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We’re at the stage of the NFL season when good teams start to separate themselves from bad teams. Only in this case, the separation has already been made. If the NFL playoffs were to start this weekend, the Buffalo Bills would be one of the new kids on the block – actually not so new because the Bills made the 2017 postseason – as Buffalo would be the only AFC team that…

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When the Bills run: The rush offense continues to be strong on a per-play basis, averaging 4.88 yards per carry, which ranks fifth in the league. The team is coming off its worst performance of the season, however, held to less than 100 yards for the first time in a 31-13 loss to the Eagles. On a day when it was clear the run game was going to take priority because of the …

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In compiling a 5-2 start, the Bills have earned a reputation for being great defensively in coverage, allowing a lowly 82.6 passer rating to opposing quarterbacks and generating the sixth-highest coverage grade as a team, according to Pro Football Focus. However, stopping the run has been a different story, and that was apparent as the Bills allowed the Philadelphia Ea…

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Swirling winds topping 40 miles an hour whipped through New Era Field on Sunday and blew the lid and shine off the Bills’ previous lofty, second-in-the-AFC record.   Buffalo is neither as good as 5-1 might indicate, nor as bad as the 31-13 drubbing by the Eagles might, either.  No unit, coach, or player fared well. The Bills were dominated on both sides of the ball, …

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Jim Kubiak has been analyzing the play of the Buffalo Bills quarterbacks for BNBlitz.com. He is the all-time leading passer at Navy, has played in the NFL, NFL Europe and the Arena Football League, and has 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 Academy to help …

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Vic Carucci Although the Bills have yet to shake their slow starts and are far from prolific scorers, they still find ways to beat opponents with losing records. Add the Eagles to the list, despite the perception they’re better than their 3-4 mark. There’s a lot of discussion the Eagles are more motivated to win because of their horrific showing against the Cowboys last S…

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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 8, beginning with the Thursday night game. Point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet. THURSDAY Skurski Gaughan Wolf at Vikings -16.5 Redskins Vikings Vikings Redskins S…

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This is our annual ABO game: Always Beware of the Obvious. It would be difficult finding a team that looked as bad in a prime-time game than the Philadelphia Eagles did Sunday at Dallas, but there they were, on full display for the nation to see. Not only did they lay a tyrannosaurus egg, they coughed up 400-plus yards for the second consecutive game. Hardly attributes of …

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When the Bills run: Veteran Frank Gore continues to lead the Buffalo Bills in rushing, with 388 yards on 86 carries. Gore has faced eight-plus defenders in the box on 38.4% of his rushing attempts this season, according to the NFL’s Next Gen stats, which makes his 4.5-yards-per-carry average even more impressive. The Bills eased Devin Singletary back into action last week …

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By Cam Mellor Pro Football Focus Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has arguably one of the strongest arms in the NFL. That's why the lack of deep passing production has been so puzzling through the first six games. Pro Football Focus defines a deep pass as any attempt targeted at least 20 yards past the line of scrimmage. So far, 33 quarterbacks have attempted …

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Jim Kubiak has been analyzing the play of the Buffalo Bills quarterbacks for BNBlitz.com. He is the all-time leading passer at Navy, has played in the NFL, NFL Europe and the Arena Football League, and has 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 Academy to help …

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Vic Carucci The Bills are a good team, striving to be great. The Dolphins are tanking, which means they’re striving to be worse. Josh Allen and the rest of the Bills’ offense have their best chance to date for a breakout game against the NFL’s bottom-ranked defense. Even with the potential of Ryan Fitzpatrick bringing some of his “FitzMagic” back to New Era Field, the Bil…

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When the Bills run: Jon Feliciano has been one of the team’s unsung heroes. The Buffalo Bills have run often behind their right guard, with 21 plays that are averaging 5.67 yards. That ranks fourth in the NFL. The Bills are also good at going straight up the gut. They have 41 runs up the middle, which are averaging 5.22 yards. That ranks fifth. That’s not much of a surpris…

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The Buffalo Bills roll into their Week 6 bye week with an impressive 4-1 record and are backed by one of the NFL’s best defensive units. Bills' opponents are averaging only 14 points per game behind a 77.6 overall team defensive grade, seventh in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. However, before we can assume Buffalo will land a playoff spot, all eyes will be o…

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NFL teams are fond of looking at the schedule in quarters. When the Buffalo Bills do so, they’ll come away feeling awfully good about the first one of the 2019 season – even if it ended on a sour note. The Bills went 3-1 in the first quarter of this season, a record that has them in a postseason spot if the season ended today. The one loss came Sunday against the New…