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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Grading the Bills at season’s midway point

The Bills are coming off their most lackluster performance of the season in Thursday night’s loss to the New York Jets but Jay Skurski didn’t weigh the latest failed exam too heavily when handing out his midterm grades.

“Although the sting of Thursday night’s loss to the New York Jets will sting until Week 10 arrives, it doesn’t paint a complete picture of the season to date,” Skurski writes.

McDermott’s take: The original plan was to take time to review the film from Thursday’s game. But the process required immediate analysis on the plane ride home. “You have to start by being honest with yourself and looking at it,” coach Sean McDermott said Friday. Read the full transcript from McDermott’s press conference, Vic Carucci’s analysis, and Skurski’s 10 takeaways.

Shady’s view: “This is good for us, I think — some humble pie,” LeSean McCoy said following the nationally-televised defeat. “A lot of people kind of doubted us, then we started winning games and people pat us on the back and (told) us how good we are and then you see what happened tonight. So in the grand scheme of things, I think it’s probably good for us.”

Eight steps to end The Drought: Bucky Gleason puts Thursday night’s loss into perspective by offering a key point of focus for each of the Bills’ remaining games: “Far more important than one bad loss to the Jets, who aren’t so lowly after all, is how the Bills play over their final eight games.”

Film breakdown: Mark Gaughan gives his unit-by-unit grading of the Bills’ loss after reviewing the video. Related: Todd Bowles blitzed the Bills into the ground.

Injury update: Taiwan Jones will miss the rest of the season with a broken arm, Zay Jones’ right leg injury is “still being evaluated,” and the Bills could get Charles Clay (knee) and E.J. Gaines (hamstring) back for their next game against the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 12, McDermott said Friday.


Sully’s mailbag: Were the Bills exposed against the Jets or did they simply fall victim to the perils of playing a Thursday night game on the road? Jerry Sullivan answers that question and more in his weekly Q&A column.

Salute to Service Award: Bills defensive line coach Mike Waufle is among 32 finalists for the award which recognizes NFL players, coaches and alumni who “demonstrate an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community.”

Will Rex return to the sideline? In an interview with, the former Bills coach says he is open to the possibility of coaching again. “It’s got to be the right situation, because I’m happy where I’m at,” said Ryan, now an ESPN analyst. “But if the right situation did come along, absolutely you’d have to consider it.”

Time to think: After Thursday’s loss, the Bills — and their fans — have 10 days to contemplate what’s next, Tim Graham writes.

Stock report: Skurski highlights three players on the rise and three trending downward following the game against the Jets.

Dad brings kid to school late due to 'Bills-induced depression'

Listen: Paul Peck and Kevin Sylvester analyze the loss on the Daily Drive Podcast. Greg Cosell of NFL Films gave his take on the Bills’ loss on the John Murphy Show.

Advanced stats: Was Cordy Glenn’s poor performance an aberration, or something the Bills should be worried about going forward?

Trivia: What is the Bills’ largest margin of defeat in one of the New York Jets/Titans home stadiums?

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