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Jonesing for yet another reason to hate the New England Patriots? The worst day of a Patriot's life probably ranks among the more rewarding experiences of his career. That's right. Even when a Patriot gets fired, there's a chance he'll look back upon the moment gratefully. For about as long as the Buffalo Bills have failed to reach the playoffs, we've been inundat…

Back when Wade Phillips was coaching the Dallas Cowboys in the 2007 season, he was preparing to bring his team to Ralph Wilson Stadium to face the Buffalo Bills. As is part of the weekly NFL ritual, Western New York reporters speak with the opposing team's coach on a conference call a few days before the game. When that call clicked on, Phillips very clearly said "keep t…

The divisional round of the NFL postseason featured three players from Western New York, a University at Buffalo graduate and 10 former Buffalo Bills. Here is look how each of those players did: Western New Yorkers • Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: The Amherst native made seven catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-20 victory over Kansas City. Gronk played 53 offe…

It was a strange sight. There was former Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler last week on national TV, celebrating a touchdown with Tom Brady. Chandler's debut with the New England Patriots in Week One was a successful one, as his only catch went for a 1-yard touchdown in a 28-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sunday, Chandler will return to Ralph Wilson Stadi…

Doug Whaley has lived up to his word. The Buffalo Bills' general manager said at the NFL Scouting Combine last month that he wanted to have all of his team's needs filled before heading into the draft. Whaley didn't even wait for the start of free agency to do that, acquiring running back LeSean McCoy and quarterbacks Matt Cassel in trades, giving up linebacker Kiko Alon…

Veteran tight end Lee Smith will leave the Buffalo Bills to sign with the Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent, according to a tweet Tuesday afternoon from ESPN's Adam Schefter. Smith, 27, played the past four seasons with the Bills, appearing in 56 games with 34 starts. Primarily a blocker, he made 20 receptions for 144 yards and three touchdowns. Smith was also…

PHOENIX -- A smile crossed Josh McDaniels face when I asked him what he thought of new Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman. McDaniels, the successful New England Patriots' offensive coordinator, went to John Carroll University, the same small Cleveland-area college Roman attended. But they weren't there at the same time. So McDaniels knows Roman more for his p…

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When the Chicago Bears retired Mike Ditka’s uniform number last year, they declared he “revolutionized the tight end position.” The Baltimore Sun wrote of John Mackey’s death three years ago that “he will be remembered for revolutionizing his position.” A Cleveland Plain Dealer headline two years ago proclaimed the “NFL’s tight-end revolution began” with Ozzie Newsome a…

How much longer does Kyle Orton have as the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback? It's a fair question after Orton threw two interceptions in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. With the Bills down 21-3, Orton stared down tight end Scott Chandler and was picked by Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall. The Bills got down…

Nickell Robey was left shaking his head, and it's hard to blame him. The Buffalo Bills' cornerback was called for illegal contact on a third-and-6 play from the Buffalo 19-yard line Sunday against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. The penalty, which came with Robey in coverage against Broncos receiver Wes Welker, gave Denver a first down at the Bills' 14. The…

Mario Williams doesn't need his red contacts to terrorize the New York Jets tonight. His play inside Ford Field is doing that on his own. Williams has two sacks and three quarterback hits in the first half, including a highlight-reel hit on Michael Vick in the second quarter. To borrow a phrase from Sabres broadcasting legend Rick Jeanneret, Williams "rag dolled" Vick to…

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Buffalo Bills sold Doug Marrone to their fans as a progressive coach. Now 26 games into his career, there it little evidence to suggest that is true. Marrone bristled last week when asked whether he thinks he's a conservative coach, but the numbers don't lie. Earlier this week, The New York Times published an article on the Bills' fourth-down str…

The Buffalo Bills were marching to start the third quarter today at Ralph Wilson Stadium. They had advanced the ball from their 24-yard line down to the Kansas City Chiefs' 17. Even more encouraging, running back Bryce Brown had a huge hole off the right side. Brown exploded through it, seemingly on his way to his first touchdown with the Bills. But Chiefs defensive back…

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Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' heart-pumping victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Ralph Wilson Stadium ... What it means: In a thriller, the Bills avoided three straight home losses despite four giveaways and the loss of running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller to what appear to be long-term injuries. The Bills are 4-3. Player of the game: With one second t…

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Quick highlights from a familiar-feeling Buffalo Bills loss to the New England Patriots in Ralph Wilson Stadium ... What it means: The Bills had a chance to establish themselves as contenders in the AFC East but got raked in the first game of the Pegula era. The Bills are 3-3. Player of the game: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went 27 of 37 for 361 yards and four touchdo…