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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'…

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BILLS-FALCONS MATCHUP WATCH Bills LBs vs. Atlanta RBs This is a rough matchup for the Bills' linebackers because running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are such good receivers out of the backfield. Atlanta has the best "base" offense in the NFL, running with either two backs or multiple tight ends 50 percent of the plays last season. QB Matt Ryan is more dan…

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The 2014 wide receiver draft class is one of the best in NFL history. Bills receiver Jordan Matthews was part of that class – led by Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. – and thinks its success has raised the bar for all rookie receivers these days. "Before my receiver class – Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell, Jarvis Landry, Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin, Allen Robinson –…

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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 the…

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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. Siem…

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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 aga…

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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 …