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Any Bills fan needing a boost in the middle of the work week need only look at the NFL standings. There at the top of the AFC East, alone in first place, are the Buffalo Bills. A 3-1 start has Western New York buzzing -- even if the team itself isn’t letting early success get inside their heads. “We’ve got a lot of room to grow as a football team,” coach …

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In the NFL, it's all about creating pressure on the quarterback, and that football philosophy was on full display in the Bills victory over the Falcons in Week Four. Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus. Bills' offense On 25 pass plays, the Bills offensive line allowed five quarterback pressures (one sack, four hurries). That equated to the 10th-best Pass-Block Effici…

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Strange, this Buffalo Bills season. A month before the season began, after the Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby trades, general manager Brandon Beane found himself answering questions about throwing in the towel on 2017. Buffalo fans still sporting argument scars over the 2014-15 Sabres broke out their old debate points for this year's Bills. What we've learned the …

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HEAD COACH SEAN McDERMOTT Q: How did you guys come out of the game injury wise, Coach? A: Still going through the evaluations at this point. At this point, we feel pretty good about the game and the injuries as far as that goes. We’re pretty fortunate at this point. Q: Sean, this morning Jim Kelly said that he lost a lot of respect for LeSean McCoy for what his …

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Louisiana State and Alabama both can claim bragging rights as the top talent-producing colleges for the NFL. Both college powerhouses put 39 players on the NFL's opening-day, 53-man active rosters. LSU had the most starters at 27 to 'Bama's 21, by The News' count. If you count all players on injured reserve and practice squads – which adds a lot of players - LSU…

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The Buffalo Bills were workmanlike in their victory over the New York Jets in Week One. LeSean McCoy was the offensive star, while safety Jordan Poyer turned in a quality performance at safety. Tyrod Taylor had a good, albeit far from spectacular, afternoon, and the Bills defense got to quarterback Josh McCown for just one sack. Here's what the advanced stats say abo…

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Running back and offensive line get the highest unit grades in a Buffalo season opener that saw the Bills win a strength-vs.-strength matchup with the New York Jets. The pressure was on the interior of the O-line, more than the edge, since the interior is where the Jets are outstanding. In fact, the Jets often lined up with three defensive linemen directly over the Bill…

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BUFFALO BILLS HEAD COACH SEAN MCDERMOTT Q: How do you feel? A: I feel good. I feel good. Very thankful, very thankful. Thank God for the win. Praise God. That was a great team victory. Thank Terry and Kim [Pegula for] giving us the resources that they give us. Just like I said, it was an entire building win. Good to win as a team and extremely proud of the players th…

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Jordan Matthews found himself getting anxious. The Buffalo Bills' No. 1 receiver sat out the entire preseason with a chip fracture in his sternum. Then the first half of Sunday's season opener against the New York Jets came and went at New Era Field with Matthews making just one catch for 14 yards. "It definitely took me a while just to be able to get back into it," …

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Each week throughout the season, we will examine the most intriguing one-on-one matchups in the Bills' upcoming game, pinpointing the biggest disadvantages and advantages for the Bills, as well as the contest's best individual matchup. Against the Jets, the focus will be on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Let's take a look. (Stats courtesy of Pro Football Fo…

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We know the Jets might be tanking this season, but are the Bills? Don't tell that to Kyle Williams. The Bills' most veteran player raises a good point: "I'm 34 years old," he told Jerry Sullivan. "The way the NFL trends, if they were ready to turn the ship in, I would have been a cap hit. Right?" So, what would have to happen for the Bills to make the playoffs? In sh…

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The votes are in, and the Buffalo Bills have named five captains for 2017. Center Eric Wood, quarterback Tyrod Taylor, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and kicker Stephen Hauschka were elected by their teammates to represent the Bills as captains for the upcoming season. "It's definitely an honor," said Wood, who along with Williams has pr…

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Tyrod Taylor is in the NFL's concussion protocol, having slammed the back of his head off the M&T Bank Stadium turf Saturday night. That happened eight plays into the Buffalo Bills' preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. We don't yet know when he'll be back, let alone if he's a sure thing for the regular-season opener in two weeks. Taylor's injury gave rookie N…

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Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane, the Buffalo Bills' rookie head coach and GM, each was asked if the 2017 roster got better after Friday's trades. They slipped the questions as Floyd Mayweather would an off-balance roundhouse. But throughout their news conferences at One Bills Drive, McDermott and Beane acknowledged they hurt their chances of winning this year. Th…

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You may quibble over who truly was in charge of April's draft. Did Sean McDermott call the shots, or did soon-to-be-fired Doug Whaley? We still wonder who called the shots back when Russ Brandon was GM. Did Dick Jauron draft Aaron Maybin? Was it Tom Modrak? And did Marv Levy actually make the picks when he was GM? Regardless, these are the men who are on the harpo…