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Buffalo Bills Links, 9/30: Bills climb in power rankings

Plus, why this Bills offense is producing at a level unlike any other in franchise history.

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we lead off by seeing just how far the the 3-0 Bills continue to climb in the league’s assorted power rankings.

We offer up our final thoughts on Buffalo’s thrilling 35-32 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3, including how tight end Tyler Kroft’s performance is bringing the team closer together, how quarterback Josh Allen continues to excel with the deep ball, why defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier blamed missed tackles for the poor defensive performance in the second half, and why wide receiver Cole Beasley was Buffalo’s unsung hero in the win.

We study the Week 3 snap counts to offer up observations, grade the Bills position-by-position after re-watching the game tape, discuss why this year’s offense is wide open and producing at a level never before seen in franchise history, delve into the news that the team won’t be allowing fans into Bills Stadium for the foreseeable future, hear about how Buffalo’s Week 5 opponent (the Tennessee Titans) is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, and much more!

Week 4 NFL Power Rankings: Bills remain a top-five team - WGR 550
Nick Foles has taken over in Chicago, the Kansas Chiefs look much better than everyone else and the Bills are 3-0. Tim Kelly of RADIO.COM Sports tackles that and more in this week’s NFL Power Rankings.

Bills Today | Buffalo climbs to No. 5 in ESPN power rankings -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Wednesday, Sept. 30.

‘Buffalo Bills didn’t beat Rams on Sunday, officials did,’ says USA Today writer (Week 4 power rankings) -
The Bills moved to 3-0 in a roller coaster match-up against the Rams.

Final thoughts: 10 things we learned from the Bills’ win over the Rams – The Athletic
What Tyler Kroft did Sunday, scoring two touchdowns including the game winner, is the type of thing that can bring a team closer. (Subscription required).

What we learned from Bills’ snap counts in Week 3 win, game ball and more | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Jay Skurski offers five takeaways from the Bills’ snap counts against the Rams, and looks ahead to next week in Vegas.

Position grades: Rams’ wonderful scheming made for long day | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Here’s a position-by-position grading of the Bills, based on video review and on a scale of 0 to 5.

Jim Kubiak: How Bills QB Josh Allen maximizes the schemes being called | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Josh Allen led the Bills back from the clutches of defeat in the fourth quarter for the eighth time in his career. “I just want it, more than anything,” said Allen.

Analysis: Wraps officially are off Josh Allen and Bills’ offense | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Through three games, the Bills’ offense is as wide open as it ever has been, and it is producing at a fantastic pace,” writes Mark Gaughan.

More proof Bills’ Josh Allen is an MVP candidate? Third-and-22 conversion - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
The QB, who has put up gaudy stats, proved his mettle with another winning drive that included an improbable big play when Buffalo needed it most.

Sal Maiorana: Bills are 3-0 despite poor play on defense - Democrat & Chronicle
Josh Allen and the offense bailed out the 3-0 Bills again as defense is struggling.

Bills: No fans for ‘foreseeable future’ -
The Buffalo Bills provided an update on fans attending games at Bills Stadium on Tuesday.

Bills announce no fans at home games for forseeable future - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills released a statement on Tuesday saying that there will be no changes to their fan protocols for the foreseeable future after Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said the team was asking for up to 9,000 fans to be allowed to attend.

Statement from the Bills on fans in stadium -
The Bills sent the following letter to season ticket members on Tuesday.

Bills announce no fans at home games for foreseeable future | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The team hasn’t had fans at Bills Stadium for either of their first two home games against the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams.

Tennessee Titans, Bills’ Week 5 opponent, shut down facilities amid Covid outbreak | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The NFL says the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings are suspending in-person activities after the Titans had three players test positive for the coronavirus, along with five other personnel.

Report: Three Titans players test positive for COVID-19 - WGR 550
According to a report from NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero, the Buffalo Bills’ Week 5 opponent is dealing with multiple cases of COVID-19. Pelissero said on Tuesday that three Tennessee Titans players tested positive for the coronavirus.

Chopping Wood: Bills Bring it in Crunch Time -
In this edition of Chopping Wood, Bills legends Steve Tasker and Eric Wood break down the game film of Buffalo's 35-32 win over the Rams Sunday at Bills Stadium, and the clutch plays that made the victory happen.

Bills' Lee Smith 'not real concerned' about those who question his roster spot | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Lee Smith has been an easy target for Buffalo Bills fans to ridicule. Nevertheless, the Bills' decision makers see value that goes beyond what Smith does or doesn't do during games.

Unofficial Bills depth chart lists same offensive line as Rams' win | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Head coach Sean McDermott never likes to tip his hand, so take this for what it's worth.

Ryan Fitzpatrick says Buffalo is his favorite NFL city - WGR 550
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is a 16-year veteran who has played for eight different teams, but one city sticks out as Fitzpatrick’s favorite over the years.

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Opinion: The inevitable step-back game won’t hijack Josh Allen’s progress with Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
Progress isn’t linear.

Buffalo Bills hit the top five in Week 4 NFL power rankings - Buffalo Rumblings
After a monumental collapse turned into a huge comeback win, the Bills find themselves in the top five this week.

Q&A: Josh Allen’s MVP start, Buffalo Bills’ defense struggles - Buffalo Rumblings
Lots of questions after the second-half collapse on Sunday.

Despite local efforts, Buffalo Bills won’t host fans at stadium for foreseeable future - Buffalo Rumblings

Penalty Recap: Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
Overall a pretty clean game though not without controversy.

Revisiting five Buffalo Bills to watch against the Los Angeles Rams - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills gave us a collective heart attack, but they are 3-0!

Revisiting five Los Angeles Rams to watch against the Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
The Rams were out, then they were up, and then they lost.

One Stat Recap: Josh Allen continues his incredible start to 2020 season - Buffalo Rumblings
Allen is going where only one Bills QB has gone before.

AFC East Roundup: Early quarterback assessments - Buffalo Rumblings
How are signal callers in the division performing?