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Here are my five takes for Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. 1. Treat the Dolphins like the Dolphins. This is a bad opponent. No spin can change that, including phrases such as "red-hot Dolphins" that emanated from the Bills' dressing room this week. The Dolphins have earned their way to the bottom portion of the leag…

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been suspended indefinitely Friday for an incident late in Thursday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Garrett removed the helmet of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and later swung the helmet and struck Rudolph in the head with it. The league said Garrett will be suspended at least through the rest of the…

High Schools

Jamestown's Stephen Carlson scored his first NFL touchdown on Thursday night with an impressive grab in the back of the end zone for the Cleveland Browns. It was Carlson's first reception as well as the Browns beat the Steelers 21-7 in a game marred by Miles Garrett's helmet attack. Carlson was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster on Nov. 1. H…

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Who was ultimately at fault for the Bills’ maddening, belly-wrenching, head-scratching, lunch-tossing 19-16 loss to the lowly Browns? I’ll tell you. Stephen Hauschka. Hauschka is no longer Hausch Money, he’s a bad bet. It is the first time many Bills fans have completely lost faith in the man of faith. The game-tying kick as time all but expired, even at 53 breezy…

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Run the football. This is no longer a suggestion from Buffalo Bills fans desperate for even the tiniest sliver of hope for an offense that makes scoring seem like climbing Mount Everest. This is a plea. Run the football. It made perfect sense a couple of weeks ago when the Philadelphia Eagles came to town, didn't it? The winds were whipping throughout New Era Fiel…

Analysis

Jim Kubiak has been analyzing the play of the Buffalo Bills quarterbacks for BNBlitz.com. He is the all-time leading passer at Navy, has played in the NFL, NFL Europe and the Arena Football League, and has been a coach and executive in the AFL. He spent eight years as the radio analyst for the University at Buffalo and runs the Western New York Quarterback Academy to help …

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CLEVELAND – The NFL can be unforgiving for teams that struggle to score. The Buffalo Bills are a classic example. Sure, they have a 6-3 record, which qualifies as a successful season so far. But look harder and you see a major flaw that showed itself, once again, in their 19-16 loss against the Cleveland Browns. "Everybody knows that you have to score more than 16…

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CLEVELAND – The ball bounced just once at the 30-yard line, and Jerry Hughes was on it for the scoop and score, the Buffalo Bills defensive end returning Baker Mayfield’s apparent fumble for a game-sealing touchdown against the Cleveland Browns. Hughes was all alone as he raced toward the goal line, nothing between him and a double-digit lead with less than four minutes…

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Tre’Davious White was quick to cast aside any talk of a man-to-man showdown with Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday. “Obviously, it’s not going to come down to a one-on-one matchup,” the Buffalo Bills’ best cornerback said after Thursday’s practice. “It’s going to be a team thing. I feel like if we go out there and play well as a team, as a great defense together, I feel like …

Bills

Here are my five takes for Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns at First Energy Stadium. 1. The Browns' desperation could spell trouble. Despite their 6-2 record, the Bills have no reason to be complacent. They have struggled through most of their games, and have flaws that have been exposed in every phase. The Browns, who were a popular pi…

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Tony Bush peered through the lens of a borrowed camera from his section high atop Nissan Stadium in Nashville, where he sat alongside the visiting team’s family members and friends, and zoomed in to try to make out the number on the jersey. It was his future son-in-law, Jordan Poyer, writhing in pain on the turf. “From where I was, you could see the whole field, and …

Analysis

Vic Carucci These teams have a whole lot in common, except for their records. Both have starting quarterbacks selected in the first round of last year’s draft. Both have long histories of disappointing their fans. Both entered this season giving those fans greater cause for hope than they’ve had in a long time. Granted, the Browns’ faithful had more of it after an offseas…

Analysis

Our contention from the start has been that Cleveland head coach Freddie Kitchens is in over his head and the Browns are drowning with him. Cleveland is 2-6, and the only team since the 1970 merger to make the playoffs after starting the season 2-6 was the 1970 Bengals, who won their final seven games to make the playoffs at 8-6. Through eight games last season, the …

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Call it a Buffalo Bills thing, a classic case of perception supplanting reality. With their fans, it's the fear of building up hopes only to see them crushed into dust. Better to protect the heart with a thick shield of skepticism than expose it to being broken, as has happened so many times through the years. So find every flaw imaginable in a 6-2 start and brace yours…

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The Bills are 6-2 and 3-0 on the road. The Cleveland Browns are 2-6 and 0-3 at home. Buffalo seemingly should be an obvious favorite heading into Sunday's game at FirstEnergy Stadium. But instead the Browns opened as a three-point favorite Sunday night, although the line has already moved to two in some places. Why? Because the bettors have been all over the Brown…