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The Colts lead the league in sacks allowed. They have young inexperience on the offensive line and at skill positions. It will be interesting to see Sunday how much the Bills test the Colts' pass-protection communication with blitzes and stunts by the defensive line. The sacks aren't all the offensive line's fault. This was a sack by Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszn…

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Opponents have bulked up and played more physical with the Buffalo Bills' defense the second half of the season. The Bills think they're managing the problem a little better, but the proof will come in the final four games, starting with Sunday's meeting with the Indianapolis Colts. Over the past five games, opposing offenses have used "running personnel groups" on 1…

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Awful offensive line play and quarterback injuries are the two quickest ways for a football team's season to fall apart. The Indianapolis Colts have endured both in stumbling to a 3-9 record. With franchise QB Andrew Luck out for the year due to shoulder surgery, young Jacoby Brissett is learning on the job. Brissett has a big arm, ideal size and he moves well. Bu…

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Mark Gaughan's Big Play Breakdown: T.Y. Hilton Double-Move Out and Up  Hilton is the Indianapolis Colts' game-breaking receiver, a three-time Pro Bowler. He's second behind only San Francisco's Marquise Goodwin among all starting receivers in yards per catch this season at 19.29. His 58 catches of 25-or-more yards since 2014 are tops in the NFL. Hilton is only 5-…

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Rob Gronkowski put on a clinic Sunday at New Era Field, up until his illegal hit on Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White near the end of the game. No matter how the Bills tried to defend him, the New England tight end proved he was too good to be stopped. Here's breakdown of Gronkowski's nine-catch, 147-yard day: X Gronk beat the blitz three times for 61 yards. One …

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The inability to stretch the field in the passing game has become a recurring nightmare for the Buffalo Bills' offense. The Bills' longest completion in the 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots was just 14 yards. The Bills were 0 for 2 on passes that traveled more than 20 yards past the line of scrimmage against the Patriots. Tyrod Taylor missed deep for Deonte Thom…

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PATS-BILLS MATCHUPS  Stephon Gilmore vs. Zay Jones The former Buffalo Bills cornerback covered the Bills rookie receiver most of the game and gave up just two catches for 22 yards. The Bills targeted Jones seven times. Rookie Nathan Peterman threw in Jones' direction on three of four fourth-and-goal plays in the fourth quarter. All were incomplete. The first was a ba…

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An offensively challenged team like the Buffalo Bills can't afford to squander scoring opportunities against the New England Patriots. That's exactly how Sunday's game began, and the Bills essentially were playing from behind during the entire 23-3 loss. Tyrod Taylor's first-and-goal interception from the New England 6-yard line started the Bills' slide and was the f…

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New England's base defense is the 4-3, but the Patriots will line up in more diverse fronts on all downs more than most teams. Against the Bills last season, they used some "bear fronts" as a way of clogging the running lanes for LeSean McCoy. The Jets successfully used similar condensed fronts, with a head-up nose tackle flanked by two linemen squeezing in the middle in 3…

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Mark Gaughan's Matchup Watch: Patriots at Bills LeSean McCoy vs. Kyle Van Noy The question will be whether the Bills can get McCoy into one-on-one open-field situations against Van Noy. The expectation is Bill Belichick will work to take McCoy away and say to Tyrod Taylor: "Go ahead, beat us with these wideouts, if you can." If the Patriots go with a reduced front, p…

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No cheap deep might as well be a motto of the Buffalo Bills' defense. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier tries hard to make teams work for scores, and he has done a pretty good job of it from a pass-coverage perspective. The Bills have allowed only three 40-plus pass plays, tied for fourth fewest in the NFL. The challenge gets tougher Sunday against New England.…

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BIG-PLAY BREAKDOWN: Rob Gronkowski's Goal-Line Fade Rob Gronkowski has 75 career receiving TDs in only eight seasons, which ranks No. 3 all-time among tight ends and No. 33 overall. The goal-line or red-zone fade to the New England tight end is one of the hardest-to-defend plays in the NFL. The Pats line him up alone on one side with three receivers to the opposi…

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Everything becomes easier for your football team when you have one of or both of the following: 1. An elite quarterback. 2. Dominance on the line of scrimmage. The Buffalo Bills did a lot of good defensive scheming Sunday in putting the Kansas City Chiefs' offense in a straightjacket. Yet the 16-10 victory all started up front, where the Bills' front seven won the ba…

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MATCHUP WINNERS: Bills at Chiefs Travis Kelce vs. Bracket coverage The Chiefs' All-Pro tight end was held to three catches for 39 yards. Amazing. He entered the game leading all tight ends in both catches (59) and yards (738). There was a bunch of bracket coverage on the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was looking for Kelce on a third-and-9 play i…

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Travis Kelce vs. Micah Hyde The Bills have not faced many top tight ends this season. Now they get Kelce, arguably just as tough a matchup as the Pats' Rob Gronkowski. At 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, he's not quite as powerful as Gronk, but he's faster. Kelce led NFL tight ends last season with 1,125 yards on 85 catches. He's on pace for 94 catches and 1,181 yards this season.…