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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan has been a sports writer at The Buffalo News for 35 years. He covers the Bills and the NFL and is a past president of the Pro Football Writers of America, as well as a past selector for Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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Middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds was a weapon of Miami destruction in Sunday’s victory over the Dolphins. The Bills’ second-year middle linebacker tied a career high with 12 tackles, was in on a sack, had a superb fourth-down pass breakup and put two other hits on Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Moreover, he was unleashed as a blitzer to the greatest degree we’…

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To blitz or not to blitz? Either way, the Miami Dolphins’ defense was in trouble Sunday against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. The Dolphins simply could not get any heat on the Bills’ quarterback using a four-man rush in the 37-20 Buffalo victory. So Miami had to blitz as the game wore on. Either way, they gave up big plays to the Buffalo attack. Miami has just…

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First quarter Theme: Place-kicking back on track. The Buffalo Bills got field goals of 51 and 34 yards from Stephen Hauschka, who had missed three of his previous four tries. Bills D starts fast: Miami managed just 7 yards on nine plays in the quarter. Key injuries: The Dolphins were without starting linebacker Raekwon McMillan (knee) and their best defensive end, T…

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The Buffalo Bills have forced the most fumbles in the NFL since Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier took over the team’s defense at the start of 2017. The Bills have forced 69 fumbles in that 2 1/2-year span, which averages to about seven more fumbles per season than the average team forces. The Bills ranked seventh in fumbles forced in 2017 (with 25), first in 2018 (with…

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The Miami Dolphins’ front office should have known that if tanking was its objective, Ryan Fitzpatrick was not the quarterback for the job. In 2007, Fitzpatrick rallied an 0-8 Cincinnati Bengals team to a 4-3-1 finish. In 2010, Fitzpatrick rallied an 0-8 Buffalo team to a 4-4 finish, thereby knocking the Bills out of the race to draft quarterback Cam Newton the follo…

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The Buffalo Bills' Week 16 game at New England will be played at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, the NFL announced. The game will be televised on Channel 7 and the NFL Network. The Bills had been waiting to learn wether the game would be played on a Saturday or Sunday. The NFL flexed three games to Saturday on the second-last weekend of the regular season. The Hou…

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Most teams don’t have two running backs the caliber of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. That’s good news for the Buffalo Bills’ defense, because those two Browns backs were a problem on Sunday in Cleveland. With Chubb and Hunt on the field at the same time, the Browns ran 11 times for 123 yards, an average of 11.2 yards a carry. All but two of those plays were against the…

Analysis

Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier got more aggressive than usual against the Cleveland Browns, and it was indicative of a seasonlong problem for the Buffalo Bills’ defense. There’s not enough pressure with the four-man rush. Pressure helps produce turnovers, and the Bills aren’t getting enough of those, either. The Bills blitzed Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield a…

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CLEVELAND – Josh Allen’s final third-down incompletion for John Brown was indicative of the Buffalo Bills’ offensive struggles in Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Browns. The Bills’ passing game repeatedly came up small in Cleveland territory in the 19-16 loss. The Bills crossed midfield seven times but managed only two scores. Quarterback Josh Allen and the receiving …

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First quarter Theme: A shaky start for the Buffalo Bills could have been worse. Thanks to a goal-line stand, the Bills trailed by only 6-0 after the quarter. No pound: The Cleveland Browns took eight snaps from the 1- or 2-yard lines in the Dawg Pound end of the stadium and could not score. Star Lotulelei had the big penetration on the fourth-and-goal stop that turned …

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Tre’Davious White was quick to cast aside any talk of a man-to-man showdown with Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday. “Obviously, it’s not going to come down to a one-on-one matchup,” the Buffalo Bills’ best cornerback said after Thursday’s practice. “It’s going to be a team thing. I feel like if we go out there and play well as a team, as a great defense together, I feel like …

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Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen have gone in opposite directions in the red zone this season. Mayfield was brilliant as a rookie when he got the Cleveland Browns’ offense inside the 20-yard line. He threw an amazing 20 touchdown passes with no interceptions and completed 64.8% of his passes in the red zone. This year, Mayfield and the Browns are struggling in the scori…

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Corey Liuget is confident he can help give a boost to the Buffalo Bills’ defensive line. One would expect nothing less from a guy who’s a former first-round draft pick with 103 career starts in the NFL. “I bring my repertoire, what I’m known for,” Liuget said after his first Bills practice on Wednesday. “If you go back and look at my career, that’s pretty much what I…

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Taron Johnson was an underrated hero in the Buffalo Bills’ victory over the Washington Redskins. The second-year nickel cornerback made two strong plays in the fourth quarter with the Bills clinging to a 17-9 lead and the Redskins marching at the Bills’ 46-yard line. On first down, Johnson made a textbook pass breakup in coverage of a crossing route by Washington slo…

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Isaiah McKenzie did more running than just about anyone on the field in the Buffalo Bills' win Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Most of it was before the ball even was snapped. McKenzie was part of pre-snap, jet-sweep motion on 23 of the Bills’ 61 plays. He got the ball only twice on those plays, but the 23 plays netted 148 yards, an average of 6.4 a play. …