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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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When the Bills run: LeSean McCoy’s career milestone of reaching 10,000 yards last week masked what was an otherwise tough day. He was held to 50 yards on 20 carries against the Dolphins. The Bills are still having too many negative plays in the run game, with 26 percent of their attempts being stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage. That ranks 29th in the NFL, accordin…

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Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 24-16 victory against the Miami Dolphins Sunday worked out: 1. Keep Cameron Wake and the Dolphins' pass rush from controlling the game. Check-plus. Tyrod Taylor generally was able to function with few problems on the way to having a solid game: 17-for-29 for 224 yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions. It was …

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. The outside world wasn't ever buying the whole dual-purpose mission statement Sean McDermott kept trying to sell before the season. You're either building for the future or you're trying to win now. Or so the outside world believed. What it didn't beli…

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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' 24-16 victory against the Miami Dolphins Sunday at New Era Field. Stayin' alive: With LeSean McCoy making history and Tyrod Taylor returning from a knee injury to give one of his better performances of the season, …

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1. Pittsburgh Steelers. Ready for the game of the year. (2) 2. New England Patriots. See above. (1) 3. Philadelphia Eagles. Losing Carson Wentz is a disaster from which they're unlikely to recover. (4) 4. L.A. Rams. Looking to avoid a two-game losing streak for the first time this season. (5) 5. Atlanta Falcons. By winning 4 of last 5, they have a divis…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday at New Era Field: 1. Keep Cameron Wake and the Dolphins' pass rush from controlling the game. The Bills' biggest problem is their passing game, which, even before the knee injury that sidelined Tyrod Taylor for Sunday's overtime victory against Indianapolis, has failed to find…

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When the Bills run: LeSean McCoy sits just 39 yards from a huge career milestone of 10,000 yards. McCoy’s running ability in the snow is out of this world — it looks like he’s playing on a different surface than everybody else. The Bills have quietly improved to sixth in the NFL in rushing, averaging 130.1 yards per game. That's almost all McCoy. If he doesn’t get the mile…

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Here's how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 13-7 overtime victory against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday worked out: 1. No matter who plays quarterback, perform as the superior club they are. Check. The Bills wound up finishing the game with third-string quarterback Joe Webb, who took over late in the third quarter after rookie Nathan Peterman, who was starting…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. We all say it dismissively. You live in Western New York, you deal with the snow. End of discussion. That goes double for the Buffalo Bills. Winter's wrath is supposed to be a major part of home-field advantage, something to embrace and wear like a snowfl…

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Deonte Thompson had only 19 catches for the Buffalo Bills this season and he made only one grab Sunday. It was a remarkable one, and it keyed the Bills' 13-7 snow-globe, overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Thompson's 35-yard catch from quarterback Joe Webb with 1:52 to go converted a third-and-6 situation. It gave the Bills a first down at the Colts' 27. Th…

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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' 13-7 overtime victory against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at New Era Field. Shady does it: LeSean McCoy's 21-yard touchdown run in OT provided the Bills with their seventh victory of the season, keeping their pla…

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 1. New England. No Gronk should still mean no problem vs. the Dolphins. (2) 2. Pittsburgh. Prayers for Ryan Shazier. (3) 3. Minnesota. One win away from clinching the NFC North. (4) 4. Philadelphia. Hoping second West Coast game goes better than the first. (1) 5. L.A. Rams. Goff vs. Wentz in No. 1 vs. No. 2 2016 draft picks showdown. (5) 6. New Orle…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at New Era Field: 1. No matter who plays quarterback, perform as the superior club they are. The Bills aren't a good team. Losing four of your last five games doesn't qualify as "good," regardless of the in-the-hunt playoff status their 6-6 record warrants. But the Colt…