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Nothing excites the masses like a quarterback change. The switch from Tyrod Taylor to Nathan Peterman this week dominates the conversation when it comes to the Buffalo Bills. It also overshadows the fact the Bills’ defense has completely fallen on its face the last two weeks. That stretch last Sunday when the New Orleans Saints ran the ball 24 times in a row was as…

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He might have had to view them under a microscope, but Sean McDermott insisted there were positives to be found amidst the rubble that was game film of the Buffalo Bills' 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. "There’s always positive. There is," the coach said Monday. "Harder to find yesterday, for sure. You have to find things that we did do well in order to build on…

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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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1. Well, that was embarrassing. The Bills were outclassed in every possible fashion Sunday at New Era Field, losing 47-10 to the New Orleans Saints. Blame the offense if you want. Or blame the defense. You really can't go wrong. Heck, even punter Colton Schmidt had a bad game. Going against a legitimate opponent at home, the Bills didn't come close to being up for the chal…

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A staple in Rick Dennison's offense is the deep cross or "over" route after a play-action fake. We've seen Tyrod Taylor and multiple wide receivers connect on this play thus far in the 2017 season, and it's a relatively simple but effective route against a variety of coverages. First, let's look at the play from an offensive perspective. These are essentially the rou…

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To say the Buffalo Bills lack offensive rhythm in the first quarter this season is putting it kindly. More accurately, they look like Elaine dancing on Seinfeld at the start of games.The Bills have managed just six total points in the first quarter through eight games — last in the NFL. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison was asked Monday about what the problem ear…

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COACH SEAN McDERMOTT Opening Statement: Alright, good morning. You guys are always so [talkative] in the morning. It’s good. Okay, go ahead and fire away. Q: Well, where does it stand with Zay Jones? A: Zay is, he’s not going to practice today but he’s day-to-day at this point. Q: Did they have a [measure] of the damage, or what did they tell you about it…

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James Lofton will be the analyst alongside Andrew Catalon for CBS’ broadcast of the Bills-Raiders game on Sunday. Lofton, of course, played four of his 16 NFL seasons with Buffalo, including for three of the Bills’ four Super Bowl teams. Lofton, who also played for the Packers, L.A. Raiders, L.A. Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, spoke with The News by phone this week f…

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The Buffalo Bills showed off diversity in their running game in Sunday's 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bills had some success running out of five different personnel groupings. They executed both their zone running plays and the gap-scheme runs that have pulling linemen leading the way. It all added up to 173 rushing yards on 33 carries, the bigges…

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The last thing the Buffalo Bills’ passing attack needs right now is to be without its most consistent downfield threat. That’s the reality the team will face Sunday, though, when tight end Charles Clay sits out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a knee injury. Clay leads the Bills with 258 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns, but will be out of the lin…

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The Buffalo Bills are nearly polar opposites when it comes to offense and defense. The team’s average of 17.8 points per game ranks 27th in the NFL, while the defense is No. 1 in points against, at just 14.8 per game. Despite that discrepancy, coach Sean McDermott said he doesn’t worry about any chemistry issues that could creep up from defensive players growing im…

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Don't blame Tyrod Taylor for Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. No, he wasn't perfect. But the Buffalo Bills could be 5-0 if they had better receivers, or maybe if they used them at all. The Bills are in better shape than we expected. They enter their bye week tied atop the AFC East at 3-2, same as the New England Patriots and New York Jets. They hung tough …

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: D Pour one out for the No. 1-ranked rushing attack of the last two seasons. It’s gone. Dead and buried. The Bills managed just 3.4 yards per rush Sunday and find themselves 16th overall in the NFL at the conclusion of Sunday’s loss. Blame can be spread all around, from scheme to blocking to LeSean McCoy not making the right reads. …

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HEAD COACH SEAN McDERMOTT Q: How did you guys come out of the game injury wise, Coach? A: Still going through the evaluations at this point. At this point, we feel pretty good about the game and the injuries as far as that goes. We’re pretty fortunate at this point. Q: Sean, this morning Jim Kelly said that he lost a lot of respect for LeSean McCoy for what his …

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BILLS-BRONCOS MATCHUP WINNERS Bills O-line vs. Von Miller The premier pass-rusher in the NFL had a huge impact on the game. But he did not ruin the Bills' offense. Miller beat rookie left tackle Dion Dawkins for a sack on the first drive of the game. He beat right tackle Jordan Mills with a spin move and drew a holding penalty in the third quarter. He drew a chintzy …