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When the Buffalo Bills started the season 3-1 and an undefeated record in the AFC, many fans wondered, "So what's the catch?" On Sunday, they were asking, "Where are the catches?" The Cincinnati Bengals handled the Bills' threadbare offense and won, 20-16, in Paul Brown Stadium. The Bills' defense was dynamite with three takeaways, but Tyrod Taylor didn't have eno…

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The Buffalo Bills have turned out to be a pretty good team. Talk of tanking filled the airwaves, packed the blogs and was bandied about barrooms before the 2017 season began. Yet here is Buffalo at 3-1, an open-receiver-incompletion away from 4-0. The Bills upset the high-flying Atlanta Falcons, 23-17, in Mercedes Benz Stadium. The Falcons went to the Super Bowl l…

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The Buffalo Bills couldn't run, but that was OK. Trevor Siemian can't throw, and Stephen Hauschka could kick all day. The Bills were pugnacious Sunday, notching a 26-16 upset over the Denver Broncos at New Era Field. Denver suffocated LeSean McCoy, who ran 14 times for 21 yards. His 1.5-yard average was the fifth-worst of his career in a game when he had double-di…

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The Buffalo Bills went through the last of their September calisthenics Sunday, muscling their way to a 21-12 victory in their scrimmage with the Division II New York Jets. You'll hear a lot of hardy-har-hars about the Bills being in first place in the AFC East, with the New England Patriots losing Thursday night and Hurricane Irma postponing the Miami Dolphins' opening…

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A year ago, Keith Wenning lost his status as the Cincinnati Bengals' third-string quarterback. The guy who surpassed him Aug. 28, 2016, in Jacksonville? University at Buffalo grad Joe Licata took over after starter Andy Dalton and backup A.J. McCarron. Things didn't work out for Licata that night. A solid performance might've given Cincy reason to add him to the prac…

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Tyrod Taylor is in the NFL's concussion protocol, having slammed the back of his head off the M&T Bank Stadium turf Saturday night. That happened eight plays into the Buffalo Bills' preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. We don't yet know when he'll be back, let alone if he's a sure thing for the regular-season opener in two weeks. Taylor's injury gave rookie N…

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With a dense fog stooped over downtown Buffalo, Terry Pegula revealed some managerial clarity. The NFL and NHL owner held a news conference Friday morning in KeyBank Center to discuss the firings of Buffalo Sabres General Manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma. Pegula took the blame for the Sabres' deficiencies, for overseeing a mess of an organization beset with de…

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Daniel Cormier defended his UFC light heavyweight championship by strangling Anthony Johnson into submission in the second round of their rematch Saturday night at KeyBank Center. The UFC 210 main event didn't provide many fireworks during the bout, but Cormier overtook the power-punching Johnson on the mat, delivered a succession of unreturned right hands to Johnson's …

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Gegard Mousasi defeated former UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman on a controversial medical stoppage that had the KeyBank Center crowd howling in protest. Mousasi wobbled Weidman with punches 20 seconds into the second round and later caused a timeout after kneeing Weidman in the head. Veteran UFC referee Dan Miragliotta apparently thought the blows were illegal beca…

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Mike Brey spoke Friday about Fighting Irish fans crushing St. Patrick's Day in Buffalo, but joked they must make sure to get bailed out of jail in time for Saturday's 12:10 p.m. tipoff. Brey's players were the ones who looked bleary. West Virginia swung the shillelagh at Key Bank Center, pounding out a 10-0 start to clobber Notre Dame, 83-71, and advance to the Sweet…

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Remember those vibrating electric football games? Yeah, there was more tackling in those. In those Tudor Games tabletop enterprises, all the defenders have to do to stop the ball carrier is touch him. That's what the Buffalo Bills tried to devastatingly poor effect on Christmas Eve at New Era Field. The Miami Dolphins' would-be tacklers weren't much better, but th…

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The Buffalo Bills were only three-point underdogs on the road Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, leaders of the NFL's most competitive division. I didn't get it. What did Las Vegas know? Our resident handicapper, St. Joe's and Buffalo State grad Joe Staniszewski, expressed equal confusion during his Wednesday call from Las Vegas to "The Tim Graham Show" on SportsRad…

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LeSean McCoy's first seven carries were for minus-2 yards. His next two traveled 82 yards and crossed the goal line twice. McCoy, his surgically repaired left thumb in a splint, started terribly Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. But he turned into a slasher right before halftime and lifted the Bills to a 28-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The lead…