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In the end, Josh Allen did more right than wrong. He led another fourth-quarter comeback, the fifth of his 17 career NFL starts. He led a pivotal 98-yard drive after Tre'Davious White's game-altering interception at the 2-yard line. He had two touchdown throws and a passer rating of 111.4. Nevertheless, as Allen stood behind the lectern in the interview room after th…

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Here are my hot reads from the Buffalo Bills' 31-21 victory against the Miami Dolphins Sunday at New Era Field: Hottest topic So much for the assumption the Bills would cruise to an easy win against the winless Dolphins. There was far more sputtering than cruising for the team that oddsmakers had as a 17-point favorite. It was so bad in the first half that the crowd b…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills during their bye: 1. Trying to poke holes in their 4-1 record is a waste of time. Say what you will about those ugly victories against the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans, and that gift of a win handed to the New England Patriots. None of it matters. No one apologizes for success in the NFL, becaus…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Even after entering concussion protocol, Josh Allen was clear-minded enough to see what everyone else saw in the Buffalo Bills' 16-10 loss against the New England Patriots. "I'm not going to sugarcoat it," he said. "I didn't play good last week. I put the ball in harm's way too many times." Allen was standing behind a lectern in the visitor's inter…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Here are my hot reads from the Buffalo Bills' 14-7 victory against the Tennessee Titans Sunday at Nissan Stadium: Hottest topic It won't get much in the way of style points, but that doesn't matter. This was a critical win for a team with legitimate playoff hopes. At 4-1 and 3-0 on the road, the Bills enter their bye in good shape, given a schedule …

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Here are my five takes for Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. 1. As early season games go, this one is reasonably important. To put it another way, a loss could prove more than a little damaging to the Bills' playoff aspirations. If the Bills are to be taken seriously as a postseason contender, they must take …

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No matter who starts at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, the mission is the same. Don't become so caught up in the excruciating loss against the New England Patriots that it lingers and gets in the way of preparation for the Titans. Look at what's ahead rather than in the rear view mirror. "Yeah, it's big," Matt Barkley said to r…

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The natural urge, always, is to overreact. It's in our DNA as fans and media. If the Buffalo Bills should ride this feel-good train to 4-0 Sunday, there will be no holding back the exhilaration and optimism about this season. There might not be a parade, but you can bet there will be more than a few people in these parts speaking the words Super and Bowl in the context …

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Jerry Hughes was in middle school when he witnessed the beginning of the legend of Tom Brady. Feb. 3, 2002. Super Bowl XXXVI. Hughes was among the millions watching in awe as then-24-year-old Brady led a comeback that gave the New England Patriots a 20-17 victory against the St. Louis Rams. It was the finishing touch to the opening chapter of one of the most amazing sto…

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Here are my five takes for Sunday's home opener between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals at New Era Field. 1. Seize the opportunity. It's there, virtually being served to the Bills like a giant plate of wings. There simply is no reason for them to fail to emerge from this game at 3-0, something they haven't done since 2011. What was true a week ago against…

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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. – Put another mark on Josh Allen's growth chart as an NFL quarterback. This was a big jump from a week ago. It's the sort of step you make in proving you have the goods to be a franchise talent. "Oh, he balled out," Buffalo Bills veteran running back Frank Gore said of Allen's performance in Sunday's 28-14 victory against the New York Giants at …

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Here are my five takes for Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. 1. The 1-0 Bills must avoid what likely will be a great temptation to take the 0-1 Giants lightly. Sean McDermott can deliver all the platitudes he likes about the Giants, calling them "a really good team" and saying their 35-17 loss against the Dallas Cowboys las…

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When Jim Burt's two children were younger, he always liked to take them by that 1,500-square-foot house at 185 Easton Ave. in Buffalo. He wanted them to get a good look at the three-bedroom dwelling he shared with two brothers, three sisters and their parents. And one bathroom that was upstairs," Burt, 60, said with a laugh. "So, for the boys, the big bathroom was outsi…

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Here are my hot reads from the Buffalo Bills' 17-16 season-opening victory against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium: Hottest Topic: Talk about a tale of two halves. For the first two quarters, Josh Allen was terrible. He not only showed zero signs of progress to begin his season, he actually seemed to go in reverse in a game where the Bill…