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The analytics website Pro Football Focus uses color coding for its grading of NFL players. Green is good, white is average and red is bad. As you might imagine following Week 10, there was plenty of red following the Bills’ performance against the New Orleans Saints. On offense, just one “green” was recorded. That was by rookie left tackle Dion Dawkins. “I do…

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When the Bills run: Negative plays have killed the running game this season. According to pro-football-reference.com, the Bills have 73 rushing attempts that have gone for no gain or lost yardage. That is tied for second most in the NFL with the Jets, just one behind the L.A. Rams’ 74. Buffalo’s average of 3.8 yards per rush ranks tied for 22nd in the NFL. If the Bills…

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Cordy Glenn, Jerry Hughes, Mike Tolbert, Charles Clay, Kyle Williams and LeSean McCoy did not practice Wednesday as the Buffalo Bills began preparations for the Los Angeles Chargers. Alexander, Williams and McCoy were given veteran rest days. Glenn remains sidelined with a foot/ankle injury. Clay returned last week after missing several weeks following a knee procedu…

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1. Here's what Rick Dennison had to say about Mike Tolbert on Sept. 11, the day after the Buffalo Bills' season-opening victory over the New York Jets: "Went sideways two times and he'll get corrected on that. He'll go down hill." Fast forward to Sunday, and there was Tolbert, taking an option pitch from quarterback Tyrod Taylor on the Bills' fourth play of the game. Pr…

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You have to be worried about the talent level of the Buffalo Bills' front seven in the wake of Sunday's 47-10 shellacking at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. The defense of Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier relies on a dominant front four. McDermott benefitted in Carolina from the beefy defensive tackle combination of Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei, both high-end, …

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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week 10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. • It didn't take wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin long to get up to speed on the Bills' offense. He led his position group with 41 snaps. Deonte Thompson getting more snaps than Jordan Matthews (39 to 36) was interesting, while Andre Holme…

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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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1. The Buffalo Bills will be without running back Taiwan Jones for the rest of the season. Coach Sean McDermott announced Friday that Jones suffered a broken arm late in Thursday’s 34-21 loss to the New York Jets while attempting to recover an onside kick. Teammate Shamarko Thomas dove into Jones' arm, causing the fracture. Jones' arm was placed in an air cast and he …

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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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The past three days were a roiling sea, crashing waves of pending doom against a breakwall of assumptions. Many of us chalked up a victory against the New York Jets, putting the Bills at 6-2 with a few extra days rest before next Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints at New Era Field. Many in the national media trumpeted the Bills as a playoff team. Yet a s…

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NEWARK, N.J. – The Bills hit prime time Thursday night looking to vault to the top of the AFC East. A victory over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium would get the Bills to 6-2 for the first time since the last Super Bowl season and into a tie with the New England Patriots. The Bills would actually be ahead of New England based on a better division record, with a pa…

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Jerry Hughes is proving that qood technique and proper leverage are more important than girth in setting the edge. The Bills' star defensive end weighs only 254 pounds but he's having an excellent season defending the run. He has been especially effective setting the edge, which is keeping the running back from getting outside his right end position and onto the perimet…

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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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Hello, my name is Tim G., and I'm a Process-aholic. It has been almost 18 years since I last saw a Bills playoff game, but now I can see my way out of this dark tunnel. Maybe the Bills won't return to the postseason this January, but for the first time since thinking 2002 fourth overall draft choice Mike Williams would be a foundation block, I have serenity. Grant…

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The Buffalo Bills are nearly polar opposites when it comes to offense and defense. The team’s average of 17.8 points per game ranks 27th in the NFL, while the defense is No. 1 in points against, at just 14.8 per game. Despite that discrepancy, coach Sean McDermott said he doesn’t worry about any chemistry issues that could creep up from defensive players growing im…