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It was a good debut for the new Buffalo Bills' coaching staff in Sunday's 21-12 win over the New York Jets. The new defensive scheme of head coach Sean McDermott and coordinator Leslie Frazier held the Jets to 38 yards rushing. The Bills' new defensive secondary played fundamentally sound. There were no blatant coverage mixups and finger-pointing after long gains all…

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The Buffalo Bills went through the last of their September calisthenics Sunday, muscling their way to a 21-12 victory in their scrimmage with the Division II New York Jets. You'll hear a lot of hardy-har-hars about the Bills being in first place in the AFC East, with the New England Patriots losing Thursday night and Hurricane Irma postponing the Miami Dolphins' opening…

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LeSean McCoy isn’t an imposing presence in person, but the 5-11, 210-pound running back carries the weight of an entire offense on his shoulders with ease. His shiftiness, his field vision, his explosiveness – all of it make him an absolute treat to watch for a newcomer to the Buffalo area and the Bills as a whole. The way he slices through traffic, carving up secondaries…

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Allow me to address the fine folks who are only interested in the facts, especially when they conveniently feed their limitless optimism. The Bills are leading the AFC East after beating the Jets, 21-12, Sunday at New Era Field after the Patriots lost their opener and Hurricane Irma wiped out the Dolphins-Bucs game in Tampa. The Bills outgained the Jets, 411-214 and had…

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LeSean McCoy demonstrated exactly why he believes he’s the best running back in the NFL on Sunday. He also gave the Buffalo Bills and their fans a panic attack in the fourth quarter of a 21-12 victory over the New York Jets at New Era Field. McCoy checked himself out of the game early in the fourth quarter and was immediately attended to by trainers after he was tack…

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I'll dispense with the happy stuff first, just so people won't accuse me of being hopelessly negative. The Bills won the opener of the Sean McDermott era Sunday, playing a solid if at times uninspiring game in a 21-12 win over the Jets at New Era Field. With the Pats losing Thursday and the Dolphins idle due to Hurricane Irma, the Bills are alone in first place in the A…

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Sorry for this. A Bills head coach is making his regular-season debut on Sunday at New Era Field, and I'm leading with the other guy. You know, the buffoon who couldn't count to 11. It won't happen again. But remember when a Jets-Bills game was a major deal? Two years ago, when Rex Ryan returned to New York for a national TV game, it was the biggest story going, the old…

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New Era Field has hosted a pair of preseason games and two big-time rock concerts in recent weeks. While those are nice appetizers, the main course comes Sunday when the Buffalo Bills open the regular season against the New York Jets. "There's nothing like opening day in Buffalo for a Bills game," said Andy Major, the team's vice president of operations and guest experie…

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They can hear it all. The questions. The concerns. The doubts. The Bills’ receiving corps knows it’s a work in progress, an unfinished product that has yet to prove itself in a game that actually matters. But that all could change Sunday. And rookie Zay Jones is counting on it. The second-round pick expected to be shepherded by Sammy Watkins and tutored by sage veteran …

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Welcome to the all-new BNblitz.com. Because we care about the Buffalo Bills as much as you do. It's been that way from the beginning. In several interviews over the years, Buffalo Bills founder Ralph C. Wilson Jr. said The Buffalo News sealed the decision to locate the team in Buffalo. For a 2009 story in Sports Illustrated, Peter King quoted Wilson saying: "I though…

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I often refer to the NFL as the most popular sport in the U.S. But you could make an argument that fantasy football has become a greater obsession in this country. I'm sure some fantasy fanatics consider it an actual sport. The average weekly viewership for NBC's Sunday Night Football last season was 22.5 million, the largest of its 11-year existence. Estimates of fanta…

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Last Tuesday, I was chatting with veteran center Eric Wood and asked if he knew how many current Bills were on the team when Rex Ryan was hired in January 2015. “Nine,” Richie Incognito interjected from the adjacent locker. “Without counting, I’d say nine,” Wood replied, in an inspiring show of team unity. Not bad. The number is eight. I thought they’d guess highe…

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There were numerous times over the years in which I wished to speak to that kid in the picture standing proudly alongside Greg Bell after his first practice in Fredonia back in 1984. You see a young, vibrant and wishful teenager who was eternally optimistic when it came to Buffalo sports. If he only knew what would transpire in the coming decade, how the lousy team he a…

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The Bills' regular-season opener is barely a week away, so the populace is getting restless, and a little crazy. After Thursday's stirring preseason win, you can probably guess who was the main topic of discussion in the weekly mail. Yes, it's Nathan Peterman, the backup quarterback for a rebuilding team and therefore the most popular man in town -- with the possible ex…