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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, …

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The Buffalo Bills have established themselves as one of the best running teams in the NFL, but many believe in order to take the next step as an offense, they need to become more proficient through the air. Buffalo has led the NFL in yards per carry in each of the past two seasons, and although 2015's passing game was more efficient than 2016, in general, Bills fans wou…

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Last year, the Buffalo Bills attempted the fewest passes in football, just 474 throws. In 2015, Buffalo attempted the second-fewest passes in the league. As the NFL's passing renaissance raged on, the Bills limited their reliance on moving the football through the air, and leaned on their excellent rushing attack. That's likely going to change this season under new o…

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LeSean McCoy  is one of 31 players in NFL history with at least 8,000 yards rushing in his first eight seasons — among them, 14 are Pro Football Fall of Famers. McCoy's 4.72 yards per attempt rank fifth among the crew of 31, behind Hall of Famers Jim Brown (5.20), Barry Sanders (4.92) and former Bill O.J. Simpson (4.82). McCoy, who has 8,954 career rushing yards, also t…

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Essentially, the Buffalo Bills hope to replace Ronald Darby with E.J. Gaines. With his decorated career at Florida State that included a national title, Darby has been somewhat of a recognizable name. Gaines, on the other hand, was a mid-round selection who spent his college days at the University of Missouri. He entered he league without much fanfare, and isn't an esta…

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Let's examine the New York Jets ahead of their trip to New Era Field to take on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Gang Green isn't a Super Bowl contender, but that doesn't mean they have no impact players on their roster. Each week, we will take a look at the Bills opponent from an advanced stats angle to provide a deeper understanding of the Bills' foe. Jets defense …

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Let's get to know the free agents the Buffalo Bills added this offseason that made the roster in a unique way. Instead of simply reviewing these players' past performances while on different teams, we will examine athleticism. Typically, you can get an idea of how well someone will play based on athletic ability. This, from analytics enthusiast Zach Whitman, applies …

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What are the Buffalo Bills getting in Jordan Matthews? Taking that question a step further, let's compare him to Sammy Watkins, the receiver they traded away. To get the best understanding of how Watkins and Matthews have produced in their young NFL careers, their statistics should be examined on a per-target, per-reception, and per-game basis. Career totals don't pr…

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Let's get to know the free agents the Buffalo Bills added this offseason that made the roster in a unique way. Instead of simply reviewing these players' past performances while on different teams, we will examine athleticism. Typically, you can get an idea of how well someone will play based on athletic ability. This, from analytics enthusiast Zach Whitman, applies …

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Much of the Bills' 2016 season can be told through the big play. On offense, Buffalo was almost effortlessly dynamic, especially on the ground. As a defense, Rex Ryan's crew routinely surrendered chunk plays. The latter will likely need to greatly improve under Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, so the Bills' offensive efforts won't be wasted. Last…

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The Bills totaled 399 points last season, their most in a season since they scored 400 in 1998. The Bills had 10 games with at least 25 points — tying the franchise record, set in 1990, though they were just 5-5 in those games, whereas they finished 10-0 in 1990, en route to a loss in Super Bowl XXV. The Bills' pass defense was strong, allowing the fourth fewest …

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Tyrod Taylor, a career backup before coming to the Buffalo Bills, was, at the least, a moderately competent quarterback in his first two seasons as the starter in Western New York. At his high points, Taylor played like one of the 10 best signal-callers in the league. He did so in Greg Roman's offense in 2015, and though he regressed slightly in 2016, he was able to kee…