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Buffalo Bills Links, 9/16: Bills require vaccines for home games

Plus, how worried should the Bills be about the offense?

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The number of COVID-19 cases in and around Western New York and the rest of the country is on the rise. To combat this uptick in cases, Erie County and Pegula Sports & Entertainment made a major change to their COVID-19 policy, requiring all fans ages 12 and older will need to have at least one dose of the vaccine in order to cheer on the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium.

Today’s edition of the Bills daily links leads off by examining this new policy change, which came in part after Erie County’s mask mandate for fans in the indoor spaces at the Stadium were largely ignored during the home opener.

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Vaccines required for all Bills home games

Fans who wish to attend a Bills game at Highmark Stadium will need to show proof they have received at least the first dose of the vaccine in order to attend home games through Oct. 31. This includes the Week 3 clash with the Washington Football Team (Sept. 26), the Week 4 game with the Houston Texans (Oct. 3), and the Week 8 Halloween showdown with the Miami Dolphins. Starting on Oct. 31, fans over 12 will need to be fully vaccinated in order to enter the stadium.

Should the Bills be worried about their offense?

Buffalo’s offense struggled mightily in the face of a stout Steelers defense, scoring just one touchdown on four red zone trips. The offense sputtered on third down, committed a slew of penalties, and bungled a pair of fourth-down conversion attempts. How worried should head coach Sean McDermott, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and the Bills be after a lackluster performance in the opener? Plus, why the Bills’ trust in tight end Dawson Knox paid off in Week 1.

Bills plummet in NFL power rankings

Following a mistake-filled loss to the Steelers, the Bills fell in the NFL power rankings. Despite the loss, the Bills are still a consensus top-10 team.

Odds and ends

A trip to South Beach could be just the perfect remedy to get the Bills on track. Learn about the top four storylines to know as Buffalo prepares to face the Miami Dolphins. Plus, learn about Josh Allen’s bizarre game day routine, find out who is on the call for the Bills /Dolphins Week 2 showdown, and more!