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For a playoff team, the Buffalo Bills have a long list of needs. General Manager Brandon Beane acknowledged as much last month at the Senior Bowl. “We're a long way from where we need to be,” Beane said in Mobile, Ala. “This year was setting the culture and expectations of what we need to get done.  ... We have a lot of holes to fill. We know that. We're going to do …

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The Buffalo Bills made the playoffs in 2017. Keep that in mind when reading Sports Illustrated in the coming days. In the Feb. 12 issue, Andy Benoit ranks the NFL's "neediest" teams, with the Bills coming in third on that list, behind only the New York Jets (5-11 in 2017) and Cleveland Browns (0-16). "The Bills’ biggest need is at QB, but that’s true for just about a…

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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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This week, The Buffalo News will be gauging fan approval ratings for a number of Bills coaches and players. On Monday, we began with the coordinators, head coach and general manager. Tuesday, we asked your opinion on five players on offense. Wednesday, it's the players on the defense. Consider a vote for stay to be a positive on the approval rating and a vote for go as …

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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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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The wait is almost over. A day short of the 18-year anniversary of the Music City Miracle, the Buffalo Bills make their long-awaited return to the postseason Sunday when they visit the Jaguars at EverBank Field. Here's all you need to know for the game, plus five things we'll be watching for: • TV: CBS. Announcers: Jim Nantz (play by play), To…

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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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In a must-win game against the Dolphins in Week 17, Jerry Hughes busted out of his slump. Through the first six games of 2017, he registered 28 quarterback pressures (three sacks, seven hits, 18 hurries) on 190 pass-rushing snaps. In his next nine contests, leading into the regular-season finale, he generated just 10 quarterback pressures (one sack, two hits, seven hurr…

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ORLANDO – It wasn't a dream, Bills fans. The 17-year playoff drought is over. Buffalo's 22-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday improved the team to 9-7, but it wasn't until the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens about 30 minutes later that the Bills' postseason ticket was punched. A crowd numbering in the hundreds greeted the Bills' charter flight when it…

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MATCHUP WINNERS: Bills vs. Dolphins Tyrod Taylor vs. David Fales Taylor forever will be remembered as the quarterback who helped end The Drought. And he will be remembered as a Miami killer. In six Bills games against the Dolphins, Taylor is 4-2. He has averaged 65 percent completions and 239 yards a game passing with 10 TD passes and no interceptions. He has added 2…

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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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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski apologized for a late hit Sunday on Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White, blaming his reaction on "frustration." "First off I definitely want to apologize to No. 27," Gronkowski said in the locker room after New England's 23-3 win over Buffalo at New Era Field. "I'm not in the business of that. I mean, it was a lot of frustration. I was j…

Analysis

When the Bills run: It continues to be a boom-or-bust season for running back LeSean McCoy. He has five games in 2017 with 50 rushing yards or less, and three games with 110 or more yards. McCoy is ranked 32nd in the NFL by Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted yards above replacement, which gives the value of performance on plays in which a running back catches or carries …

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Everything becomes easier for your football team when you have one of or both of the following: 1. An elite quarterback. 2. Dominance on the line of scrimmage. The Buffalo Bills did a lot of good defensive scheming Sunday in putting the Kansas City Chiefs' offense in a straightjacket. Yet the 16-10 victory all started up front, where the Bills' front seven won the ba…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: C In a word – meh. The Bills stuck with the run, racking up 37 attempts. Those produced just 104 yards though, a meager average of 2.8 per carry. LeSean McCoy continued his boom-or-bust season, being held to 49 yards on 22 carries. Negative plays continue to be a problem for the running game. There were seven carries that went for loss…