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CLEVELAND – Here are my hot reads from the Buffalo Bills' 19-16 loss against the Cleveland Browns Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Hottest topic The Bills didn't have enough offense. Again. They left their fortunes on the unreliable foot of Stephen Hauschka, who missed 34- and 53-yard field goal attempts, the second of which would have tied the game with 22 seconds left…

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CLEVELAND – The Buffalo Bills signed kicker Stephen Hauschka to a two-year contract extension before the 2019 season started with moments like Sunday in mind. Trailing by three points against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium, Hauschka came onto the field with 22 seconds remaining. Convert a 53-yard field goal, and the Bills and Browns likely go to overtime. …

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This week’s Bills Mailbag looks at what this team needs to do to silence its skeptics, Josh Allen’s ball security and what’s going run with the run defense, among plenty of other topics. Let’s dive in … Nick Hauser asks: This is the most important game of the season. Although the coaching staff will say it’s just another game and they all matter, your playoff chances dr…

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Here are my five takes for Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns at First Energy Stadium. 1. The Browns' desperation could spell trouble. Despite their 6-2 record, the Bills have no reason to be complacent. They have struggled through most of their games, and have flaws that have been exposed in every phase. The Browns, who were a popular pi…

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When the Bills run: More Devin Singletary, please. The Bills’ rookie had his breakout game last week against Washington, rushing 20 times for 95 yards and a touchdown. Singletary got nearly double the carries as veteran Frank Gore (11 carries, 15 yards), and there’s no good reason why that should change moving forward. Washington ranked 28th against the run coming into Wee…

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When John Holecek played linebacker for the Buffalo Bills, he lived in a downtown townhouse with nothing between him and Lake Erie but LaSalle Park. “It was beautiful to be on the water,” he says, “looking into Canada.” Holecek hadn’t heard that the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is giving $100 million to make over LaSalle, meaning the man whose foundation is turning…

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The second quarter of the Buffalo Bills’ 2019 season closely mirrored the first. Once again, the team went 3-1. Once again, those wins came against lackluster competition. And once again, media and fans have been left to debate, just how good is this year’s team? Players, understandably, are growing tired of that line of questioning. After Sunday’s 24-9 victory ov…

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Call it a Buffalo Bills thing, a classic case of perception supplanting reality. With their fans, it's the fear of building up hopes only to see them crushed into dust. Better to protect the heart with a thick shield of skepticism than expose it to being broken, as has happened so many times through the years. So find every flaw imaginable in a 6-2 start and brace yours…

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There is work ahead. Even the least cynical of observers would say the Buffalo Bills have a great deal to improve through the second half of their schedule. But a 6-2 record, the Bills' best start since going 7-1 in 1993, also means there's no need to apologize. "Listen, man," tight end Lee Smith said after a 24-9 victory against the lowly Washington Redskins on S…

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Grading the Buffalo Bills in their 24-9 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday at New Era Field … RUNNING GAME: C- Devin Singletary keeps it from being an F, but this was not a good day on the ground. How many times can a team make gaining a single yard look like the hardest thing to do in football? The Bills continue to count the ways. Singletary rushed 20 times …

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Here are my hot reads from the Buffalo Bills' 24-9 victory against the Washington Redskins Sunday at New Era Field. Hottest topic The Bills did the expected in getting the win that gave them a 6-2 record, while the Redskins fell to 1-8. They probably allowed the Redskins, with rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins making his first NFL start, to hang around a bit longer th…

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This week's Halloween-inspired Bills Mailbag is heavy on questions about quarterback Josh Allen. It also hits on Sean McDermott's contract status, Devin Singletary's usage and the team's screen game – or lack thereof. Let's jump in ... Rick McGuire asks: If we had drafted Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson two years ago, or Lamar Jackson last year, would we be a better t…

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Here are my five takes for Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins at New Era Field. 1. For their self-confidence, the Bills need to make short work of the Redskins. Whether that's even possible is anyone's guess. The Bills have only come close to making short work of one opponent this season, the New York Giants, and that wasn't exactly a cas…

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If you had asked any Buffalo Bills fan in the summer about the side of the ball with the greatest potential for concern by midseason, the universal answer would have been obvious. An anemic offense. It's midseason. Although the work of Josh Allen, Brian Daboll, new receivers and a virtually new offensive line has done little to calm the nerves of Bills faithful, an u…

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Paul Guidry played for the Buffalo Bills when they were a game away from the first Super Bowl. Later, he was a team co-captain with O.J. Simpson. He played seven seasons for the Bills – from the hippie-dippy days of the 1960s to the boogie-down disco days of the 1970s. His most lasting contribution to Buffalo, though, is a certain restaurant on Virginia Place. He and fe…