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Play-by-play man Tom McCarthy was the least known of CBS' three-man team calling the Buffalo Bills' 20-16 loss Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals, but he had the best game. McCarthy has a great voice, a terrific excitement level on big plays and asked analysts Steve Beuerlein and ex-Bill Steve Tasker appropriate questions at key points of the game. I'm generally not a …

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The NFL has changed dramatically over the years with quarterbacks getting more protection and receivers getting more room than ever in a pass-happy league, but the Bills adhered to an old-school formula while winning three of their first four games: Run and stop the run. Win the turnover battle. Play well on special teams. The Bills executed all three to varyin…

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Don't blame Tyrod Taylor for Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. No, he wasn't perfect. But the Buffalo Bills could be 5-0 if they had better receivers, or maybe if they used them at all. The Bills are in better shape than we expected. They enter their bye week tied atop the AFC East at 3-2, same as the New England Patriots and New York Jets. They hung tough …

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. CINCINNATI – All right, I plead guilty. After all these years, I should have known better than to over-react to a hot Bills start, or to one rousing road victory, even one as monumental as last week's upset in Atlanta. You're human. You want them to knock…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: D Pour one out for the No. 1-ranked rushing attack of the last two seasons. It’s gone. Dead and buried. The Bills managed just 3.4 yards per rush Sunday and find themselves 16th overall in the NFL at the conclusion of Sunday’s loss. Blame can be spread all around, from scheme to blocking to LeSean McCoy not making the right reads. “We’…

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CINCINNATI – After Sunday's loss, several Buffalo media were referring to the Bills' wide receiver corps as the worst in the NFL. I haven't evaluated every roster in the league, but they certainly looked that bad in a 20-16 loss to the Bengals. They were perhaps the worst in the NFL when Jordan Matthews was healthy. Without him, they didn't have a wideout who was a legitim…

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It was all there for the taking – for the Buffalo Bills as a team, and Tyrod Taylor more specifically. This was another moment to prove the naysayers wrong, another chance to show that the underdogs deserved to be kings of the yard. And for most of Sunday’s game in Cincinnati, the Bills appeared close to closing out an upset over the struggling Bengals. But bad habit…

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When the Buffalo Bills started the season 3-1 and an undefeated record in the AFC, many fans wondered, "So what's the catch?" On Sunday, they were asking, "Where are the catches?" The Cincinnati Bengals handled the Bills' threadbare offense and won, 20-16, in Paul Brown Stadium. The Bills' defense was dynamite with three takeaways, but Tyrod Taylor didn't have eno…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. CINCINNATI – Look, I'm not about to crush them for this one. I felt the Bills were a good team with a chance at the playoffs, but also that they were bound to find their level at some point. It happened on Sunday. Call it the law of averages, a regression…

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CINCINNATI – Observations from what was a dismal – to put it kindly – performance from the Buffalo Bills' offense Sunday. 1. For as good as the Bills’ win in Atlanta was in Week Four, this is equally as bad. The reality is, a 3-2 record at the bye week would have been better if the wins came against the Jets, Broncos and Bengals, because that would have given them the f…

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CINCINNATI – Six years ago in early October, the Bills went to Cincinnati, coming off a rousing, historic win. They had just rallied from a 21-point deficit at home to break a 15-game losing streak against the Patriots. They were unbeaten at 3-0, flying high to Ohio. It was the height of Ryan Fitzpatrick's time in Buffalo. He was lighting up the league and was featured …

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The Bills are playing the best football in the AFC East right now. They are a good team.” – Michael Lombardi, The Ringer.   “It's time to start paying attention to the” Buffalo Bills’ defense. “Their strong performance against ATL is not a fluke. They've been solid all year.” – Bucky Brooks, NFL Network.   “Sean McDermott. Now that's a coach.” – Adam Schein, CBS Spor…

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Cam Newton caused a kerfuffle Wednesday when he laughed at a female beat writer, Jourdan Rodrigue, for asking a question about pass routes. It's one thing for women to cover sports, but it's pushing it for the fairer sex to delve into the profound tactical mysteries of football. It's sad, at a time when NFL players are reminding us how far we have to go in racial relati…

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We’ve hit the quarter pole of the NFL season. Time to fill out my first ballot for league superlatives. At the end of the year, I’ll submit a final, official one for the Associated Press. But for now, here are my choices (we’ll check back at midseason to see how my picks are working out then): Most Valuable Player Tom Brady, QB, New England. With so much focus …

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How dire are things with the Bengals sitting at 1-3? How important is Sunday's game against the Bills? Check out the start of this column from Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer (boldface his): THE SEASON IS NOW for the Cincinnati Bengals. They’ve (barely) survived the fetal-position portion of the schedule, and this week the proceedings get dire. That’s what h…