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Buffalo Bills Links, 1/19: What did Bills learn from loss to KC?

Plus, Brian Daboll appears to be staying with the Bills in 2021.

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, leading up to Sunday’s AFC Championship, we hear from head coach Sean McDermott, defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll on what the Bills learned from their 26-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6.

We also get the latest on the injury suffered by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the AFC Divisional Round and discuss the steps he would need to take to be cleared to play on Sunday. We spotlight how Frazier’s defense is rounding into form, especially in the red zone, while highlighting how Buffalo’s defensive line came to play in the win over the Baltimore Ravens.

We also explore the rumors that Daboll is returning to lead Buffalo’s offense in 2021, analyze why Buffalo’s use of four wide receiver sets allowed quarterback Josh Allen to thrive vs. the Ravens, examine how tickets are available (at a steep cost) for the AFC Championship in Kansas City, see where Taron Johnson’s pick-six ranks among the all-time greatest plays in Buffalo’s playoff history, and much more!

Bills vs. Chiefs for the AFC Championship

Circumstances are different, but Bills will have to stop Chiefs’ run better this time | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“The Bills allowed a season-high 245 rushing yards to the Chiefs in a 26-17 Monday night defeat at Bills Stadium on Oct. 19,” writes Mark Gaughan.

‘We learned a lot’ | Bills coaches look ahead to rematch with Chiefs in AFC Championship -
The Bills met the Chiefs in Week 6 and suffered one of their three losses this season. How much have the Bills learned from that experience?

Bills-Chiefs: How Buffalo can advance to the Super Bowl – The Athletic
Josh Allen is playing far better now than when the Bills played the Chiefs earlier this season, as is Buffalo’s defense. (Subscription required).

5 things fans need to know about Bills at Chiefs | AFC Championship Game -
Two mobile quarterbacks, a Week 6 rematch, defenses stepping up and more.

Bills’ Sean McDermott on preparation for Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes’ status unclear -
Bills travel to Kansas City to play Chiefs on Sunday in AFC title game.

Jerry Hughes, Taron Johnson, Bills ‘D’ execute in win over Ravens (10 reasons to be encouraged, 2 reasons to be worried) -
The Bills’ defense executed their game plan to perfection on Saturday night.

See you in KC | Bills advance to AFC title game -
Bills keep proving the doubters wrong as they continue to advance in the 2020 postseason.

Bills at Chiefs live stream, time, TV, tickets, odds - Democrat & Chronicle
“The Buffalo Bills are one win away from the Super Bowl,” writes Ryan Miller.

Can/Will Patrick Mahomes Play?

Here’s what Patrick Mahomes needs to do to pass concussion protocol, play vs. Bills - Democrat & Chronicle
Patrick Mahomes suffered a concussion in the AFC Divisional Round, but the Chiefs advanced to their third straight AFC Championship.

Can Patrick Mahomes play against Bills? Here’s what needs to happen for QB to return for AFC Championship -
“An overview of the quarterback’s five-step path to recovery,” writes Cody Benjamin.

Andy Reid says Patrick Mahomes is in concussion protocol - WGR 550
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid provided a brief update on Patrick Mahomes, who entered Monday in the concussion protocol.

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid says before the concussion protocol, Patrick Mahomes might have returned -
“Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday he didn’t know whether Patrick Mahomes would clear the NFL’s concussion protocol in time to play in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game,” writes Adam Teicher.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid offers optimistic signals on Patrick Mahomes’ injury | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid continued to offer some optimistic signals Monday about that status of quarterback Patrick Mahomes,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Defense Delivers vs. Ravens

Coordinator Leslie Frazier, Buffalo Bills defense delivering when it counts - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
The maligned unit has come up with game-changing plays in the red zone during the playoffs, which could help the 61-year-old coach land his next head-coaching job.

Longtime Bills DE Jerry Hughes finally finding playoff glory -
No player has been with the Bills longer than Jerry Hughes. Mike Giardi digs into his position as elder statesman on a team poised to shake decades of futility.

OC Brian Daboll Remaining with Bills

Report: OC Brian Daboll staying put in Buffalo - Democrat & Chronicle
Daboll appears to be returning to Buffalo, while Leslie Frazier may still have a shot at a head-coaching job.

