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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…

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Social media predictably hurled a fair amount of sharp criticism – accompanied by the requisite sophomoric insults – at the Buffalo Bills for their inactivity before Tuesday's NFL trade deadline. I'm fine with them doing nothing because, for all of the chatter about the need for instant offensive help, there was nothing for them to do. Nothing sensible, that is. T…

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If Fox analyst Daryl Johnston hadn’t told Philadelphia fans watching at home that he was a Western New York native, they wouldn’t have known it from the objectivity he displayed during the Eagles’ 31-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills Sunday in New Era Field. Johnston was as fair and balanced as Fox News pretends to be when seeing questionable penalties and no-calls in t…

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The Buffalo Bills’ offense went three-and-out once again, their fans were already streaming toward the parking lots, and after a terrible punt sailed out of bounds at midfield, the defense tried to muster the will to give a damn. “Guys were out there talking, ‘Hey, let’s finish this game strong. It’s going to go a long way,’ ” safety Jordan Poyer said in Buffalo’s sombe…

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This was a mauling, pure and simple. The Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line physically dominated the Buffalo Bills' defensive front Sunday. It did so with embarrassing ease that no previous opponent this season had done. As much as there were other shortcomings in the Bills' performance in a 31-13 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles at New Era Field, the biggest wa…

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Grading the Buffalo Bills in their 31-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at New Era Field: RUNNING GAME: D Quarterback Josh Allen was the team’s leading rusher. That’s not a good thing. Allen gained 45 yards on eight carries, with a long gain of 14 yards. He lost a crucial fumble on a designed run in the second quarter. A lot of that production came on scra…

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Here are my hot reads from the Buffalo Bills' 31-13 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at New Era Field: Hottest topic There's no other delicate way to put this: The Bills' defense was simply atrocious. The unit that had established itself as elite through the first six games of the season was physically dominated, especially against the run. The performance …

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This week’s Bills Mailbag leads with an attempt to reorder the first-round quarterbacks drafted in 2018. It also touches on Tom Brady’s future, the potential asking price for A.J. Green and how the Bills match up with two potential playoff opponents. Let’s get to it … BigD asks: In hindsight, if you were general manager two years ago, which of the quarterbacks in Josh A…

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Here are my five takes for Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles at New Era Field. 1. The theory that the Eagles have an edge because of lingering anger from embarrassing blowout losses the past two weeks against the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings doesn't hold up. First of all, to think that a pair of poor performances should provide s…

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Let's face it. Josh Allen can't win. He gets bashed by media and fans for struggling with the long ball. And for playing poorly through the first three quarters of games. And for never having thrown for 300 yards in any of his 17 career starts. At 5-1, the Buffalo Bills have one of the best records in the NFL. They're one of two feel-good stories not only in Western …

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Smerlas is a surname, but for Buffalo Bills fans of a certain age it also works as a verb. To Smerlas is to (a) smother the run, (b) block the kick and (c) fill the notebook. Fred Smerlas was the Bills’ nose guard of the 1980s who clogged the middle of their 3-4 defense, tipped a famous field goal try and offered grateful reporters a boatload of bon mots. And that’s …

Bisons and Baseball

The pick has been the same since March. There's no reason to change now. The Houston Astros are baseball's most complete team. When the World Series starts Tuesday in Minute Maid Park against the Washington Nationals, the folks in Las Vegas have the Astros as the heaviest favorite to win a Fall Classic since nailing Boston's four-game drubbing of Colorado in 2007. A …

Analysis

Jim Kubiak has been analyzing the play of the Buffalo Bills quarterbacks for BNBlitz.com. He is the all-time leading passer at Navy, has played in the NFL, NFL Europe and the Arena Football League, and has been a coach and executive in the AFL. He spent eight years as the radio analyst for the University at Buffalo and runs the Western New York Quarterback Academy to help …

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It was a fun exercise during the bye week, looking ahead at Buffalo’s schedule and all the cupcakes. The Bills had won four of their first five games and still had easy home matchups against the Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos and New York Jets on tap. They still had the winless Miami Dolphins twice, including in the first of three consecutive home games coming out …