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  1. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports It’s time to talk. Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is starting the season on an impressive hot streak. Not only have the Bills had three big wins to start the season 3-0, Allen has been the driving force behind it. Allen came into Week 2 leading the league in passing yards and notching consecutive career highs in passing yards. He’s scoring touchdowns at a blistering pace and after three games, he’s in some elite company. Here are the last seven NFL MVPs’ stats after three games. All have been QBs since Adrian Peterson’s MVP season in 2012. Lamar Jackson (2019) 63 of 100 for 863 yards and seven passing TDs 27 runs for 172 yards and 1 TD on the ground No turnovers Combined: 1035 yards, 8 TDs, no turnovers Patrick Mahomes (2018) 62 of 93 for 896 yards and 13 TD passes 15 runs for 46 yards and no TDs, 2 fumbles but none lost Combined: 942 yards, 13 TDs, no turnovers Tom Brady (2017) 71 of 110 for 1092 yards and 8 TDs Zero interceptions but a lost fumble Combined: ~1100 yards, 8 TDs, no tunovers Matt Ryan (2016) 73 of 103 for 970 yards and 7 TDs, 1 INT 8 rushes, 33 yards Combined: ~1000 yards, 7 TDs, 1 turnover Cam Newton (2015) 56 of 99 for 685 yards 5 TDs and 2 INTs 31 rushes for 134 rushing yards, 2 TDs Combined: 819 yards, 7 TDs, 2 turnovers Aaron Rodgers (2014) 64 of 102 for 697 yards, 5 TDs and 1 INT 1 fumble lost Combined: ~700 yards, 5 TDs, 2 trnovers Peyton Manning (2013) 89 of 124 for 1143 yards and 12 TDs Now for the comparison. Josh Allen is near or better than all of these quarterbacks after three weeks and his team is undefeated. Josh Allen (2020) 81 for 114 for 1038 yards and 10 passing touchdowns, 1 INT 32 rushes for 84 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns Three fumbles lost Combined: 1122 yards, 12 touchdowns, four turnovers The last guy on this list to have more combined yards than Josh Allen? Peyton Manning in 2013. Only one guy on the list has more touchdowns than Allen: Mahomes in his MVP year. The Bills’ quarterback is coming into his own and the league is going to take notice if they haven’t already. View the full article
  2. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports What an ending. The Buffalo Bills pulled off an improbable collapse-turned-comeback on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, eeking out a four-point win to move to 3-0. My initial reactions turned from extreme disappointment to relief, but these takeaways from to you from a clear mind. Gulp! The Bills were up 28-3 in this game. Then the Rams scored 26 straight points to go up 32-28. That’s 29 unanswered points if you’re counting at home. But then, something magical happened. The final drive of the game for the Bills went 11 plays and 80 yards and a huuuuuuuge touchdown to take the lead and earn the W. Buffalo needed a big penalty flag on fourth and 9 to get to first and goal, but they capitalized on it to win the game. We sent a tweet to the Falcons blog after Buffalo blew the 28-3 lead hoping the football gods would smile upon us, and thus they have. 3-0 feels good. Interception? IS THIS AN INTERCEPTION?? pic.twitter.com/BJX3RpO9mC — Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) September 27, 2020 No. Tyler Kroft catches the ball and secures it. Then he hits the ground while being touched. That’s a catch, albeit nullified by a penalty. Even the FOX rules analyst called it a completion. Show that to 100 people, and how many of them give the football to the Rams? L.A. took it down the shortened field for a touchdown as part of their comeback attempt. In #LARvsBUF, it’s not clear and obvious that Bills TE Tyler Kroft maintained control through the process of the catch, so the ruling on the field stands as an interception. pic.twitter.com/yE5ONhqgfi — NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) September 27, 2020 Third quarter woes continue The Bills were outscored 14-7 in the third quarter. They’ve been outscored in the third quarter in every game this season and have a history of coming out flat after halftime. What’s the deal with that? Even team employee Eric Wood is calling them out for it. Run defense is problematic The Bills allowed 167 yards on the ground, the most since their Week 8 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019. Maybe it’s the lack of Star Lotulelei, but the Bills’ rushing defense hasn’t been great this season. They’ve allowed 318 yards on 69 rushes in the first three games, a clip of 4.6 yards per carry. Against the Rams it was 5.2 yards per carry with Darryl Henderson going off for 114 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. It seems the only thing that can help Buffalo’s run defense is a big lead, and even that didn’t help this Sunday. Wide receiver talk In the first half, we thought it was going to be The Gabriel Davis Game. The rookie was all over the field with four catches for 81 yards on four targets. Then he was shut out in the second half. Stefon Diggs had a drop and a couple touchdowns overturned, but finished with four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown in another solid effort. Cole Beasley came up Billy-Fuccillo-HUGE on the last drive, He had 59 yards on three catches including a 22-yard third-down conversion on 3rd and 22. John Brown was injured, sitting out the second half, and boy did they miss him. That led to a bunch of Isaiah McKenzie misdirection. The Tyler Kroft Game My oh my. Kroft was a revelation in place of an injured Dawson Knox. Four catches for 24 yards and two touchdowns, including a beautiful extension grab on the go-ahead score at the end of the fourth quarter. It’s nice to have second-wave players who can step up, but this performance may have earned Kroft more run. His very pregnant wife gets the Tweet of the Day, for sure: Update: my husband is going to make me go into labor today @Kroft86 #BillsMafia — Lexi Kroft (@Lexxiikroft) September 27, 2020 Motorin’ With Zack Moss on the