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The Bills had three fourth-quarter drives Sunday on which they could've taken the lead. The results were not inspiring. The Bills punted before reaching midfield on their first possession. The offense was gifted a drive start on the Bengals' 12-yard on the second possession but only gained 2 yards and had to settle for a short field goal. Tyrod Taylor airmailed Zay Jone…

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Admit it. You were being sucked in. A lot of us were. The Buffalo Bills had been making a convincing argument that it was possible to have the best of both worlds. The victory at Atlanta was held up as proof that an NFL team could, in fact, build for the future while still remaining highly competitive in the present. At 3-1, the Bills were seen as being only one drop…

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1. Tight end Charles Clay had a knee scope performed Monday morning and will miss "multiple weeks," according to Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott. Clay was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's 20-16 loss to Cincinnati when he was hit by Bengals safety Shawn Williams at the end of a 24-yard gain. Pro Football Talk reported Monday that Clay suffered a torn meniscus and…

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The Buffalo Bills missed a golden opportunity Sunday. Make that several of them. The defense and special teams tried and tried again to keep the Bills in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but an inept offense couldn’t cash in. The result was a disappointing 20-16 loss that dropped the Bills to 3-2. That’s still good for a share of the AFC East lead, but 4-1, w…

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The Bills are 3-2 as they head to the bye week. Here are the five biggest questions facing the team: 1) Are they all “addicted to the process”? We know Sean McDermott is. We’re going to find out if the players are, too. It’s a lot easier to make sacrifices when you’re winning. Most players can live with smaller numbers on the stat sheet as long as the final score is poi…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. CINCINNATI – Jordan Poyer couldn't hide his conflicting emotions. This should have been a good day for the Buffalo Bills' defense, one to celebrate. When you get three takeaways, you win. Period. You're not supposed to be answering questions about how on …

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CINCINNATI – Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 20-16 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday worked out: 1. Avoid a letdown. Nope. The Bills no doubt were flying as high as their fans after last week's victory at Atlanta. They were hearing all sorts of national and local media types (like this type) praising them for a 3-1 start and having the look…

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The Buffalo Bills were one of only three NFL teams that had not allowed a pass play of 40 or more yards through the first four weeks of the season. Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green beat them for two 40-plus pass plays, which was the difference in the Bills' 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday. The second big-gainer helped put the Bengals up for good. It was a 49-…

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Stay the course. Stick with the plan. Keep your eye on the target. Those were the thoughts that immediately ran through my mind after reading the following question posed via Twitter Thursday: https://twitter.com/mclennon99/status/916044904211632135 I can't say with any certainty what the Bills' draft plan will be. I don't think they even have a firm handle on it …

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Quarterback Team Pos Player Pass Pass Yds Pass TDs INTs Rushes Rush Yds Rush TDs Standard PPR BUF QB Tyrod Taylor 29.1 183.6 1.0 0.4 5.9 31.1 0.2 15.2 15.2 CIN QB Andy Dalton 30.7 217.0 1.3 0.8 2.8 10.8 0.1 14.5 14.5   This is one of the ugliest games of the week from a fantasy perspective, feat…

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In football, there are two philosophies on defense. You know about the difference between a 3-4 alignment and 4-3 alignment, but let's discuss the differences between a one-gap system and two-gap system. There are six gaps along the offensive line (the four spaces between the five offensive linemen and the two at the end of the line) that need to be filled by the defens…

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A look at the records might suggest it’s a mistake that the 3-1 Buffalo Bills are underdogs to the 1-3 Cincinnati Bengals. An 0-2 start had the Bengals looking like one of the worst teams in the NFL. Coach Marvin Lewis, however, borrowed a page from Rex Ryan, who last year fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman and replaced him with Anthony Lynn after the Bills got off …

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Here are my five takes on Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium: 1. Avoid a letdown. It sounds obvious, yes, but it really isn't. Although odds-makers have made the Bengals a three-point favorite, there are plenty of reasons the Bills could be inclined to drop their guard. First, there's the Bengals' 1-3 record. Second, …