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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…

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When the Bills run: LeSean McCoy is closing in on 10,000 career rushing yards, needing 195 to get to the milestone. He’s up to sixth in the NFL with 851 yards, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. McCoy should have a chance to make some plays on the edge against Indianapolis. The Colts are allowing 7.47 yards on rushes to the left end, most in the league. The Colts are 13th in t…

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Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 23-3 loss against the New England Patriots worked out: 1. Sean McDermott comes up with another masterful defensive game plan. Semi-check here. Calling it masterful would be an overstatement, but it was pretty solid. And pretty solid against Tom Brady and the rest of the NFL's top-ranked offense is impressive. Th…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. Playoffs? Please. Let's not go there. Not now. Not at any point through the balance of the season, for that matter. The math can offer all of the hope in the world for the Buffalo Bills, but Sunday's 23-3 loss against the New England Patriots was the sort…

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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' 23-3 loss against the New England Patriots Sunday at New Era Field. Same old same old: Did anyone really expect a different outcome? The Pegulas might pay the Bills, but the Patriots are the ones who truly own them…

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Last week's ranking in parentheses. 1. Philadelphia Eagles. Going for 10 in a row, they're the only team to score 20 points in all 11 games. (1) 2. New England Patriots. During seven-game win streak, they've held all their opponents to 17 or fewer points. (2) 3. Pittsburgh Steelers. They've won eight of last nine and five in a row vs. Bengals. (3) 4. Minnesota …

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' game against the New England Patriots Sunday at New Era Field: 1. Sean McDermott comes up with another masterful defensive game plan. Let's put aside, for a moment, what McDermott did wrong and concentrate on what he's more than capable of doing right. Starting Nathan Peterman against the Los Angeles Chargers and p…

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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…