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Buffalo Bills Links, 9/9: High expectations for Bills in 2021

Plus, Buffalo’s revamped defensive line gets a good matchup in Week 1.

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Coming off the team’s first appearance in the AFC championship game in 27 years, expectations are high for the Buffalo Bills heading into the 2021 season. Today’s edition of the Bills daily links leads off by examining those lofty expectations, and discussing why the Super Bowl is the goal for Sean McDermott, Josh Allen, and the Bills.

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Super Bowl is the goal for Bills in 2021

Josh Allen enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2020, finishing as NFL MVP runner-up while directing a high-flying offense. With 20 of their 22 starters returning, and with improvements made up and down a deep and talented roster, the big question for the Bills heading into the season is: just how far can this team go, and can Buffalo finally win that elusive Super Bowl?

Previewing Week 1 matchup vs. Steelers

The Buffalo Bills expect more from their pass rush this year. The revamped defensive line, led by first-round draft pick Greg Rousseau and the bulked up A.J. Epenesa, gets to showcase the progress it has made in a favorable Week 1 game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. We delve into that topic, how the Bills will need to contain Pittsburgh running back Najee Harris, and get the latest injury news leading into the season opener.

Odds and ends

We explore why wide receiver Stefon Diggs is obsessed with becoming a better leader, examine what Buffalo’s prolific passing attack can do for an encore following a record-setting 2020 season, hear from Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin on the similarities he sees between Allen and Ben Roethlisberger, and find out why Allen is a popular bet to win his first NFL MVP award this year.