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CHARLOTTE — One of the drawbacks of covering the Bills during the playoff drought is that the stories tend to repeat themselves. There's a redundant quality to persistent defeat, a hollow ring to the same old sad song. I had expected to be finished with Tyrod Taylor by now. This isn't personal. Taylor is a fine man, a willing leader and an often spectacular player. But …

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In case you missed it, Wednesday was the silver anniversary of the famous No Punt Game. On Sept. 13, 1992, the Bills beat the 49ers at old Candlestick Park, 34-31. It remains the only regular-season game in NFL history in which neither team punted. I thought about that game Friday morning, while watching a replay of the Thursday night game between the Bengals and Texans…

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Mike Tolbert has never been short of chips for his broad shoulders. The Buffalo Bills' running back has been doubted his entire NFL career. For being too short. For being too slow. For not being fast enough. Even for being "too fat." All those slights have been the motivational fuel that has powered a 10-year career. “You see so many guys with the talent and the a…

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So what if they win? What if the Buffalo Bills actually beat the Carolina Panthers Sunday? Everything changes, right? The building-for-the-future talk suddenly gives way to a discussion of the here and now, doesn't it? No longer would the Bills have the look of a team that supposedly gave up on this season. Maybe not to the degree of the New York Jets, who…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, beginning with a free 2-week trial, visit BNBlitz.com. The formula for stopping Sean McDermott’s team is no secret at all: Stack the box and stop Shady. It’s not novel. It’s not new. Running back LeSean McCoy is their igniter, the lifeblood of their offensive production and …

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This week's mailbag has it all. Did you ever what wonder what a "bell cow back" is? I've got you covered. Were you curious about whether it's too soon to buy Super Bowl tickets? I've got that information for you, too. Let's get to your questions: Lorenzo Alexander took just 25 defensive snaps Sunday against the Jets, which is 43 percent of the team total. Acco…

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Tre'Davious White has a degree in sports administration from LSU and hopes to be a coach or AD some day. The kid shows promise. One week into his first regular season, the rookie seems well-versed in the art of coach-speak. "You need to stay grounded and do the things the coaches are teaching us," White, the Bills' starting cornerback, said Wednesday. "It's important to…

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Marcell Dareus made sure to say all the right things when all eyes were on him. Surrounded by a crowd of cameras on Wednesday, the Bills’ high-priced defensive tackle downplayed his limited role in their Week 1 win over the Jets, going so far as to regurgitate the familiar “one-eleventh” mantra that has become Sean McDermott’s calling card. “I’m just doing the plays they…

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On Tuesday, with the Indians on the brink of tying the record for the longest winning streak since 1960, it left me to wonder: How many self-proclaimed sports junkies could name five players on a Cleveland roster that had the best record in the American League and the second-best record in baseball? The Indians lost the seventh game of the World Series in extra innings …

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There were no boisterous celebrations, no rowdy behavior and no arrogant remarks about a division-rival that appears to be headed toward the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL draft. Instead, what you found in the Bills’ postgame locker room Sunday was quiet confidence, cautious optimism and a collective understanding that a Week One win over the New York Jets is simply the fi…

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Column as I see 'em, Week One: Rex Ryan scoffed when someone asked if he planned to watch the Bills-Jets opener on Sunday. The former Bills coach said it might be one of the worst games ever and that there would be far better offerings on the NFL schedule. Well, I don't know which games Rex dignified with his viewing presence, but there's a decent chance that he saw …

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The New England Patriots are menaces. They've dominated the AFC East for so long, suffocating the hopes of the other three teams for a generation. They're not the biggest reason the Buffalo Bills have failed to reach the playoffs since 1999, but they're close. Now the Patriots are trying to swipe the Bills' signature monument. "The Comeback" was posted round and r…

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Allow me to address the fine people who are interested only in the facts, especially when they conveniently feed their limitless appetite for optimism about their favorite football team. The Bills are alone atop the AFC East for the first time since they opened the 2014 season with two straight victories. Folks, that's a fact. It was true Sunday when the Bills beat t…

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Their faces said it all. Blank stares gave way to frustrated sighs as New York Jets players struggled to make sense of what just transpired. They had practiced and prepared, they said, spent hours dissecting film and discussing all the ways to contain LeSean McCoy. And they stepped into New Era Field Sunday determined not to let the Bills running back beat them.  Yet …

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Sean McDermott had just won his opening game as an NFL head coach. The Bills had defeated the hapless Jets on Sunday, 21-12. The process was off to a rousing beginning, and he made sure to spread the credit around. "Praise God," McDermott said in his post-game presser. "That was a great team victory. Thank Terry and Kim (Pegula) for giving us the resources that they giv…