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Week 9's game against the Bears marked yet another impressive pass-rushing effort from the Bills in a loss. According to Pro Football Focus, Buffalo pressured Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on 10 of his 21 drop backs, which equates to a 47.6 percent pressure rate. Over the past two games, the Bills have pressured the opposing signal-caller on 24 of 69 drop bac…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: F The final numbers mask how awful this was. The team gained 97 yards on 28 carries, but 46 of those yards came from quarterback Nathan Peterman, including a 24-yard scramble on the final play of the first half – when he elected to run instead of throwing a Hail Mary to the end zone. LeSean McCoy’s long run on 10 carries was just 4 yards…

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Shaq Lawson might not ever become the type of game-changing defensive end the Buffalo Bills’ previous front office thought it was getting when it chose him in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. That doesn’t mean he’s not a contributor, though. Lawson has carved out a role as a rotational defensive lineman, seeing time at both end and tackle this year. His playing ti…

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We’ll know more about the Buffalo Bills’ long-term outlook in 48 hours. The NFL’s trade deadline arrives Tuesday, and there has already been a flurry of activity around the league. Receiver Amari Cooper was dealt from Oakland to Dallas for a first-round draft pick. The Giants have gone into full rebuild mode, sending defensive tackle Damon Harrison to Detroit and corner…

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INDIANAPOLIS – Things can always get worse with the Buffalo Bills. Star running back LeSean McCoy suffered a concussion Sunday during the team’s embarrassing 37-5 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. It’s the latest blow to a beleaguered offense that is the worst in the NFL. McCoy was hit along the Colts’ sideline by Indianapolis cornerback Kenny Moore II on Buffalo’s sec…

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Words have turned into actions for the Buffalo Bills. A little more than a year ago, a team meeting was called the night before a home game against the Denver Broncos. The push for social-justice reform had never been stronger in the league, spurred on by President Donald Trump’s inciteful comments about players who protested during the national anthem. Team owners T…

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HOUSTON – The Buffalo Bills’ penalty problems that were so prevalent in the preseason have bled over into the games that count. The Bills have been called for 47 accepted penalties, which is tied for third most in the NFL, according to the website nflpenalties.com. Pittsburgh (58) and Kansas City (50) are the only two teams to see more yellow through six games. That tot…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: C The Buffalo Bills were balanced, rushing 27 times and passing 29 times. LeSean McCoy had a second straight solid, but not spectacular, game. He finished with 73 yards on 16 carries. Rookie quarterback Josh Allen scrambled four times for 20 yards, including one that went for 11 yards. Backup running back Chris Ivory couldn’t get much …

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills’ game against the Houston Texans Sunday at NRG Stadium: 1. It’s vital that the Bills again put the game on the line … the offensive line, that is. The Bills finally recognized the benefit of staying committed to the run in last Sunday’s 13-12 victory against the Tennessee Titans. Challenging their blockers to be tougher and…

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In his moment of need, Shaq Lawson’s teammates were there. The Buffalo Bills’ defensive end was still trying to come to grips Sunday with the death of one of his best friends. Former Clemson running back C.J. Fuller was found dead at the age of 22 last Wednesday. Lawson and Fuller were college teammates, but their relationship ran much deeper than that. “Man, it’s cr…

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Leslie Frazier wasn’t happy with the effort in practice Thursday, and he let his players know. They hadn’t worked hard enough at creating turnovers, the Buffalo Bills’ defensive coordinator said, and to have a chance to beat the Tennessee Titans, they’d need to take the ball away. The message was clear, and on Friday, typically a lighter, less physical session – think m…

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It was a Sean McDermott kind of game for the Buffalo Bills’ defense Sunday. Create turnovers, win a defensive battle. The Bills improved to 10-2 under head coach McDermott when they win the turnover battle. Six of those 10 wins have come in one-score games. The Bills won the turnover battle, 3-1, in the 13-12 victory over the Tennessee Titans. “No. 1 part of th…

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When the Bills run: Coach Sean McDermott made it clear this week that the Bills’ offense absolutely has to get the running game going. That, of course, means giving LeSean McCoy more than the five carries he got in Week 4. That’s an inexcusably low number. The middle of the Bills’ offensive line has to get more of a push. On runs behind left guard or right guard, the Bills…

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Jordan Phillips is happy to be in a place where he’s wanted. The Buffalo Bills’ latest addition practiced Thursday for the first time with his new team. Phillips was claimed off waivers Wednesday by the Bills after being released by the Miami Dolphins. Phillips wasn’t shy about sharing his feelings about the move, posting on his Instagram story “free at last free at …

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The first quarter of the 2018 season has been one to forget for LeSean McCoy. In three games played, he’s got 85 rushing yards. Total. “I can understand why he’s frustrated,” coach Sean McDermott said Monday. McCoy carried the ball just five times in the Bills’ 22-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. “When you get three plays and you’re punting, that’s not a…