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Saints inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2017 – 11:39 am

The Saints are down starting S Kenny Vaccaro, but both starting offensive linemen who were questionable are starting in LT Terron Armstead and G Larry Warford. 

QB Taysom Hill

S Kenny Vaccaro

DE Hau’oli Kikaha

C Cameron Tom

OT Bryce Harris

WR Austin Carr

DE Al-Quadin Muhammad

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The difference between 6-3 and 5-4

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2017 – 11:20 am

Buffalo sits at 5-3 at the midway point of the season. If they can post a win, it’ll be the first time since 1999 that they began a season 6-3 through their first nine games. That was the last time they made the playoffs. Here’s a look at the difference being 6-3 after nine games and 5-4 after nine games in terms of odds to reach the postseason.

If Buffalo wins today they’ve got a better than 73 percent chance of reaching the postseason based on success rate since 1990. If they can’t emerge from today’s game with a win, their chances of reaching the postseason plummets almost 25 percent.

Playoff Percentages Since 1990
Based on Season Start

Start   Made Playoffs
9-0        100.0% (15/15)
8-1         100.0% (35/35)
7-2        90.1%  (73/81)
6-3        73.2%  (93/127)
5-4        49.0%  (76/155)

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Saints offense best in staying mistake free

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2017 – 10:40 am

We already know the Saints offense is pretty good at a lot of things. They rank in the top 10 in 12 different offensive categories including total offense, rushing offense, passing offense and points per game. The main reason why is because they don’t commit a lot of unforced errors.

In fact through the first half of the season New Orleans is atop the league in fewest mistakes on offense. The Saints have just 36 offensive errors this season, defined as giveaways, offensive penalties or sacks allowed. Buffalo ranks 24th in this category with 61 offensive errors so far this season.

(giveaways + offensive penalties + times sacked)

1           New Orleans          9                          19                                8                36


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Long TD drives elusive for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2017 – 10:15 am

If there’s one thing the Bills would like to do today against the Saints, it would be to keep the ball out of Drew Brees’ hands by keeping their own offense on the field. Helping Buffalo in that regard is their 8th-ranked third down conversion percentage. Working against them however, is their history this season when field position hasn’t been favorable.

The Bills are tied for last in the league when it comes to scoring touchdowns off drive starts inside their own 20-yard line. Buffalo along with four other NFL clubs have been unable to reach the end zone this season when they begin a drive inside their own 20-yard line.

The Buffalo offense has gone 0-for-18 when starting a series inside their own 20. Only the New York Giants have had more opportunities (25) with an equal rate of success (zero TDs).

Here’s how the Bills offense has fared when starting inside their own 20.
Punt – 13 times
Field goal – 2 times
End of game – 2 times
Fumble – 1 time

What’s probably most eye-opening about the statistic is that Buffalo failed to come away with any points on all but two of those 18 possessions that began deep in their own territory. This despite the fact that they have one of the best long distance kickers in the league. It means they’re not even gaining 55-60 yards on those drives to put them at the edge of field goal range with Stephen Hauschka on your roster.

Counteracting this statistic is the fact that in home games, Buffalo has the best average drive start in the league at the 33-and-a-half yard line. So hopefully being pinned deep in their own territory doesn’t happen, knowing points have been hard to come by.

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Brees priority No. 1, but Kamara a close 2nd

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2017 – 9:25 am

Drew Brees is obviously the top priority for Buffalo’s defense today, but a close second is Saints rookie RB Alvin Kamara. Here’s why.

Second on his team with 37 receptions, Kamara is a weapon out of the backfield as a receiver and has also been lined up in the slot a good deal. The rookie is also effective as a rusher due in part to the fact that he rarely sees an eight-man box, with Brees so dangerous as a passer.

In fact, Kamara leads the NFL with the highest percentage of carries that go for 10 yards or more.

1 – Alvin Kamara, NO               25.0 (13/52)
2 – Alex Collins, Bal              18.3 (17/93)
3 – Cam Newton, Car                17.4 (12/69)
4 – Orleans Darkwa, NYG            16.4 (11/67)
5 – Tyrod Taylor, Buf              16.0 (8/50)
6 – Jamaal Charles, Den            14.8 (8/54)
7 – Kareem Hunt, KC                14.2 (22/155)
8 – LeGarrette Blount, Phi         13.8 (15/109)
9 – Melvin Gordon, LAC             13.7 (18/131)
10 – Aaron Jones, GB                13.4 (9/67)

Tyrod Taylor ranks fifth on this list, but quarterback figures here are taken with a grain of salt, knowing half their runs are usually not by design.

