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Buffalo Bills Links, 12/21: Celebrating the AFC East title

Plus, grading Buffalo’s 48-19 victory over Denver.

In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we discuss Buffalo’s (11-3) AFC East clinching 48-19 victory over the Denver Broncos (5-9).

We review how the Bills dominated the Broncos for their seventh win in their last eight games, hand out positional grades and report cards for the Bills’ Week 15 win, discuss the possibility of fans being allowed in Bills Stadium for a home playoff game, break down how general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott orchestrated this turnaround of the Bills franchise, and much more!


Celebrating the AFC East Title

Maiorana: A glorious night 25 years in the making - Democrat & Chronicle
What a night it was for the national TV darlings of the NFL, the AFC East champion Bills.

Bills rule the AFC East - WGR 550
Ding-dong, the witch (New England) is dead! After 25 years the Bills are once again AFC East champions. Josh Allen and company, one of the league’s best passing offenses, made this win look easy.

Three Observations: It feels great to be AFC East champions - WGR 550
Check out three observations from the Buffalo Bills’ 48-19 victory over the Denver Broncos in Week 15. Buffalo clinched its first AFC East title since 1995 with the win.

The Buffalo Bills Have Won the AFC East. This Isn’t a Misprint. - Wall Street Journal
The Buffalo Bills are AFC East Champions for the first time since 1995—and it feels like a football throwback and a badly needed breath of fresh air.

Legendary former Bills Coach Marv Levy gives high praise to Coach Sean McDermott - WKBW
The 95-year-old Hall of Famer said he was “celebrating like the Bills fans” on Saturday when the team claimed the title they haven’t held since he was on the field.

Super Bowl Bills react to Buffalo winning AFC East for first time since 1995 - newyorkupstate.com
Cornelius Bennett, Darryl Talley, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed are just a few of the many Bills who reacted to Buffalo winning the AFC East for the first time since 1995.

Jason Wolf: AFC East title shirt is nice, but Josh Allen wants Super Bowl swag | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Allen accounted for four touchdowns against the Broncos. He completed 28 of 40 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 33 yards and two scores, delivering a division championship.

Eric Wood | 5 observations on the Bills’ AFC East clinching victory in Denver - BuffaloBills.com
The former center shares his thoughts about the team’s historic win in Week 15.

Thousands turn out to greet Bills at airport: ‘Wild is an understatement’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The Buffalo Bills’ plane landed in Western New York shortly after 1:30 a.m., and the team was greeted by thousands of adoring fans at the airport.

Bills Beat up on Broncos

Upon Further Review: Another 7-plus minute drive by offense makes dominant statement | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The Buffalo Bills were all gas, no brakes Saturday,” writes Jay Skurski.

Jim Kubiak: How Brian Daboll’s creativity is highlighting the best of Bills QB Josh Allen | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Quarterback Josh Allen was unflappable and consistently ahead of every defensive approach the Broncos attempted,” writes Jim Kubiak.

Analysis: Bills’ Dion Dawkins plays rock solid again in blocking Broncos’ Bradley Chubb | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Dion Dawkins pitched a near shutout of star edge rusher Bradley Chubb in the Buffalo Bills’ 48-19 victory Saturday over the Denver Broncos.

Buffalo Bills dominating third quarter after close calls early in the season - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
Buffalo has survived a few comebacks, but now is securing games with an aggressive approach after halftime and a defense that is hitting its stride.

Report Card/Positional Grades

Report card: Winning AFC East is nice, but Bills are talking Super Bowl - Democrat & Chronicle
Sal Maiorana grades Buffalo’s dominant 48-19 win over the Broncos to clinch the AFC East.

Arrow Up/Arrow Down: Bills at Broncos - WGR 550
“The Buffalo Bills beat the Denver Broncos 48-19 on Saturday to earn their first AFC East divisional championship in 25 years.”

Position grades: Bills love the ball in Josh Allen’s hands on first down | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Here’s a position-by-position grading of the Bills’ win against Denver, based on video review and on a scale of 0 to 5.

What we learned from Bills’ snap counts in Week 15 win, game ball and more | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Matt Milano continues to round into shape. The Buffalo Bills’ linebacker played 25 defensive snaps during Saturday’s 48-19 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Fans at a Home Playoff Game?

Will Bills fans be allowed at a home playoff? game? - WGR 550
Buffalo Bills fans are still pinching themselves to make sure it’s real. The Bills are AFC East champions and will host a playoff game at Bills Stadium in Orchard Park.

What it might take to reopen Bills Stadium to fans for playoffs | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The governor holds the keys to the stadium when it comes to allowing Bills fans to attend games in person, and so far the doors have remained locked.

NY reviewing Buffalo Bills plan for fans but tailgating big concern, top health official says - newyorkupstate.com
The review comes after the Bills won the AFC East for the first time since 1995.

Odds and Ends

How Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane orchestrated a franchise turnaround for Buffalo - BuffaloBills.com
In four years, Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane have brought stability to the front office and made Buffalo a winner again.

Bills All Pro Tre’Davious White doesn’t take his role as first Sean McDermott pick lightly - newyorkupstate.com
White: “Me and him have a special bond because he picked me to be his first pick to try and turn this thing around.”

Bills Today | A look at the AFC playoff standings heading into Monday Night Football - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Monday, Dec. 21.

Buffalo Bills continue to impress national analysts in 2020 - BuffaloBills.com
The Sunday pregame show hosts and other analysts have high praise for the Bills coming out of Week 15.

Cartoonist draws Josh Allen digging the Patriots’ grave - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills are atop the AFC East for the first time since 1995, so of course they are celebrating the demise of the Patriots as well as their division title.

Jets win but possibly lose Trevor Lawrence, Patriots eliminated from playoff contention (AFC East Roundup) - newyorkupstate.com
The Dolphins continue to hold onto the final Wild Card spot in the AFC.

Alan Pergament: Wordy Mark Schlereth couldn’t ruin celebration of Josh Allen’s magical play for Bills | Columnists | buffalonews.com
“NFL Network analyst Mark Schlereth talked a lot in the Bills-Broncos broadcast, but never said much of interest,” writes Alan Pergament.

Bills’ Reid Ferguson has perfect troll for brother, Dolphins (Watch) - newyorkupstate.com
Reid Ferguson shared the video right before the start of Miami’s game today.

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

Billieve Podcast: AFC East champs! Recapping the Buffalo Bills’ win over the Denver Broncos - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo finally did it, winning the division for the first time in 25 years!

Circling the Wagons: Bills Win AFC East Division in 48-19 Win Over Broncos! - Buffalo Rumblings
We recap the win that gave the Bills the AFC East, and the significance of winning it. Listen now!

Thousands show up for AFC East champion Buffalo Bills’ return - Buffalo Rumblings
Bills fans tailgated a plane landing.

Stefon Diggs breaks Buffalo Bills’ receptions record - Buffalo Rumblings
Hopefully the first of many rewritten records.

With loss Sunday, New England Patriots officially eliminated from postseason - Buffalo Rumblings
At 6-8, the New England Patriots have been officially eliminated from the AFC playoff picture, joining the 1-13 New York Jets as AFC East teams on the outside looking in.

AFC Playoff Picture: Everyone wins to stand pat - Buffalo Rumblings
Everyone won.