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[BN] Blitz newsletter: After all these years, smelling salts still have a place on NFL sidelines

If you ever see players sniffing something on the sideline, those are (probably) smelling salts. There may not be much science behind them, but after all these years, players still take them to jolt their systems and feel fully awake for the game.

"It's a terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible, rancid smell," Bills defensive end Eddie Yarbrough said. And yet, he takes a hit before every game, and again at halftime.

Lorenzo Alexander was one player with a dissenting opinion: "I used to see a lot of special-teamers sniffing them before they'd run down on kickoff. (They said,) 'You want some of this? You want some of this?' And I said, 'Y'all are crazy.' But I guess whatever it takes, right?"

Pregame primer: Jay Skurski runs down everything you need to know and should watch for in Bills-Saints.

No fine for Skrine: Jets cornerback Buster Skrine wasn't fined for the trip that injured Bills WR Zay Jones last week, a league source told The News.

Injury reports: Jones and left tackle Cordy Glenn are out for the Bills while the Saints are down Kenny Vaccaro.

Brrr: Someone turned the cold back on this week. The Bills practice outdoors with temperatures in low 20s, and wanted the Saints to know about it. (By the way, how does Tyrod Taylor play in cold weather?)


Mark Gaughan's Matchup Watch: The Saints will put pressure on Bills linebackers.

Benjamin poses threat: The addition of Kelvin Benjamin could help other Bills receivers by drawing coverage away from them, Vic Carucci wrote.

National NFL observers weigh in on Bills at midseason: Judy Battista (, Greg Bishop (Sports Illustrated), Kevin Connors (SportsCenter anchor) and Dan Pompei (Bleacher Report/The Athletic) share their thoughts on the Bills.

Mark Gaughan's Play to Watch: The Saints like to bring pressure – watch for this corner-safety blitz.

NFL Playbook: Bills-Saints edges Cowboys-Falcons as Sunday's marquee matchup.

Tyrod Watch: Tyrod Taylor's updated passing heat map through eight games.

Drew Brees, Tyrod Taylor set for third-down battle: Both quarterbacks are among the best on third down.

Vic Carucci's NFL Power Rankings: The Bills stayed steady at 12th.

Saints fans are coming, and they bring their own language: If you want to hate Saints fans, read this.

Updated Bills-Saints forecast: Get out those layers, fam. It's going to be a cold one.

Wood to host fundraiser Monday: Eric Wood will let his hair down and raise money at benefit hosted by Big Ditch Brewing Co. Monday night.

Seahawks follow Incognito's complaints: Richie Incognito isn't the only one who hates Thursday Night Football. It "should be illegal," one Seahawks player said.

Transcript: Sean McDermott on injuries, offensive line, prepping for the Saints.

Podcast: Bills vs. Saints preview.

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