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1. OK, I’m a believer. The Buffalo Bills are a playoff contender. Sunday’s 34-14 win against the Oakland Raiders solidifies that for me. The Bills are undefeated 4-0 at home, 3-1 in the AFC and 5-2 overall. Full disclosure: I picked them to go 6-10 this year. To borrow a phrase from coach Sean McDermott, they have a “playoff caliber” defense that has taken the b…

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The value of rest and recuperation for football players during a long NFL season is hardly a new idea. Marv Levy was a leading proponent of the concept during his great run as Buffalo Bills coach, and it wasn't a new idea for Levy back then. He started to embrace the philosophy in the 1950s, when he used to travel the country attending football clinics run by legendary …

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Fred Jackson is ready to feel the fandom. Jackson suited up in more than 100 games for the Bills, but he never experienced the party beforehand. He’ll finally get his chance on Sunday, joining a roster full of current and future Wall of Famers for the Buffalo Fan Fest tailgate at Wings Meeting Place on California Road. “This is my first tailgate,” Jackson sa…

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Sean McDermott was a coaching prospect, strolling the Philadelphia Eagles' practice facility with two wise assistants who owned whistles older than he was. He walked alongside defensive coordinator Jim Johnson and offensive coordinator Rod Dowhower, seven decades of NFL and college coaching experience between them. McDermott, known for continuously sopping every ounc…

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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…

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Darryl Talley was a guest on "The Tim Graham Show" premiere in September. We had him back for Wednesday's season finale to ponder what we've learned about his Buffalo Bills over the past nine months. Most of the significant developments happened over the last trimester. Rookie coach Sean McDermott's influence surged at One Bills Drive, leading to the departure of Gen…

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If Sean McDermott can manage to guide the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs a couple times in the next four years or so, then I foresee him becoming the franchise's second-most powerful football man behind only Ralph Wilson. Given some success -- and after 17 straight years without the playoffs the bar is low -- McDermott could cement more football-operations control than a…

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Buffalo Bills co-owner Terry Pegula will introduce new coach Sean McDermott on Friday afternoon and then step aside. Pegula will take no questions. Neither will his wife, Bills co-owner Kim Pegula. That's how they prefer it. McDermott from now on will talk for the Bills. But a day before McDermott's arrival, Terry and Kim Pegula spoke with me for 90 minutes on a v…

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Sammy Watkins could have used a built-in excuse, pointed his finger at the easy target. Nobody would have blamed him. The NFL admitted the ruling was incompetent. An official clearly botched the end of Monday night’s loss to the New England Patriots. Watkins caught a pass along the left sideline as precious time dwindled. The Bills’ receiver, untouched by a defend…

(Note: Sunday's edition of The Buffalo News includes a feature that explores the philosophies, fallacies and analytics of NFL clock management. Here is an enhanced excerpt that includes additional information.) Media guides and official web sites contain megatons of information about nearly every statistic, factoid and biographical footnote you can imagine. What you won'…

Darryl Talley's story is making an impact. Talley's decision to reveal his darkest issues last week in The Buffalo News has increased awareness of the way some former NFL players are living. Bills Mafia boss Del Reid, the driving force behind the fund-raising enterprise 26shirts.com, unveiled a Talley tribute T-shirt this morning. The shirt was a collaboration between R…

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The moment was classic Fred Jackson. In overtime last Sunday, the oldest player on the Buffalo Bills roster – the oldest running back in the NFL by 10 months – took a handoff, burst through the line untouched, cut up the left sideline and dashed deep into Chicago Bears territory. Already a game-sealing play, what happened next provided a signature Fred Jackson ex…

As Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas did before him, legendary Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Reed has chosen coach Marv Levy to introduce him for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Reed made the announcement on SiriusXM NFL Radio, with Levy also on the line. "Marv, I love you, man," Reed is quoted by ProFootballTalk.com. "We were like family, and we know we wouldn't…

How many times will Peyton Manning shout "Omaha!" in the Super Bowl? Online betting site Bovada.lv has set the over-under at 27.5 times. But the real question over the past few weeks: What the hell does "Omaha!" even mean? I can't answer that one, but legendary Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy gave it a shot. "We had that Omaha call, too," Levy said by phone from his Chic…

The Buffalo Bills have been so bad for so long, we've become rather numb to it. Generations have discussed the Bills' lousy records, their quarterback troubles and their consistent inability to make the playoffs. My communications students at Canisius College know the term "cognitive dissonance." Our text book, "Media Writing: Print, Broadcast and Public Relations," expl…