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The Buffalo Bills went head-to-head against the New England Patriots on Sunday, tête-à-tête between two headstrong coaches and were ultimately knocked out by a fierce fourth-quarter helmet-to-helmet hit. Let’s get the crud out early. Josh Allen threw three interceptions, two of which were horrible ideas and passes, and one just horrendous pass. A special teams snafu com…

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It’s a problem that tends to escalate for defenses trying to contain the New England Patriots. The better the Patriots run the ball, the more lethal their play-action pass game becomes. Last year, New England averaged 9.8 yards per attempt on play-action passes, No. 2 in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. New England ran play-action fakes on 31.4% of Tom Brady…

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The natural urge, always, is to overreact. It's in our DNA as fans and media. If the Buffalo Bills should ride this feel-good train to 4-0 Sunday, there will be no holding back the exhilaration and optimism about this season. There might not be a parade, but you can bet there will be more than a few people in these parts speaking the words Super and Bowl in the context …

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When Bill Belichick looks at the Buffalo Bills' 3-0 start, the first thing that jumps out at him is how well they've performed in the clutch, especially against the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals. "They've played really their best football in critical situations, in the fourth quarter, when really the game's been in balance," Belichick said Tuesday during a confer…

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This is the first of a three-part series reviewing what the rest of the AFC East did during the offseason. The New England Patriots are once again defending Super Bowl champions. And they remain the cream of the AFC East, if not the conference. Tom Brady, who turns 42 in August, and Bill Belichick are pushing for their 11th consecutive division title and seventh S…

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Usually, it’s the other way around. Players leave the Buffalo Bills for the New England Patriots, looking to find out firsthand what it’s like to be on the dynastic side of the NFL tracks. Stephon Gilmore, Chris Hogan, Mike Gillislee and Scott Chandler are among prominent former Bills who recently got their taste of being a part of the league’s gold standard. Gilmore and…

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For the most part, the Buffalo Bills have received positive reviews for their accomplishments through the first wave of free agency. They focused their energy, along with a whole lot of cash, on upgrading the pieces around Josh Allen. The Bills bolstered their receiving corps with the additions of John Brown from the Baltimore Ravens, and Cole Beasley from the Dallas…

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ATLANTA – Sports dynasties are rarely about a single player or even two or three. You don’t achieve sustained excellence without much broader contributions from players, coaches, talent-evaluators and those who write the checks. Say what you will about the New England Patriots only being as annoyingly dominant as they are because of a certain quarterback who wears No. 12.…

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ATLANTA -- If Super Bowl LIII was Rob Gronkowski’s final NFL game, the Western New York native went out in style Sunday night. As confetti poured down, he waited with most of his New England Patriots teammates forming a human corridor for the relay team of ex-NFL players transporting the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the podium in front of one of the end zones at Mercedes-Benz…

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ATLANTA – I get it. Everybody loves the young guy. He’s new, he’s fresh. He has the dynamic good looks, featuring great hair that stands at attention, to go along with the dynamic personality. The beaming smile and high-energy voice can light up a room. And his team reflects his persona, with an offense that is quick-striking and explosive. At the tender age of 33, Sean …

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Jim Kubiak will be analyzing the play of the Buffalo Bills quarterbacks throughout the season for BNBlitz.com. Kubiak 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 Qua…

Analysis

You can always count on the New England Patriots to succeed in exploiting what they think is the best matchup against any opponent. And they take great pains to avoid what they consider the worst matchup. The Buffalo Bills’ defense entered Sunday’s game ranked No. 1 in the NFL in passing yards allowed. The Patriots’ passing attack is in crisis – at least for this week –…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills’ game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium: 1. The Patriots have issues and seem more vulnerable than they’ve been in a long time. Yes, those same words have been written and spoken many times, only to prove baseless after the Pats reached the Super Bowl. But the circumstances prompting increased media talk of t…

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Something’s wrong with the New England Patriots. Heard that one before? This time, it’s for real, a legitimate cause for panic from their fans and glee from their legion of haters. Sound familiar? After watching the Pats lose the past two weeks, critics have pounced with a ferocity that has seemingly reached epic proportions. Media types have pumped up the volume on tal…

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Burying the New England Patriots before the end of the season is something of an NFL tradition. It has happened, time and again, after their typically slow starts. Tom Brady is losing his magic … His supporting cast is too banged up … Bill Belichick’s wizardry has finally run its course. Of course, the words invariably prove to be little more than the wasted wishful …