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Buffalo Bills Links, 12/5: 49ers outside zone run game will challenge Bills

Plus, the latest on Matt Milano’s injury and a big honor for Tre’Davious White

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we turn our attention to the first of Buffalo’s (8-3) three upcoming primetime games, previewing the Week 13 clash vs. the San Francisco 49ers (5-6), spotlighting how San Francisco will challenge the Bills’ run defense with its outside zone-based rushing attack, and identifying five Bills and five 49ers to watch.

We also get an injury update on linebacker Matt Milano, who has missed the last three games and has only appeared in five of Buffalo’s 11 contests due to hamstring and pectoral muscle injuries.

We check in to see where wide receiver Stefon Diggs, safety Jordan Poyer and other members of the Bills rank in Pro Bowl voting, we discuss why cornerback Tre’Davious White was Buffalo’s nomination for the 2020 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, discuss the best- and worst-case scenarios for the Bills this year, examine why rookie running back Zack Moss might be taking on a larger role in the offense, reflect on the Hall of Fame career of defensive end Bruce Smith and Buffalo’s decision to select him with the No. 1 overall pick of the 1985 NFL Draft, and much more!

Previewing the 49ers

X’s and O’s: How 49ers’ run scheme will make Bills’ D react on the fly | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
This week, the Bills face arguably the best-schemed, outside-zone based rushing attack in the NFL in the San Francisco 49ers.

8 things to watch for in Bills at 49ers | Week 13 -
The Bills will make their Monday Night Football debut in 2020, Chris Brown provides insight on this week’s matchup.

Friday Preview: Buffalo Bills vs. San Francisco 49ers - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills
Breaking down the Week 13 clash on Monday night between the Bills and the 49ers.

How will the Bills fare in Monday Night Football against San Francisco 49ers? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Here is how The News’ sports writers see the Bills’ game Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers in Arizona.

McDermott: Playing in prime time is what we strive for - WGR 550
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott joined the Howard and Jeremy Show as part of his regular Football Friday appearance on WGR.

49ers HC hoped Bills’ Josh Allen would come out in 2017 NFL Draft -
Kyle Shanahan sounded interested in drafting Josh Allen had the QB come out in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Matt Milano Injury Update

Bills’ Matt Milano almost back, impact on A.J. Klein’s role, & Tremaine Edmunds a ‘true MLB’ -
Klein on Edmunds: “He is a true ‘Mike’ linebacker and that’s where he belongs. He really is something special to watch.”

Bills coach: Matt Milano has done good things, but status remains uncertain for Monday night | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Sean McDermott said the Bills are taking things “one day at a time.”

Bills active roster very healthy headed into weekend - WGR 550
With one practice remaining in the week, as far as their active roster is concerned, the Bills are as healthy as they have been all season heading into a weekend before a game.

Pro Bowl Voting

DeAndre Hopkins, Stefon Diggs lead all WR in Pro Bowl voting - WGR 550
DeAndre Hopkins and Stefon Diggs, both of whom were moved in the offseason leading into the 2020 campaign, have become acclimated to their new offenses rather quickly and are leading their respective conferences in WR Pro Bowl votes.

Bills teammates happy Jordan Poyer finally ‘getting notoriety that he should’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
There’s a growing sentiment that Poyer, once and for all, is on track to become a Pro Bowl and/or All-Pro selection for the first time in four seasons with the Bills.

Honor for Tre’Davious White

White is Bills' nominee for Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills have nominated cornerback Tre’Davious White for the 2020 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award in recognition of players who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field.

Tre'Davious White was nominated for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Saturday, Dec. 5.

Odds and Ends

Bills mailbag: Best- and worst-case scenarios in 2020 – The Athletic
A Super Bowl appearance isn’t the only thing that would make this a successful season, but the possibility has to be on the table. (Subscription required).

Zack Moss may be ready for bigger role in Bills run game - Democrat & Chronicle
Bills rookie Zack Moss is starting to settle in and is taking on a bigger role.

Bills notebook: A.J. Klein honored as AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
A.J. Klein has turned things around in a big way, helping the Bills make up for the loss of linebacker Matt Milano because of a pectoral injury.

Bruce Smith was a ‘superstar’ even in high school – The Athletic
Bruce Smith played a complete game, dipping under left tackles to get to the quarterback and shedding blocks in the run game. (Subscription required).

Bills’ Josh Allen: ‘8 wins doesn’t win you the division unless you’re... in the NFC East’ (video) -
Allen was quick to jab the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Washington Football Team on the Pat McAfee Show.

Bills’ Josh Norman talks Gandhi, love of Buffalo, giving back and his trying season | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“I think Gandhi said this, ‘You find yourself when you lose yourself in the generosity toward people,’” Josh Norman told reporters Thursday.

Stefon Diggs opens up about Buffalo -
Stefon Diggs talks with Kim Pegula and Maddy Glab in one of his first extensive interview since joining the Bills.

Former Buffalo Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka retires, thanks Bills Mafia - WKBW7
Hauschka, 35, spent three seasons with the Buffalo Bills from 2017-2019, with a field goal percentage of 82 percent and an extra point percentage of 96.6 percent.

Stephen Hauschka, former Bills kicker announces retirement | News 4 Buffalo
Stephen Hauschka, who played for the Buffalo Bills from 2017 to 2019, announced his retirement from the NFL.

Donations to Oishei Children’s Hospital in memory of Josh Allen’s grandmother reach $700,000 | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The hospital announced two weeks ago that it planned to set up a new fund, the Patricia Allen Fund, to collect future donations and provide ongoing assistance to hospital patients.

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

Five Buffalo Bills to watch at San Francisco 49ers - Buffalo Rumblings
...well, at Arizona...but we’re not going to be pedantic about it

Five San Francisco 49ers to watch against the Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
The defending NFC champs have been decimated by injuries this year.

Buffalo Bills opponent preview: San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel - Buffalo Rumblings
Solid production with injury concerns, Deebo Samuel provides a reflection of the 49ers’ season.

Analysis: How the Buffalo Bills should attack the San Francisco 49ers - Buffalo Rumblings
Stretch Deebostrong.

Analysis: Is the Buffalo Bills’ defense hitting its stride? - Buffalo Rumblings
We all seem to think so, but what picture do the stats paint?

Buffalo Bills linebacker A.J. Klein named AFC Defensive Player of the Week - Buffalo Rumblings
Rewarding a strong week from the Bills veteran.

AFC Playoff Picture: Buffalo Bills’ Rooting Interests, Week 13 - Buffalo Rumblings
With the Bills playing a primetime game, there are plenty of rooting options on Sunday and beyond.