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You couldn’t have found a greater contrast to the most bizarre and disturbing development to emerge from the Buffalo Bills’ dressing room after Sunday’s 31-20 loss against the Los Angeles Chargers. As teammates reacted with a combination of shock and disgust – mostly the latter – to learning that a veteran cornerback had quit on them in the middle of the game, they also…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME:  LeSean McCoy rushed nine times for 39 yards. It’s the ninth time in his past 17 games that McCoy has been held to less than 50 yards. McCoy had a long run of 27 yards, which means his other eight carries gained just 12 yards. That’s putting the Bills in obvious passing situations, which is bad news. Backup running backs Chris Ivory an…

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Here are my five takes on Sunday’s home-opener between the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Chargers at New Era Field: 1. Josh Allen’s starting debut is bound to inject some desperately needed life into an offense and a team that went skidding off the road from the very start of last Sunday’s Dumpster fire in Baltimore. He’ll make some big plays with his big arm and wil…

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As you might imagine, Nathan Peterman's meltdown in Week 1 inspired plenty of questions for this week's mailbag. Let's get to them ... Brendan Sweet asks: What are the chances the Bills bring in a veteran quarterback and release Nathan Peterman? If so, who would it be? Any chance they'd sign Colin Kaepernick? Brian Vattimo asks: Don’t you think the Bills should add a…

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In light of Bills coach Sean McDermott saying four times during his postgame news conference that he had to look at the tape to evaluate the plays of quarterbacks Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen, we asked BN quarterbacks analyst Jim Kubiak to weigh in: One of the most important routines for any football player, coach, or scout is the study of film. This practice not o…

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Even the one time the Buffalo Bills did sack Joe Flacco on Sunday was a bit of a disappointment. With the Baltimore Ravens leading 17-0 early in the second quarter, Flacco dropped back to pass. Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes came racing into the backfield, and looked to have a free shot on Flacco. Instead of taking down the Ravens’ quarterback, however, Hughes whiffed…

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BALTIMORE – Sean McDermott readily pointed to himself as the first person whose performance he would evaluate after Sunday’s historically poor season opener for the Buffalo Bills. Several times during his postgame news conference after the Bills’ 47-3 debacle against the Baltimore Ravens, the coach mentioned the need to “look at the tape.” That was how he answered the q…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: F Get used to that grade. You’re going to be seeing it a lot here. LeSean McCoy carried seven times for 22 yards. He was outgained on the ground by Josh Allen. Marcus Murphy might be making a run at the No. 2 job – he led the team with six carries for 31 yards, while Chris Ivory rushed just three times for 3 yards. Allen showed off som…

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BALTIMORE – Where is the Buffalo Bills’ secondary that was supposed to challenge for the unofficial crown of “best in the NFL?” It certainly was nowhere to be found inside M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, where the Baltimore Ravens blew the doors off the Bills, 47-3, in the season opener. “They beat the hell out of us today,” safety Jordan Poyer said of the Ravens. …

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No room for any extended introductions to the mailbag this week. With the season opener on tap, we're loaded with questions. Let's get to them ... Jimmy Zolnowski asks: Other than Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmonds, who are the young guys the Bills want to build around? Jay: We shouldn’t limit this to only rookies, although the two Jimmy mentioned are at the top of the …

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The images linger. Pick almost any pass play while the Bills' starters were on the field for the third game of the preseason. You'll see a Cincinnati Bengal — sometimes two or three — tearing into the backfield with virtually no resistance. Then you'll see Josh Allen fleeing for his life or getting sacked or tossed around the way a dog plays with a favorite chew toy. Yo…

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Boldness has its limits. The Bills might have been the very definition of bold in making all of the moves necessary to climb high enough in the draft to get their franchise quarterback. They might have been bolder still with the selection, itself, turning to a mid-major school for a big kid with a big arm but lousy accuracy that made it ripe for second-guessing. N…

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CHICAGO – The opportunities to impress are over. Thursday’s preseason finale here against the Bears was the final chance for the Buffalo Bills’ bubble players to convince the coaching staff they are worthy of a spot on the 53-man roster. Those decisions must be made by 4 p.m. Saturday, when teams are required to make their final cuts. Here’s my final projection of wh…

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CHICAGO — Kim Pegula stood near the opening of one of four tunnels leading to the playing surface at Soldier Field Thursday night. She was relaxed and smiling, unable to mask the enthusiasm shared by so many others throughout the NFL this time of year. Hallelujah! The wait is almost over. Kickoff of the Buffalo Bills' preseason finale was still about two hours away. …