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Clay, Matthews limited in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2017 – 4:15 pm

Buffalo was down a few players on the offensive side of the ball at practice Wednesday. Kelvin Benjamin, John Miller, Cordy Glenn, Nick O’Leary and Mike Tolbert were all sidelined. DE Eddie Yarbrough was also held out of practice with a chest injury.

Limited in practice was Charles Clay and Jordan Matthews.

 

 

 

DID NOT PRACTICE
WR Kelvin Benjamin – knee
G John Miller – ankle
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
TE Nick O’Leary – back
FB Mike Tolbert – hamstring
DE Eddie Yarbrough – chest

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Charles Clay – knee
WR Jordan Matthews – knee

FULL PRACTICE
FB Pat DiMarco – ankle


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Bills sign CB Lorenzo Doss to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2017 – 11:45 am

The Buffalo Bills have made an addition to their practice squad, signing CB Lorenzo Doss.

Doss is a former fifth-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2015. He was released by the club on Thanksgiving.

Doss (5-11, 187) has appeared in 15 career NFL games, mainly on special teams.

The cornerback had 15 interceptions in his college career at Tulane.

To make room on the practice squad the Bills cut OL Will Pericak.


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White’s INT ended more than Bills losing streak

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2017 – 8:35 am

Tre’Davious White’s interception with 1:25 remaining in Sunday’s game to seal the win over Kansas City not only ended Buffalo’s three-game losing streak. It ended another streak for Chiefs QB Alex Smith.

Smith came into the game with the second-longest active streak of consecutive pass attempts in home games without an interception with 162 behind Tom Brady (232).

On home game pass attempt number 198, White intercepted Smith’s pass intended for Tyreek Hill and took it the other way deep into Kansas City territory.

For the record, Tom Brady’s consecutive home game pass attempt streak without an interception also ended against the Dolphins, leaving L.A. Chargers QB Philip Rivers the current leader at 126 home game pass attempts without an INT.


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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2017 – 7:47 pm

Here’s a look at some of the stats that stood out in Buffalo’s win over Kansas City Sunday at Arrowhead.

50% – Bills 1st half third down conversion percentage (6-12)
0% – Chiefs 1st half third down conversion percentage (0-6)

28.5% – Chiefs 2nd half third down conversion percentage (2-7)
0% – Bills 2nd half third down conversion percentage (0-5)

33:26 – Bills time of possession – their second-highest total of the season (Wk 8 vs. Oakland – 35:37)

41.1 – Net punting average for Colton Schmidt

4 – Number of Schmidt punts downed inside the Chiefs 20-yard line.

22 – Chiefs average drive start (own 22-yard line)
35 – Bills average drive start (own 35-yard line)

10.2 – Brandon Tate’s punt return average (6 for 61 yards)

2.9 – average yards per carry for Chiefs

55 – total rushing yards by Chiefs

1.5 – Kareem Hunt’s average yards per carry

6 – Number of 3-and-outs for the Chiefs on 13 possessions


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Time of possession must improve today

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2017 – 11:05 am

There have been a host of deficiencies hurting the Bills odds of winning the last few weeks. Run defense, third down conversions, negative plays, lack of pass pressure, lack of takeaways and pass protection. All of it has contributed to a statistic that has left Buffalo’s offense with limited opportunities and Buffalo’s defense worn out.

Time of possession has just not been in favor of the Bills the last few weeks. It was at a season low against the Saints, when Buffalo just over 18 minutes of possession time. The last two games for Buffalo have been only marginally better. It’s why the Bills rank 30th in the league in time of possession at just 27:33 per game.

Conversely, Kansas City, though they’ve been struggling themselves, ranks eighth in the league in time of possession with just under 31 minutes of possession time per game (30:58).

If Buffalo wants a chance to get just their second road win over the season, they’ll need to stay in manageable down and distance and convert third downs to lengthen scoring drives. Their defense will also need to get more third down stops to force punts.


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Why blitzes won’t be an issue for Taylor or Smith

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2017 – 10:15 am

Both Tyrod Taylor and Alex Smith perform well when facing pressure in terms of passer rating. Smith ranks third in the league behind Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, with an under-pressure passer rating of 80.3. Taylor ranks a respectable 11th with a 74.4 rating. Neither will need to worry much about facing a lot of pressure situations from their opposing defenses today.

Smith and Taylor are two of the least blitzed quarterbacks in the league, due primarily to their mobility. Most opponents don’t want to flush Smith or Taylor from the pocket knowing they can gain yards quite easily with their legs. Taylor has been blitzed a bit more than 20 percent of the time, while Smith has been blitzed just over 16 percent of the time on drop backs.

