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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week 12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. • With Kelvin Benjamin out, Zay Jones and Deonte Thompson took the most snaps at wide receiver, 57 and 56, respectively. That left Jordan Matthews as the No. 3 receiver. He played 42 of 70 offensive snaps (60 percent). • Andre Holmes …

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When the Bills run: It continues to be a boom-or-bust season for running back LeSean McCoy. He has five games in 2017 with 50 rushing yards or less, and three games with 110 or more yards. McCoy is ranked 32nd in the NFL by Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted yards above replacement, which gives the value of performance on plays in which a running back catches or carries …

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 16-10 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs worked out: 1. Tyrod Taylor comes storming back with a vengeance. Let's go half-check here. The statistics don't say that Taylor exactly stormed back from his benching last week in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman. He threw for only 183 yards and a touc…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In the fourth quarter, with the clock ticking down on the Kansas City Chiefs' fading hopes for a rally, Alex Smith couldn't find anyone open deep on third-and-6 from midfield, so he threw short to Tyreek Hill for 2 yards. The Chiefs wou…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 16-10 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Finally, the bleeding stops: It seemed improbable. Arrowhead Stadium has long been a tough place for the Bills to win, ev…

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1. Philadelphia Eagles. Carson Wentz leads the NFL with 25 TD passes, but he has an amazing RB combo, too. (1) 2. New England Patriots. Have won four of last five vs. Dolphins and last eight at Gillette Stadium. (2) 3. Pittsburgh Steelers. Have won five in a row and are looking to jump the Pats for home-field advantage in the playoffs. (3) 4. Minnesota…

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When the Bills pass: Around and around the quarterback carousel spins, with Tyrod Taylor taking his turn this week. The Bills turned back to Taylor after Nathan Peterman threw up all over himself in his first professional start, tossing five interceptions in a disastrous showing against the Chargers. Taylor said he was he was going to be the starter for this week, so we’ve…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium: 1. Tyrod Taylor comes storming back with a vengeance. Regardless of whether he'll ever admit as much publicly, Taylor's pride took a major hit when Sean McDermott benched him last week. Restoring his status as a starter for this game doesn't change that. It s…

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Trust the process, they said. This time will be different, they said. I'm not ready to say Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane aren't advancing the cause, but they've fielded a team that's performing as woefully as any of the franchise's previous incarnations. Forget the .500 record. Buffalo over the past three games has been poor …

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CARSON, Calif. — Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 54-24 loss against the Los Angeles Chargers worked out: 1. Defend that dirt surrounding Nathan Peterman. Not even close. Center Eric Wood was right to say he and the rest of the supporting cast needed to do a much better job for their rookie quarterback in his first NFL start. Although the Charg…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. CARSON, Calif. – For the 2017 Buffalo Bills, as with so many previous editions during the 17-year playoff drought, humiliation knows no limits. It was bad when they were subjected to that prime-time beating by the New York Jets. It became much worse when …

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. CARSON, Calif. – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 54-24 loss against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday at StubHub Center: So much for the Nathan Peterman experiment: Sean McDermott made a gutsy (or was it just plain crazy?) decision last Tuesday by …

(Through Thursday's game. Last week's ranking in parentheses) 1. Philadelphia Eagles. Time to avenge that OT loss at Dallas? (1) 2. New England Patriots. They've held opponents to 17 or fewer points during five-game win streak. (2) 3. Pittsburgh Steelers. Their offense looks like it can strike from wherever it wants whenever it wants. (3) 4. L.A. Rams. …

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday at StubHub Center: 1. Defend that dirt surrounding Nathan Peterman. I know Sean McDermott's "Defend our Dirt" slogan is a much broader reference that applies to games played at New Era Field, but the offensive line needs to provide exceptional protection for a rookie qua…