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Buffalo Bills Links, 11/5: Midseason grades for the Bills

Plus, can Buffalo’s front four get enough pressure on Russell Wilson?

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, the Bills (6-2) have reached the halfway point of the season, and we hand out midseason grades for Josh Allen and the offense, the underachieving defense, and the special teams.

We hear how, despite having the Bills in first place in the AFC East, Allen says he still has “something to prove.”

We also analyze what has happened to Buffalo’s once prolific passing attack, discuss how general manager Brandon Beane and the Bills stood pat at the trade deadline, address the lengthy list of injured Bills heading into Sunday’s showdown with the Seattle Seahawks (6-1), explore why starting left tackle Dion Dawkins has looked unstoppable as an anchor on the offensive line, dissect whether Buffalo’s front four can do enough to disrupt Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and much more!


Midseason grades: Allen is shining, but razzle-dazzle is gone - Democrat & Chronicle
After a great start, the Buffalo Bills’ offense has leveled off in the last four games.

Midseason grades: The Bills defense has to improve - Democrat & Chronicle
The midseason grades are in: The Buffalo Bills defense has room for improvement.

Position grades: Bills ratings way up from last year at QB, WR | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The News rates each position group on a scale of 0 to 5 each week.

At halfway point, Bills lead league in three and four wide receiver sets. Here’s why | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The Bills rank 13th in yards gained (372 per game), up from 24th last year (335.8 per game).

Bills’ Josh Allen says he has ‘something to prove’ despite team’s 6-2 start - newyorkupstate.com
Allen says he will always play with a chip on his shoulder regardless of how well the Bills are playing for this reason.

What happened to the Bills’ passing game? – The Athletic
In the last four games, Allen’s passer rating on passes that travel at least ten yards in the air is the worst in the NFL. (Subscription required).

Column: Bills need help, but didn’t need to force something at trade deadline | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Conventional wisdom strongly suggested the Bills might use a trade, maybe even two, to attempt to make some repairs. Conventional wisdom was wrong,” writes Vic Carucci.

Bills Wednesday injury report: Mitch Morse, John Brown, and more miss practice - newyorkupstate.com
Bills guard Cody Ford (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday.

Lengthy injury report for Bills on Wednesday - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills started their week of practice with a lengthy injury report on Wednesday, including eight players who did not practice and another six who were limited.

Bills’ injury updates: Eight players miss practice, five others limited | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, who missed a few plays Sunday after getting banged up, will practice.

Dion Dawkins looking unstoppable for Bills this season – The Athletic
Dawkins is currently playing at the highest level of any Bills offensive lineman since I began grading players seven years ago.” (Subscription required).

Bills’ win over Patriots ‘felt like a changing of the guard’ in AFC East (Week 9 power rankings) - newyorkupstate.com
The Bills picked up their sixth win of the season against the New England Patriots. Did the win give Buffalo a boost in any power rankings?

Bills offense is No. 1 on third downs and will need to convert vs. Seattle | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The Buffalo Bills’ offense has made a big leap in efficiency on third downs this season. It’s important the Bills keep it going in Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Column: Bills’ front four unlikely to do enough to stop Russell Wilson | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“One look at the matchup and the only response that makes even marginal sense is a shake of the head,” writes Vic Carucci.

Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs talk about the offense's mindset for Seattle - BuffaloBills.com
Head coach Sean McDermott, Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs talk about how the offense can impact Sunday's game against Seattle.

Bills Today | Why this ESPN analyst is picking the Bills in Week 9 - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Thursday, Nov. 5.

Buffalo Bills 2020 Vision: Are Singletary & Moss the Next Great Bills RB Duo? - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills
What do the Bills have with their young running backs?

Mitch Morse and his concerning concussion history. Plus, my issue with the Bills defense - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills
Are the Bills a good team? How worried should the Bills be about Morse?

Bills add former Cowboys cornerback Daryl Worley to practice squad | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Cornerback Lafayette Pitts was released by the Bills.

Bills sign cornerback Daryl Worley to practice squad - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran cornerback Daryl Worley to the team’s practice squad after recently being released by the Dallas Cowboys.

Is Miami a serious threat in the AFC East? - WGR 550
If the Buffalo Bills are going to win their first AFC East title since 1995, the team will have to watch out for the Miami Dolphins, who could catch up and make the division race more interesting.

Bills legend Steve Christie on supporting Tyler Bass, Bills fandom, The Comeback | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“I am a Bills guy all the way. Always have been, really,” the former Bills kicker says.

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Jamie D and Big Newt: Mid-season Retrospective Bonanza - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills have finished the first half of their season, and while they lead the AFC East, there have been some mixed performances that Jamie D’Amico and Big Chris Newton will examine.

BBR: How are Bills fans feeling with no movement at trade deadline? - Buffalo Rumblings
It was a quiet trade deadline in Buffalo.

All-22 analysis: Buffalo Bills DT Harrison Phillips - Buffalo Rumblings
A look at the up-and-down defensive tackle.

Buffalo Bills sign former Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley - Buffalo Rumblings
Another one.

Bills remain at bottom of first tier in Week 9 NFL power rankings - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo is firmly entrenched in the top eight in most power rankings.

Code of Conduct: Breaking down the Bills’ victory with Pat Lane of Pats Pulpit - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills improved to 6-2 with Sunday’s win.

Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots: Rookie review - Buffalo Rumblings
Zack Moss has his breakout game.

Penalty recap: New England Patriots vs Buffalo Bills was mostly clean - Buffalo Rumblings
Luckily CBS did me a solid so there’s still a reason for you to drop on in.