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Miami can’t have time of possession edge

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2017 – 11:05 am

If there was ever an opponent against whom the Bills do not want to give the advantage of time of possession it’s their next two opponents in the Dolphins and Patriots. Today, Buffalo cannot lose the time of possession battle with Miami because when they do have an edge in time with the ball, they’re tough to beat.

Since 2015, the Dolphins have the second-highest winning percentage in football when they win the time of possession battle. Miami has a record of 14-2 (.875) when they have more than 30 minutes of possession time.

Buffalo will have to do better than their average possession time this season of 27:57. That currently ranks 30th in the NFL.

The only other NFL team with a higher winning percentage than the Dolphins since 2015 when they win the time of possession battle are the New England Patriots who have a record of 19-2 (.905) when they have the ball more than 30 minutes.


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Drake elusive, but has contact balance

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2017 – 10:34 am

Most of the time Miami’s new feature back Kenyan Drake has the ability to outrun defenders or make them miss. He also has the ability to keep gaining yards after contact.

Since Week 9, Drake has 237 rushing yards after initial contact. Only L.A. Rams RB Todd Gurley and Saints RB Alvin Kamara have more yards after contact over that span. Drake is also second in the league since Week 9 in average yards per carry with a figure of 5.11. Only the Saints Mark Ingram has a higher average during that period (5.96).

“He’s made the most of his opportunities so far since [Jay] Ajayi left and then the other runner (Damien Williams) [got hurt]. He took advantage of the opportunities. He runs hard, seems to understand the game plan, he’s a threat both in the running and passing games, and a threat on third down.”


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Bills run game must follow own pattern

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2017 – 10:18 am

The Bills may have been outscored 134-101 in the first half this season, but if there’s one thing they’ve been able to hang their hat on in the first half of games this year it’s the run game. Buffalo’s rushing attack has quietly climbed into familiar territory and is now sixth in the league. If they can continue their strong run game production in the first half today, they could put themselves in good position for a victory.

That’s because Buffalo’s rushing attack has been one of the best in the league in the first half this season. The Bills currently rank second in the league in yards per carry in the first half. The offense is averaging just over five yards per carry in the first half (5.03) with 940 yards on 187 carries.

Only New Orleans has been better (5.34). Miami ranks 15th in run defense and 11th in first-half run defense allowing just over 51 rushing yards in the first half of their games this season.


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Bills will need to buck point differential trend

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2017 – 9:11 am

The Bills quest for an AFC playoff berth will be battle that requires help from other sources as they do not control their own destiny. They’ll also have to overcome a trend that’s working against their current numbers when it comes to point differential.

Buffalo currently has a point differential this season of minus-50 with 240 points scored and 290 against. Only five times in league history has a team with a point differential of minus-50 or more reached the postseason.

Those teams are listed below. The most recent were the 2011 Denver Broncos, who were a stunning minus-80 in point differential and reached the postseason with an 8-8 record.

Season Team Record Point Diff.
2011 Denver 8–8 -81
2010 Seattle 7–9 -97
2004 St. Louis 8–8 -73
1998 Arizona 9–7 -53
1989 Pittsburgh 9–7 -61

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Miami RB Williams & S Thomas out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2017 – 7:15 pm

Dolphins RB Damien Williams (shoulder/illness) and S Michael Thomas (knee) did not travel and will not play in Sunday’s game against the Bills 


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Miami unlikely to have RB Williams, CB Tankersley

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2017 – 4:18 pm

The Dolphins look like they’ll be without RB Damien Williams and starting CB Cordrea Tankersley. Both are doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Bills. That means that Brice McCain will start in place of Tankersley again as he did on Monday night.

The bulk of the run game burden looks like it will fall on Kenyan Drake again as well. Neither Ndamukong Suh nor Cameron Wake practiced on Friday, but they were not listed on the injury report. Both are expected to start Sunday.

OUT

G Jermon Bushrod – foot 
DOUBTFUL

RB Damien Williams – shoulder/illness

QB Matt Moore – foot

S Michael Thomas – knee

CB Cordrea Tankersley – ankle/shoulder
QUESTIONABLE

DE Andre Branch – knee

CB Xavien Howard – illness

DT Jordan Phillips – ankle


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Peterman out for Sunday’s game, Benjamin ques.

