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[BN] Blitz newsletter: McDermott was so proud of the Bills for doing this that he actually smiled

The Bills may have resembled a high school team on occasion over the course of their playoff drought, but when coach Sean McDermott said they looked like one for a moment during Sunday's 34-14 win over the Raiders, it was in the most complimentary way possible.

After a big play from a backup receiver in the third quarter, Bills players mobbed Brandon Tate on the sideline. The reaction was so swift and unexpected that CBS' play-by-play Andrew Catalon initially thought it was a scuffle and had to catch himself.

Monday, McDermott said multiple coaches mentioned to him that he needed to see the play. It looked like the type of enthusiasm that usually only high schoolers have for their teammates. But to McDermott and other Bills coaches, it was a perfect example that players have bought into the right mindset (video in the link). McDermott even smiled talking about it!

These aren't the same old Bills: Bucky Gleason revisited a column from the start of training camp, when he wrote that much of what Sean McDermott said sounded like things we had heard before. Through eight weeks of the season, it looks like this year might be different after all.

Dareus gets acquainted with Jags: On Monday, Marcell Dareus still seemed a bit shook from being traded to Jacksonville. He lamented leaving Buffalo, where he had grown comfortable. Tim Graham added perspective from former GM Buddy Nix and all-time sack leader Bruce Smith.

The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday: The usually sleepy NFL trade deadline got a jolt from Monday deals, Jay Skurski wrote. What could the 4 p.m. deadline have in store for the Bills?

McDermott happy, but not getting ahead of himself: They "don't give out awards for 5-2," he said.

What we learned: Jordan Poyer said he's on the right track to returning for Thursday's game.

Jets injury report: For the Jets, cornerback Morris Claiborne (foot) and defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/foot) both missed Monday's practice.

Mark Gaughan's Film Breakdown: Jordan Mills and Cordy Glenn prevailed 1-on-1 vs. Khalil Mack. On the ground, LeSean McCoy and Co. overpowered the Raiders between the tackles.

How are the Jets doing since the last time we saw them? Turns out they're not so tanky after all.

The Bills flying high and Tyrod is playing efficiently... But in the Bills' search for a franchise quarterback, did they miss on Deshaun Watson?

Who's calling the Bills game this week? Yo, Tony Romo is the analyst this week. He's awesome.

Three up, three down: If Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy are up, that's a good sign.

Snap counts: The Bills really are sticking with Zay Jones.

PFF Grades: Micah Hyde earns NFL's top safety grade for impressive game vs. Raiders.

Advanced Stats: Shareece Wright, who started for Poyer, had a monster game vs. Raiders receivers.

Nice gesture: In addition to hosting the family of fallen officer Craig Lehner Sunday, the Bills also presented the family with Super Bowl tickets.

NFL analyst apologizes to Bills Mafia for being doubter: "The Buffalo Bills are for real," former NFLer Nate Burleson said.

How much dead cap space is too much? Spotrac founder Mike Ginnitti joined the team radio show to discuss.

What They Said: Transcripts from Bills coach Sean McDermott, OC Rick Dennison, DC Leslie Frazier, WR Jordan Matthews, S Jordan Poyer and more. Watch McDermott's press conference here.

Watch: Our Team's Takeaway from Monday's Bills practice.

Podcast: Reaction to the Bills' 5-2 record.

Listen: Jerry Sullivan says on 97 Rock that the Bills have 'something special going on.'

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