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Buffalo Bills Links, 11/2: Bills win!

All the analysis following Buffalo’s 24-21 win over New England

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we recap the Bills’ 24-21 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday as Buffalo improved to 6-2 while delivering a crucial blow to the Patriots’ chances of winning the AFC East.

From game stories and post-game analysis to grades for the various positional units, the links have everything you need to know from Week 8 as the Bills beat the Patriots at home for the first time since 2011.

Defensive tackle Justin Zimmer saved the game when he forced a fumble on a Cam Newton scramble late in the fourth quarter, and when safety Dean Marlowe pounced on the loose ball, the Bills escaped with the win. Zimmer is one of the many standouts from the game, including running backs Zack Moss and Devin Singletary, guard Jon Feliciano and the offensive line, Marlowe and his fellow safety Jordan Poyer, and linebacker/special teams standout Tyler Matakevich, who was ready for the Patriots’ onside kick attempt at a point where momentum seemed to be shifting.

We spotlight the success of Buffalo’s running game, powered by a great performance from Feliciano and the offensive line, discuss what this win means to the Bills and the Buffalo community, explore what Buffalo proved with the win over New England, and much more!


Bills snap home losing streak against Patriots; Newton fumbles game away - Democrat & Chronicle
The Bills snapped a nine-year home losing streak against the Patriots to build a sizeable AFC East lead.

Run game pushes Bills past Patriots - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills (6-2) defeated the New England Patriots (2-5) 24-21 in an AFC East rivalry matchup at Bills Stadium on Sunday in Orchard Park, New York.

Buffalo Bills snap seven-game losing streak to New England Patriots - ESPN.com
The Bills snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Patriots with a 24-21 win Sunday, giving them a 4-0 record in the AFC East.

Game story: Cam Newton’s late fumble helps Bills hold on, beat Patriots - newyorkupstate.com
Backup defensive lineman Justin Zimmer punched the ball out of Cam Newton’s arms with 31 seconds remaining.

‘SHOUT!’ postgame podcast: A big win over the Patriots, now Seattle looms large - newyorkupstate.com
Listen to the post-game podcast from Matt Parrino and Ryan Talbot.

Bills report card: McDermott knows beating Patriots is huge for Bills fans - Democrat & Chronicle
Sal Maiorana grades Buffalo’s 24-21 victory over the New England Patriots.

Bills’ Justin Zimmer ends up being Cam Newton’s Kryptonite (Week 8 report card) - newyorkupstate.com
The Bills and Patriots went down to the wire in Week 8.

Report card: Bills’ rushing attack earns an easy ‘A’ grade | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Jay Skurski grades the Buffalo Bills in their 24-21 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday at Bills Stadium.

Arrow Up/Arrow Down: Patriots at Bills - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills beat the New England Patriots for the first time in Orchard Park since 2011, and in the process moved to 6-2 and dropped the defending AFC East champions to 2-5.

Hot reads: Bills run and hang on for defining win vs. Patriots | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Here are Vic Carucci’s hot reads from the Buffalo Bills’ 24-21 victory against the New England Patriots Sunday at Bills Stadium.

10 observations: Justin Zimmer’s forced fumble saves the day for Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Zimmer, who started the year on the Bills’ practice squad, came through with one of the biggest plays of the year.

Analysis: Bills RBs, O-line bullied the Patriots’ dime run front | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The Bills executed what should be a sustainable model for their running game in Sunday’s victory over the Patriots,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Column: Bills find their run game at the perfect time | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“A gritty, old-school, impose-our-will-on-the-other-guys approach” was at the core of the Bills’ victory, writes Vic Carucci.

Bills’ win over Tom Brady-less Patriots is a win nonetheless – The Athletic
The Bills are 4-0 in the division for the first time since 1991, but that division is also without one Tom Brady. (Subscription required).

Bills’ Zack Moss, Devin Singletary run wild over Patriots (8 reasons to be encouraged, 3 reasons to worry) - newyorkupstate.com
The Motor-Moss backfield had a big game for Buffalo on Sunday.

