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DETROIT – The Bills’ starting defense found itself in a familiar position in the first half of the team’s 24-20 preseason victory against the Lions on Friday night at Ford Field: Defending a short field after a turnover. Twice. Buffalo gave up a total of three points on those Detroit drives, which began at the Bills’ 27- and 18-yard lines. And while Matt Stafford put…

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Players on the Bills’ defense weren’t necessarily thrilled with the oohs and aahs from the fans at St. John Fisher College as Josh Allen completed passes to John Brown and the offense was aggressive with long passes. Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has a different view. “I’m happy to see our offense take shots down the field,” Frazier said. “That makes us …

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The Bills sacked Blake Bortles three times on Sunday, and Jerry Hughes and Co. consistently harassed the veteran signal-caller in the victory over Jacksonville. According to Pro Football Focus, Buffalo pressured the Jaguars' quarterback on 12 of his 31 drop backs, which equates to a 38.7 percent pressure rate. In the last two games, the Bills have pressured the oppos…

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With Tremaine Edmunds on the sideline with a concussion, we're taking Tremaine Tracker to Buffalo's other starting linebacker, second-year player Matt Milano. Only credited with two tackles in Buffalo's loss to Chicago, Milano has had bigger games in his young career with the Bills. Both of his tackles came behind the line of scrimmage, though. Range tackles …

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Against the spread, pass-happy Packers in Week Four, the Bills didn't play a single defensive snap in a base 4-3 alignment. Even the week before against the Vikings, Buffalo was in a 4-3 over front for just one snap on defense. On Sunday against the Titans, a team that incorporates a more "traditional" offensive philosophy, the Bills played some variation of their ba…

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Pro Football Focus senior analyst Billy Moy will be contributing to BNblitz.com all season long. Just last season, the Buffalo Bills' pass defense was one of the big reasons they were able to snap a 17-year playoff drought. In 2017, the Bills allowed a relatively high 64.6 completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks (eighth highest allowed by a defense), but they wer…

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The defense that led the Bills to a 5-2 start re-emerged Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs finished with 236 net yards, including 57 on the ground. They had 14 first downs and were 2-for-13 on third down. That performance came after the Bills allowed at least 47 points in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history and gave up 482 yards …

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The Bills have allowed 135 points in their three consecutive losses, the most in a three-game stretch in franchise history. That includes a 34-21 loss to the Jets, a 47-10 loss to the Saints and a 54-24 loss to the Chargers. The Bills gave up at least 47 points for the first time in back-to-back games. The combined 101 points in the last two weeks is two shy of th…

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Since the bye, the Bills have had seven takeaways to just one giveaway in their two games – upping their season turnover differential to a NFL best +14, with no team in sight, nearly double the second-place Jacksonville Jaguars, at +8. But the Bills ability to create turnovers on offense and limit them on defense is not just seasonally exceptional, it is historically excel…

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The Bills had four takeaways in their 34-14 victory against the Oakland Raiders. It was the Bills' fourth consecutive game with at least three turnovers. That is the longest active streak in the NFL and the Bills' longest streak since the final five games of the 2004 season. The Bills entered the game leading the league with a plus-10 turnover differential.

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On Sunday, the Bills managed a thrilling 23-17 upset victory over the Atlanta Falcons. They are now 3-1 on the season and in sole possession of the first place in the AFC East Division. Tyrod Taylor is off to a hot start with a 100.7 passer rating, coupling that with his 104.4 rating through four games in 2015, he joins Jim Kelly (3) and Joe Ferguson (4) as the only Bil…