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2017 – 2:47 pm

It looks like Joe Webb is a lock to serve as the backup quarterback on Sunday. That’s because Nathan Peterman has been declared out for Sunday’s game on the team’s final injury report Friday.

Peterman did not clear the final step of the return-to-participation protocol this week even though he practiced fully each of the past two days. John Miller is the only other player declared out for Sunday’s game.

Meanwhile WR Kelvin Benjamin is questionable for Sunday’s game with his knee injury. He was limited in practice all week after aggravating his knee injury in last week’s snow game.

All other players who appeared on the injury report this week were full participants in practice and removed from the Friday game status report. All of them are expected to be available for the game.


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Fan Friday 12-15

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2017 – 11:55 am

Big division and conference game with the Dolphins this week. Here are your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

If the #Bills make the playoffs do you see Kyle Williams sticking it out for one more year?

Adventures with Dan
@DanHocieniec

CB: I don’t get the sense from Kyle that his decision on continuing his career is tied to the playoffs. Yes, he wants to play on a team that is successful, but I think it’s more about how his body feels. If he believes he can still perform at a level he is satisfied with and whether mentally he can get through the grind of another season.

I will tell you this. In talking to him about his physical health, he did tell me that having had both of his Achilles repaired after bone spurs were removed from his heels just a year apart from one another, he believes his “wheels” are a bit younger than that of most 34-year olds.

I believe he can still be a productive player going into next season, and if they can draft a bigger, sturdier defensive tackle who can command double team attention it should free Williams up more to make the plays we’re used to seeing from him. Fingers crossed.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

What do you think Tyrod has to do for the rest of the season to be a bill next year? Or do you think his fate as a buffalo bill is over?

Craig Renaud
@Renaud14C

CB: I believe if the Bills as an organization believe they can do better than Tyrod Taylor that they will move on from him. While I would certainly feel bad for Tyrod if that were to happen, knowing what a dedicated professional he has been in his three seasons here, that is just how the league works.

It’s a cut-throat league. A team is always looking to upgrade at all positions, but quarterback perhaps more than any other.

Last offseason, Buffalo did not feel they could do any better than Tyrod and he was retained, albeit at a reduced price. It was clear this season that coach McDermott wanted to see what Nate Peterman could offer the offense.

What it all comes down to is the staff’s evaluation of Taylor’s performance at the end of the season, and whether they feel they can advance the offense further with another option that’s realistically available.

 

3 –  @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think this is Jordan Matthews surgery is good for another team and not us?

Bills MR. E
@iamdmre

CB: I know what you’re getting at here. Jordan Matthews is going to be a free agent in March. Here’s the challenge in re-signing Matthews if the Bills are interested in doing so. Matthews’ value as a receiver has been hurt by two things. One, his injuries this season and two the lack of a productive passing game.

If I’m Jordan Matthews I need to know what a prospective team’s quarterback situation is before I sign. That’s obviously in the best interest of a receiver. There’s a good chance Buffalo’s quarterback situation may not have a definitive resolution by the time free agency opens in mid-March.

That could complicate the task of convincing Matthews to re-sign with the Bills.

Of course after an unproductive season and coming off knee and ankle surgery it’s hard to know if Matthews will have all that many suitors should he hit the market.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Are there significant injuries on the Dolphins?

Buffalo Fan
@rw952

CB: Starting DE Andre Branch, C Mike Pouncey and CB Cordrea Tankersley look like the biggest question marks for Miami this week in terms of regular contributors. Whether any of them are declared out later today is tough to peg right now. I’d expect all of them to at least be questionable for Sunday.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

As Gillislee has been a regular scratch for the Pats, do you see him being released in the offseason and if so, do the Bills try to resign him?

Troy Rossignol
@rozzimbt

CB: The Patriots are known as a cost-conscious club, but his cap figure actually goes down in 2018 to just $2.4M. Even for a backup running back that’s not a break-the-bank type contract at all. I suppose he could be a roster cut option since he would leave no dead money on New England’s cap next year, but he represents less than 1.5 percent of team’s cap.

 


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50-50 winner from Bills-Colts announced

Posted by Megan Zenger on December 15, 2017 – 9:50 am

50-50 winner colts

The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Cameron McClelland from Daytona, Florida, has won the 50-50 raffle from the Bills-Colts game. The jackpot was $44,070, with a winning ticket for $22,035.

Congratulations, Cameron!


