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Marshawn Lynch's one-game suspension for making contact with an official in the Raiders' Week Seven victory over the Chiefs on "Thursday Night Football" has been upheld. Since Lynch won't play against the Bills, let's examine what Buffalo's run defense will be up against with other Oakland runners (Lynch's numbers are included below for comparison). (Stats courtesy o…

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The Bills face another difficult test at the receiver spot with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree coming to town in Week Eight after dealing with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson in Week Seven. Let's examine the Raiders dynamic one-two punch out wide from an advanced-stat perspective. Pro Football Focus' ultimate receiver efficiency metric is yards per route run. In …

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The Bills needed Nick O'Leary and Logan Thomas to step up in the absence of Charles Clay, and the two tight ends certainly did that against the Buccaneers. In the first five games of the season, Clay was targeted 27 times and made 20 receptions for 258 yards with two touchdowns. He was Buffalo's most reliable and productive pass-catching option for the first month of th…

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Matt Milano built on a respectable debut as a starter against the Cincinnati Bengals with an excellent game against the Buccaneers in the Bills' win Sunday. He was targeted three times and allowed two receptions for just nine yards. His interception came on a play in which he stayed in the pocket of tight end Cameron Brate down the seam, turned at the right time, and re…

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The questions for weeks have been about the wide receivers. The Bills entered Sunday's game on a historically low pace for catches by wide receivers. They had just 24 through five games. Deonte Thompson, signed this week after working out for the team, had four catches on four targets. He finished with 107 yards. How big a number is that? Consider that the highest…

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Bills vs. Buccaneers: Ten games all-time. Bills record: 3-7 (.300). First game: On Sept. 26, 1976, the Bills topped the Bucs 14-9. O.J. Simpson had just 39 yard rushing on 20 carries, but Joe Ferguson was 12-for-22 with 188 yards passing and two touchdowns. This was just the third game in Tampa Bay’s franchise history, and their third loss, en route to losing th…

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Despite star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and quality front seven players like Robert Ayers and Chris Baker, the Buccaneers will enter Sunday with the fewest sacks (six) as a defense in the NFL. On 934 individual pass-rush attempts thus far in 2017, Buccaneers defenders have accumulated a grand total of 84 quarterback pressures (six sacks, 21 hits, 57 hurries). That…

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How have the Bills fared while running zone coverage? How about in the instances they've been in man? Pro Football Focus recently published an insightful article that provided the details of how often teams have utilized man coverage and the production while in that coverage. Man coverage The Bills are currently 19th in rate of man coverage at 31.3 percent. The Chiefs…

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A quote Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines made in 2014 regarding Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans has resurfaced. Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times sent a tweet with Gaines' comment this morning: https://twitter.com/gregauman/status/920632023068348416 Let's unpack what Gaines said. In 2012 with Texas A&M, Evans had eight grabs for 99 yards and a score against Gaine…

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As we learned during his time in Carolina with the Panthers, the linebacker position is vital for Sean McDermott's 4-3 scheme. With the defensive line tasked to get upfield most of the time, the second-level defenders must be highly skilled run-stoppers and fluid in coverage. Veteran Ramon Humber earned a starting linebacker gig during training camp and the preseason…

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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week Five loss to the Bengals. • Not surprisingly, Nick O'Leary saw a big increase in work after fellow tight end Charles Clay was hurt in the first half. O'Leary played a season-high 59 snaps and was targeted six times. He is expected to have a big role while Clay is out wit…

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Another game, another seemingly nondescript performance from Marcell Dareus that received positive reviews from Pro Football Focus. Against the Bengals, the Bills' defensive tackle was given his second-highest grade of the season (+1.6). Interestingly, he played 22 snaps after a 23-snap outing against the Falcons in Week Five. Dareus' +1.6 overall grade was the 19th-…

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Oct. 12, 1975 – Buffalo entered the day with a 3-0 record on the year. Things were looking up as they were leading the National Football League in scoring with 110 points for, and were second in total offense, 66 yards in trail of the Pittsburgh Steelers, with 1,231 total yards. They had won each of their first three games easily with a 42-14 victory over the New York…

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In September, we took a look at some interesting Bills’ numbers from the 1960s – one for each season – that one will not just find on the back of a Topps football card, doing so in two parts: 1960-65, highlighted by Billy Atkins’ 1961 season in which he had double-digit interceptions and managed a 39-yard field goal and a 56-yard rushing touchdown. And from 1966-69…