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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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Who the hell is Kiko Alonso? That's what LeSean McCoy asked agent Drew Rosenhaus in March 2015. The Philadelphia Eagles had traded McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for Alonso, an injured linebacker. Nearly three seasons and many yards later, McCoy smirks at the mention of Alonso, the personification of a chip on the star running back's shoulder. Some team dared to belie…

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LeSean McCoy didn't tell his teammates beforehand. Even four days after the fact, his eyes darted around the Buffalo Bills' locker room. He whispered. "I didn't say anything to the guys," McCoy murmured Thursday as if revealing covert data, "but mentally I knew I was going to have a solid game." McCoy's secret wouldn't keep that Sunday afternoon: He obviously love…

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Bills legend Thurman Thomas will be at the Great Pumpkin Farm, 11199 Main St. in Clarence, from noon to 1:30 Oct. 21 to meet and take photos with fans and help raise money for the family of Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner. Lehner's body was found Tuesday in the Niagara River, five days after he went missing during a training exercise for the department's Underwat…

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Bills vs. Bengals: 28 games all-time. Bills record: 16-12 (.571). First game: On Sept. 22, 1968, the Cincinnati Bengals bested the Bills in their first ever head-to-head matchup, 34-23. Their defense was much better than 34 points allowed might indicate, as they allowed just 201 yards of total offense —nearly 40 percent of which came on an 80-yard touchdown run by Wa…

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Fred Jackson is ready to feel the fandom. Jackson suited up in more than 100 games for the Bills, but he never experienced the party beforehand. He’ll finally get his chance on Sunday, joining a roster full of current and future Wall of Famers for the Buffalo Fan Fest tailgate at Wings Meeting Place on California Road. “This is my first tailgate,” Jackson said in …

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Let’s take a look at just how important a strong ground game is for the Bills, historically. On Monday, we touched on the Bills' performance during games in which LeSean McCoy, presently, and Thurman Thomas, historically, rushed for 100 yards or more. Specifically, how the Bills are 10-2 (.833) when McCoy rushes for at least 100 yards, and how they were a remarkable 43-…

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The New England Patriots are menaces. They've dominated the AFC East for so long, suffocating the hopes of the other three teams for a generation. They're not the biggest reason the Buffalo Bills have failed to reach the playoffs since 1999, but they're close. Now the Patriots are trying to swipe the Bills' signature monument. "The Comeback" was posted round and r…

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Darryl Talley was a guest on "The Tim Graham Show" premiere in September. We had him back for Wednesday's season finale to ponder what we've learned about his Buffalo Bills over the past nine months. Most of the significant developments happened over the last trimester. Rookie coach Sean McDermott's influence surged at One Bills Drive, leading to the departure of Gen…

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WHEATFIELD – Chad Kelly slept on the basement floor Thursday night. No NFL team selected him in the first round of the NFL Draft. Although expected, he underscored his circumstance with a reminder that his pro career won't merely start from the ground up, but from the subterranean. "I wanted to feel what it was like at the bottom," Kelly said. "I could've slept in th…

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What new Bills coach Sean McDermott and seven Super Bowl legends discussed I cannot say. But I do know how some of them feel about Bills General Manager Doug Whaley. They roll their eyes when speaking of McDermott's top scout. Two of the seven have told me in the past two weeks they can't believe the Pegulas kept Whaley after firing Rex Ryan in December. The to…

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Dress up in your best Buffalo Bills red, white, and blue. The life of Thurman Thomas is about to unfold on the stage. In June, for its second annual "Buffalo Stories" fundraiser, Road Less Traveled Productions will celebrate the life and career of pro football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas. The musical extravaganza will be revisiting Thomas' high school and college athle…

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While it must bolster Jim Kelly's ego to know he has been irreplaceable for 20 years, he'd rather watch another quarterback take his Buffalo Bills back to the playoffs. Snow falling on a frigid January afternoon, a miserable opponent and Bills fans going bonkers for their boys ... That's what Kelly and Super Bowl teammates Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and Steve Tasker…

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When the Buffalo Bills revealed this year's promotional slogan, all I could think of were the ways it would backfire. It's a double entendre. The fan base is unfailingly loyal, and the team sure does love to hand off. Bills Run Deep. As does the pain. You have to go back a lot of years to remember when the Bills regularly thrilled their fans. The last of the Su…

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The Buffalo Bills never reissued four jerseys since last worn. Jim Kelly's No. 12 is retired. Bruce Smith's No. 78 will be honored at the home opener. Thurman Thomas' No. 34 should be retired next year. Three proper. Three righteous. The other jersey will not be retired. For that reason and some others, isn't it time to remove O.J. Simpson's honor and put No. 32 back i…