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Buffalo Bills Links, 12/18: Key matchups to watch vs. Denver

Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, and Gabriel Davis should be in line for a big day vs. depleted secondary.

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we turn our attention to Buffalo’s (10-3) Week 15 clash with the Denver Broncos (5-8), highlighting the key matchups to watch, including the reasons why wide receivers Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, and Gabriel Davis need to take advantage of a depleted Broncos’ secondary missing five of their top seven cornerbacks.

We also offer up predictions for the game, analyze how Buffalo is capitalizing on linebacker Matt Milano’s pass-rushing abilities, hear the latest injury news involving linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and cornerback Taron Johnson, discuss how the Bills are on the cusp of snapping a 25-year drought between AFC East titles, speculate on whether Buffalo should be considered the top challenger to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC, and much more!

Mile High Showdown

Matchup watch: Bills need to exploit WR edge vs. Broncos | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Denver is No. 1 in the NFL with 29 giveaways.

X’s and O’s: Bills taking advantage of Matt Milano’s pass-rush ability | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Milano has posted 10 pressures this season on 33 pass rushes, and his pressure rate is second best in the league among off-the-ball linebackers with at least 100 snaps.

How will Bills fare at Denver Broncos in Week 15? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The News’ sports writers weigh in with their predictions for the Buffalo Bills’ game against the Denver Broncos on Saturday.

Drew Lock not afraid to throw at Bills’ Tre White -
Drew Lock says he won’t shy away from targeting White if his read takes him to Buffalo’s No. 1 CB.

Injury Updates

Edmunds, Johnson full participants at practice - WGR 550
Despite being limited in practice this week, Buffalo Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and cornerback Taron Johnson are both on track to play Saturday in Denver against the Broncos.

Bills receiver John Brown won’t play Saturday against Broncos | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Head coach Sean McDermott said the additional rest will help, given that the Bills don’t play until the following Monday night against the New England Patriots.

Injury Report | These Bills will miss the Broncos game in Week 15 -
Sean McDermott announced these players will miss Saturday’s game.

Buffalo on the Cusp of AFC East Title

Buffalo Bills on cusp of ending 25-year divisional drought - USA Today
While the Denver Broncos continue to see if Drew Lock is their long-sought answer at quarterback they’ll get a look at Josh Allen and the emerging Buffalo Bills on Saturday.

McDermott: ‘It’s pretty cool’ we can clinch AFC East - WGR 550
McDermott joined Howard and Jeremy Thursday morning to talk about the upcoming Week 15 matchup with the Denver Broncos.

Bills’ 25 years since last division title isn’t NFL’s longest gap, but it’s close | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
That honor belongs to the Cleveland Browns, who won the AFC Central in 1989, followed by the Detroit Lions, who won the NFC Central in 1993.

Can any AFC team beat the Chiefs in the playoffs? The case for the Bills -
There appear to be two ways to beat the Chiefs: Light up the scoreboard and/or play keep-away from them.

Odds and Ends

Bills Mailbag: Now that GM Brandon Beane is signed long term, what should be his top priority? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
With general manager Brandon Beane’s contract extension finally done, we can retire one of the most popular questions submitted to the Bills Mailbag.

Stefon Diggs’ path to Buffalo | ESPN Cover Story -
Stefon Diggs talks about his journey from Minnesota to Buffalo in an uncharacteristic 2020 offseason. He now leads the NFL in receptions heading into Week 15.

When John Brown returns for Bills, Stefon Diggs says ‘big show’ will be back for offense -
Brown has been ruled out for Saturday’s game vs. Broncos.

Bills’ Daryl Williams, fresh off dominant game vs. T.J. Watt, didn’t expect this level of success in 2020 -
Williams: “I definitely have my confidence. My confidence is high right now.”

Chasing Jim Kelly: Buffalo Bills icon says Josh Allen will ‘break every record I have’ - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
Buffalo’s young quarterback is years from threatening Kelly’s career marks, but on pace to rewrite the franchise’s passing records.

Bills D flexing its identity in time for late-season push - Associated Press
The defense is rounding into form, just in time for the stretch run.

Special needs organization presents Bills QB Josh Allen with Inspiration Award | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Through his partnership with Buffalo’s Oishei Children’s Hospital, Allen has spent time visiting with children with disabilities, special needs and medical challenges.

3 things we learned from Josh Allen on ‘Bills Pod Squad’ -
The Bills quarterback joined Kim Pegula and Maddy Glab to talk movie quotes, Stefon Diggs, and more.

Inside the Bills: How Chad Hall has made a rapid rise up the coaching ladder | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Bills’ current wide receivers coach was sure he wanted to give coaching a try as soon as his playing career was over.

Bills Today | Why Jordan Poyer credits Matt Barkley for his NFL career -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Friday, Dec. 18.

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

WR Stefon Diggs is proving to be worth the draft picks - Buffalo Rumblings
Some questioned whether GM Brandon Beane overpaid in March, but there is no debate now as Diggs threatens the single-season record book.

What is the Buffalo Bills’ path to the number 2 seed? - Buffalo Rumblings
With their win on Sunday night, the Bills have a clear path to the number-two seed in the AFC. At 10-3, they will still need to win games down the stretch, but now they have a head-to-head tiebreaker over Pittsburgh.

Buffalo Bills vs Denver Broncos: Five Question with Mile High Report - Buffalo Rumblings
We preview the game against the Broncos.

The Bruce Exclusive: The Bills are real and they’re spectacular - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills, that is.

AFC Playoff Picture: Buffalo Bills Rooting Interests, Week 15 - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo can clinch a playoff spot this weekend.