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Buffalo Bills Links, 9/28: Bills improve to 3-0

Recapping Buffalo’s 35-32 win over the Rams

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The Buffalo Bills improved to 3-0 with a thrilling 35-32 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at Bills Stadium, and today’s edition of the Bills daily links features everything you need to know from the win.

There was plenty of good—Josh Allen entering the MVP conversation after his five total touchdowns and 311 passing yards, the offense racing out to a 28-3 lead, contributions from unheralded weapons Tyler Kroft and Lee Smith, a breakout effort from rookie Gabriel Davis, Matt Milano returning and making big plays, A.J. Epenesa recording his first career sack, Levi Wallace temporarily silencing his critics, Andre Roberts consistently flipping field position with his returns and Corey Bojorquez booming a 72-yard punt. Of course, there were also some bad moments—the defense allowing the Rams to rattle off 29 straight points, the run defense surrendering 167 yards on the ground, the Rams going a whole game without punting, defensive tackle Aaron Donald dominating guard Brian Winters and the troubling trend of Buffalo being outplayed in the third quarter—on Sunday.

We recap the game, offer up observations, grade the Bills and analyze why Allen should be in the MVP conversation. We also break down Allen’s eight career fourth-quarter comeback victories, hear from the NFL on why it called the pass interference penalty that set up Allen’s game-winning touchdown toss to Kroft, discover how past Bills teams have fared after starting 3-0, and much more!

Bills hold on for thrilling 35-32 win over the Rams - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills defeated the Los Angeles Rams 35-32 on Sunday to improve to 3-0 on the 2020 NFL season. Josh Allen found Tyler Kroft for a touchdown with 15 seconds left to get the victory.

Josh Allen’s five TDs help Bills stave off Rams’ comeback - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
The Bills, who were dominant against the lowly New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, needed every minute to beat the Rams and move to 3-0.

Josh Allen’s passing from the pocket keys the Bills comeback victory -
How Josh Allen and the Bills overcame a furious Rams rally

Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen leads game-winning drive after defense collapses vs. Rams (Instant observations) -
Allen throws for 300+ yards for the third straight game.

Column: Josh Allen comes of age in Bills’ legitimizing victory | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
This was a coming-of-age moment for Allen. And this was a win that legitimized the Bills, writes Vic Carucci.

Analysis: Josh Allen’s elite arm, Cole Beasley’s savvy keyed winning drive | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Josh Allen and Cole Beasley have a telepathic mind meld after playing 20 games together.

Hot reads: Bills show they’re legit after overcoming a late scare from Rams | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
If it wasn’t already clear after their 2-0 start, it is now. The Bills are legit.

Disaster averted as Bills avoid epic loss - Democrat & Chronicle
It would have been an ugly loss, but instead, Josh Allen rallied the Bills to a last-second, 35-32 victory over the Rams.

Rams vs. Bills - Game Recap - September 27, 2020 - ESPN
Get a recap of the Los Angeles Rams vs. Buffalo Bills football game.

Bills report card: Josh Allen turns to unlikely heroes - Democrat & Chronicle
Tyler Kroft and Lee Smith accounted for three of the Buffalo Bills five touchdowns in Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Report Card: With defense again struggling, passing game comes to the rescue | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Jay Skurski grades the Buffalo Bills after their 35-32 victory over the Los Angeles Rams

Josh Allen, Bills offense lead late comeback vs. Rams (Week 3 report card) -
Buffalo nearly collapsed on Sunday, but ended up winning Sunday’s game to move to 3-0.

Arrow Up/Arrow Down: Rams at Bills - WGR 550
In the most improbable of collapses, followed by an equally improbable comeback, the Bills beat the Rams in a game that will be remembered for a long time and go down as an instant classic.

10 observations: Bills shake things up along offensive line in wild win | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Bills’ new-look line neutralized Rams All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald in the first half.

Tyler Kroft, Josh Allen save Bills from meltdown vs. Rams (11 reasons to be encouraged, 3 reasons to be worried) -
The Buffalo Bills almost blew a 28-3 lead, but the offense came up big for Buffalo.