Bills’ Dean Marlowe steps in for Micah Hyde, seals victory with fumble recovery | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Marlowe sealed the Bills’ win with his fumble recovery at the Bills’ 13-yard line with 31 seconds to play.

The Buffalo Bills finally slay the dragon, the Patriots: 10 Things I Think I Think - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills
Observations from Buffalo’s win over New England.

Zack Moss, Bills rushing attack gets going; Buffalo takes down rival Patriots, 24-21: Instant observations - newyorkupstate.com
Moss scored a pair of TDs in the game and combined with Devin Singletary for over 160 yards.

Bills hang on for one of their biggest wins this century - WGR 550
If the Buffalo Bills are going to win their first division title in 25 years, they absolutely had to beat a struggling New England Patriots squad on Sunday in Orchard Park. Although it was a nail biter, the Bills got the job done with a 24-21 win.

Column: A toast to the Bills for finally beating the Patriots, despite a dry aftertaste | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Let’s enjoy a collective toast. Here’s to the Bills having a 6-2 record at the midpoint of the season for the second year in a row,” writes Jason Wolf.

What did the Bills prove with win over Patriots? – The Athletic
The Bills can’t afford to think they’ve arrived after beating this Patriots team, but head coach Sean McDermott is making sure they relish it. (Subscription required).

Sean McDermott on Bills’ win: ‘This is an emotional win for our entire city’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“We know what this game means to our fanbase. We wish they could have been in the building to experience it,” McDermott said.

Final score, recap, highlights: Bills 24, Patriots 21 - Democrat & Chronicle
Relive Buffalo’s win over its AFC East rivals.

Bills hero Justin Zimmer gets love from fans — and his mom — on Twitter - Democrat & Chronicle
‘That’s my boy’: Bills hero Justin Zimmer gets love from fans—and his mom—on Twitter.

‘Quiet assassin’ | How Justin Zimmer came through with a game-changing play - BuffaloBills.com
Justin Zimmer’s forced fumble helped the Bills improve to 4-0 in the AFC East.

Top 3 things we learned from Bills vs. Patriots | Week 8 - BuffaloBills.com
Chris Brown provides insight into the Bills’ run game, red zone offense and finally beating New England.

Bills Today | Why the Bills are happy for what’s to come - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Monday, Nov. 2.

Judging Week 8 NFL overreactions - Is the AFC East race over? ESPN.com blog
The Bills built their divisional lead over the Patriots, while Jimmy Garoppolo had a brutal day. Let’s overreact to Week 8.

Column: Like the Bills, CBS’ Eagle and Davis don’t ‘wow’ but are sharp at game’s end | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
By the middle of the third quarter of the Buffalo Bills’ last-second 24-21 victory over the New England Patriots Sunday, I had enough of all of CBS’ history lessons about the series.

Why McDermott was allowed to use phone on field vs. Patriots - WGR 550
Sean McDermott turned heads Sunday when he was spotted using a cellphone on the field—in apparent violation of NFL rules—but a report said there was nothing untoward about the call.

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Circling the Wagons: Buffalo Bills beat the New England Patriots 24-21 to go 6-2 - Buffalo Rumblings
Listen to our recap of the first Bills win against the Patriots since 2016!

Takeaways: Running games determine outcome of Buffalo Bills’ win over New England Patriots - Buffalo Rumblings
Lots to digest.

Buffalo Bills 24, New England Patriots 21: Rapid recap and notes - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills squeaked past New England.

AFC Playoff Picture: Buffalo Bills put stranglehold on AFC East, move up in conference - Buffalo Rumblings
A nice loss for the Titans helps Buffalo.

Buffalo Bills snap counts vs. New England Patriots: Every game they’re shufflin’ - Buffalo Rumblings
Although it’s midseason, changes are still happening.

Buffalo Bills are running out of demons to exorcise - Buffalo Rumblings
Take another one off the list.