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Playoffs? The way the players see it, the Bills have been in the playoffs for awhile now, ever since they fell to 6-6 with a loss at home to the Patriots early in December. "It's evident," said Micah Hyde, the newly minted Pro Bowl safety. "Everybody in this locker room understands it's a playoff mentality, a playoff game this week. It's been a playoff game the last cou…

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SYRACUSE – Nate Oats was in no mood for moral victories after watching his team throw a good scare into Syracuse and falling short Tuesday night, in part because he believed the University at Buffalo was the better team in the Carrier Dome. And it was hard to argue with him. Syracuse prevailed because it was longer and more aggressive early in the game, but it wasn't as…

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Buffalo News photographer James P. McCoy looks back at the unique challenges of shooting during the Bills' snow game against the Indianapolis Colts.  I have been shooting Bills games since 1982, and I have shot in every kind of weather possible, from the heat to lightning to rain and snow. Photographers game-plan for a Bills game just like the coaches do. I was total…

Bills 2017 season

Column as I see 'em, Week 16: When the call was made, I could hear the cries from all the Patriot-haters. There they go, getting lucky and having everything fall their way. It has to be some kind of grand conspiracy, maybe Putin and the Russians fixing things for the NFL's evil empire. I can understand. When tight end Jesse James caught the football and lunged over t…

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Sean McDermott has ventured into the New Era Field parking lot after home games enough times to identify with devout Bills fans. The head coach has gone out of his way numerous times to thank them during his first season while praising them for their undying loyalty. If there's one aspect that separates McDermott from the fan base, however, it's history. McDermott has s…

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The Buffalo Bills will play meaningful football for the entire 2017 season. Their 24-16 victory Sunday over the Miami Dolphins guaranteed that the Bills will be alive in the AFC playoff race through the final game of the year – when they will visit those same Dolphins in South Florida. Before that looms a trip to New England for the biggest game in ... well, a really lo…

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Who the hell is Kiko Alonso? That's what LeSean McCoy asked agent Drew Rosenhaus in March 2015. The Philadelphia Eagles had traded McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for Alonso, an injured linebacker. Nearly three seasons and many yards later, McCoy smirks at the mention of Alonso, the personification of a chip on the star running back's shoulder. Some team dared to belie…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. Afterwards, there was a lot of talk about taking one game at a time. It's the requisite rallying cry in the NFL. If there's any team that has learned not to overreact to a single game, it's the Bills. But the old cliche rings especially true for Tyrod Tay…

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Bills coach Sean McDermott approached Kyle Williams on Saturday morning and asked him to address his teammates the night before the game. The defensive tackle had eight minutes for his speech, but Williams knew it wasn't nearly long enough to deliver a heartfelt message. How do you whittle 12 years into eight minutes? How to explain a love affair between a passionate fo…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: B- It felt like the Buffalo Bills rushed for more than they actually did. LeSean McCoy got the 39 yards he needed to reach 10,000 career rushing yards, finishing with 50 yards on 20 carries. That career achievement overshadowed what was a tough day for Shady. Tyrod Taylor ran better than he has in weeks. His 42 rushing yards are the mo…

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Richie Incognito says he looks forward to reading my columns after Bills games, especially the losses. He smiles, but he's not joking. The three-time Pro Bowl guard uses critics and skeptics as fuel for motivation. But as it turns out, Richie was one of them. Last Wednesday, we were talking about the Bills being in the playoff hunt heading into the final home game Sunda…

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Maynard Bunn is not a name familiar to most Bills fans, but his face might be one they recognize. Bunn, 79, is a ticket taker stationed outside Gate 7 at New Era Field. He was honored last week for becoming the first employee ever to work 50 years for the team. “That’s pretty special,” said Andy Major, the team’s vice president of operations and guest experience. “He…

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The Buffalo Bills find themselves in an interesting situation. The quarterback they felt wasn't good enough is now needed to keep the team's postseason hopes alive. Tyrod Taylor will start Sunday against the Miami Dolphins after practicing fully this week following a one-game absence because of a knee injury. The next three weeks will be the biggest of Taylor's caree…

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What are we to make of these Miami Dolphins, what with their five-game losing streak, including three straight on prime time, and then back-to-back victories over the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots? Dolphins great Sam Madison joined "The Tim Graham Show" on 1270 The Fan to give his insight on the Buffalo Bills' upcoming opponent. The two-time All-Pro cornerback …

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Predictably, Sean McDermott wouldn't commit to a starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Dolphins at his Wednesday morning press session. Tyrod Taylor was still recovering from a knee injury, and Nathan Peterman remained in the NFL's concussion protocol. Taylor looked healthy in practice, and is the likely starter. But technically, McDermott could have been l…