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It was the night before the NFC championship game in 2015, and Julius Peppers had something to say. The Green Bay Packers’ defensive end told coaches to leave the final team meeting so that he could address his teammates. Micah Hyde was a second-year safety on that team and watched in stunned silence as the future Hall of Famer delivered the final message before his tea…

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CLEVELAND – Everyone inside FirstEnergy Stadium knew where Baker Mayfield was going with the football. The Cleveland Browns’ quarterback stared down intended receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the fourth quarter Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium, then threw the ball anyway. Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White, who was trailing Beckham in coverage, turned around just as the ball a…

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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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CLEVELAND – Grading the Buffalo Bills in their 19-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday. Running game: D The Bills finished with a season-low 84 yards on 20 carries. A week after logging 20 carries, rookie Devin Singletary took just eight. Those eight carries went for 42 yards – a solid average of 5.3 per rush. Singletary produces when he gets …

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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 …

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Jordan Phillips bet on himself by signing a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills this offseason. He’s well on his way toward seeing that bet pay off in a big way. Phillips had another sack Sunday in the Bills’ 24-9 win over the Washington Redskins at New Era Field, his sixth of the season – tops among all defensive tackles in the NFL through Week 9. “The guy’s…

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Leslie Frazier was confident the Buffalo Bills would fix what was broken with their run defense. Through the first half Sunday against the Washington Redskins, he looked to be grossly mistaken. A week after allowing 218 rushing yards to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Bills were in the process of being gashed again. Washington running back Adrian Peterson, the 34-year-o…

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The Buffalo Bills’ offense went three-and-out once again, their fans were already streaming toward the parking lots, and after a terrible punt sailed out of bounds at midfield, the defense tried to muster the will to give a damn. “Guys were out there talking, ‘Hey, let’s finish this game strong. It’s going to go a long way,’ ” safety Jordan Poyer said in Buffalo’s sombe…

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Running game: C+ Even with Buffalo Bills rookie Devin Singletary back in the lineup, it was veteran Frank Gore who continued to handle the bulk of the rushing duties. Gore gained 55 yards on 11 carries against his former team. He has 388 yards on the season and is on pace for 1,034. For a 36-year-old, that’s impressive. Quarterback Josh Allen, who ran wild against the M…

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The Buffalo Bills got at least a glimmer of good injury news Monday. After losing five starters at one point during Sunday’s 14-7 win over the Tennessee Titans, coach Sean McDermott started his Monday press conference by announcing that for at least one of them – center Mitch Morse – the update was positive. “He’s moving in the right direction with his ankle,” McDerm…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – At one point in the second half Sunday, the Buffalo Bills had lost five starters to injury. Out went veteran center Mitch Morse, and in went veteran offensive lineman Spencer Long, who has 44 career starts. Out went rookie right tackle Cody Ford – who was pulling full-time duty with veteran Ty Nsekhe out because of an ankle injury – and in went Rya…

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Running game: B- It came alive at the end. Taking over with 4:12 left in the fourth quarter, the Buffalo Bills were able to run out the clock thanks to the ground game. After Frank Gore was stopped for a 1-yard loss on first down, T.J. Yeldon ripped off an 11-yard gain on second down to move the chains. Gore then went for 11 yards and followed that with a 19-yard gain. Af…

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NFL teams are fond of looking at the schedule in quarters. When the Buffalo Bills do so, they’ll come away feeling awfully good about the first one of the 2019 season – even if it ended on a sour note. The Bills went 3-1 in the first quarter of this season, a record that has them in a postseason spot if the season ended today. The one loss came Sunday against the New…

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When the Buffalo Bills run: There’s a good chance rookie running back Devin Singletary will return following a two-game absence because of a hamstring injury. Singletary was “close” to playing last week against the New England Patriots, according to coach Sean McDermott. In his absence, Frank Gore continued to spit in the face of Father Time, rushing 17 times for 109 yards…

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Through four games of the 2019 NFL season one thing is definitely clear in Buffalo – the Bills’ secondary is elite. That was showcased last week as the Bills held Tom Brady and the New England Patriots' offense to only nine points. What’s more impressive is that Buffalo held Brady and Co. to 18 completions on 39 pass attempts for 150 yards passing and an interception. W…