Why Stevie Is An NFL Number 1 Wide Receiver

Bills top wide out Stevie Johnson had a performance to forget on Sunday against the Ravens. I’m sure a single-catch-for-minus-one-yard stat line was not what Johnson was shooting for when facing the defending Super Bowl Champs at home a few days ago. But hey, it happens. I’m sure most fans were disappointed in his performance and maybe even found themselves debating whether or...
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October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

A Fine Line

I am currently reading a book by Sal Paolantonio entitled How Football Explains America. It’s a nice combination of thoughtful analysis on football as a reflection of society mixed in with forced embellishments on the similarities between our nation’s forefathers and the sport’s earliest pioneers. One chapter details the coaching tree in Army’s football program, a legacy...
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October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

BuffalOkie Mondays: Dear Bills, Prove Us Wrong

Dear Bills, Please prove us wrong. Once again, you injected a healthy dose of hope into a fan base that wants so badly to believe in you.  After a disappointing loss in the Meadowlands last week, you lifted our spirits with a thrilling, hard-fought win over the defending Super Bowl champions, and here we sit with a renewed energy and a .500 record to show for it.  And quite frankly...
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September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Which Side of the Tracks?

I work in politics. It’s the only real job I’ve ever had. I went to school for sports journalism. Politics is the perfect landing spot for someone who went to school for sports journalism in the last decade. First of all, it pays more than minimum wage, so you’re already ahead of your classmates and peers. From an intellectual standpoint, the two fields are somewhat similar...
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

It’s All About Fred

You gotta love the guy from Coe College! The Division III journeyman is showing his value on the Bills’ roster time and time again. Fred Jackson did a great job filling in when running back mate C.J. Spiller went down with a thigh injury that was originally reported as a knee injury this past Sunday against the Jets. Freddy stepped in for the injured Spiller and rattled off 72...
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September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

It’s Over Before It Starts

I find coach and player interviews to be the least interesting aspect of sports journalism. Candor between athletes and the media is dead and gone, as prospective stars are trained from an extremely young age to speak in generalities and cliches rather than provide any actual insight into their psyche. In turn, many journalist’s ability to pry blood from a stone has atrophied,...
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September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Protecting EJ’s Blindside: Cordy Glenn

It’s time to shine the spotlight on the Bills o-line! Whether you like it or not, any team’s offense can only go as far as their offensive linemen will let them. It starts and ends with the men up front. This year’s NFL Draft showed that when offensive tackles were taken with three of the first four selections and offensive linemen as a whole with six of the first 11. Within...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Get Well Soon

I am a sports pessimist. I fully expect the worst outcome for my beloved teams at every turn. In my mind, the Mets bullpen has never seen a lead too large to blow, the Syracuse basketball team hasn’t gotten a call their way since the 1970’s, and without fail, the Bills will pull the rug out from underneath me as soon as I allow the mere thought of victory to cross my mind. To...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

BuffalOkie Mondays: Sorry, Mario

Back in July, I wrote about Mario Williams looking to regain the confidence of Bills fans in 2013.  An up-and-down 2012 campaign and a cluttered offseason left many in Buffalo unfairly questioning the $100 million man’s want and desire. I believe those fans owe Mr. Williams an apology. Through two games this season, Super Mario has been absolutely dominant, including a 4.5-sack...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

A Tale of Two Draft Picks

The day was Thursday, April 26, 2012. Six or seven men in their mid-to-late twenties had just finished inhaling a feast of fried food that would make Thanksgiving Day look like a hunger strike. Empty bottles battled for space with sauce-stained styrofoam containers on decades-old end tables as the majority of those in attendance tried to moan away the pain of the barbeque delivery...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Where You At T.J. Graham!?!

If you’ve been reading my Chalk Talks then you’d notice one thing… I’m rather critical of wide receiver T.J. Graham. And that didn’t change after Sunday’s disappearing act. After a dismal rookie season for Graham, which was highlighted by drops and poor route running, especially in the Week 8 match-up at New England, there was a lot of pressure on the NC State alum coming...
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September 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Bills Fall To Pats On The Field, Not The Sideline

If you are reading this, then congratulations are in order. You have survived the most dangerous 48 hours of your year – the two day period following the Bills annual home loss to the Patriots. Consistently finding new ways to rip our hearts out, Buffalo managed to contain Brady as well as any team could reasonably hope to do, only to be surgically dissected on a game-winning drive...
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September 10, 2013  |  Discuss

BuffalOkie Mondays: EJ Provides Hope in Tough Loss

Last week, I told a friend that I wasn’t expecting a Bills win in the opener against the Patriots.  I just had two wishes for the game: I wanted to keep it close, and I wanted to see some positives from our rookie quarterback and our new-look defense. Well, EJ Manuel showed incredible signs of promise and our defense gave (for the most part) a fantastic performance against the...
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September 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Zach Sudfeld Is Trying To Ruin My Life

For the better part of my young adult life, the New England Patriots have been devising and successfully executing new ways to ruin my life. They’ve leaned on their defense to hold the Bills to single digits in over a third of their contests in this millennium. They’ve used the kicking game to snag a pair of overtime victories in a calendar year. They’ve even used the Bills’...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Who Can Stop Stevie?

