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Buffalo Bills Links, 9/7: Previewing the 2021 season

Plus, why the Bills still have a chip on their collective shoulders.

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The wait is almost over for Buffalo Bills fans. Coming off a 13-3 regular season and an appearance in the AFC Championship game, and with 20 of 22 starters returning from last year’s squad, the Bills return to action on Sunday when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers at Highmark Stadium.

Today’s edition of the Bills daily links leads off examining the expectations for the Bills during the 2021 season.

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Previewing the Buffalo Bills’ 2021 season

Josh Allen enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2020, finishing as NFL MVP runner-up while guiding the Bills to their most successful season since the Super Bowl runs of the 1990s. With plenty of talent returning, expectations are high for the Bills this year. We examine whether Allen can get the Bills back to the Super Bowl, hear why NBC Sports’ Peter King has the Bills advancing into Super Bowl LVI, offer up game-by-game predictions, explore whether Allen will experience any regression, and discuss bold predictions for the Bills this year.

Storylines to watch and predictions for Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh

Breaking down the key matchups as Buffalo prepares to host Pittsburgh in a big Week 1 clash at Highmark Stadium. The Bills are searching for their third straight win vs. the Steelers.

Odds and ends

We discuss why Buffalo’s point differential should serve as a key measure of the team’s success in 2021. We also hear how Josh Allen and the Bills still have a chip on their shoulders heading into a season with great expectations, dive into why Buffalo is a candidate to draw many primetime games, examine why cornerback Siran Neal is one of the most versatile members of the team’s defense, learn how fullback Reggie Gilliam is driven by the discipline he learned from his parents, and get the latest on whether star linebacker T.J. Watt will suit up for the Steelers in Week 1.