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BIG-PLAY BREAKDOWN: Tevin Coleman vs. Cover 3 in red zone Atlanta gives defenses fits with both its skill-position talent and its scheme. Here was a Cover 3 zone "beater" that speedy running back Tevin Coleman ran for a 26-yard touchdown in Atlanta's playoff win over Seattle last January. The wide receiver on the left cleared cornerback DeShawn Snead (35) out. Al…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. There is no end to the headaches the Atlanta Falcons' offense gives to opposing defensive coordinators. Quarterback Matt Ryan is the reigning NFL most valuable player. Receiver Julio Jones was first-team All-Pro each of the past two years. Atlanta led t…

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Mark Gaughan’s Play to Watch: Trevor Siemian executing Denver’s quick game There are two reasons Denver probably will want to get the ball out of Trevor Siemian’s hands quickly vs. Buffalo. 1, The Broncos are at less than full strength at offensive tackle. 2, The Bills figure to protect deep against the dangerous duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. …

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LUKE KUECHLY'S INTERCEPTION FOR TD 2015 All Bills fans want to see Tyrod Taylor more effectively work the middle of the field, and he did it some against the New York Jets. He better be careful throwing between the numbers against Carolina middle linebacker Luke Kuechly. This is one of Kuechly's more famous plays, an interception he returned for a TD on national T…

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Matchup watch Bills DL vs. Jets OL The best aspect of the Jets offense is the running back tandem of Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. Can those two get going behind an offensive line that is not athletic? New York figures to run a lot of inside zone plays. New center Wesley Johnson doesn't have the power at the point of attack that departed Nick Mangold had. He's a good …

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The New York Jets' defense is not a joke. Yes, the Jets are everyone's pick to earn the No. 1 pick in next spring's NFL Draft. But their defense still has a menacing scheme and enough talent to make life difficult for the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's season opener. "They can put a lot of pressure on you," said Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. "They can test your …

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There’s something special about opening day, no matter what the expectations are for an NFL team. Tailgating plus good weather equals optimism – at least before kickoff. The good feelings should continue for the Buffalo Bills and their fans on Sunday when the New York Jets visit New Era Field. The Bills are heavy favorites in the first game of the Sean McDermott Era…

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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…

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You are dying for different, as is usually the case with a Buffalo Bills head coaching change. You were happy to hear Sean McDermott say at his opening news conference: "I'm not into making promises." You're thrilled McDermott has not yet shown up at the interview podium wearing a helmet. You're glad you haven't seen him bicycling through Delaware Park. You don't …

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Jay Skurski sizes up the key elements of Sunday's AFC showdown between the Bills and the Steelers.