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Buffalo Bills Links, 12/3: These Bills are better than last year

Plus, injury updates on Josh Allen, Matt Milano, and Tyrel Dodson.

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, the Bills have now started 8-3 for the second straight season. We compare the 2020 squad to their 2019 counterparts and offer up the reasons why this year’s team is better, and why the 2020 Bills are a good bet to win at least one playoff game.

We get the latest injury news on quarterback Josh Allen and linebackers Matt Milano and Tyrel Dodson, and break down the film to assess how linebacker Tremaine Edmunds elevated his play in a Week 12 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

We also learn how linebacker A.J. Klein was honored for his standout performance vs. the Chargers, discuss how kicker Tyler Bass has atoned for a slow start to his NFL career, show how wide receiver Gabriel Davis and cornerback Josh Norman are giving back to their communities, hear how the Bills nearly rode an emergency quarterback to a pair of unexpected victory 52 years ago, and much more!

Assessing Where the Bills Stand Today

Column: Why these 8-3 Bills are better than last year’s 8-3 Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
When you take a closer look at the Buffalo Bills, it’s reasonable to say the team is better. It’s also reasonable to think that it has what it takes to stick around longer in the postseason.

‘Eight wins does not get you in the playoffs’ | How the Bills plan to build their own legacy this month -
Head coach Sean McDermott, Cole Beasley, Tremaine Edmunds and Josh Allen address what they have learned from last year and how the team wants to claim it’s own destiny in 2020.

Injury Updates on Josh Allen, Matt Milano, Tyrel Dodson

Bills’ Josh Allen practices, shrugs off effects of ankle injury | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Allen shrugged off any concerns about the ankle impacting him this week against the San Francisco 49ers.

Josh Allen’s Knee Injury - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills
Breaking down the severity of Allen’s injury suffered in the second quarter vs. the Chargers.

Bills’ Sean McDermott gives update on Matt Milano’s chances to play vs. 49ers -
Milano will practice on Wednesday after being designated to return off injured reserve.

Matt Milano, Tyrel Dodson return to practice for Bills - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills have designated linebackers Matt Milano and Tyrel Dodson to return to practice from Injured Reserve, and signed wide receiver Jake Kumerow to the active roster

Matt Milano returns to practice as Bills prepare for banged-up 49ers | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Buffalo Bills started to get a little heathier Wednesday as they prepared to face one of the more banged-up teams in the NFL on Monday night.

Bills designate Matt Milano, Tyrel Dodson to return to practice; elevate Jake Kumerow | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Milano was put on injured reserve Nov. 7 with a pectoral injury suffered against the Las Vegas Raiders, though he attempted to play additional games.

Last Thoughts on Win vs. Chargers

Bills film review: Tremaine Edmunds elevates his game – The Athletic
Edmunds’s uptick in production began when the Bills started using him differently in the formation. (Subscription required).

A.J. Klein earns national recognition for his play in Week 12 -
The Bills linebacker posted career-high numbers against the Chargers, which earned him the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award.

Chopping Wood: Bills Bring the Ground Game Against Chargers -
Bills Insider Chris Brown breaks down the game tape with Bills Legend Eric Wood, the Bills put up over 170 rushing yards against the Chargers in a 27-17 win last Sunday.

Bills pull off ‘sloppy’ win Chargers ahead of prime time slate (Week 13 power rankings) -
The Bills became the first team to defeat the Chargers by more than one score this season.

Watch now: Chargers’ Joey Bosa apologizes to Bills’ line for sacking Allen, ‘He’s huge’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa almost singlehandedly beat the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Odds and Ends

Slow start forgotten, Tyler Bass making his mark for Bills - Democrat & Chronicle
After a sluggish start, Tyler Bass is making his mark as Bills kicker.

Keeping Jake Fromm isolated as emergency QB hasn’t been easy for Bills - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
Separating a rookie from the team isn’t ideal, but Sean McDermott is pleased with how the fifth-round pick has embraced his role.

Bills Today | ESPN ranks Josh Allen here on its list of top 25 players under 25 -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Thursday, Dec. 3.

Bills at 49ers | Numbers to know + score predictions for Week 13 -
Here’s everything you need to know before the Buffalo Bills take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 13 of the 2020 NFL season.

Buffalo Bills 2020 Vision: Does A.J. Klein Deserve an Apology? - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills
Klein had a career game against the Chargers. We weigh his improbable turnaround and discuss whether he deserves an apology.

Bills’ Gabe Davis gives back to his high school and hometown first responders | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Buffalo Bills rookie receiver thought he could enhance the Seminole High School’s chances to make the state final four championship by helping to cover expenses stemming from the football playoff run.

Bills’ Josh Norman teams up with City of Buffalo to aid small businesses | Local News |
Small businesses in Buffalo that have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions can get a holiday gift from Buffalo Bills cornerback Josh Norman.

Column: Broncos’ emergency QB gives ex-Bill Ed Rutkowski deja vu | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Ed Rutkowski may be the only person on the planet who knew exactly what Kendall Hinton was going through.

Bills are wearing white face masks against 49ers, and fans are going nuts | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Bills most recently wore the white face masks for the Thanksgiving Day victory against the Dallas Cowboys last season.

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

BBR: Understanding the 2021 salary cap and how it relates to Milano, Feliciano and more with Cover 1’s Greg Tompsett - Buffalo Rumblings
There are plenty of salary cap myths to work through in this week’s pod.

The Bruce Exclusive: Threading the needle of a seemingly paradoxical juxtaposition - Buffalo Rumblings
Both can be true.

Jamie D & Big Newt: Bills Win with a Balanced Attack - Buffalo Rumblings
Also: What a certain parent did for a PlayStation on Black Friday.

Buffalo Bills sign WR Jake Kumerow; designate Matt Milano, Tyrel Dodson to return - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo announced a flurry of roster moves today.

Buffalo Bills move practice indoors; media must work remotely - Buffalo Rumblings
Media now in the dark.

Stefon Diggs close to setting Bills’ single-season receiving records - Buffalo Rumblings
With five games left, Diggs could be sitting at the top of the Buffalo Bills’ record books by the end of the season.

Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Chargers: Rookie review - Buffalo Rumblings
Davis and Moss productive; signs of life for Epenesa.