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In a must-win game against the Dolphins in Week 17, Jerry Hughes busted out of his slump. Through the first six games of 2017, he registered 28 quarterback pressures (three sacks, seven hits, 18 hurries) on 190 pass-rushing snaps. In his next nine contests, leading into the regular-season finale, he generated just 10 quarterback pressures (one sack, two hits, seven hurr…

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Tyrod Taylor was effective in the first half but cooled off in the second half — especially in the fourth quarter — against the Patriots in Week 16. He completed 2 of 5 passes made 20 or more yards down the field for 79 yards. He missed on both of his attempts over the middle in the 10 to 19-yard range. From the line of scrimmage to 19 yards down the field, Taylor we…

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If the Bills beat Miami on Sunday, Sean McDermott will be the fifth Bills coach to have a winning record in his first season with the team. The Bills would finish 9-7. The last time that happened was in 2004 when Mike Mularkey's team went 9-7. Here is the list: Lou Saban went 7-6-1 in 1962. Joe Collier went 9-4-1 in 1966. Wade Phillips went 10-6 in 1998. …

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Tyrod Taylor and the Bills played the Patriots tightly for three quarters in Week 16, and much of that had to do with fine inside-the-pocket passing from Buffalo's quarterback. In New England, Taylor completed 18 of 30 passes (60 percent) from inside the pocket for 257 yards (8.56 yards per attempt). That equates to a passer rating of 87.7. While he's had higher insi…

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A few weeks ago, I documented Tyrod Taylor's success against the Miami Dolphins during his time as the Buffalo Bills starter. Counting Week 15's performance in which he connected on 17 of 29 passes for 224 yards (7.72 yards per attempt) with one touchdown and no picks, Taylor has now completed 89 of 137 passes (64.9 percent) for 1,232 yards (8.99 yards per attempt) with…

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The Bills are hoping to remove the burden of a 17-year playoff drought on Sunday. Their infamous drought is the longest in North American team sports, and a full three seasons more than the Cleveland Browns, the next-longest streak in the NFL. What has become routine for the Bills – missing the playoffs – is actually an extremely improbable feat. Let’s examine how…

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At 6-foot-4 and 330-plus pounds, Deandre Coleman was re-signed by the Bills this season to aid the team's run-defense efforts, but the veteran was actually a liability against the Patriots in Week 16. Coleman received an overall grade of 34.5 in New England, the lowest grade out of 111 qualifying defensive linemen. His run-defense grade of 31.5 was also the lowest among…

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LeSean McCoy had a huge day in Buffalo's loss in New England in Week 16, a game that marked a high-level of versatility for the veteran running back. He had 71 rushing yards on 17 attempts (4.18 yards per rush) and five catches for 76 yards. It was the first contest for McCoy in which he amassed over 70 rushing yards and 70 receiving yards in the same game since Nov. 17…

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Tom Brady had a high-efficient, by-his-standards low-volume game in the Patriots' win over the Bills in Week 16. Much of his effectiveness had to do with Buffalo's pass-rushing issues, which have been a problem for the team for the majority of the 2017 campaign. On his 30 drop backs against the Bills at home, Brady was pressured only four times (13.3 percent). On tho…

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Tre'Davious White is currently Pro Football Focus' highest-graded rookie, and he's trending toward winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year award according to the analytics website. For a stretch in the middle of the season, fellow rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore of the Saints passed White in PFF's grading system when White allowed a touchdown in consecutive games a…

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Tyrod Taylor had an efficient albeit unspectacular passing performance against the Dolphins in Week 15. He was much better in the first half than he was in the third and fourth quarters. Taylor went 1 of 6 for 29 yards on throws made 20-plus yards down the field. At the intermediate level, the Bills signal-caller completed all four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown…

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Tom Brady hasn't been standard Tom Brady recently. While the future first-ballot Hall of Famer has been the ultimate criticism-silencer in his career, I'm not insinuating he's "done" or anything of that nature. Just simply stating a trend based in fact. In his last three games, Brady has passer ratings of 82.4 (at Bills), 59.5 (at Dolphins), and 87.6 (at Steelers)…

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The Buffalo Bills have been disciplined in Sean McDermott's first season at the helm. Buffalo has currently been called for 88 (enforced) penalties, the 11th-lowest figure in the NFL. Interestingly, 22 of those flags came in back-to-back games. In Week 8's win over the Oakland Raiders, McDermott's squad was hit with 11 penalties. The following game, a loss at the New…

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Like the majority of quarterbacks in the NFL, Tyrod Taylor is pretty dependent on the quality of his pass-catchers. Here's a nearly three-year study I've conducted on how the Bills quarterback has fared when he had his top two targets on the field. For a game to be counted, it needed to feature one of the following pass-catcher duos for Taylor: 2015-2016: Sammy Watki…

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In the Bills' win over the Dolphins, Tyrod Taylor rebounded well after consecutive brutal home starts against the Saints and Patriots. Taylor completed 13 of 22 passes from inside the pocket for 167 yards (7.59 yards-per-attempt) with one touchdown and no interceptions. That equated to a quarterback rating of 98.1. Here are Taylor's updated inside and outside the poc…