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Buffalo Bills Links, 11/30: Bills improve to 8-3

Lots to discuss from yesterday’s 27-17 win over the Chargers.

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It was anything but pretty, but the Buffalo Bills (8-3) held on for a 27-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers (3-8) in Week 12. With much to discuss and reflect on, let’s get right to all of the news from yesterday’s game.


Game Recap

Bills bumble, stumble their way to 27-17 victory over the Chargers - Democrat & Chronicle
Despite three fourth-quarter turnovers, the Bills were able to hold on and defeat the Chargers, 27-17.

Bills fend off Chargers for 27-17 victory - WGR 550
The Bills improve to 8-3 with the victory.

Game story: Bills hang on for sloppy 27-17 win over Chargers - newyorkupstate.com
Josh Allen threw a touchdown and ran for another score for the AFC East-leading Bills.

Chargers vs. Bills - Game Recap - November 29, 2020 - ESPN
Get a recap of the Los Angeles Chargers vs. Buffalo Bills football game.

Bills hold on to beat Chargers 27-17 | News 4 Buffalo
Despite turnover struggles in the second half, the Buffalo Bills come away with their eighth win of the season.

Quarter by quarter: Bills close out a good win that might have been a rout | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Here is Mark Gaughan’s quarter-by-quarter look at the Buffalo Bills’ 27-17 win against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Analysis as Buffalo Bounces Back

Bills can’t turn from their passing identity now – The Athletic
The Bills revived their run game on Sunday. But at what cost to the offensive approach that got them this far? (Subscription required).

Just how good is this Bills team? - WGR 550
“Ugly wins count the same, but lucky wins aren’t sustainable in the National Football League,” writes Nate Geary.

Josh Allen injury scare one of Bills’ near calamities – The Athletic
The Bills have fixed so much of what’s ailed them this season, but they also seemed determined to let the Chargers hang around Sunday. (Subscription required).

Bills show they can thrive with run game in win over Chargers - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
The Bills’ potent passing attack took a back seat on Sunday, as Buffalo ran the ball early and often to get a key victory over the Chargers.

Singletary: Running game ‘can do even better’ after breaking out vs. Chargers | Buffalo Sports | buffalonews.com
The Bills amassed 172 rushing yards on 30 carries, the team’s second-most yards on the ground this season.

Welcome back, old friends - WGR 550
On a day when the usually strong passing game was spotty, the Bills’ running game and defense led them to a 27-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Column: Defense might be trending up after rescuing offense after turnover spree | Buffalo Sports | buffalonews.com
Buffalo allowed just three points in the fourth quarter, despite its offense committing three turnovers in a span of seven plays.

Buffalo Bills, Cole Beasley get tricky to extend lead over Los Angeles Chargers - ESPN.com Buffalo Bills blog
The Bills pulled out their bag of tricks, as their slot receiver turned into a quarterback and hit Gabriel Davis for a TD pass.

Analysis: Cole Beasley recaptures prep heroics on Bills’ trick-play TD | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Cole Beasley completed his first pass in a football game in 13 years on Sunday.

Column: Bills’ pattern of close-out struggles continues | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The haunting memory of what happened two weeks ago in Arizona apparently wasn’t enough to scare the Buffalo Bills into doing a better job of closing out games,” writes Vic Carucci.

Top 3 things we learned from Bills vs. Chargers | Week 12 - BuffaloBills.com
Defense delivers, run game finds its footing and Gabriel Davis steps up in the place of John Brown.

Bills’ A.J. Klein continues to shine vs. Chargers (9 reasons to be encouraged, 2 reasons to be worried) - newyorkupstate.com
Buffalo’s veteran linebacker made life difficult for Justin Herbert on Sunday.

Bills’ A.J. Klein playing the best football of his life – The Athletic
Klein has led the Bills in tackles in two consecutive games after he was a popular target for criticism earlier in the season. (Subscription required).

Bills Today | ‘Coach’ Klein delivers - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Monday, Nov. 30.

‘It’s the sign of a good team’ | Players explain the offense’s up-and-down performance, the trick play and more - BuffaloBills.com
Josh Allen, head coach Sean McDermott, Cole Beasley and Tyler Bass offer these details about Buffalo’s performance in their eighth win of the 2020 season.

Report Card/Instant Observations

Report card: Josh Allen, Bills won’t apologize for ugly win over Chargers - Democrat & Chronicle
“We’re 8-3,” Allen said matter-of-factly. “That’s what our goal was at the end of this game, whatever it takes. We got it done.”

Report Card: Run-game improvements – offensive and defensive – show up in Bills’ win | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“After disappointing results most of the season, the rushing attack found the type of performance it has been searching for,” writes Jay Skurski.

Bills defense carries team to win vs. Chargers (Week 12 report card) - newyorkupstate.com
Buffalo’s offense did a poor job protecting the football in the second half of Sunday’s matchup.

Arrow Up/Arrow Down: Chargers at Bills - WGR 550
What went right and what went wrong for the Buffalo Bills in their 27-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers?

10 observations: Josh Allen provides a little bit of everything in Bills’ win | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The Josh Allen Experience was back in a big way Sunday,” writes Jay Skurski.

Hot Reads: Bills make it tougher than it needed to be in beating Chargers | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Vic Carucci weighs in with his hot reads from the Buffalo Bills’ 27-17 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Three observations: Run game gets going in win over Chargers - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills’ run game seemingly found its stride in the Bills’ 27-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 12.

Bills defense shines vs. Justin Herbert, Buffalo holds off Chargers for 8th win (Instant observations) - newyorkupstate.com
Bills improve to 8-3 as the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins also get wins on Sunday.

AFC Playoff Picture and Problem with Penalties

Where Bills stand in the AFC playoff picture | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
With the win against the Chargers on Sunday, the Bills moved to 8-3 overall and retain their one-game lead over the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East.

Josh Allen on spinning ball penalty: 'I play with my heart on my sleeve' | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Allen's post-touchdown celebration in the third quarter drew a 15-yard flag for unsportsmanlike conduct, with the penalty assessed on the kickoff.

Why 14 penalties called in Bills-Chargers shouldn't be so surprising | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The Bills and Chargers combined for 14 accepted penalties for 176 yards Sunday.

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

Buffalo Bills 27, Los Angeles Chargers 17: Rapid recap and notes - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills beat the Chargers for the first time since 2008.

Takeaways: Chargers make more mistakes than Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
A win is a win.

AFC Playoff Picture: Despite win, Buffalo Bills slip to fourth - Buffalo Rumblings
What a load of hogwash.

NFL considering team playoff bubbles in home cities - Buffalo Rumblings
With the Ravens and Steelers facing problems this week, the NFL is considering options.