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Buffalo Bills Links, 12/12: Do the Bills need a signature win?

Plus, what Josh Allen took from Aaron Rodgers that has fueled his 2020 season.

In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we continue to breakdown and preview the big Sunday Night Football clash between the Bills (9-3) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-1), hearing head coach Sean McDermott’s thoughts on the matchup of two of the top teams in the AFC.

We discuss a question that many Bills fans are tired of hearing: Do the Bills need a signature win vs. the Steelers to validate their hot start to the season? We identify five Bills and five Steelers to watch, offer up thoughts on what Buffalo’s defense needs to do to rattle Ben Roethlisberger, why the Bills shouldn’t abandon the running game, why quarterback Josh Allen deserves to be in the MVP conversation and what Allen adopted from quarterback Aaron Rodgers that has fueled his successful season, hear from general manager Brandon Beane on his contract extension and why he wants to “see this place win for a long time,” and much more!


Previewing Pittsburgh

McDermott: We’re going to get the Steelers’ best on Sunday - WGR 550
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott joined Howard and Jeremy for his weekly Buffalo Bills Football Friday appearance ahead of Sunday night’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Orchard Park.

Improving Buffalo Bills need signature win vs. Steelers to join AFC’s elite - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
Buffalo is closing in on a playoff berth, but has struggled against AFC division leaders. It has a chance to change that narrative in Week 14.

Vic Carucci: Look for Bills’ Josh Allen to keep on rolling vs. Steelers | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Carucci offers five takes on the Bills’ game Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bills Stadium.

Feliciano, Roberts, Jefferson all set to go for Bills vs. Steelers | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Safety Jaquan Johnson is out with an ankle injury after not practicing all week.

What Bills fans need to know about the AFC playoff race | Week 14 - BuffaloBills.com
Buffalo can clinch a playoff berth with help from three other teams.

Friday Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills
What will it take for the Bills to clear another hurdle on Sunday Night Football?

Josh Allen an MVP Candidate?

Bills mailbag: Should Josh Allen be in the MVP conversation? – The Athletic
According to the betting odds, Allen is the third-best candidate for MVP behind Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. (Subscription required).

Bills’ Josh Allen details why he took something from Aaron Rodgers’ throwing mechanics - newyorkupstate.com
Jordan Palmer had Allen’s throwing motion digitally mapped to help him improve mechanics in offseason.

More on Brandon Beane’s Extension

What Brandon Beane’s Bills contract extension means for him – The Athletic
Beane had job security in Carolina when he decided to leave for Buffalo in 2017. On Thursday, he signed an extension through 2025. (Subscription required).

Stability, loyalty, patience all central to Beane’s style - Democrat & Chronicle
“Brandon Beane: Right man at the right time to lead Bills out of the abyss.”

Bills GM Brandon Beane: ‘Excited about where we’ve gotten’ and ‘where we’re going’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Beane noted that successful franchises have the right people at head coach and quarterback.

Bills’ Brandon Beane reflects on extension, patience with Josh Allen, relationship with Sean McDermott - newyorkupstate.com
“Beane, who signed 5-year extension, said Friday: ‘I want to see this place win for a long time.’”

‘I want to see this place win for a long time’ | How Brandon Beane helped cultivate stability in Buffalo - BuffaloBills.com
Here’s what we learned from the GM’s session with the media on Friday.

Odds and Ends

Has Tre’Davious White regressed after his All-Pro season? – The Athletic
Did White endure an early season slump before rounding into form? Is he the same player he was in 2019? (Subscription required).

One-on-One Coverage: Bills’ Cole Beasley on being rocked ‘like a baby’ and outperforming elite receivers | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Beasley discusses his accomplishments this season, the attention he’s getting, the play of Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen, and more.

Former Buffalo Bills legends talk current team, give outlook on rest of the season | News 4 Buffalo
If there are two guys who know what it’s like to win in Buffalo, it’s Doug Flutie and Andre Reed. They say the Bills’ current 9-3 record is impressive and that they’re excited to see how the rest of the season plays out.

Why an 11-year-old’s name is inscribed in Bills QB Josh Allen’s cleats | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Bills QB enlisted the help of a patient he met at Oishei Children’s Hospital to help with the design process for the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats campaign.”

Leslie Frazier: The Mild-Mannered Mastermind from Mississippi - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills
The Bills have had one of the best defensive units since Sean McDermott became head coach in 2017. But many forget about defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier, who made this defense a reality.

Harrison Phillips has persevered through difficult 2020 - Democrat & Chronicle
Defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, who is battling back from a serious knee injury, is a pillar in the WNY community.

Bills Today | This rookie will help shape the postseason race - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Saturday, Dec. 12.

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

Analysis: How the Buffalo Bills should attack the Pittsburgh Steelers - Buffalo Rumblings
Maybe a new different strategy?

Five Buffalo Bills to watch against the Pittsburgh Steelers - Buffalo Rumblings
Which players need to step up in order for Buffalo to win on Sunday?

Five Pittsburgh Steelers to watch at Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
Fresh off a loss, the Steelers will be plenty motivated come Sunday night.

Buffalo Bills opponent preview: Pittsburgh Steelers, defending the line - Buffalo Rumblings
Are there vulnerabilities in the Pittsburgh defense?

The Speed Option: the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town - Buffalo Rumblings
Fresh off their first loss of the season.

Buffalo Bills healthy, but Jaquan Johnson will miss Pittsburgh Steelers game - Buffalo Rumblings
No one else is in doubt to play.

Harrison Phillips named Buffalo Bills’ Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee - Buffalo Rumblings
The defensive tackle runs a nonprofit to help children with intellectual disabilities.