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The drought is dead. The Buffalo Bills finally ended a 17-year postseason dry spell, leading to mass celebrations, six-figure charitable donations and hope that, finally, the team is on the right path under the leadership of General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. Before attention turns squarely to planning for 2018, though, here is one final look bac…

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This week, The Buffalo News will be gauging fan approval ratings for a number of Bills coaches and players. On Monday, we began with the coordinators, head coach and general manager. Tuesday, we ask your opinion on five players on offense. Consider a vote for stay to be a positive on the approval rating and a vote for go as a negative. Feel free to leave comments bel…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – My observations from the Bills’ 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars that eliminated the team from the AFC playoffs. 1. Tyrod Taylor got outplayed by Blake Bortles. That’s a tough thing for Bills fans to read, but it’s true. With the Bills needing their quarterback to make a play, it never came. The penultimate chance for the offense started with 3…

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Members of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ secondary aren’t content simply beating opponents – they want them to hear about it, too. The Jaguars have developed a reputation as some of the biggest trash talkers in the NFL, something the Buffalo Bills’ receivers have caught wind of this week. “I've been hearing that,” Deonte Thompson said. “Talking's cheap. Talking ain't nev…

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When the Bills run: No LeSean McCoy is a scary thought for the Bills. If the Jaguars have a weakness defensively (Buffalo coach Sean McDermott says they don’t), it would be stopping the run. Jacksonville allowed 116.3 rushing yards per game in the regular season, which tied for 21st in the NFL. Stopping the combination of Marcus Murphy and Mike Tolbert is obviously prefera…

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ORLANDO – It wasn't a dream, Bills fans. The 17-year playoff drought is over. Buffalo's 22-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday improved the team to 9-7, but it wasn't until the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens about 30 minutes later that the Bills' postseason ticket was punched. A crowd numbering in the hundreds greeted the Bills' charter flight when it…

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BILLS-DOLPHINS MATCHUPS Tyrod Taylor vs. Jay Cutler This is likely Taylor's last regular-season game with the Bills, and it's probably the last game of Cutler's NFL career. Cutler came out of retirement in August to sign a one-year, $10 million deal with the Dolphins after Ryan Tannehill blew out his knee. Cutler is 74-78 in his career as a starter with 227 TDs, 160 …

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Long after practice was over for the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, Charles Clay remained on the field. One by one, an equipment manager fed balls into a JUGS machine for the veteran tight end, who stood a few yards away, making every catch. That type of extra work has become commonplace for Clay as he manages a nagging knee injury that has either prevented or limited him f…

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Forget looking past the Miami Dolphins to what may be ahead regarding his future with the Buffalo Bills. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor wasn’t even looking past his next hour or so Wednesday afternoon. “I haven’t thought much about it. I’m focused on a great lunch today after practice, and focused on great meetings after that,” Taylor said with a sly smile when asked how m…

Analysis

When the Bills run: The Dolphins did a nice job against LeSean McCoy when these teams met in Week 15, holding him to 50 yards on 20 carries. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, however, gained 42 yards on just six carries, while Travaris Cadet added 24 yards on four attempts. With Cadet now out of the lineup, the Bills might turn to Marcus Murphy, who was promoted from the practice …

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It's the Cap Cappiest day of the year. Hey, Bills fans. Come over here and take a look inside this Christmas stocking for some goodies. Yule love them! (I hate myself.) Anyway, I've compiled a bunch of facts and stats to chew on while you celebrate Christmas and try to get over Sunday's 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium. The Bills' play…

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The failure of the Buffalo Bills' offense to capitalize on scoring chances cost the team its upset bid Sunday in New England. The Bills were 0 for 4 in the red zone in the 37-16 loss. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor and his receiving corps continually came up short inside the Patriots' 20-yard line. Those missed opportunities lead this week's 10 plays that shaped the game: …

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Cornerback E.J. Gaines returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday. Gaines, who left the Week 15 win over Miami with a knee injury, sat out Wednesday’s practice. “He did some things,” coach Sean McDermott said, adding that Gaines was able to participate in part of team drills. “You know, we'll see how he comes back tomorrow.” Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who i…

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A rare fast start by the offense made the Buffalo Bills' path to victory over the Miami Dolphins a lot easier on Sunday. The Bills scored a touchdown on their opening drive for the first time this season. (Two field goal drives were the only opening-march scores for Buffalo in the first 13 games.) The Bills scored more than 14 points in the first half for the first t…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: B- It felt like the Buffalo Bills rushed for more than they actually did. LeSean McCoy got the 39 yards he needed to reach 10,000 career rushing yards, finishing with 50 yards on 20 carries. That career achievement overshadowed what was a tough day for Shady. Tyrod Taylor ran better than he has in weeks. His 42 rushing yards are the mo…