sideline, Devin Singletary was a focal point of the offense. He ran the ball 13 times for 71 yards and hauled in four catches for another 50 yards. T.J. Yeldon had just three carries as the backup, and it was clear they trusted Singletary in every situation. Maybe it’s time to move further away from the 50-50 split we saw in the first two games. Josh Allen’s day Well, Josh Allen has had three straight 300-yard games just like we all expected. This week, he seemed rattled as the game wore on. He had another ill-advised lateral as the game was nearing its conclusion, took sacks when he shouldn’t, and lost a fumble. He also was dropping dimes and scored four freaking touchdowns. As long as Allen’s “only he can do that” plays outnumber his “what was he thinking” plays, we will be good. This week, they were about even. The interception he threw was definitely a bad decision, even if the refs blew the call, and there were more than a few times we thought he was rattled. But he’s also in the early MVP conversation and is probably going to stay atop the league leaders in multiple passing categories. View the full article
  3. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports The Bills were faced with a 29-point comeback but survived to win. Sunday’s game between the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Rams was a wild maelstrom of offensive plays, dramatic comebacks, and controversial referee decisions. The Bills survived with a 35-32 win. Early on, the Bills looked like they were running away with the victory. Buffalo’s offense was pitch-perfect, scoring three touchdowns on four first half drives, and the defense held the Rams to a field goal kick, a missed field goal, and an interception on their first half tries. The Bills went into the locker room with a 21-3 lead, then came out in the second half and extended their lead to 28-3 with another touchdown. Then the Rams mounted a furious comeback, that would’ve shattered records for both franchises. They scored 29 unanswered points, as the Bills had no answer for Sean McVay’s multi-threat rushing and play action offense in rhythm. LA was aided by a stunning referee decision to call an interception on Josh Allen. Allen, in one of his “hero ball” moments, heaved up a deep pass to Tyler Kroft. Kroft had two hands on the ball, and appeared to fall to the ground with another defender clutching at the ball in his grasp. The officials ruled it an interception on the field, despite his clear possession, and did not overturn the call. What could’ve been a drive with the Bills in field goal range led to a Rams touchdown drive. Finally, late in the fourth quarter, the Rams completed their comeback, with a touchdown setting up a 32-28 lead over the Bills. It would’ve been the largest comeback in Sean McVay’s history, and was the largest comeback the Bills had ever allowed in franchise history. But the game wasn’t over yet. Allen, at this point being consistently harassed by Aaron Donald and the Rams defense, took over with four an a half minutes remaining. An 18 yard pass to Cole Beasley was followed by a 12 yard sack with Allen attempting to hot potato the ball out of bounds to stop the clock. Two plays later, on third and 22, Allen hooked up again with Beasley and barely moved the chains. After a few more positive plays, Allen had the Bills with first and ten at the Rams 15 yard line, but somehow committed a facemask penalty while trying to avoid a sack - putting Buffalo at the 30. Allen’s second down throw was no good, and on 3rd and 25, Allen hit Stefon Diggs for 17 to set up 4th and 8. The key play, with 25 seconds left: Allen threw a seam pass to Gabriel Davis, and the rookie drew a pass interference call, giving the Bills a fresh set of downs and a stopped clock at the three yard line. For the third time that day, Allen sifted through the bodies at the goalline, found his tight end open, and lofted a pass to Tyler Kroft to complete the comeback. The Bills, now 3-0, scraped out of what would’ve been an all-timer of a loss. There were plenty of mistakes down the stretch, but the important part is the letter W in the box score. They’ll rest up before a 4:25pm battle with the Las Vegas Raiders next week. Injury report John Brown left the game about midway with a calf injury. The Bills called his return questionable, and he didn’t come back in the game. Dion Dawkins landed hard after blocking a screen pass on Buffalo’s final drive. He was helped off the field, and replaced by Ty Nsekhe. Early in the fourth quarter, Mario Addison had trouble getting up after a play. The training staff massaged his calf, and he limped off the field. After a bit of stretching, he returned to the game. A few minutes after that, Micah Hyde also went down on the turf with an ankle injury. Hyde limped off the field, and had his ankle taped up by trainers at the sideline. He returned to the game on the next drive. Miscellaneous Stefon Diggs scored three touchdowns today, but only one of them counted. On back-to-back plays, Diggs caught a screen pass against the ground and brought it into the end zone - the play was overturned. Then he was wide open in the back of the end zone, but penalties overturned the play. Finally, Diggs made a much more difficult play count, beating Jalen Ramsey one-on-one in man coverage for a real touchdown. Corey Bojorquez hit a booming, 72-yard punt that rolled all the way to LA’s three yard line in the third quarter. that was a career long for Bojorquez. Levi Wallace, with a strong response to his critics, had his first interception of the season today. A.J. Epenesa had the first significant playtime of his career today, and made the most of it. He had his first career sack, and nearly had another on Robert Woods’ touchdown catch-and-run. Also having a great rookie day: Gabriel Davis. Four catches for 81 yards, both career highs by a wide margin. He also drew the critical pass interference at the goalline that set up Buffalo’s comeback touchdown. Speaking of comebacks, Josh Allen now has seven fourth quarter comeback wins