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  1. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs finished number 2 and number 1 in the AFC playoff rankings last year, respectively. Even though it’s just Week 5, this game has massive implications down the line for playoff seeding once again. The Bills have a very easy remaining schedule based on current record of opponents. Three AFC 1-3 teams account for five total games out of the remaining 13. In fact, only two teams remaining on their schedule have winning records right now; Tampa Bay and Carolina (if you can believe it). If they can beat the Chiefs, they will win any tiebreakers over them and put themselves three games up on Kansas City in the race for the one seed. Football Outsiders says that if Buffalo wins, they earn the bye and the 1 seed in more than 50% of their season simulations. If Buffalo loses, they still have a good shot at the bye at 20%, but the Baltimore Ravens take over as the favorite with 27% of simulation. Baltimore, of course, already has a win over the Chiefs this season. Home field advantage hasn’t meant much in the NFL this season, but getting the bye into the divisional round would certainly help get players healthy down the stretch for a run to the Super Bowl. View the full article
  2. Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images A high-level look at strengths/weaknesses The Buffalo Bills look to take down the Kansas City Chiefs on their home turf this weekend on Sunday Night Football. There’s a chance you recall that the last two times the teams met was in last year’s AFC Championship game where things didn’t go so hot for the Bills. Rightfully used as a measuring stick for Buffalo’s success, there are a lot of questions to be answered this week. Is the Bills’ defense as elite as their stats suggest? Can they slow down KC? If it turns into a shootout can Josh Allen and company keep up? So on and so forth. Rather than focus on a single player this week, I thought it might be wise to take a bird’s eye approach and see if any deep-dive stats can reveal some potential soft spots. Let’s do it! Play Direction Stats Rushing As a heads up, I’ll be making liberal use of the Image Slider feature. This will give you a side by side for each team and hopefully make comparisons easier. These images are mostly stock from one of the NFL’s sites but I’ve taken the liberty of scribbling in red and blue on them. Red circles are things where the team is objectively not very good, and blue means an area of strength. Here we go... For rushing play direction the stat I’ll focus on is average gain. The number of plays the team has attempted (offense) or faced (defense) is also included for consideration. For Kansas City, They’ve been good running the ball over most of the field. With only two plays off the left tackle, that’s possibly a fluke, but other areas strongly suggest they’ve been effective running the ball. However, they might have some struggles in the middle and off the right tackle. Buffalo’s defense on paper seems poised to meet the challenge. They’ve had solid run defense over most of the field, with some gaps on the right side that would favor KC. On the flip side, KC has struggled mightily defending the run with some truly dreadful numbers. They’re only in the “good zone” with right tackle runs, the one area where Buffalo has seemed to struggle. Theoretically, that leaves plenty of field where the Bills are strongly favored. I’ll come back to this... Passing I don’t know if you’ve heard of this Patrick Mahomes fella, but I hear he’s pretty good at footballing. Overall this shows up on paper, with Kansas City having a healthy dose of blue circles. For passing stats, both average gain and completion percentage are good columns to take a look at. For KC, they’re average or better in gain everywhere except for deep middle passes. And even there, with only five attempts the results could be skewed. When it comes to completion percentage it’s (pun intended) hit or miss with three red circles and three blue. The right side of the field seems to be more problematic than the left, and deeper shots seem to be lacking a bit. Remember, the ranks are relative to the league so that means 23 teams are completing a higher percentage of passes short right than Patrick Mahomes is right now. I didn’t mention it above as the talent gap between the first four weeks and Kansas City in the run game is not as pronounced as it is in the passing game. So this should be taken with a grain of salt but HOLY SMOKES the Bills’ passing defense is insane. They’ve been very difficult to get completions on AND they limit opponents to shorter gains than average. This will be their first big test this season but, so far on paper, the Bills would be favored (remember, grain of salt). On the flip side, the Bills’ air game is pretty much the definition of mediocre. The KC defense has a lot of red circles. Advantage Bills on paper. Team +/- Rankings KC offense vs. Buffalo defense For these charts, the NFL does the heavy lifting with deviations over league average in “regular” text and below league average highlighted in red. For offense