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The real story with this piece is the reader response. If you get a chance, check the flood of passionate, from-the-heart replies from Bills loyalists in the comments immediately following the column, people who've invested a part of their lives in this team – and feel free to add your own perspective. If you have any celebratory reaction videos from when you first found o…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Kyle Williams said the end of the Ravens-Bengals game had to be the longest 30 seconds of his life, and that includes some memorably grim finishes during his 12-year Bills career. He remembers the locker room exploding when Andy Dalt…

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Our oldest son, who will graduate from college in May, has little recollection of the Music City Miracle. He was 3 years old at the time. Our daughter was 1. Our younger two sons, both currently involved in high school sports, were yet to be born. To them, the playoffs were nothing but a rumor. You think about how much time had passed since the Bills last reached the po…

Bills 2017 season

Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Now I know how players and coaches feel when they tell you something "hasn't sunk in yet". The improbable occurred just a few minutes ago, and I'm a bit stunned. To use a favorite expression of the head coach, Sean McDermott, I'm still…

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Time has softened Rex Ryan’s stance on the Buffalo Bills. Back at the Super Bowl, fresh off being fired after less than two full seasons as the Bills’ coach, Ryan told the New York Daily News he “stripped that damn truck the day I got fired,” referring to his famous pickup, adding “(expletive) you” for good measure. It was clear then that the pain of being fired for …

Bills 2017 season

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Riding up the escalator at the airport early Saturday morning, I took my customary gaze to the right, where the smiling mural of Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor welcomed me to the second floor and the departure gate. I wondered how soon Taylor would be departing Buffalo, as Sammy Watkins, whose image had once adorned that airport wall, had done seve…

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Two years later, Takal Molson would just assume put the whole incident behind him and concentrate on basketball. Time has dulled the anger that came with getting kicked out of high school during his junior year. He's a college freshman now, doing what he does best and covets most. Molson and former teammate Cameron Dunning never were told why they were suspended and lat…

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On Sunday, the Bills will play a regular-season finale with a possible playoff berth on the line for the first time since 2004. As suffering fans well know, they lost at home, 29-24, to a Steelers team that had clinched home-field and used a lot of backups. There are parallels to this year's team. The '04 squad had a first-year head coach, Mike Mularkey. They had a defe…

Bills 2017 season

Sean McDermott was talking about the consistency of his veteran leaders, Kyle Williams and Lorenzo Alexander, on Friday when he brought up a former Bill who was on the last team that came this close to the playoffs. "I was around another player years ago named Takeo Spikes who played here for a number of years," McDermott said. "He shared with me that he had never been …

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With the end of the regular season upon us, it's time to reveal my voting for the NFL All-Pro team and league superlatives. First, here's the All-Pro ballot: OFFENSE WR: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Flex (RB or TE): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh TE: Rob Gronkowski, New England LT: Tyron Smith, Dallas LG: Richie Incognito, Buffalo …

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Kyle Williams arrived at the Bills facility at around 6 a.m. Wednesday, early for work as usual. It was a frigid 9 degrees in the parking lot, where he saw a solitary hooded figure, shoveling snow outside the ADPRO Sports Training Center. "He's doing that for us," Williams thought to himself as he paused to watch the man at work. "He's doing something for me." That's…

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One night last week, I was talking to an old friend who believes I'm too hard on Tyrod Taylor and reminded me that, "You could do a lot worse for a quarterback." That's true, but the Bills' passing game couldn't be any worse this season, if you're judging it by sheer yardage. With one week to go in the regular season, they're 32nd and last in passing at 175.9 yards a ga…

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You could practically hear fans screaming across Western New York when the call on the field was reversed Sunday, growing louder in defeat and regaining momentum while families huddled around their Christmas trees. Kelvin Benjamin should have been awarded a touchdown Sunday against the Patriots. The Bills did what they do against the Patriots — lose — and their fans did…

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A couple thousand hours of work and study are dedicated each week to the upcoming game. About $170 million is spent on player salaries every year and many, many more millions paid to coaches, scouts, support staff and executives. Tax dollars build the stadiums and keep them upright. The biggest investment, however, might come from the fans. Players and coaches com…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – There are plenty of ways to rationalize this one. The Bills have never won at Gillette Stadium when Tom Brady played a full game. The Patriots haven't lost a meaningful December home game to conference opponent since 2002. And the Bills a…