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' Andre Holmes: Could get crack at starting job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes will be part of an open battle for the starting job across from Sammy Watkins, The Buffalo News reports

Head coach Sean McDermott said he expects his No. 2 wideout to emerge from the players already on the roster, but that assessment could change in a hurry if the Bills select a receiver in the early rounds of the upcoming draft. The current group includes Holmes, Philly Brown, Dez Lewis, Jeremy Butler, Walter Powell and Kolby Listenbee, with only Brown and Butler having recent experience handling major roles in an offense. Holmes did have 693 receiving yards for the Raiders in 2014, but he needed 98 targets to get there in a talent-deficient offense. His role declined drastically after the team added Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, with Holmes catching only 28 passes in 32 games over the past two years. He'll turn 29 before training camp and may have to fight for a roster spot.

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Bills' Philly Brown: Preparing for open battle for starting job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown will be part of an open battle for the starting job across from Sammy Watkins, The Buffalo News reports.

Signed away from Carolina this offseason, Brown might actually be the favorite to emerge from a group that also includes Kolby Listenbee, Dez Lewis, Walter Powell, Andre Holmes, Jeremy Butler and Corey Washington. Competition for slotting behind Watkins should truly be open, with at least five or six players likely in the mix for key roles in Buffalo's offense. The team could use a high draft pick on a wide receiver, but head coach Sean McDermott said he believes the team's No. 2 target will emerge from what's already on the roster.

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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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