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Gambling site offering a very unique prop bet for Patriots-Bills game

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Buffalo Bills fans have a lot of traditions, but one of the most unusual pops up every year when the New England Patriots come to town. And if you want to bet on whether or not it will happen again during Sunday’s game, there is an avenue to do so.

For the third year in a row last year, a Bills fan threw a sex toy onto the field during the team’s game against the Pats. Online gambling website Odds Shark has set some odds for it happening again, and “YES” is a pretty significant favorite.

We wouldn’t bet against it.

The tradition seemed to start back in 2016, and Bills fans are certainly crazy enough to continue it. Bill Belichick recently had high praise for Bills Mafia, though it’s unclear if their object-throwing antics are also something he respects. Either way, feel free to fire in some bets prior to Sunday’s kickoff.

5 big surprises of the 2019 NFL season so far

Lamar Jackson

The 2019 NFL regular season is now two weeks old — boy, does it go fast — and to say there have been a few surprises that stand out would be an understatement.

Things got off to a fast start league-wide and have not slowed down one bit. Whether it’s on the field or off of the field, the NFL is jam-packed with excitement, drama and theater.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the five biggest surprises of the 2019 season (so far) — a list that should also include the San Francisco 49ers’ success, but hey, we had to draw the line somewhere.

5. Something is brewing in Buffalo

The Bills entered 2019 with a lot of question marks, some relatively tame hype, and the expectation that they’d be Bill Belichick’s whipping boy for another year. And while the latter part of that may still turn out to be true, Buffalo has started the season hot, dropping both the New York Jets and New York Giants on the road on consecutive weeks to start 2-0 and tied for first place with the aforementioned Patriots. Those wins aren’t overly impressive in and of themselves, but the fact that Buffalo now has more wins in MetLife Stadium through two weeks than the Jets and Giants have combined over the last year-plus is somewhat impressive.

Josh Allen has showed some obvious signs of growth, their defense has established itself as one of the most dominant in the league, and they’re gritty. Will they overtake the Patriots? Probably not, but the Bills are easily the next best team in the AFC East, and unlike their counterparts, appear to be headed in the right direction.

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Giants coach responds to talk that he gave Bills bulletin board material

Pat Shurmur

Pat Shurmur shared some thoughts on Josh Allen this week that the Buffalo Bills are supposedly using as bulletin board material heading into Sunday’s game, but the New York Giants coach does not understand why.

Shurmur was asked on Wednesday if Allen was in the mix for the Giants when they had the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and he said he would “never comment on how in the mix anybody is” but did share some positive thoughts.

“We thought he was a big, strong thrower. A guy that had a chance to be a starter in the NFL, and he has been for them,” Shurmur said, per SNY’s Scott Thompson. “I think he’s made steady improvements. He’s a very strong-armed guy. He’s helped them win some big games already. Just like any young player, you see where he’ll make mistakes and then correct them.”

For whatever reason, the Bills interpreted that as a shot at Allen since Shurmur said the former Wyoming star “had a chance to be a starter” rather than saying he had all the makings of a star quarterback. Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reported that Shurmur’s comments were being displayed on TVs inside the Bills’ facility this week. When asked about that on Friday, Shurmur basically said it’s nonsense.

Teams use bulletin board material — whether real or perceived — all the time to give them an extra boost. Heck, we even saw one college coach literally invent a fake quote in an attempt to motivate his players, so you can’t blame the Bills for trying. That said, Shurmur clearly didn’t mean any of what he said as a slight.

Report: Bills TE Tyler Kroft expected to miss 3-4 months with foot injury

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The Buffalo Bills proved that bolstering the tight end position was a priority for them this offseason when they signed Tyler Kroft to a three-year, $18.75 million contract, but their new addition will be out for a while after suffering an unfortunate injury.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott told reporters on Tuesday that Kroft broke his foot on the first day of organized team activities Monday, and he will need to undergo surgery.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Kroft is expected to miss around 3-4 months, which means he could be ready to return at some point before or near the start of the regular season.