red = bad, and for defense red = good. With that said, KC is mostly in the black on offense with a few stats significantly above the mean. Passing yards per play and points per game are highlighted by me because those numbers are very good. While the play-direction charts above show some weaknesses, overall KC is getting it done on offense and convincingly. Again, quality of opponent matters. I’m not denying that. Buuuuuut...that Buffalo defense is silly. It’s so ludicrous it’s gone plaid. Teams aren’t even scoring HALF the league average on the Bills and remember they have lost a game. Just look at the ****ing chart. That’s sick. Beating the opponents you’re supposed to is great, but what the Bills have been doing has been flat out sadistic. KC defense vs. Buffalo offense Looking at the matchup in the other direction, KC has struggled statistically. They’re allowing a lot of yards, and their yards/play on defense ain’t good at all. At 31.3 points allowed per game they’re good for more than a touchdown better than league average. The Buffalo offense, like we all expected, has been “meh” in the passing game statistically and the ground game is a currently a strength. Where the Bills have excelled is avoiding catastrophic mistakes. Low sack rate and low interception rate means the Bills have kept the ball moving and, like KC, they’re scoring ten points more per game than league average. From a stat-nerd perspective you’d like to see some of Buffalo’s efficiency metrics improve to feel really comfortable here. Summary The stats aren’t everything, but they do paint a decent overall picture of the two teams. For example, I’m not arguing Josh Allen “sucks” or has been “mediocre.” What I’m saying is that there’s been enough negative plays to offset the “wow” ones to create a less than desirable aggregate. Similarly, all those KC red circles on offense shouldn’t be seen as a claim that Mahomes has “lost it.” Ultimately, Sunday’s contest features two of the best QBs in the business who haven’t quite hit their stride this season. Both are capable of causing catastrophic damage to opponents and this week shouldn’t be any different. Kansas City leads the league with 3.56 points per drive. Buffalo comes in at number four with 2.81 points per drive. Both teams are also complemented by a capable running game that’s helped them maintain elite scoring efficiency. The deciding factor could be the two defenses. Last season the Chiefs managed to pressure Josh Allen into oblivion. This year their defense has been the source of a lot of handwringing. The Bills have gone the other direction, with early returns being compared to historic units. On paper, Buffalo has the advantage. The game isn’t played on paper and some anxiety should be considered natural for Bills fans. That said, take a deep breath. Scan the charts again. Confidence should be considered natural too. View the full article
  3. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images The Stephon Gilmore trade gives the perfect chance to talk defense. At this point in the NFL season, we’re beginning to see what teams are made, as each AFC East team has four games under their belt. On Wednesday, the New England Patriots traded All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore to the Carolina Panthers for just a sixth-round pick after failing to restructure his contract. This trade gives us the perfect opportunity to take a look at the defenses in the division. With each of the four head coaches having a defensive background, defense should be the strong point of each team. Leading the way are the Buffalo Bills who statistically have the best defense in the league. They already pitched two shut outs to start the season (Granted against the Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans). This is a unit that has only allowed a total of 216 yards per game and shows no signs of slowing down. This should come as no surprise with the Bills returning the majority of their starters from a year ago. However, the true test of this unit will come on Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs’ high-powered offense led by Patrick Mahomes. Even without Gilmore who started the season on injured reserve, the New England Patriots are still fifth in the league, allowing just over 300 yards a game. The secondary is holding quarterbacks to just 185 yards through the air and doesn’t appear to have missed Gilmore locking down opposing number-one targets. The area where this unit needs to improve is in the running game. Up front the team is allowing 122 yards on the ground, which ranks in the bottom half of the league. For the New York Jets, their unit has been average in the league. The problem is that the defense is allowing 23.5 points per game, which is a tough task when you have a rookie quarterback leading the offense. The Jets were able to score enough points to down the Tennessee Titians but I am sure the defense would like to get that number down. One thing New York usually has is a great run defense, but that hasn’t been the case this season as backs have rushed for 127 per game. The Miami Dolphins had a frightening defense last season that forced a large amount of turnovers and scoring points off of them. This season that has not been the case but a forced fumble did give them the victory Week 1 against the Patriots. Miami has allowed almost 400 yards of offense and 27 points per game. That is always going to be tough to beat for an offense currently missing its starting quarterback. The Dolphins’ defense does have the potential to be a top-ten unit in the league, but it will be up to head coach Brian Flores to rally the troops. View the full article