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Branch, Pouncey, Thomas all sit for Miami

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2017 – 4:50 pm

DE Andre Branch, C Mike Pouncey and S Michael Thomas were all non-participants for a second straight day at practice Thursday for Miami.

Branch and Thomas have been dealing with knee injuries, while Pouncey’s affliction is a hip ailment.

A handful of Dolphins went from non-participants on Wednesday to limited practice players on Thursday including starting CB Xavien Howard and Cordrea Tankersley.

DID NOT PRACTICE
DE Andre Branch – knee
C Mike Pouncey – hip
S Michael Thomas – knee

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
G Jermon Bushrod – foot
CB Xavien Howard – illness
CB Cordrea Tankersley – ankle/shoulder
QB Matt Moore – foot
RB Damien Williams – shoulder

FULL PRACTICE
DT Jordan Phillips – ankle
DT Ndamukong Suh – knee


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Benjamin, Clay, Kyle limited Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2017 – 4:43 pm

WR Kelvin Benjamin, TE Charles Clay and DT Kyle Williams participated in practice on a limited basis. Head coach Sean McDermott provided an update on Benjamin following Thursday’s practice.

“He’s working,” said McDermott of Benjamin. “He did a little bit more today than he did yesterday.”

OT Cordy Glenn and WR Andre Holmes also returned to practice on a limited basis after missing Wednesday’s practice.

QBs Tyrod Taylor and Nate Peterman were both full practice participants.

 

 

DID NOT PRACTICE
G John Miller – ankle

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
WR Kelvin Benjamin – knee
TE Charles Clay – knee
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
WR Andre Holmes – neck
DT Kyle Williams – groin

FULL PRACTICE
OT Seantrel Henderson – back
CB Leonard Johnson – knee
RB LeSean McCoy – knee
QB Nate Peterman – concussion
QB Tyrod Taylor – knee


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Peterman practices fully, still in concussion protocol

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2017 – 4:38 pm

Bills rookie QB Nate Peterman practiced for a second straight day with his teammates Thursday, but head coach Sean McDermott said at this point he remains in concussion protocol.

Peterman is currently on step 4 of the return to participation protocol, where he’s permitted to participate in football specific activities, like practice on a non-contact basis.

Step 5 of the return to participation protocol is full clearance for football activity including contact. Whether Peterman gets to that step before the end of the week remains to be seen.

 

 

 

 

Kelvin
“He’s working. He did a little bit more today than he did yesterday.”

McCoy
“I would say similar to where he was last week. He didn’t do much at all yesterday and came out today and did some things. We’re just trying to be smart overall with his situation.”

 


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McCoy wins FedEx Ground Player of week

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2017 – 4:36 pm

Good job Bills fans. LeSean McCoy has won FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors for his Week 14 performance in the win over Indianapolis in overtime.

Shady had 156 yards on a career-high 32 carries along with the game-winning touchdown in overtime in the 13-7 victory over the Colts.

McCoy is currently fifth in the league in rushing as he also went over 1,000 yards for the season (1,007).

The weekly FedEx Ground® Player of the Week Awards also wins for the local community. Along with the player award, FedEx makes a $2,000 donation in each of the winning player’s names that will go to the USO through FedEx Cares. The donation will be used to support USO programs that keep service members connected to family, home and country as they depart the military and find a new path in civilian life.


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Matthews confirms knee & ankle surgery

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2017 – 2:34 pm

Bills WR Jordan Matthews was placed on injured reserve last week. On Thursday he confirmed via his own Twitter account that he underwent knee and ankle surgery.

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No word from Matthews on how long his rehab is supposed to take. In the photo link he shows his surgically repaired left knee in a heavy brace and his right ankle in an immobilizer boot.

The receiver is scheduled to become a free agent in March.


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Dolphins down a lot of bodies Wednesday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2017 – 2:23 pm

Fresh off their Monday night win over New England, there were a lot of Dolphins players still healing up from the game on Wednesday. As a result more than a half dozen Dolphins did not practice, most notably Ndamukong Suh and CB Xavien Howard.

DID NOT PRACTICE
DE Andre Branch – Knee
G Jermon Bushrod – Foot
CB Xavien Howard – Illness
QB Matt Moore – Foot
C Mike Pouncey – Hip
DT Ndamukong Suh – Knee
CB Cordrea Tankersley – Ankle/Shoulder
S Michael Thomas – Knee
RB Damien Williams – Shoulder

LIMITED PRACTICE
DT Jordan Phillips – Ankle

 


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Tyrod a full participant

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2017 – 2:13 pm

Tyrod Taylor was a full participant Wednesday after it was initially believed he would be a limited participant.

