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The standings were not supposed to look this way in Week Eight. The Oakland Raiders were supposed to be Super Bowl contenders entering 2017, with a Pro Bowl quarterback in Derek Carr and All-World defensive end in Khalil Mack. The Buffalo Bills were afterthoughts in the AFC, thought by many to simply be killing time until the 2018 draft. A funny thing happened once t…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday at New Era Field: 1. Find a way to pressure Derek Carr. The Raiders have allowed only 13 sacks in seven games. They do a good job of minimizing hits on Carr. Therefore, the Bills, who rank 23rd in the league in sacks per pass play and have produced only 13 sacks on the season, need t…

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After his worst game of the year before the bye week, Tyrod Taylor rebounded in a big way with an efficient performance in the Bills' 30-27 win over the Buccaneers in Week Seven. Against the Buccaneers, Taylor went 3 of 4 for 89 yards on passes to his left that went 20 or more yards down the field with one touchdown and an almost perfect passer rating of 156.3. At the s…

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The AFC East is the best division in football through seven weeks of the NFL season. The New England Patriots (5-2), Miami Dolphins (4-2), Buffalo Bills (4-2) and New York Jets (3-4) are a combined 16-10 so far this year, giving them a record that is 1.5 games ahead of teams from the NFC North, which are 15-12. If the season ended today, three teams from the AFC East…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. The schooling is constant. Playing on the Buffalo Bills' defense means you don't simply do everything possible to prevent an opponent from scoring. It means you take what's rightfully yours. The football? It belongs to you every bit as much as it does to …

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Hello, my name is Tim G., and I'm a Process-aholic. It has been almost 18 years since I last saw a Bills playoff game, but now I can see my way out of this dark tunnel. Maybe the Bills won't return to the postseason this January, but for the first time since thinking 2002 fourth overall draft choice Mike Williams would be a foundation block, I have serenity. Grant…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: A That’s more like it. The Bills stuck with the run and it paid off, piling up 173 yards as a team on 33 carries, an average of 5.2 yards per rush. LeSean McCoy scored his first two touchdowns of 2017, rushing 23 times for 91 yards. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was once again a part of the running game, gaining 53 yards on six carries. Mik…

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Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 30-27 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worked out: 1. Avoid a playing-down-to-your-opponent repeat. Check. The Bills came close to sinking to the Buccaneers' level and having it cost them as it did in their Oct. 8 loss at Cincinnati. There were enough lapses on both sides of the ball to make it a two-game l…

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The Buffalo Bills' larcenous defense did it again. Tre'Davious White stripped the ball away from Tampa Bay receiver Adam Humphries with 2:20 left in Sunday's game to set the Bills up for the winning score. Stephen Hauschka's field goal with 14 seconds left gave the Bills a 30-27 victory. The Bills' rookie No. 1 draft choice made the final key turnover on a routine…

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1. The Buffalo Bills’ defense is starting to look ordinary, but it made an extraordinary play when needed. A week after Andy Dalton threw for 328 yards against the Bills, Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston shredded Buffalo for 382 passing yards, but the Bills made the defensive play they needed when rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White stripped Bucs receiver Adam Humphries in the f…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 30-27 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at New Era Field: Hard as they tried, they didn't screw it up: The Bills had some ugly moments in this one, especially just before halftime when they allowed th…

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(Through Thursday’s game. Last week’s ranking in parentheses)   Philadelphia. Having the NFL’s top third-down offense has carried them a long way. (3)   New England. They’re lucky to have escaped MetLife Stadium with a win. (2)   Pittsburgh. Well, Martavis Bryant, apparently you’re stuck with these guys. (12)   Kansas Cit…

Kwon Alexander was a full participant in practice on Thursday for the Buccaneers, meaning Tampa Bay should be getting one of its starting second-level defenders back for its trip to Western New York this weekend. How big of a deal is Alexander's return? First, let's start with his athleticism. Here's how he fared at the combine, via MockDraftable: Clearly, …

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How have the Bills fared while running zone coverage? How about in the instances they've been in man? Pro Football Focus recently published an insightful article that provided the details of how often teams have utilized man coverage and the production while in that coverage. Man coverage The Bills are currently 19th in rate of man coverage at 31.3 percent. The Chiefs…

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NEW YORK — For now, it looks as if the NFL's approach to players choosing to kneel during the national anthem is to leave well enough alone. Don't shake things up by instituting a new policy that requires players to stand. Don't be confrontational with what seems to be less of an emotional powder keg than it was earlier this season. Listen to the issues. Make an effo…