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A staple in Rick Dennison's offense is the deep cross or "over" route after a play-action fake. We've seen Tyrod Taylor and multiple wide receivers connect on this play thus far in the 2017 season, and it's a relatively simple but effective route against a variety of coverages. First, let's look at the play from an offensive perspective. These are essentially the rou…

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It drew skepticism as something that couldn't possibly last, something that would eventually run its course as all things seemingly dependent on luck tend to do. Sure enough, those cynics crowed, all of that good fortune the Buffalo Bills enjoyed did run out at MetLife Stadium last Thursday when they stopped taking the ball away and, instead, lost it three times in thei…

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To snap their 17-year playoff drought, the Buffalo Bills need to win at least five of their remaining eight games. That would get them to the 10-6 record that would likely be the minimum required for a postseason berth. Here are five reasons why it will happen: 1. The schedule. It isn't easy, but it's very manageable. Let's start with how their four remaining home …

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(Through Thursday’s game. Last week’s ranking in parentheses.) 1. Philadelphia Eagles. They've scored 20 or more points in 12 straight games. (1) 2. New England Patriots. Getting some time to rest, heal before resuming quest for Super Bowl defense. (2) 3. Pittsburgh Steelers. Getting some time to rest, heal before challenging for run to AFC title. (3) 4…

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 34-21 loss against the New York Jets turned out: 1. Don't allow themselves to stub their collective toe in prime-time. Not even close. The Bills looked very Bills-like in this game. They looked like the team that, after winning two in a row, traveled to Cincinnati and lost. Once again, the B…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Buffalo Bills weren't the same team they had been through their 5-2 start Thursday night. The Bills who showed up at MetLife Stadium to face the New York Jets, who had been on a three-game losing streak, gave the ball away thre…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 34-21 loss against the New York Jets Thursday night at MetLife Stadium: Crashing back to earth: The Bills were simply horrible. They were dominated on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Th…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' game against the New York Jets Thursday night at MetLife Stadium: 1. Don't allow themselves to stub their collective toe in prime time. Do we need to mention what happened when these teams met on Thursday night last season? Just in case anyone forgot, the Bills found a way to allow journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick, their former…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. Statements don't get a whole lot louder than the one the Buffalo Bills made Sunday. They didn't merely beat the Oakland Raiders. They pummeled them, 34-14. They extended their home record to 4-0, something they haven't done since 1995. Their defense ha…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: A The final numbers for LeSean McCoy look great – 27 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown. Although it didn’t feel like it, the 27 attempts were his most as a member of the Bills. Credit offensive coordinator Rick Dennison for sticking with the run after the Bills managed just 42 yards on 11 carries in the first half. Backup Mike Tolb…

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Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 victory against the Oakland Raiders Sunday worked out: 1. Find a way to pressure Derek Carr. Not even close. The Bills not only didn't sack Carr, but they also only were credited with just one hit on him. It's amazing that the Bills were able to beat the Raiders by 20 points and not do all that much to dis…

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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' 34-14 victory against the Oakland Raiders Sunday at New Era Field: This team's for real: The Bills won a game they had to win to make the strongest statement yet that they are a legitimate contender. The Raiders we…

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For a while now there's been a prevailing thought that Tyrod Taylor isn't an effective passer from the pocket. To find out if that was a spot-on thought or a fallacy, I've tracked every throw Taylor has made thus far in the 2017 – and will continue to do so – by passes inside and outside the pocket. Here are the up-to-date findings: Inside the Pocket 89 completion…

(Through Thursday’s game. Last week’s ranking in parentheses) 1. Philadelphia Eagles. They should go to 7-1 after facing the Niners, but it might not be easy. (1) 2. New England Patriots. They'll have their hands full vs. Chargers, but should come out on top. (2) 3. Pittsburgh Steelers. Pass defense is going to get a tough test vs. Matthew Stafford. (3) …

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When the 49ers released NaVorro Bowman two weeks ago, the Raiders pounced on the opportunity to add him to their defense, and the former superstar is already making a positive impact on his new team. As is the case with most linebackers, as Bowman has aged, he's lost some of his coverage ability but has maintained quality play against the run. In 2015, his run-stoppi…