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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: A-  Without LeSean McCoy, the expectations for the Bills’ running game were low. They’ll gladly take the final results: A combined 38 carries for 128 yards. While 3.4 yards per rush isn’t spectacular, it got the job done. Chris Ivory grinded out 56 yards on 20 carries, while Marcus Murphy took eight rushes 33 yards. The highlights on t…

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MINNEAPOLIS – How do you rid yourself of all of the misery that the Bills have experienced in the first two weeks of the season? You shock the NFL by beating a team oddsmakers installed as at least 16.5-point favorite. Of course, the Bills didn’t simply win Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. They pounded them in every way possible to score a 27-6 victory – scoring al…

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MINNEAPOLIS – Truth be told, a blowout was expected Sunday. Just not this kind. Keyed by a lights-out defensive effort, the Buffalo Bills put together the upset of the young NFL season, shocking the Minnesota Vikings, 27-6, at U.S. Bank Stadium. For as outstanding as rookie quarterback Josh Allen played in the first half, the defense matched him every step of the …

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills’ game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium: 1. The Minnesota Vikings’ defense isn’t just dominant. It is downright frightening. The Vikings’ front seven is big, physical and likely will have its way with a Bills offensive line that is struggling to put five legitimate starters on the field. The fact…

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One of my pet peeves is people from Buffalo asking in July, “Is it October yet?” We get maybe four months of summer, tops. Let's not rush them along, OK? To all those people, it looks like your time has arrived. Count me among those who will miss the 80-degree days. Onto this week's mailbag ... Rick McGuire asks: I interpret Sean McDermott’s takeover of the defensive…

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Here are predictions from members of The Buffalo News' sports staff on Sunday's Bills-Vikings game in Minneapolis. VIC CARUCCI Even with the promise Josh Allen provides at quarterback, the Bills don’t seem to have much of a chance to get their collective act together any time soon. It’s especially hard to see that happening on the road against one of the NFL’s best teams…

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The 0-2 start, itself, isn't all that much of a shock. The beginning of the Buffalo Bills' schedule always figured to be something of a buzzsaw, especially with uncertainty at quarterback and pretty much everywhere else on offense. The surprise is the horrific performance of the Bills' defense, although the struggles of the front seven are somewhat less jolting than …

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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…