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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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Detroit Lions-Buffalo Bills in late December was always going to be a tough sell. That's played out this week, as tickets were available on the secondary market for as little as $6 as of Thursday. Even though there are no playoff implications, there is plenty for Bills fans to watch for Sunday. That starts with Josh Allen and the continued development of the offense.…

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Buffalo's quartet of newcomers on the defensive line had problems – once again – getting after the opposing quarterback in Week 14's loss to the Jets at home. While members of the Bills' pass rush who've been in Western New York for years – like Jerry Hughes, Kyle Williams, Lorenzo Alexander and Shaq Lawson – have done a terrific job consistently creating pressure, Star…

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After missing the previous three games because of injury, Bills defensive end Trent Murphy returned in Week 12 and had a somewhat quiet afternoon in Buffalo's win against Jacksonville. He registered two pressures of Blake Bortles on 22 pass-rushing attempts and missed a tackle on a run play. It might have been because of his injury, but Murphy did not start the game. Sh…

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I missed Eric Wood in the Bills' locker room this week. The team's former center would annually host a Thanksgiving eating challenge for his teammates. The goal was simple: Add the most percentage of body weight. Richie Incognito was recognized as the toughest to beat, although there was some speculation as to some of his methods being a little shady. I hope everyone…

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Mostly a block-eating, space-creator for the Bills defense this season, Star Lotulelei had his most impactful performance for Buffalo in the team's thrashing of the Jets in Week 10. The veteran nose tackle created one pressure on 14 pass-rushing snaps, and now has two quarterback pressures in his last 24 attempts after going 0-for-23 in the game against the Patriots on …

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With Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky only dropping back to pass 21 times against the Bills, Buffalo's defensive line didn't have many opportunities to pressure him. The Phillips tandem of Jordan and Harrison was unable to create disruption as pass-rushers against Chicago, but, surprisingly, Star Lotulelei logged a pressure. vs. Chicago Star Lotul…

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With Trent Murphy sidelined with injury against the Patriots, fellow defensive line newcomers Star Lotulelei and Harrison Phillips weren't able to pick up the slack when rushing Tom Brady. However, defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, who was added before the Titans game in Week 5 after the Dolphins let him go, has been impressive with Buffalo. In the loss to New England, …

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The Buffalo Bills' defensive line newcomers – Star Lotulelei, Trent Murphy and Harrison Phillips – registered three quarterback pressures on a combined 24 pass-rushing snaps against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7, by far the lowest usage for the trio so far in the 2018 regular season. Murphy and Lotulelei are part of Buffalo's starting defensive rotation and have play…

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Harrison Phillips generated just one quarterback pressure on 29 pass-rush snaps in the Bills' three games after the season-opening loss to the Ravens but pressured Marcus Mariota twice on 13 pass-rush snaps against the Titans in Week 5. The 15.3 percent pressure rate was the best of third-round picks NFL career so far. vs Tennessee Star Lotulelei Trent Murp…

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The Buffalo Bills spent big this offseason on their front seven with the idea that investing there would greatly improve the run defense. Through five games in 2018, the numbers say that has happened. The Bills currently rank 12th in the NFL against the rush, allowing 96.2 yards per game. Last year, they finished 29th in the NFL, allowing 124.6 yards per game. “We ju…

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What a change from a year ago at this time. The 2017 Buffalo Bills season got off to a surprising 3-1 start, capturing the attention and imagination of the team’s long-suffering fans. That hot start went a long way toward the Bills ending a 17-year playoff drought. Fast forward to today, though, and it’s a different story. The Bills have started 2018 with a 1-3 recor…

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Trent Murphy really showed up for Buffalo in its win over Minnesota in Week 3. The newcomers on the Bills' defensive line didn't have the most productive start to the season. The trio of Murphy, Star Lotulelei and Harrison Phillips combined for six quarterback pressures on 98 pass-rushing snaps in the first two games and provided just five impact tackles (tackles at …

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A recording of the Buffalo Bills’ next two opponents playing each other is shown on monitors this week in the locker room, the unusual result of the game overshadowed by a single, increasingly familiar call. The Green Bay Packers are leading the Minnesota Vikings, 29-21, with less than two minutes remaining in regulation last Sunday, when Packers linebacker Clay Matthew…

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It was a tale of two halves for the Bills defense against the Chargers in Week 2. In the opening two quarters, Buffalo allowed a whopping 264 yards on 29 plays (not counting the run-out-the-clock possession for Los Angeles at the end of the second quarter). After halftime, when Bills Coach Sean McDermott took over defensive play-calling duties, the Bills gave up 62 y…