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Brandon Beane’s perfect world involves re-signing his own free agents. We live in an imperfect world, though, so it remains to be seen whether the Buffalo Bills’ third-year general manager stands by that between now and March. The Bills have eight pending unrestricted free agents, which is a big change from last year, when Beane had 18 pending unrestricted free agent…

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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 four games for Wild Card Weekend (point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet): SATURDAY Skurski Gaughan Wolf at Texans 1 Colts Colts Colts Texans at Cowboys 2 Seahawks Seahawks Cowboys …

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Last week, I introduced Yards Per Drop Back, an all-encompassing yardage efficiency metric for quarterbacks. Bills signal-caller Josh Allen went into Week 17 in 36th place out of 38 qualifiers at the position, although his post-injury placement in the stat was in the top half of the league after being last before his injury. Against the Dolphins in Week 17, Allen had th…

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Star Lotulelei was a well-rounded force for the Bills down the stretch after spending the first two and a half months as a block-devouring nose tackle who had immense troubles rushing the passer. The former first-round pick had two quarterback pressures on 13 pass-rush snaps in the victory against the Dolphins in the season finale. It marked the first time in a game tha…

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The Buffalo Bills sacked Ryan Tannehill four times Sunday, and Buffalo's pass rush performed better than expected against the Dolphins' quarterback. According to Pro Football Focus, Buffalo pressured Tannehill on 15 of his 36 drop backs, which equates to a 41.6 percent pressure rate. The Bills went into the game pressuring quarterbacks 36.8 percent of the time. In th…

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Sean McDermott was asked Monday during his season-ending press conference if it was fair to grade his team on a curve, given the youth of the roster and the salary cap situation heading into the year. “I understand where you’re coming from with that and I’m more concerned right now with the direction of the organization, the direction of our football team,” the Buffalo …

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Defensive coordinators can spend the offseason weighing the risks of gambling against Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Allen’s spectacular, 30-yard touchdown run against Miami on Sunday came against a six-man blitz. The Dolphins had the play locked up from a coverage perspective. But they didn’t have the Bills' QB accounted for, and it cost them. The Bills have …

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Everything you need to know, plus what I’ll be watching for Sunday when the Buffalo Bills close out the 2018 season against the Miami Dolphins. TV: CBS. Announcers: Beth Mowins (play by play), Steve Beuerlein (color analyst). Radio: Bills Radio Network. Buffalo-WGR 550 AM; Toronto-Fan 590 AM; Rochester-WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM; Syracuse-WTKW 99.5 FM and WTKV 105.…

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Yards per attempt has become a well-known statistic to judge quarterbacks in the NFL. And while it's probably the best straightforward efficiency metric for passers, it obviously fails to incorporate sacks, sack yards, along with rushes and rush yards. With the prevalence of scrambling among quarterbacks today, it's logical to go a few steps further to truly get the bes…

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When the Bills run: Sean McDermott doubled down on the idea that LeSean McCoy will be back with the Bills in 2019. If that’s the case, it would be nice to see something from the veteran running back in the final game of the season. “It’s a huge priority. It hasn’t been where we need it to be,” offensive coordinator Brian Daboll said this week. “That starts with me. To get …

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This is about as natural a call as there is on this week's slate. From our point of view, it starts with the Buffalo Bills being the best under-the-radar team in the league coming down the stretch. Buffalo is outgaining foes by 82 yards per game during the second half of the season – an improvement of 88 net yards per game on the Bills' overall full season stats. Com…

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VIC CARUCCI The Going Nowhere But Home Bowl isn’t likely to do much to excite anyone at New Era Field, including those participating on the field. The Buffalo Bills found a way to blunder themselves out of chances to knock off a New England Patriots team begging for an upset last week. This week, being at least semi-competent should be enough to beat the Dolphins, who h…

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While not expected to be a Kyle Williams-type pass-rusher, Star Lotulelei has performed much better in all aspects for the Buffalo Bills over the last half of the regular season than he did in the first half of it. After registering a pressure of Tom Brady in Week 16's loss to the New England Patriots, the free-agent acquisition has three consecutive games with at least…

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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 17. Point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet: SUNDAY Skurski Gaughan Wolf at Bills 3 1/2 Dolphins Bills Bills Dolphins at Packers 9 Lions Packers Packers Packers …