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The Bills had four takeaways in their 34-14 victory against the Oakland Raiders. It was the Bills' fourth consecutive game with at least three turnovers. That is the longest active streak in the NFL and the Bills' longest streak since the final five games of the 2004 season. The Bills entered the game leading the league with a plus-10 turnover differential.

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Ed Hochuli brings his officiating crew – and his large arms – to Buffalo on Sunday for the Bills game against the Oakland Raiders. He last worked a Bills game in December 2015, when the Bills lost to the Eagles 23-20. Interestingly, Hochuli’s crew is among the tops in the NFL in penalties called per game heading into Week 8 at 16.8. The league average is 13.8. Hochul…

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For a while now there's been a prevailing thought that Tyrod Taylor isn't an effective passer from the pocket. To find out if that was a spot-on thought or a fallacy, I've tracked every throw Taylor has made thus far in the 2017 – and will continue to do so – by passes inside and outside the pocket. Here are the up-to-date findings: Inside the Pocket 89 completion…

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When the 49ers released NaVorro Bowman two weeks ago, the Raiders pounced on the opportunity to add him to their defense, and the former superstar is already making a positive impact on his new team. As is the case with most linebackers, as Bowman has aged, he's lost some of his coverage ability but has maintained quality play against the run. In 2015, his run-stoppi…

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Before the season, I published a comprehensive comparison of Jordan Matthews and Sammy Watkins. After three games, I checked in on Matthews' and Watkins' elementary and advanced statistics. At that point, the Rams wideout led in yards per game, touchdowns, passer rating on targets and the ever-important efficiency metric yards per route run, while Buffalo's pass-catc…

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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week Seven win over the Buccaneers. • Richie Incognito missed his first nine snaps of the season after suffering an ankle injury. • Left tackle Cordy Glenn played 58 of 68 snaps in his first start since Week Two. He is close to being ready to play a full game, coach Sean McD…

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After rushing 33 times for 178 yards in the win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, let's take a close look at the Buffalo Bills run game before the team hosts the Oakland Raiders at New Era Field in Week Eight. Pro Football Focus recently published an article which showed the percentages of zone-blocking run plays for each NFL team. The Bills have run a zone-blocking pla…

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In Vic Carucci's latest "Take Five," he mentioned how important it was for the Bills to find a way to pressure Derek Carr on Sunday. "The Raiders have allowed only 13 sacks in seven games. They do a good job of minimizing hits on Carr. Therefore, the Bills, who rank 23rd in the league in sacks per pass play and have produced only 13 sacks on the season, need to do somet…

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Just two days after adding cornerback Tony McRae, the Bills claimed corner Lafayette Pitts off waivers. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/25/bills-claim-one-cornerback-release-another/ Let's assess the physical capabilities of the newest member of Buffalo's roster who spent 2016 with the Dolphins when Buffalo's current assistant GM Joe Schoen was Miami's director of pla…

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We've a reached a crossroads regarding what Bills coaches think and what the myriad of graders at Pro Football Focus have seen regarding Marcell Dareus' play in 2017. Today, head coach Sean McDermott stated he thought Dareus played his best football of the season against the Buccaneers. However, Dareus received a -0.7 overall PFF grade (the No. 52 grade out of 72 qua…

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Week Seven marked another game in which Tre'Davious White's performance drew positive reviews from Pro Football Focus. The Bills rookie cornerback's positive overall grade was the 21st-highest among 91 qualifying cornerbacks against the Buccaneers. He surrendered two receptions -- on four targets -- for 35 yards and the outstanding touchdown grab in the fourth quarte…

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LeSean McCoy averaged 3.95 yards per carry en route to a 91-yard afternoon on the ground against the Buccaneers Sunday. He added 31 yards as a receiver for a grand total of 122 yards on 28 touches. Let's take a closer look at his performance against Tampa Bay and check in on his overall production through six games in the 2017 season. McCoy received the 10th-lowest g…

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After his worst game of the year before the bye week, Tyrod Taylor rebounded in a big way with an efficient performance in the Bills' 30-27 win over the Buccaneers in Week Seven. Against the Buccaneers, Taylor went 3 of 4 for 89 yards on passes to his left that went 20 or more yards down the field with one touchdown and an almost perfect passer rating of 156.3. At the s…

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Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was flawless in engineering one of the more unlikely comebacks in team history Sunday, going 5 for 5 for 96 yards on the Bills' final three drives while earning his third career fourth-quarter comeback. After the Buccaneers took a 27-20 lead with 3:20 to play, Taylor led the Bills 75 yards to the end zone for the tying score in just three …

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Marshawn Lynch's one-game suspension for making contact with an official in the Raiders' Week Seven victory over the Chiefs on "Thursday Night Football" has been upheld. Since Lynch won't play against the Bills, let's examine what Buffalo's run defense will be up against with other Oakland runners (Lynch's numbers are included below for comparison). (Stats courtesy o…