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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2017 – 7:50 pm

Here’s a look at some of the stats that stood out in Buffalo’s 30-27 win over Tampa Bay.

3 – the number of takeaways the Bills registered in Sunday’s win. The scary thing is they could’ve had five total. Micah Hyde was grousing over his dropped INT and the Bills couldn’t come up with the fumble forced by Lorenzo Alexander in the second half.

11 – the number of tackles turned in by Preston Brown, who led the team and now has over 400 for his career.

107 – the receiving yards racked up by newly signed Deonte Thompson.

5.2 – the yards per carry average for Buffalo’s running game.

63% – the conversion rate for the Bills on third down, a season high as they were 10-16.

5 – the number of tackles for loss by Buffalo’s defense, despite having just one sack in the game.

434 – Buffalo’s total net yards in the game.

447 – Tampa Bay’s total net yards in the game.

69 – Tampa’s rushing yardage total.

173 – Buffalo’s rushing yardage total.


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Opponents playing coverage vs. Tyrod

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2017 – 11:20 am

Bills fans are very familiar with the fact that Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has been one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league this year. What you may not know is that it has happened despite the fact that opponents have not blitzed the Buffalo QB much at all.

Over the first six weeks of the season, Buffalo’s offense has faced the fewest blitzes on pass plays in the league. The Bills have seen just 30 blitzes in their first five games on 154 pass plays. That’s a blitz percentage of just 19.5 percent.

The percentage is only eighth-lowest, but the total number of blitzes called is the fewest in the league. So why so many sacks?

“Can’t pinpoint it,” said Taylor this week. “There are a lot of factors that go into that. Can’t have that. We’ve got to clean it up for sure.”


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Buffalo ‘D’ watching for no huddle vs. Bucs

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2017 – 11:06 am

In their preparatory film work it likely stuck out like a sore thumb in Buffalo’s defensive meeting room. Tampa Bay’s offense likes to turn to a no huddle tempo.

Through the first six weeks of the season, the Buccaneers have run the fourth-most plays from scrimmage with no huddle. Tampa has run 81 of their 312 total plays in a no huddle, which means more than a quarter of the time, they’re right back up on the line for the next play.

More importantly they’re productive when running the no huddle. Tampa averages close to seven yards per play (6.85) when operating out of the no huddle. Only five NFL teams (including league leader Minnesota – 9.31) average more yards per play in the no huddle than the Buccaneers.

Conversely, the Bills have run among the fewest plays in a no huddle. Buffalo has run just eight plays in no huddle this season. Only Indianapolis (7) has fewer.


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Bills are top 10 in pass pressure

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2017 – 10:40 am

There are a number of ways that teams are measured for their effectiveness in getting pressure on the opponent’s quarterback. Some just chart sacks, others go off of sack percentage. The most accurate however, is percentage of pass plays with pressure on opposing QBs.

Pressure is defined as either a sack, knockdown or quarterback hurry. So a percentage is how the highest percentage of pass plays with pressure is calculated.

The Bills rank ninth in the league in this category with a pressure percentage of 33.3 percent. So on one of about every three pass plays the Bills pass rush is at the very least hurrying a throw.

Not surprisingly, after Cincinnati posted six sacks against the Bills last week they rank first in the league with a 37.8 pressure percentage.


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Buffalo best in league in pre-snap penalties

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2017 – 9:54 am

We all know the problems the Bills had in the preseason with penalties. Head coach Sean McDermott decided to have officials at practice, and the results have been better than encouraging.

Through the first six weeks of the NFL season, the Bills lead the league with the fewest pre-snap penalties.

As seen in the chart below Buffalo has just six total in their first five games. Two of their pre-snap penalties were false starts, two were offsides and two were for delay of game, which Buffalo did on purpose both times.

Team                     Pre-snap penalties

Buffalo                    6

New Orleans          8

Carolina                  9

Cincinnati               9

Detroit                     9


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Bills out to end one 0-for this season

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2017 – 9:25 am

Coming out of the bye much has been made of getting the run game back on track. Against a Bucs defense that has given up a good deal of yards already this season, there’s a good chance that happens. And if it does the Bills may be able to bring an end to an 0-for on offense this season.

