Harrison Phillips instantly recognized that pop in his left knee. It took him right back to that first game of his sophomore year at Stanford.
Back to the sickening feeling his season was over before it actually had a chance to begin. Back to the fear and the doubt and the loneliness. Back to the pain and the sweat and the tears.
So many tears.
"I was bawling and …
Social media predictably hurled a fair amount of sharp criticism – accompanied by the requisite sophomoric insults – at the Buffalo Bills for their inactivity before Tuesday's NFL trade deadline.
I'm fine with them doing nothing because, for all of the chatter about the need for instant offensive help, there was nothing for them to do.
Nothing sensible, that is.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen completed 23 of 36 attempts for a completion percentage of 63.8% and rushed the ball nine times for 46 yards in a come-from-behind, 21-17 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. It was his uncanny ability to run and move in the pocket that ultimately made the difference in the final minutes. Allen’s turbulent performance earned…
Jerry Hughes was in middle school when he witnessed the beginning of the legend of Tom Brady.
Feb. 3, 2002. Super Bowl XXXVI. Hughes was among the millions watching in awe as then-24-year-old Brady led a comeback that gave the New England Patriots a 20-17 victory against the St. Louis Rams. It was the finishing touch to the opening chapter of one of the most amazing sto…
Here are my hot reads from the Buffalo Bills' 21-17 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at New Era Field:
This game was far closer than it should have been.
The Bills basically owned the first half in every possible way, yet only had a 14-0 lead to show for it. They allowed the Bengals to stay within reach, and eventually, move ahead.
Here are my five takes for Sunday's home opener between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals at New Era Field.
1. Seize the opportunity.
It's there, virtually being served to the Bills like a giant plate of wings. There simply is no reason for them to fail to emerge from this game at 3-0, something they haven't done since 2011.
What was true a week ago against…
For the third week in a row, the Buffalo Bills enter a game as the better team. For the third week in a row, they should prove as much on the scoreboard. This sets up a nightmarish trip for the Cincinnati Bengals. They’re 0-2, struggling badly on both sides of the ball, and stepping into a stadium electrified by a home opener and 2-0 start.
Tasked with playing their second consecutive game at MetLife Stadium, the Buffalo Bills stayed in the same hotel last week – with players lodged in the very same rooms – to mimic the lead-up to their opening week 17-16 comeback win over the New York Jets. They proceeded to trounce the Giants, 28-14, to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2014.
On the other side of t…
Greg and Tia Dolegala had just pulled up to a liquor store in Connecticut to pick up pregame supplies before catching a train to New York City, where their youngest son and his Central Connecticut State teammates were playing Fordham later that night.
Their oldest son and his girlfriend were in the back seat.
That’s when Tia’s phone began to ring. It was a FaceTime c…
NFL cut-down day was a big day for Western New York football, with a number of players making NFL rosters.
Former St. Francis quarterback Jake Dolegala has made the Cincinnati Bengals' 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent. The record-setting quarterback from Central Connecticut State solidified his case to be the Bengals’ third quarterback behind Andy Dalton and R…
Former Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Cordy Glenn is moving to left guard for the Cincinnati Bengals, according to reports.
Glenn, 29, has made all 90 of his career starts at tackle but will slide inside to make room for first-round draft pick Jonah Williams.
The move came after Glenn talked with offensive line coach Jim Turner.
"Coach Turner and I had a man-to-ma…
By nature, Brandon Beane loves any opportunity to make a deal.
“I think I’ve always had that in me,” the Buffalo Bills’ general manager said in a recent conversation with The Buffalo News.
How far back does this trait go? We’re not talking about someone who, as a kid, would work the cafeteria in search of someone who wanted to swap lunches. Beane will tell you he can…
The Buffalo Bills announced Friday that they signed free-agent tight end Jake Fisher to a one-year contract.
He becomes the second tight end the Bills have signed from the Cincinnati Bengals, joining Tyler Kroft, added last week.
Counting incumbent Jason Croom, the Bills have three tight ends on their roster.
The Bills released Charles Clay, who signed with the Ar…
Guard John Miller, who started 15 games last season for the Bills, has agreed to a three-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to multiple reports.
Miller's deal is valued at $16.5 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
A third-round draft pick in 2015, Miller played in 47 games with the Bills and started all 16 in 2016.
He started the first four g…
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton received the expected standing ovation from Bills fans at New Era Field as he was introduced before Sunday's preseason game.
Dalton stopped on his way to the field to wave. A video thank-you message for donations to his foundation played on the screen.
Dalton then threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to John Ross on the first play from scr…