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It’s fair to wonder exactly what the Buffalo Bills have in Josh Allen. What's unfair is pointing to his performance Saturday and concluding that he isn’t a franchise quarterback. The Bills’ decision-makers won’t do that, and the reason has zero to do with avoiding an admission of a colossal mistake. It's far too early for that conversation. The first-round investm…

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HOUSTON – Jordan Poyer saw the play clock expire before the Houston Texans converted on third-and-18, Deshaun Watson hitting running back Duke Johnson on a checkdown-turned-gut punch deep in Houston territory on the first of two critical plays on their game-winning drive, the one that ended the Buffalo Bills’ season, 22-19, in overtime Saturday. “There was a couple of t…

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HOUSTON — You have to start with how it happened, in the "billsiest" of fashion. One minute, the Buffalo Bills were holding a 16-0 lead late in the third quarter of their wild-card playoff game Saturday against the Houston Texans. The next, they were watching their season come to a sudden and bitter end with a 22-19 overtime loss at NRG Stadium. This one will stin…

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HOUSTON – Grading the Bills in their 22-19 overtime loss to the Texans on Saturday at NRG Stadium … Running game: B Only 13 carries for rookie running back Devin Singletary will be questioned during the offseason. Singletary ran hard all evening, breaking tackles and keeping his legs moving until the very end. He fought for every one of his 58 yards. Quarterback J…

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HOUSTON — The question was a last line. I had an early deadline for my column on the playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium, and there would not be much time to write after it ended. I wanted to figure out early who had the words to put an exclamation point on this one. Hundreds of thousands of Western New York residents, past or pr…

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HOUSTON – Here are my hot reads from the Buffalo Bills' 22-19 loss in overtime against the Houston Texans on Saturday at NRG Stadium in an AFC wild-card game. Hottest topic It was painful, with the Bills blowing a 16-0 lead, fighting back to tie the game at 19-19 at the end of regulation on Stephen Hauschka's fourth field goal, and then the defense collapsing in the end.…

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The Buffalo Bills ended another long drought Friday. Cornerback Tre’Davious White was named a first-team All-Pro, becoming the first Bills player to do so since defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and defensive end Mario Williams were on the team in 2014. White, in his third season, was selected to the first team along with the New England Patriots' Stephon Gilmore. Gilm…

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HOUSTON – Veronica Borjon has stayed busy offering a few surprises. She and her kids drove nine hours from Dallas not long after Christmas to show up on the doorstep of her delighted mother and her family, in El Paso. Her grandfather, Margarito Esparva, is now 95, and Veronica wanted her kids to have the chance to really spend some time with him. Certain opportunities a…

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HOUSTON – Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills' wild-card playoff game Saturday against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. 1. Josh Allen plays to the standard of a franchise quarterback. It doesn't matter that this is his first NFL playoff start or that he hasn't had two full seasons as a starter. The Bills moved up to the seventh overall pick of the 2018 draft fo…

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HOUSTON – At a difficult moment, Greg Kopacz knew where to find comfort. His family home was wrecked by flooding in 2017. He and his wife, Carrie, began rebuilding for their children, a slow and sometimes discouraging job, and Kopacz one day took a quick, familiar break. On an autumn Sunday, he went to Christian's Tailgate Bar & Grill Midtown. It is home to the Hous…

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This week, as the Buffalo Bills seek their first playoff win since 1995, Jim Haslett remembers how it went when the team tried to win its first playoff game since 1965. That was in a divisional-round game in San Diego following the 1980 season. “We had the best team in the league that year,” Haslett says. “We should have won the Super Bowl.” The Bills led the Charger…

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This time, there can be no jitters or tightness or anything that trends more toward ordinary than extraordinary. NFL playoffs are when franchise quarterbacks are supposed to do the most to validate that label. These are the games when they're expected to carry their teams to victory or, at the very least, avoid being the reason they lose. Josh Allen understands all t…

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Almost nothing about the 2019 Buffalo Bills feels like the 2017 version. Both qualified for the playoffs, but that's where the similarities pretty much end. "This is a little bit different from 2017, where we were limping in with a little bit of luck," safety Micah Hyde said Sunday. He was pulling off his uniform in the Bills' dressing room after having been on th…

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Grading the Bills in their 13-6 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday at New Era Field … Running game: C- It’s never a good thing when your leading rusher is a wide receiver, as was the case Sunday. That’s what happens when you sit your best running back, which the Bills did with rookie Devin Singletary. Receiver Isaiah McKenzie took a couple of jet sweeps for 30 yards…

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Here are my hot reads from the Buffalo Bills' 13-6 loss against the New York Jets Sunday at New Era Field. Hottest topic Now that the Bills have gotten their regular-season-finale/preseason game out of the way, they can turn their attention to what actually matters: The playoffs. The Bills will face the Houston Texans next weekend at NRG Stadium. The Texans became the…