  4. do not use | Josh Rawdin I hate odd numbers On this episode of “The Bruce Exclusive”, Bruce examines what is typically the quarter-point of the NFL season with some shakeups on the Buffalo Bills’ OL, a continued eye on some breakout players, and an examination of the QB STEW composite thus far in 2021. Subscribe to the Buffalo Rumblings podcast channel featuring Billieve, Buffalo Rumblings Q&A, Breaking Buffalo Rumblings, Code of Conduct with J. Spence, The Bruce Exclusive, The Buff Hub, Jamie D. & Big Newt, The Overreaction Podcast, Food For Thought, The Chop Up, Hump Day Hotline, Off Tackle with John Fina, Bills Mafia Time 2 Shine and Circling the Wagons: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Google Play | Spotify | Podbean | iHeartRadio | TuneIn | Megaphone | YouTube Ask Alexa or Google Home to play the Buffalo Rumblings podcast! If you like our show, tell a friend and spread the word! Editor’s Note: The embedded audio has been stripped from this article if you’re using Apple News. Head to a full web browser or your favorite podcast app. View the full article
  5. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Plus, how LB Tremaine Edmunds is enjoying a breakout start to the 2021 season. The Buffalo Bills (3-1) are treating Sunday night’s showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) as just another game, but whether they want to admit it or not, this rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game is Buffalo’s biggest game so far this year, representing a huge test for these Bills. Today’s edition of the Bills daily links leads off with how the Bills are preparing to enter a hostile environment in Kansas City, and why, in a matchup of All-Pro quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen, the running games could determine who emerges with a win. Recently featured on Buffalo Rumblings Plenty of Buffalo Bills on injury list ahead of Kansas City Chiefs game - Buffalo Rumblings Tremaine Edmunds named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after Buffalo Bills’ shutout win - Buffalo Rumblings Analysis: Boogie Basham’s debut vs. Houston Texans - Buffalo Rumblings Bills vs. Texans: big changes for Spencer Brown, Boogie Basham in rookie review - Buffalo Rumblings Bills mailbag Q&A: All about the defending the Chiefs - Buffalo Rumblings Penalty recap: Houston Texans vs Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings Cody Ford latest in a long line of early season o-line benchings for Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings Jamie D and Big Newt: On to bigger challenges - Buffalo Rumblings Bills Muttfia a successful partnership between Erie County SPCA, Brandon & Hayley Beane - Buffalo Rumblings Additional Bills news from around the web All eyes on rematch with Kansas City While the rest of the football world is hyping up Sunday’s Week 5 showdown vs. the Chiefs, the Bills are going about their business as if this is just another game. We learn how the Bills are preparing to handle the hostile environment in Kansas City, hear from wide receiver Stefon Diggs, quarterback Josh Allen, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and more players leading up to the game, find out why the running games of both Kansas City and Buffalo could determine who wins, and more. How Buffalo Bills prepared to handle ‘hostile environment’ in Kansas City this time vs. Chiefs - newyorkupstate.com ‘Be calm in the chaos’: Bills WR Stefon Diggs doesn’t overhype return to Kansas City | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com Bills’ Diggs, Allen not focused on redemption ahead of Chiefs rematch: ‘It’s Week 5’ - NFL.com ‘It’s a big game because it’s the next game’ | Bills focus on the Chiefs not the narratives - BuffaloBills.com Mark Gaughan: In showdown of elite QBs, run game for Bills, Chiefs will be critical | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com After facing three backup QBs, Bills defense faces NFL’s best in Kansas City - Democrat & Chronicle Stefon Diggs has ‘maximum confidence’ against Kansas City - WGR 550 Bills vs. Chiefs odds, picks and trends: Expert predictions for Week 5 game – The Athletic Here’s what Sean McDermott is saying as Bills prepare to take on the Chiefs - Democrat & Chronicle LB Matt Milano sits, S Jordan Poyer, CB Taron Johnson return Heading into the Sunday night showdown with the Chiefs, the Bills practiced Wednesday without linebacker Matt Milano, who is nursing a hamstring injury. Safety Jordan Poyer and cornerback Taron Johnson returned while cornerback Tre’Davious White was limited with a shoulder ailment. Bills’ injury updates: Matt Milano