in the past two seasons. First catches (and touchdowns) of the year for Tyler Kroft and Lee Smith. Kroft finished with four catches for 24 yards and two touchdowns, an absolute necessity of the Bills gameplan at the goalline. Josh Allen had a stunning day with the referees. It wasn’t just his interception. He was also called on penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct (badgering the refs) and a facemask as the ballcarrier (for gripping the defender’s helmet during a stiff-arm). Because of the late comeback, Allen threw enough passes for his third consecutive 300 yard passing game. He completed 73% of his passes for 8.4 yards per attempt, with four touchdowns (plus one rushing touchdown) and the aforementioned interception. Allen also lost a fumble on a sack. Tyler Bass wasn’t asked to do much as a kicker, but was five for five on extra points and nothing but touchbacks on his kickoffs. View the full article
  4. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports Another hot start for the Bills. The Buffalo Bills are heading into halftime with a 21-3 lead over the Los Angeles Rams, thanks to some strong red zone play on offense and timely high-impact plays on defense. Josh Allen hasn’t had as many opportunities for big plays against the star-studded Rams defense, but he’s been extremely efficient in leading three touchdown drives in four opportunities. In the first drive, the Bills overcame two overturned touchdowns (one by review, one by penalty) to finish the drive with a Lee Smith TD catch on fourth down. In their other touchdown drive, Allen called his own number on quarterback runs over and over to finish the drive in the red zone. Overall, he’s 10/14 for 128 yards and two touchdowns as a passer, adding three carries for six yards and a touchdown. Devin Singletary has also been efficient when needed, with 8 carries for 38 yards. The Rams, and their dangerous run-heavy offense, have played well against Buffalo’s defense - they’ve run 28 plays for 5.3 yards per play. But the Bills are on top mostly by taking advantage of a few key plays. On LA’s first drive, A.J. Epenesa had his first career sack, and Matt Milano followed with his own sack on third down. That pushed the Rams back enough that their field goal attempt missed. Levi Wallace also shut down another drive with an interception. The Bills defense allowed another drive to reach the red zone, but clamped down and limited the damage to 3 points. Other bits of note: Cody Ford started at left guard today, with Brian Winters at right guard. Rookie receiver Gabriel Davis already has four catches for 81 yards - well on his way to his first 100 yard game. The team’s two receiving touchdowns both went to tight ends: Lee Smith and Tyler Kroft. The Rams will receive the opening kickoff of the second half. Let’s look forward to the Bills maintaining this lead all the way to a 3-0 record! Here’s our second half discussion thread for the afternoon. View the full article
  5. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images The Buffalo Bills have made a few changes to their offensive line a few weeks into the 2020 NFL season. Without the preseason, they’ve been tweaking their rotation a bit over the last few weeks and this week a big change is afoot. Cody Ford, who has spent his entire career on the right side of the line, moves to left guard to start Week 3. He replaces Quinton Spain who has been okay-not-great at left guard. Ford has better lateral agility than Spain and can get to the boundary better. Replacing Ford at right guard is Brian Winters, who was signed late this offseason. He’s likely just keeping the seat warm for Jon Feliciano who is on injured reserve. Daryl Williams is sticking at right tackle, backed up by Ty Nsekhe. The Bills started moving some pieces around last week in Miami, but most assumed it was because of the heat. This proves it wasn’t. View the full article
  6. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images A battle of unbeatens to brighten your Sunday When the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles kick off today, it will be one of a handful of games this week where both teams sport unbeaten records. The 2-0 Bills have earned their victories against foes within their own division, while the Rams have beaten two teams in the NFC East to climb to 2-0 on the young season. Last week, Buffalo’s defense struggled to contain a Miami Dolphins offense that exploited openings in the middle of the field created by the absence of linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano. Reportedly, both men will be active for today’s contest, which is a huge boost against a talented Rams offense boasting such smooth slot operators as tight end Tyler Higbee and wide receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. The Rams, meanwhile, will look to slow down Josh Allen and a Buffalo offense firing on all cylinders through two weeks. Los Angeles has a much more talented defense than the New York Jets and the Dolphins, and with All-Pro players like defensive tackle Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Buffalo will face a tougher challenge than it has so far in 2020. Your first half thread is here, ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy the game wherever you are, and go Bills! View the full article