Kroft caught 42 passes for 404 yards and seven touchdowns two seasons ago with the Cincinnati Bengals, but he was placed on injured reserve with a broken foot last year after appearing in just five games. It’s unclear if the latest foot injury is related to the first, but fellow tight end Greg Olsen is an example of how those issues can linger. Hopefully that does not end up being the case with Kroft.

Bills GM dismisses ‘garbage’ reports about Ziggy Ansah

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The Buffalo Bills are in on free agent defensive end Ziggy Ansah, and they aren’t buying reports that they’re second in the running.

On Wednesday, reports emerged stating that the Seattle Seahawks were the clear frontrunners for Ansah’s services. Bills general manager Brandon Beane dismissed them as “garbage,” stating that Ansah’s representatives had assured him that his team remained in the running.

Beane doesn’t appear very happy with Ian Rapoport, but he is correct that time will tell. The Seahawks would appear closer to contention than the Bills if that’s a consideration, but Buffalo is putting some building blocks in place themselves.

10 NFL teams that have improved the most this offseason

John Dorsey

The active part of the NFL offseason is now over. There will be some more cap casualties and other late moves, but the bulk of free agency is finished, and the draft is in the rearview mirror. That means the players that will be competing for jobs in minicamps and training camp are by and large in place.

Which teams have improved the most? Many have tried, but only a handful have done a really good job improving their rosters from where they were at the end of the 2018 season. Here are the ten teams that have done the best with it.

10. Arizona Cardinals

Toward the end of the 2018 season, Arizona’s offense, in particular, was borderline unwatchable, lacking much in the way of a passing or running game. Kliff Kingsbury’s arrival is expected to help the passing side of things, and while much can be said of the team’s handling of the Josh Rosen situation, Kyler Murray is more in line with what he wants to do. The likes of Jordan Hicks and Terrell Suggs should help the defense, while cornerback Byron Murphy could be a good value pick at the start of the second round. The Cardinals won’t be great, but they’ll be better.

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Bills’ draft pick has funny quote about limited knowledge of Buffalo

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Buffalo is not one of the most glamorous cities in the NFL, and its reputation somewhat precedes it. That’s pretty clear from the reaction of new Bills draft pick Jaquan Johnson.

The Miami safety was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft, and he was quick to admit that he didn’t know much about the city — except for one thing.

Johnson was born and raised in south Florida and went to school there. Buffalo’s weather is going to be a very rude awakening for him. He may be quick to learn that, at least in the mind of one NFL player, there just isn’t a lot to do there, either.

TJ Yeldon agrees to two-year deal with Bills

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The Buffalo Bills appear to be stockpiling veteran running backs this offseason, and they added another on Monday when they agreed to a contract with TJ Yeldon.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Yeldon will sign a two-year deal with Buffalo.

Yeldon spent the first four years of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he was effective almost any time they needed him to take on an expanded role. He averaged 4.0 yards per carry last season and racked up more than 900 total yards from scrimmage in 14 games.

In addition to signing Yeldon, the Bills also brought in Frank Gore at the start of free agency. With LeSean McCoy turning 31 before the 2019 season begins, adding depth at the running back position is probably a good idea.

Ziggy Ansah reportedly set to visit Bills, Saints

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Defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah has two visits lined up as he embarks on free agency.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Ansah is set to visit the Buffalo Bills before heading to the New Orleans Saints in a pair of free agent visits.

When healthy, Ansah has been a solid pass rusher in his career. The former first-round pick had 14.5 sacks in 2015 and 12 in 2017, but injuries and inconsistent play have plagued him at other points in his career. Still 29, he could certainly be a solid contributor to either one of these teams. The key would be keeping him healthy and on the field.

John Brown agrees to three-year deal with Bills

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The Buffalo Bills are giving quarterback Josh Allen a veteran deep threat to throw to next season, as they have agreed to sign wide receiver John Brown.

According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, Brown will sign a three-year, $27 million deal with the Bills.

Brown signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens last offseason, and he caught 42 passes for 715 yards and five touchdowns last year. He averaged a career-high 17.0 yards per catch, so he should have plenty of opportunities with the strong-armed Allen throwing his way.