As far as how those numbers relate to today’s game, defensively, both Buffalo and Kansas City don’t blitz much at all. The Bills blitz just a shade over 21 percent of the time, which ranks 21st in the league. The Chiefs blitz just 15 percent of the time, which ranks last in the NFL in terms of frequency.


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Bills & Chiefs not ahead much in November

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2017 – 9:20 am

It’s no secret that both the Bills and Chiefs have fallen on hard times in November. Neither team has a win yet this month. One of the reasons why is getting ahead on scoreboard has been a major problem.

Since the start of November, Buffalo and Kansas City have each had the least time on the game clock with the lead in the league.

The Bills have had just 4:40 of game clock with the lead in their three November games. Meanwhile the Chiefs have been ahead on the scoreboard for just 5:37 seconds in their two November games.

The only other NFL club that comes close to those two figures are the Denver Broncos, with just 6:47 of game clock with the lead in their November games.


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Turnovers the culprit in recent losses to KC

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2017 – 8:50 am

The Chiefs much like the Bills are desperate for a win on Sunday. While Buffalo has dropped three in a row, Kansas City has lost four of their last five. The Chiefs are banking on home field advantage where they’re 15-3 in their last 18 games and on takeaways, which have proved critical in each of their last three wins over the Bills.

Kansas City has won the last three meetings between these two teams due mainly to turnovers. In those three games, which stretch back to Week 9 of 2013, the Bills have actually outgained the Chiefs by over 100 net yards on average (416 to 300).

The problem is while the Bills managed just one takeaway in those three meetings, the Chiefs racked up a total of eight takeaways.

Those eight turnovers forced by Kansas City led to 27 points for the Chiefs. Buffalo’s lone takeaway resulted in just a field goal for the Bills.

It was instrumental in helping the Chiefs win 23-13 in 2013, 17-13 in 2014 and 30-22 in 2015.


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Benjamin downgraded to out

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2017 – 12:49 pm

The Bills have downgraded WR Kelvin Benjamin from questionable to out due to a knee injury. 

The receiver will not be making the trip to Kansas City with the team. Benjamin did not practice all week. 


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Bailey, Hali, Wilson questionable for Chiefs

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2017 – 8:19 pm

The Chiefs will be without two of their reserve linebackers for Sunday’s game against the Bills. It’s also possible they could again be without starting LB Tamba Hali.

Hali is questionable along with starting DE Allen Bailey and WR Albert Wilson. Hali played in his first game this season two weeks ago, but missed the game against the Giants last week.

Chiefs injury report
LB Tamba Hali                                 Questionable     Knee
DE Allen Bailey                               Questionable     Knee
WR Albert Wilson                          Questionable     Hamstring
LB Dee Ford                                     Out                        Back
LB Terrance Smith                         Out                        Concussion


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Benjamin, Clay, Matthews all questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2017 – 1:48 pm

Bills head coach Sean McDermott didn’t want to rule out Kelvin Benjamin this week despite the fact that he did not dress for a single practice. Here on Friday Benjamin is listed as questionable.

Benjamin didn’t suffer any ligament damage last Sunday when he injured his knee, but did not return to the game. He’ll presumably see how his knee feels in pre-game warm-ups before the team makes a call on the size receiver.

TE Charles Clay, WR Jordan Matthews and WR Deonte Thompson are also questionable, but all three were able to practice on a limited basis this week. With so many receiving targets battling injuries, McDermott still didn’t feel it impacted their game plan for Sunday.

“We’ve got some guys nicked up. We feel confident number one in their abilities, and then they’re working through some of those bumps and bruises,” McDermott said. “Those are all part of what happens this time of the year.”

Here’s a look at Buffalo’s full injury report for Sunday’s game.

 

 

OUT
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
G John Miller – ankle
FB Mike Tolbert – hamstring

QUESTIONABLE
WR Kelvin Benjamin – knee
TE Charles Clay – knee
WR Jordan Matthews – knee
WR Deonte Thompson – ankle

 


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Fan Friday 11-24

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2017 – 1:40 pm

Getting close to do or die time for the Bills. Here are your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Why haven’t they played Henderson all season. It’s pretty clear that our OL needs change.

Tim Stefani
@tim_stefani

CB: I’m guessing that since you mentioned Henderson, you’re referencing the offensive tackle position primarily. Here is what I believe to be the main issues that are keeping Henderson from getting onto the field for games.

