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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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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: B LeSean McCoy gutted through an ankle injury to rush 19 times for 75 yards. He’s tough on top of being talented. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor gained 27 yards on seven carries, the last of which left him with a concussion when his head slammed to the turf after a 2-yard scramble on the Bills’ final drive. Backup running back Mike Tolbert r…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Like a TV dad that walks into the kitchen to confab with his family about the coming day, Doug Marrone casually took his place behind the lectern for Thursday's news conference with a ceramic coffee mug that read #ForeverTeal. In a baggy Jacksonville Jaguars sweatshirt, he answered questions about Sunday's playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at E…

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Danny Crossman doesn’t take offense to the Buffalo Bills’ special teams being called boring. It’s actually a compliment for the team’s fifth-year coordinator. “The first key to winning games is not beating yourself,” Crossman said Thursday. “With the way we are trying to win games – which is the only thing that matters – I don't care what we're doing in terms of numb…

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Colton Schmidt has been punting for the Buffalo Bills for four years, but it's safe to say the Bakersfield, Calif., native still isn't an expert on snow. "The last time it snowed in my hometown was 1998," Schmidt said. His lack of experience wasn't obvious in frosty conditions against the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago, especially when it came to his punt in the en…

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As an only child, Tyrod Taylor was fortunate around Christmas time. “My family wasn't rich or anything, but my mom and my dad tried to make sure I had everything I asked for,” the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback said Thursday. When Taylor reached the NFL, he was determined to make the holiday special for others the way his parents did for him. He did so by “adopting” fami…

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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…

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My takeaways from the Bills’ had-to-have-it win over the Dolphins on Sunday at New Era Field. 1. Exhale, Bills fans. LeSean McCoy is OK. On the play in which he topped a huge milestone of 10,000 career rushing yards, McCoy stayed down hurt. After coming out of the lineup, he missed just one play. McCoy capped off an excellent first half with a 16-yard touchdown catch to…

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When the Bills run: LeSean McCoy sits just 39 yards from a huge career milestone of 10,000 yards. McCoy’s running ability in the snow is out of this world — it looks like he’s playing on a different surface than everybody else. The Bills have quietly improved to sixth in the NFL in rushing, averaging 130.1 yards per game. That's almost all McCoy. If he doesn’t get the mile…

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Reid Ferguson and Colton Schmidt had zero margin for error Sunday. Lucky for the Buffalo Bills, their long snapper-punter duo played darn near a perfect game against the Indianapolis Colts. Ferguson was on the money with each of his snaps, while Schmidt’s six punts in conditions best described as nightmarish were generally excellent as the Bills got a must-have win, 13-…

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Colton Schmidt vs. Rigoberto Sanchez Both punters were superb. Neither had a shank or a muffed exchange. Schmidt's net average was 38 yards, Sanchez's was 35.6. Schmidt made the clutch punt of the game, kicking from deep in the end zone with the Bills backed up at their own 5 with 2:16 left in the half. He booted a 40-yarder with no return. "That was the hardest kick…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: A Shady loves the snow. LeSean McCoy plowed his way to 156 yards on 32 carries, including the game-winning, 21-yard run in overtime. On a day when the conditions were likely the worst they have ever been for a home game, he gave the Bills exactly what they needed. Backup Mike Tolbert returned from a three-game absence to rush six times…

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Observations from the Bills’ incredible, 13-7 overtime win against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at New Era Field. 1. The spectacle of the weather is what everyone will remember from this game. Veteran writers, some of whom have been covering the Bills since their current stadium opened in 1973, said they have never seen a game with such poor visibility. Starting abo…

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One of Sean McDermott’s stated goals this season is to build a football team that peaks in November and December. The Buffalo Bills’ rookie head coach has failed so far in that regard. After opening with a 3-1 record in the first quarter of the season and sitting at 5-3 at the midway point, the Bills have dropped to 6-6 at the quarter pole. A three-game losing streak ca…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: B+ This isn’t why the Buffalo Bills lost. LeSean McCoy has been good against New England during his time with the Bills, and continued that Sunday with 15 carries for 93 yards. Before leaving because of injury, Tyrod Taylor picked up 32 yards on three carries. Joe Webb ran out of the Wildcat for 27 yards on just three carries. Buffalo …