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Everything you need to know, plus what I’ll be watching for Sunday when the Buffalo Bills visit the New York Jets: TV: CBS. Announcers: Andrew Catalon (play by play), James Lofton (color analyst). Radio: Bills Radio Network. Buffalo-WGR 550 AM; Toronto-Fan 590 AM; Rochester-WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM; Syracuse-WTKW 99.5 FM and WTKV 105.5 FM. Announcers: John Murphy…

Analysis

When the Bills run: The struggles of the running game have come into focus this week. LeSean McCoy has 24 attempts in the last three games. Those have produced 24 yards. Backup Chris Ivory has been the more the effective runner, but he’s dealing with a shoulder injury that kept him out of practice Wednesday. The offensive line shares some of the blame here, because there h…

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The Josh Allen-Sam Darnold rivalry might get off the ground in Week 10. Allen, the Buffalo Bills’ rookie quarterback, is now being listed as day to day with an elbow sprain, opening up the window to returning Sunday against the Jets. If he does, the No. 7 overall pick would look across the field at Darnold, the Jets’ franchise quarterback taken with the third pick. “…

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Buffalo Bills running back Chris Ivory has a sprained shoulder and is listed as day to day. Ivory was taken to the hospital Sunday night and was cleared and released, coach Sean McDermott said. McDermott said the hospital visit was unrelated to the shoulder injury. "Overall, we just wanted to make sure that what we saw from a medical standpoint (was the case) and the…

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The Buffalo Bills don’t have a prayer if they don’t start taking better care of the football. The Bills were blown out in the turnover battle Sunday, giving the ball away four times and taking it away just once during a 41-9 loss to the Chicago Bears at New Era Field. That dropped the team’s turnover differential to minus-9 for the year, which ranks 29th in the NFL. The…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: F The final numbers mask how awful this was. The team gained 97 yards on 28 carries, but 46 of those yards came from quarterback Nathan Peterman, including a 24-yard scramble on the final play of the first half – when he elected to run instead of throwing a Hail Mary to the end zone. LeSean McCoy’s long run on 10 carries was just 4 yards…

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LeSean McCoy has eluded media members much better in the last week than he has defenders. The Buffalo Bills’ running back was a no-show on the field and in the losing locker room after his team’s 41-9 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday at New Era Field. McCoy gained just 10 yards on 10 carries in the loss. Over the last three weeks, McCoy has run 24 times … for 24 y…

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The second quarter of the 2018 season looked painfully similar to the first for the Buffalo Bills. The team went 1-3 again in the second quarter of the season, dropping its record to 2-6 halfway through the season. More troubling is the way they are losing. The offense is historically bad, leading to games feeling like they’re over the minute the team falls behind by tw…

Commentary

The Buffalo Bills sit fourth in the projected draft order entering Week 9, but there will be some stiff competition for the No. 1 overall pick next April. The Oakland Raiders looked downright horrible Thursday night against the lowly 49ers in dropping to 1-7. That's tied with the Giants for the worst record in the league. It gets more amazing by the day that the Giants …

Analysis

When the Bills run: It’s still hard to believe LeSean McCoy’s last 11 carries against the Patriots went for just 1 yard. It’s understandable why McCoy was so frustrated after the loss. Chris Ivory is just 13 yards behind McCoy for the Bills’ rushing lead, although McCoy has played two fewer games. Neither player is averaging better than 3.4 yards per carry. The Bears have …

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: F The ugliest effort of the year. LeSean McCoy gained 12 yards out of the wildcat formation on the first play of the game. He gained 1 yard on his next 11 carries. Seriously. The question might not be should the Bills move McCoy by Tuesday’s trade deadline, but rather, would another team want him? The blocking and the play calling dese…

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Shaq Lawson might not ever become the type of game-changing defensive end the Buffalo Bills’ previous front office thought it was getting when it chose him in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. That doesn’t mean he’s not a contributor, though. Lawson has carved out a role as a rotational defensive lineman, seeing time at both end and tackle this year. His playing ti…

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The extra day of preparation that Derek Anderson gets this week comes at a good time. The Buffalo Bills’ veteran quarterback showed up on the injury report Thursday as a limited practice participant. Anderson was listed as having calf and back injuries, which would go along with what he had to say after Sunday’s loss to Indianapolis. “I don’t feel great right now. I’…

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The Buffalo Bills averaged 6.1 yards per carry Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, easily a season best even without LeSean McCoy. The Bills had yet to top 3.8 yards per carry in any of the first six games, so on the surface Sunday’s effort looks like a positive. It does, however, bring into question why the running game hasn’t been able to do more when McCoy has bee…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: B This isn’t the reason the Buffalo Bills lost. Despite LeSean McCoy contributing just 1 yard, the Bills finished with 135 as a team. Chris Ivory ran hard in gaining 81 yards on 16 carries, while Marcus Murphy showed good burst in gaining 53 yards on just four carries. The team’s average of 6.1 yards per rush was a full two yards bette…