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Buffalo Bills Links, 8/14: Bills win their preseason opener

Recap Buffalo’s win and learn which players are on the rise and those on the decline after Week 1.

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It wasn’t pretty and there certainly were plenty of areas the team needs to work on, but the Buffalo Bills rallied for a 16-15 win over the Detroit Lions in their preseason opener Friday night at Ford Field in Detroit.

In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we break down the good, the bad, and the ugly from Buffalo’s win in Week 1 of the preseason as the Bills ran their preseason winning streak to six.

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Bills extend their preseason winning streak

The Buffalo Bills did just enough to walk away from the Motor City with a 16-15 victory in Week 1 of the preseason. In his first action for the Bills, Jake Fromm engineered a game-winning drive, while Tyler Bass booted three field goals, including the eventual game-winner from 50 yards out. Read all about the victory, discover who stood out (Devin Singletary, Greg Rousseau, Efe Obada, Davis Webb, Andre Smith and Josh Thomas) and who has work to do (Dane Jackson, Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr., Spencer Brown, Siran Neal, Tommy Doyle, and Bobby Hart).

Rookie edge rusher Greg Rousseau shines

The Bills had to be pleased with what they saw from Rousseau, their first-round selection from the 2021 NFL Draft who recorded a sack against last year’s No. 7 overall pick, Penei Sewell.

Sean McDermott’s postgame thoughts

Head coach Sean McDermott gave praise to Fromm and Singletary and lauded Buffalo’s pass rushers following the one-point win over the Lions.

New stadium tidbits

Late Friday, Pegula Sports and Entertainment told Mayor Byron W. Brown that it will seek a “public-private partnership” with state and local government to build the team’s new football stadium. Plus, hear why one experienced banker for NFL Stadium thinks Bills fans should not panic over talks about financing for the team’s new stadium,

Odds and ends

Learn how running back Matt Breida is impacting the Bills’ running backs while vying for a role on the offense, hear why defensive lineman Efe Obada says fellow Briton Christian Wade will “shock the world,” get the latest on tight end Tommy Sweeney’s full recovery from myocarditis, hear why former Bill Terrell Owens thinks he can come back and contribute at age 47, and more!