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Buffalo Bills Links, 12/17: Defense rounding into form

Plus, learn how Matt Milano and Gabriel Davis delivered a life-changing gift to a child.

In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we examine how the Bills’ (10-3) defense is rounding into form, just in time for the stretch run. We analyze Buffalo’s road to the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs, revisit the offseason trade that landed Buffalo talented wide receiver Stefon Diggs, preview the matchup with the Denver Broncos, discuss how Buffalo’s red zone offense will be challenged by the Denver Broncos’ league-leading red zone defense, spotlight how linebacker Matt Milano and wide receiver Gabriel Davis delivered a life-changing gift to a child in need, and much more!


Defense Rounding into Form

Bills film review: Defense’s creativity on third down – The Athletic
Bills defense’s third-quarter play was so critical to the outcome of the Pittsburgh Steelers game that it’s worthy of an extended look. (Subscription required).

Bills defense coming together at right time - Democrat & Chronicle
Improvement on third down has been key to the Bills recent surge on defense.

Playoff Seeding Update

Bills’ road to the playoffs: Seeding and matchup scenarios – The Athletic
To get the two seed, the Bills need to finish with the same record as the Steelers while holding off the Titans and Colts. (Subscription required).

What are Bills seeding odds with three weeks to go in NFL season? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The Bills would have to go 0-3 and Miami 3-0 for the Dolphins to win the division.

Revisiting the Stefon Diggs Trade

Stefon Diggs is Buffalo’s miracle man - ESPN the Magazine
How a trade and the most unusual offseason in NFL history turned Diggs into the league’s top receiver.

Stefon Diggs: Trust issues with Vikings led to trade request - WGR 550
Bills star Stefon Diggs, the NFL’s leader in receptions through Week 14, is opening up about his surprising offseason departure from the Minnesota Vikings.

Early Thoughts on Matchup vs. Denver

Vic Carucci: Bills’ red-zone prowess will be put to test vs. Broncos | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Amazingly, what’s not a problem for the Broncos is their red-zone defense. They rank first in the NFL in that department.

Bills can win AFC East with win vs. Broncos; Josh Allen knows what’s at stake - newyorkupstate.com
The Bills haven’t won the AFC East since 1995 and can clinch division with a win or Miami loss this weekend.

Broncos’ Drew Lock says he can learn from Josh Allen; talks complex Bills defense - newyorkupstate.com
Lock and the Broncos (5-8) host the Bills (10-3) on Saturday evening in Denver on NFL Network.

Matt Milano and Gabriel Davis Change a Child’s Life

Prosthetic blades and Disney World - Buffalo Bills players fulfill young boy’s wish - ESPN.com Buffalo Bills blog
Jackson DeLude, 8, traveled to Orlando for the blades and tried them out at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, courtesy of Gabriel Davis and Matt Milano.

Bills’ Gabe Davis, Matt Milano give 8-year-old boy life-changing gift | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Davis and Milano gave a life-changing Christmas gift to 8-year-old Jackson DeLude of Buffalo: a pair of prosthetic legs and a visit to Walt Disney World.

Bills’ Milano, Davis give child a life-changing gift - Democrat & Chronicle
Bills’ Matt Milano, Gabriel Davis give child a life-changing Christmas gift.

How Matt Milano and Gabriel Davis made this dream come true for a young Buffalo native - BuffaloBills.com
Milano and Davis paid for eight-year-old Jackson DeLude’s new prosthetics and a trip to Disney.

Odds and Ends

Bills’ fourth-quarter drive versus Steelers in record books – The Athletic
The Bills’ game-sealing drive against the Steelers was one of the five longest against a playoff team in the 21st century. (Subscription required).

Jim Kubiak: How use of short in concept led to Josh Allen’s surge for Bills – and that shoulder shimmy | Columnists | buffalonews.com
The route exploited open areas that appeared behind Steelers blitzers, and the man-to-man coverage was unable to prevent those short completions.

Vic Carucci: Bills’ coaches show emphatic sign of trust in Zack Moss | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
During the Bills’ 26-15 win against the Steelers, the coaches called Moss’s number on six carries for 26 yards as the Bills killed the game’s final 7:11.

Perspective was different last time Bills clinched AFC East title, 25 years ago today | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
This year, with the Bills on the cusp of their first division title in 26 years, there is more excitement about the potential for the young team that is on the rise.

Bills’ Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs named to Pro Football Focus’ AFC Pro Bowl team | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Josh Allen has raised his game to levels only the Bills Mafia thought him capable of,” PFF said.

Tremaine Edmunds limited for second straight day - WGR 550
The Wednesday injury reports are out for the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos ahead of their Saturday game in Denver and Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is listed as “limited” for the second straight day with a foot injury.

Bills are S**** B*** contenders - WGR 550
That is not hyperbole. The Buffalo Bills are in the best position to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl since 1994, and should be talked about as realistic Super Bowl contenders.

Nick Wright hates the Bills, made this high-stakes playoff bet with Colin Cowherd - newyorkupstate.com
Colin Cowherd believes the Buffalo Bills can go far in the playoffs this year and accepted a bet proposed his way on Wednesday.

Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster has no regrets about dancing on Bills’ logo before game | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“I’m not going to stop being myself,” Smith-Schuster told Pittsburgh reporters. “I’m going to keep being the JuJu I came to be.”

Bills Today | David Carr picked these two Bills for his 2021 AFC Pro Bowl roster - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Thursday, Dec. 17.

From Tucson to Orchard Park: How Levi Wallace Has Beaten the Odds - Buffalo Fanatics
One of Buffalo’s key contributors in their win over the Steelers was CB Levi Wallace. Despite many calling for his benching, he stepped up.

Buffalo Bills 2020 Vision: The Taron Johnson Story - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills
Examining Johnson’s journey to the Bills’ secondary.

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

BBR: Bills fans should not take the Broncos lightly on Saturday - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills could have their hands full in Denver.

Code Of Conduct: Pinch Me, with special guest Matt Parrino of NewYorkUpstate.com - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills continue to make an impression on the national stage.

All-22 analysis: Defensive back appreciation day - Buffalo Rumblings
Another big win, another round of cornerback appreciation.

AFC Playoff Picture: Buffalo Bills’ clinching scenarios for Week 15 - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills should clinch the division this weekend.

Jamie D and Big Newt: Bills Among the Best in NFL - Buffalo Rumblings
They have the third-best record in the AFC and are playing their best football of the season.

Tremaine Edmunds, Taron Johnson limited as Buffalo Bills prepare for Denver Broncos - Buffalo Rumblings
A few key injuries to watch on a short week.

Buffalo Bills WR John Brown officially designated to return from IR - Buffalo Rumblings
The return of Smoke!

Buffalo Bills among NFL’s elite in Week 15 power rankings - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo is in the conversation with the top teams in the league.

Revisiting five Buffalo Bills to watch vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers - Buffalo Rumblings
All five of our guys had big games.

Revisiting five Pittsburgh Steelers to watch against the Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo had a plan and executed it to stop Pittsburgh’s top players.

Penalty recap: Zaniness abounds as Bills topple Steelers - Buffalo Rumblings
Seriously, it was a wacky week.

Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rookie review - Buffalo Rumblings
Davis finds the end zone, Moss ices the game.