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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Last week, the Buffalo Bills‘ defense was stout even when the team fell behind 16-0. With a two-score lead Sunday against the New York Giants, it was essentially impregnable.

Josh Allen‘s 210 passing yards and two total touchdowns in the first half helped the Bills build a 21-7 lead before leaving MetLife Stadium with a 28-14 victory — the Bills’ second win in the stadium in as many weeks. After becoming the first team in NFL history to play the Jets and Giants on the road to start the season, Buffalo became the fourth team in league history to record road wins in consecutive weeks against the New York City-area teams at any point in a season.

The Bills’ defense forced two turnovers on a pair of interceptions by Trent Murphy and Jordan Poyer, and allowed only three of the Giants’ 11 drives to span longer than six plays.

Describe the game in two words: Cruise control. After roaring out to a 21-7 lead and scoring on three straight drives, the Bills seemingly went through the motions the rest of the game. Excluding a two-play drive to end the first half, Buffalo’s next three drives after scoring its third touchdown each ended in punts — none of which lasted longer than four plays. Thanks to an elite defense, the Bills don’t necessarily need a high-powered offense to win games, but stringing together short, empty drives doesn’t give that defense much time to rest between series, either. It will be something that coach Sean McDermott and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll look to correct this week.

Eye-popping Next Gen stat: Bills receiver Cole Beasley‘s 6.91 average yards of separation at the time of the catch deserves recognition, but is somewhat skewed by his 51-yard catch-and-run in which the Giants left him in his own ZIP code. However, Murphy’s 3.79 average yards of separation from the quarterback on his pass rushes was well below the league average of 4.49 yards — as was rookie defensive tackle Ed Oliver‘s 3.77 yards. Oliver was drafted to open pass-rush lanes for the Bills’ edge rushers, and Sunday’s contest marked two consecutive games he has been fewer than 4 yards away from the quarterback at the time of a sack or pass attempt.

Promising trend: Rookie running back Devin Singletary has done the most with his limited workload. He went for 57 yards and his first career touchdown on six carries Sunday to bring his season total to 155 total yards on 15 touches. Frank Gore out-touched Singletary with 12 carries for 46 yards and a score of his own — the future Hall of Famer is not going anywhere, and it appears Daboll is committed to assigning matchup-specific workloads. It is promising that the rookie has been so efficient whenever his number is called.

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid says Tyreek Hill a game-time decision this week

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans, coach Andy Reid said Friday.

“He did OK,” Reid said of Hill’s practice week. “He did a little scout team. He did a few plays with [the starters] on the offensive side. We’ll see how it all rolls down the road here. We’ve got to make sure the docs are OK with it.”

Asked how Hill would be listed on the week’s final injury report, Reid said, “Good. I don’t know the rankings. You’ve got to wait and see. He looked OK for being on the scout team.”

Hill has been out of the lineup since suffering an injury to his sternum and right collarbone in Week 1. He returned to practice last week.

Reid said the team’s other starting wide receiver, Sammy Watkins, would be listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game. Watkins didn’t practice all week because of a sore hamstring.

The Chiefs will be without two other starters, defensive lineman Chris Jones (groin) and left tackle Eric Fisher (core muscle injury).

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Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey to have back treatments, may play vs. Saints

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — There’s a chance Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey will be back on the field on Sunday for the first time in three weeks.

The Jaguars listed Ramsey as questionable for the home game against the New Orleans Saints after he practiced on a limited basis all week because of his back injury. Coach Doug Marrone said Ramsey will get treatment Friday afternoon and Saturday and see how his back responds.

“He’s been able to progress a little bit,” Marrone said. “He’s out there working hard trying to get more and more done each day. Today we got a little bit more done than yesterday. So we’re just taking it step by step.

“He’ll get treatment again today. He’s up to date with the plan, so then he’ll come in and we’ll try to do some work again [Saturday] and just keep working it. Just keep doing the best job we can. He’s doing a good job, working hard with the plan, doing whatever we’re asking him to do. We’re trying to get it where he can get out there and play.”

If Ramsey is able to play, it will be the first time he has seen action since the Jaguars’ victory over Tennessee on Sept. 19. He missed the last two games because of the back injury and only returned to practice this week after he saw a back specialist in Houston on Monday.

Marrone said the specialist’s report mirrored that of the team’s medical staff, but he would not elaborate.

“I’m not going to disclose medical information, but he has an issue with his back, so there is something there,” Marrone said.

Ramsey was not in the locker room during the open media portion Friday and he hasn’t done any interviews since the game against the Titans.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan told business website The Street on Thursday that he recently had a “heart-to-heart” meeting with the disgruntled cornerback and thought he would play against New Orleans on Sunday.

“I think he’s going to be playing this week, so hopefully you’ll tune in to the Saints game,” Khan said.

Ramsey said on the most recent Uninterrupted podcast “17 Weeks,” released Thursday, that he is still experiencing symptoms.

“I mean, with back tightness, I’m sure a lot of guys have back tightness, but when you start to get back spasms and it starts to lock up on you and even sometimes feels like, I guess, a stinger or a tingling sensation in your back, then that’s when you have to be super careful with it and cautious,″ Ramsey said.

“You know, rehab it and recover it as best as you can. So that’s really the phase that I’m in right now, is trying to manage the spasms and it locking up on me and having that tingly sensation. It can lock up on me at any given time.”

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Redskins to start QB Case Keenum vs. Dolphins

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The Washington Redskins will start Case Keenum at quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, interim coach Bill Callahan announced Friday.

Rookie Dwayne Haskins will serve as the backup Sunday. Callahan said Haskins will be active for the game because he is the future of the franchise.

The decision means Week 5 starter Colt McCoy will likely be inactive for the battle of winless teams.

Keenum was benched by former head coach Jay Gruden in favor of Haskins during the first half of a Week 4 loss to the New York Giants. He started the first four games but had a sprained right foot that caused him to miss a few practices prior to games against the Giants and Patriots.

McCoy started against the Patriots, going 18 for 27 for 122 yards and an interception as the Redskins fell to 0-5.

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