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Bills Links, 8/27: The offensive line and Josh Allen struggle against the Bengals

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It may only be the preseason, but the Bills offensive line was not good on Sunday

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Fans of the Buffalo Bills were excited to see Josh Allen get his first start of the preseason on Sunday. Unfortunately, they spent most of their time watching the rookie quarterback run from the Cincinnati Bengals, as the Bills offensive line struggled to provide any protection. Today’s edition of the Bills Links includes all of your coverage from Sunday’s game, including another impressive performance from Nathan Peterman.

Josh Allen not to blame for struggles, Buffalo Bills center Ryan Groy said |
"It was embarrassing as a unit and I'll take the first blame," Groy said after Allen was sacked five times.

Did Nate Peterman secure Buffalo Bills starting job? Sean McDermott won't say |
Peterman went 16-for-21 for 200 yards and a touchdown pass to tight end Jason Croom,

Sal's Sticks: Bengals at Bills | WGR 550 SportsRadio
"I’m not even sure where to begin this week. That was certainly not the performance anyone wanted. Not head coach Sean McDermott, not Bills assistant coaches, not their players, and definitely not their fans."

Vic Carucci: Bills still should make Allen opening-day starter – The Buffalo News
As bad as Allen looked, his O-line was worse. Much worse. (Subscription required.)

Buffalo Bills quarterback competition remains wide open - Democrat & Chronicle
"Sean McDermott is not ready to decide who his starting quarterback will be for the regular-season opener in Baltimore, and quite frankly, how could he be?"

[BN] Blitz newsletter: O-line hung Josh Allen out to dry in starting showcase – The Buffalo News
"Josh Allen literally went backwards in his effort to win the starting quarterback competition Sunday."

Joe B: 7 observations from Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals (8/26/18) -
The Buffalo Bills went through their third preseason game and Josh Allen got his first start. What did we learn? Joe Buscaglia brings you his seven observations from the game.

‘That kid has a lot of learning to do’: Bengals hand Josh Allen a painful lesson – The Athletic Expectations were high as Allen got his best chance to win the Bills' starting QB job, but his first opportunity to start turned ugly early. (Subscription required.)

Josh Allen’s bad day rests in part with a scattered offensive line deployment – The Athletic
The Bills shuffled their line personnel to a distressing degree while Josh Allen was in the game Sunday against the Bengals. (Subscription required.)

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