We’ve all known Stevie Johnson as one of the more vocal (maybe sometimes too vocal) and confident players on this team for years now. And after recording his third consecutive season of at least 1,000 yards receiving, Johnson continues to back his talk up with his performance. The Bills receiver was back at it again Monday. After practice Johnson laid out a hefty statement about...
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September 04, 2013  |  Discuss

BuffalOkie Mondays: Week-by-Week Predictions, Part II

Week 9: vs. Kansas City The Chiefs made several improvements this offseason and have become a very trendy pick to go from awful to good in 2013.  I see them being a tough out, but let’s not forget that this was a two-win squad a year ago.  A new head coach and quarterback is a nice start, but I’m going to need to see more. To be honest with you, I think this is an absolute...
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September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

“We Have Better Players” – What The Release Of Da’Rick Rogers Tells Us About Doug Marrone

“…we feel that we have better players…”* The preceding statement was one of two core components of Doug Marrone’s explaination as to why the Bills released wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers in advance of the NFL’s roster cut deadline. The move was sure to send many Buffaloanians into histrionics, as Rogers entered training camp full of potential and promise. His off-field...
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August 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football: The Buffalo Way

Buffalo Bills fans, it’s finally that time of year! Fantasy Football Draft week! And I bring you my exclusive Buffalo Bills fantasy football guide. I’ll be talking about what players to draft and how to create your all-important Buffalo Bills Fantasy Football team name. The Team Name: For me, my two favorite Bills oriented names this year are Tuel Time (based off of the former...
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August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

BuffalOkie Mondays: 2013 Week-by-Week Predictions, Part I

Back in June, I brought you a glance at the Bills’ 2013 schedule, in which I simply looked at Buffalo’s opponents and previewed possible storylines surrounding those matchups.  I didn’t dare actually predict outcomes back then, because we didn’t even know who the starting quarter back would be in 2013. Well, assuming EJ Manuel continues his current pace of recovery from...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Return to Relevance – The 2013 Bills

Definition of RELEVANCE: 1 – a : relation to the matter at hand b : practical and especially social applicability : pertinence If you are a first time reader of the Return to Relevance series, I’ll bring you up to speed faster than Aaron Maybin can be run out of a training camp; relevancy in the NFL is defined as postseason play. By that logic, the Buffalo Bills have not fielded...
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August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Breaking Down The Buffalo Bills’ Defensive Fronts

With the regular season just over two weeks away, Bills fans have seen a revitalized team on both sides of the ball. However, the most notable difference is on defense, where defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has installed an aggressive, hybrid scheme designed to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks. Throughout the first two games of the preseason, the Bills have displayed a wide...
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August 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Don’t Give Up On Da’Rick

As soon as the NFL Draft ended in April, the Bills made it their priority to sign troubled undrafted free agent wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers. There was excitement throughout the Bills’ fan base with the signing of the talented wide receiver. However, if you’ve watched Buffalo’s two preseason games this summer, there is little evidence of Roger’s presence on the offense...
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August 20, 2013  |  Discuss

10 Takeaways From Bills 20-16 Victory Over Minnesota Vikings

The Buffalo Bills once again put on a solid performance in their second preseason contest, this time against the Minnesota Vikings. The Bills scored touchdowns on both offense and defense, earning a 20-16 victory, increasing their record to 2-0 for the preseason.  Here are 10 things we took away from the Bills’ performance: Nathaniel Hackett’s hurry-up offense is clicking. ...
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

BuffalOkie Mondays: Three Questions

With three weeks left until the regular season, here are my three questions based on what we’ve seen from the Bills so far: 1) Is Kevin Kolb simply rusty or should we assume the worst? Kolb completed 13 of 21 pass attempts against the Vikings on Friday night for 111 yards.  If you just saw those numbers (which, due to the blackout, many of you did), you’d think Kolb was good...
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

This Awesome Bills Fan Loves the Wave More than You Love Anything

Tonight’s Buffalo Bills Minnesota Vikings preseason game offered some important insights into the team, but it was still a preseason game. So, the Buddy Nixon’s crew enthusiasm was a little more muted than usual. Not so for this lively guy sitting in front of us, who was having as good a time as anyone ever. Check it: Now that’s just awesome. The wave’s a little tired, but...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss
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