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The Carolina Panthers put a clamp on the Buffalo Bills' offense in Week Two, and for the vast majority of the contest, the Bills' defense returned the favor to Cam Newton's attack. It was a game that more resembled the NFL of 50 years ago, not the the modern-day league known for its yard-accumulating, point-scoring tendencies. Here are the important advanced stats fr…

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brandon Beane's parents knew it was pointless to say goodbye before the Buffalo Bills' charter buses pulled away from Bank of America Stadium. Bob and Cindy Beane rose glumly from their seats, the season tickets they've had for 18 years in Section 340, while a song they've always relished hearing, "Sweet Caroline," played Panthers fans out the aisle…

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – We’ve become accustomed to LeSean McCoy putting up numbers that jump off the stat sheet. Just not this way. McCoy’s performance Sunday in the Buffalo Bills’ 9-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium was noteworthy for all the wrong reasons. The Pro Bowl running back was stymied time and again by the Carolina front seven, gaining j…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: F Yes, you read that right. The league's top rushing offense for two years straight was straight-up stopped dead in its tracks Sunday. LeSean McCoy had 12 carries for 9 yards. Backup Mike Tolbert carried three times for 5 yards. Tyrod Taylor's 55 yards on eight carries – some from scrambles, some on designed runs – made the overall num…

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Sacks have been an official NFL statistic since 1982. For all those years, we've known how many times a quarterback has been sacked, but not how many times he was able to avoid a sack. Last year, while rewatching early season Bills games, I realized that despite Tyrod Taylor's tendency to be sacked (he was sacked 42 times in 2016, the most in the NFL), he has an ability…

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The Buffalo Bills will face a step up in competition in Week Two. After a season-opening win over the woeful Jets, the Bills make their first road trip of the season to a place coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane used to call home. The Carolina Panthers will host their season opener after an easy 23-3 win over the 49ers in Week One. A Super Bowl team …

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The Buffalo Bills were workmanlike in their victory over the New York Jets in Week One. LeSean McCoy was the offensive star, while safety Jordan Poyer turned in a quality performance at safety. Tyrod Taylor had a good, albeit far from spectacular, afternoon, and the Bills defense got to quarterback Josh McCown for just one sack. Here's what the advanced stats say abo…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: A It’s Week One, and I’m running out of ways to describe just how good LeSean McCoy is. The Bills’ best offensive player picked right up where he left off in 2016, gaining 110 yards on 22 carries. He’s great is the easiest way to say it. Mike Tolbert was the clear No. 2 running back, getting 10 carries behind McCoy and plunging in for …

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BUFFALO BILLS HEAD COACH SEAN MCDERMOTT Q: How do you feel? A: I feel good. I feel good. Very thankful, very thankful. Thank God for the win. Praise God. That was a great team victory. Thank Terry and Kim [Pegula for] giving us the resources that they give us. Just like I said, it was an entire building win. Good to win as a team and extremely proud of the players th…

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Jordan Matthews found himself getting anxious. The Buffalo Bills' No. 1 receiver sat out the entire preseason with a chip fracture in his sternum. Then the first half of Sunday's season opener against the New York Jets came and went at New Era Field with Matthews making just one catch for 14 yards. "It definitely took me a while just to be able to get back into it," …

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The Buffalo Bills went through the last of their September calisthenics Sunday, muscling their way to a 21-12 victory in their scrimmage with the Division II New York Jets. You'll hear a lot of hardy-har-hars about the Bills being in first place in the AFC East, with the New England Patriots losing Thursday night and Hurricane Irma postponing the Miami Dolphins' opening…

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What are the Buffalo Bills getting in Jordan Matthews? Taking that question a step further, let's compare him to Sammy Watkins, the receiver they traded away. To get the best understanding of how Watkins and Matthews have produced in their young NFL careers, their statistics should be examined on a per-target, per-reception, and per-game basis. Career totals don't pr…

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We know the Jets might be tanking this season, but are the Bills? Don't tell that to Kyle Williams. The Bills' most veteran player raises a good point: "I'm 34 years old," he told Jerry Sullivan. "The way the NFL trends, if they were ready to turn the ship in, I would have been a cap hit. Right?" So, what would have to happen for the Bills to make the playoffs? In sh…

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The Buffalo Bills’ playoff drought has nothing to do with new General Manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott. They have not been a part of 17 straight years of failure. Don’t tell that to McDermott, though. “I’m a part of that. When I signed my name to the dotted line, I became a part of that 17-year time period,” he said this summer. “I’m invested.” …