  7. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images The Bills have their top two linebackers available in a big early-season matchup The Buffalo Bills received some good news on the injury front this morning, as starting linebackers Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds were left off the inactive list. Edmunds injured his shoulder and Milano injured his hamstring against the New York Jets, and both players missed last week’s victory over the Miami Dolphins. Buffalo clearly missed them on defense, as the Dolphins shredded the Bills in the middle of the field. With both men active, Bills fans can breathe a sigh of relief against a supercharged Los Angeles Rams offense that boasts significantly more talent than the two teams Buffalo has dispatched on this young season. Which players are inactive this week? Here’s Buffalo’s whole list. QB Jake Fromm No emergency means Fromm remains in his glass case. Josh Allen and Matt Barkley are active. RB Zack Moss The rookie appeared on the injury report with a toe injury this week, and as a result, he was ruled out on Friday. Veteran T.J. Yeldon is active for the first time this season. Coincidentally, Yeldon was first activated last year during Buffalo’s Week Three game, as well, with Devin Singletary sidelined by a hamstring injury. Singletary should see the majority of the backfield touches today, though it wouldn’t surprise me if the Bills had a few screen packages featuring Yeldon early in the contest. TE Dawson Knox “Rambo” suffered a concussion last week, and he will miss today’s contest as a result. Veteran blocking specialist Lee Smith is active for the first time this season, and Tyler Kroft will start in Knox’s stead. Rookie Reggie Gilliam, who caught his first career pass and touchdown last week, may see more field time, as well. G Ike Boettger The coaching staff likes Ike, but they like veteran Brian Winters more, so Boettger is inactive yet again. Winters ate into second-year man Cody Ford’s snap share last week, which was an intriguing development after Ford played every snap in the opener. DE Darryl Johnson After making his pro debut in Week Two, rookie A.J. Epenesa is active again this week. Johnson has been a special teams mainstay for the Bills, but Buffalo is keeping recently re-signed linebacker Deon Lacey on the active roster, both as a special teams boost and added insurance in case of re-injury to both Milano and Edmunds. LB Del’Shawn Phillips The third of three players ruled out on Friday, Phillips is still dealing with the quad injury that forced him to miss last week’s game. A.J. Epenesa is active while Darryl Johnson is inactive in Week 3. #Bills https://t.co/btxptVHdCG — Ryan Talbot (@RyanTalbotBills) September 27, 2020 Here are the Rams’ inactives this week Rams inactives: RB Cam Akers (ribs) C Brian Allen WR Trishton Jackson TE Brycen Hopkins DL Eric Banks Only five today. — Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) September 27, 2020 View the full article
  8. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images It finally happened. Buffalo Bills fans have bought into the process hook, line, and sinker and they believe in their QB so much, they have reached a milestone in the SB Nation Reacts voting. For the first time in the years we’ve been polling fans here at Buffalo Rumblings, fans voted at a 100% clip: “I am confident in the direction of the Buffalo Bills.” Bills fans are in an elite group of fans this week. Fans of the Baltimore Ravens, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the only groups to go 100%. With Buffalo playing Los Angeles this week, it’s safe to say one fan base won’t be at 100% next week. At the other end of the spectrum, the Houston Texans were at 0% (really) of fans expressing confidence they were on the right track. At least the New York Jets were at 3%. The Miami Dolphins actually went up from 80% to 82% after their loss to Buffalo. View the full article
  9. Photo by Icon Sportswire The linebackers missed last week. Buffalo Bills linebackers Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds are both expected to be active on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. That according to Kim Jones of NFL Network. More to come... View the full article
  10. Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images The Bills made the move Saturday. For the second straight week, the Buffalo Bills have elevated linebacker Deon Lacey from the team’s practice squad to be available on game day. The move isn’t likely an indicator of the status of Matt Milano or Tremaine Edmunds, but instead a replacement option for Del’Shawn Philipps, who is a key special teams contributor. Lacey took 20 special teams snaps last Sunday; 67% of Buffalo’s total. Lacey was just added to the practice squad last week but spent most of 2017 and 2018 with the Bills before begin cut at the end of the 2019 offseason. He then spent the 2019 season with Miami. He had appeared in 48 straight regular season games before missing Week 1 as a free agent. Because he wasn’t signed to the active roster, Lacey won’t be subject to waivers on Tuesday and will revert to the practice squad. He will not be eligible for more call-ups, however, as teams are only allowed to use the option twice this season. If they want to use him again, he’ll need to be signed to the active roster. Teams are allowed to elevate up to two players from the practice squad to the game day roster in 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Expanding rosters in this way protects against late-week roster decisions and allows players to be in-house and receive the necessary COVID-19 testing to play in the game. Buffalo only needed one practice squad player this week despite an extensive injury report is a good sign those guys will play. View the full article
  11. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images Buffalo was able to escape Miami with a victory not having their best game on defense. They’ll need it this week. For the second straight year, the Buffalo Bills have started the year 2-0. Josh Allen has certainly shown improvement through two games, leading the NFL in passing yards. The acquisition of Stefon Diggs seems to be paying off for the offense. While that side of the ball is humming through the first two weeks, the defense has played well, but not to the level yet most fans are accustomed to seeing from head coach Sean McDermott’s and defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier's defense. One thing is for certain: This will be the Bills’ first real test early on this season on both sides of the ball. Here’s a short preview of the Los Angeles Rams. Offense Watching the Rams play the Philadelphia Eagles last week, the game never seem to have