After playing in the preseason he served a five-game suspension, which put him behind in all aspects of the offense’s development in terms of on field instruction. Only now is he getting back into the swing of things. He’s appeared in each of the last two games, primarily on special teams plays. And he started last week’s game as a tackle eligible when the Bills came out in the jumbo package.

I don’t think anyone can debate that Jordan Mills had a tough day against Joey Bosa, but Bosa has made a lot of offensive tackles look bad this season. If it was just a case of being overmatched, the coaches can find solutions to give him more help with a tight end or a back.

I believe the offensive staff is monitoring how things are going on the edges and the interior very closely every week. If subpar play lasts more than a week or two, coach McDermott has shown a willingness to make a change if he believes it will lead to better results.

Whether Henderson is ever part of that change is difficult to say, but he’ll be the swing tackle on Sunday.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills
Is Rick Dennison on the hot seat? The offense has been anemic and I do not think it is for lack of personal.

Josh Stoeckl
@joshgsu00

CB: I don’t get the sense that’s the case. If anything the decision that coach McDermott made for the Chargers game provided indication that it’s the play on the field that is compromising the effectiveness and production of the offense.

I suppose after further review at the end of the season that viewpoint could change, but as now I don’t feel that is what is afoot. I know the availability of fired Denver coordinator Mike McCoy has prompted this line of thinking. I just don’t think that kind of thing is even on a head coach’s radar this time of year.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills
Do you think our lack of speed at LB is key reason for our poor run defense? Should we bring in someone similar to Brandon Spikes in 2014?

Sean joyce
@Seanjoy93765788

CB: If speed is what you’re looking for, a Brandon Spikes type is not the answer. Spikes coming out of college ran a five-flat 40 time and was strictly a run-down player. Buffalo’s linebacking corps does absolutely need more speed in this style of defense. It’s part of what worries me about this week’s game knowing the speed that the Chiefs can put on the field offensively.

That is going to have to wait until the offseason when the personnel department finds more players tailor made for this defense based on their physical skill set.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Do you get a sense that the players still believe in coach McDermott “process” or is there division in the locker room?

Kirky52
@Nick5225

CB: It’s pretty clear to me talking to players in the locker room that there remains a healthy amount of respect for coach McDermott.

McDermott did what he genuinely felt was best for the team in starting Peterman. He felt the rookie QB was ready to help the offense function with more consistency. It didn’t work.

The worst part is it cost them a game. Will it be the difference in reaching the playoffs? Too early to know that with six games to play.

What’s important here is McDermott proved he doesn’t have ulterior motives in going back to Taylor this week. He was up front about the Peterman decision being a calculated risk. If it worked who would benefit?

The team.

If it didn’t work who would it hurt most?

The head coach.

You have a head coach here who is not afraid to make uncomfortable decisions even at the risk of damaging his own credibility, if it could mean better for the team he coaches. It might be hard for some players to grasp that right now, but in time they’ll likely see what McDermott’s true motives were.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills
The Bills got two first rounders. I think they need to address the defense with those. What do you think?

Peter O’Brien
@MVPete360

CB: First, I think it’s premature to talk draft. I don’t disagree that the Bills need help on defense, particularly at defensive tackle and linebacker, but to arbitrarily decide you’re going to use both first-round picks on defense is a little foolhardy. In addition to deciding what the best value is wherever they draft in round one, Buffalo also has to assess what is still on the board when they’re on the clock.

There’s no way to just say we’re going defense with both picks.


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Chiefs LB Hali limited

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2017 – 1:58 pm

The Chiefs injury list has gotten shorter here on Thursday. Only Dee Ford and Terrance Smith were unable to practice. 

Pass rusher Tamba Hali is trying to return to the lineup. He was limited. 

DID NOT PRACTICE

Dee Ford – LB – Back

Terrance Smith -LB – Concussion

LIMITED IN PRACTICE 

Tamba Hali – LB – Knee

 

 
 

 

Allen Bailey

DE

Knee

LP

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Benjamin, Glenn, Tolbert don’t practice

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2017 – 1:53 pm

Kelvin Benjamin, Cordy Glenn and Mike Tolbert were all unable to practice on Thursday. 

Meanwhile Jordan Matthews, Charles Clay, Deonte Thompson and Stephen Hauschka were all limited for a second straight day. 

Here’s a look at the full injury report for Thursday. 

