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The Lamar Jackson for Most Valuable Player train is gathering steam. With 16 carries for 101 yards against San Francisco, he surpassed 100 yards for a fourth time this season, setting a record for a quarterback. He is up to 977 rushing yards, which leaves him just 62 short of Michael Vick’s single-season record with four games left. Sunday, he finds himself favored a…

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It was plainly evident last Sunday that Jason Garrett is far too conservative a coach for the NFL. With his Dallas Cowboys trailing 13-6 with just more than six minutes remaining, he opted to kick a field goal on fourth-and-7 from the New England 11-yard line. As a result, after a 3-0 start, the bad Boys are now 6-5 yet remain in first place in the unstable NFC East – f…

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The Bills (7-3) are again in their comfort zone, facing another team with a losing record in the Broncos (3-7). Buffalo’s wins have coming against teams that are currently 13-47 on the season, while its losses have been leveled by clubs that are 19-12. The Bills’ problem Sunday, though, is their 1-6 against the spread record as a non-division favorite when coming off a …

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This is an AFC East rematch from a month ago when the Bills beat the Dolphins, 31-21, in Buffalo as 17-point chalk. It was the only game in which Miami out-statted an opponent this season. It was also the game in which Miami re-inserted Ryan Fitzpatrick as its starting quarterback. The Fish are swimming in calmer waters these days. And if there is one role in which t…

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Our contention from the start has been that Cleveland head coach Freddie Kitchens is in over his head and the Browns are drowning with him. Cleveland is 2-6, and the only team since the 1970 merger to make the playoffs after starting the season 2-6 was the 1970 Bengals, who won their final seven games to make the playoffs at 8-6. Through eight games last season, the …

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We’re at the stage of the NFL season when good teams start to separate themselves from bad teams. Only in this case, the separation has already been made. If the NFL playoffs were to start this weekend, the Buffalo Bills would be one of the new kids on the block – actually not so new because the Bills made the 2017 postseason – as Buffalo would be the only AFC team that…

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This is our annual ABO game: Always Beware of the Obvious. It would be difficult finding a team that looked as bad in a prime-time game than the Philadelphia Eagles did Sunday at Dallas, but there they were, on full display for the nation to see. Not only did they lay a tyrannosaurus egg, they coughed up 400-plus yards for the second consecutive game. Hardly attributes of …

Bills

Now that the Dolphins successfully passed the "Tank For Tua" bowl, it’s on to Buffalo where the Bills are one of only two AFC teams without two losses this season (guess the other). Two questions immediately come to the surface in this contest: 1) are the Bills really this good? and 2) are the Dolphins really this bad? The answers to both are not really, but don’t try s…

Bills

The Bills open the week as a 16.5-point favorite against the visiting Miami Dolphins. Buffalo has been favored by 16 or more points six times since 1980, including four times in the 1992 season and a 20-point spread against Indianapolis in 1991. The last time the Bills were favored by 16.5 points was Dec. 6, 1992, against the New York Jets, a game the Bills lost, 24-…

Bills

The Titans are 2-2, but they have allowed more yards than they've gained in three games. The Bills are 3-1 and have not been out-gained in total yardage in a game this season; the Bills are averaging 106 yards per game more than the opposition. On paper, it appears the wrong team is favored here with the line sitting at the Titans by three. Tennessee is 3-12 against the…

Bills

Let’s not concede the Patriots another Super Bowl title just yet. Yes, their stats are impeccable: No. 1 overall in scoring defense and the No. 2 scoring offense. They became the first team in the Super Bowl era to not allow a passing or rushing TD in its first three games. A muffed punt recovered in the end zone by the Jets snapped the Pats’ run of 86 consecutive point…

Bills

Tasked with playing their second consecutive game at MetLife Stadium, the Buffalo Bills stayed in the same hotel last week – with players lodged in the very same rooms – to mimic the lead-up to their opening week 17-16 comeback win over the New York Jets. They proceeded to trounce the Giants, 28-14, to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2014. On the other side of t…

Bills

The New York Giants went ahead 7-0 on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 and then proceeded to limp to the finish line. One has to wonder how long before Daniel Jones will have his number called. This, however, is for certain: Eli Manning is 11-3  straight up and 10-2-2 against the spread in his career against AFC East opposition, including 7-0-1 against the spread as an underdo…

Bills

It’s been a long time (2006) since the Bills opened the season with their first two games on the road – and oddly, both will be in the same stadium, with Week 1 against the Jets and Week 2 against the Giants. Buffalo also could take part in up to six 2018 first-round quarterback battles when Bills QB Josh Allen faces Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson and Sam Darnold (twice)…

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Uh oh. Off back-to-back losses in December for the first time in 15 years, the seemingly invincible New England Patriots suddenly are in danger of not securing a first-round bye for the playoffs. According to Nate Davis of USA TODAY, in their 15-playoff appearances under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, the Patriots have had to play on wild-card weekend only three times…