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What the national media is saying: Taylor's performance overshadowed by dubious penalty

Here's a look at stories involving the Buffalo Bills from around the country.

1. Buffalo's 'important victory' ranked high in ESPN's Excitement Index

The Bills defeat of the Broncos was the fifth-most exciting game from the seventh-most exciting slate of Sunday games since 2005, according to Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com.

But it wasn't necessarily the Bills fourth-quarter play that drove up the game's Excitement Index score.

"Burns are exciting too, right?" Barnwell wrote. "Von Miller's now-infamous 'too slow' move seemed like a bizarre act to flag, given that he never actually touched Tyrod Taylor after the the play, but the call was enough to push a back-and-forth game Buffalo's way."

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Miller's penalty drew plenty of social media reaction from national media.

Correct call or not, the crucial play helped the Bills improve to 2-1.

"This was an important victory for the Bills," Barnwell concluded. "It was especially promising to see the Bills win without the services of their two most expensive players."

ESPN's Mike Rodak was impressed by Taylor's bounce back game, especially since "he did it against a Broncos defense that entered Sunday with the NFL's lowest opposing quarterback rating (74.8) since the start of the 2015 season."

Rodak, who co-hosts "The Tim Graham Show" on 1270 The Fan and [BN]blitz every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m., also realized on Sunday that "it is clear the Bills do not belong in the NFL's basement of bottom-feeding teams."

In August, Rodak predicted a 5-11 season for the Bills.

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2. Marcell Dareus needs to show Bills more urgency

This actually comes straight from coach Sean McDermott, via NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero on Sunday morning.

"At times," Dareus has shown the urgency his coach seeks, McDermott told Pelissero, "At other times, not really.

"This bus is moving and at the end of this year, we're going to have a pretty good feel for who's on the bus and who's not, and everyone knows that, I would hope."

After his early one-on-one with McDermott, Pelissero interviewed LeSean McCoy on the field postgame.

3. Mile high view

"The Broncos got trapped," Nicki Jhabvala wrote in the Denver Post. "Or maybe, on this day, they just weren't the better team."

The Bills didn't beat the Broncos on Sunday as much as the Broncos beat themselves, was the analysis from Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com.

"The Bills field a powerful defense that's no joke," Paul Klee wrote in the Colorado Springs Gazette, but for the Broncos, losing in Buffalo was "frustrating, perplexing and damning to their playoff hopes."

While about a dozen Bills kneeled during the anthem, 32 Broncos demonstrated on Sunday. Woody Paige chronicled President Trump's convoluted involvement with the NFL, including his bid to buy the Bills in 2014.

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