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Benjamin coming along with offensive scheme

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2017 – 2:30 pm

It is no easy task to flush an old offensive scheme and pick up a new one midseason, but that’s Kelvin Benjamin’s job right now as he prepares for his first game with the Bills on Sunday. Head coach Sean McDermott felt Benjamin held up his end of trying to get up to speed this week.

“He’s about where I thought he would be,” said McDermott. “He’s trying to get up to speed on everything and detail his work. Coming in during the middle of the season and transitioning from one system to another system is always a challenge. He’s done a good job to this point. We just have to continue of going through that process and refine it for him so he can play fast on Sunday.”

Benjmain has spent extra time after practice getting reps with Tyrod Taylor. Taylor has also worked with him during special teams portions of practice on the second field to get their timing in sync.

“He’s always been an on-time thrower,” said Benjamin of Taylor. “He’s going to do his drops, his feet are always set and he’s ready to throw. The timing is going to be there. I think it’s going to be there. I’ve got long arms so if it’s not I’ll get it.”

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Saints ‘D’ improved through fundamental approach

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2017 – 12:10 pm

The biggest story about the Saints this season has been their improved defense. Top 10 in points allowed (9th), sacks per play (9th), passing yards allowed on first down (10th), opponent passer rating (10th) and passing first downs allowed (1st), New Orleans defense has improved in many areas. But their success is rooted in something very basic to defensive success.

The Saints have placed a premium on being sure tacklers and it shows in their statistics this season. Through the first half of the 2017 campaign, New Orleans is ranked second in the league in fewest broken tackles. The league compiles the figure from tackle attempts on carries, receptions and sacks.

1 – Minnesota Vikings             1
2 – New Orleans Saints            3
3 – Arizona Cardinals             4
4 – Seattle Seahawks              4
5 – Washington Redskins           4

New Orleans has just three broken tackles allowed so far this season. Buffalo ranks 17th in the league in this category with eight broken tackles allowed.


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Bills re-sign G Pericak to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2017 – 11:14 am

The Bills have re-signed Will Pericak to the practice squad. The guard had been on the team’s roster for most of the season after first signing on September 4th. 

He was released earlier this week to make room on the practice squad for running back Marcus Murphy but was re-signed Saturday. 

To make room for Pericak on the practice squad the bills released CB Sammy Seamster. 

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Saints SS Vaccaro out, 2 OL questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2017 – 3:28 pm

The Saints will be without a pretty important defensive back for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

New Orleans starting S Kenny Vaccaro has been declared out with a groin injury. Vaccaro was unable to practice all week. Vaccaro is not only the team’s starting safety, but has also served as their nickel corner in subpackages.

Vonn Bell is expected to replace Vaccaro at safety, but in the slot it could be a combination of players with reserve corners De’Vante Harris, P.J. Williams the most likely options.

Meanwhile starting LT Terron Armstead and G Larry Warford are both questionable. Warford is expected to play after a two-game absence. Armstead’s status is more up in the air. Bryce Harris is the only backup tackle on the roster, but G Andrus Peat would likely start at left tackle if Armstead can’t go. He made two starts at left tackle earlier this season.

Position Name   Injury Game Status  
T Terron Armstead Chest Questionable  
S Kenny Vaccaro Groin Out  
G Larry Warford Abdomen Questionable  

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No surprises on Bills injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2017 – 2:57 pm

The Bills final injury report played out just like head coach Sean McDermott said it would.

LT Cordy Glenn is out and will be replaced in the lineup by Dion Dawkins. Zay Jones is also out.

Charles Clay is questionable, but expected to play. E.J. Gaines seems a bit more uncertain.




LT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
WR Zay Jones – ankle

TE Charles Clay – knee
CB E.J. Gaines – hamstring
OT Seantrel Henderson – back

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Fan Friday 11-10

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2017 – 12:02 pm

The second half of the season is upon us. Here are your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
Who should be feared more in Sunday’s game against the Saints: Drew Brees, Mark Ingram or Alvin Kamara?

Rick McGuire

CB: It’s Brees. The way he manipulates defensive backs with his pump fakes, shoulder fakes and eyes only makes him more effective. I don’t know that I’ve seen a more consistently accurate QB than him ever. Kamara is a multi-dimensional weapon who needs to be accounted for, but it starts and ends with Brees.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills
Do u foresee the Bills trying to re-sign Wr J.Matthews and CB EJ Gaines? 2 players they traded for!


