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The dizzying number of changes implemented by the Buffalo Bills heading into the 2017 season have been well-documented. Just 22 players who appeared in a game for the team at any point last year are back this year. A total of 21 offensive players who accounted for 3,752 snaps and 20 defensive players who took 7,089 snaps in 2016 are either playing elsewhere or out of th…

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The Patriots lost to the Chiefs in Thursday night's NFL season kickoff, 42-27, and the Dolphins' Week One game was postponed due to Hurricane Irma, so that means Sunday's Bills-Jets game will be for first place in the AFC East. But that doesn't mean it will be pretty. "With both clubs operating with greater focus on the future rather than the present, the present is …

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Tyrod Taylor played well. So, too, did Sammy Watkins. As nice as that was to see over the three series the Buffalo Bills' starters played Thursday night, preseason games tell us more about the backups. We begin to learn how the coaches truly view their depth chart. We get a glimpse of who can be counted on if there's an injury. In that case, the two Bills who stoo…

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As long as the Cleveland Browns are in the NFL, and they should be thankful there's no relegation system, Buffalo Bills fans have a reason to feel superior. Of the world's pathetic sports organizations, the Browns are among the most absolutely pitiful. Since they were resuscitated in 1999, they've had 15 seasons with six or fewer victories. The Browns won a single ga…

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In one aspect, Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito appreciates the NFL's pre-draft industry, what with all its mocks and prospect scouting reports and rumors. "It's another source of revenue for us," Incognito said Thursday at One Bills Drive. "It's a big deal. "The more eyes, the more attention on football is good for all the players, good for the league, good for …

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You could say Sunday's game meant nothing, and, in the grand scheme, that's true. The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets had been eliminated from postseason scenarios. Two scuzzy clubs mopping up the year. Big whoop. But the game did mean something. The game was a chance to give dispirited Bills fans a glimpse toward 2017, to provide hope, to let them exhale with some r…

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The Buffalo Bills on Sunday wrapped their 17th straight season without the playoffs. That's 272 thrilling episodes of Bills regular-season tackle football. It has been the longest-running playoff drought in the four major North American sports and would tie "Lassie" for fifth on the United States' list of longest-running primetime network series. "The Jack Benny P…

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Tyrod Taylor's morning began with a car accident. Barely on his way to New Era Field, his black 2013 Mercedes G63 wagon was involved in a fender bender downtown. The Buffalo Bills sent a car to collect their quarterback. Saturday's game against the Miami Dolphins also started poorly for him. The Bills went three and out on their first two possessions. Taylor passed thre…

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Remember those vibrating electric football games? Yeah, there was more tackling in those. In those Tudor Games tabletop enterprises, all the defenders have to do to stop the ball carrier is touch him. That's what the Buffalo Bills tried to devastatingly poor effect on Christmas Eve at New Era Field. The Miami Dolphins' would-be tacklers weren't much better, but th…

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To see LeSean McCoy take a handoff, dance for space and make defenders miss is to watch a master craftsman in action. But when the NFL’s best rushing attack needs a first down, it calls on someone even better in short-yardage situations: Mike Gillislee. More than half of Gillislee’s 64 carries this season have gone for first downs or touchdowns. He's a perfect 13…

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When the Buffalo Bills revealed this year's promotional slogan, all I could think of were the ways it would backfire. It's a double entendre. The fan base is unfailingly loyal, and the team sure does love to hand off. Bills Run Deep. As does the pain. You have to go back a lot of years to remember when the Bills regularly thrilled their fans. The last of the Su…

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The Buffalo Bills were only three-point underdogs on the road Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, leaders of the NFL's most competitive division. I didn't get it. What did Las Vegas know? Our resident handicapper, St. Joe's and Buffalo State grad Joe Staniszewski, expressed equal confusion during his Wednesday call from Las Vegas to "The Tim Graham Show" on SportsRad…

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Paul Posluszny was two steps behind but probably couldn't see him through the exhaust fumes. LeSean McCoy was gone. On the first play out of halftime, the Buffalo Bills were on their own 25-yard line. Tyrod Taylor took the snap out of a pistol formation, pivoted to his left and tucked the ball between McCoy's forearms. McCoy locked his left hand, surgically repair…

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A fifth Indiana Jones movie has been announced for 2019. The thought of 74-year-old Harrison Ford leaping the abyss, strafing the enemy, evading mayhem and wiggling out of danger seems far-fetched. Yet the film almost certainly will be a financial success. People won't be able to stay away. So much enthusiasm has been committed to the Indiana Jones franchise. We're c…

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The Buffalo Bills have a knack for generating more questions than answers as the season gets shorter. For one Sunday, anyway, they managed to survive newfound disarray. What occurred at Paul Brown Stadium resembled a preseason exhibition with so many replacements playing significant roles, but games in November count. The Bills notched a critical 16-12, all-hands-…