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Buffalo Bills Links, 11/17: Grading Buffalo’s loss to Arizona

Plus, how did Josh Allen handle the Arizona Cardinals’ aggressive pressure tactics?

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we hand out position-by-position grades for the Bills after their heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, 32-30 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10.

Linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and A.J. Klein, wide receivers Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs and kicker Tyler Bass received high marks, while running back Devin Singletary, guard Brian Winters, defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson and punter Corey Bojorquez did not.

While much of the focus from Sunday’s loss will (rightfully so) go towards the improbable Hail Mary completion, it wasn’t the only reason the Bills suffered a defeat. We hear from head coach Sean McDermott and other Bills players react to the Hail Mary, analyze how the Cardinals’ ever-changing defense rattled and surprised Josh Allen, hear from one columnist why Bills fans need to take a page from the Aaron Rodgers playbook when dealing with this setback, discuss why Buffalo’s defense seems to be turning the corner, dissect the surprising news that center Mitch Morse was a healthy scratch, and much more!

Position grades: Tremaine Edmunds, A.J. Klein shine for Bills’ defense | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Here’s a position-by-position grading of the Bills, based on video review and on a scale of 0 to 5.

Focus is on Hail Murray, but it’s not the only reason the Bills lost - Democrat & Chronicle
We will forever recount the Hail Mary ending to the game, but the Bills’ loss to the Cardinals went beyond that.

Sometimes you just get beat - WGR 550
While many can debate what the Buffalo Bills could have done differently to try and defend DeAndre Hopkins on the Hail Mary play at the end of the 32-30 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, sometimes you just get beat.

Sean McDermott, Bills react to DeAndre Hopkins Hail Mary heroics in Week 10 loss -
The Bills explain the Hail Mary heroics from Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins.

Big deal or no big deal? Appraising Bills’ crushing loss, another Seahawks setback and more -
Week 10 provided inspiring performances, a primetime upset and one unimaginable finish. But what do these developments mean in the grand scheme of things? What’s a big deal and what isn’t? Adam Schein weighs in.

Upon Further Review: Bills have to sit with bitter taste of defeat through bye week | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
In addition to self scouting, the Bills will have an opportunity to get healthy.

Jim Kubiak: How Cardinals’ amoeba and tandem Cover 1 strategy impacted Josh Allen | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“In the final moments, Allen played good enough to win; but good enough just wasn’t good enough for the Bills to win,” writes Jim Kubiak.

Analysis: Cardinals didn’t really find a formula for Bills’ Josh Allen | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Buffalo Bills’ ability to handle the Arizona Cardinals’ aggressive pressure tactics wasn’t as bad as it seemed, upon further review.

R-E-L-A-X, Bills fans - WGR 550
As the Buffalo Bills head into their Week 11 bye week, don’t let the miraculous 32-30 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon bother you.

Bills’ defense showing reasons for optimism despite some ugly results - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
Buffalo no longer fields a top-tier defense, but forcing more turnovers and better play on third downs provides hope as a playoff push awaits.

What we learned from snap counts in Bills’ Week 10 loss, game ball and more | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Zack Moss out-snapped Devin Singletary, Cole Beasley earned the game ball, and Josh Allen said the Bills will do their best to put the heartbreaking loss to the Cardinals behind them.

Eric Wood | 5 opinions on the Bills following Week 10 -
Despite the tough loss, former Bills center Eric Wood still believes the arrow is pointing up for this Bills team in 2020.

Bills center Mitch Morse was healthy but did not play - Democrat & Chronicle
Bills center Mitch Morse was healthy, but Sean McDermott decided not to play him.

McDermott: Bills center Mitch Morse did not play because of ‘coach’s decision’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The group of Dion Dawkins, Ike Boettger, Jon Feliciano, Brian Winters and Daryl Williams played every snap Sunday.

Bills, Sean McDermott vague on Mitch Morse's lineup status – The Athletic
The Bills coach called Morse's DNP a "coach's decision" but wouldn't say whether he was the starting center moving forward. (Subscription required).

McDermott: Morse not playing was a 'coach's decision' - WGR 550
Even though he was out of concussion protocol, practiced all week, had no injury designation, and was active, Buffalo Bills center Mitch Morse did not play on Sunday in a 32-30 road loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Mitch Morse not playing a coaching decision and four more Bills observations | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Head coach Sean McDermott insisted that Morse not playing was strictly a “football decision,” and had nothing to do with anything the center did–or didn’t do–off the field.

Bills Today | Cole Beasley earns national recognition for his Week 10 performance -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Column: CBS’ Eagle has a ‘terrific’ day with great final call, ‘SNL’ humor, chess talk | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“The Bills-Cardinals game was considered Sunday’s best on CBS,” writes Alan Pergament.

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Revisiting five Buffalo Bills to watch at Arizona Cardinals - Buffalo Rumblings
The feel of this game swung so many times on Sunday.

Revisiting five Arizona Cardinals to watch against Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills contained dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray, but not for long enough.

Circling the Wagons: Buffalo Bills lose in Hail Mary fashion to the Arizona Cardinals - Buffalo Rumblings
Channeling Rodney Dangerfield “That was a rough one!” Listen now with us and find some levity!

Bills vs. Cardinals win probability recap: It felt over when it wasn’t - Buffalo Rumblings
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Buffalo Bills snap counts vs. Arizona Cardinals - Buffalo Rumblings
Analyzing Week 10’s playing time heading into the team’s bye week.