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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…

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The AFC East is the best division in football through seven weeks of the NFL season. The New England Patriots (5-2), Miami Dolphins (4-2), Buffalo Bills (4-2) and New York Jets (3-4) are a combined 16-10 so far this year, giving them a record that is 1.5 games ahead of teams from the NFC North, which are 15-12. If the season ended today, three teams from the AFC East…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. The schooling is constant. Playing on the Buffalo Bills' defense means you don't simply do everything possible to prevent an opponent from scoring. It means you take what's rightfully yours. The football? It belongs to you every bit as much as it does to …

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Hello, my name is Tim G., and I'm a Process-aholic. It has been almost 18 years since I last saw a Bills playoff game, but now I can see my way out of this dark tunnel. Maybe the Bills won't return to the postseason this January, but for the first time since thinking 2002 fourth overall draft choice Mike Williams would be a foundation block, I have serenity. Grant…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: A That’s more like it. The Bills stuck with the run and it paid off, piling up 173 yards as a team on 33 carries, an average of 5.2 yards per rush. LeSean McCoy scored his first two touchdowns of 2017, rushing 23 times for 91 yards. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was once again a part of the running game, gaining 53 yards on six carries. Mik…

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Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 30-27 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worked out: 1. Avoid a playing-down-to-your-opponent repeat. Check. The Bills came close to sinking to the Buccaneers' level and having it cost them as it did in their Oct. 8 loss at Cincinnati. There were enough lapses on both sides of the ball to make it a two-game l…

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The Buffalo Bills' larcenous defense did it again. Tre'Davious White stripped the ball away from Tampa Bay receiver Adam Humphries with 2:20 left in Sunday's game to set the Bills up for the winning score. Stephen Hauschka's field goal with 14 seconds left gave the Bills a 30-27 victory. The Bills' rookie No. 1 draft choice made the final key turnover on a routine…