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(Through Thursday’s game. Last week’s ranking in parentheses.) 1. Philadelphia Eagles. They've scored 20 or more points in 12 straight games. (1) 2. New England Patriots. Getting some time to rest, heal before resuming quest for Super Bowl defense. (2) 3. Pittsburgh Steelers. Getting some time to rest, heal before challenging for run to AFC title. (3) 4…

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 34-21 loss against the New York Jets turned out: 1. Don't allow themselves to stub their collective toe in prime-time. Not even close. The Bills looked very Bills-like in this game. They looked like the team that, after winning two in a row, traveled to Cincinnati and lost. Once again, the B…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Buffalo Bills weren't the same team they had been through their 5-2 start Thursday night. The Bills who showed up at MetLife Stadium to face the New York Jets, who had been on a three-game losing streak, gave the ball away thre…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 34-21 loss against the New York Jets Thursday night at MetLife Stadium: Crashing back to earth: The Bills were simply horrible. They were dominated on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Th…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' game against the New York Jets Thursday night at MetLife Stadium: 1. Don't allow themselves to stub their collective toe in prime time. Do we need to mention what happened when these teams met on Thursday night last season? Just in case anyone forgot, the Bills found a way to allow journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick, their former…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. Statements don't get a whole lot louder than the one the Buffalo Bills made Sunday. They didn't merely beat the Oakland Raiders. They pummeled them, 34-14. They extended their home record to 4-0, something they haven't done since 1995. Their defense ha…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: A The final numbers for LeSean McCoy look great – 27 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown. Although it didn’t feel like it, the 27 attempts were his most as a member of the Bills. Credit offensive coordinator Rick Dennison for sticking with the run after the Bills managed just 42 yards on 11 carries in the first half. Backup Mike Tolb…

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Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 victory against the Oakland Raiders Sunday worked out: 1. Find a way to pressure Derek Carr. Not even close. The Bills not only didn't sack Carr, but they also only were credited with just one hit on him. It's amazing that the Bills were able to beat the Raiders by 20 points and not do all that much to dis…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 victory against the Oakland Raiders Sunday at New Era Field: This team's for real: The Bills won a game they had to win to make the strongest statement yet that they are a legitimate contender. The Raiders we…

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For a while now there's been a prevailing thought that Tyrod Taylor isn't an effective passer from the pocket. To find out if that was a spot-on thought or a fallacy, I've tracked every throw Taylor has made thus far in the 2017 – and will continue to do so – by passes inside and outside the pocket. Here are the up-to-date findings: Inside the Pocket 89 completion…

(Through Thursday’s game. Last week’s ranking in parentheses) 1. Philadelphia Eagles. They should go to 7-1 after facing the Niners, but it might not be easy. (1) 2. New England Patriots. They'll have their hands full vs. Chargers, but should come out on top. (2) 3. Pittsburgh Steelers. Pass defense is going to get a tough test vs. Matthew Stafford. (3) …

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When the 49ers released NaVorro Bowman two weeks ago, the Raiders pounced on the opportunity to add him to their defense, and the former superstar is already making a positive impact on his new team. As is the case with most linebackers, as Bowman has aged, he's lost some of his coverage ability but has maintained quality play against the run. In 2015, his run-stoppi…

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The standings were not supposed to look this way in Week Eight. The Oakland Raiders were supposed to be Super Bowl contenders entering 2017, with a Pro Bowl quarterback in Derek Carr and All-World defensive end in Khalil Mack. The Buffalo Bills were afterthoughts in the AFC, thought by many to simply be killing time until the 2018 draft. A funny thing happened once t…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday at New Era Field: 1. Find a way to pressure Derek Carr. The Raiders have allowed only 13 sacks in seven games. They do a good job of minimizing hits on Carr. Therefore, the Bills, who rank 23rd in the league in sacks per pass play and have produced only 13 sacks on the season, need t…

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After his worst game of the year before the bye week, Tyrod Taylor rebounded in a big way with an efficient performance in the Bills' 30-27 win over the Buccaneers in Week Seven. Against the Buccaneers, Taylor went 3 of 4 for 89 yards on passes to his left that went 20 or more yards down the field with one touchdown and an almost perfect passer rating of 156.3. At the s…