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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week Eight win over the Raiders. • The coaches mean it when they say they're going to stick by rookie receiver Zay Jones. He played the most snaps of any wide receiver, with Jordan Matthews next. Deonte Thompson got two more snaps than Andre Holmes. That looks like it will be t…

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One game at a time, the Buffalo Bills are turning even the most hardened skeptics into believers. A convincing 34-14 win Sunday over the Oakland Raiders improved the Bills to 5-2 and maintained their hold on the fifth playoff spot in the AFC. If the Bills win Thursday night at the Jets, they'll tie the New England Patriots for the AFC East lead at the midway point of th…

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It looked like it was going to be a long afternoon for Trae Elston. The Buffalo Bills’ safety found himself in coverage on back-to-back, 20-yard gains on the Oakland Raiders’ first drive Sunday. There was cause for concern about the injuries in the Buffalo secondary, and Elston’s tough start only heightened those. Those concerns, however, were quickly put to rest. El…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: A The final numbers for LeSean McCoy look great – 27 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown. Although it didn’t feel like it, the 27 attempts were his most as a member of the Bills. Credit offensive coordinator Rick Dennison for sticking with the run after the Bills managed just 42 yards on 11 carries in the first half. Backup Mike Tolb…

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The Raiders were without Marshawn Lynch on Sunday after his one-game suspension for putting his hands on an official. That meant bigger roles for Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. Richard had five carries for 21 yards and five receptions for 35 yards. Washington posted six carries for 26 yards and caught eight passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. But they each lo…

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Andre Holmes is batting .272 this season. The Buffalo Bills' lanky wide receiver has 11 catches in 2017, three of which have gone for touchdowns. One of those came Sunday in the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 win over Oakland. Holmes had three catches for 51 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown in the second quarter against his old team in helping the Bills improve to 5-2. "I h…

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Preston Brown sees firsthand just how much work rookie linebacker Matt Milano puts in. "We're roommates on the road, so I see him in his playbook all night," Brown said Sunday after the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 win over the Oakland Raiders at New Era Field. Milano played a big part in the win, returning a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to put the B…

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Andre Holmes is batting .272 this season. The Buffalo Bills' lanky wide receiver has 11 catches in 2017, three of which have gone for touchdowns. One of those came Sunday in the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 win over Oakland. Holmes had three catches for 51 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown in the second quarter against his old team in helping the Bills improve to 5-2. "I h…

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LeSean McCoy ran for a season-high 151 yards on 27 carries, which is the most he has had as a member of the Bills. McCoy also had the 35th 100-yard rushing day of his nine-year NFL career. After not getting into the end zone in the first six games, he has three rushing touchdowns in the last two weeks.   Asked if this is the strongest-willed team he has be…

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1. OK, I’m a believer. The Buffalo Bills are a playoff contender. Sunday’s 34-14 win against the Oakland Raiders solidifies that for me. The Bills are undefeated 4-0 at home, 3-1 in the AFC and 5-2 overall. Full disclosure: I picked them to go 6-10 this year. To borrow a phrase from coach Sean McDermott, they have a “playoff caliber” defense that has taken the ball away…

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The Buffalo Bills' secondary is hurting. Safety Jordan Poyer is inactive for the team Sunday against the Oakland Raiders after being listed as questionable coming into the game. Poyer did not practice all week after suffering a knee injury on the last play of the game in Week Seven against Tampa Bay. Additionally, cornerback E.J. Gaines is out with a hamstring injury…

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The Seattle Seahawks are still in the market for a left tackle, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and the Buffalo Bills' Cordy Glenn is a "trade option." The Seahawks had previously approached the Bills about Glenn, The Buffalo News confirmed earlier this month, but those talks did not amount to anything. The NFL trade deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Bills mad…

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The Jacksonville Jaguars officially announced the acquisition of Marcell Dareus from the Bills on Saturday after Dareus passed his physical. The Bills sent Dareus, the team's highest-paid player, to Jacksonville on Friday night in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick in 2018. The pick can become a fifth-rounder if Dareus remains on the roster and the Jaguar…

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The timing isn't good for the Buffalo Bills to meet the Oakland Raiders. Quarterback Derek Carr and Co. are coming off a big win in Week Seven, 31-30 over Kansas City, and come in with extra rest having played on Thursday Night Football. Carr threw for more than 400 yards in the win over the Chiefs, as Oakland's high-powered offense started to find itself. The Raiders w…

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Marcell Dareus' tenure with the Buffalo Bills ended Friday night when he was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here is a look at some of the events that defined his time in Western New York. • April 28, 2011: Drafted in the first round, third overall by the Bills out of Alabama. His selection was the highest the Bills have picked since they took Bruce Smith first over…