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The Raiders were without Marshawn Lynch on Sunday after his one-game suspension for putting his hands on an official. That meant bigger roles for Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. Richard had five carries for 21 yards and five receptions for 35 yards. Washington posted six carries for 26 yards and caught eight passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. But they each lo…

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Khalil Mack possessed traits that enraptured NFL scouts. Yeah, but could he fit into any defensive scheme? Mack was a hellacious pass-rusher for the University at Buffalo, dominating the Mid-American Conference and amassing school records. Yeah, but how would he stack up against pedigreed competition? He would erupt from his stance, use uncanny leverage skills …

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A super-quick release and a protective offensive scheme make it hard to force Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr into big mistakes. Carr was the least-sacked quarterback in the NFL last season, even though the Raiders attempted the ninth most passes in the league. Carr's career sack rate is sixth lowest in NFL history. He gets taken down just 3.99 percent of his pas…

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In Vic Carucci's latest "Take Five," he mentioned how important it was for the Bills to find a way to pressure Derek Carr on Sunday. "The Raiders have allowed only 13 sacks in seven games. They do a good job of minimizing hits on Carr. Therefore, the Bills, who rank 23rd in the league in sacks per pass play and have produced only 13 sacks on the season, need to do somet…

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James Lofton will be the analyst alongside Andrew Catalon for CBS’ broadcast of the Bills-Raiders game on Sunday. Lofton, of course, played four of his 16 NFL seasons with Buffalo, including for three of the Bills’ four Super Bowl teams. Lofton, who also played for the Packers, L.A. Raiders, L.A. Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, spoke with The News by phone this week f…

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Maybe you looked forward to next Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders to watch running back Marshawn Lynch back in Orchard Park. Denied. Perhaps you would love to see EJ Manuel's homecoming against the Buffalo Bills. Think again! The NFL has suspended Lynch for the Week Eight game at New Era Field, and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr's busted back has heale…

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Old friend EJ Manuel will start at quarterback for the Raiders this week following Derek Carr's back injury. Could Manuel face the Bills this season? The thought of Manuel getting another start at New Era Field was unthinkable in March when the Bills let their former first-round bust hit free agency, but he could be under center for the Raiders when they come to town…

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You could say Sunday's game meant nothing, and, in the grand scheme, that's true. The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets had been eliminated from postseason scenarios. Two scuzzy clubs mopping up the year. Big whoop. But the game did mean something. The game was a chance to give dispirited Bills fans a glimpse toward 2017, to provide hope, to let them exhale with some r…

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While it must bolster Jim Kelly's ego to know he has been irreplaceable for 20 years, he'd rather watch another quarterback take his Buffalo Bills back to the playoffs. Snow falling on a frigid January afternoon, a miserable opponent and Bills fans going bonkers for their boys ... That's what Kelly and Super Bowl teammates Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and Steve Tasker…

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When the Buffalo Bills revealed this year's promotional slogan, all I could think of were the ways it would backfire. It's a double entendre. The fan base is unfailingly loyal, and the team sure does love to hand off. Bills Run Deep. As does the pain. You have to go back a lot of years to remember when the Bills regularly thrilled their fans. The last of the Su…

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The Buffalo Bills were only three-point underdogs on the road Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, leaders of the NFL's most competitive division. I didn't get it. What did Las Vegas know? Our resident handicapper, St. Joe's and Buffalo State grad Joe Staniszewski, expressed equal confusion during his Wednesday call from Las Vegas to "The Tim Graham Show" on SportsRad…

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr temporarily left Sunday’s game against the Panthers with an injured pinky finger on his throwing hand. Carr’s older brother David, the former pro QB who now works for NFL Network, said Monday that Derek’s finger was dislocated in two places, but he should be good for this week’s game against the Bills. “[He] had to put a glove…

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NAPA, Calif. – Khalil Mack wanted nothing to do with this story. He refused to be interviewed for it. Sandy Mack, his father, at first liked the idea of meeting me down in Fort Pierce, Fla., where Khalil is from. Then Sandy stopped returning text messages and voicemails. Khalil Mack gave the impression he’d rather shower with asbestos bodywash and stir three t…

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' loss to the Oakland Raiders here at the Coliseum ... What it means: The Bills had to win this one and made it interesting by scoring a touchdown with 69 seconds to play. Now their playoff hopes are dashed, and Doug Marrone's job might be in jeopardy again one week after upsetting the Green Bay Packers. The Raider…

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OAKLAND, Calif. – This can be a ruthless town. Unlike the tourist attractions, chic shimmer and sophistication across San Francisco Bay, Oakland is known for its unapologetic grime. Oakland produced Clint Eastwood, John Lee Hooker, the Hells Angels, Bruce Lee and the Black Panther Party. And don’t try to knock Oakland by countering with pop rapper MC Hammer. This…