Buffalo is one of seven NFL clubs that have not been able to post a touchdown yet off drive starts inside their own 20-yard line. For Tyrod Taylor, it’s a matter of having too many negative plays.

“As a whole we need to come out and execute better than we have in the first five games,” said Taylor. “The off week we had a chance to scout ourselves and looking back on it too many negative plays especially early on. That’s something that we can be better at, something I can be better at, not taking sacks, getting the running game going and being efficient in the passing game. That’s something we’ve worked on in our time off and something we’ll keep working on as we move forward.”

The Bills have had 13 drive starts inside their own 20-yard line and have been unable to drive the field and reach the end zone. Miami (16) and the Giants (14) are the only two teams that have had more opportunities than the Bills without a touchdown drive of more than 80 yards.


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Bills holding it down on punt coverage

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2017 – 10:40 am

The Bills punt coverage unit ranks ninth in the league so far this season, but when it comes to keeping opponent returns to a minimum, Buffalo is even better.

Danny Crossman’s punt coverage unit ranks third in the NFL in highest percentage of opponent returns for five yards or less. Two-thirds of the time Buffalo’s punt coverage unit allows fewer than five yards on a return.

Highest percentage of opponent punt returns of five yards or less

1 – San Francisco 49ers         78.6 (11/14)
2 – Los Angeles Rams            70.0 (7/10)
3 – Buffalo Bills               66.7 (10/15)
4 – Green Bay Packers           63.6 (7/11)
5 – Minnesota Vikings           62.5 (5/8)


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Gaines, Johnson, Matthews all listed questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2017 – 3:08 pm

The Bills will not have TE Charles Clay or LB Ramon Humber, but they’re expected to have two of their top three cornerbacks back in their defensive lineup. And there appears to be a good chance they’ll have WR Jordan Matthews back as well.

Although cornerbacks E.J. Gaines and Leonard Johnson and WR Jordan Matthews are all listed as questionable all three participated fully in practice on Friday.

For Matthews it was his first day of full participation after he was limited on Wednesday and Thursday in his return from thumb surgery. For Gaines and Johnson it was their second consecutive day practicing fully all but assuring they’ll both assume their normal coverage duties Sunday against Tampa Bay.

OT Cordy Glenn will have the opportunity to start on Sunday after a full week of practice for the first time in a long time. Head coach Sean McDermott said the staff will determine if Glenn starts and whether he rotates in and out with rookie Dion Dawkins on Saturday.

OUT
TE Charles Clay – knee
LB Ramon Humber – thumb

QUESTIONABLE
CB E.J. Gaines – groin
CB Leonard Johnson – hamstring
WR Jordan Matthews – thumb

 


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Winston full participation in practice for Bucs

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2017 – 2:33 pm

We already know that Tampa QB Jameis Winston will start on Sunday against the Bills. Even though he’s listed as questionable here’s how he convinced his coaching staff he could play this weekend.

Winston was a full participant in practice Friday taking all the first team snaps during team periods.

“Jameis threw the ball well today,” said Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter. “Jameis is our starter. He will be out there.”

Koetter also said that Winston made all the throws in practice from short to deep.

“Jameis is a tough player, so it doesn’t surprise me,” said E.J. Gaines. “We’ll get a feel for him early and see how he is.”

MLB Kwon Alexander is also expected to return to the lineup on Sunday for the Bucs even though he’s listed as questionable too.

“It’s a blessing to be back. I’m ready to get out there and have fun,” Alexander said. “I’ve been off about five weeks, so I’ve got a lot of energy built up and I’m ready to get out there.”

