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DETROIT — Those who coach and play defense for the Buffalo Bills would like you to believe it isn't all that big of a deal that the starters have yet to face an opponent's No. 1 quarterback in a game this summer. That was Jacoby Brissett, not Andrew Luck, guiding the Indianapolis Colts in the Aug. 8 preseason opener at New Era Field. That was Kyle Allen, not Cam Newt…

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DETROIT — Five things to watch when the Buffalo Bills visit the Detroit Lions at 8 p.m. Friday at Ford Field: TV: CBS. Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Trent Green (color analyst), Melanie Collins (sideline reporter). 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. Announc…

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Only days before the start of training camp, the Buffalo Bills are kicking the tires on a pair of free-agent linebackers. Josh Bynes, an eight-year NFL veteran who has played for three teams, and Stephone Anthony, a four-year pro who has played for two clubs in the league, visited the Bills Monday, The Buffalo News confirmed. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the visi…

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Frank Reich will return to Buffalo as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts when the Bills host the Colts in Week 1 of the NFL preseason in August. The Bills announced their preseason opponents Tuesday. The Bills visit the Carolina Panthers in Week 2, travel to the Detroit Lions in Week 3 for a CBS game on Aug. 23 and host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4 on Aug. 29. Week…

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Buffalo Bills restricted free agent tight end Logan Thomas has signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions. Thomas returns to Detroit after being on their practice squad in 2016 when he was making the switch from quarterback to tight end. He was not on the Lions' active roster and the Bills signed him away two days later. Thomas played in 12 games in each of the la…

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Bobby Johnson is returning to the place he began his NFL coaching career. The Buffalo Bills announced Tuesday they have hired Johnson, who spent last season as assistant offensive line coach of the Indianapolis Colts, as their new offensive line coach. His first coaching position in the league was as the Bills' assistant O-line coach in 2010 and 2011. Johnson replace…

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After Josh Allen had just run over, around and under the previous three Bills opponents for historic quarterback rushing yardage, the Detroit Lions decided to tinker with their base defense — tailor it to stop Josh from running — make him be a sharpshooter and attack through the air with his rifle arm instead — all by using a spy (or spies) to contain rather than stop him.…

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Isaiah McKenzie had ridden off the field on the back of a cart, a scene typically followed by an announcement the player won’t return to the game. That announcement never came, because McKenzie essentially refused to leave the Buffalo Bills’ 14-13 victory against the Detroit Lions Sunday. You could say his grit belied the circumstances, with the Bills’ playoffs hopes hav…

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In many ways, it looked like the sort of game NFL teams play in August. Lots of sloppiness. Lots of backups. With their playoff hopes having evaporated, the Buffalo Bills had nothing at stake. With paper-thin postseason aspirations, the Detroit Lions were virtually there. And after these two bottom dwellers slogged through three hours of – shall we call it football? – th…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills’ game against the Detroit Lions Sunday at New Era Field: 1. The Bills’ pass rush needs to show some teeth. Failing to register a single hit on Sam Darnold last Sunday was inexcusable and went a long way toward the inability to protect a 14-3 first-quarter lead on the way to a 27-23 loss against the New York Jets. As a rookie, D…

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Buffalo Bills reserve quarterback Derek Anderson is finally out of concussion protocol, coach Sean McDermott said Friday. Anderson had been out of action since suffering a concussion late in the Bills' Oct. 29 loss against the New England Patriots after being hit from behind by linebacker Kyle Van Noy. The Bills had signed the 35-year-old Anderson on Oct. 7 to primar…

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VIC CARUCCI Picking the Buffalo Bills to win after back-to-back losses doesn’t seem all that logical. These final three weeks continue to be about the steps, forward and back, Josh Allen takes in his rookie development. On the assumption Buffalo’s defense might be able to force Matthew Stafford into some blunders, this feels like an opportunity for Allen to do just enou…

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Josh Allen became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to rush for 100 yards in consecutive games. And it certainly was needed as Allen's return has helped spark an anemic offense. Meanwhile, the Bills' defense remains ranked No. 1 in the league. The Bills are winning the stats – 136 yards per game more than their opponents over the course of the second half of t…

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The Detroit Lions are not mathematically eliminated from the NFC playoffs, despite a 5-8 record entering Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills. A lot of things would have to fall correctly, including the Lions winning out and multiple losses by the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. Lions safety Glover Quin raised the possibility of the…

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When the November snowstorm nailed parts of Western New York, including Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, with multiple feet of snow, the Bills were forced to postpone their Nov. 23 home game against the Jets and relocate to a far less snowy Ford Field in Detroit. To show their appreciation to the Detroit Lions for offering up their stadium, the Bills shipped off some…