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The analytics website Pro Football Focus uses color coding for its grading of NFL players. Green is good, white is average and red is bad. As you might imagine following Week 10, there was plenty of red following the Bills’ performance against the New Orleans Saints. On offense, just one “green” was recorded. That was by rookie left tackle Dion Dawkins. “I do…

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1. Here's what Rick Dennison had to say about Mike Tolbert on Sept. 11, the day after the Buffalo Bills' season-opening victory over the New York Jets: "Went sideways two times and he'll get corrected on that. He'll go down hill." Fast forward to Sunday, and there was Tolbert, taking an option pitch from quarterback Tyrod Taylor on the Bills' fourth play of the game. Pr…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: F Maybe this is harsh, but now is no time to be lenient. LeSean McCoy got off to a good start, with a 36-yard gain on the first possession, but managed just 13 yards on his other seven carries. Mike Tolbert rushed twice for minus-2 yards. It’s at the point where we need to ask why he’s on the roster. Any carry by someone other than…

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The Buffalo Bills are in the thick of a playoff race. With a 5-3 record, the team holds the sixth and final spot in the AFC entering Week 10. Despite that, the 2018 NFL Draft remains of particular interest to fans, because the Bills currently hold five picks in the first three rounds. A look at the roster shows no shortage of directions the team could go with those sele…

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1. The Buffalo Bills will be without running back Taiwan Jones for the rest of the season. Coach Sean McDermott announced Friday that Jones suffered a broken arm late in Thursday’s 34-21 loss to the New York Jets while attempting to recover an onside kick. Teammate Shamarko Thomas dove into Jones' arm, causing the fracture. Jones' arm was placed in an air cast and he …

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NEWARK, N.J. – And now, for my next feat of journalism magic, I will find a way to identify three positive performances to take away from that. Bills fans waking up Friday morning will be disappointed that wasn't just a nightmare. Their team really did get absolutely dominated on national television Thursday night, the 34-21 final against the New York Jets not coming …

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. 1. That’s a version of the Buffalo Bills we haven’t seen this year – and fans surely don’t want to see again. The Bills were undisciplined, unprepared and flat-out manhandled in every conceivable fashion by a Jets team that is less talented. The resu…

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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 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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Hello, my name is Tim G., and I'm a Process-aholic. It has been almost 18 years since I last saw a Bills playoff game, but now I can see my way out of this dark tunnel. Maybe the Bills won't return to the postseason this January, but for the first time since thinking 2002 fourth overall draft choice Mike Williams would be a foundation block, I have serenity. Grant…

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After seeing the NFL protests become a heated topic, Lorenzo Alexander and Mike Tolbert wanted to show the Bills players do more than just kneel. The duo decided to work with the team's community relations team to orchestrate a day of five community events to benefit Buffalo youth. Over 30 Bills volunteered and chose the location they'd like to visit. "It's something…

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The Bills enter the bye week in a three-way tie with the Jets and Patriots for first place, but will come out of it trailing by a half-game, as New York will host New England on Sunday — the winner will take the division lead. With no game to prepare for this weekend and no historical stats to uncover for the Buffalo Bills’ upcoming matchup, let’s instead take a l…

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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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After leading the league in many rushing categories in 2015 and 2016, the Bills are currently averaging 3.4 yards per carry, the fourth-lowest figure in the NFL. So what's going on? Is it the move to the zone-blocking scheme? The offensive line? LeSean McCoy and Mike Tolbert? To answer these questions, I rewatched and tracked every rush by a running back through five…

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CINCINNATI – There is a short list of players the Buffalo Bills can least afford to lose this season, and tight end Charles Clay is near the top. Unfortunately for the Bills, that’s what happened Sunday in a 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Clay suffered a left knee injury in the second quarter when he was hit by Bengals safety Shawn Willi…