Player No. Pos. Injury Game Status
Josh Robinson 26 S Concussion Out
Ryan Russell 95 DE Shoulder Out
Kwon Alexander 58 LB Hamstring Questionable
Robert Ayers 91 DE Knee Questionable
Lavonte David 54 LB Ankle Questionable
Adarius Glanton 53 LB Hamstring Questionable
Noah Spence 57 DE Shoulder Questionable
Keith Tandy 37 S Hip Questionable
T.J. Ward 43 S Hip Questionable
Jameis Winston 3 QB Right Shoulder Questionable

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Fan Friday 10-20

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2017 – 12:18 pm

Coming off the bye, the Bills have three of their next four games at home. Time to roll up some ‘W’s. Here are your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

What are the chances McCoy breaks out Sunday?

Billscentral
@JonKyser

CB: The chances are very good as I see it. Tampa Bay is giving up over 400 yards a game. They have the 30th ranked third down defense. They’ve given up the fifth-most points in the red zone (101) and have played just five games. On the road they’re even worse giving up 500 yards per game. So I’m feeling good about a McCoy breakout Sunday.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

How many new special teamers are on the roster this year? Would love to see more Brandon Tate in the offense catching & scoring!!

Steph Go Bills!
@Steph49314851

CB: There’s a host of new players to the special teams units this year.

Andre Holmes, Taiwan Jones, Tanner Vallejo, Matt Milano, Joe Webb, Eddie Yarbrough, Ryan Davis, Deon Lacey, Shareece Wright, Shamarko Thomas, Trae Elston and Stephen Hauschka. That’s just off the top of my head.

It’ll be interesting to see what this week’s addition of Deonte Thompson means. Will he see more time on offense or special teams? Where he’s utilized figures to directly impact where Tate sees his playing time, though after a 40-yard punt return in Buffalo’s last game I anticipate seeing Tate on punt returns.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

All I’ve been hearing are positives about WR Deonte Thompson. Think he’ll make an impact?

Rick McGuire
@mclennon99

CB: His strengths are gaining consistent separation in his routes and blocking in the run game. I’ll maintain that an overlooked part of Buffalo’s rushing success last year was the job turned in by Buffalo’s receivers when it comes to blocking downfield. Thompson is an underrated player in this area.

I think that quality alone will get him on the field this Sunday against Tampa Bay.

 

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Why hasn’t Groy been given a shot at RG?

Brent Seybolt
@bseybolt11

CB: Coach McDermott was asked about Groy this week and he said that he’s in the mix for the right guard spot. But based on his answer my hunch is the coaching staff sees Groy as their backup center and swing guard in the event of an injury.

I think if Groy is a starter at guard, the staff is concerned that they’re exposing both their starting and backup center to injury. There really is no other guy on the roster that can handle the pivot spot as effectively as Wood and Groy. So it’s my belief that it’s a risk-reward thing.

If they don’t believe Groy is demonstrably better at guard than Miller or Ducasse, they likely see it better to have Groy as a healthy backup for center and at guard in an emergency.

 

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Did Bills offer Mabin a PS contract and go with Seamster when turned down? I thought Mabin had potential.

Parasauralophus
@lophus89

CB: I know the Bills wanted to bring Mabin back by signing him to the practice squad. What you have to remember is when a player is released they’re a free agent and can make their own decisions. Mabin obviously decided San Francisco was a better option for him.

I don’t know that I agree with him. This defensive scheme is a good fit for him and with only four corners on the active roster he’s one injury away from being back on the 53. So his decision was peculiar to say the least.

 


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50-50 raffle winner from Bills-Broncos game

Posted by Megan Zenger on October 20, 2017 – 9:25 am

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The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Chris Lodboa from Niagara Falls, Canada, has won the 50-50 raffle for the Bills-Broncos game. The jackpot was $118,050, with a winning ticket for $59,025.

Lodboa buys 50-50 raffle tickets at every sport event his attends, Bills games being no exception. When he realized that he had finally won, he had to double check with the friend he attended the game with just to make sure he wasn’t imagining it.

“It was shocking, and a little surreal at times too, “stated Lodboa.

Congratulations, Chris!

