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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 10-3 wild-card playoff loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars worked out: 1. Ride that emotional wave that began in Miami all the way through Jacksonville. Nope. The Bills actually seemed to come into this game pretty flat. They had good support from a vocal turnout of thousands of fans in the c…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – They deserve credit, for sure. They were nobody's pick to make the playoffs. They were on everybody's list to be one of the NFL's prime tankers. For that reason, alone, Richie Incognito was well within his rights to express a bit of p…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 10-3 wild-card playoff loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at EverBank Stadium. Fun while it lasted: The Bills' season is over. The team far exceeded expectations with its 9-7 record a…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' wild-card playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Everbank Field Sunday: 1. Ride that emotional wave that began in Miami all the way through Jacksonville. The Bills did more than simply receive a postseason berth last Sunday. They ended a 17-year playoff drought in the most dramatic fashion possible. Minut…

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When the Bills run: No LeSean McCoy is a scary thought for the Bills. If the Jaguars have a weakness defensively (Buffalo coach Sean McDermott says they don’t), it would be stopping the run. Jacksonville allowed 116.3 rushing yards per game in the regular season, which tied for 21st in the NFL. Stopping the combination of Marcus Murphy and Mike Tolbert is obviously prefera…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – There was a lot of praying and hand-holding. Sweat mixed with tears. Joy and anxiety were being woven together as the drama continue to build. All eyes focused on the 32-inch TV screen hanging on the wall at one end of the visitor's …

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 22-16 victory against the Miami Dolphins worked out: 1. Take control early to promptly extinguish any incentive the Dolphins might have. Semi-check. The Bills did the taking control early part. They scored a touchdown, on a 26-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor to tight end Nick O'Leary, on their ope…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 22-16 victory against the Miami Dolphins Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium ... and the end of the team's playoff drought. It's over! After 17 years, the dreaded playoff drought is a thing of the pas…

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1. New England Patriots. Do they really need as much officiating help as they've received the past two weeks? (1) 2. Pittsburgh Steelers. They don't seem all that fired up about pursuing remote chances for home-field advantage. (2) 3. L.A. Rams. The NFL's best story should continue with a strong postseason run. (4) 4. Philadelphia Eagles. They're still winning, bu…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday: 1. Take control early to promptly extinguish any incentive the Dolphins might have. The Bills did exactly that when the teams met on Dec. 17 at New Era Field. They built a 21-6 halftime lead that was enough to keep them pretty much in control for the rest…

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The Bills are hoping to remove the burden of a 17-year playoff drought on Sunday. Their infamous drought is the longest in North American team sports, and a full three seasons more than the Cleveland Browns, the next-longest streak in the NFL. What has become routine for the Bills – missing the playoffs – is actually an extremely improbable feat. Let’s examine how…

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When the Bills run: The Dolphins did a nice job against LeSean McCoy when these teams met in Week 15, holding him to 50 yards on 20 carries. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, however, gained 42 yards on just six carries, while Travaris Cadet added 24 yards on four attempts. With Cadet now out of the lineup, the Bills might turn to Marcus Murphy, who was promoted from the practice …

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com.   FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Let's get this out of the way from the start. The Buffalo Bills on Sunday did not get their usual pummeling from the New England Patriots – this time 37-16 – because the NFL's officiating staff doesn't know a touchdown …

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 37-16 loss against the New England Patriots worked out: 1. Do not seek revenge against Gronk. Check. This game didn't have a long list of things the Bills did right, but here's one: They did not seek any revenge for the cheap shot Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski delivered to the back of the he…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 37-16 loss against the New England Patriots Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Expected result, but still showing a pulse: Who expected the Bills to emerge from here with a victory? Almost no one. They…