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Since the bye, the Bills have had seven takeaways to just one giveaway in their two games – upping their season turnover differential to a NFL best +14, with no team in sight, nearly double the second-place Jacksonville Jaguars, at +8. But the Bills ability to create turnovers on offense and limit them on defense is not just seasonally exceptional, it is historically exc…

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The prospect of playing the Thursday night game on the road is one that coaches don’t particularly enjoy. Players are tired from Sunday’s game and even Victory Monday turns into a work day as the visiting team needs to cram game-planning into Monday and Tuesday before heading to the plane. Asked about what the biggest challenge was, Bills coach Sean McDermott sad, …

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After an abysmal rookie year, John Miller rebounded in a big way in 2016. He was a crucial aspect of the Bills preeminent run game but experienced a rough start to 2017 that led to his benching after Buffalo's win in Atlanta over the Falcons. His replacement has been journeyman Vladimir Ducasse, a former second-round pick who spent the past two seasons in Baltimore with…

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With the Bills and Jets set to kickoff Thursday night, the early-week injury reports are more important than usual. Just as Buffalo did, New York only had a walkthrough Monday, but by rule both teams had to label players as they would normally. Let's look at notable players listed on the injury report and assess their value to Gang Green this season: Did not practice …

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The Bills beat the Jets 21-12 in Week One, in a game that was close despite Buffalo winning the yardage battle 408 to 214. At the time, most believed the Jets were a trendy pick to earn the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft. But New York has played respectable football since then. Let's check in on how some key Jets players have fared after the loss to the Bill…

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Bills safety Micah Hyde received his highest overall grade so far in the 2017 season from Pro Football Focus for a stellar performance against the Raiders. His +3.6 grade was the best among 54 qualifying safeties in Week Eight. He allowed three catches on three targets for just seven yards, snagged an interception, and surrendered a passer rating of 39.6. He also made f…

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With E.J. Gaines ailing, Shareece Wright was thrust into the Bills starting lineup and had the unenviable task of facing Michael Crabtree, one of the NFL's most underrated wide receivers. And Buffalo got a huge performance from the veteran cornerback in a vital game against an AFC opponent. Wright was thrown at nine times and allowed four receptions (44.4 percent cat…

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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week Eight win over the Raiders. • The coaches mean it when they say they're going to stick by rookie receiver Zay Jones. He played the most snaps of any wide receiver, with Jordan Matthews next. Deonte Thompson got two more snaps than Andre Holmes. That looks like it will be…

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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. …

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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 comple…

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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…

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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…