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By Tim Graham » Thursday, February 4, 2016

The NFL’s Rooney Rule has been so effective, the league probably doesn’t need it for minority coaches anymore. Proposed by Steelers owner Dan Rooney, the NFL in 2003 required all teams to interview at least one minority for every head coach or GM vacancy. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Thursday the... Read More

By Tim Graham » Friday, January 22, 2016

With future Hall of Fame passers Tom Brady and Peyton Manning renewing their epic rivalry Sunday for the AFC title, here are my top five quarterback rivalries in NFL history. Not every great quarterback had an obviously notable nemesis. And while some quarterbacks might be known for more multiple rivalries (e.g. Terry... Read More

By Tim Graham » Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fourteen hours after the Bills announced Kathryn Smith had become the NFL’s first female full-time coach, another historical notice hit my inbox.The Dolphins proclaimed they’d be the first NFL franchise to stage multiple international cheerleader auditions.Smith and the Bills busted through a barrier, but... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Buffalo Bills won their finale and avoided a losing record and take feel-good momentum into the offseason and finished on a strong note and blah, blah, blah. I’m not much for warm and fuzzies over an 8-8 organization that missed the playoffs a 16th straight season, but one Bills unit that should be proud of its... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Buffalo Bills swept the New York Jets with Sunday's 22-17 victory in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Already having swept the Miami Dolphins, the Bills finished with a 4-2 record in the AFC East. So the Bills have that going for them, which is nice. They also played the AFC South and NFC East, the league's slapstick... Read More

By Tim Graham » Saturday, January 2, 2016

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. − They’ve diverted their emotions into proper compartments.So they say, at least.Ryan Fitzpatrick and Chan Gailey will return Sunday to Ralph Wilson Stadium for the first time. Three years have passed since Fitzpatrick threw his last pass and Gailey coached his last game for the Buffalo... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sunday’s inaugural Bethlehem Steel Bowl Presented by Wilson Farms was everything we imagined it would be.The regular-season exhibition between the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium was a leaden exercise, borderline pleasureless from start to finish.As you’d expect from a couple of teams... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sunday's game in Ralph Wilson Stadium was a chore. The Buffalo Bills defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 16-6, in a constant rain and with temperatures barely above freezing. There were no playoff implications. Each team had been mathematically eliminated. *Yawn* Buffalo's lone Pro Bowler, running back LeSean McCoy,... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 20, 2015

The value of any statistic aside from the final numbers on the scoreboard can be debated.Time of possession? Not nearly as important in a pass-oriented NFL.Total yards? Eh, teams with a lead might sit on the ball while the trailing team slings it around the field.Turnover margin? A more critical stat than most, but not a... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dysentery couldn't have run through the Buffalo Bills any faster than Washington did. Bills defensive end Mario Williams stayed home sick earlier in the week and missed prep time. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning there were some at One Bills Drive who didn't believe Williams truly was ill, that... Read More

By Tim Graham » Saturday, December 19, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. – Three hundred and sixty-five nights ago, Chad Kelly couldn’t get any lower. He lay alone on the cold floor of his jail cell in Buffalo City Court’s basement. The pepper spray made his eyes water, but he bawled from the emotion of what had happened. At that moment, Kelly figured he’d wrecked... Read More

By Tim Graham » Friday, December 18, 2015

ALAMEDA, Calif. − Only 13 men before him had recorded at least five sacks in an NFL game.That information drew a “Whoo!” from linebacker Ben Heeney inside the Oakland Raiders’ locker room.One stall away from Heeney sat the 14th man to do it since sacks became an official stat 33 years ago. But... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 13, 2015

Buffalo News reporter Jay Skurski mentioned a fascinating possibility last week.The Bills’ schedule included games against divisions that each could have a champion without a winning record, and yet the Bills still might manage to miss the playoffs.Furthermore, I added, the Bills also could post a winning AFC East... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Buffalo Bills might mathematically still be in the playoff race. I couldn't tell you. I don't have the energy to find out. But their season ostensibly came to an end Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The Bills lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 23-20, and with what else happened around the NFL saw a season go... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 6, 2015

Buffalo Bills kicker Dan Carpenter wanted to wait until Tuesday to speak with me about the game.He quickly had dressed in his civvies and was part way down the corridor to leave the locker room. Then he reluctantly turned to answer a few questions about Sunday’s 30-21 victory over the Houston Texans.Carpenter kicked... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Buffalo Bills are lumped up. They were staggered. They still might be. But whatever damage the Bills sustained Sunday, they inflicted more on the Houston Texans. Already missing the right side of its offensive line, a chunk of its defensive interior, a starting linebacker and its best safety among others,... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, November 29, 2015

We often hear about coaches looking upstairs for guidance on whether to challenge a ruling on the field. I always assumed they meant the press box. The Buffalo Bills might look even higher than that. Down to the Kansas City Chiefs by eight points with 2:31 to play, Bills receiver Chris Hogan clearly caught a short... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sammy Watkins was 10 yards away from his career-high and had only his second two-touchdown game. It was halftime. The Buffalo Bills led the Kansas City Chiefs, 16-14. Watkins didn't catch another pass the rest of the game. The Bills lost, 30-22. The loss is a wham-bam jolt to the Bills wild-card playoff chances.... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sammy Watkins could have used a built-in excuse, pointed his finger at the easy target. Nobody would have blamed him. The NFL admitted the ruling was incompetent. An official clearly botched the end of Monday night’s loss to the New England Patriots. Watkins caught a pass along the left sideline as precious time... Read More

By Tim Graham » Saturday, November 28, 2015

(Note: Sunday's edition of The Buffalo News includes a feature that explores the philosophies, fallacies and analytics of NFL clock management. Here is an enhanced excerpt that includes additional information.) Media guides and official web sites contain megatons of information about nearly every statistic, factoid and... Read More

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