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After a magnificent pass-rushing effort against the Houston Texans, the Buffalo Bills had a much lower-volume outing in the loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7. According to Pro Football Focus, the Bills pressured Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck on 9 of his 24 drop backs, which equates to a 37.5 percent pressure rate. The nine pressured drop backs tied for the fe…

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Before the Buffalo Bills faced Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7, their normal nickel defense had allowed a combined 64.5 quarterback rating in the first six games of the 2018 regular season. Indianapolis' quarterback dissected Buffalo's defensive personnel grouping that features three cornerbacks on the field to the tune of a 133.5 passer rating in the v…

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The Buffalo Bills' defensive line newcomers – Star Lotulelei, Trent Murphy and Harrison Phillips – registered three quarterback pressures on a combined 24 pass-rushing snaps against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7, by far the lowest usage for the trio so far in the 2018 regular season. Murphy and Lotulelei are part of Buffalo's starting defensive rotation and have play…

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Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst Billy Moy will be contributing to BNblitz.com all season long.  The Bills have one of the older opening day rosters in football, according to research by the News' Mark Gaughan, with an average of 26.47 years. That was seventh oldest as of the 53-man roster on Sept. 1. The Bills' starting lineup for the season opener was tied for 13th o…

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After allowing four catches for 45 yards in his last three outings, Tremaine Edmunds was a liability in coverage for the Buffalo Bills against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The rookie linebacker gave up four receptions for 61 yards – some of that yardage coming in zone coverage – in Buffalo's loss. It also marked the fourth straight game he did not record an impact …

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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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Here are predictions from members of The Buffalo News' sports staff for Sunday's Buffalo Bills-Indianapolis Colts game. The Colts are favored by 7½ points. VIC CARUCCI After desperately turning to a semiretired journeyman to play quarterback, the Bills find themselves in a tougher spot than can be typically expected even during a rebuilding season. It's hard to imagi…

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The Bills' normal nickel defense was at it again in Week 6 against the Texans. Facing Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins and Co., Buffalo's trustiest defensive personnel package — which almost exclusively features rookie Taron Johnson as the third cornerback — flourished, particularly in the turnover and sack departments. at Houston Nickel Big Nickel Compl…

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The Bills defense seemingly lived in the Texans' backfield in Buffalo's loss in Week 6, and the team's pass-rush was actually a tick more efficient than it was in the throttling of the Vikings earlier in the season. According to Pro Football Focus, the Bills pressured Texans' quarterback Deshaun Watson on 18 of his 33 drop backs, which equates to a 54.5 percent pressure…

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Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst Billy Moy will be contributing to BNblitz.com all season. Just to set record straight at the start: This is not meant to be an indictment on the future of Bills rookie Josh Allen. Yes, there will be some moments that aren’t going to make you feel great about Allen’s play to date, and I, like many others, have doubts – and did when Bu…

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It wasn't a particularly busy afternoon for Bills rookie linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, but he aided in the team's tremendous performance against Deshaun Watson and the Texans' prolific passing offense. Edmunds finished the game with nine total tackles but did not have an impact tackle for the second consecutive week and registered just one range tackle – a takedown outsi…

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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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The last thing the struggling Houston Texans need is to have quarterback Deshaun Watson watching this game from the sidelines. He’s listed day to day with a chest injury, but then again, aren’t we all? The Texans have been doing a terrible job protecting him, and if the human piñata is not under center Sunday, it will be quarterback Brandon Weeden, who is 2-11 straight …

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When the Bills run: Brian Daboll heard the cat calls. The Bills’ offensive coordinator called a season-high 43 rushing attempts in Week 5 – a game plan designed to get the run game going, which in turn would take pressure off rookie quarterback Josh Allen. The team averaged just 3.3 yards per carry on those 43 attempts, but it was enough to get a win. LeSean McCoy, the sub…

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Here are predictions from members of The Buffalo News' sports staff for Sunday's Buffalo Bills-Houston Texans game. Houston is favored by 9 1/2 points. VIC CARUCCI Last week’s old-school win against the Tennessee Titans should serve as a general blueprint for the Bills’ offensive approach to most of their remaining games. Especially this one. The Texans have game-wre…