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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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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sunday's playoff game was there to be won, but the Buffalo Bills demonstrated they're not quite ready to challenge for anything more than our hearts just yet. Rookie head coach Sean McDermott and first-year General Manager Brandon Beane made progress in establishing a new Bills era. Now we get to watch them try to turn a plucky club into a true cont…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The belief from the beginning was that the Buffalo Bills were looking toward 2018 and beyond. All the trades, the unloaded salaries and the accumulation of draft choices signaled an organization building for the future. That the Bills reached the postseason was a bonus, a beautiful fluke that flowed from Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton's right…

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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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When the Bills run: The Dolphins did a nice job against LeSean McCoy when these teams met in Week 15, holding him to 50 yards on 20 carries. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, however, gained 42 yards on just six carries, while Travaris Cadet added 24 yards on four attempts. With Cadet now out of the lineup, the Bills might turn to Marcus Murphy, who was promoted from the practice …

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Say this for the Buffalo Bills: While the result against the New England Patriots is predictable, the way it's achieved is always interesting. Buffalo's 37-16 loss on Christmas Eve had a bit of everything: Terrible officiating, painfully conservative coaching and a classic defensive collapse. Here's a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling after Week 16: …

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Here are my 10 observations from the Buffalo Bills’ 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. 1. The NFL should be embarrassed about its absolutely baffling rules regarding what is, or isn’t, a catch. Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin should have been credited with a 4-yard touchdown catch at the end of the second quarter. Anyone who w…

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When bowl season arrives in college football, the goal posts get moved for NFL teams. Unlike the regular season, when teams can scout as many games as they want, a little-known different set of rules applies for the postseason. “You don't get the same access that you would in season,” said Buffalo Bills General Manager Brandon Beane, explaining that every NFL team is…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: B- It felt like the Buffalo Bills rushed for more than they actually did. LeSean McCoy got the 39 yards he needed to reach 10,000 career rushing yards, finishing with 50 yards on 20 carries. That career achievement overshadowed what was a tough day for Shady. Tyrod Taylor ran better than he has in weeks. His 42 rushing yards are the mo…

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My takeaways from the Bills’ had-to-have-it win over the Dolphins on Sunday at New Era Field. 1. Exhale, Bills fans. LeSean McCoy is OK. On the play in which he topped a huge milestone of 10,000 career rushing yards, McCoy stayed down hurt. After coming out of the lineup, he missed just one play. McCoy capped off an excellent first half with a 16-yard touchdown catch to…

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When the Bills run: LeSean McCoy sits just 39 yards from a huge career milestone of 10,000 yards. McCoy’s running ability in the snow is out of this world — it looks like he’s playing on a different surface than everybody else. The Bills have quietly improved to sixth in the NFL in rushing, averaging 130.1 yards per game. That's almost all McCoy. If he doesn’t get the mile…

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Still hanging on a wall in Stephen Hauschka's childhood bedroom in Needham, Mass., is a faded photo autographed by Adam Vinatieri. Hauschka was 16 years old when the moment was etched in New England sports history: Vinatieri's 23-yard field goal that beat the Oakland Raiders in sudden death, sent the Patriots to the next playoff round and propelled them to their first S…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: A Shady loves the snow. LeSean McCoy plowed his way to 156 yards on 32 carries, including the game-winning, 21-yard run in overtime. On a day when the conditions were likely the worst they have ever been for a home game, he gave the Bills exactly what they needed. Backup Mike Tolbert returned from a three-game absence to rush six times…

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When the Bills run: LeSean McCoy is closing in on 10,000 career rushing yards, needing 195 to get to the milestone. He’s up to sixth in the NFL with 851 yards, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. McCoy should have a chance to make some plays on the edge against Indianapolis. The Colts are allowing 7.47 yards on rushes to the left end, most in the league. The Colts are 13th in t…

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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…