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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 43-…

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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 rooki…

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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 on the…

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Marcell Dareus may be the most polarizing Buffalo Bills player. Tyrod Taylor can ignite some heated debates at the bar or in your living room, but Dareus' high-level play mixed with his repeated off-field, maturity and injury issues have made him quite the conundrum. Throughout the season, we will examine Dareus, the player, the ultra-talented defensive tackle who, w…

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Last season, the Buffalo Bills were reminded of how important a field goal kicker can be in the NFL. Dan Carpenter, who'd been reliable for two years in Western New York, regressed in 2016, as he morphed into a special-teams liability. Carpenter's out in Buffalo. Stephen Hauschka, former Seahawks kicker, is in. He signed a relatively lucrative deal with the Bills this o…

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Each week throughout the season, we will examine the most intriguing one-on-one matchups in the Bills' upcoming game, pinpointing the biggest disadvantages and advantages for the Bills, as well as the contest's best individual matchup. Against the Jets, the focus will be on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Let's take a look. (Stats courtesy of Pro Football Foc…

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The Buffalo Bills have seen two different linebackers in three years of having Preston Brown on the roster. In his debut NFL season, Brown looked like one of the best young linebackers in football. He significantly regressed since and became a liability in Rex Ryan's defense. Which version of Brown should the Bills expect this season? Let's take a look at how Pro …

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Before Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy embarks on another season as the team's workhorse running back, let's review his 2016 season from an advanced stats perspective and pinpoint what those numbers tell us. First the standard stats. McCoy averaged a career-high 5.4 yards per carry a season ago and found the end zone on the ground 13 times. He caught 50 passes, …