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By definition, “pay dirt” is the “ground containing ore in sufficient quantity to be profitably extracted.” In football parlance, it is reaching that hallowed ground of the end zone for a touchdown.  The Bills reached pay dirt three times against the Redskins on Sunday, without allowing Washington to mine that ore once, in a strangely unsatisfying 15-point win, 24-9.  …

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Jim Kubiak has been analyzing the play of the Buffalo Bills quarterbacks for BNBlitz.com. He is the all-time leading passer at Navy, has played in the NFL, NFL Europe and the Arena Football League, and has been a coach and executive in the AFL. He spent eight years as the radio analyst for the University at Buffalo and runs the Western New York Quarterback Academy to help …

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Josh Allen led scoring drives on the Bills’ first three possessions and didn’t turn the ball over, despite fumbling twice, in a 24-9 victory against the Washington Redskins on Sunday at New Era Field. “We’re moving the ball, scoring points and ultimately winning football games,” Allen said. “That’s all I care about.” Allen completed 14 of 20 pass attempts for 160 yar…

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Adrian Peterson draped his No. 26 Washington jersey over a stool in the visitors’ locker room, uncapped a gold marker and began scrawling a message to Frank Gore. But in a game that had featured two of the greatest running backs in NFL history, two future Hall of Famers in the twilight of their careers, it was a different No. 26 – Bills rookie Devin Singletary – whose s…

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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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After a 24-9 win against the Washington Redskins, the Bills are 6-2, the franchise's best start since beginning 7-1 in 1993. The six teams that the Bills beat are a combined 9-41 after the early games Sunday. “We’re a work in progress,” coach Sean McDermott said. “That’s how I see us. Every week, looking at what are our strengths, what are our weaknesses? What can we…

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Here are my hot reads from the Buffalo Bills' 24-9 victory against the Washington Redskins Sunday at New Era Field. Hottest topic The Bills did the expected in getting the win that gave them a 6-2 record, while the Redskins fell to 1-8. They probably allowed the Redskins, with rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins making his first NFL start, to hang around a bit longer th…

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Here are my five takes for Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins at New Era Field. 1. For their self-confidence, the Bills need to make short work of the Redskins. Whether that's even possible is anyone's guess. The Bills have only come close to making short work of one opponent this season, the New York Giants, and that wasn't exactly a cas…

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Trent Murphy and his girlfriend once had to walk 10 miles to find cell phone reception after his old Jeep broke down in the Arizona desert. The Bills’ defensive end laughs about it now. “We were very well-prepared for the situation,” Murphy said, “but she’s not from Arizona and she didn’t know – she thought mountain lions hunt in prides like on safari, like African l…

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Dwayne Haskins will make the first start of his NFL career for the Washington Redskins when they visit the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at New Era Field. With Case Keenum in concussion protocol, Haskins took the majority of the first-team practice snaps in preparation this week. “I get hyped every day I get to put a helmet on,” Haskins said this week. “Even more excited t…

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Vic Carucci It was one loss, but the ramifications seem so much larger. Suddenly, the strength of the Bills, their defense, doesn’t look so strong. Suddenly, the team’s weakness, scoring, seems even weaker. Expecting both sides to be fixed this week could be asking too much, but that is the expectation. The Bills are 5-2. The Redskins are 1-7 and probably starting a rooki…

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We’re at the stage of the NFL season when good teams start to separate themselves from bad teams. Only in this case, the separation has already been made. If the NFL playoffs were to start this weekend, the Buffalo Bills would be one of the new kids on the block – actually not so new because the Bills made the 2017 postseason – as Buffalo would be the only AFC team that…

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If you had asked any Buffalo Bills fan in the summer about the side of the ball with the greatest potential for concern by midseason, the universal answer would have been obvious. An anemic offense. It's midseason. Although the work of Josh Allen, Brian Daboll, new receivers and a virtually new offensive line has done little to calm the nerves of Bills faithful, an u…

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Oddsmakers aren't expecting many points when the Bills host the Washington Redskins on Sunday. The over/under total is 36.5, which is the lowest in the NFL this season and the lowest in the NFL since the Bills-Jacksonville Jaguars game last season. Assuming the total doesn't rise, the total will be less than the 37 combined points projected for the the Denver-Jackson…

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Every year, there’s a discussion about the gamble NFL teams take with their September-through-January fortunes by putting players on the field April through June. With each so-called low-intensity, non-contact offseason practice, players chance blowing out a knee or breaking a bone or tearing a muscle, injuries that threaten seasons and even careers. The subject has hit…