CB: I expect Jordan Matthews to be high on their priority list. Gaines’ future in Buffalo I believe will hinge on his availability the rest of the way this season. I like Gaines personally and think he’s an effective cornerback when healthy. The issue is his week to week availability has not been there and Sean McDermott does place a priority on that.

I’m not saying I know that will hurt his chances of returning, but it could be a factor in how high a priority they place on returning Gaines to the fold for 2018 and beyond.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills
Any chance Milano starts this week since it appears speedier linebackers will be needed to stop the strong screen game?

J Christensen-Sharpe

CB: I don’t expect Milano to start, but it’s clear to me that he has something to offer the defense in coverage assignments underneath. That is an area of the field that the Saints look to exploit.

I think Humber is underrated in coverage, but Milano has some pass coverage instincts you just can’t teach, which likely stem from his time as safety early in his college career.

Last week against the Jets, Milano was used in some subpackages on obvious passing downs. He also got 10 snaps, but I’d expect that to continue.

4 –
Should the Bills only draft a QB if they think that person would be better than Peterman? Fans loved Peterman preseason so will be interesting to see reactions comparing him to this years class if Bills dont take a top prospect

Bryan Watson

CB: My personal opinion is you should draft a QB every year. Knowing Chiefs head coach Andy Reid subscribed to that approach when he was in Philadelphia, I believe it’s possible we could see a quarterback drafted next spring by Buffalo.

The fact that Peterman is on the roster doesn’t carry a whole lot of weight in preventing them from drafting another one as I see it. The bigger question is whether they believe that a QB prospect that they could draft is an upgrade in comparison to Peterman, and I suppose Tyrod Taylor as well.

For Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott it’s about upgrading the roster. If a player is an upgrade, at any position, it’s a viable possibility in the draft or through any other means the club can add a player.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills
Who is going to leading the charge Sunday?


CB: It will be former Bills RB Antowain Smith.

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Saints LT Armstead, S Vaccaro don’t practice again

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2017 – 6:02 pm

The Saints starting left tackle and starting safety both sat out practice for a second straight day. 

Terron Armstead, who left last week’s game with a chest injury and did not return is not looking good for Sunday’s game against the Bills. 

S Kenny Vaccaro was also not able to practice for a second straight day due to a groin injury.   
Did Not Participate In Practice

 T Terron Armstead (chest)

S Kenny Vaccaro (groin)

Limited Participation in practice 

DE Alex Okafor (ankle)

WR Michael Thomas (ankle)

G Larry Warford (abdomen)


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Clay looking good for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2017 – 3:31 pm

The Bills were without Zay Jones and Cordy Glenn at practice again on Thursday putting their status in question for Sunday’s game against the Saints. But it appears that Charles Clay will make his return to the lineup this week after missing the last three games with a knee injury.

“Yeah he practiced (Thursday) and did some good things,” said head coach Sean McDermott of Clay. “The biggest thing is going to be first week back, how he transitions from (Wednesday) to (Thursday), which I thought was good and then into (Friday). Then going into the game.”

McDermott admits that after a layoff as long as Clay’s that they have to be realistic with his workload.

“We have to keep that in perspective for sure,” he said. “So we’ll just see going forward.”

Limited for a second straight day at practice was CB E.J. Gaines, who is trying to return from a hamstring injury.

“E.J. was out there and did some things,” said McDermott. “We’ll see how he looks going into the weekend.”

As for Glenn and Jones, more will be known when Friday status designations are issued.

“Zay is still day to day. He’s made progress,” McDermott said. “Cordy, same thing, still day to day.”

Here’s the full injury report.




G Richie Incognito – rest
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
WR Zay Jones – ankle

TE Charles Clay – knee
CB E.J. Gaines – hamstring


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Saints WR Michael Thomas doesn’t practice

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2017 – 4:49 pm

The New Orleans Saints leading receiver Michael Thomas did not practice on Wednesday.

Thomas is dealing with an ankle injury. New Orleans has also been nicked up on the offensive line this season. OT Terron Armstead is the latest casualty. He didn’t practice due to a chest injury and starting guard Larry Warford was limited.

Starting S Kenny Vaccaro also missed practice.

Did Not Practice
T Terron Armstead (chest)
S Kenny Vaccaro (groin)

Limited Practice
G Larry Warford (abdomen)
WR Michael Thomas (ankle)
DE Alex Okafor (ankle)

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Zay Jones injury listed as ankle

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2017 – 3:34 pm

Buffalo’s injury report on Wednesday played out just how head coach Sean McDermott said it would at his morning press conference.

OT Cordy Glenn and WR Zay Jones were the only non-participants. The only surprise was that Jones’ injury, which had initially been described as a knee injury is actually an ankle injury.

