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There is work ahead. Even the least cynical of observers would say the Buffalo Bills have a great deal to improve through the second half of their schedule. But a 6-2 record, the Bills' best start since going 7-1 in 1993, also means there's no need to apologize. "Listen, man," tight end Lee Smith said after a 24-9 victory against the lowly Washington Redskins on S…

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Grading the Buffalo Bills in their 24-9 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday at New Era Field … RUNNING GAME: C- Devin Singletary keeps it from being an F, but this was not a good day on the ground. How many times can a team make gaining a single yard look like the hardest thing to do in football? The Bills continue to count the ways. Singletary rushed 20 times …

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The Buffalo Bills haven’t had too many tough Mondays this season. This past one, however, would qualify as such. A 31-13 loss will do that. Starting the work week the day after that is always a little bit tougher in Western New York. That feeling is only amplified inside One Bills Drive, where the high-stakes realities of life in the NFL produce an immense amount of pre…

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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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Quarterback Josh Allen cleared concussion protocol Saturday and is expected to play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, the Bills announced. Fullback Patrick DiMarco and safety Dean Marlowe also were cleared and are expected to play. Allen suffered a concussion in a helmet-to-helmet hit with the Patriots' Jonathan Jones in the fourth quarter last Sunday. Allen pract…

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Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said quarterback Josh Allen will take part in some individual drills and also in team meetings but remains in the concussion protocol. Allen was seen running at full sprint and has his helmet on during warmups. He was throwing in individual drills, meaning he presumably advanced through to Stage 4 of the concussion protocol. Stage 5 is…

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A new year has so far not brought new results for the Buffalo Bills’ special teams. The “third phase of the game” was one of the main reasons the team lost to New England on Sunday. The Bills gave up a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown and missed a 49-yard field goal at the end of the first half, plays that proved pivotal in a 16-10 loss at New Era Field…

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This week’s Buffalo Bills mailbag is loaded with questions about what happens at running back without Devin Singletary and tight end without Tyler Kroft, a look ahead to the trade deadline and what the team has planned to honor the life of superfan Pancho Billa this weekend. A quick note: We had more questions than I could get to this week, so if I felt like they could …

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Devin Singletary didn't practice Wednesday, but no one seemed to be panicking at One Bills Drive. That's because there are far worse options than putting the ground game in the hands of the other two backs on the roster. "I promise you," tight end Lee Smith said while sitting in front of his dressing cubicle after practice, "nobody here is worried about Frank Gore an…

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Here is my Buffalo Bills report card for the 28-14 victory against the New York Giants. RUNNING GAME: A Every facet of the running game clicked Sunday. Frank Gore grinded out 68 yards on 19 carries. Devin Singletary was the home-run hitter again, gaining 57 yards on just six carries – an average of 9.5 yards per carry. Only three players in fr…

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It’s taken Josh Allen a dozen career starts to do something it took his predecessors years to accomplish. After the come-from-behind win against the New York Jets in Week 1, the Buffalo Bills’ second-year quarterback has now directed three fourth-quarter comebacks and four game-winning drives. Based on research at pro-football-reference.com, Allen’s four game-winning…

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The Buffalo Bills list Patrick DiMarco as a fullback, but he fully understands that limiting his knowledge to duties specific to that position is both short-sighted and hazardous to his job security. Fullbacks are the NFL's dinosaurs. Anyone still able to draw a paycheck in that capacity — especially the $2.15 million that DiMarco counts against the Bills' salary cap, s…

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Brian Daboll has been unwavering in his support of Josh Allen. The Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator has full confidence in his second-year quarterback. That trust was on display in the season opener against the New York Jets, as Allen dropped back to throw on the team’s first 17 offensive plays. That’s asking a lot of a quarterback with just 12 career starts, so …

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More than a third of the 90 players who report to the Buffalo Bills' training camp Thursday won't be on the team when the regular season begins in September. The question is, of those 37 or so deletions to the over-inflated roster that gets the team through practices and preseason games, which, if any, will be notable at least to the extent of having some history with t…

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There’s usually no tackling for the Buffalo Bills in the spring. That NFL rule got broken more than a few times Monday, though. In conjunction with the league’s Inspire Change Initiative, six members of the team visited Bornhava, an Amherst-based early childhood center for children with developmental disabilities. The kids there had huge smiles on their faces as they to…