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Vic Carucci

Vic Carucci covers the Bills and NFL for The News. With four decades of experience as a pro football writer and broadcaster, he is a co-host on SiriusXM NFL Radio and a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector. Vic has authored 10 books about football (including multiple New York Times best-sellers) and is a past president of the Professional Football Writers of America.


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Lock it up. There's nothing else for the Buffalo Bills to consider. Beat the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night and secure a spot in the playoffs. Never mind still having one of those last two games, at New England on Dec. 21 or at home against the New York Jets on Dec. 29, to get the win that will punch the postseason ticket. It needs to happen Sunday night at Hein…

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Micah Hyde readily acknowledged the price he had paid for an afternoon of sharing a football field with the Baltimore Ravens. "I'm pretty sore," the safety told reporters after the Buffalo Bills' 24-17 loss Sunday. "Watching film, we knew the type of game that was going to be played. We weren't wrong." With an 11-2 record, the Ravens have several qualities that suppo…

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No apologies were needed and, for the most part, none was given in a quiet Buffalo Bills locker room Sunday. Members of the Bills' defense knew they had held up their end about as well as could have reasonably been expected against NFL Most Valuable Player front-runner Lamar Jackson and the rest of the league's top-scoring offense. In fact, it wouldn't be a stretch t…

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Here are my hot reads from the Buffalo Bills' 24-17 loss against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday at New Era Field. The win clinched an AFC playoff spot for the Ravens. Hottest topic The Bills made it interesting, right down to the very end. With 1:03 left and the Bills facing a fourth-and-8 from the Ravens' 16, cornerback Marcus Peters broke up a Josh Allen pass across th…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at New Era Field. 1. Let Lamar Jackson try to beat you with his arm. It's somewhat risky, because Jackson is a highly effective thrower who leads the NFL with 25 touchdown passes. But by doing all they can to keep him contained and forcing him to throw, the Bills should have more op…

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Stephen Hauschka still has at least one weekly phone conversation with the personal kicking coach with whom he began working in 2004, Hauschka's first season on the Middlebury College football team. "Sometimes, a number of times over the course of a week," Steve Wolf said by phone from Vermont. Wolf was a punter and kicker in college and made the training-camp roster…

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Ray-Ray McCloud played the part of Lamar Jackson during the Buffalo Bills' practice Wednesday. His assignment was to give the Bills' defenders as good a feel as possible for what they'll see Sunday from the dynamic Baltimore Ravens quarterback at New Era Field. Everyone connected with the Bills, including McCloud, knew it was pretty much asking the impossible. Alt…

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The Buffalo Bills have yet to secure a playoff spot and even if they get one, there's no guarantee they'll play at New Era Field. However, under an NFL policy put into effect this year, the Bills must make postseason game tickets not held by season ticket holders available beginning Thursday. The mandate applies to all teams in first place of their respective divisions …

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It has been 19 years since Doug Flutie threw a pass for the Buffalo Bills, but the legacy that includes a once wildly popular cereal bearing his name lives on. At least, that's what the manufacturer of Flutie Flakes is hoping. To mark the 20th anniversary of the cereal, Flutie Flakes will be relaunched beginning Sunday at New Era Field when the former NFL and CFL qua…

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Kickoff for the Buffalo Bills' Dec. 15 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field has been moved to 8:20 p.m., the NFL announced Sunday night. The game will be nationally televised by NBC, a decision prompted by both the Bills (9-3) and the Steelers (7-5) being in the thick of the playoff hunt. Pittsburgh beat Cleveland 20-13 on Sunday. The Bills' only other…

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Pete Nochta could barely contain his excitement as he spoke with his former University of Louisville football teammate and close friend, Eric Wood, one day in 2015. "We've got this guy coming in," said Nochta, Louisville's recruiting coordinator for football. "He is special." The "guy" was a quarterback from Boynton Beach (Fla.) Community High School. His name: Lamar…

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The Buffalo years were good to Doug Flutie. For all that he gained from his college football career, including the 1984 Heisman Trophy and a miraculous touchdown throw — forever known as "Hail Flutie" — to allow Boston College to beat the University of Miami, and those three Grey Cups he won in the Canadian Football League, he considers his time with the Bills the bigge…

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ARLINGTON, Texas – For the longest time, the Buffalo Bills heard the doubters. They said the Bills hadn't beaten anyone even as they piled up enough wins to sit atop the AFC wild-card playoff contenders. They questioned whether they truly had a big-time quarterback. They saw their defense as good, but not necessarily great. Nice team, nice coach, but nothing to take …

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ARLINGTON, Texas – Here are my hot reads from the Buffalo Bills' 26-15 victory against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday at AT&T Stadium. Hottest topic Statement made. The Bills treated their fans to a glorious Thanksgiving by giving one of their best performances in what is easily their biggest win in 20 years on as large a national stage as they've had in a long time.…

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ARLINGTON, Texas – Here are my five takes for Thursday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. 1. Take advantage of the opportunity to make a mammoth statement. Circumstances don't get much more ideal than this. The Bills aren't merely performing in front of the most captive of all television audiences. They're doing so against as hig…