to miss practice; Jordan Poyer limited | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com Matt Milano doesn’t practice Wednesday; Bills have lengthy injury report ahead of Chiefs game - newyorkupstate.com Poyer, Johnson back at practice; Milano still out - WGR 550 LB Tremaine Edmunds earns weekly honor After making a team-high six tackles and coming away with his first interception of the season, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds was honored as the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Tremaine Edmunds named AFC Defensive Player of the Week - WGR 550 Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds wins AFC Defensive Player of the Week | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com Edmunds finally coming up big as Bills ready for showdown with Chiefs - Democrat & Chronicle Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds wins AFC Defensive Player of the Week; Josh Allen’s Firebaugh hoodie for sale | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com Odds and ends We go to the tape to see what allowed rookie offensive lineman Spencer Brown to excel in his first career start, see where the Bills land in the latest NFL power rankings, hear from one sports marketing executive with prior experience on new stadiums on how the Bills can build a new home that fits in Buffalo, and more. Bills rookie Spencer Brown shows flashes of big potential: All-22 film review – The Athletic Dominant Buffalo Bills find themselves at No. 1 in NFL power rankings post-Week 4 - newyorkupstate.com How to build a new stadium that works? A sports marketing exec has answers | Local News | buffalonews.com Erik Brady: From Bills to Chiefs to Bills, and the unique player-sharing deal of Mike Mercer | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com View the full article
  6. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports Matt Milano and Greg Rousseau missed practice Wednesday. The Buffalo Bills may have coasted to a win on a rainy afternoon last Sunday, but they didn’t emerge from their game unscathed. Several players popped up on the injury report after Wednesday’s practice, and three starters worked off to the side all day. The first is Matt Milano (hamstring), who was already listed as day-to-day. It’ll be a stretch to see if he can loosen up in time for the game, but at least he has an extra seven hours to recover with Buffalo’s late start. The second is Greg Rousseau (toe). The toe injury wasn’t known during or after the game, but may explain why Rousseau only played a season-low 38 percent of snaps in the win. The last was special teams captain Taiwan Jones (hamstring), who also left the Houston game with his injury. Four other starters were limited in practice with injuries. That starts them out with a good chance to play this weekend. On that list were Spencer Brown (knee) and Tre’Davious White (shoulder), as well as Jordan Poyer (ankle) and Jon Feliciano (concussion), who missed the last game. Backup cornerback Dane Jackson (knee) was also limited in practice. One positive development is nickel corner Taron Johnson (groin), who was full-go in practice Wednesday. He should be available on Sunday. Defensive end Efe Obada (ankle) was also a full participant. Finally, Mario Addison and Cole Beasley took veteran rest days. View the full article
  7. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images It was pretty lopsided in flags too... The Buffalo Bills faced off with the Houston Texans this past Sunday in one of the most lopsided affairs in team history. That was reflected in more than the score, with most stats painting the same picture condemning the Texans and exalting the Bills. Penalties are no different, with Buffalo setting some season lows. Standard and Advanced Metrics Penalty Count The NFL averages ticked down again this week as expected. Aside from that, is there any explanation needed? The chart says it all. Penalty Yards I’ll do a little more explaining here. The assessed yards tell a pretty clear picture. For true yards, the Bills added nearly twice the negated yards that Houston did (40 vs. 23) but it’s nowhere near enough to close the gap. Both teams averaged ten yards per flag, so really this is mostly a function of counts. Penalty Harm Houston Texans A fair few of these were pretty straightforward. Laremy Tunsil’s holding, the face mask on Pharaoh Brown, holding on Max Scharping, and unnecessary roughness on Chris Conley were all assessed yards only. The holding on Tytus Howard wiped out a four-yard gain to add 0.4 harm to the 1.0 on the assessed yards. A.J. Moore wiped out six yards on his. Jordan Akins was also flagged for holding (which Texan wasn’t? yeesh). His wiped out a 13-yard gain that was juuuuuust enough to get a first down from 3rd & 13. The only mitigating factor was that it was “merely” half the distance to the goal for eight yards. That’s 0.8 on the assessed yards, 1.3 on the negated, and 2.0 for the lost downs for a total of 4.1 Harm. Tavierre Thomas was flagged for unnecessary roughness, which was half the distance to the goal and that’s it. The same applies to Lonnie Johnson Jr.’s flag, except