TE Charles Clay and CB E.J. Gaines were both limited as they try to return from knee and hamstring injuries respectively.



OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
WR Zay Jones – ankle

TE Charles Clay – knee
CB E.J. Gaines – hamstring

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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on November 7, 2017 – 3:08 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 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 10 of the 2017 season is Mike Vastola, head coach of West Seneca West. On Saturday, Nov. 4, West Seneca West took on South Park at New Era Field for the Section VI Class A Championship. With both teams coming into the contest at a perfect 9-0 on the season, it was clear that it would be tough game. Senior quarterback Matt Myers led the way for West Seneca West on offense, completing 15 of 23 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown and rushing for another 70 yards and a score. Nursing a narrow 20-18 lead until late in the fourth quarter, West Seneca West senior defensive back Josh Karmazyn returned an interception 75 yards to the house to extend his team’s lead. Defeating South Park 27-24, West Seneca West has advanced to 10-0 and will take on Wilson Magnet of Rochester, New York in the Far West Regional on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 10 is Greg Mortier, head coach of the Wilson Magnet Wildcats. On Friday, Nov. 3, Wilson traveled to SUNY Brockport to face Irondequoit in the Section V Class A title game. Junior ball carrier Desi Floyd made quite an impact for the Wildcats on offense, producing 242 yards rushing for three touchdowns on just 18 touches. Despite the close score at the half, Wilson pulled away in the final quarter, scoring three touchdowns. Finishing the game 40-19 over Irondequoit, the Wildcats made history as they won the Section V title for the first time. With the victory, Wilson has advanced to 9-1 on the campaign and is scheduled to play West Seneca West on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Check back on 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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Bills add RB Murphy to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on November 6, 2017 – 10:55 am

The Bills made a move on their practice squad Monday signing RB Marcus Murphy.

Murphy, 26, a former seventh-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2015, was most recently on the Indianapolis Colts practice squad. He’s also spent time on the Jets practice squad and with the Saints his first two NFL seasons.

The 5-8, 193-pound back has seen most of his time on special teams and has return experience.

To make room for him on the roster, the Bills released OL Will Pericak.

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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on November 3, 2017 – 3:47 am

Bills average yards per carry – 2.9
Jets average yards per carry – 4.7

Bills net yards rushing – 63
Jets net yards rushing – 194

Time of possession – Jets – 33:30, Bills 26:30

Number of drive starts inside their own 20-yard line
Jets – 1
Bills – 3

Number of drive starts from their own 25-yard line or in
Jets – 3
Bills – 10

Number of drive starts in the opponent’s territory
Jets – 3
Bills – 0

Number of sacks by LBs
Bills – 0
Jets – 4

Number of QB hits
Bills – 4
Jets – 11

Number of QB sacks
Bills – 1
Jets – 7

Tyrod Taylor’s completion percentage (72.5%) (29-40 passing)

Offensive plays of 20 yards or more in the game
Bills – 2
Jets – 6

Bills total number of possession – 13
Bills number of possessions that went three-and-out – 4
Number of Bills possessions that gained fewer than 10 net yards – 6

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Why a Jets trend aids Bills takeaway streak

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2017 – 5:40 pm

The Bills takeaway streak has been well documented. For those who don’t know, Buffalo has gone five straight games with at least two takeaways, matching their longest streak since 2011. And in each of their last four they’ve had at least three takeaways, the longest stretch since 2004-2005. Here’s a problem the Jets have, which should help the Bills in their effort to continue their takeaway trend.

New York is one of just three NFL clubs this season to have at least one turnover in every game they’ve played this season. The only other clubs are Cleveland and Cincinnati.

So while the Bills may not roll up four takeaways like they did last week in the 20-point win over Oakland, they stand a good chance of getting at least one or two tonight.

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Why 27 points tonight is important

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2017 – 4:25 pm

The Bills defense has done a good job of holding opponents down on the scoreboard, with the exception of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7. The Jets aren’t exactly a juggernaut on offense, but holding New York under 27 points tonight looks like a pretty important number with respect to the game history between these two division rivals.

Buffalo has won six of the last eight meetings with the Jets, and dating back to 2010, 27 points scored has been the difference for the Jets when facing the Bills.

Since 2010, when the Jets put up 27 points against the Bills they win. When they don’t, they lose, as seen by the
won-loss table below.

Jets, 2010-2017 – Record Breakdown vs. Bills
Scoring 27+ points:        8-0
Scoring fewer than 27:     0-7

When the Jets score fewer than 27, they’re winless against the Bills. When they score more than 27 they’re undefeated.

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