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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Bills fans miss the idea of Dareus

There's a key point in coping with a breakup where you ask yourself if you're sad because you actually miss the person or if you're just beating yourself up lamenting the loss of your idealized version of the person rather than who they really are. And in the case of Marcell Dareus, Jerry Sullivan says Bills fans need to let go of the idea that they lost an amazing run-stopper and remember the small contribution he was actually bringing to the table this season.

"What people miss is the idea of Dareus, the grand notion of a former No. 3 overall pick at his best," Sullivan wrote. "The Bills traded the Dareus who had become a serial knucklehead, an unreliable and uninspired player who was a drag on the salary cap and needed a change of scenery."

Coach Sean McDermott brushed off the idea that losing Dareus hurt the defense, pointing out that the defense played well when Dareus was out or limited earlier this season.

McDermott keeping perspective: He may have had to bust out a microscope to find them, but McDermott insisted there were positives from their 47-10 loss to the Saints.

How bad was Sunday? The Bills gave up more rushing yards against the Saints than in any Rex Ryan game.

Playoff picture: Despite the bad loss, the Bills still hold a playoff spot.

Jerry Hughes is day-to-day: DE Jerry Hughes picked up a shin injury in Sunday's game and is considered day-to-day, along with WR Zay Jones, LT Cordy Glenn and CB E.J. Gaines.


Key to McDermott's defense missing: The Bills have not been able to pressure the quarterback lately.

Bills open as four-point underdogs against 3-6 Chargers: The Bills have a cross-country flight ahead after two poor performances, which made them underdogs against the Chargers. Look beyond their record, though, Tim Graham wrote: The 3-6 Chargers offer no soft touch for the Bills.

Five things to know about the Chargers: Sunday's game will be a reunion game for Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, the former Bills OC.

Mark Gaughan's Film Breakdown: The Saints exposed the Bills' talent gap in the front seven.

Snap counts: The Bills ran their fewest offensive plays of the season while LeSean McCoy saw a small workload.

Three up, three down following Buffalo's abysmal showing against New Orleans: Ruh roh, Nathan Peterman made the up column. (Insert dramatic Scooby Doo tune here.)

Saints RB Daniel Lasco, who left game on stretcher vs. Bills, takes to Twitter: Lasco tweeted that he's doing well after the scary injury.

PFF Grades: Rookie left tackle Dion Dawkins was the sole bright spot for the Bills offense after the big loss.

Advanced Stats: The Bills defense is missing tackles at alarming rate.

Podcast: Shocking loss and Bills Mafia madness.

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