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By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ryan & Co. vs. Bruce Arians Arizona has one of the best vertical-passing offenses in the NFL. The marriage of head coach Bruce Arians and strong-armed QB Carson Palmer helped the Cards rank second in the NFL in passing last season. Arizona has one of the best speed receiving corps in the NFL. Michael Floyd runs a... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, September 25, 2016

Tyrod Taylor and the Buffalo Bills made the Arizona Cardinals pay for their over-aggressiveness in Sunday’s 33-18 victory. The Cardinals are one of the biggest blitzing teams in the NFL, and they often like to send six men at the quarterback, not just five. Ten key plays that shaped the game: 1. T-Mobile. One of... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, September 25, 2016

You have to hand it to new Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn. He got the Bills’ playmakers back to looking like playmakers in the 33-18 rout of the Arizona Cardinals. No Sammy Watkins? No problem. LeSean McCoy looked like his Pro Bowl self. With Lynn mixing the run and the pass to keep Arizona off... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, September 16, 2016

MATCHUP WINNERS: JETS VS. BILLS Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Tyrod Taylor It was a contrast in quarterbacking styles. Ryan Fitzpatrick plays the quarterback position with great anticipation. Tyrod Taylor does not. Let’s be clear: We’d rather have Taylor. He has a chance to become very good or maybe great. A chance. But... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, September 16, 2016

Brandon Marshall is the definitive “he’s open when he’s not open” receiver in the NFL. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder showed why he has eight 1,000-yard seasons to his name in the New York Jets’ 37-31 victory over the Bills Thursday night. Here were 10 plays that shaped the game from a discouraging Buffalo home... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, September 15, 2016

Score one for Chan Gailey. The former Bills head coach showed his scheming brilliance in the New York Jets’ 37-31 victory over the Bills Thursday night. The Jets’ spread offense skewered the Bills’ defense for 493 yards. Wow. The game really was not as close as the score indicated. The Jets have a good... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, September 11, 2016

Here's who got the best of who in the key matchups of Sunday's game. Dean Pees vs. Greg Roman It was a rematch of coordinators from Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, and Baltimore’s Pees came out on top again. This one was a far different game. Roman’s San Francisco 49ers rolled up 468 yards in losing to the Ravens,... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, September 11, 2016

The pivotal plays down the stretch of Sunday’s season opener in Baltimore weren’t related to strategy and tactics. They were little mistakes related to discipline and assignments. Buffalo made more of them than Baltimore, which is why there were no late Bills heroics in the 13-7 loss. Ten plays that shaped the game,... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, September 11, 2016

Give it up to Rex Ryan . . . but then take it away from Rex. Let’s start with the upside. For one day, his defensive scheme was outstanding. Do the Bills have a legitimate edge rush threat to complement Jerry Hughes? No. Is Rex going to make up for it by manufacturing pressure with overload dogs? For a day, anyway,... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I hate to be The Low-Bar Setter in town or The Master of the Obvious, but there is a parallel between the Buffalo Bills and University at Buffalo seasons in 2016: It’s all about the young quarterback, regardless of the wins. Does anybody really expect the Bills to make the playoffs this season? I sure don’t. But The... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Saturday, August 27, 2016

Get ready, football fans, for the single most useless, pointless, waste-of-time event on America’s sports calendar: the fourth and final NFL preseason game.It’s hard to get businesses to stop charging for something customers historically purchase. I guess this is the basic economic principle at work to explain why the... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, August 21, 2016

The name New Era Field is yet another reason to feel good about going to Orchard Park to watch the Bills. Now let’s hope we all can keep going there for at least, say, another decade.I like the fact the new name is “field” not “stadium.” It makes one think of Lambeau Field, Wrigley Field or Soldier Field, classic... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Saturday, July 30, 2016

Let’s all take a Chill Pill on Tyrod Taylor this summer. Don’t worry about how great or ordinary he looks at St. John Fisher College or in preseason games. It doesn’t matter. You’re not going to get any real answers on the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback in preseason.Remember this: Chan Gailey spent an entire spring,... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, July 28, 2016

Here’s my vote for the two most interesting players to watch during Bills training camp: Kolby Listenbee and Marquise Goodwin. Let’s face it: Preseason is not going to tell us much about most of the key players on the team. You have to see what you’ve got when the real games start. But it would be a very big deal if... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Bills should save their cap space and hold off on signing a running back like Reggie Bush. Karlos Williams is out the first four weeks of the season. So what? If LeSean McCoy goes down for a week, the Bills still have Mike Gillislee, Jonathan Williams and other options who can do a good short-term job.What happens if... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Saturday, June 25, 2016

There’s a misconception about the Bills’ decision to try to win with a running game and a strong defense. It does not fly in the face of analytics.Yes, it’s contrary to the prevailing NFL trend. Most top teams have highly productive pass offenses. But that’s because most of them have a proven franchise quarterback.... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, June 16, 2016

The late, great Larry Felser used to joke that some NFL owners, like Cardinals mogul Billy Bidwill, would be sleeping under a highway overpass if they hadn’t inherited their money. I feel the same way about Raiders owner Mark Davis. He’s blackmailing Oakland taxpayers for $400 million by threatening to move to Las... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Bills have made plenty of personnel mistakes, as we all know. Signing Mario Williams to a huge contract in 2012 was not one of them, contrary to the opinion of more than a few.Let’s go back to early 2012. The Bills were 6-10 with a defense that ranked 30th in points allowed and third-last in sacks. The only edge... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, May 13, 2016

I know you’re probably tired of hearing and reading about “Deflategate.” Bear with me while I make one point in the interest of proper perspective. The court battle between Tom Brady and the NFL, which Brady lost, was all about the authority of the NFL commissioner to hand down a four-game suspension.Overshadowed was... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, May 5, 2016

It has been fascinating to watch Ryan Fitzpatrick and his agent conduct a negotiating stare-down with the New York Jets this spring. Fitz remains unsigned, despite throwing 31 TD passes and helping the Jets to a 10-6 record last season. No coach in the NFL will make better use of his ability than Jets offensive chief Chan... Read More

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