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Tyrod Taylor had been inching toward his defining moment since he arrived in Buffalo three years ago, a time in which he would prove one way or another whether he was the long-term answer for the Bills. What we learned Sunday was that he reached the point of no return. Nobody is placing the blame solely on Taylor for the Bills' wild-card playoff loss to the Jaguars in B…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – My observations from the Bills’ 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars that eliminated the team from the AFC playoffs. 1. Tyrod Taylor got outplayed by Blake Bortles. That’s a tough thing for Bills fans to read, but it’s true. With the Bills needing their quarterback to make a play, it never came. The penultimate chance for the offense started with 3…

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This is not meant to be a complaint, but rather a humorous story to start your Saturday morning. My flight to Jacksonville on Friday night was delayed a couple hours in Detroit. No big deal. It happens this time of year with air travel in the Northeast, and it could have been a lot worse with what people in New York and Boston are going through. Once we did get on th…

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Tyrod Taylor completed 19 of 27 attempts (70.3 percent) for 204 yards (7.56 yards per attempt) with one touchdown in the Bills' regular-season finale against the Dolphins, his second game of the season with a completion percentage of at least 70 and a yards-per-attempt average of 7.5 or higher. The other outing game in a Week Three win over the Broncos. In Miami, Taylor…

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Phil Simms, who played quarterback for the New York football Giants for 14 seasons, thinks Tyrod Taylor’s critics are too harsh. Simms this year transitioned from game broadcaster to being a studio analyst with “The NFL Today,” the CBS pregame show. He also works on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.” He spent a few minutes by phone this week talking about the Bills’ playoff m…

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Tyrod Taylor helped orchestrate the Bills' berth in the playoffs, and to some, he was a hindrance on Buffalo's offense. To others, he was effective in his role as the team's low-volume quarterterback. Here are Taylor's regular-season finishes in an assortment of advanced statistics and their rank among qualifying quarterbacks: Pro Football Focus Overall Grade: 84.1 …

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A question that gets asked almost every week of the coach of the Bills' opponent is, how do you defend Tyrod Taylor, a quarterback who can scramble and extend plays? When the question was asked this week of Jaguars coach Doug Marrone, he gave a more colorful answer than he is usually known for and started by sharing a conversation he had with his wife the previous night…

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The regular-season finale marked the third-consecutive game in which Tyrod Taylor averaged more than 7.0 yards per attempt, an efficiency benchmark for quarterbacks in the NFL. He finished the contest in Miami 19 of 27 for 204 yards (7.56 yards per attempt) with one touchdown and no interceptions, which equated to a passer rating of 104.6. After his highest yards-per-at…

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Opening Statement: Okay, good morning. Good afternoon, I guess I should say. Happy New Year. Good way to get the year started and we’ll go ahead and open it up to questions. Q: How much sleep did you get last night? A: A little bit. I know quite a few members the staff were in early this morning. [It’s] kind of hard to throttle down after an evening like that, but [i…

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ORLANDO – It wasn't a dream, Bills fans. The 17-year playoff drought is over. Buffalo's 22-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday improved the team to 9-7, but it wasn't until the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens about 30 minutes later that the Bills' postseason ticket was punched. A crowd numbering in the hundreds greeted the Bills' charter flight when it…

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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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Tyrod Taylor was effective in the first half but cooled off in the second half — especially in the fourth quarter — against the Patriots in Week 16. He completed 2 of 5 passes made 20 or more yards down the field for 79 yards. He missed on both of his attempts over the middle in the 10 to 19-yard range. From the line of scrimmage to 19 yards down the field, Taylor we…

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So it comes down to this for the Buffalo Bills. Beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday and get some help around the league, and a 17-year playoff drought will be over. You know the scenarios by now, but once more here they are: A Buffalo win coupled with a loss by Baltimore against Cincinnati gets the Bills in the playoffs. The other path for the Bills includes beating Miami…

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Tyrod Taylor and the Bills played the Patriots tightly for three quarters in Week 16, and much of that had to do with fine inside-the-pocket passing from Buffalo's quarterback. In New England, Taylor completed 18 of 30 passes (60 percent) from inside the pocket for 257 yards (8.56 yards per attempt). That equates to a passer rating of 87.7. While he's had higher insi…

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BILLS-DOLPHINS MATCHUPS Tyrod Taylor vs. Jay Cutler This is likely Taylor's last regular-season game with the Bills, and it's probably the last game of Cutler's NFL career. Cutler came out of retirement in August to sign a one-year, $10 million deal with the Dolphins after Ryan Tannehill blew out his knee. Cutler is 74-78 in his career as a starter with 227 TDs, 160 …