that one will live on in Bills lore because of this... This sounds dumb just typing it but here goes: The most interesting flag was the neutral-zone infraction on Jacob Martin. Bear with me here. The Buffalo Bills had the ball. It’s 3rd & 5. The Texans are flagged for a neutral zone infraction, and are assessed...FOUR yards. Bills accept the penalty and it’s now 3rd & 1. That’s all 100 percent accurate to the recorded play-by-play. At least a few times a year we see “rounding” errors in flags. While the play-by-play lists distances as whole numbers only, the refs do actually spot the ball between yards. The Bills were really more like 3rd & 5.5 and the penalty was assessed correctly. But due to rounding errors in the spot of the ball, it creates the appearance of a four-yard neutral-zone infraction. The Texans had a pretty rough day, amassing 14.3 Harm in total. Buffalo Bills This should be quick. Both Siran Neal and Tyrel Dodson were flagged for holding on punts. Neal’s wiped out two yards on the return, but as a spot foul Isaiah McKenzie got to keep ten of his 12 yards. Dodson’s occurred as McKenzie was ending his six-yard return and he got to keep all of them. Both naturally also pushed the ball back from the spot by ten yards. Darryl Williams had the worst flag of the day, coming after Devin Singletary had run for 41 yards. This one was a bit of an oddity as holding usually occurs early enough in the play to wipe it all out. Instead, three of Singletary’s yards counted, and “only” 38 were negated. Ten assessed yards = 1.0 harm and the 38 negated adds another 3.8 harm to the mix for the total of 4.8. The Bills were on the right side of the ledger this week with 7.0 Harm. That’s a clean week in the grand scheme of things, but pretty high for only three flags. Weekly Tracker There were a few requests for this new addition, which I’m pretty happy to try out. I did look into adding league average trend lines, but on the couple charts that could use them it started to look a bit cluttered. When I have more time I’ll try to sort that out better. I was able to add the “most wanted” list, which should be easy enough to update each week. I have the list sorted by Harm because I’m self-centered, and with the time I put into calculating it I may as well pretend it’s the most important metric. I have assessed count and yards in there as well for quick perusal. View the full article
  8. Jasper Colt / USA TODAY NETWORK NFL players and teams make a positive impact in their community all the time. From donations flooding in for the Oishei Children’s Hospital to help working with food banks around the area, the Buffalo Bills and Bills fans have a great reputation and history of helping out those less fortunate. We wanted to highlight one effort that is speaking up for the ones that can’t speak for themselves: Bills Muttfia. Bills Muttfia is a program started by Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane and his wife, Hayley. For every home game touchdown scored by the Bills, the Beanes donate the adoption fee for one animal at the Erie County SPCA. Animals are drafted into the program each weekend when the Bills score and posted to social media. “No matter what happens at work — good day, bad day, you win 40 to nothing, lose 40 to nothing — your dogs are fired up to see you when you come in the door, and that’s a cool feeling; the love and nurturing that they bring to the family,” Brandon Beane told BuffaloBills.com. Then his family put their money and time where their heart is. The Beanes began the program with the 2020 season, which just so happened to coincide with an offensive explosion for the Bills. That meant a lot of pet adoptions. They were able to sponsor 17 dogs, 14 cats, 4 bunnies, 2 guinea pigs, 2 roosters, a pig, and a rat during the 2020 season, and a total of 41 animals! In 2021. They have seen four animals adopted, four animals are pending adoption, and another five are on the way as of the time of this writing following their third home game of the season. “The most rewarding part is definitely seeing a pet adopted into a happy home,” Hayley Beane told us. “It’s a win-win for the pet and the new owner. I find that most of the time, people need the animals as much as the animal need them.” Hayley Beane Brandon and Hayley Beane In 2019 and previously, Lindsey and Stephen Hauschka, the Bills’ longtime placekicker, funded the program. Hauschka didn’t make the team in 2020 so the Beanes stepped up to help the animals of Erie County. The support from the Bills’ fan community has been the most unexpected part of the journey for Mrs. Beane, who just joined the Board of Directors at the ECSPCA. The Mafia Babes sponsored a tailgate party on Sunday, Oct. 3, that raised money for the organization and awareness for the cause. “I’ve loved the interaction with the fans,” she said. “So many have donated money or shared the animals each week on their social media accounts to help facilitate the adoptions.” The Beanes have two rescue dogs of their own, so they’re walking the walk, too. If you’re like to donate to help the Bills Muttfia and the Erie County SPCA, you can do it using this direct link. We’ve been trumpeting the message for a while, too. Here is our interview from November 2020 with Mrs. Beane and hosts Robyn and Danyel. View the full article