any sort of suspense thanks to the dominant performance on offense for Jared Goff. The Rams used a lot of play action and moving Goff outside of the pocket to deliver most of his throws. While he isn’t the most mobile quarterback in the league, he can move around fairly easily inside the pocket. He seemed very comfortable distributing the ball all over the field, tossing his first three touchdowns of the season last week, all to tight end Tyler Higbee. Higbee might not even be their number-one target on offense, as that title could belong to Cooper Kupp. It’s kind of amazing to think that the Bills had the chance to take Kupp in the 2017 draft, but chose to go in the direction of Zay Jones, who now is catching passes from Derek Carr with the Las Vegas Raiders. Rams head coach Sean McVay uses multiple schemes to try and get Kupp the ball, whether it be via jet screens, end arounds, or crossing patterns over the middle. Once he gets the ball, he’s very shifty in the open field and has pretty good speed. They also have Robert Woods on the opposite side—making his first return to Buffalo since leaving in free agency back in 2017—who can take over a game for the Rams himself. Just ask Dallas about Week 1. The big key that I think the Rams might exploit this week is with Tyler Higbee. As stated above, Higbee caught three touchdowns from Jared Goff against the Eagles. Seeing as Mike Gesicki carved up the Bills’ defense without Milano and Edmunds in the lineup last week, it’s not crazy to imagine McVay trying to recreate the same formula Miami used, especially if both miss the game again. Even if they do play, McVay might test them out and see just how healthy they are—especially Milano given his hamstring injury may hinder his mobility. Defense You cannot talk about the Rams’ defense without mentioning Aaron Donald, the game’s premier defensive tackle. The five-time all pro has consistently been the best defensive tackle in the game since he was drafted in the first round of 2013, and he shows no signs of slowing down at all. His speed and quickness off the ball is second to none, he easily makes all-pro linemen look like rookies, and has superhuman type strength. Whoever on the Bills’ offensive line is tasked with handling Donald will have their hands full all day. However it’s not just Aaron Donald the Bills’ offense has to worry about. Micah Kiser really had a wonderful game last week against the Eagles. He seemed to always know where the ball was and made plenty of big tackles and even forced a fumble. So far through two games he’s been one of the Rams’ best linebackers and will look to continue his hot start to the season. The secondary for Los Angeles also should not be forgotten. Jalen Ramsey, the league’s highest-paid cornerback, is still one of the best in the game. His size on the outside can frustrate even the best receivers. It’s highly possible he shadows Stefon Diggs for the entire game, which will probably be the best match-up. Diggs had his way against an improved secondary of Miami, and will have another interesting week with Ramsey. While Diggs will be occupied most likely with Ramsey, someone like John Brown might be matched up with Darious WIlliams, who recorded an interception on Carson Wentz last week. If the Bills want to continue with this aerial assault-style offense they’ve implemented, this would be the more favorable match-up to go up against. Their best bet though may be getting Devin Singletary going in the running game. Miles Sanders almost cracked 100 yards rushing last week for the Eagles, so look for the Bills to go to a more balanced-style offense. The running game did improve a little last week against Miami, but they didn’t need it much as they had so much success throwing it. They still can have success throwing it this week, just not as much. Singletary getting his touches might be able to open up some options in the play action game as well, where Allen has thrived in his career. Prediction This is where I believe the season begins to get interesting for the Bills. They were fortunate enough to start against a New York Jets team that might have the number-one pick in next year’s draft, and a rebuilding Miami Dolphins team. Now their next four games are against teams that are each currently 2-0. If Buffalo wants to prove to everyone that they are a serious playoff and Super Bowl contender, this four-game stretch will show that, and it starts with the Rams. I think that with Milano and Edmunds back, the Bills can find a way to rebound from last week’s defensive let down. Even if they are both out or even just one of them, they still can find ways to make plays on defense, but it would be a lot tougher to get the W. On offense, how they match up against Aaron Donald will be the focal point of their game plan, because you can’t completely negate his affect on the game—no team can. Some moving pockets and using Allen’s athleticism to move him around and away from Donald could help, but time will tell. Ramsey covering Diggs means that Ramsey will for sure win on some plays. It’s going to be interesting to see how many times Diggs can get the best of him. This could be a high-scoring shootout that goes back and forth against two pretty evenly matched teams. I’m going to pick the Bills to win because I like their match-ups on the outside with the Rams’ secondary, and one of these games Singletary has to have a big day. This could be the perfect week for him to find it. I also believe the defense for the Bills will be able to rebound off of a shaky performance last week in Miami. The Bills under this regime have shown they can bounce back from bad performances. If it plays out like this the Bills will have back-to-back 3-0 starts for the first time since the 1991 and 1992 seasons. Prediction: Bills defeat Rams, 30-27. View the full article
