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The dizzying number of changes implemented by the Buffalo Bills heading into the 2017 season have been well-documented. Just 22 players who appeared in a game for the team at any point last year are back this year. A total of 21 offensive players who accounted for 3,752 snaps and 20 defensive players who took 7,089 snaps in 2016 are either playing elsewhere or out of th…

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The Buffalo Bills’ playoff drought has nothing to do with new General Manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott. They have not been a part of 17 straight years of failure. Don’t tell that to McDermott, though. “I’m a part of that. When I signed my name to the dotted line, I became a part of that 17-year time period,” he said this summer. “I’m …

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Tyrod Taylor's morning began with a car accident. Barely on his way to New Era Field, his black 2013 Mercedes G63 wagon was involved in a fender bender downtown. The Buffalo Bills sent a car to collect their quarterback. Saturday's game against the Miami Dolphins also started poorly for him. The Bills went three and out on their first two possessions. Taylor passed thre…

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Remember those vibrating electric football games? Yeah, there was more tackling in those. In those Tudor Games tabletop enterprises, all the defenders have to do to stop the ball carrier is touch him. That's what the Buffalo Bills tried to devastatingly poor effect on Christmas Eve at New Era Field. The Miami Dolphins' would-be tacklers weren't much better, but th…

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Three games into last season, BuffaloBills.com posted a story lauding General Manager Doug Whaley's roster-building acumen. The story declared Whaley was "awfully close" to "building a roster that can perennially compete for the postseason and championships." An examination of all 32 NFL rosters reveals Whaley has constructed the Bills in contradictory fashion, relyi…

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Two-point conversions fail often enough that the inherent risk is understood. It's time conventional wisdom starts viewing extra point attempts the same way. Before the NFL moved the kicks back last season, extra points were essentially free. The league-wide success rate on extra points had hovered around 99 percent for the last 20 years. But since the kicks move…

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A fifth Indiana Jones movie has been announced for 2019. The thought of 74-year-old Harrison Ford leaping the abyss, strafing the enemy, evading mayhem and wiggling out of danger seems far-fetched. Yet the film almost certainly will be a financial success. People won't be able to stay away. So much enthusiasm has been committed to the Indiana Jones franchise. We're c…

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LISBON, Portugal -- For much of my Monday evening, I walked around Bairro Alto for a place to watch the Buffalo Bills play the Seattle Seahawks. The locals treated me like I was subhuman. Futebol Americano? Nao aqui! Given the state of the game these days, that sentiment was understandable. But, while in Lisbon to moderate and emcee sports panels at the 2016 Web …

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LISBON, Portugal -- The game didn't look any better from eight time zones away. And from a distance of 5,200 miles you could see the calamity at the end of the first half impacting who won and lost when the clock struck 00:00. Of all the games left on the Buffalo Bills' schedule, the one they could most afford to lose was Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks. …

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In a 41-25 laugher-to-keep-from-cryinger, there are myriad examples to choose from. For me, this sequence pretty well sums up the past 16 years of the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots series: With 27 seconds left in the first half, Dan Carpenter can pull the Bills within a score with a 49-yard field goal. His attempt plunks the right upright. No good. The Pa…

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Eric Dickerson's record would be skunked. O.J. Simpson's magical 2,003? Vaporized. Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders and Terrell Davis would have nothing on Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy. The greatest rushing seasons in NFL history would be dots in McCoy's rearview mirror if his first-half production held up over the course of an entire game 16 times. Mc…

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Dan Carpenter is the most accurate field-goal kicker in Bills history, but he struggled with extra points last season after the NFL changed the kicks from 20-yard chip shots to 33-yard attempts. Carpenter continued his sluggish performance on the former freebies Sunday against the Rams, failing to convert for the second time this year. He has also missed two field goa…

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Dan Carpenter has never been one to mince words. So it’s no surprise that the Buffalo Bills’ kicker didn’t have some deep, introspective explanation Wednesday for what was likely the strangest season of his eight-year career in 2015. “It’s black and white. You either make it through the yellow things or you don’t,” Carpenter said after the Bills wrapped up …

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1. The Bills could field one hell of a 4x100 relay team if they wanted. With new running back Dri Archer joining wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Kolby Listenbee, the Bills have three players with Olympic-caliber speed. Goodwin, in fact, might participate in Rio, while the ever-confident Listenbee said he could if he wanted to. The fourth member of the relay squad could…

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With the fallout at Ole Miss, maybe Laremy Tunsil can leave behind that gas mask. In the days leading up to the NFL draft, we wondered if quarterback Chad Kelly had any regrets about returning for his senior season. Quarterbacks almost certainly were to be taken first and second overall. Draft analysts hyped others from a supposedly weak QB class as potential first-round …