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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: F Maybe this is harsh, but now is no time to be lenient. LeSean McCoy got off to a good start, with a 36-yard gain on the first possession, but managed just 13 yards on his other seven carries. Mike Tolbert rushed twice for minus-2 yards. It’s at the point where we need to ask why he’s on the roster. Any carry by someone other than…

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The Buffalo Bills are in the thick of a playoff race. With a 5-3 record, the team holds the sixth and final spot in the AFC entering Week 10. Despite that, the 2018 NFL Draft remains of particular interest to fans, because the Bills currently hold five picks in the first three rounds. A look at the roster shows no shortage of directions the team could go with those sele…

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The Carolina Panthers were running out the clock during a Week Eight victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Kelvin Benjamin looked up at the Jumbotron inside Raymond James Stadium. At that moment, a highlight from the Buffalo Bills' game against the Oakland Raiders aired. Receiver Brandon Tate was mobbed by his teammates after a 24-yard gain during Buffalo's blowout…

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1. The Buffalo Bills will be without running back Taiwan Jones for the rest of the season. Coach Sean McDermott announced Friday that Jones suffered a broken arm late in Thursday’s 34-21 loss to the New York Jets while attempting to recover an onside kick. Teammate Shamarko Thomas dove into Jones' arm, causing the fracture. Jones' arm was placed in an air cast and he …

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Kelvin Benjamin's debut with the Buffalo Bills will have to wait. The wide receiver, acquired Tuesday in a trade with the Carolina Panthers, went through warmups with the Bills prior to Thursday night's game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium, but was declared inactive a short time later. "He only had a small amount of time to get …

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1. OK, I’m a believer. The Buffalo Bills are a playoff contender. Sunday’s 34-14 win against the Oakland Raiders solidifies that for me. The Bills are undefeated 4-0 at home, 3-1 in the AFC and 5-2 overall. Full disclosure: I picked them to go 6-10 this year. To borrow a phrase from coach Sean McDermott, they have a “playoff caliber” defense that has taken the b…

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The Buffalo Bills are nearly polar opposites when it comes to offense and defense. The team’s average of 17.8 points per game ranks 27th in the NFL, while the defense is No. 1 in points against, at just 14.8 per game. Despite that discrepancy, coach Sean McDermott said he doesn’t worry about any chemistry issues that could creep up from defensive players growing im…

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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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The Buffalo Bills missed a golden opportunity Sunday. Make that several of them. The defense and special teams tried and tried again to keep the Bills in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but an inept offense couldn’t cash in. The result was a disappointing 20-16 loss that dropped the Bills to 3-2. That’s still good for a share of the AFC East lead, but 4-…

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Don't blame Tyrod Taylor for Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. No, he wasn't perfect. But the Buffalo Bills could be 5-0 if they had better receivers, or maybe if they used them at all. The Bills are in better shape than we expected. They enter their bye week tied atop the AFC East at 3-2, same as the New England Patriots and New York Jets. They hung tough …

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CINCINNATI – Tyrod Taylor neatly summarized the Buffalo Bills’ offensive performance Sunday. “The offense didn’t play the way we needed to win against a very good defense,” Taylor said after a 20-16 loss at soggy Paul Brown Stadium. “I’ll take full responsibility for that.” Taylor’s numbers weren’t pretty – 20 of 37 for 166 yards, one touchdown …

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: D Pour one out for the No. 1-ranked rushing attack of the last two seasons. It’s gone. Dead and buried. The Bills managed just 3.4 yards per rush Sunday and find themselves 16th overall in the NFL at the conclusion of Sunday’s loss. Blame can be spread all around, from scheme to blocking to LeSean McCoy not making the right reads. …

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When the Buffalo Bills started the season 3-1 and an undefeated record in the AFC, many fans wondered, "So what's the catch?" On Sunday, they were asking, "Where are the catches?" The Cincinnati Bengals handled the Bills' threadbare offense and won, 20-16, in Paul Brown Stadium. The Bills' defense was dynamite with three takeaways, but Tyrod Taylor didn't have eno…

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Brandon Tate spent five seasons with the Bengals and was the franchise's career leader in combined kick and punt return yards when he was released at the end of training camp in 2016. Tate, now in his second season with the Bills, returned to Cincinnati on Sunday and caught a touchdown. It was his first reception of the season and his first TD reception since October 20…

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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…