The Bills won four of their first six games last year and missed the playoffs. They're 4-2 again this season, but something feels different about this year, LeSean McCoy said.
"We're winning games, but we're not playing our best ball," the Bills' running back said. "That's major. If we were playing our best ball, we might be winning games by bigger margins. So it feels a lot different than last year."
It remains to be seen whether things are actually different or McCoy just wishes they were. But he has a point: If the offense can ever get going, the Bills will be a force.
Better than tweets: Instead of tweeting at Lorenzo Alexander for kneeling in protest of racial injustice during the national anthem earlier this season, one fan decided to write him a letter. Alexander enjoyed the civil discourse and invited the fan to meet him for coffee to discuss the issues. They talked for over an hour this week.
New cornerback: This Bills released the cornerback they added Monday, Tony McRae, and added Lafayette Pitts off waivers from the Jaguars. Pitts appropriately played college ball at Pitt. He compares athletically to Micah Hyde.
Incognito misses practice: Richie Incognito left Sunday's game briefly with an injury but finished the contest. He received Wednesday's practice off to recover, though, as did Jordan Poyer and E.J. Gaines.
Pass D "unacceptable": After a the Bills' pass defense had what one player called an "unacceptable" day against the Bucs, things won't get any easier going against the Raiders.
Raiders scout: After struggling for the first part of the season, the Raiders' offense seemed to find its way last week.
The Tim Graham Show: The Deonte Thompson signing hurt the Patriots as much as it helped the Bills.
Trivia: How many times have the Raiders played in Orchard Park?
Sullivan: To understand how well the Bills' run defense is playing, just compare it to last year.
Playoff odds: The Bills are thought to have just under a 50 percent chance to make the playoffs, but one dissenting site was Football Outsiders, which likes the Bills' chances at knocking off the Patriots more than others.
Flames emojis: The Bills will wear their standing Buffalo-logo throwbacks this week.
Disagreeing on Darues: Bills coach Sean McDermott and film grading site Pro Football Focus had different takes on Marcell Dareus' performance Sunday.
Big-Play Breakdown: One play the Raiders like to run is sending Amari Cooper on a go-route.
Tre'Davious White mostly solid: It was another week where rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White was mostly solid outside of one or two big plays.
Clay back to Panthers: Kaelin Clay landed back in Carolina after being cut by the Bills. Seems like the Panthers won the Kevon Seymour trade.
What they said: Hear from Sean McDermott, Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy and more players from their Wednesday press conferences.
Bills fans near and far: Carlin Hartman, an assistant college basketball coach at Oklahoma, is a Bills fan.
Podcast: The Daily Drives discussed Buffalo's Raiders connections.