  12. Everything you need to know for Sunday’s showdown of the unbeatens at Bills Stadium! The Buffalo Bills (2-0) kick off a crucial four-game stretch against playoff contenders on Sunday, when the Los Angeles Rams (2-0) come to Bills Stadium for a Week 3 showdown. On the latest episode of the Billieve Podcast, hosts John Boccacino and Jamie D’Amico have everything you need to get ready for this clash of the unbeatens. The Bills are looking for their second straight 3-0 start to a season, and will have their toughest test of this young season on Sunday. Rams head coach Sean McVay relies on both a strong play-action passing game and an effective outside-zone run game to fuel their high-flying attack, and both Boccacino and D’Amico say the Bills will need to have linebackers Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds healthy and on the field to have a chance at slowing down a Rams offense that is averaging 28 points per game. As of the publication of this podcast, both Milano and Edmunds are questionable for the game. Even with Milano and Edmunds, the Rams will present a challenge on offense, led by tight end Tyler Higbee, wide receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, running back Darrell Henderson Jr. and quarterback Jared Goff. Like the Bills, the Rams employ plenty of pre-snap motion and like to use the play action pass to get the offense going. One key for the Bills will be applying pressure to Goff, as Ed Oliver, Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison, Quinton Jefferson, Vernon Butler, Harrison Phillips and the defensive line need to be disruptive and get consistent pressure on Goff. One area where the Bills can have success against the Rams? Attacking the middle of the offensive line with its talented defensive tackles and defensive linemen. Offensively, both Boccacino and D’Amico expect Josh Allen to test the Rams with the deep ball while feeding Devin Singletary the ball to get the ground game going. Dion Dawkins and the offensive line are going to have their hands full trying to slow down All Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald. To counter the blitzes the Rams are sure to bring, our hosts expect Allen to look at John Brown and Cole Beasley for plenty of quick passes over the middle of the field, whole taking the occasional shot downfield to Stefon Diggs. We close by offering up our score predictions as the Bills look to improve to 3-0. Check out the latest Billieve Podcast for our thoughts on these topics, then join the conversation by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below. Subscribe to the Buffalo Rumblings podcast channel featuring Billieve, Blitzed Bills, Buff Hub, Buffalo Rumblings Q&A, Breaking Buffalo Rumblings, The Bruce Exclusive, Circling the Wagons and Jamie D and Big Newt: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Google Play | Spotify | Podbean | iHeartRadio | TuneIn | Megaphone Ask Alexa or Google Home to play the Buffalo Rumblings podcast! Editor’s note: If you’re viewing this article on Apple News, the embedded audio will be removed. Click through to the site in your browser or listen on iTunes. View the full article
  13. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images Can the Bills improve to 3-0? In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we’ve got everything you need to know heading into the Week 3 clash between the Bills (2-0) and Los Angeles Rams (2-0). Bills beat reporters offer up their keys to this game, breaking down how the Bills can attempt to slow down All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald, whether quarterback Josh Allen and the high-flying passing game will continue to have success against cornerback Jalen Ramsey and a talented Rams secondary, why the defensive line needs to generate pressure up the middle and get after quarterback Jared Goff, how covering tight end Tyler Higbee is going to be a challenging match-up for Buffalo’s linebackers, what the defense needs to do to disrupt the Rams’ outside zone run game, and more. There’s also score predictions, the latest injury news on linebackers Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds, and information on how fans can watch and stream this Week 3 showdown, plus we break down why Allen is off to the best start of his young career—including how future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning has been impressed with Allen in the early going of the 2020 season—whether the Bills should think about trading for Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, a delicious pre-game tailgate recipe for Buffalo Chicken Empanadas, and much more! Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Rams: Preview and prediction - Democrat & Chronicle Two potent offenses will be on display when Bills host Rams on Sunday. How will the Buffalo Bills fare against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com Here are predictions from The News’ staff for Sunday’s Bills-Rams game. Rams at Bills: Sal’s keys, notes and stats - WGR 550 In the only battle between 2-0 teams on Sunday’s NFL schedule, the Buffalo Bills will host the Los Angeles Rams. Here are Sal Capaccio’s three keys to the game for the Bills, plus notes and stats. Rams, Bills meet head-on in showdown of unbeatens - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen have clicked immediately for the Bills but will face their toughest test yet in Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey and the Rams. NFL analysts | Bills vs. Rams game predictions | Week 3 - BuffaloBills.com The Bills and Rams both enter Sunday’s game 2-0. Which team will enter next week still undefeated? Find out what the experts are predicting. Scouting Report: Ramsey-Diggs, coaching matchups should be fun to watch | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com Nobody has thrown for more yards–729–through the first two weeks than Josh Allen. Five thoughts in Week 3: Return of two key players can be the difference – The Athletic The best guess is both Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano will be in the lineup Sunday after they practiced all three days this week. (Subscription required). Will Bills’ Josh Allen attack Jalen Ramsey on Sunday? (7 things to watch vs. Rams) - newyorkupstate.com Josh Allen won the first battle of his career against Jalen Ramsey. Will he win the second? X’s and O’s: Bills defensive front on spot vs. creative Rams | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com This is a game in which the Bills’ defensive line must rise and be the kind of high-quality unit fans have been talking about all offseason, Mark Gaughan says. Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Rams 2020: Preview, odds, predictions for Week 3 - newyorkupstate.com Bills host Rams Sunday at Bills Stadium at 1 p.m. The game will air on FOX. Rams' Tyler Higbee will be start of NFL tight end gauntlet for Bills' defense | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com Get ready to hear a lot of talk about defending tight ends in the next month of the Buffalo Bills season. Bills vs. Rams Week 3 | How to watch, listen, and stream - BuffaloBills.com It will be a battle of undefeated teams as Buffalo hosts Los Angeles at 1 p.m. EDT on Sunday. Bills Today | Bills looking to defend their home territory on Sunday - BuffaloBills.com Here are three things to know about the Bills for Sunday, Sept. 27. Bills QB coach Ken Dorsey on Josh Allen’s hot start, mechanics, patience – The Athletic “I think it’s obviously been even more than what I expected,” Dorsey said of Allen, who has thrown for 727 yards, six TDs and zero picks. (Subscription required). Is Josh Allen Actually Good Now? | FiveThirtyEight Josh Allen has had his share of doubters since entering the league. Perhaps his most outspoken critic—Jalen Ramsey—will be playing across the line of scrimmage from him this Sunday. Rams CB Jalen Ramsey says Bills QB Josh Allen is ‘talented’ - Yahoo! Sports The Rams star once called the Bills quarterback a “stupid draft pick.” Josh Allen: Peyton Manning wowed by Bills QB - newyorkupstate.com Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, was impressed with a deep throw by Allen to Diggs in Week 2. Bills elevate Deon Lacey from practice squad - BuffaloBills.com The linebacker has been elevated for the second consecutive week. Bills Mailbag: Is it worth looking at a trade for Eagles TE Zach Ertz? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com Among the topics in this week’s mailbag: Should the Bills trade for a tight end? Could offensive coordinator Brian Daboll be lost this offseason? Bills’ contract with Tre’Davious White ‘a steal’ before Jalen Ramsey reset market | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com White signed a four-year, $69 million contract on Sept. 5. Four days later, Ramsey, 25, signed a five-year, $100 million contract. Featured on Buffalo Rumblings Billieve: Previewing Buffalo Bills’ Week 3 vs. the Los Angeles Rams - Buffalo Rumblings Everything you need to know for Sunday’s showdown of the unbeatens at Bills Stadium! Previewing the Los Angeles Rams ahead of Week 3 clash with Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings Buffalo was able to escape Miami with a victory not having their best game on defense. They’ll need it this week. Buffalo Bills elevate LB Deon Lacey from practice squad ahead of Week 3 - Buffalo Rumblings The Bills made the move Saturday. Wingin’ It: Buffalo Chicken Empanadas for Bills vs. Rams - Buffalo Rumblings Pockets of buffalo chicken deliciousness? You had me at "Wingin’ It!" Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Rams broadcast info, announcers, streaming, radio, television Week 3 - Buffalo Rumblings The Bills are looking for their second straight 3-0 start. Five Buffalo Bills to watch against Los Angeles Rams - Buffalo Rumblings Josh is a given, but who else are we watching this week? Five Los Angeles Rams to watch against Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings The Rams pose quite a challenge for Buffalo. Four Downs: Opportunity presents itself for Tyler Kroft, T.J. Yeldon on Sunday - Buffalo Rumblings The reserves can play key roles against the Rams. View the full article
  14. Pockets of buffalo chicken deliciousness? You had me at “Wingin’ It!” Where there’s football, there’s food. There are many great options in the category of “traditional fare” but you might be in the mood for something different. Wingin’ It has you covered with a new Buffalo sauce-inspired recipe every week of the Buffalo Bills’ season. Get ready to win big in your kitchen as the Bills get ready for the Los Angeles Rams! When I was looking at empanadas ahead of the season it became apparent right away that this food item represents a broad diversity of backgrounds, which makes it a good fit for the second-largest city in the country. I also realized that when it comes to fillings nothing is off limits. I’ll explain my choice at the bottom, because I want to dedicate the rest of this space to Stirs and Stripes who provided the assist on tackling this game-day dish. The Stirs and Stripes empanada recipe provides a more Buffalo flavor profile and can be found here (I won’t be offended if you use her recipe instead of mine). That recipe also cut down on my research time by linking back to an excellent dough recipe on Laylita.com. Buffalo Chicken Empanadas Serves: 6-8 Active Time: 30 min Total Time: 2 hours Ingredients Filling 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 1 lb cooked chicken, shredded or diced* 1-2 cans diced tomatoes (14 oz each), drained 1⁄2 cup sliced green olives 1⁄4 cup hot sauce 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder 1⁄2 tsp oregano 1⁄2 tsp cumin 1 tsp honey 2 oz cheddar cheese, shredded or cut into small squares Directions Make filling: Melt butter in large saute pan on MED heat. Add chicken, tomatoes, and green olives to pan and stir for 1 min. Stir in the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the cheese, which will go in later. Increase heat to MED/HIGH, stirring frequently until the “gravy” starts to thicken; remove from heat and set aside. Prepare empanadas: Make dough according to the recipe above**. (Total time to prepare dough—including prep, cook, and rest time—is 1 hour 15 min.) Once