  9. Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott has received a lot of credit for his growth mindset and ability to change his opinion when presented with new information. One thing he’s done from the beginning is change a member of his group of offensive lineman who was struggling. In every season as a head coach, McDermott has shuffled the offensive line to get the best five out there, something coaches in the past have been reluctant to do in the name of continuity. This year, it’s right guard Cody Ford who found himself benched after the first three weeks of the season. Despite his status as a former second-round pick for whom the Bills traded up to select, Ford was relegated to backup status against the Houston Texans. In his place, Daryl Williams slid over from the right tackle spot and rookie third-round pick Spencer Brown was inserted into the starting lineup. With how the duo settled in on the right side, we don’t expect this to change anytime soon. Last year, the Bills didn’t have a ton of opportunity to tweak the line because of injuries. They did it anyway. Quinton Spain began the year as the team’s left guard but it wasn’t long until he was benched. Just two games into the season, the Bills replaced him with Ford, who started seven games at the spot before suffering an injury. Spain wasn’t just demoted, he asked for and received his outright release, ending up on the Cincinnati Bengals. The 2019 offensive line didn’t have an entire replacement in 2019, but rather a platoon. At right tackle, the Bills didn’t trust Ty Nsekhe to play every snap due to his age and they didn’t trust rookie Cody Ford, so they had both of them split snaps. It was a novel idea that ultimately ended when Nsekhe was injured. In 2018, the Bills started Ryan Groy at center in the first two games. He eventually ceded the starting spot to an equally bad player in Russell Bodine. Bodine was traded the next offseason after the Bills signed Mitch Morse. Groy did come back to finish out the season as the starting center after an injury to Bodine, though. He played for the Chargers in 2019 and 2020 and is out of football. During McDermott’s first season in 2017, the Bills began the year with John Miller as their starting right guard. The former third-round pick started the first four games of the season before being inactive for the remainder of the year. He bounced back to start 15 games in 2018, but in 2017 was benched for Vlad Ducasse. Do you see a pattern? See a problem on the offensive line, try to address it, even if it’s the first month of the season and continuity is disrupted. By the end of the season, you’ll have gone through the growing pains in time for the playoff run. View the full article
  10. Podcast art for Jamie D and Big Newt | Josh Rawdin The Buffalo Bills expectedly beat down the Houston Texans on a chilly and rainy day. Starting an inexperienced quarterback due to the legal issues of Deshaun Watson and injury to Tyrod Taylor—who is no scrub—it was going to take a near-perfect game by the Texans to win. Jamie D’Amico and Big Chris Newton discussed the players on the squad who had early career accomplishments, including safety Jaquan Johnson getting his first start and interception, defensive end Boogie Basham getting his first game action and a sack, and Spencer Brown getting his first start at right tackle. Meanwhile, the injury to Matt Milano is a concern with the upcoming game against AFC Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs and will probably require some TLC. Although Kansas CIty is a game behind Buffalo, they can still score points and win games. The hosts break down the Chiefs’ season up to this point and examine what the outcomes could be on Sunday night. And finally, Cole Beasley’s Twitter comments about Bills fans is addressed. Let us know what you think! Holler at me on Twitter @TheJamieDamico or Big Newt at @Big_Newt. Subscribe to the Buffalo Rumblings podcast channel featuring Billieve, Buffalo Rumblings Q&A, Breaking Buffalo Rumblings, Code of Conduct with J. Spence, The Bruce Exclusive, The Buff Hub, Jamie D. & Big Newt, The Overreaction Podcast, Food For Thought, The Chop Up, Hump Day Hotline, Off Tackle with John Fina, Bills Mafia Time 2 Shine and Circling the Wagons: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Google Play | Spotify | Podbean | iHeartRadio | TuneIn | Megaphone Ask Alexa or Google Home to play the Buffalo Rumblings podcast! Editor’s note: The embedded audio is stripped out in Apple News. Head over to your favorite podcast app or web browser to click play. View the full article
