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Sputtering Bills Can’t Put It Together In Baltimore

Tyrod Taylor could get nothing going, playing one of his worst games in a Buffalo uniform. (Getty Images)

Tyrod Taylor could get nothing going, playing one of his worst games in a Buffalo uniform. (Getty Images)

– Evan Sally

Sunday’s game was a complete flip of what was expected.

I spent a lot of time in the lead up to the season trying nail down what I thought I knew about the Bills. While we had no idea if the team would be just mediocre or playoff good, it seemed like fans had a pretty good idea as to how the Bills would win games: a good offense and a defense held together with tape and glue that just needed to keep it together enough to give the team a chance.

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The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 64

Victor Cruz scores in his first game almost two years. (Getty Images)

Victor Cruz scored in his first game almost two years. (Getty Images)

On an all new Hard Foul Podcast, Evan and Jim break down the first week of the NFL season. Jim’s very happy with his Giants. Evan’s very disappointed in his Bills. We then discussed winners and losers after a very exciting and surprising Week 1 of the season. How excited should Raiders and Lions fans be? And should Seattle start getting worried?

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Searching For Truth: Previewing Bills vs Ravens

Sammy Watkins and Tyrod Taylor must rekindle their connection from last season to open up other parts of the offense. (Getty Images)

Sammy Watkins and Tyrod Taylor must rekindle their connection from last season to open up other parts of the offense. (Getty Images)

– Evan Sally

Week 1 is always shrouded in mystery. No matter how much you prepare, how much tape you analyze or statistics you pour over, until we get a peek at the 2016 editions of these teams we’re left guessing. This part of the lead up to the season each year frustrates me; at a certain point all the prognostications devolve into the repeating of cliches. Coaches drone on about how much more “aggressive” they plan to be. Analysts on televisions breaking down preseason tape like it’s the Zapruder Film. We’re all starving for some real data, and the first course of a 16 course feast is finally here. Continue reading

The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 62

LeSean McCoy is ready for Week 1, are you?

LeSean McCoy is ready for Week 1, are you? (Getty Images)

On an all new Hard Foul Podcast, football is back! Jim Bearor and Evan Sally dig into Sam Bradford’s trade to Minnesota, and preview the big games of the weekend:

  • Giants/Cowboys
  • Bills/Ravens
  • Panthers/Broncos
  • Patriots/Cardinals

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Breaking Down The Bills Schedule

The Bills will look to avenge last year's tough loss to the Jaguars, a game the 2016 Bills cannot afford to lose. (Getty Images)

The Bills will look to avenge last year’s tough loss to the Jaguars, a game the 2016 Bills cannot afford to lose. (Getty Images)

Evan Sally 

The final week of preseason is the football fan’s equivalent to a child on Christmas Eve. After months of planning and analyzing, after our season tickets are purchased, fantasy teams are drafted and suicide pools joined, NFL previews are read and preseason games are endured, now we wait. It’s the quiet before the storm that is the NFL season. As we try to kill a little time before Week 1 kicks off, it’s nice to take one more look at the schedule. Like glancing at the Maps app on your phone one last time before embarking on a trip, studying the schedule can help settle the inevitable nerves that pop up before the season starts. We know some parts of the trip will be bumpier than others, but at least we know there’s a path to get where we want to go, which in the case of the 2016 Buffalo Bills is the postseason. While the schedule has been incessantly analyzed since it’s release in mid-April, after weeks of training camp and preseason games now is the best time to get a true gauge on the Bills opponents before the season starts in earnest. Continue reading

Loud Losses and Hidden Gains

The Bills 2016 season will not be defined by a loud offseason but by how well Tyrod Taylor plays in his second year in Buffalo. (Getty Images)

The Bills 2016 season will not be defined by a loud offseason but by how well Tyrod Taylor plays in his second year in Buffalo. (Getty Images)

Evan Sally

The Bills offseason has been a comedy of dysfunction, errors and plain bad luck. Since Rex Ryan declared that his team “won the offseason” the football gods have seemed determined to render that statement false, even if it was kind of silly in the first place. The team and it’s fan base has taken a beating, once again leading to low expectations and the belief in some circles that this season may already be shot. It’s pretty hard to not feel this way. From top draft pick Shaq Lawson needing surgery shortly after Doug Whaley said he wouldn’t, to the hiring of Rob Ryan after he led the Saints defense to one of the worst defensive seasons of all time in a move of seemingly blatant nepotism, to reports of LeSean McCoy fighting a cop, to the litany of suspensions and training camp injuries, it’s been a chaotic offseason from hell.

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The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 58

After showing promise in 2015, can Derek Carr and Amari Cooper finally lead the Raiders to the playoffs this season?

After showing promise in 2015, can Derek Carr and Amari Cooper finally lead the Raiders back to the playoffs? (Getty Images)

On an all new episode of the Hard Foul Podcast, Jim Bearor and Evan Sally chat about the Giants/Bills preseason game, Olympic basketball and continue their NFL preview 32 Teams, 32 Questions, this time examining an uncertain AFC West.

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The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 57

Cam Newton will look to repeat his dominance of the NFC South. (Getty Images)

Cam Newton will look to repeat his dominance of the NFC South. (Getty Images)

On an all new episode of the Hard Foul Podcast, Jim Bearor and Evan Sally talk about Marcell Dareus getting suspended and what Tyrod Taylor’s contract means for the Bills. They finish the show with another installment of their NFL preview: 32 Teams, 32 Questions. This time they go in depth on the NFC South.

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Hidden Damage: Tom Brady and the Buffalo Bills

Tom Brady has seen many Bills quarterbacks through the years, and dominated all of them. (Getty Images)

Tom Brady has had a hidden effect on the Bills quarterback position beyond just routinely beating them. (Getty Images)

Evan Sally

No discussion of the Bills playoff drought is complete without a mention of its key antagonist, Tom Brady. Don’t worry Bill Belichick I didn’t forget about you and your evil genius, but to list Belichick and Brady as equally responsible for the Patriots dynasty is a bit unfair to Brady. We’ve seen Belichick routinely out coach whoever is on the Bills sideline, leaving the Bills usually looking grossly unprepared so I’m by no means dismissing him. But we all know where the Patriots true greatness comes from. Brady is New England. And no opposing fanbase is more familiar with Brady’s greatness than this one. His record against the Bills is obscene. It’s comical. Fans have to account for the guaranteed two losses when making their playoff projections or risk looking foolish. You just don’t pick the Bills to beat the Patriots. It’s a waste of time. Continue reading

What Does It Mean To Be a Bills Fan in 2016? – An Intro to Drought History

As the Bills prepare for the season on the field, Bills fans prepare for another year of anxiously hoping to make the playoffs. (BuffaloBills.com)

As the Bills prepare for the season on the field, Bills fans prepare for another year of anxiously hoping to make the playoffs. (BuffaloBills.com)

Evan Sally

The Streak. It hovers over Bills fans like a dark cloud. You don’t have to explain what it is, everyone knows. It haunts this fan base and fundamentally affects what it means to be a Buffalo sports fan in 2016. 16 years without the playoffs has left us in a weird spot when it comes how we think about the Bills. The years of repeated failure have worn on us and we’re tired. Tired of being optimistic in the off season only to be let down by week 14. Tired of believing that this head coach or GM will be the one to figure it all out. Tired of putting our hopes on a rotating door of quarterbacks, ranging from mediocre to terrible, praying that this guy will finally be the one to lead this franchise back to relevance. As a result, it’s hard to get truly excited for an upcoming Bills season. There’s always that nagging thought in the back of your mind that it’s pointless to get your hopes up, you’re just going to get disappointed anyway.

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