Brian Daboll provides little clarity on his coach future, plus four more Bills takeaways | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Anyone looking for clarity on whether Brian Daboll will leave the Buffalo Bills for a head-coach position found little of it Monday,” writes Jay Skurski.

Bills’ Brian Daboll not interested in Eagles’ HC vacancy (report) -
It’s starting to look like Brian Daboll will be back with the Bills in 2021.

Report: Brian Daboll will stay with Bills - WGR 550
After the Los Angeles Chargers hired Brandon Staley to be their new head coach, a report says Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will stay with the club.

Odds and Ends

Jim Kubiak: Four-receiver and empty sets provide the space for Bills QB Josh Allen to operate vs. Ravens | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Allen played a remarkable game, in terms of his leadership, his calm and his command of the moment,” writes Jim Kubiak.

AFC Championship tickets not hard to come by, but they’ll cost you | News 4 Buffalo
“Bills fans wanting the team to host the AFC Championship game this weekend had their hopes dashed when the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. As a result, the Chiefs will host the Bills this coming Sunday,” writes Chris Horvatits.

Prices soar for Bills-Chiefs tickets in AFC championship game | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“On the verified resale market on Ticketmaster, the cheapest price was $1,435.”

Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson shouts out ‘Bills Mafia’ for donating $360,000 to charity -
“Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson expressed his gratitude on Monday to the Buffalo Bills fan base, whose donations have reached $360,000 to one of his favorite charities,” writes Jamison Hensley.

Lamar Jackson thanks Bills fans for raising over $360,000 - WGR 550
Though Lamar Jackson was injured and ultimately lost against Buffalo in the divisional round, the star quarterback is profusely thanking the Bills fan base due to their generous donations to his favorite charity.

How NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt became an honorary member of Bills Mafia | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Kyle Brandt isn’t just on board the Buffalo Bills’ hype train – he might be conducting it,” writes Jay Skurski.

From John Cusack to the Iron Sheik, Bills’ success is drawing wide notice | Local News |
“...the Bills’ unimaginably successful blitz through the 2020 NFL regular season and playoffs has celebrities paying attention,” writes Stephen T. Watson.

7 greatest plays in Bills playoff history - Democrat & Chronicle
“Taron Johnson’s pick six is among the seven greatest plays in Bills playoff history,” writes Sal Maiorana.

Stefon Diggs, Tre’Davious White, Andre Roberts earn PFWA honors | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“A trio of Buffalo Bills have been recognized by the Professional Football Writers of America for their respective performances during the 2020 season,” writes Jay Skurski.

Bills Today | These Bills earned weekly awards after the divisional round win -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Despite the mess left behind, Transit Drive-In will again host a Bills watch party | Local News |
“Don’t mess it up this time, Bills fans,” writes Stephen T. Watson.

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

Buffalo Bills will travel to Kansas City to play Chiefs in AFC Championship Game - Buffalo Rumblings
It’s chalk in the AFC Championship.

Bills vs Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes, Bashaud Breeman could miss game with concussions - Buffalo Rumblings
Two big names are already in doubt for next week.

BBR: Initial reactions as the Bills are set to battle the Chiefs for the AFC Championship - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills will have their hands full, with or without Patrick Mahomes.

Jerry Hughes, Buffalo Bills defensive line deserves tons of credit for win over Baltimore Ravens - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills’ defensive line stepped up on Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

Revisiting Five Buffalo Bills to watch against the Baltimore Ravens - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo’s whole roster stepped up on Saturday night.

Revisiting five Baltimore Ravens to watch at the Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills shut down their opponent’s strengths and held on to close out a huge victory.

One Stat Recap: Leslie Frazier’s masterpiece - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills’ defense checkmates the Ravens’ offense.

Buffalo Bills OC Brian Daboll will stay put this offseason and not pursue head coaching job - Buffalo Rumblings
Great news everyone. Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is going to stick around for the 2021 season.

Los Angeles Chargers hire Brandon Staley, bypassing Buffalo Bills’ Brian Daboll - Buffalo Rumblings
Only two options left.

Bills vs Ravens: Another round of COVID-19 test numbers reported - Buffalo Rumblings
It was lower than the first week.