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By Mark Gaughan » Saturday, April 23, 2016

I love the Cleveland Browns’ move to trade out of the No. 2 spot in the NFL Draft and stockpile picks. Some Browns fans justifiably are skeptical. I’ve already heard from some who say: “We’ve seen this movie before, and it has an unhappy ending!” And it’s true. The Browns had four picks in the top 52 in 2009... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, February 2, 2016

He was the most accurate passer of his era. He was the decisive player in two of the greatest AFC playoff games ever. He was one of the great two-minute quarterbacks ever. He won a Super Bowl. We’re talking about Ken Stabler. Here’s hoping The Snake receives his due and gets elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, January 7, 2016

Poor Cleveland Browns fans. Their team is embracing too much of a good thing in letting analytics run the football department. I love analytics. Bill Belichick has been making analytics-based decisions for years, such as dumping stars a year or two early (Richard Seymour, etc.). But analytics should not drive the... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, January 3, 2016

* Justice was served with the Bills’ 22-17 victory over the New York Jets Sunday. It was a heart-breaking loss to the New York Jets. But let’s be honest: The Jets are not worthy of the playoffs, and they’re not nearly as good as the Pittsburgh Steelers, who advanced to the postseason with the result. The Jets... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, December 27, 2015

Lawson & Co. vs. Jason WittenThe Cowboys’ great tight end was held to just one catch for 12 yards. He was targeted just twice. It was his lowest catch total of the season and only the third time in the last 86 games he has been held to one catch. Dallas star receiver Dez Bryant was out with a foot injury, and... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, December 27, 2015

Random thoughts on the Bills’ 16-6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. We’ll keep this short and sweet, as is deserving of a meaningless Week 16 game: * The stock report on Tyrod Taylor stays the same. Promising. Still a lot to prove. Clearly worthy of being the undisputed No. 1 QB entering next season. Not yet worthy... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, December 25, 2015

Buffalo Bills punter Paul Maguire was at a party with a bunch of the San Diego Chargers players two days before the 1965 American Football League Championship Game. It was not strange at all that Maguire would be hanging out with the opposition. The Bills spent the week practicing in San Diego. Maguire had spent his first... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, December 20, 2015

Joe Barry vs. Rex Ryan The Bills can’t fall back on excuses this week. Yes, the Buffalo defense is banged up without starters Stephon Gilmore, Nigel Bradham, Aaron Williams and Kyle Williams. But the Washington defense has lost five starters to injury since the start of the season. Still, Buffalo’s defense had five... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Bills were brutal in losing to Washington, and don’t accept injuries as an excuse. Sure, the Bills were down four starters on defense, including Stephon Gilmore, Nigel Bradham, Aaron Williams and Kyle Williams. But the Washington defense was equally banged up, without five starters since the start of the season.... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, December 13, 2015

Fletcher Cox vs. Marcell Dareus The Eagles’ star defensive tackle was great; the Bills’ star defensive tackle wasn’t. Cox, the 12th pick in the 2012 draft, doesn’t rack up a ton of statistics as a 3-4 defensive end. But he’s having a great season. He was a wrecking crew last week against New England, with four... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Buffalo Bills got a bad break on the decisive play from scrimmage in their 23-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. That was the No. 1 play of the game. But the Bills caught a good break to prevent another Eagles’ score and failed to convert critical third-down plays against the NFL’s 26th-ranked defense.... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, December 13, 2015

Not quite good enough. That might be the most fitting title for the Buffalo Bills’ 2015 highlight video. Playoff worthy teams mount tying or winning drives late in the fourth quarter in hard-fought games. The Bills had two chances to pull that off late in their 23-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles but couldn’t... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, December 6, 2015

Quick reactions from the Bills’ tense, 30-21 win over the Texans: X - The Bills’ best players made a few more plays than Houston’s best players. X – Shady McCoy did it almost all himself on a 20-yard run on the Bills’ final TD drive. There’s nothing like elite quickness at running back. McCoy set up the... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, November 29, 2015

1. The big payoff. Kansas City last year became the first team since 1960 to go an entire season without a touchdown catch by a wide receiver. The Chiefs’ obvious reaction: Spend big in free agency. Kansas City made Jeremy Maclin the ninth-highest paid receiver in the NFL by signing him to a contract worth $11... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, November 29, 2015

Andy Reid showed again why he’s such an outstanding offensive coach. The Chiefs’ offensive line was all banged up and they’re without multi-deimensional superstar Jamaal Charles. Yet Reid mixed plays, used the quick game and squeezed out enough offense to beat the Bills. Reid is 155-110-1 as an NFL head coach... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, November 24, 2015

PATS-BILLS MATCHUP WINNERS A committee vs. Rob Gronkowski. The Bills held the Patriots’ All-Pro tight end to two catches for 37 yards, his lowest catch total in 24 games. Tom Brady targeted him seven times. The Bills mixed it up. Nigel Bradham had some nice chucks on Gronk at the line of scrimmage and had tight... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What made the Bills’ latest loss in their House of Horrors – Gillette Stadium – so frustrating is they did so many things right. The Bills’ coaches had a good game plan on offense and defense. They frustrated Tom Brady with a mix of three- and four-man rushes and blitzes. They neutralized all-world tight end... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, November 13, 2015

Darrelle Revis vs. Sammy Watkins Revis is still the undisputed world-champion cornerback. Watkins' third career trip to Revis Island was about as forgettable as his first two. The Bills’ top wideout had three catches for 14 yards. (He had five catches in two games vs. Revis last year.) It was a victory for Revis. But... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, November 13, 2015

The Bills have more quality offensive weapons and a better quarterback than the New York Jets. LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins and Tyrod Taylor are better than any skill-position players on the Jets. Charles Clay is a lot better than any Jets tight end. The Bills look like they might be a legitimate playoff team. The... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, November 8, 2015

Jerry Hughes vs. Jason Fox Fox was the weak link of the Miami line. He was replacing injured starter Ja’Wuan James at right tackle, and it was only his eighth career start in six NFL seasons. Most of the first three quarters, the Dolphins helped Fox by lining up a tight end next to him, limiting his exposure to... Read More

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