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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…

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Lake-effect events are nothing new for Steve Tasker. He’s lived in the Southtowns in Western New York for more than 30 years and played in the snow several times during his Buffalo Bills career. Still, Sunday’s game at New Era Field was a “once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Tasker said Monday during his appearance on The Bucky & Sully Show on 1270 The Fan. “It was a pre…

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Column as I see 'em, Week 15: I imagine a lot of Bills fans, having thawed out from that remarkable snow game at New Era, settled in to watch the Sunday night affair and root for the Steelers to snap the Ravens' three-game winning streak and put a crimp in their playoff hopes. They got their wish, and maybe the best game of the NFL season. The Steelers blew a 14-poin…

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Still hanging on a wall in Stephen Hauschka's childhood bedroom in Needham, Mass., is a faded photo autographed by Adam Vinatieri. Hauschka was 16 years old when the moment was etched in New England sports history: Vinatieri's 23-yard field goal that beat the Oakland Raiders in sudden death, sent the Patriots to the next playoff round and propelled them to their first S…

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Tyrod Taylor knows how to scramble, so it's not as if he feared getting sacked by the rush of reporters that was herded through the doors of the Bills' locker room while he was walking out. Taylor nearly slipped away after the game Sunday before he was stopped at a nearby elevator. Taylor made two things abundantly clear: He wanted to play Sunday in the Bills' 13-7 win …

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Years from now, people will remember the snow more than anything else. It's just as well because it wasn't really a football game between the Bills and Colts on Sunday at New Era Field. It was a battle of real estate in a lake-effect storm in a game that required overtime and bordered on absurd. LeSean McCoy brought the contest to a merciful end with a 21-yard run off l…

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Technically, there's a big game at New Era on Sunday. The Bills are 6-6, still in the playoff hunt, as coach Sean McDermott likes to remind us. They're only a game out of the second wild-card spot with four games remaining in December. The rallying cry in the locker room this week was they needed to win out, though they'll be technically alive if they lose. So you would…

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E.J. Gaines’ life had been turned upside down. Having been traded from the Los Angeles Rams to the Buffalo Bills in the middle of training camp, the cornerback had to make a cross-country move while at the same time trying to earn a job with a new team. One of the first people from the Bills to assist Gaines in that transition was Marlon Kerner, the team’s director o…

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On the whole, it was a productive week for the 'Bag, although there wasn't a single question about Sunday's game against the Colts. That tells you how uninspired most Bills fans are by the prospect of watching two mediocrities battle in the snow at New Era. Based on prices on the secondary market, people are basically giving tickets away. My old pal Rex Carr wrote to in…

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It's become a December tradition in Buffalo. Looking forward to the NFL Draft and who the next quarterback of the Bills might be. Even though this year's team is still alive in the playoff race at 6-6 entering Sunday's home game against the Indianapolis Colts, based on this week's mailbag, plenty of fans are focused on next spring and the NFL Draft. Let's get to it: …

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Question the timing. With his previous contract not due to expire until after the 2018 season, why did NFL owners feel an urgency to give Roger Goodell a contract extension? Question the money. With a potential annual salary of $40 million over five years -- on top of the $212.5 million he has already been paid -- why does the guy who oversees the business of th…

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As a rule, NFL head coaches are skilled at saying close to nothing in their weekly pressers. Experiences teaches you to read between the lines, to be watchful for an agenda. Sean McDermott hammers away at his "process," which is a popular buzz word among coaches who want to remind us not to put too much stock in results. He also talks about how his team needs to "contin…

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If he had a little more time to process a game the Steelers won with a field goal as time expired, a game in which a linebacker from each side was carted off the field and sent to the hospital, perhaps Ben Roethlisberger would have offered more insight and come up with a better answer. The Steelers-Bengals game was brutal by any definition, an unsightly display of testo…

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One of Sean McDermott’s stated goals this season is to build a football team that peaks in November and December. The Buffalo Bills’ rookie head coach has failed so far in that regard. After opening with a 3-1 record in the first quarter of the season and sitting at 5-3 at the midway point, the Bills have dropped to 6-6 at the quarter pole. A three-game losing streak ca…