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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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The Buffalo Bills started fast and slowed down. The Miami Dolphins started sloppy and got sloppier. Tight end Nick O'Leary took advantage of one of Miami's many mistakes Sunday and got the Bills started on their 22-16 victory Sunday. Miami is the most penalized team in the NFL, averaging 8.5 penalties a game. The Dolphins helped the Bills by committing 14 penalties f…

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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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Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (knee), cornerback E.J. Gaines (knee), defensive lineman Kyle Williams (groin), tight end Nick O'Leary (back) and John Miller (ankle) are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. Those players -- along with tight end Charles Clay (knee) were limited in practice. Wide receiver Andre Holmes (neck) has not …

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One of Sean McDermott’s stated goals this season is to build a football team that peaks in November and December. The Buffalo Bills’ rookie head coach has failed so far in that regard. After opening with a 3-1 record in the first quarter of the season and sitting at 5-3 at the midway point, the Bills have dropped to 6-6 at the quarter pole. A three-game losing streak ca…

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a patellar tendon contusion in his left knee Sunday during a 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots and is listed as day to day, coach Sean McDermott said. Taylor is still the Bills' starting quarterback when he's healthy, according to McDermott. His availability for the Bills' Week 14 game against the Indianapolis Colts is…

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The scene certainly looked like the end of an era. Tyrod Taylor, a towel draped over his head, was carted off the field Sunday in the fourth quarter of a lopsided loss to the New England Patriots. A short time later, the Buffalo Bills ruled their starting quarterback out for the remainder of the game. Often times when that happens, it portends a long-term injury.…

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The Buffalo Bills will be without No. 2 tight end Nick O'Leary on Sunday against the New England Patriots. O'Leary, who was listed as questionable, will miss the game because of a back injury. That means Logan Thomas, who has been inactive the last two weeks, will dress. Also inactive for the Bills are wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (knee), guard John Miller (ankle), …

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The flight home from Los Angeles provided Sean McDermott and Lorenzo Alexander time for a heart-to-heart talk. The Buffalo Bills’ veteran coach wanted to know from his veteran linebacker how he could be best utilized. “Obviously playing on the edge is one of the things that I've done in the past and I've done the most,” Alexander said Thursday. “Being able to rush th…

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Desperation would seem a plausible reason if times actually were desperate. Outright panic feels like a reasonable explanation. The decision was so surprising, so vexing that self-sabotage could be assumed. The Buffalo Bills this week benched Tyrod Taylor for rookie Nathan Peterman, who will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, an odd …

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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week 10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. • It didn't take wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin long to get up to speed on the Bills' offense. He led his position group with 41 snaps. Deonte Thompson getting more snaps than Jordan Matthews (39 to 36) was interesting, while Andre Holmes …

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The New Orleans Saints dropped by New Era Field on Sunday to slap around the Buffalo Bills. The Saints handed their hosts one of the mousiest defeats in NFL history, stunned Bills fans with unchecked dominance and even drank their beer. We should have known how much New Orleans would feel at home 8:42 after the opening kickoff. Mark Ingram scored his first touchdown,…

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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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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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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…