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For a playoff team, the Buffalo Bills have a long list of needs. General Manager Brandon Beane acknowledged as much last month at the Senior Bowl. “We're a long way from where we need to be,” Beane said in Mobile, Ala. “This year was setting the culture and expectations of what we need to get done.  ... We have a lot of holes to fill. We know that. We're going to do …

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A year after leading the NFL with 24 unrestricted free agents, the Buffalo Bills are once again a team loaded with expiring contracts. The Bills have 18 players set to hit the open market in March, meaning General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott will continue their radical reshaping of the roster that started last year. Some of that reshaping will be done…

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Running back Mike Tolbert is a free agent after one season with the Bills. With the hiring of Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, speculation has begun that Tolbert could return to the Panthers. Tolbert spent five years with the Panthers after beginning his career with the Chargers when Turner was their head coach. Tolbert lives in Char…

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The drought is dead. The Buffalo Bills finally ended a 17-year postseason dry spell, leading to mass celebrations, six-figure charitable donations and hope that, finally, the team is on the right path under the leadership of General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. Before attention turns squarely to planning for 2018, though, here is one final look bac…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — LeSean McCoy was in no mood to talk about the future Sunday. "I live now, in the moment," he said after the Buffalo Bills were eliminated from the playoffs with a 10-3 loss to the Jaguars at EverBank Stadium. "The moment is we could have won this game." McCoy did his part, rushing 19 times for 75 yards and catching six passes for 44 yards while p…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The wait is almost over. A day short of the 18-year anniversary of the Music City Miracle, the Buffalo Bills make their long-awaited return to the postseason Sunday when they visit the Jaguars at EverBank Field. Here's all you need to know for the game, plus five things we'll be watching for: • TV: CBS. Announcers: Jim Nantz (play by play), To…

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The architects are different, but the blueprints they’re working off remain the same for the Buffalo Bills. A strong running game and a defense that depends on taking the ball away will be the keys to an upset victory Sunday for the Bills in their first playoff game in 18 years. That’s a vision that was laid out on March 10, 2015, the day the team officially acquired ru…

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There is no replacing LeSean McCoy. Buffalo Bills running back Marcus Murphy knows that, even if he’s asked to try Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. "I know I have a role in this offense, just like everyone else,” Murphy said Wednesday after practice. “I can't be Shady. You know, Shady is Shady. I just try to do what I can to take care of my role. When I get t…

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When the Bills run: No LeSean McCoy is a scary thought for the Bills. If the Jaguars have a weakness defensively (Buffalo coach Sean McDermott says they don’t), it would be stopping the run. Jacksonville allowed 116.3 rushing yards per game in the regular season, which tied for 21st in the NFL. Stopping the combination of Marcus Murphy and Mike Tolbert is obviously prefera…

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A Buffalo Bills victory wasn't enough. Not only did they have to beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, but the Bills also needed help from at least one other team, maybe two, to end the longest active playoff skid in North American big-league sports. In addition, the Baltimore Ravens had to lose. If not that, then the Los Angeles Chargers and the Tennessee Titans had to…

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy suffered a right ankle injury in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. The Bills later announced that McCoy is out for the game. McCoy was hurt at the end of a 3-yard run when he was tackled by Dolphins linebacker Chase Allen. After staying down and pounding his fist on…

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So it comes down to this for the Buffalo Bills. Beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday and get some help around the league, and a 17-year playoff drought will be over. You know the scenarios by now, but once more here they are: A Buffalo win coupled with a loss by Baltimore against Cincinnati gets the Bills in the playoffs. The other path for the Bills includes beating Miami…

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When the Bills run: The Dolphins did a nice job against LeSean McCoy when these teams met in Week 15, holding him to 50 yards on 20 carries. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, however, gained 42 yards on just six carries, while Travaris Cadet added 24 yards on four attempts. With Cadet now out of the lineup, the Bills might turn to Marcus Murphy, who was promoted from the practice …

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Say this for the Buffalo Bills: While the result against the New England Patriots is predictable, the way it's achieved is always interesting. Buffalo's 37-16 loss on Christmas Eve had a bit of everything: Terrible officiating, painfully conservative coaching and a classic defensive collapse. Here's a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling after Week 16: …

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Here are my 10 observations from the Buffalo Bills’ 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. 1. The NFL should be embarrassed about its absolutely baffling rules regarding what is, or isn’t, a catch. Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin should have been credited with a 4-yard touchdown catch at the end of the second quarter. Anyone who w…