility building: By beating the Broncos, who were 2-0 and coming off of a blowout victory against the Dallas Cowboys, the Bills gained some cre…

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(Through Thursday’s game. Last week’s ranking in parentheses)   Pittsburgh. Should keep it rolling vs. the Bears. (1)   Atlanta. Great test vs. Lions team that looks legit. (3)   Kansas City. Beating the Patriots clearly was no fluke. (4)   New England. Yeah, the Pats are done. Sure they are. (6)   Oakland. M…

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You had to know it was coming. Sooner or later, Sammy Watkins would have his breakout game in a Los Angeles Rams uniform. Robert Woods would also eventually make some big things happen for the Rams. Ditto for Marquise Goodwin of the San Francisco 49ers. Thursday night, all three former Buffalo Bills receivers -- along with ex-Bills defensive back Nickell Robey-Col…

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The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci, Kimberley A. Martin and Jerry Sullivan discuss the Buffalo Bills' Sunday game against the Denver Broncos. Full coverage at BNblitz.com. https://youtu.be/ZX51hMaPhDA http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/20/bills-run-struggles-impacted-new-blocking-scheme/

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The Denver Broncos are a good example of why preseason record predictions should always be taken with a grain of salt. Expectations heading into 2017 for the Broncos weren’t overly optimistic. On cbssports.com, for example, six experts picked their record before the year. Four of them had Denver finishing 8-8, one had them going 7-9 and one picked 10-6. After a 2-0 star…

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Here are my five takes on Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos at New Era Field: 1. The Bills need to stick with their run-first offensive personality, because it's nearly impossible to successfully reinvent yourself in the NFL once the season starts. However, offensive coordinator Rick Dennison had better be ready to make some tweaks. As the Bills…

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The News' Vic Carucci joined Jonah Javad for his weekly sports show on WGRZ-TV. Carucci discusses the Bills' loss to the Carolina Panthers, how to improve the team's offense and looks ahead to Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. Watch the video below: