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Buffalo Bills Links, 12/9: Josh Allen a Primetime Player

Recapping Buffalo’s dominant win over the 49ers on Monday Night Football.

The Buffalo Bills and their fans are still riding high following Buffalo’s 34-24 win over the San Francisco 49ers. In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we heap praise on quarterback Josh Allen, who put on a clinic in primetime during Monday Night Football.

We delve into Allen’s performance as the quarterback enjoyed one of the best games of his young career, throwing four touchdown passes and eclipsing 300 passing yards for the sixth time while guiding a Bills offense that was nearly unstoppable.

We offer up positional grades, report cards and observations as the Bills started a season 9-3 for the second straight year. We highlight wide receiver Cole Beasley’s career day, give credit to Ed Oliver, Vernon Butler and the Buffalo defensive line for clamping down on San Francisco’s outside zone running game, discuss Ike Boettger’s unlikely path to starter on the offensive line, analyze how the Bills can wrap up a playoff berth in Week 14, and much more!


Josh Allen’s Primetime Performance

Takeaways from Bills’ win over 49ers: Josh Allen dominates – The Athletic
If Allen is capable of these types of performances against good teams, there isn’t a goal that is too high for the Bills. (Subscription required).

Jim Kubiak: Josh Allen provides window into his future with astounding game against Niners | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“If ever there were a game that exemplified Josh Allen’s future, it was Monday night’s performance on a national stage against the San Francisco 49ers,” Jim Kubiak writes.

Maiorana: We are witnessing greatness in Josh Allen - Democrat & Chronicle
The young quarterback is enjoying a breakthrough season for the Bills.

What a night for Josh Allen and the Bills - WGR 550
Third-year Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen had one of his best games of his career on Monday night, leading a nearly unstoppable passing offense in a 34-24 prime time victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

Josh Allen’s big game shows growth, fills Buffalo Bills with confidence - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
The quarterback showed he can beat zone schemes, picking apart the 49ers and sending the Bills into the final stretch of the season with momentum.

Bills defense not surprised by Josh Allen’s play: “He’s on a mission right now” | News 4 Buffalo
After every big game Josh Allen has it seems like there is a laundry list of records he either tied, broke or joined elite company with the way he played. It was no different after a 34-24 win against the 49ers.

Bills QB Josh Allen is talk of NFL, from the lovers, to the haters and the gloaters | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Allen threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns and completed 80% of his passes.

Report Card/Observations/Analysis

Bills report card: Josh Allen unstoppable, McDermott outcoaches Shanahan - Democrat & Chronicle
Sal grades the Bills after a dominant win on Monday Night Football.

Arrow Up/Arrow Down: Bills at 49ers - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills beat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-24 on Monday Night Football in Arizona to improve to 9-3 to start the season for a second-consecutive year.

Position grades: Bills won the key matchups decisively vs. 49ers | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Josh Allen was devastating outside of the pocket against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Analysis: Bills’ defense went light vs. Niners’ big run sets and got job done | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The “light defense” strategy worked for the Bills in part because the defensive tackles—especially Ed Oliver and Vernon Butler—won enough interior battles on the line of scrimmage.

Beasley and defense help push Bills to victory over 49ers - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-24 Monday night in Week 13 to improve to 9-3 in 2020. Check out three observations from the win here.

Bills receiver Cole Beasley torches the 49ers – The Athletic
Beasley this year has posted four of the eight best games of his career, which began in 2012 as an undrafted rookie with the Dallas Cowboys. (Subscription required).

Buffalo Bills Show A Monday Night Football Audience What They Are Made Of - Forbes
The Buffalo Bills showed a Monday Night Football audience what they are made of, and it’s something special.

The Big Picture: This is what ‘good’ feels like - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills are 9-3, they have a young quarterback who looks terrific, a head coach who is always prepared, and an organization that looks like it’s going to contend for a while.

What we learned from snap counts in Bills’ Week 13 win, game ball and more | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Here are Jay Skurski’s five takeaways from Monday night’s win over the San Francisco 49ers.

‘Right plays at the right time’ | Bills coaches give an inside look into the evolution of the passing game - BuffaloBills.com
In this week’s postgame notebook, we breakdown the offense’s evolution against zone defenses, Matt Milano’s progress, Ike Boettger’s emergence on the o-line and a tough lesson for Zack Moss.

Buffalo Bills DC: Levi Wallace didn’t make enough plays to make 49ers stop targeting him - newyorkupstate.com
Wallace was targeted 12 times and gave up 9 catches for 146 yards and 1 TD, per Pro Football Focus.

Bills’ Gabriel Davis, Stefon Diggs do little bit of everything in MNF win over 49ers (14 reasons to be encouraged, 2 reasons to be worried) - newyorkupstate.com
There was plenty to be encouraged about with the Bills based on their dominant win over the 49ers.

Upon Further Review: Gabriel Davis making a strong statement in John Brown’s absence | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
If this is a test for Gabriel Davis, he’s acing it so far.

Five takeaways from Tuesday’s Bills press conferences | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Levi Wallace’s struggles Monday night were plain to see. Will Josh Norman or Dane Jackson get an opportunity opposite Tre’Davious White?

Ike Boettger’s Unlikely Path to Starter

Ike Boettger’s long journey takes him to a start with Bills – The Athletic
Boettger, an undrafted player who has toiled on the practice squad, was a stabilizing presence on an offensive line that needed one. (Subscription required).

Bills’ Ike Boettger, unselfish and determined, shined on national stage in starting LG opportunity - newyorkupstate.com
Bills center Mitch Morse on Ike: "He’s never going to complain about (his) situation. He’s always going to be a part of the solution, not the problem."

Odds and Ends

Bills Today | These two Bills were named to PFF’s Team of the Week - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Alan Pergament: ESPN crew dishes out Buffalove after early focus on 49ers | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Steve Levy called Buffalo “a special place, a special market with special fans.”

Jim Cheyunski made huge impact in Bills’ first Monday Night Football game | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
While O.J. Simpson rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns, Cheyunski, a linebacker set up the two scores with key turnovers.

Cornerback Daryl Worley says he's being signed by Raiders off Bills' practice squad | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Cornerback Daryl Worley is being signed off the Buffalo Bills' practice squad by the Las Vegas Raiders, for whom he played the last two seasons.

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See how the Buffalo Bills can clinch playoff spot in Week 14 - Buffalo Rumblings
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Bills snap counts vs. San Francisco 49ers: Benching to the max - Buffalo Rumblings
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Circling the Wagons: Buffalo Bills win big on Monday Night Football recap - Buffalo Rumblings
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Takeaways: Buffalo Bills dominate San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football - Buffalo Rumblings
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AFC Playoff Picture: Buffalo Bills’ win on Monday gives them breathing room in crowded conference - Buffalo Rumblings
Seemingly everyone won on Sunday.

AFC East Roundup: Week 13 divisional MVPs - Buffalo Rumblings
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