  11. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports The second week in a row that a Bills player wins a conference award. A week after Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award, his counterpart Tremaine Edmunds has been named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week. Edmunds received the honor for his impact performance in Buffalo’s shutout win over the Houston Texans. In that game, Edmunds led the team in tackles and had the first of the team’s four interceptions. This is the first “Player of the Week” honor for Edmunds, and the first one for the Bills since A.J. Klein won the award last season. Six tackles and an interception doesn’t usually scream “best defender of the week,” but it was an unusually weak field of individual defenders for the AFC. Joey Bosa had a sack, a forced fumble, and two QB hits. Chiefs cornerback Mike Hughes forced a fumble, had a pass defense, and had 10 combined tackles, but his defense didn’t force a single punt against the Eagles. Patriots edge rusher Matt Judon had a sack, two tackles for loss, two QB hits, and seven total tackles in a loss to the Buccaneers. All-in-all, Edmunds and his contributions to a 40-0 spanking were the favorite in the field. Here’s hoping that Edmunds builds off this week’s performance and starts stacking up the splash plays for the rest of the year! View the full article
  12. Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images The “other” rookie DE finally hits the field In the 2021 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills turned heads by selecting back-to-back defensive ends. Greg Rousseau has been turning heads since Week 1, but Boogie Basham had been a healthy scratch until Week 4 versus the Houston Texans. With Basham part of a trio of youthful linemen that will likely be counted on in the next few years, let’s check in on the debut. Play 1 This is one of the first snaps of the game for Basham and initially it doesn’t go great. The one right before he got shoved around even worse. I went with this one because, while he lost some reps, I didn’t think it was fair to judge off his worst. I also like this one as he reacts well despite the early shove. Even with his left arm in a wonky position he’s able to windmill into what’s essentially a large swim move to disengage and get back into it. Play 2 Now obviously when you record your first NFL sack at least one or two things had to have gone right. For Basham there’s a lot that did. Without the All-22 angles it’s hard to confirm but it looks like he has good hand placement on the initial contact. The shove does two jobs. It compresses the pocket a bit more and allows Basham to free himself up and react. I’m not willing to go on record and say if he faked to the right or if he started there then thought better of it, but the result is the same. Davis Mills thinks he can escape to the edge that Basham appears to vacate only to find that Boogie is already cutting back. Then Basham doesn’t get caught up in the moment and remembers to play the passing lane on his way toward Mills. Play 3 Tangent here. Basham isn’t on the field, but this is how the Bills and their youth movement will be expected to maintain an elite defense. Greg Rousseau is regularly asked to drop into coverage and has been overall pretty good. Even rushing just four players, this versatility keeps the QB guessing “which four?” on nearly every play. Edmunds joins the pass rush from the interior on this play and makes his presence known. It’s a weird angle for Rousseau to make the tackle but he sells out and wraps up some ankles in a crowd. Play 4 Back to Basham, here he is taking on a double team. Overall I was pretty impressed with his field vision and decision-making. He’s making pretty good progress on the double team, all things considered. When Mills is flushed right, Basham is immediately shadowing. Also note that above he was playing left side. Here he’s on the right. I note Addison because even if Rousseau isn’t on the field, the Bills will still make you guess. Rousseau, Addison, and Hughes all get in on the fun. Play 5 This is meant to be more of a finesse play than the similar one above. There’s a quick swipe with the right hand that seems to be somewhat effective. Basham bends around the edge, reaches out...and just misses. It’s enough to disrupt the passing play and oh, so close to another sack. Play 6 And why not play some defensive tackle while he’s at it? From the look of it, Basham wasn’t asked to attack. I poke fun at him being off on the angle. Of course he has no shot at defending a pass with this trajectory but he won’t know that until it’s in the air. If this throw had been on a rope instead of a rainbow, it’s possible Basham makes the play. His timing seemed to be spot on. Play 7 I’ll leave the commentary alone for the most part, and just point out that Boogie’s trying to work in some hand fighting techniques, which is a positive thing to see. I’ll also add that with this play he officially hit all four spots on the line. Summary Most of the above is praise for Boogie Basham and I stand by that. It’ll be interesting to see how he performs against other teams, but Basham’s game against the Texans set a nice talent floor for the rookie’s debut. The versatility is an excellent sign, with the Bills trusting him to do some work all over the line. He checks another versatility box, showing off a good array of techniques in only 23 snaps of game film. View the full article
