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Buffalo Bills Links, 10/2: What’s wrong with the defense?

Plus, dissecting why Josh Allen earned AFC Offensive Player of the Month

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we take a look at the All-22 to search for potential solutions for what’s been ailing the defense this year, especially in the second half, and pinpoint the defensive line as being the biggest area of concern.

We also analyze how quarterback Josh Allen became the first Bill since 2011 (Ryan Fitzpatrick) to earn AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors and hear from Jon Gruden, the head coach of this week’s opponent, the Las Vegas Raiders, on how Allen got so good, so fast.

We break down how Allen, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and a talented wide receiver corps led by Stefon Diggs have transformed the offense into one of the most prolific in the NFL, predict whether Allen and running back Devin Singletary will run wild over the Raiders, hear Bills players react to the news that many Raiders were not wearing masks during a charity event earlier in the week, remember the life of Mack Yoho, a defensive end and original member of the Bills, and much more!

Bills All-22 Review: Searching for solutions on defense after late collapse – The Athletic
While there is plenty of blame to go around for the Bills’ woes on defense in the second half, the defensive line is the biggest concern. (Subscription required).

Column: Bills’ run D will have tough time rebounding against Raiders | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
It’s easy to get so caught up in what the Buffalo Bills have done well on the way to a 3-0 start that we overlook their flaws.

How did Josh Allen become AFC Player of the Month - Democrat & Chronicle
Bills quarterback Josh Allen’s 1,038 passing yards through the first three weeks earned him Buffalo’s first AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors since 2011.

Josh Allen named AFC Offensive Player of the Month - WGR 550
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September. Allen and the Bills are 3-0 for the second straight season.

Bills’ Josh Allen named AFC Offensive Player of the Month | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Allen’s record-breaking performance through the Bills’ first three games includes team bests for passing yards (1,038), passer rating (124.8) and touchdowns (12).

Jon Gruden can understand how Josh Allen got so good so fast - WGR 550
Josh Allen has gotten plenty of compliments from all around the NFL. Now Jon Gruden—the head coach for the Las Vegas Raiders, which Allen will play next—is singing his praises.

Josh Allen, sizzling Bills will be tested by upcoming schedule - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
Buffalo has roared to a 3-0 start behind its young quarterback, but the next six games will challenge a team that has issues to correct on defense.

Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Brian Daboll have made the Bills offense explode in 2020 -
How did the Bills build one of the NFL’s top-scoring offenses? Chris Brown breaks it all down.

Where’s Stefon Diggs? WR enjoying versatility of Bills offense | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Diggs ranks fourth in the NFL in receiving yards with 288 and is tied for seventh among wide receivers in catches.

Bills’ Devin Singletary, Josh Allen to run wild on Raiders? (5 things to watch vs. Las Vegas) -
The Bills will look to keep their perfect record intact when they head to Las Vegas in Week 4.

‘Imagine if …’: Bills’ Josh Allen, Raiders’ Rico Gafford built bond in Wyoming – The Athletic
The former Wyoming teammates will meet in the NFL for the first time on Sunday—if Gafford’s injured hamstring allows him to play. (Subscription required).

Jon Gruden lauds Raiders’ Covid-19 effort but admits mistake on masks | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Jon Gruden defended his players’ adherence to the NFL’s pandemic rules Wednesday, but acknowledged they made a mistake in taking masks off during a fundraising event.

Buffalo Bills react to maskless Las Vegas Raiders - Democrat & Chronicle
The Bills play the Raiders Sunday in Las Vegas, and they weren’t thrilled several Raiders were not wearing masks at a Monday charity event.

Gov. Cuomo offers hope for Bills fans - Democrat & Chronicle
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it’s still possible that the Buffalo Bills might be able to have some fans at home games this season.

Bills get healthier on Thursday; Cam Lewis released - WGR 550
Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown, left tackle Dion Dawkins, safety Micah Hyde, defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson, and linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips all missed practice on Wednesday, but participated in some capacity on Thursday.

Bills release CB Cam Lewis; Josh Norman practices for 2nd straight day -
The Bills signed Lewis to the active roster on Sept. 17 and will likely be back on practice squad if he goes unsigned.

Bills release cornerback Cam Lewis -
The Bills announced the following roster moves on Thursday.

Notebook: Bills waive CB Cam Lewis, a sign Josh Norman’s return could be near | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The move could pave the way for the return of veteran Josh Norman to the active roster.

Ed Oliver: Bills DT’s knee structurally sound, considered day-to-day (report) -
According to Ian Rapoport, Ed Oliver should be considered day-to-day.

Bills Today: ESPN analyst assesses Buffalo's playoff chances
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Friday, Oct. 2.

Titans-Steelers game moved to later in the season; Bills visit Tennessee in Week 5 | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“The decision to postpone the game was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel,” the NFL said in a statement.

The time the Bills cut Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed in one day – The Athletic
The greatest decade in Bills history came to a halt on Feb. 10, 2000, when three future Hall of Famers were released on Black Thursday. (Subscription required).

Mack Yoho, original member of Bills, dies at age 84 | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Yoho made 54 starts for the Bills. He returned an interception 15 yards for a touchdown in a 1960 game at Denver.

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Buffalo Bills injury report: WR John Brown, LT Dion Dawkins return to practice Thursday - Buffalo Rumblings
A host of Bills returned to practice Thursday.

Buffalo Bills at Las Vegas Raiders: Television broadcast map, announcers Week 4 - Buffalo Rumblings
No national love for Buffalo’s first-ever trip to play in Las Vegas.

Buffalo Bills protect four practice squad players for Week 4 - Buffalo Rumblings
It’s the same group they protected last week.

The Bruce Exclusive: The Improbable Josh Allen - Buffalo Rumblings
Embrace it.

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen named AFC Offensive Player of the Month - Buffalo Rumblings
The first Bills player to earn it since nine years ago.

Football tactics 101: How to identify defensive coverage while watching the game - Buffalo Rumblings
Can you tell your man from your zone?

Tennessee Titans vs Pittsburgh Steelers postponed due to COVID-19, Buffalo Bills game questions remain - Buffalo Rumblings
A COVID-19 outbreak has turned into a bye week for the Titans.

All-22 analysis: Buffalo Bills defensive woes vs Los Angeles Rams - Buffalo Rumblings
WTAF was that second half all about?