Buffalo Bills

Stadium: New Era Field | Coach: Sean McDermott
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense16th164.4 (1st)189.8 (30th)
Defense19th133.1 (29th)223.9 (6th)

Schedule

Sun Sep 11
L 13 - 7at BAL
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Thu Sep 15
L 37 - 31NYJ
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Sun Sep 25
W 33 - 18ARI
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Sun Oct 2
W 16 - 0at NE
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Sun Oct 9
W 30 - 19at LAR
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Sun Oct 16
W 45 - 16SF
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Sun Oct 23
L 28 - 25at MIA
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Sun Oct 30
L 41 - 25NE
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Mon Nov 7
L 31 - 25at SEA
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Sun Nov 20
W 16 - 12at CIN
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Sun Nov 27
W 28 - 21JAC
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Sun Dec 4
L 38 - 24at OAK
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Sun Dec 11
L 27 - 20PIT
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Sun Dec 18
W 33 - 13CLE
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Sat Dec 24
L 34 - 31MIA
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Sun Jan 1
L 30 - 10at NYJ
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Standings

AFC
East
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
New England14-2-05-1-0
Miami10-6-04-2-0
Buffalo7-9-01-5-0
New York5-11-02-4-0
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Bills' Reggie Ragland: Man in the middle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

New coach Sean McDermott said Tuesday that Ragland (knee) will be his starting middle linebacker, BuffaloBills.com reports. "What innately comes at that position is the leadership skills. His character really possesses those leadership skills and can be the antenna of that defense," McDermott said. "In this system, it has been guys like Luke Kuechly, Jeremiah Trotter. Guys that can check the defense, get us out of bad calls. That is an important part of that position. Reggie, from what I've observed and been told, has that DNA."

This is a bit of a surprise, as most would assume Preston Brown and his three seasons of 100-plus tackles would be manning the middle, whereas Ragland missed his entire rookie season due to ACL surgery. In fact, we'll need to dig into this a bit more in the coming weeks, as Brown wasn't even mentioned when McDermott was talking about his starting outside linebackers. Perhaps McDermott misspoke a bit, or he'll have enough looks with his defense that both Ragland and Brown can see the field, so we'll see how it plays out once the team starts practicing again. For now, just know that the new coach has big plans for the second-year player from Alabama.

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Bills' Sammy Watkins: Could have fifth-year option picked up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Sean McDermott suggested the Bills are not sure if they will pick up the fifth-year option on Watkins' (foot) rookie contract, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

The team has until May 2 to decide on the $13.528 million option, which seems like a pretty obvious decision even though Watkins only played 21 games over the past two seasons. The No. 4 overall pick from the 2014 draft has been fantastic when healthy, looking every bit the part of a true No. 1 receiver. Watkins had surgery on his troublesome left foot in mid-January, with the expectation he'll be available for training camp. Barring unexpected news of a recovery setback, the Bills figure to pick up the fifth-year option. The team might even start discussions about a long-term extension, perhaps hoping to lock Watkins down while his value is at a relative low point. Should he bounce back strong to enjoy a healthy and productive 2017 season, Watkins likely would expect to receive one of the largest non-quarterback contracts in the league.

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Bills' Scott Crichton: Claimed by Bills
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Crichton (undisclosed) was claimed off waivers by the Bills on Monday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Crichton was recently let go by the Vikings and is yet to record a sack in 21 regular-season appearances since being selected in the 2014 third round, but his signing could boost Buffalo's options along the defensive front this season.

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Bills' Kevon Seymour: Big opportunity for second-year corner
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

With Stephon Gilmore moving on to the Patriots, Seymour is currently listed as a starting corner opposite Ronald Darby, BuffaloBills.com reports. "Last year I had a nice opportunity to get my feet wet and get the understanding of what being a starter felt like," Seymour said. "Now, the opportunity is here and I'm going to take full advantage of it as much as I can and I'm definitely excited about that."

Seymour was just a sixth-round pick out of USC during last year's draft, but he quickly out-kicked the coverage in terms of slotting and now he's got a good chance to start. The Bills will probably replenish their secondary in the draft, but with wideout and safety being bigger needs, Seymour's almost certain to be the favorite to start. We'll see how he does picking up new coach Sean McDermott's defense.

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Bills' Jordan Poyer: Back to full health
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Poyer is fully healthy following a kidney injury that forced him out of the final 10 games last season, BuffaloBills.com reports.

The Bills signed Poyer -- who spent the last three seasons in Cleveland -- to rebuild a secondary that lost some key members this offseason. The way things look today, he'd be a starting safety for new head coach Sean McDermott and coordinator Leslie Frazier, along with fellow newcomer Micah Hyde.

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