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Buffalo Rumblinks, 11/29: Why can’t Bills’ defense close out games?

Can head coach Sean McDermott right the ship and get Buffalo back on track?

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Following Sunday evening’s 37-34 loss in overtime to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Buffalo Bills (6-6) find themselves on the outside looking in for an AFC playoff spot. Quarterback Josh Allen put on his Superman cape and engineered another clutch late-game drive to put the Bills up. But in a troubling trend, Buffalo’s defense couldn’t hold onto another late lead.

Today’s edition of Buffalo Rumblinks takes a look at why, under defensive-minded head coach Sean McDermott, the defense has been unable to close out close games this season.

Why can’t Buffalo’s defense close out close games?

Despite Josh Allen’s heroics, the Bills came up short against the defending NFC champion Eagles. This most recent late-game collapse represented the fourth time this year alone that Allen orchestrated a drive that put the Bills up or tied the score with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. Buffalo lost all four of those games.

Linked here: why McDermott’s defense has been unable to hold onto late leads, why the Bills have been among the unluckiest teams in the league, whether McDermott should be on the hot seat following another late-game meltdown, and why Buffalo faces an uphill climb to qualify for the postseason.

Even more Bills news

Learn how former Bills linebacker London Fletcher was named one of 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Tuesday, hear former NFL QB and current ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky discuss Buffalo’s playoff chances and why Josh Allen has been outstanding, and discover what offensive coordinator Joe Brady and assistant head coach/defensive line coach Eric Washington think the team needs to work on heading into the bye week.

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