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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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NEWARK, N.J. – And now, for my next feat of journalism magic, I will find a way to identify three positive performances to take away from that. Bills fans waking up Friday morning will be disappointed that wasn't just a nightmare. Their team really did get absolutely dominated on national television Thursday night, the 34-21 final against the New York Jets not coming …

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. 1. That’s a version of the Buffalo Bills we haven’t seen this year – and fans surely don’t want to see again. The Bills were undisciplined, unprepared and flat-out manhandled in every conceivable fashion by a Jets team that is less talented. The resu…

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The New York Times was not kind to the Buffalo Bills a couple months ago. Here was that institution’s lead paragraph from the Bills’ 21-12 win over the New York Jets in Week One: “In a season-opening showdown between two of the least-promising teams in the N.F.L., the Buffalo Bills beat the Jets, 21-12, on Sunday and, because of an upset and a natural disaster, wil…

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One game at a time, the Buffalo Bills are turning even the most hardened skeptics into believers. A convincing 34-14 win Sunday over the Oakland Raiders improved the Bills to 5-2 and maintained their hold on the fifth playoff spot in the AFC. If the Bills win Thursday night at the Jets, they'll tie the New England Patriots for the AFC East lead at the midway point of th…

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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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Any Bills fan needing a boost in the middle of the work week need only look at the NFL standings. There at the top of the AFC East, alone in first place, are the Buffalo Bills. A 3-1 start has Western New York buzzing -- even if the team itself isn’t letting early success get inside their heads. “We’ve got a lot of room to grow as a football team,” coach …

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: F Yes, you read that right. The league's top rushing offense for two years straight was straight-up stopped dead in its tracks Sunday. LeSean McCoy had 12 carries for 9 yards. Backup Mike Tolbert carried three times for 5 yards. Tyrod Taylor's 55 yards on eight carries – some from scrambles, some on designed runs – made the overall…

On a conference call with the Washington media this week, Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan told reporters they would see his defense is "not as bad as you guys think." He's right -- it might be worse. The Bills offered no resistance in the first quarter Sunday against the Redskins, following behind, 7-0, after an 84-yard touchdown pass was capped by a 3-yard touchdown recept…

1. LeSean McCoy vs. Kiko Alonso looking like a win for the Bills. McCoy’s return to Philadelphia has been the dominant storyline leading up to Sunday’s game. While his comments off the field about not shaking former coach Chip Kelly’s hand made for splashy headlines, the focus Sunday will be on McCoy’s ability to show the Eagles up close why they made a mistake in…

Dan Carpenter is having the second-worst year of his professional career. But the Buffalo Bills' kicker isn't in danger of losing his job. "We're not getting rid of Dan Carpenter," Bills coach Rex Ryan said Monday afternoon, cutting right to the chase after Carpenter missed a field goal and an extra point during Buffalo's 30-21 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday. …

There is a revolution coming in professional football, even if it’s moving at the speed of a glacier. There will be a day when NFL teams recognize their fourth-down decisions must be better. In short, they need to go for it more. Academic research articles have been written about it, including one in 2006 that appeared in the Journal of Political Economy that stated tha…

There is a revolution coming in professional football, even if it’s moving at the speed of a glacier. There will be a day when NFL teams recognize their fourth-down decisions must be better. In short, they need to go for it more. Academic research articles have been written about it, including one in 2006 that appeared in the Journal of Political Economy that stated tha…

The Kansas City Chiefs didn't have a wide receiver catch a touchdown pass in 2014. They've got four such scores this year after quarterback Alex Smith found receiver Jeremy Maclin for a 41-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills. Maclin got behind Bills rookie cornerback Ronald Darby down the right sideline, cutting the Bills' lead to 16-14. …

It might not be fair to say the Buffalo Bills' season is on the line Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. But it's not that unfair, either. That's how important the game is for the Bills in the AFC postseason race. Buffalo is currently in the eighth position, on the outside looking in. The Chiefs hold the sixth and final playoff spot, with their 5-5 record beating out …