Bills put up another win, again despite their defensive shortcomings – The Athletic
The Bills’ next three games are against the Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs. An uncorrected defense can look gross against those opponents. (Subscription required).

‘SHOUT!’ postgame podcast: How did the Buffalo Bills manage to beat the Rams? -
Writers Matt Parrino and Ryan Talbot discuss Buffalo’s dominating performance.

‘He’s just a baller’: Josh Allen delivers again in Bills’ dramatic win over Rams – The Athletic
Allen continues to prove the naysayers wrong and has the Bills thinking big this season. (Subscription required).

Final score, recap: Bills 35, Rams 32 - Democrat & Chronicle
Recapping the good, the bad and the ugly as the Bills improved to 3-0

Bills' third quarter performances continue to be concerning - WGR 550
Despite getting a big 35-32 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Orchard Park, the Buffalo Bills did not play a good third quarter, which is becoming a troubling trend.

These guys are good… scary good - WGR 550
Led by Josh Allen, the Buffalo Bills have turned into an offense that will have opposing defensive coordinators losing sleep. Allen and company bailed out the defense to keep the Bills unbeaten.

‘He’s the best dude’: Tyler Kroft’s unique day inspires teammates | Buffalo Sports |
“Holy cow.” center Mitch Morse said, “You talk about a guy, when he scored the touchdown, our sideline erupted. It’s fun to see him score, because he’s the best guy.

Josh Allen, Cole Beasley, Tyler Kroft describe the game-winning drive -
Josh Allen, Cole Beasley, Mitch Morse and Tyler Kroft give an inside look into the emotions of the game-winning drive during the Bills-Rams game.

You want dramatic comebacks? Josh Allen has them | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Here’s a look at Allen’s eight career comebacks.

Bills coach Sean McDermott on comeback win: ‘Calm breeds calm’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
As far as slogans go, head coach Sean McDermott coined another after Sunday’s 35-32 comeback win against the Los Angeles Rams at Bills Stadium: “Calm breeds calm.”

Bills Today | Noteworthy achievements from Sunday's win -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Monday, Sept. 28.

Josh Allen and the offense delivered a comeback win ... again -
Josh Allen delivers, Cole Beasley hits the century mark and the offensive line featured a new starter and a position move.

NFL explains why controversial interception was not overturned | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Tight end Tyler Kroft appeared to make the 41-yard reception, but the Rams' John Johnson III reached in and the two players hit the ground.

Los Angeles Rams decry costly pass interference call that led to Buffalo Bills’ go-ahead TD
The Rams were one play away from completing a historic comeback against the Bills on Sunday when a fourth-down pass-interference penalty resulted in a go-ahead touchdown for Buffalo. Said Rams safety John Johnson III: ‘It was the wrong call.’

What Sean McDermott, Jerry Hughes and others said about Buffalo’s 3-0 start to the season -
Sean McDermott, Jerry Hughes, Josh Allen and others explained their takeaways from Sunday’s victory.

Bills welcome back Edmunds, Milano to a defense still finding its way | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Linebackers Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds returned against the Los Angeles Rams after each missed the team’s Week 2 win against the Miami Dolphins.

How past Bills teams that started 3-0 fared | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Buffalo Bills have started 3-0 in nine previous seasons, but this is the first time they have gone to 2-0 on the road to open a season. Here is how the nine previous teams fared:

Bills Mafia fundraises over $5k to fly banner over stadium for Sunday’s game vs. Rams -
Banner read: “Together or apart, #BillsMafia love you!”

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Eight takeaways from the Buffalo Bills’ electric win over the Los Angeles Rams - Buffalo Rumblings
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Buffalo Bills 35, Los Angeles Rams 32: Rapid recap and notes - Buffalo Rumblings
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Buffalo Bills move Cody Ford to left guard, Quinton Spain out of the starting lineup - Buffalo Rumblings
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