“At this point it’s pain tolerance. It feels good today,” Taylor said. “I expect it to continue to keep getting better. Since this happened I haven’t had any setbacks with it fortunately.”

Cordy Glenn, Andre Holmes and Kyle Williams were non-participants at practice on Wednesday.

Glenn fell ill and couldn’t participate. Holmes woke up with terrible neck stiffness and couldn’t even turn his head. Williams is dealing with a groin injury that first cropped up last week.

Kelvin Benjamin and Nate Peterman were limited as was LeSean McCoy.

Here’s the full Bills injury report for Wednesday.

 

 

 

DID NOT PRACTICE
OT Cordy Glenn – illness, foot/ankle
WR Andre Holmes – neck
DT Kyle Williams – groin

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
WR Kelvin Benjamin – knee
TE Charles Clay – knee
OT Seantrel Henderson – back
RB LeSean McCoy – knee
QB Nate Peterman – concussion

FULL PRACTICE
CB Leonard Johnson – knee
G John Miller – ankle
QB Tyrod Taylor – knee


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Snow shovelers needed at New Era Field

Posted by Kelly Baker on December 12, 2017 – 11:34 am

The Buffalo Bills and Jani-King are asking anyone ages 18 and over (or under 18 with   proper working papers) interested in shoveling snow inside the stadium to come to New Era Field starting at 9 AM tomorrow (Tuesday, December 12, 2017).

Shovelers can sign up with Jani-King beginning at 9 AM tomorrow and may register to work anytime between 9 AM and 5 PM. Rate of pay is $11 per hour.  Lunch and dinner breaks will be provided throughout the shifts in a comfortable warming area. Those interested in shoveling must have proper identification (driver’s license, state ID) to be able to work.

A complimentary Bills game ticket will be given to those that work a four-hour shift or longer. Two tickets will be provided for those that work multiple four-hour shifts.

Prospective snow shovelers are also asked to dress appropriately for the weather and to bring their own shovels (shovels will be provided if you do not have one).

Shovelers may enter off Abbott Road just north of the Team Store and proceed  to the Jani-King office trailer east of Parking Lot 6 to register to work.

For more information, please email jksnowevent2017@gmail.com.

 

 


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Vote for Shady for Clutch Player of the Week

Posted by Chris Brown on December 12, 2017 – 11:10 am

Running back LeSean McCoy in addition to being up for FedEx Ground Player of the Week is also up for Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week for his game-winning touchdown run with 1:33 left in overtime against the Colts.

He’s in a pool of nominees with Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger, Carolina QB Cam Newton, Green Bay WR  Davante Adams and Jacksonville CB A.J. Bouye. The Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Week is the best performer or performance of the week that represents strength in key moments.

Fans can vote for Shady through Friday at 3 PM ET to determine the CASTROL EDGE CLUTCH PERFORMER OF THE WEEK. The winner will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and then posted on NFL.com.


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McCoy up for FedEx Ground POW

Posted by Chris Brown on December 12, 2017 – 9:34 am

It’s the third time he’s been nominated. Bills feature back LeSean McCoy is up for FedEx Ground Player of the Week after his 156-yard rushing performance in a lake effect snowstorm last Sunday.

McCoy was nominated along with Chicago’s Jordan Howard and Miami’s Kenyan Drake. The Bills back had the game-winning touchdown with 1:33 left in overtime to life Buffalo to a 13-7 victory.

Voting for McCoy can be done here is open until Thursday at 3 pm. Fans can also vote on Twitter using #AirandGround and the nominee’s last name.


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One Buffalo Organization of the Game – Week 14

Posted by Kelly Baker on December 11, 2017 – 4:31 pm

During Buffalo’s Week 14 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, the Bills recognized the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, which provides youth with educational and social enrichment programs and offers support to seniors, as the One Buffalo Organization of the Game. In honor of the organization’s contributions and commitment to bettering our community, Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and fullback Pat DiMarco presented the group with a commemorative game ball. Additionally, the Northwest Buffalo Community Center will receive a donation.

With input from the players, the Buffalo Bills will continue to celebrate a different local organization at each home game this season.

Congratulations!


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