The Buffalo Bills Foundation is seeking volunteers to sell 50/50 Raffle tickets at each 2017 Buffalo Bills home game. Volunteers arrive early and sell raffle tickets pregame until the end of the 3rd quarter, when the winner is drawn. Please note: Volunteers for the 50-50 Raffle must be 18 years of age or older.

If you or someone you know might be interested, please click here.


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Canisius vs. St. Francis broadcast to air Oct. 19

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 19, 2017 – 4:15 pm

The third installment in a four-part series of Pegula Sports and Entertainment produced Western New York high school football games, presented by the DENT Concussion Center, will take place at New Era Field on Thursday, Oct. 19. Broadcast live on MSG Network and OneBuffalo.com, the game will feature Canisius High School and St. Francis High School of the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association.

The matchup will kick off at 7 p.m. Bills Insider Chris Brown will handle the play by play duties, along with analysis from former Bills wide receiver Donald Jones.

Fans can purchase tickets for the game from the participating schools. Tickets will also be available on game day at the Bills Ticket Office.


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Bucs QB Winston doesn’t throw again, but to throw Friday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2017 – 3:53 pm

Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston was held out of all throwing drills for a second straight day at practice Thursday as he continues to recover from a sprained AC joint. Head coach Dirk Koetter explained.

“Jameis did not throw today,” said Koetter. “We made a decision to hold him for another day from throwing. He did everything else. I would full expect that Jameis takes all the snaps with the ones on Friday.”

The Bucs also added a starting defensive end to their injury report Thursday.

DE Robert Ayers was a limited participant on Thursday due to a knee injury. Backup defensive ends Noah Spence and Ryan Russell are also nicked up coming into Sunday’s game. Spence was limited with a shoulder injury while Russell did not practice at all due to a shoulder ailment.

 

Player No. Pos. Injury Thursday
Kwon Alexander 58 LB Hamstring Full Participation
Robert Ayers 91 DE Knee Limited Participation
Lavonte David 54 LB Ankle Limited Participation
Josh Robinson 26 S Concussion Did Not Participate
Ryan Russell 95 DE Shoulder Did Not Participate
Noah Spence 57 DE Shoulder Limited Participation
Keith Tandy 37 S Hip Limited Participation
T.J. Ward 43 S Hip Limited Participation
Jameis Winston 3 QB Right Shoulder Limited Participation

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WR Matthews still limited

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2017 – 2:58 pm

Bills WR Jordan Matthews was again at practice catching passes on Thursday, but did not practice on a full-time basis. For the second straight day he was limited.

Not practicing was Richie Incognito as he was on a veteran rest day.

The encouraging news was cornerbacks E.J. Gaines and Leonard Johnson were both full participants in practice after being limited on Wednesday. Cordy Glenn was also a full-time participant for a second consecutive day.

“I’m encouraged with where I’m at,” Glenn told Buffalobills.com. “I was here during the bye week getting extra work in and the strength and conditioning staff has done a good job of having me as close to game shape as possible.”

Here’s Buffalo’s Thursday injury report

 

DID NOT PRACTICE
LB Ramon Humber – thumb
TE Charles Clay – knee
G Richie Incognito – rest

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
WR Jordan Matthews – thumb

FULL PRACTICE
CB E.J. Gaines – groin
CB Leonard Johnson – hamstring
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle


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Winston to throw some at Bucs practice today

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2017 – 11:41 am

Bucs QB Jameis Winston only did hand-offs at practice on Wednesday and was limited as he tries to recover from a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder. Now there are reports that he’ll be throwing at practice today (Thursday).

That according to Buccaneers.com reporter Scott Smith.

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How Winston comes through today’s practice will go a long way in determining his availability for Sunday’s game.


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Bills & ECMC tackle breast cancer

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 19, 2017 – 10:40 am

This week, the Buffalo Bills and ECMC have teamed up to intercept cancer in recognition of the NFL’s Crucial Catch Campaign, by creating several events that seek to generate awareness and increase cancer prevention. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the focus was breast cancer. To support the cause, the ECMC Mammography Coach was on-site at Dunn Tire in Olean to provide free breast cancer screenings.

