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Podcast: Trying to make sense of how Bills lost to Patriots

By Tim Graham

For much of Sunday's game in Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Buffalo Bills seemed to have a magic touch.

The Bills led the New England Patriots by two touchdowns in the third quarter. The Patriots were making uncharacteristic mistakes, fumbling balls and missing field goals.

By the end of the game, the Patriots had 52 points, 580 yards and touchdowns on six straight possessions. The Patriots became the second NFL team with two 100-yard rushers, a 300-yard passer and two 100-yard receivers.

What the hell?

That question summed up the general theme of my weekly Monday morning spot with the "Shredd and Ragan Show" on 103.3 The Edge.

We discussed the Bills' running back rotation of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's up-and-down performance, defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt's game plan, defensive end Mario Williams' lack of impact and injuries to five starters.

The podcast is 22 minutes of mirthful misery (for lack of a better term). Have a listen.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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