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Buffalo Bills Links, 10/30: Bills can make statement vs. Patriots

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we start to preview Sunday’s Week 8 showdown between the Bills (5-2) and the New England Patriots (2-4) at Bills Stadium.

While Tom Brady isn’t quarterbacking the Patriots for the first time since the 2000 season, Buffalo still has a chance to make a statement and establish itself as the clear favorites in the AFC East with a dominant performance. Can the Bills bury the wounded Patriots and seize control of the division?

We break down what the Bills’ defensive game plan should be heading into Sunday’s game, as New England is a much different team than it was during Tom Brady’s tenure in Foxboro. We expect Buffalo’s defense to be prepared to stop the power runs inside as well as the read-option runs and draws from New England quarterback Cam Newton.

We assess the news that talented wide receiver Julian Edelman will miss the game on Sunday, and what that means for both an underwhelming Patriots passing game and for Buffalo’s secondary, as Edelman usually enjoys solid games vs. the Bills.

We identify several viable targets for general manager Brandon Beane and the Bills to go after in advance of Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline, discuss what impact guard Jon Feliciano will have in his first game back following a torn pectoral muscle, break down the news that Buffalo has added a former first-round selection, Darron Lee, to shore up the linebackers, and get the latest injury news on guard Cody Ford, wide receiver John Brown, cornerback Josh Norman, and more.


Xs and Os: Bills gear up for meat-and-potatoes Patriots offense | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Expect the Buffalo Bills’ defensive game plan this week to be almost the opposite of the plan two weeks ago against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Are the Bills ready to bury the Patriots, seize control of AFC East? - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
Buffalo is improving, but to be a legit contender it needs to vanquish a stumbling New England team that has owned the division for two decades.

Cam Newton: Bills should stack box, dare Patriots’ QB to throw (7 things to watch) - newyorkupstate.com
The Bills look to pick up their sixth win of the season on Sunday while moving to 4-0 in the AFC East.

Bills Today | The path to the AFC East title still goes through ... - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Friday, Oct. 30.

Buffalo Bills Thursday Thought: A game 20 years in the making - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills have a chance to finally take charge of the division for the first time since 1995 with a win on Sunday over the Patriots.

Friday Preview: New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills
The Bills will be looking to make a statement on Sunday.

How the Bills will fare against the New England Patriots in Week 8 | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Here is how The News’ sports writers see Sunday’s Buffalo Bills game against the New England Patriots at Bills Stadium.

Report: Edelman undergoes precautionary knee procedure - WGR 550
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was not spotted at practice on Thursday as he underwent a precautionary knee procedure that will force him to miss some time.

Bills vs. Patriots: Julian Edelman to miss game after knee procedure Thursday (report) - newyorkupstate.com
Edelman is the Patriots’ leading receiver in 2020.

Reports: Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman to miss Bills game | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman did not practice Thursday because of a knee injury and is not expected to play Sunday.

Inside the Bills: 10 potential targets ahead of Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The NFL trade deadline will arrive Tuesday with the Bills squarely in the playoff mix. What that means for general manager Brandon Beane’s approach remains to be seen.

Panic meter on the Bills, priorities at the trade deadline – The Athletic
The Bills’ recent play has not been promising, but it would be shocking if they let the bottom fall out at 5-2. (Subscription required).

Jon Feliciano ready to make his season debut - Democrat & Chronicle
Jon Feliciano’s season debut will toughen up Buffalo Bills’ offensive line.

Jon Feliciano has plenty to smile about after making long-awaited return | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The Buffalo Bills’ guard doesn’t like being away from the football field, so the time spent rehabbing after surgery for a torn pectoral muscle left him surly.

Darron Lee: Bills adding former first-round pick (report) - newyorkupstate.com
Lee made his second visit with the Bills on Thursday before joining the team,

Report: Bills to sign former first-round linebacker Darron Lee | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The Bills are expected to sign linebacker Darron Lee, a 2016 first-round draft pick of the Jets, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Injury Report | Cody Ford, Josh Norman ruled out for Patriots game | Week 8 - BuffaloBills.com
Two players ruled out for Sunday’s Patriots game.

Bills’ Hughes limited in practice; Jefferson, Butler don’t practice | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Bills wide receiver John Brown is practicing for a second consecutive day after missing two of the last three games with a knee injury.

Bills missing two defensive tackles at practice - WGR 550
Both the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills were without several key players at practice Thursday.

Bills offense needs to adapt and regain its form - Democrat & Chronicle
Buffalo’s offense has sputtered over its last three games as opposing defenses have played more zone and forced them to sustain long drives.

Individual errors doomed Bills touchdown drives versus Jets – The Athletic
The Bills' lack of execution on offense prevented them from blowing out the Jets, but where did they go wrong? (Subscription required).

Bills’ Jerry Hughes perfecting leadership style, filling vital role for Buffalo defense - newyorkupstate.com
Hughes’s two sacks, force fumble and interception last Sunday earned him AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Real Estate lawsuit questions Bills star player’s bid - WGR 550
Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White’s bid to purchase a 5,444-square-foot Orchard Park home is being challenged with a lawsuit by a couple who claim they already had the home under contract.

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Three possible Buffalo Bills trade targets could be on the move today - Buffalo Rumblings
Big news.

Report: Buffalo Bills considering trading defensive end Trent Murphy - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills have been linked to some pass rushers, but they may be trying to move one, as well.

Micah Hyde unlikely to play against New England Patriots with concussion - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills might be down a key member of their defense.

Buffalo Bills injury report: Quinton Jefferson, Vernon Butler miss practice - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills aren’t anywhere near full strength.

Buffalo Bills’ playoff odds are strong after 5-2 start - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills can wrap up a bunch of AFC East tiebreakers win a with this weekend of the New England Patriots.

All-22 analysis: Buffalo Bills DE A.J. Epenesa vs. New York Jets - Buffalo Rumblings
The rookie made a couple splash plays in (very) limited action.

All-22 appreciation: Jerry Hughes’s big day - Buffalo Rumblings
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Jamie D and Big Newt: Style Points Don’t Count in the NFL - Buffalo Rumblings
An ugly win is still a win.

Circling the Wagons: Halloween Edition —Scary Bills Scenarios - Buffalo Rumblings
Who doesn’t like to get scared before Halloween?

Penalty recap: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets is a lopsided affair - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills return to their winning and frequent penalty ways.

Opinion: Buffalo Bills are a choose your own adventure - Buffalo Rumblings
But is it a storybook season?

Jerry Hughes earns AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for first time in career - Buffalo Rumblings
Wooo!