Throughout the day, members of the community took a proactive approach to their health by stopping by to receive a screening.

For more information on how the Bills and ECMC are making a difference this week, please visit here.


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Bucs QB Winston limited in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2017 – 4:29 pm

It was fully expected, but Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston was limited in practice Wednesday with the sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder.

Winston didn’t do any throwing as he just handed off. Ryan Fitzpatrick as expected took almost all the first team reps with the offense.

Starting MLB Kwon Alexander also looks ready to return to the lineup after practicing fully on Wednesday. Here’s the Bucs injury report.

Player No. Pos. Injury Wednesday
Kwon Alexander 58 LB Hamstring Full Participation
Lavonte David 54 LB Ankle Limited Participation
Josh Robinson 26 S Concussion Full Participation
Ryan Russell 95 DE Shoulder Did Not Participate
Noah Spence 57 DE Shoulder Limited Participation
Keith Tandy 37 S Hip Limited Participation
T.J. Ward 43 S Hip Limited Participation
Jameis Winston 3 QB Right Shoulder Limited Participation

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Bills add CB Sammy Seamster to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2017 – 4:05 pm

The Bills had an open spot on their practice squad, which they have filled with a cornerback.

Buffalo signed CB Sammy Seamster on Wednesday. Seamster, who was with the Bills for the latter part of the 2015 season and the 2016 offseason, was last with the Dallas Cowboys. He did not make the team’s final roster at the conclusion of the preseason and was released.

Seamster (6-0, 200) appeared in one game for the Bills in his first stint with the club in the 2015 season finale against the Jets. His only other game experience came in 2014 with the Miami Dolphins when he appeared in two games.

CB Greg Mabin, who was released from the active roster to make room for Seantrel Henderson, chose to sign with the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.


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CBs Gaines & Johnson limited Wednesday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2017 – 3:46 pm

Bills CB E.J. Gaines and Leonard Johnson were both back on the practice field Wednesday.

Both players benefited from the bye week. The two cornerbacks were limited in Wednesday’s practice session. But Johnson said he felt good.

“It’s actually scary how fast the body can almost heal itself with the proper diet and our medical team doing a great job with rehabbing me and keeping me uplifted and in tune with everything in regards to my movements on the field and in the pool,” said Johnson after Wednesday’s practice. “So I feel pretty good. I feel really good actually.”

So too was WR Jordan Matthews, who caught passes for the first time since thumb surgery two weeks ago.

OT Cordy Glenn practiced fully. Here’s the full injury report.

DID NOT PRACTICE
TE Charles Clay – knee
LB Ramon Humber – thumb

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
CB E.J. Gaines – groin
CB Leonard Johnson – hamstring
WR Jordan Matthews – thumb

FULL PARTICIPATION
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle/foot


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 17, 2017 – 8:24 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 7 of the 2017 season is Mike Fatta, head coach of the Cheektowaga Warriors. On Friday, Oct. 13, Cheektowaga took on rival Maryvale on the road for the team’s last regular season game. Coming into the contest, the Warriors were ranked 12th in New York State, behind 8th place and undefeated Maryvale. Led by junior quarterback KeShone Beal, who scored each of the team’s four touchdowns, the Warriors served the Flyers their only loss of the season. With the 28-21 victory, Cheektowaga won the Class B-1 Division title – the team’s seventh straight. Next up, the Warriors will take on Newfane.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 7 is Dennis Greco, head coach of the East Rochester-Gananda Bombers. Greco, who has coached at East Rochester for 25 seasons, led the Bombers to a 34-14 win over Penn Yan. East Rochester-Gananda came out strong in the game’s first half, scoring 19 unanswered points. Running back Jayden Castrechini paved the way for the Bombers on the ground, putting up 332 yards rushing on 32 carries for two touchdowns. A threat on defense as well, Castrechini pulled in two interceptions. With the win, the Bombers solidified the Finger Lakes East Championship title and will enter the Class C playoffs as the top ranked seed.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!


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