1. How the Bills lead in the AFC East increased during the bye week
Even though the Bills were on a bye this past week, they managed to find themselves with more separation atop the AFC East heading into Week 12. On Sunday, the Dolphins lost 20-13 to the Broncos, the Patriots lost 27-20 to the Texans, and the Jets lost 34-28 to the Chargers. The Bills have sole possession of first place in the AFC East this late into a season for the first time since 1996 (Week 13).
Below are the current standings for the AFC East:
- 1. Buffalo Bills (7-3); Next Opponent: vs LA Chargers
- 2. Miami Dolphins (6-4); Next Opponent: @ New York Jets
- 3. New England Patriots (4-6); Next Opponent: vs Arizona Cardinals
- 4. New York Jets (0-10); Next Opponent: vs Miami Dolphins
If the playoffs were to start today, the Bills would hold the No.3 seed in the AFC and host the Cleveland Browns.
The AFC playoff hierarchy is as follows after Week 11.
- Pittsburgh (10-0)
- Kansas City (9-1)
- Buffalo (7-3)
- Indianapolis (7-3)
- Tennessee (7-3)
- Cleveland (7-3)
- Las Vegas (6-4)
Here's a link to Yahoo's take on the AFC playoff picture.
2. Stefon Diggs: Playing the long game
Stefon Diggs was on the latest episode of the new NFL Podcast Huddle and Flow hosted by Steve Wyche and Jim Trotter. Throughout the episode, Diggs touched on multiple topics including playing with "Superman" Josh Allen and what it would mean to make his first Pro-Bowl of his career. This is what Diggs had to say about playing with a guy like Josh Allen and how the two have built a bond that is resulting in success for this Bills team.
"When you got a new quarterback, he likes things a certain kind of way, and you got to get used to him and he's got to get used to you," Diggs said. "That's one thing I attribute to Josh, he put a lot of time in as far as not having an offseason, when we had training camp, we tried to hit the ground running. We had so many Zoom calls, we had plenty of talks, but when we got onto that practice field, it was rep after rep trying to get better. We are still doing it now, but specifically, in training camp, he made it a point of emphasis that he always strives to be perfect, and that is something that I love about him. He's super hard on himself, so for me, I tell Superman that you can't be Superman every day, all day. So, he tries to be perfect, so I try to be there to meet him in the middle and tell him it's alright and if I drop a ball I'm not going to apologize, so don't' apologize."
3. Bleacher Report is high on Zack Moss through the remainder of the season
Bleacher Report writer Chris Roling came out with his list of players who he thinks could break out before the season ends. For the Bills, he chose rookie running back Zack Moss. Moss has played in seven out of 10 games for the Bills and has 244 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, and one receiving touchdown.
Buffalo Bills: RB Zack Moss
Joining Dobbins in the running back breakout list is Zack Moss of the Buffalo Bills. Moss fell to the third round this year but always had the feel of a guy who could quickly take over the backfield in Buffalo, especially since 2019 third-round pick Devin Singletary fumbled four times last season and is struggling as a runner this year. Through seven games, Moss has had no such issues while scoring three times on 59 carries, plus catching nine of his 12 targets, including one for a score. Singletary topped out at 151 carries last year and is at 99 this season, so Moss is bound to get more of a workhorse look when the weather turns cold and he can punish defenses. Talent and opportunity should have him as a staple of every breakout list.
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