In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we turn our attention to Saturday’s marquee quarterback matchup between Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen as the Buffalo Bills (14-3) host the Baltimore Ravens (12-5) in an AFC Divisional Round game.
We examine the dynamic young quarterbacks who are at the forefront of the NFL quarterback revolution and size up which signal caller has the edge in this playoff matchup. We also hear how Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale compared Allen to both Ben Roethlisberger and Dan Marino, and why San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman makes the comparison to another playoff quarterback: Aaron Rodgers.
We also discuss the possibility of lake effect snow impacting the Bills/Ravens showdown, hear from wide receiver Stefon Diggs on why Buffalo has been a perfect fit for him, get injury updates on Diggs, Cole Beasley, Tremaine Edmunds, Ed Oliver and Darryl Johnson Jr., study the film to see where Buffalo’s defense went wrong in the Wild Card win over the Indianapolis Colts, catch up with former Bills great Don Beebe—who still gets letters daily about the infamous “Leon Lett” play in the Super Bowl—and much more!
Dynamic QB Matchup of Josh Allen vs. Lamar Jackson
Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson at the forefront of NFL quarterback revolution - Democrat & Chronicle
The two young franchise quarterbacks will square off in the AFC Divisional round on Saturday.
Vic Carucci: Bills’ key to slowing Lamar Jackson? Let him throw | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The Buffalo Bills fully grasp the enormity of the challenge that is Lamar Jackson’s running,” writes Vic Carucci.
Who has the edge? Lamar Jackson vs. Josh Allen | Next Gen Stats - BuffaloBills.com
Josh Allen’s ability to stretch the field may give the Buffalo Bills the edge over Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round of the 2020 NFL playoffs.
Ravens coordinator’s comparisons put Bills’ Josh Allen in great QB company | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale said Allen was like a young Ben Roethlisberger with his size and the way he extends plays, but with Dan Marino’s arm.
Bills’ Josh Allen is young Ben Roethlisberger with Dan Marino’s arm, says Ravens DC - newyorkupstate.com
Allen and the Bills host the Ravens in a divisional round playoff matchup Saturday night.
Josh Allen reminds Richard Sherman of Aaron Rodgers - WGR 550
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is having an MVP-caliber season, and future Hall of Fame cornerback Richard Sherman sees his ability to extend plays and get his receivers open as reminiscent of Aaron Rodgers.
Bills’ Josh Allen reminds Richard Sherman of Aaron Rodgers - newyorkupstate.com
Sherman came away impressed with Allen after facing him in 2020.
Will N.F.L. Teams Learn the Right Lessons From Josh Allen’s Success? - The New York Times
“The Buffalo Bills quarterback made an astonishing developmental jump in his third season that could provide a valuable map — or an untenable comparison — for teams trying to replicate it,” writes Mike Tanier.
Snow in the Forecast, Stefon Diggs Loves Being in Buffalo
It’s January in Buffalo, so of course Bills-Ravens game could be snowy - newyorkupstate.com
Lake effect snow is possible during the game on Saturday.
Bills’ Stefon Diggs not crazy about snow but explains why he fits Buffalo - newyorkupstate.com
Diggs: “I feel like it’s been perfect here as far as like with the people I’m around.”
Bills Today | Stefon Diggs gets deep talking about Buffalo - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills on Thursday, Jan. 14.
Cole Beasley’s Injured Knee
Bills’ Cole Beasley hated missing season finale; vowed to return for playoffs no matter what - newyorkupstate.com
Beasley caught seven passes for 57 yards in team’s win vs. Colts last week.
Cole Beasley won’t let pain keep him from Bills’ playoff push - NFL.com
Mike Giardi digs into the fortitude of Bills slot receiver Cole Beasley.
Bills Injury Updates
Bills’ injury report: Diggs, Beasley, Edmunds, Oliver remain limited | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Diggs (oblique) and Beasley (knee) were limited in the early part of last week, but ended up playing in the wild-card win against Indianapolis.”
Darryl Johnson misses second straight practice - WGR 550
“Buffalo Bills defensive end Darryl Johnson missed his second straight day of practice on Wednesday with a knee injury,” writes Sal Capaccio.
Odds and Ends
Bills film review: Where the defense went wrong versus Colts – The Athletic
The Bills collectively failed as a run defense in the fourth quarter on three explosive plays by the Colts. (Subscription required).
Ready for prime time | How Buffalo’s defense feeds off making timely plays down the stretch - BuffaloBills.com
Find out why Buffalo’s defense feels confident heading into this weekend’s playoff matchup.
McDermott: We’ve done a ‘great job’ playing in big games - WGR 550
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott joined Howard Simon and Jeremy White on Wednesday for his weekly appearance on WGR as his team gets ready to face the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night in the AFC Divisional Round.
Don Beebe still gets letters on the “Leon Lett Play” every single day - Go Long with Tyler Dunne
“The former Bills/Packers wide receiver talks perseverance, the emotion of finally winning the Super Bowl, his son’s heart, coaching D-III football and his best Brett Favre story,” writes Tyler Dunne.
Watch this: Longtime fan pens song that highlights Bills as unifying force in family, community | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The song from Buffalo native Chris Kreger has nearly 50,000 views on YouTube.
Buffalo Bills give fans reason to ‘Billieve’ (Editorial) - syracuse.com
Decades of playoff futility ended last week. Can the Bills keep it going?
‘That guy is ridiculous’: How the Bills’ Stefon Diggs elevated Maryland high school football | Buffalo Sports | buffalonews.com
High school football coaches from the Baltimore-Washington area still harbor a fondness for the competitor and the person who became a trailblazer for high school football in Maryland.
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Five Baltimore Ravens to watch at Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
It’s more than Lamar Jackson—this is a good squad.
Five Buffalo Bills to watch against the Baltimore Ravens - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills must defeat a very hot Ravens team if they hope to play next week.
Diggs, Beasley, Edmunds, Oliver among injured Buffalo Bills on Wednesday - Buffalo Rumblings
Keep your fingers crossed.
Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson has never played in snow and doesn’t want the chance - Buffalo Rumblings
The Florida native has no desire to play in flurries.
Jamie D & Big Newt: Survive (the Colts) and Advance (to the Ravens) - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills survive the Colts. Now they host one of the AFC’s toughest teams.
Buffalo Bills protect four ahead of AFC Divisional Round game with Baltimore Ravens - Buffalo Rumblings
Williams isn’t going anywhere while Zack Moss is hurt.
Josh Allen set Buffalo Bills’ team record against Indianapolis Colts - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly said recently that he thinks Josh Allen is going to break all of his records. Another one fell Saturday when Allen had a completion percentage of 74.3 percent in the Wild Card win over the Colts.
Opinion: Buffalo Bills had such a special win last weekend - Buffalo Rumblings
It was really great.