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Buffalo Bills Links, 11/3: Unlikely players key game-saving stop

Plus, breaking down Jon Feliciano’s impact on the run game.

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we break down the unlikely cast of players who were on the field and keyed Buffalo’s game-saving defensive stop during a Week 8 win over the New England Patriots.

That group includes defensive tackle Justin Zimmer, who punched the ball free from Cam Newton, and safety Dean Marlowe, who fell on the loose ball, who were part of the 11 players who hadn’t played a single snap together all season long until the final three defensive plays vs. the Patriots.

Continuing with observations from the win: We examine the difference that Jon Feliciano’s return made for both the offensive line and the running game, analyze why rookie Zack Moss and Devin Singletary were able to find success against the Patriots’ run defense, and discuss how Buffalo’s biggest weaknesses at outside linebacker and the one-technique defensive tackle were exposed on Sunday.

We get the latest news on what moves the Bills could make before today’s trade deadline, hear from head coach Sean McDermott on where his team stands at the midway point of the season, get to know Darron Lee, Buffalo’s newest linebacker, and much more.


Seven observations from Bills’ win over Patriots – The Athletic
It’s unlikely we ever see that group of players on the field in a game-clinching situation again, but it was a remarkable moment. (Subscription required).

How Bills run game sparked win over Patriots - Democrat & Chronicle
Maiorana’s observations: Run game awakens, Mitch Morse injury and linebacker play a worry.

Bills crank up run game, give needed boost to pass-heavy attack - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
With Zack Moss and Devin Singletary sharing the load, Buffalo has rushed for 316 yards over the past two games, including 190 in its Week 8 win.

Analysis: Linebacker, tackle issues exposed for Bills’ defense in second half | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The biggest problem the Bills’ run defense is having is at the 1-technique defensive tackle spot and the outside linebacker positions.

Position grades: Bills’ Stefon Diggs moves up to No. 2 in NFL in yardage | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Here’s a position-by-position grading of the Bills, based on video review and on a scale of 0 to 5.

What we learned from Bills’ snap counts in Week 8 win, game ball and more | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Jay Skurski offers five takeaways from the team’s snap counts.

Jon Feliciano helped Bills offensive line find identity in return vs. Patriots - newyorkupstate.com
Feliciano moved from LG to C after Mitch Morse left game with concussion.

How Jon Feliciano became an unsung hero for the Bills in his season debut - BuffaloBills.com
Plus notes on the Bills’ run game and how habits paid off against New England.

Is it okay to want more? - WGR 550
“The level of enjoyment you can take out of the Buffalo Bills’ 24-21 win over the helpless New England Patriots on Sunday really depends on your preseason expectations of the 2020 version of this team,” writes Nate Geary.

Bills sit atop AFC East as trade deadline looms - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills sit at 6-2 and in front of the rest of the AFC East. They’re searching for their first division title in a quarter century. Does that mean they’re also searching to make deals to bring players in to help them secure that goal?,” writes Sal Capaccio.

On eve of NFL trading deadline, Bills’ McDermott says, ‘nothing we know of in the works’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The speculation is that there could be fewer trades on deadline day because of the COVID-19 protocols.

Time for the real Josh Allen to stand up | News 4 Buffalo
Offensively, the Bills have put together two radically different four-game periods, especially in the passing game.

Patriots’ Bill Belichick waving white flag on 2020 after loss to Bills? - newyorkupstate.com
Patriots fans, you may be on to 2021.

Bills Today | Sean McDermott’s review at the midseason point - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Cuomo on fans in Bills Stadium: 'We already have an issue in WNY' | wgrz.com
“Western New York is one of the highest rates in the state of New York and it has been for weeks, it's been problematic,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Five takeaways from Monday's Bills press conferences | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Jay Skurski offers five takeaways from Monday’s video conference calls with head coach Sean McDermott, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier.

Bills sign former first-round pick Darron Lee to practice squad | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Lee had previously visited the Bills in late August, but that was before the NFL suspended him for the first four weeks of this season.

Bills sign linebacker Darron Lee to practice squad - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills announced on Monday that the team has signed linebacker and former New York Jets first-round pick Darron Lee to the practice squad and also activated tight end Nate Becker back to the practice squad from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

5 things to know about new Bills LB Darron Lee - newyorkupstate.com
Lee was drafted in the first round of the 2016 draft by the New York Jets.

Niners’ George Kittle to miss Bills game; Jimmy Garoppolo might, too | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The San Francisco 49ers lost both All-Pro tight end George Kittle and starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to injuries in Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Tre’Davious White, Jerry Hughes spread the get out and vote message - BuffaloBills.com
From making an impact on the local and national level to respecting the right to vote, here are five reasons why Bills players felt encouraged to vote in 2020 and continue to spread the get out and vote message.

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Buffalo Bills’ run game succeeded thanks to New England Patriots’ personnel choices - Buffalo Rumblings
New England made strange choices.

Buffalo Bills announce series of practice squad moves including addition of Darron Lee - Buffalo Rumblings
On Monday, the Buffalo Bills announced some changes to their practice squad, including the signing of former first-round LB Darron Lee.

Two COVID-19 positives with Arizona Cardinals could impact games against Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins - Buffalo Rumblings
The next two games are big for the AFC East.

San Francisco 49ers to be without Jimmy Garoppolo, Georgie Kittle against Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
Significant injuries will keep pair of Niners on the sideline.