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Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst Billy Moy will be contributing to BNblitz.com all season long.  Heading into Sunday's regular season finale against the Miami Dolphins, Bills quarterback Josh Allen ranks 32nd out of 39 qualified quarterbacks in terms of overall Pro Football Focus grade, and he ranks third out of the five qualified rookies. The seventh overall pick o…

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The Buffalo Bills sacked Tom Brady once on Sunday, and Buffalo's pass rush performed just about as expected against the future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback in defeat. According to Pro Football Focus, Buffalo pressured Brady on 9 of his 25 drop backs, which equates to a 36 percent pressure rate. The Bills went into the game pressuring quarterbacks 36.9 percent o…

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If there was any doubt about Charles Clay’s future with the Buffalo Bills, it was eliminated Sunday. By making their starting tight end a healthy inactive against the New England Patriots, the Bills sent a clear message that Clay isn’t long for Buffalo. “Just coach's decision,” coach Sean McDermott said. “Production and looking at young guys. When you have opportunit…

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You can always count on the New England Patriots to succeed in exploiting what they think is the best matchup against any opponent. And they take great pains to avoid what they consider the worst matchup. The Buffalo Bills’ defense entered Sunday’s game ranked No. 1 in the NFL in passing yards allowed. The Patriots’ passing attack is in crisis – at least for this week –…

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When the Bills run: Welcome to December in the NFL – the Bills finished last week’s game against the Lions with only undrafted rookie Keith Ford at running back. He did a decent job in his first NFL game, rushing for 46 yards, 23 of which came after first contact, according to Pro Football Focus. Ford doesn’t have the speed to run away from defenders, but does have the str…

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In Week 8's loss to the Patriots, the Bills hung in for three quarters, and Tom Brady had a 85.5 quarterback rating, the third-lowest for him so far this season. What did Buffalo do well in that contest that they need to do again Sunday? They pressured Brady on 14 of 48 drop backs (29.1 percent), slightly more than the rate at which he's been pressured this season. As i…

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VIC CARUCCI Picking the Bills to beat the Patriots is usually seen as either taking the longshot for the sake of taking the longshot or simply being foolish. But something seems different this time. The Patriots just don’t look right. Saying the Bills are good enough to capitalize on that vulnerability is probably a reach, but it’s fair to think, with Josh Allen at quar…

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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 16 (point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet): SATURDAY Skurski Gaughan Wolf at Titans 10  1/2 Redskins Titans Redskins Redskins at Chargers 4 1/2 Ravens Chargers Charg…

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Uh oh. Off back-to-back losses in December for the first time in 15 years, the seemingly invincible New England Patriots suddenly are in danger of not securing a first-round bye for the playoffs. According to Nate Davis of USA TODAY, in their 15-playoff appearances under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, the Patriots have had to play on wild-card weekend only three times…

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Although the Buffalo Bills did not sack the opposing quarterback for the second consecutive week on Sunday, Buffalo's pass rush performed much better against Matthew Stafford and the Lions' offensive line in Week 15 than it did against Sam Darnold and the Jets in Week 14. According to Pro Football Focus, Buffalo pressured Detroit's quarterback on 13 of his 29 drop backs…

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By Ben Cooper, Pro Football Focus For the first six weeks of the 2018 NFL season, undrafted rookie wide receiver Robert Foster appeared to be what his title suggested – a long shot at becoming a meaningful contributor to the Buffalo Bills’ offense. He saw just three catchable targets, two of which he hauled in for 30 yards. His snap count diminished from 29 in Week 2…

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It was the second consecutive game with eight total tackles for Buffalo Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions, and he added two more impact tackles to his rookie-season resume in the Bills' victory over Detroit. Edmunds had two impact tackles for the first time since the win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12. Range…

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Jim Kubiak will be analyzing the play of the 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 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 Aca…

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Isaiah McKenzie had ridden off the field on the back of a cart, a scene typically followed by an announcement the player won’t return to the game. That announcement never came, because McKenzie essentially refused to leave the Buffalo Bills’ 14-13 victory against the Detroit Lions Sunday. You could say his grit belied the circumstances, with the Bills’ playoffs hopes hav…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: C- Without LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory, it figured to be a long day on the ground. It played out that way, as the Buffalo Bills averaged just 3.2 yards per carry. They stuck with the run, though, rushing 37 times. Marcus Murphy had 35 yards on 11 carries before leaving with an arm injury. Rookie undrafted free agent Keith Ford came in…