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The Buffalo Bills bounced back after a disappointing pass-rushing effort against the Packers with a solid showing against the Tennessee Titans in Week 5. According to Pro Football Focus, the Bills pressured Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota on 11 of his 33 drop backs, which equates to a 33.3 percent pressure rate.  In Week 4, Buffalo pressured Green Bay Packers quart…

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Against the spread, pass-happy Packers in Week Four, the Bills didn't play a single defensive snap in a base 4-3 alignment. Even the week before against the Vikings, Buffalo was in a 4-3 over front for just one snap on defense. On Sunday against the Titans, a team that incorporates a more "traditional" offensive philosophy, the Bills played some variation of their ba…

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Harrison Phillips generated just one quarterback pressure on 29 pass-rush snaps in the Bills' three games after the season-opening loss to the Ravens but pressured Marcus Mariota twice on 13 pass-rush snaps against the Titans in Week 5. The 15.3 percent pressure rate was the best of third-round picks NFL career so far. vs Tennessee Star Lotulelei Trent Murp…

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Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst Billy Moy will be contributing to BNblitz.com all season long.  In this week’s PFF breakdown, rather than looking back at Buffalo’s Week 5 victory against the Tennessee Titans, we’re going to look ahead to Week 6 when the Bills travel to Houston to square off with the Texans. The Texans' offense is led by their electric quarterback, Des…

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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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It was a Sean McDermott kind of game for the Buffalo Bills’ defense Sunday. Create turnovers, win a defensive battle. The Bills improved to 10-2 under head coach McDermott when they win the turnover battle. Six of those 10 wins have come in one-score games. The Bills won the turnover battle, 3-1, in the 13-12 victory over the Tennessee Titans. “No. 1 part of th…

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When the Bills run: Coach Sean McDermott made it clear this week that the Bills’ offense absolutely has to get the running game going. That, of course, means giving LeSean McCoy more than the five carries he got in Week 4. That’s an inexcusably low number. The middle of the Bills’ offensive line has to get more of a push. On runs behind left guard or right guard, the Bills…

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The Tennessee Titans hit the road after a come-from-behind overtime win against the Philadelphia Eagles, but it's worth nothing that Tennessee (3-1) has coughed up season-high yards in half their games. Furthermore, this from the well-oiled machine: Away teams are just 13-41 straight up and 16-38 against the spread since 1992 after having upset the defending Super Bowl …

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The Bills were in some variation of a nickel package for all their defensive snaps against the Packers in Week Four. No base 4-3 defense. "Big nickel" was utilized on four plays, including just one pass, and normal nickel — three cornerbacks on the field — was used on Green Bay's other 70 offensive plays. Broken down further, nickel was used on 39 pass attempts, 29 r…

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Where has Josh Allen found success throwing the ball? Playing quarterback at any high level of football, especially the NFL, isn’t easy, even if you’re 6-foot-5 and can throw the ball 75 yards with the flick of your wrist. This offseason, the Buffalo Bills decided to part ways with veteran Tyrod Taylor, in a move that was preceded by trading up in April’s draft to pick …

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After one of the most dominant team pass-rushing performances in recent memory against the Vikings, the Bills had problems pressuring Aaron Rodgers in Week Four's loss to the Packers. According to Pro Football Focus, the Bills pressured Rodgers on nine of his 46 drop backs, which equates to a 19.6 percent pressure rate.  In Week Three, Buffalo pressured Kirk Cousins …

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Largely because the Buffalo Bills have been so far behind so often this season, they have used three-receiver sets (11 personnel) on 70 percent of their plays. Last year they used it 55 percent. The league average for 11 personnel was 59 percent in 2017. The Bills should be able to run well out of 21 personnel (two backs), but they're only using it about 8 percent of their…

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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…