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Buffalo Bills Links, 12/31: Dawkins, Bates fuel o-line

Plus, former special teams standout Steve Tasker is “at peace” with his place in NFL history

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On the road with a chance to seize control in the race for the AFC East championship, the Buffalo Bills received one of the most impressive performances of the year from their offensive line, which has come under fire for inconsistent play.

The final Bills daily links of 2021 leads off by examining the impact that left tackle Dion Dawkins and swingman Ryan Bates had in bringing stability to the line while providing All-Pro quarterback Josh Allen with ample time to find his open receivers.

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