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By Cam Mellor Pro Football Focus Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has arguably one of the strongest arms in the NFL. That's why the lack of deep passing production has been so puzzling through the first six games. Pro Football Focus defines a deep pass as any attempt targeted at least 20 yards past the line of scrimmage. So far, 33 quarterbacks have attempted …

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Sean McDermott seemingly spoke for all of Bills Mafia on Monday in describing his team’s 5-1 start to the season. “Feels good,” the Bills’ coach said. “It feels good, but we’re not where we need to be.” After a close call Sunday against the Miami Dolphins at New Era Field, most every Bills fan would agree. Although they have the second-best record in the AFC, the Bil…

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Running game: C+ Even with Buffalo Bills rookie Devin Singletary back in the lineup, it was veteran Frank Gore who continued to handle the bulk of the rushing duties. Gore gained 55 yards on 11 carries against his former team. He has 388 yards on the season and is on pace for 1,034. For a 36-year-old, that’s impressive. Quarterback Josh Allen, who ran wild against the M…

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Brian Daboll doesn't sound as if he's stressing over the fact the Buffalo Bills' offense ranks near the bottom of the NFL in scoring and their passing yards put them in the middle of the pack. As the offensive coordinator of a team with a 4-1 record, he feels more satisfaction than trepidation with what's happening on his side of the ball. "At the end of the day, wha…

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Running game: B- It came alive at the end. Taking over with 4:12 left in the fourth quarter, the Buffalo Bills were able to run out the clock thanks to the ground game. After Frank Gore was stopped for a 1-yard loss on first down, T.J. Yeldon ripped off an 11-yard gain on second down to move the chains. Gore then went for 11 yards and followed that with a 19-yard gain. Af…

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This week's Bills Mailbag deals with Sean McDermott's struggles on challenges, Zay Jones' future, passing on Patrick Mahomes and the future at tight end, among much more. Let's dive in ... Sam Ruggiero asks: McDermott is a wonderful coach. He has built a powerful defense that is gaining increased recognition nationally. He seems to understand the game well. So, why is h…

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Josh Allen remained in the NFL’s concussion protocol Monday, opening up the possibility of the Buffalo Bills having to turn to Matt Barkley for an important Week 5 game against the Tennessee Titans. Allen, the Bills’ second-year starter, suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots when he was hit by the Patriots’ Jonathan Jon…

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Running game: B Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore is something else. He surpassed 15,000 career rushing yards, finishing with 109 yards on just 17 carries. The 36-year-old averaged 6.4 yards per rush, and hit his milestone with a classic, 41-yard run in which he knifed through the middle of the New England Patriots’ defense and bounced off of multiple tackle attempts.…

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When the Bills run: With rookie Devin Singletary returning to practice on a limited basis Thursday, there is some added intrigue here. The Bills held up just fine without Singletary in Week 3, rushing for 175 yards against the Bengals, but it will be a much bigger challenge against New England. Even if Singletary plays, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Bills closely mo…

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This week’s Buffalo Bills Mailbag leads off with some questions on the current crop of wide receivers. It also hits on depth at cornerback, the right tackle rotation and compares the defenses of the Bills and Patriots. Let’s dive in … $pastic5ive asks: If they’re not going to use Robert Foster, why not cut him and bring up Duke Williams? Jay: Ask yourself this: If th…

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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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Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator Brian Daboll showed up for work Sunday wearing his sweatshirt that reads: “Buffalo vs. Everybody.” Bills tight end Lee Smith thought that was a perfect tone-setting example for the players. “It all starts with Daboll and the mindset that we established as an offense,” Smith said after the Bills’ 21-17 victory over the Cincinnati B…

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This week’s Buffalo Bills mailbag is loaded with questions about what happens at running back without Devin Singletary and tight end without Tyler Kroft, a look ahead to the trade deadline and what the team has planned to honor the life of superfan Pancho Billa this weekend. A quick note: We had more questions than I could get to this week, so if I felt like they could …

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The update on Devin Singletary is there’s not much of an update right now. Bills coach Sean McDermott said Monday the team is “still gathering information on Devin” and is listing him as day to day. That’s more an indication that the team hasn’t completed its evaluation of Singletary’s injury than it is any kind of good news. “Still don’t know definitively at this po…