dough is ready to work with, preheat oven to 375ºF. Roll dough thinly, less than 1⁄4” . You can make small spheres and roll each into circles, or roll a big sheet and cut into circles***. Add filling: For a roughly average size filled empanada, place about one heaping tablespoon of filling in each circle; add a small amount of cheese into each empanada. Fold the dough circle over the filling and pinch shut. Place the empanadas on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 25-30 min or until golden brown. Empanada size and filling ration may impact cooking time. Wingin’ It Tips *Empanadas are often filled with leftovers so I’m saving me some steps by telling you to have some dang chicken cooked already. **Stirs and Stripes’ Buffalo chicken filling required a double batch. My filling worked with a single. You can chill it to make it a little easier to work with but you don’t have to. ***Don’t stress out over circle size or making them perfectly round unless you’re planning on photographing them for an article or blog. If you can get filling in and seal it then you’ve done it right. If you clicked through to the dough recipe there’s good advice on sealing them BONUS thing! Why not a more traditional Buffalo flavor? First and foremost, it was already done. Stirs and Stripes’ recipe already has it covered and if that’s what you’re in the mood for, that should do it for you. With a good recipe out there already that meant I got to play mad scientist in the kitchen. I elected to revisit my ropa vieja flavor profile from last year as it was one of my favorites, but make it more accessible. Much of the spice profile and green olives borrows from that. The honey and cheese additions cut down on acidity and provide a more balanced result. View the full article
  15. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports The Big-12 and SEC are back? Yes, please. For those NFL Draft observers tired of watching ACC prospects and teams clash every week, they should be satisfied with this Saturday, as we will finally be treated to the beginning of play within two marquee conferences. Both the SEC and Big-12 are set to begin their first slate of inter-conference games, a list that includes our game of the week, but also fascinating ranked match-ups between No. 23 Kentucky and No. 8 Auburn, as well as pure scouting affairs like those between Iowa State and TCU. So let’s talk about the games, leave questions on prospects, and enjoy the weekend! Keep your eyes on Patrick Jones II EDGE (Pittsburgh) Louisville left tackle Adonis Boone has seen quite the gauntlet of pass rushers this season, but the Pittsburgh defensive line, led by Jones, is a different story. Stylistically on the field, he comes across as a less-athletic Jadeveon Clowney. He doesn’t seem to have the ankle flexibility to truly turn the corner, but his quickness off the snap combined with his size and strength is enough to defeat most tackles. You also have to love his effort on every play. His battle against the aforementioned Boone should be prime scouting tape. Other prospects to watch K. J. Costello QB (Mississippi State) A transfer from Stanford, the 6’5” Costello never really excelled in their pro-style offense and was only ever considered a fringe prospect as a result. Hence his transfer to Mississippi State and the Mike Leach Air Raid offense, for which he should have the accuracy. Things won’t be so easy for him in the SEC however, with his first game coming against LSU and their utterly dominant secondary. If Costello has even a moderate amount of success against that group, it should be viewed as a victory. Trevon Moehrig S (TCU) The TCU prospect has the talent and instincts to be one of the draft’s elite coverage safeties, but he has yet to put together a truly flawless season that would vault him into the first-round conversation. He’ll have a chance to get started on the right foot this season, thanks to this week’s game against Iowa State. The Cyclones recently lost to a Sun Belt team, and quarterback Brock Purdy has been known to put the ball up for grabs. Dimitri Moore LB (Vanderbilt) The redshirt junior looks the part of a new-age NFL linebacker. He’s instinctual, appears highly athletic and tackles everything that moves. He has good size at 6’3” and 234 lbs, and has improved every year for the Commodores. His opponent this week is a Texas A&M team that’s going to want to run the ball early and often, with running back Isaiah Spiller likely looking for a breakout campaign. Drake Jackson C (Kentucky) A lot of Kentucky’s recent surge of success can be traced back to their offensive line, most of whom were NFL-worthy prospects last year. Jackson is certainly counted as one himself, and word is he’s gotten into even better shape during COVID-19. Facing Auburn and their likely strong run defense will be difficult however, so we’re bound to learn a lot about the senior from just this one game. Game of the Week No. 5 Florida at Ole Miss Saturday, 12:00 PM EDT ESPN Lane Kiffin finally makes his curtain call as the newest Ole Miss coach, while Florida will be looking to burnish their likely SEC championship resume. Ole Miss’ prospects mostly reside on the defensive side of the ball and the highlight is Sam Williams, their senior edge rusher who finished with six sacks last year. Joining him are linebackers Lakia Henry and MoMo Sanogo. Henry led the team in tackles last year, while Sanogo was a very talented junior college player. On offense, there’s a chance that Kiffin can turn wide receiver Elijah Moore into a star. Honestly, this game is worth watching solely because of the presence of Florida’s Kyle Pitts. The huge receiving tight end makes defenders look silly with his routing and hands, and looks like a first-round pick. He’ll be joined by wideout Trevon Grimes, who should be able to burst on the scene this year. Gators quarterback Kyle Trask is a player some have pegged for massive improvement as he gets more experience. View the full article
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