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The matchup of the Buffalo Bills' offense and the Minnesota Vikings' defense is a contrast of opposites this week. The Vikings are in coach Mike Zimmer's defensive scheme for a fifth straight year. Ten of the 11 Vikings defensive starters are in their fourth season in the system. The Vikings were No. 1 in the NFL on defense last season. The Bills are in the first yea…

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The NFL season is here and members of the News sports staff will be picking games on BNblitz.com. Here is how Jay Skurski, Mark Gaughan and Jason Wolf see the slate for Week 3, beginning with the Thursday night game (point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet):   Skurski Gaughan Wolf Thursday At Cleveland 3…

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After lackluster performances up front on both sides of the ball against the Baltimore Ravens, the Buffalo Bills' offensive and defensive lines put forth better efforts in Week Two in a 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. According to Pro Football Focus, the Bills pressured Philip Rivers on 12 of his 30 dropbacks, which equates to a relatively high rate of 40 percen…

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When the Buffalo Bills run: LeSean McCoy had a 27-yard run, but was held to just 12 yards on his other eight carries against the Los Angeles Chargers. The running game being unable to pick up 4 or 5 yards at a time is putting the team behind the sticks in a big way. Overall, Buffalo ranks 25th in rushing through two weeks, averaging 83.5 yards per game. Quarterback Josh Al…

Bills

It was a tale of two halves for the Bills defense against the Chargers in Week 2. In the opening two quarters, Buffalo allowed a whopping 264 yards on 29 plays (not counting the run-out-the-clock possession for Los Angeles at the end of the second quarter). After halftime, when Bills Coach Sean McDermott took over defensive play-calling duties, the Bills gave up 62 y…

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It's not shocking that longtime Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and veteran quarterback Philip Rivers decided to repeatedly attack Buffalo Bills' 20-year-old rookie linebacker Tremaine Edmunds in coverage in Los Angeles' win against Buffalo in Week 2. Despite his immense size, ridiculous athleticism, and two pass breakups in Week 1, the Chargers made sure …

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Pro Football Focus senior analyst Billy Moy will be contributing to BNblitz.com all season long. Just last season, the Buffalo Bills' pass defense was one of the big reasons they were able to snap a 17-year playoff drought. In 2017, the Bills allowed a relatively high 64.6 completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks (eighth highest allowed by a defense), but they wer…

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Jim Kubiak will be analyzing the play of the Bills quarterbacks throughout the season for BNblitz.com. Kubiak is the all-time leading passer at Navy, has played in the NFL, NFL Europe and the Arena Football League, and been a coach and executive in the AFL. He spent eight years as the radio analyst for the University at Buffalo and runs the Western New York Quarterback Aca…

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FIRST QUARTER Theme: A repeat of Baltimore, minus the rain. Difference maker: Mike Williams. One of the many glaring differences between the passing games of the Los Angeles Chargers and Buffalo Bills is the No. 2 receiver position. The Chargers have the No. 7 overall pick from 2017 in Williams. The Bills have Zay Jones, who has yet to prove himself to be a matchup p…

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Over the summer, we heard about the "big nickel" package Sean McDermott utilized in Carolina and how rookie safety Siran Neal is the long-term prospect for that specific personnel grouping with the Bills. "Big nickel" is a nickel package – substitute a linebacker for a defensive back – but instead of the defensive back being a corner, it's a safety. In the case of the B…

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Well, how do those offseason head coaching changes in the National Football League look so far? Thought so. New coaches, including five rookie leaders, went 0-7 in their first shot last week. The debuts of Matt Patricia in Detroit and Steve Wilks at Arizona were downright miserable. Their teams lost at home in unimpressive performances. The NFL gets down to serious b…

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Here are predictions from members of The Buffalo News' sports staff on Sunday's Bills-Chargers home opener at New Era Field. Vic Carucci It’s hard to see the Bills again looking as incredibly inept as last week. Having a more talented quarterback in Josh Allen should help, even with the requisite rookie growing pains. Philip Rivers and his many weapons will provide a …

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When the Bills run: LeSean McCoy got just four touches in the first half of Week 1. That’s not anywhere close to enough. McCoy admitted this week he has a tendency to try and do too much when the offense is struggling. He rushed for 114 yards and accounted for two touchdowns against Los Angeles last year (one rushing, one receiving), providing one of the Bills’ few bright …

Bills

Throughout the season at BNblitz.com, we'll be monitoring the Buffalo Bills' collective pass rush, the team's pass-blocking efforts and how they stack up to the rest of the NFL. Beyond that, we'll provide statistical analysis of the blocking and pass rush of Buffalo's upcoming opponent. According to PFF, against the Baltimore Ravens, the Bills were credited with 10 p…