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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is in some ways the opposite of Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor. Winston is a gunslinger. Taylor is especially careful with his passes. Winston is an elite arm-talent, and he will use his cannon-launcher to challenge tight windows in the defensive secondary. Taylor usually does not. One good ingredient to a Bills victory over th…

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Big-Play Breakdown: Bucs' seam route to Mike Evans Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston is good at throwing down the seams to the intermediate and deep parts of the field. He likes to throw to the inside receiver. He has complete faith in star receiver Mike Evans. Sometimes Winston forces it to Evans when he shouldn't. This was a red-zone interception against Min…

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The value of rest and recuperation for football players during a long NFL season is hardly a new idea. Marv Levy was a leading proponent of the concept during his great run as Buffalo Bills coach, and it wasn't a new idea for Levy back then. He started to embrace the philosophy in the 1950s, when he used to travel the country attending football clinics run by legendary …

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It's unrealistic to expect the Buffalo Bills to get above-average play from their no-name, banged-up receiving corps. Given that handicap, it's near impossible for the Bills to win if they can't get above-average play from either the offensive line or the quarterback in any given game. In losing to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, the Bills' got below-average play from…

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BENGALS-BILLS MATCHUP WINNERS Bills vs. Bengals first-down defense The Bills first-down passing game went south after tight end Charles Clay got hurt. There was no need for the Bengals to respect the Bills' passing game, especially with Jordan Matthews injured and out of the lineup. Rick Dennison had a difficult task of manufacturing something on first down against a…

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Forcing turnovers and preventing the big play have been the trademarks of the Buffalo Bills' defense this season. The Bills again played take-away Sunday but couldn't prevent two difference-making long-gainers in their 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Buffalo was one of only three NFL teams that had not allowed a pass play of 40 or more yards through the first f…

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Bills DEs vs. Bengals OTs The Bengals' starting tackles are shaky. Left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (pronounced oh-BWAY-hee) was the 21st overall pick in 2015. He has super-long arms (35 7-8 inches), and he's athletic. The problem is his functional lower-body strength isn't good enough yet. He doesn't anchor well, and he gives up a lot of ground to bull rushers. He has split ti…

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First-down deep post to A.J. Green Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton has taken a couple deep shots per game on first-down plays per game this season. His pass protection has been inconsistent, and the first-down, play-action fake gives him a bit more time. This one went for 50 yards to star A.J Green against Houston in Week Two, despite the fact the Texans essentially …

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Lorenzo Alexander is on his sixth NFL team and his ninth defensive coordinator, so he was not worried about adapting to the new Buffalo Bills' defensive scheme this season. "That’s kind of been my M.O. my whole career," Alexander said. "I’ve been in this league 13 years. I’ve played seven or eight positions, been moved around, lost weight, gained weight. That’s …

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Bills left guard Richie Incognito was named to the First Quarter All-Pro Team by Pro Football Focus. He is one of five Bills recognized. According to PFF, Incognito's grade is 84.1. He has not allowed a QB Hit this season on 127 pass block snaps, per PFF. Since coming back into the league there have been few better guards than Buffalo’s Richie Incognito. This seaso…

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The Cincinnati Bengals are trying to create a second window of opportunity for quarterback Andy Dalton and coach Marvin Lewis. The first window produced five straight playoff seasons and a 52-27-1 record from 2011 to 2015. Most NFL fan bases would sign up in a heartbeat for that kind of run. Except for one thing: The Bengals failed to win a single playoff game in those …

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Big Play Breakdown: Bengals Counter Run The counter has been a staple of the Cincinnati offense for years, and the Bills' defense will have to contain it in Sunday's game. It does not usually go for a long touchdown. But Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) broke it for a 74-yard score against Cleveland last season. Thurman Thomas probably gained 3,000 yards on this pl…

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The Buffalo Bills could not afford to get into a shootout with the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. The Bills had to try to keep reigning NFL most valuable player Matt Ryan off the field. They had to impose their rushing will on Atlanta to some degree. They did it just enough. The best grades from the Bills' upset of the Falcons go to a defense that created three turnovers an…

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It's probably a good thing Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan did not check from a pass to a run play on the Falcons' final play from scrimmage Sunday. The Bills had 10 defensive players on the field for the incomplete pass to receiver Taylor Gabriel. WGR's Sal Capaccio first pointed out the alignment. After an incompletion on third down with 49 seconds left, Atlanta swit…

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PLAY TO WATCH: BILLS AT FALCONS Play-action drive to Julio Jones Just like the Bills, Atlanta is an outside zone running team. Just like the Bills, Atlanta's pass scheme plays off the zone run game. The difference is Atlanta has All-Pro receiver Julio Jones. Atlanta loves to run play-action to the right, then throw back to the left to Jones (11) on a short slant. He'…