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Right on schedule, weeks before Christmas, the Buffalo Bills' season is over. Now it's time for the finger pointing and politicking at One Bills Drive. Western New York's most tiresome winter pastime is upon us, and this episode could be more blustery than normal. Reports fluttered Sunday like the snowflakes around New Era Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers left…

The Buffalo Bills defensive backs have taken a beating this season. Safeties Aaron Williams, Colt Anderson and Robert Blanton are all on injured reserve. James Ihedigbo started the last two weeks after being signed off the street. Cornerback Corey White practiced at safety leading up to Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, but when Ronald Darby suffered a concussion in …

Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby manned the top two cornerback spots during defensive back drills in the portion of Thursday’s practice that was open to media. Kevon Seymour played nickel back while Corey Graham and Robert Blanton were at safety. Rex Ryan declared several positions in the defensive backfield up for grabs this week, initially plugging Seymour in for N…

1. Stephon Gilmore's continued absence from spring practices has created a huge opportunity for sixth-round draft pick Kevon Seymour. Based on coach Rex Ryan's comments, the Southern California product is making the most of it. "He has already elevated, kind of like what we saw immediately with Ronald Darby," Ryan said recently. "How we knew Darby was really going to be, …

1. I’ve long been of the belief that NFL teams should draft at least one quarterback every year. That’s how important the position is. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said last year it’s something the team “would lean heavily to considering every year.” Whaley, however, hasn't picked a quarterback in the two years he’s been running Buffalo’s draft. He has, …

It follows logically that there was some good and some bad following an 8-8 season for the Buffalo Bills. There were pleasant surprises and big disappointments. With that in mind, here is our final look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling following the 2015 season. Three Up • Ronald Darby: Injuries started to catch up to the rookie cornerback toward the end …

1. Will there be any changes to the coaching staff? Owner Terry Pegula announced last week that General Manager Doug Whaley and head coach Rex Ryan will return to 2016. Left unsaid, so far, is the status of the team’s assistant coaches. Special teams coordinator Danny Crossman could be a convenient scapegoat for the team, being that he was not a Ryan hire and his unit r…

1. Ryan Fitzpatrick getting it done with more weapons. It’s amazing what throwing to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker as opposed to Donald Jones and David Nelson can do for a guy. Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is having the best season of his 11-year career, having thrown for 3,724 yards, 29 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 91.2 passer rating — all of which are …

If the Buffalo Bills have any hope of making the playoffs, they must win out. The first step comes at 1 p.m. Sunday against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Here are all the details you need to know before kickoff, plus five things I'll be looking for: • TV: Fox. Announcers: Kenny Albert (play by play), Daryl Johnston (color analyst). • Radio: Bills Radio Ne…

If the Buffalo Bills hope to end a run of 15 straight seasons without a postseason appearance, they'll have to string a bunch of wins together. Their next opportunity comes at 1 p.m. Sunday against Philadelphia. The Bills enter the game against the 5-7 Eagles as slight favorites in their first of three straight games against teams from the woeful NFC East. Here are all t…

If the Buffalo Bills' season wasn't on the line last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, it most certainly is Sunday against the Houston Texans. As coach Rex Ryan said, the Bills are "out of mulligans," meaning one more loss could lead to a 16th straight season without a trip to the playoff So there will be plenty of pressure on the Bills, who are back home after three …

The Buffalo Bills are not the only team in the NFL to take bad penalties on special teams. The Kansas City Chiefs did that in the third quarter when tight end Demetrius Harris was offside as the Bills were lined up to punt the ball away. The penalty gave the Bills a first down, extending a drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyrod Taylor to run…

The Kansas City Chiefs didn't have a wide receiver catch a touchdown pass in 2014. They've got four such scores this year after quarterback Alex Smith found receiver Jeremy Maclin for a 41-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills. Maclin got behind Bills rookie cornerback Ronald Darby down the right sideline, cutting the Bills' lead to 16-14. …

1. Rediscover the running game. The Buffalo Bills’ rushing attack was humming in two games coming out of the bye week, but it hit a pot hole Monday in New England. The Bills gained 94 yards on the ground, but required 30 carries to do it, an average of just 3.1 yards per attempt. The shotgun sweep from LeSean McCoy that looked so good against the Jets was largely bottle…