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Week 12: BILLS vs. 49ers in AZ GAME THREAD


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totally forgot their is a Steelers game on at 5PM..and cant decide if that is good or bad for me today. On one hand, awesome we get to watch football before the Bills game and it may make the hours pass a bit quicker. OTOH, i will absolutely tell myself not starting on the beers till the start of Bills game, which will morph to halftime of Steeler game, which will morph to kickoff of Steeler game.


Wife should really be loving me by about 10PM!

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Why Josh Allen is the X-factor against the 49ers and 4 other Bills thoughts

By Joe Buscaglia Dec 4, 2020comment-icon@2x.png 13 save-icon@2x.png

The Bills handled business against the Chargers, as their defense and running game each took a big step forward. Now, the degree of difficulty increases with their Monday night matchup.


When the Bills take on the San Francisco 49ers in Arizona, they’ll face an injury-ravaged yet talented roster, led by one of the best head coaches in the NFL in Kyle Shanahan. The Bills aren’t taking the 49ers (5-6) lightly. With a win, the Bills would move to 9-3 for a second straight season. It would also make their Week 14 showdown with the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football all the more intriguing.


How do the Bills match up with the 49ers and what are the keys to a victory? Here are five thoughts to get you ready for what could be a very tight contest.

1) Josh Allen has the chance to take yet another step forward

The Bills have faced challenges throughout the season that have forced the passing attack to adapt, but none of their previous opponents have quite the three-level talent the 49ers do. This matchup is the biggest test to date for the Bills’ offense. Coming off his worst performance of the season against the Chargers, Josh Allen will be up against a 49ers defense that frustrated the Los Angeles Rams last week. Even without Nick Bosa, Dee Ford and Solomon Thomas, the 49ers’ defensive line forces the issue against opposing offensive lines. Arik Armstead leads the way, with the ability to line up anywhere along the line and use his length to disrupt plays regularly. Kerry Hyder is also an underrated disruptor, and first-round pick Javon Kinlaw continues to show potential. They help set the table for an impressive linebacking duo of Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw, who both excel in coverage. In the secondary, free safety Jimmie Ward presents another big challenge, and cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Jason Verrett are perfectly suited for their scheme. There isn’t an easy answer for the Bills, which is why Allen will be the X-factor Monday night.


We’ve seen him take on a challenge like this before, when the Bills traveled for a nationally televised game against an underachieving yet talented Cowboys team with a good defense. Allen had the best individual performance to that point of his career in a win on Thanksgiving. While the Bills’ defense helped force turnovers, Allen took over the game. Now against San Francisco, the Bills need their quarterback to perform above expectations, especially with how well the 49ers bottle up the run. The 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh will look to confuse Allen with different coverages and blitzing schemes. This will serve as a good dress rehearsal for Allen, in terms of what he could see both next week against Pittsburgh and later on in the playoffs. We’re going to learn a lot about Allen and just how far he’s come in primetime on Monday night.

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