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After missing the previous three games because of injury, Bills defensive end Trent Murphy returned in Week 12 and had a somewhat quiet afternoon in Buffalo's win against Jacksonville. He registered two pressures of Blake Bortles on 22 pass-rushing attempts and missed a tackle on a run play. It might have been because of his injury, but Murphy did not start the game. Sh…

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When the Bills run: Buffalo has not been very efficient running the ball, averaging just 3.95 yards per carry, which ranks 27th in the NFL. Things have been better the last two weeks though, as the Bills have been run dominant, carrying 81 times for 379 yards (4.7 yards per carry) in wins against the Jets and Jaguars. Quarterback Josh Allen did the most damage on the groun…

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The Bills sacked Blake Bortles three times on Sunday, and Jerry Hughes and Co. consistently harassed the veteran signal-caller in the victory over Jacksonville. According to Pro Football Focus, Buffalo pressured the Jaguars' quarterback on 12 of his 31 drop backs, which equates to a 38.7 percent pressure rate. In the last two games, the Bills have pressured the oppos…

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Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst Billy Moy will be contributing to BNblitz.com all season long.  In this week’s article from Pro Football Focus, we look at the players who’ve earned the 10 highest grades 12 weeks into the season. At PFF, we grade every player on every play and then those grades are aggregated, normalized, and the result is we get a rating that tells us…

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Tremaine Edmunds wasn't involved much in Buffalo's relatively impressive performance against the Jaguars in Week 12, but a few big plays demonstrated the luxury of his size and athleticism. Range tackles Impact tackles Initial contact plays vs. Jacksonville 2 2 0 Early in the game on a third-and-1, Edmunds flew to the outside to tackle Leonard…

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Jim Kubiak will be analyzing the play of the Buffalo 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 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 Qua…

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VIC CARUCCI The Jaguars continue to be in a free fall and it’s fair to assume that some, if not most, of their players have checked out on a season that was expected to be so much better. Their offense is abysmal, and should allow the Bills’ defense to be opportunistic in forcing turnovers and even scoring. The Jags’ defense will provide a strong test for Josh Allen’s r…

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As unreal as it seems, this matchup of underachieving 3-7 performers actually pairs the league’s No. 2 and No. 3 overall defenses. That begs the question: Where is the offense? The slumping Jaguars took a 16-0 third-quarter lead against Pittsburgh last week and then took the rest of the day off in a 20-16 loss. Meanwhile, after failing to score more than 13 points in…

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When the Bills run: Finally. That’s what LeSean McCoy had to be saying after cracking 100 yards for the first time this season against the Jets. A change along the offensive line, inserting rookie Wyatt Teller for veteran left guard Vlad Ducasse, seemed to work wonders. The Bills should be at full strength at the position, with Chris Ivory back to face his old team after m…

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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 12, beginning with the Thursday night game (point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet):   THURSDAY Skurski Gaughan Wolf Bears 4 at Lions Bears Bears Bears at Cowbo…

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Instead of what's become a weekly look at the Buffalo Bills' nickel defense, I'm deviating to a more specific evaluation of who's been the star of that personnel grouping, rookie nickel cornerback Taron Johnson. The fourth-round pick out of Weber State has been as reliable as they come this season, and he's battled through a nagging shoulder injury, only missing one gam…

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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 11, beginning with the Thursday night game (point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet): THURSDAY Skurski Gaughan Wolf at Seahawks 2 1/2 Packers Packers Seahawks Packers SU…

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The Buffalo Bills didn't harass Josh McCown in Week 10 at their normal rate, but they remain one of the most effective pass-rushing teams in the NFL. According to Pro Football Focus, Buffalo pressured the Jets quarterback on 12 of his 38 drop backs, which equates to a 31.5 percent pressure rate. In the last two games, the Bills have pressured the opposing signal-call…

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Mostly a block-eating, space-creator for the Bills defense this season, Star Lotulelei had his most impactful performance for Buffalo in the team's thrashing of the Jets in Week 10. The veteran nose tackle created one pressure on 14 pass-rushing snaps, and now has two quarterback pressures in his last 24 attempts after going 0-for-23 in the game against the Patriots on …

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Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst Billy Moy will be contributing to BNblitz.com all season long.  The Buffalo Bills dominated in Week 10, outplaying the New York Jets in virtually every aspect of the game. While the play of Matt Barkley and Buffalo’s offense was, admittedly, quite surprising; the play of the Bills’ defense – a unit that’s graded out by Pro Football Focu…