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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. After being sidelined with an ankle injury in Week Three against the Broncos, Bills polarizing defensive tackle Marcell Dareus played in a limited role again Buffalo's victory over the Falcons. (Bills stats and grades courtesy of Pro Football Focus) Da…

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Against the Falcons in Week Four, Tre'Davious White pieced together another lockdown performance. The first-year pro was targeted eight times, surrendered four receptions for just 18 yards, and had one pass breakup. Of the 76 cornerbacks who've played at least 150 snaps thus far in the 2017 season, White owns the highest overall grade and has the fourth-highest overa…

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In football, there are two philosophies on defense. You know about the difference between a 3-4 alignment and 4-3 alignment, but let's discuss the differences between a one-gap system and two-gap system. There are six gaps along the offensive line (the four spaces between the five offensive linemen and the two at the end of the line) that need to be filled by the defens…

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Tyrod Taylor has had a fine start to his third season as the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback. As expected, the veteran signal-caller has been relatively "low volume" compared to his contemporaries. Right now, 30 quarterbacks have thrown more than the 99 passes Taylor has attempted through four games. But also as Taylor has shown during his time in Western New York, h…

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Week Four marked another sub-par game in the stat book for LeSean McCoy, but once again, he made his impact felt in the pass game. Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus. The Bills' feature back ran 15 pass routes and accumulated 32 yards, good for a 2.13 yards per route run number. Heading into Week Five, McCoy is averaging 1.96 yards per route run, which is the sixth…

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On Sunday, the Bills managed a thrilling 23-17 upset victory over the Atlanta Falcons. They are now 3-1 on the season and in sole possession of the first place in the AFC East Division. Tyrod Taylor is off to a hot start with a 100.7 passer rating, coupling that with his 104.4 rating through four games in 2015, he joins Jim Kelly (3) and Joe Ferguson (4) as the only Bil…

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In the NFL, it's all about creating pressure on the quarterback, and that football philosophy was on full display in the Bills victory over the Falcons in Week Four. Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus. Bills' offense On 25 pass plays, the Bills offensive line allowed five quarterback pressures (one sack, four hurries). That equated to the 10th-best Pass-Block Effici…

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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week Four win over the Falcons. • Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus played just 22 snaps in his first game back after missing Week Three because of an ankle injury. Dareus' snap count was the lowest of any player on defense. He did not record any statistics, and remains at one as…

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Charles Clay had his best game as a pro against the Falcons yesterday, a dazzling five-catch, 112-yard performance that also featured a strong day as a run-blocker. Grade-wise, Pro Football Focus gave him at +2.9 as a pass-catcher – the highest among tight end ends who've played in Week Four prior to Monday Night Football – and a run-blocking grade of +0.4. The Bills…

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The Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons Week Four battle is oozing with interesting one-on-one matchups, and I'm not just talking about Julio Jones vs. E.J. Gaines, or Preston Brown vs. Devonta Freeman. Both teams come into this game with well-balanced units, accurate quarterbacks, and an assortment of underrated players on defense. Let's assess the best individual mat…

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Bills vs. Falcons: 11 games all-time. Bills record: 4-7 (.364). First game: On Dec. 2, 1973, the Bills visited Atlanta Stadium to square off against the Falcons. They won 17-6 despite Joe Ferguson going just 7-for-12 with 95 yards passing, zero touchdowns, one interception and a 49.0 passer rating. The defense, forcing three turnovers, and rush offense — O.J. Simpson…

Sept. 29, 1968 – The Bills entered the day with a 0-3 record on the year, already with a -62 point differential for the season—just 36 points for to 98 points allowed. They ranked last in football with 597 yards total offense and they were slated to play Joe Namath—who, to this point in the season, had a 96.1 passer rating, at a time when league average was just 63.7—and t…

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Tyrod Taylor was hyper-efficient against the Broncos, one of the NFL's best defenses in Week Three. After Week One, I introduced "One-Read-Then-Run," a Taylor-centric statistic that would attempt to quantify how often he quickly abandons being a passer and turns into a runner. Here's my thought behind the creation of this metric: "Pertaining to Taylor's advancemen…

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Before the season, I pieced together a comprehensive comparison of Jordan Matthews and Sammy Watkins. In that study, I came to the conclusion that Matthews had been about 85 percent as good as Watkins in their three-year NFL careers leading up to the 2017 campaign. http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/07/jordan-matthews-sammy-watkins-comprehensive-comparison/?utm_campaign=pum…