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Sometimes, a small gesture can have a big impact. That’s true of the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign, which is now in its second year. By relaxing its draconian dress-code rules for a week, the league has not only allowed players to express themselves, but also has given them an opportunity to raise awareness for the causes that are closest to their hearts. “Thi…

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It might not come across all the time, but I'm grateful to anyone who bothers to sit down and write to the Mailbag. Even the guy who calls me a clown and tells me to retire on a weekly basis has a place in my heart. I'd like to give everyone who contributes a participation trophy, like they do in little kids' sports. So I've decided to award Questions of the Year. I'…

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Especially this week, there is no escaping quarterback talk in Buffalo. With the greatest player in history coming to town with the other team, the quest for the Bills' next franchise quarterback seems as uncertain as ever. That's why, even with the playoffs firmly in reach, much of this week's mailbag deals with what might happen at the position, both in the final five…

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Scott Ferrall and I go back to our time in 1990s Las Vegas. I know him well enough to pull the string and get out of the way. The CBS Sports Radio overnight host, whom I once described in a Las Vegas Sun article as sounding like "an auctioneer on crack," dialed up "The Tim Graham Show" to talk about the Buffalo Bills (specifically the quarterback situation) and the Buffa…

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A few weeks ago on "The Tim Graham Show," I floated a claim The Beatles were overrated. Now hear me out. I love The Beatles and consider them among the greatest two or three bands of all time. But too many times people automatically declare John, Paul, George and Ringo the best simply because they think that's what you're supposed to say. It's become a rote exercise. …

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Last March, during a coaches' breakfast at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, someone asked newly anointed Bills head coach Sean McDermott for his reaction to the recent upgrades the Patriots had made to their roster. "That's why I wake up at 3 o'clock in the morning," McDermott said. If McDermott felt that way last winter, he might not be sleeping at all this week.…

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After 18 years, I've learned not to expect anything remotely illuminating from Bill Belichick on his weekly conference call with the Buffalo media before Pats-Bills games. Belichick is about as predictable as junk mail. It's part of his coaching genius to provide stock responses that downplay his team's greatness and inflate the abilities of the opponent, no matter how mea…

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The New England Patriots have set a record by ensuring their 17th straight winning season. Along with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, there has been another constant throughout the streak: "The pathetic stupidity of the rest of the division is just epic," Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy said Monday during an interview with The Bucky & Sully Show on 1270 The Fan…

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Column as I see 'em, Week 13: Loathe him or hate him, you have to admit Bill Belichick has a gift for getting over on the Bills. It was bad enough that he poached Chris Hogan, Stephon Gilmore and Mike Gillislee in free agency. Now, the Patriots' hooded leader is poaching players off Buffalo's practice squad. Last Tuesday, New England signed defensive end Eric Lee off…

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First, my apologies for not adhering to the 24-hours rule that allows for a full day to celebrate victory or agonize in defeat in the NFL. The Bills improved their playoff chances with a critical win on the road Sunday, which hasn't happened often over the years in this long-suffering town. For even the most ardent Bills loyalists, basking in the glow of beating a reeli…

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A week after a disturbing and inexcusable loss – following a bye week – to an otherwise lifeless New York Giants team, the very least the Chiefs might have been expected to do against Buffalo on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium was demonstrate what an aberration that was. This was the time to make a stand and seize some redemption and a reset for the stretch. Instead, the…

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Twice on a crucible series of downs, the Kansas City Chiefs challenged E.J. Gaines. The Chiefs' stick of dynamite, Tyreek Hill, who three weeks ago weaved his way through the Dallas Cowboys' seven-man-deep-drop prevent defense for a 56-yard touchdown, had the ball on Gaines' watch. On first down, a large blocker tried to smother Gaines. On third down, the Chiefs drew…

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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. – Come on, did you really expect him to admit he was wrong? Sean McDermott is the king of the castle, the single most empowered figure at One Bills Drive since the bloody reign of Tom Donahoe. Asked if he felt Sunday's stunning 16-10 upse…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: C In a word – meh. The Bills stuck with the run, racking up 37 attempts. Those produced just 104 yards though, a meager average of 2.8 per carry. LeSean McCoy continued his boom-or-bust season, being held to 49 yards on 22 carries. Negative plays continue to be a problem for the running game. There were seven carries that went for loss…