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What's the opposite of robust? A long-running joke about the Buffalo Bills has been about their much-heralded "robust football analytics operation," a phrase used by Russ Brandon in 2013 to indicate grand plans to bring a progressive and aggressive approach to football. Five years later, the Bills have blown it up. The Bills last week dismissed director of analyti…

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The man who followed Doug Marrone as Bills coach is picking Marrone and the Jaguars to win Sunday's AFC Championship Game. At the end of ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown, Rex Ryan was the only member of the panel of five to pick the Jaguars to beat the Patriots. Ryan had a 15-16 record in two seasons with the Bills until he was fired before the last game last season. Marron…

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Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone will see two of his former players from the Bills who are now with the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship Game – wide receiver Chris Hogan and cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Undrafted wide receiver Chris Hogan made his NFL debut for the Bills in 2013, which was Marrone's first year as coach, and spent three seasons with the te…

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The Jacksonville Jaguars face the New England Patriots on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game. That creates a unique dilemma for Bills fans. Who do Bills fans hate more: Doug Marrone and Marcell Dareus or Bill Belichick and Tom Brady? It's the former Bills vs. the Bills' greatest rival. Vote in our poll and feel free to leave comments below:  

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are heading to the AFC Championship Game to face the New England Patriots. Buffalo Bills fans agonized as the Jaguars beat the Bills, 10-3, in last week's wild-card game. Sunday's Jacksonville victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers was a bit more high scoring with the Jags earning 45-42 win. Here are some reactions from Bills fans to what th…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The belief from the beginning was that the Buffalo Bills were looking toward 2018 and beyond. All the trades, the unloaded salaries and the accumulation of draft choices signaled an organization building for the future. That the Bills reached the postseason was a bonus, a beautiful fluke that flowed from Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton's right…

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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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This is not meant to be a complaint, but rather a humorous story to start your Saturday morning. My flight to Jacksonville on Friday night was delayed a couple hours in Detroit. No big deal. It happens this time of year with air travel in the Northeast, and it could have been a lot worse with what people in New York and Boston are going through. Once we did get on th…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Marcell Dareus smiled and knowingly nodded his head while he listened to the question. Did part of him regret not being involved in what the Buffalo Bills experienced Sunday night? His words, however, were dutiful. Dareus replied the way you're supposed to when standing in front of a Jacksonville Jaguars locker stall at Everbank Field, where h…

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A question that gets asked almost every week of the coach of the Bills' opponent is, how do you defend Tyrod Taylor, a quarterback who can scramble and extend plays? When the question was asked this week of Jaguars coach Doug Marrone, he gave a more colorful answer than he is usually known for and started by sharing a conversation he had with his wife the previous night…

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(On what Buffalo has done well recently) “They are a good football team. They are physical on both sides of the ball. I think they have done a great job, like we have over the course of the year, with turnovers. They have created a lot of turnovers. They have obviously done a good job in their coverage units, special team-wise, and they are dangerous on offense. They can m…

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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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The matchup of the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense vs. the Buffalo Bills' offense is a mismatch on the order of 51-3. Raise the white flag. The Bills have the No. 31 passing offense in the NFL. The Jaguars are No. 1 in passing yards allowed, No. 1 in sacks, No. 1 in opposing quarterback rating and No. 2 in interceptions. How do you put an optimistic spin on it? Maybe t…

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Doug Marrone is not the only one who will be facing his former team when the Jaguars host the Bills in an AFC Wild-Card playoff game. Marcell Dareus, traded a few days before the deadline, makes his playoff debut against players who were teammates less than three months ago. Marrone's advice: “I just told him to be smart. He’s the last one (in), he came from a trade.…