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The Bills are 5-3 after eight games, but the mood is a lot different Friday morning than it was in the days leading up to Thursday night's game with the Jets. Bills running back LeSean McCoy, who has a history of big Thursday games, gained just 25 yards on 12 carries as the running game struggled. McCoy, though, was reflective after the loss with the eyes of a vetera…

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BILLS COACH SEAN McDERMOTT On why Kelvin Benjamin wasn’t active… He really only had a short amount of time to get up to speed. The guys that did play put in time during the week and so we wanted to do things the right way as far as that goes. On if this was just one of those games… Yeah, you’re right. This is uncharacteristic of this team to date, the w…

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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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Plenty of choices for The Big Number from penalties to sacks, but let's go with 63 — the Bills' total rushing yards. The Bills finished with 22 carries to get those 63 yards, an average of 2.9 yards per carry. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was the Bills' leading rusher with 35 yards. LeSean McCoy, who has had some of his best games on Thursdays in his career, ran for…

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Mark Gaughan's Matchup Watch: Bills at Jets Tyrod Taylor vs. the Jets' blitz Jets coach Todd Bowles' defenses have ranked among the top three in the NFL in blitzing percentage four straight years, according to Football Outsiders. It looks like this year will make it five straight. The Jets blitzed 40.2 percent of drop-backs last year. They're blitzing 39.2 percent th…

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The New York Times was not kind to the Buffalo Bills a couple months ago. Here was that institution’s lead paragraph from the Bills’ 21-12 win over the New York Jets in Week One: “In a season-opening showdown between two of the least-promising teams in the N.F.L., the Buffalo Bills beat the Jets, 21-12, on Sunday and, because of an upset and a natural disaster, wil…

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A number of Bills players and legendary Bills wide receiver Andre Reed weighed in on the acquisition of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday at the trading deadline: https://twitter.com/Andre_Reed83/status/925458769710006272 https://twitter.com/CutonDime25/status/925472912546652160 https://twitter.com/68INCOGNITO/status/9254609117957…

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By the stat sheet and the grade book, LeSean McCoy had his best game thus far in the 2017 season against the Raiders. In Week Eight, the Bills feature back got a +2.9 overall grade for his efforts against the Raiders, the second-highest grade of any running back in the NFL. It narrowly eclipsed his +2.8 grade he received in the win over the Broncos in Week Three. …

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Textbook power-running execution on LeSean McCoy's 48-yard touchdown run was the exclamation point of a superb ground game for the Buffalo Bills Sunday. The Bills attacked downhill off left tackle to outnumber the Raiders at the point of attack, and McCoy showed his breakaway speed when he got to the second level of the defense. Vlad Ducasse pulled from right guard a…

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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week Eight win over the Raiders. • The coaches mean it when they say they're going to stick by rookie receiver Zay Jones. He played the most snaps of any wide receiver, with Jordan Matthews next. Deonte Thompson got two more snaps than Andre Holmes. That looks like it will be…

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One game at a time, the Buffalo Bills are turning even the most hardened skeptics into believers. A convincing 34-14 win Sunday over the Oakland Raiders improved the Bills to 5-2 and maintained their hold on the fifth playoff spot in the AFC. If the Bills win Thursday night at the Jets, they'll tie the New England Patriots for the AFC East lead at the midway point of th…

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LeSean McCoy ran for a season-high 151 yards on 27 carries, which is the most he has had as a member of the Bills. McCoy also had the 35th 100-yard rushing day of his nine-year NFL career. After not getting into the end zone in the first six games, he has three rushing touchdowns in the last two weeks.   Asked if this is the strongest-willed team he has be…

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The timing isn't good for the Buffalo Bills to meet the Oakland Raiders. Quarterback Derek Carr and Co. are coming off a big win in Week Seven, 31-30 over Kansas City, and come in with extra rest having played on Thursday Night Football. Carr threw for more than 400 yards in the win over the Chiefs, as Oakland's high-powered offense started to find itself. The Raiders w…

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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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LeSean McCoy seemed generally surprised by learning that the Buffalo Bills have the exact same record through six games as they did a year ago. "We were 4-2 last year?" McCoy asked, repeating the start of a question to him Wednesday. "I didn't know. Wow." After a pair of losses to start last season, the Bills ran off four straight wins, but it's easy to see why McCoy…