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Buffalo Bills News: Ranking The Offensive Line and NFL Fandom

The Buffalo Bills offensive line finished respectably in a new league-wide ranking. Plus, Facebook analyzes the U.S. by which team they like.

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Ranking the 2012 Offensive Lines |

"Our 2012 Offensive Line Rankings look solely at those guys who are offensive linemen, and how they’ve performed. It’s broken down into three categories (Pass Protection, Run and Screen Blocking, and Penalties) and between them they give us an overall score which leads to the rankings."

Andy Levitre gets the "stud" of the line, while Erik Pears is labeled the "dud" - and PFF goes so far as to suggest that Chris Hairston should take over his right tackle spot. Buffalo's No. 13 ranking is down from No. 4 a year ago, but is still solid and ahead of several playoff teams. Buffalo's offensive line gets knocked for penalties, a continuing problem throughout the year (especially on false starts). They also grade out poorly on run blocking, showing just how good C.J. Spiller really is.

Walker's Fab 40: Nos. 37-40 - AFC East Blog - ESPN

No. 38: Kyle Williams, DT, Buffalo Bills

This spot is an insult to Williams. A two-time Pro Bowler, Williams is behind Ryan Tannehill and Shonne Green. James Walker piles on Williams for the lackluster Bills run defense and mentions that he wasn't as dominant or explosive this season coming off surgery. This list is going to be fun.

The only NFL fandom map that doesn't suck -

"At least, the definitive NFL fandom territory map."

Facebook "likes" color this map of the US. The Bills don't even own Western New York. According to this map, Ralph Wilson's squad owns through just Wayne County in Central NY, with the New York Giants contingent coming west of Syracuse. Parts of the Southern Tier lean towards the Pittsburgh Steelers, too, giving Buffalo a very small swatch of the map, Russ Brandon's regionalization efforts notwithstanding.

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NFL Fans on Facebook
Here's the source material for the SB Nation post. There is another interesting nugget buried, and that's the Most Common Fan Friends. Most Buffalo Bills fans have friends that are Steelers fans, for instance.

D-line coach Weaver has new role with Mario -
"I don’t think it’ll be strange at all," Weaver told "I think our relationship having played together won’t change much at all. I think it’ll be a huge plus for us. We pushed each other as players and I think the great thing about me and him is we always an open, honest communication. I think any relationship, player-coach, coach-to-coach, it can be nothing but a positive."

Bills announce offensive quality control coaches -
"The Buffalo Bills have named Kurt Anderson and Jason Vrable as offensive quality control coaches." Read their bios here.

Bills Focus: Offense will take off quickly - VIDEO -
"All of Buffalo's offensive coach staff has experience in the variations of the system that the Bills will run which enables them to hit the ground running."

Bill fan struck by taxi in November has died - The Buffalo News
"A Buffalo Bills fan from Hamilton who was hit by a taxi outside Ralph Wilson Stadium on Nov. 15 died just before midnight Sunday in Hamilton General Hospital."

Signature Stats: First Downs Allowed - Linebackers |
"Using a brand new PFF Signature Stat - First Downs Allowed - Khaled Elsayed reveals the 10 best, and worst, linebackers in pass coverage." Bryan Scott was among the worst.