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Patriots coach Bill Belichick is noted for his praise of the upcoming opponent. New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels followed suit Monday on a conference call, but the plaudits seem justified. The Bills have allowed 222 points, second in the league behind the Patriots' 181 points. Buffalo is third in yards allowed with 4,087 and has allowed just 4.8 yards pe…

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Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White had made a habit of shutting down opposing receivers throughout his first two years in the NFL. After generating an elite-level 90.1 coverage grade as a rookie, White allowed a lowly 75.6 passer rating on targets in his coverage last season. While his overall grade dipped in 2018, the former LSU standout has still only allowed …

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Bills coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday that the signing of former first-round pick Corey Liuget was not specifically in response to the Bills’ struggles with the run defense. “Both, really,” McDermott said in reference to Liuget also being used in passing downs. “He’s had a lot of success in this league, veteran guy without a lot of experience. We’ll see how he does …

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In compiling a 5-2 start, the Bills have earned a reputation for being great defensively in coverage, allowing a lowly 82.6 passer rating to opposing quarterbacks and generating the sixth-highest coverage grade as a team, according to Pro Football Focus. However, stopping the run has been a different story, and that was apparent as the Bills allowed the Philadelphia Ea…

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The Buffalo Bills allowed 218 yards on the ground to the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday's 31-13 loss. The total is the most the Eagles have run for in a game under coach Doug Pederson and the fifth-most that the Eagles have allowed under Sean McDermott. Here are the Bills' worst games against the run in McDermott's time as head coach: 298 – New Orleans Saints, 47-10, …

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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.