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Buffalo Bills Links, 10/5: Bills improve to 4-0

Assigning grades and reliving Buffalo’s 30-23 win over the Raiders.

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The Buffalo Bills improved to 4-0 with a dominant 30-23 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday in Sin City, and today’s edition of the Bills daily links features everything you need to know from the win.

We recap the game, offer up observations and grade the Bills on the win, which marks the ninth time in franchise history that Buffalo has gotten off to a 4-0 start.

We analyze why quarterback Josh Allen should be in the MVP conversation after recording a turnover-free game while guiding the offense to its third straight game scoring 30-plus points. We discuss how cornerback Josh Norman made a huge impact in his first game with the Bills, dissect the fast start from wide receiver Stefon Diggs, give props to Quinton Jefferson, Darryl Johnson and the pass rush for changing the game and getting after Derek Carr in the second half, credit returner Andre Roberts for keeping the momentum in Buffalo’s favor with a huge punt return, and spotlight why the defense was able to contain talented running back Josh Jacobs.

We also discover how past Bills teams have fared after starting 4-0, get the latest news on the ever-evolving COVID-19 outbreak involving Buffalo’s Week 5 opponent, the Tennessee Titans, and much more!

Bills outlast Raiders to improve to 4-0 - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 30-23 on the road to improve to 4-0 on the season. The Bills will now prep for the Tennessee Titans, their Week 5 opponent.

Bills defense finally shows up to save the day - Democrat & Chronicle
The defense suddenly came to life in the fourth quarter with three huge plays.

Bills vs. Raiders - Game Recap - October 4, 2020 - ESPN
Get a recap of the Buffalo Bills vs. Las Vegas Raiders football game.

Bills at Raiders - Arrow Up/Arrow Down - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills beat the Las Vegas Raiders 30-23 on Sunday to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2008 and only the second time since 1992.

Josh Allen’s 3 touchdowns lead Bills to 30-23 road win vs. Raiders (Instant observations) -
Allen just misses another 300-yard game in win over Raiders.

10 observations: Late surge by pass rush keys Bills’ 30-23 win | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
It started with a third-down sack by second-year veteran Darryl Johnson Jr. in the third quarter, forcing a Las Vegas punt in what became a 30-23 victory for the Bills.

Bills’ defense finds its energy to top Raiders, move to 4-0 - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
One of the NFL’s worst in the second half, Buffalo’s defense showed signs of life to secure a victory at the start of a key stretch of the schedule.

Insta-Graham: Sean McDermott outduels his idol and other Bills highlights – The Athletic
Head coach Sean McDermott envisioned modeling himself after Jon Gruden when he was in college. On Sunday, his Bills defeated Gruden’s Raiders. (Subscription required).

Bills report card: Allen shrugs off injury to get win - Democrat & Chronicle
Josh Allen showed grit in coming back from an injury to lead the Bills past the Raiders.

Report Card: Josh Allen, passing game earn another ‘A’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
After giving all of Western New York a collective heart attack after an injury late in the second quarter, Allen came back in the second half to again turn in a great performance.

Josh Allen continues MVP campaign, Bills hold off Raiders (Report card) -
The Bills and Raiders faced off in Las Vegas.

Bills' Josh Allen, Josh Norman not joshing around vs. Raiders (8 reasons to be encouraged, 4 reasons to be worried) -
Buffalo finished the first quarter of the 2020 season with a 4-0 record following their 30-23 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Aggressive Bills attacked mismatches in Raiders secondary | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
A couple big second-half pass plays showed how Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll wasted no time in going after weak links.

Josh Norman ‘lifted’ Bills with his play: ’I don’t know if we win that game without him’ -
Norman had a forced fumble and recovery to help clinch Bills’ 30-23 win over Raiders.

Josh Norman brings ‘juice’ in Bills debut, sparks victory with forced fumble | Buffalo Sports |
Josh Norman’s debut couldn’t have come at a better time.

Jury is still out on Bills defense - WGR 550
Despite the 30-23 win and the 4-0 start on Sunday, there is still a lot left to be desired with the Buffalo Bills’ defense after another concerning performance against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Top 3 things we learned from Bills at Raiders | Week 4 -
Defense comes alive in the second half, Josh Allen continues producing touchdowns and the injury bug bites the Bills.

Quarter by quarter: Josh Allen ties Jack Kemp for a long-standing record | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
It was Josh Allen’s 13th game with both a rushing TD and a passing TD, most in the NFL since 2018.

Stefon Diggs is doing things a Bills receiver hasn't done in nearly two decades | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Diggs has 26 receptions for 403 yards thus far. According to the Bills, it is the 11th time in Bills history a player has had 26 or more receptions in the first four games.

Bills QB Josh Allen on shoulder injury: 'I landed on it a little funky' | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
"It's just the left shoulder," Allen said. "It's not the right one, thank God. I was able to play through the pain. I'll get some treatment this week. It shouldn't inhibit anything."

‘SHOUT!’ postgame podcast: Are the Buffalo Bills for real at 4-0? -
Beat writers Matt Parrino and Ryan Talbot break down Sunday’s game in Las Vegas.

Final score, recap: Buffalo Bills 30, Las Vegas Raiders 23 - Democrat & Chronicle
Relive Buffalo’s fourth straight win to open the 2020 NFL season.

What Quinton Jefferson, John Brown + others said about Buffalo’s win in Las Vegas -
The Bills share their thoughts on getting their fourth win of the season.

How past Bills teams that started 4-0 fared | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Here is how the eight previous Bills teams that started 4-0 have fared, including two AFL titles and two Super Bowl appearances.

Bills Today | Sean McDermott on the Titans COVID situation -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Monday, Oct. 5.

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Seven takeaways: Comfortable Buffalo Bills beat Las Vegas Raiders to go to 4-0 - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills are making this look easy.

Buffalo Bills 30, Las Vegas Raiders 23: Rapid recap and notes - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills are 4-0!

Circling the Wagons: Bills Defeat Raiders 30-23 to go 4-0! - Buffalo Rumblings
Listen to our recap of the Bills big victory in Sin City!

With two more positive tests on Sunday, Tennessee Titans running out of time to prepare for Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
COVID-19-positive tests continue to roll in for the Titans.