DID NOT PRACTICE

OT Cordy Glenn – foot-ankle

WR Kelvin Benjamin – knee

FB Mike Tolbert – hamstring

G John Miller – ankle

LIMITED IN PRACTICE

K Stephen Hauschka – hip

WR Jordan Matthews – knee

WR Deonte Thompson – ankle

TE Charles Clay – knee

FULL PRACTICE 

WR Andre Holmes – ankle

S Micah Hyde – knee


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Chiefs LBs nicked up

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2017 – 8:38 pm

The Chiefs have been nicked up on the defensive side of the ball this season. The linebacker position has been especially hard hit of late. 

Here’s the Chiefs injury report for Wednesday. 

DID NOT PRACTICE

Dee Ford – LB – Back

Terrance Smith – LB – Concussion

LIMITED PRACTICE 
Tamba Hali – LB – Knee

Allen Bailey – DE – Knee

Albert Wilson -WR – Hamstring


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Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2017 – 4:55 pm

The Kansas City Chiefs added some intrigue to this weekend’s game against the Bills. The club signed free agent Darrelle Revis on Wednesday.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Whether Revis is able to play this week remains to be seen. What is clear is that the Chiefs defense has struggled without Pro Bowl S Eric Berry, who ruptured his Achilles tendon in Week 1 and is out for the year. Kansas City is 28th against the pass.

So while playing cornerback after getting up off his couch is unlikely, there’s a good chance he can play a role as a safety or in some subpackages this week.

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Hyde ranks 2nd among SS in Pro Bowl voting

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2017 – 4:01 pm

Bills S Micah Hyde has had a solid season so far, perhaps the most consistent of any defensive player on Buffalo’s roster. Thus far, it’s earned him the second-most fan votes among strong safeties for the Pro Bowl.

Hyde has a total of 40,321 fan votes, leaving him second to only Seattle’s Kam Chancellor (58,899). Buffalo’s safety has been among the league leaders in interceptions all season with five.

Fan voting for the 2018 Pro Bowl will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at www.NFL.com/probowlvote until Thurs, December 14 so keep voting for Hyde and any other Bills player you believe is worthy.

Fans may also vote for who they want to see on the 2018 Pro Bowl roster via Twitter through a Direct Message (DM) Voting Experience, which has never been done for an All-Star game before. Fans may participate via entry cards tweeted from all 32 team accounts or by directly visiting the @NFL profile page at Twitter.com/NFL. The entry cards will initiate a private “Direct Message” and enable fans to select a position group or search for a player or team to begin the voting process.

During the final week of 2018 Pro Bowl voting – December 7-14 – fans will be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, or the player’s official Twitter handle, along with the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. This method is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote and the DM Voting Experience, which will both be available throughout the voting period.


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Benjamin, Dawkins sit; Clay, Matthews limited

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2017 – 3:15 pm

A host of Buffalo’s offensive weapons are nicked up heading into Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. Here’s a look at who could practice some and who had to sit out Wednesday’s practice for the Bills.

 

 

DID NOT PRACTICE
WR Kelvin Benjamin – knee
OT Dion Dawkins – illness
OT Cordy Glenn – foot-ankle
G John Miller – ankle

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
WR Jordan Matthews – knee
TE Charles Clay – knee
K Stephen Hauschka – hip
WR Deonte Thompson – ankle
RB Mike Tolbert – hamstring

FULL PRACTICE
WR Andre Holmes – ankle
S Micah Hyde – knee


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Bills add DE to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2017 – 6:57 pm

The Bills have made an addition to their practice squad. 

Buffalo signed DE Cap Capi to the team’s practice squad. 

Capi (6-3, 249) was most recently with the New York Giants where he appeared in 4 games this season. He was put on I-R with a hamstring injury on Halloween, but was released Nov. 10th. 


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McDermott & leadership council talk frequently

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2017 – 2:45 pm

Much has been made this week of the player leadership council that meets with head coach Sean McDermott to discuss issues affecting the team and provide feedback on how things are in the locker room in terms of morale, approach etc. With the quarterback issue front and center this week, McDermott know it will be brought up.

“I always try and communicate with the leaders of this football team,” McDermott said. “I put a lot of stock into that. They carry a lot of weight. Obviously, I have the final say and they respect that. They’ve done a phenomenal job with that to this point. They’re the guys. They’re on that council for a reason. They’re my sounding board on some things. I give them a lot of ownership into this team and they’ve done a phenomenal job with that to this point.”

“We meet with the coach,” said Tyrod Taylor, a member of the leadership council. “It’s an open forum. People don’t take offense in there. Things are said that have to be said and we talk about things.”


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