  13. Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports Rousseau quiet, Brown starts and Basham gets a sack The Buffalo Bills handily won their matchup this past Sunday against a hapless Houston Texans team 40-0. Thanks to a strong defensive effort, as well as an overmatched rookie quarterback, the team recorded their second shutout of the season. The offense was easily able to move in the ball—both passing and rushing—but bogged down a couple times in the red zone early in the game. The game was also notable in how much time on the field several of the rookies received. More about how each rookie performed against Houston below. DE Gregory Rousseau More a function of how much the coaches consider him a “starter” on defense, Rousseau only played 18 snaps against the Texans. This is due to the game’s status as a blowout. However, the rookie very clearly struggled in comparison to his defensive linemates, thanks to the presence of Laremy Tunsil at left tackle. The veteran stonewalled the rookie on most pass rushing snaps, although Rousseau held his ground in the run game on most snaps. DE Carlos Basham Jr. Both active and in his Buffalo Bills debut, Basham out-snapped Rousseau on the day while coming away with a sack. The sack was mostly the result of hustle and Star Lotulelei flushing David Mills. Basham was noticeably sluggish in his burst off the line, and his bull rush was usually not enough to threaten tackles. There is a reason he’s been inactive for most games. OT Spencer Brown Brown made his season debut as a starter, in replacing Daryl Williams at right tackle. The rookie third rounder acquitted himself well, with a few signature blocks in the run game—including executing a key reach block that sprung Singletary for nine yards in the second quarter—and more than held his own in the passing game. Brown’s smooth feet and movement skills are clearly evident, although he had some breakdowns in hand usage. It mostly didn’t matter because Josh Allen was able to get the ball out so quickly. An impressive first showing for Brown. OT Tommy Doyle Like his fellow classmates, Doyle saw some playing time as well, with nine whole snaps. Stiffer in comparison to Brown, the rookie displayed some good strength at the point of attack on several run attempts. WR Marquez Stevenson Stevenson was still listed on IR with a head injury, despite this week being the first that he could be activated. It will be worth seeing how long this continues. S Damar Hamlin The rookie safety was both active this week and saw the field on defense due to the game’s status as a blowout. In his 13 defensive snaps, he did manage to record a very pretty deep pass breakup that was perfectly timed. He also saw some action on special teams. OG Jack Anderson On September 21, the Eagles signed Anderson to their 53-man roster and off of the Bills’ practice squad. View the full article
  14. This week, all of our questions center around defending the Kansas City Chiefs and keeping pace with that Patrick Mahomes offense. What can the Buffalo Bills do differently? To have your Bills questions answered on the next podcast, you can call 24/7 and leave your questions at 716-508-0405, email us at BuffaloRumblings@SBnation.com, tweet us at @RumblingsQandA, send us Facebook or Instagram messages, or leave your comments in the show notes article on the website. Subscribe to the Buffalo Rumblings podcast channel featuring Billieve, Buffalo Rumblings Q&A, Breaking Buffalo Rumblings, Code of Conduct with J. Spence, The Bruce Exclusive, The Buff Hub, Jamie D. & Big Newt, The Overreaction Podcast, Food For Thought, The Chop Up, Hump Day Hotline, Off Tackle with John Fina, Bills Mafia Time 2 Shine and Circling the Wagons: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Google Play | Spotify | Podbean | iHeartRadio | TuneIn | Megaphone | YouTube Ask Alexa or Google Home to play the Buffalo Rumblings podcast! If you like our show, tell a friend and spread the word! Editor’s Note: The embedded audio has been stripped from this article if you’re using Apple News. Head to a full web browser or your favorite podcast app. View the full article
  15. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs are a featured matchup on the NFL calendar this year, and will play in prime time this Sunday night. Five weeks into the season, the Chiefs are a little down at 2-2 while the Bills are tied for the lead in the conference at 3-1. In January, the Chiefs thoroughly beat the Bills in the AFC Championship Game to go to the Super Bowl. Josh Allen continues to chase Patrick Mahomes in terms of production, respect, and accolades. The Bills defense was torched in the run game last regular season and the passing game last postseason. To call this a measuring stick game is a huge understatement. But there is reason for optimism if you’re the Bills. Your defense seems to be playing out of their minds. Your QB has gotten right the last couple weeks. Your pass rush has been upgraded over the offseason. Is it enough? Have the Bills grown enough to keep pace with the Chiefs or better yet, overtake them as the lead dog in the AFC? We will find out Sunday night. View the full article
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