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Sacks have been an official NFL statistic since 1982. For all those years, we've known how many times a quarterback has been sacked, but not how many times he was able to avoid a sack. Last year, while rewatching early season Bills games, I realized that despite Tyrod Taylor's tendency to be sacked (he was sacked 42 times in 2016, the most in the NFL), he has an ability…

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The Buffalo Bills' Week Two game against the Carolina Panthers, Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane's homecoming, features an array of intriguing individual matchups. McDermott knows many of the strengths and weaknesses of Panthers players, and many of those same players will know the ins and outs of his defense. Don't forget, too, Bills offensive coordinator Rick Denni…

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While there's more to focus on in today's NFL, kickers still hold a decent amount of importance. Last week, we began this series to compare the performance of current Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka with Dan Carpenter's 2016 campaign. We'll be tracking this all season. Here's how the two stack up after one game. Field goals 2017 Hauschka: 0/1 2016 Carpenter: 0/…

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Let's fully examine the Carolina Panthers, who play host to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. After a tremendous 2015 season in which they went 15-1 and advanced to the Super Bowl, the Panthers experienced the typical Super Bowl hangover last year, as they finished the year 6-10. Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly lead the way for the Panthers, but they have a variety of importa…

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Jim Kelly had more wins for the Bills (101) than any Bills quarterback since has touchdown passes. The only quarterback in Bills franchise history with more touchdown passes than Kelly had wins is Joe Ferguson, who threw for 181 touchdowns. Kelly is the franchise leader with 237 TD passes. Ryan Fitzpatrick is third with 80. Tyrod Taylor rushed for 38 yards in the se…

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Before the season, we took a look at some free agents the Buffalo Bills added in the offseason. Instead of simply reviewing these players' past performances while on different teams, we examined their athleticism. Typically, you can get an idea of how well someone will play based on athletic ability. Andre Holmes caught a touchdown pass in Week One, so let's look at…

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Before the season, we took a look at some free agents the Buffalo Bills added in the offseason. Instead of simply reviewing these players' past performances while on different teams, we examined their athleticism. Typically, you can get an idea of how well someone will play based on athletic ability. Jordan Poyer certainly had a strong opening week, so let's look at…

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Let’s take a look at just how important a strong ground game is for the Bills, historically. On Monday, we touched on the Bills' performance during games in which LeSean McCoy, presently, and Thurman Thomas, historically, rushed for 100 yards or more. Specifically, how the Bills are 10-2 (.833) when McCoy rushes for at least 100 yards, and how they were a remarkable 4…

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In what is reportedly a make or break season for Marcell Dareus, the Buffalo Bills' talented defensive tackle got off to a solid start in 2017 during a game in which he was used more sparingly than usual. Dareus played 34 of a possible 58 defensive snaps (59%) against the Jets. The News' Jay Skurksi provided this analysis of his usage: "Dareus' 34 snaps were the fewe…

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Safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde thrived in their debut with the Buffalo Bills. It has been a few years since the Bills had quality coverage safeties who also flourished as run-defenders. Poyer spent his first two NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, and Hyde was acquired following four seasons in Green Bay with the P…

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It was a dazzling opener for LeSean McCoy. He had 110 yards rushing and added another 49 as a receiver in the Bills' 21-12 victory over the Jets on Sunday. McCoy is currently second leaguewide in rushing, behind only Kareem Hunt after Week One. Let's take a closer look at his performance in the game in which he became the 37th running back in NFL history to eclipse 1…

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The Buffalo Bills were workmanlike in their victory over the New York Jets in Week One. LeSean McCoy was the offensive star, while safety Jordan Poyer turned in a quality performance at safety. Tyrod Taylor had a good, albeit far from spectacular, afternoon, and the Bills defense got to quarterback Josh McCown for just one sack. Here's what the advanced stats say abo…

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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week One win over the Jets. • Jordan Matthews took the most snaps of any of the team's receivers. He appears to be fully recovered from the chip fracture in his sternum that kept him out of the preseason. • Cordy Glenn took 73 percent of the snaps at left tackle, while r…

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LeSean McCoy rushed for 110 yards in the Bills' season-opening 21-12 victory over the Jets, surpassing 9,000 yards for his career in just 118 career games. He is the 22nd player in history to rush for at least 9,000 yards through his first 118 games. Among that group of 22, his 4.72 yards per attempt rank fourth, behind Saints back Adrian Peterson (4.92), and Hall of F…

Bills vs. Jets: 112 games all-time. Bills record: 59-53-0 (.527). First game: This was also the Bills' first game, played Sept. 11, 1960. The Bills scored first, a field goal off the foot of Darrell Harper — who had just two field goals that season, the only of his career. That was all the Bills would get as the Jets — then called the Titans of New York — went…