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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Victory in Atlanta 'would radically alter the perception'

The 2-1 Bills are on the road today against the 3-0 Falcons, defending NFC champions and one of only two remaining unbeaten teams in the NFL.

“Everyone had this checked off as a loss before the season,” Jerry Sullivan wrote in his column. “But if they pull off the upset Sunday, it would radically alter the perception both locally and nationally – from a team in transition, if not the tank, to one that could make a serious playoff run.”

Defining moments: How can NFL coaches navigate the turbulence and heightened sociopolitical anxieties brought about by national anthem demonstrations? Tim Graham gathered wisdom from former NFL coaches Bill Parcells, Dick Vermeil and Herm Edwards, baseball Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa and Hockey Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman – men with a combined 105 seasons of experience, 15 world championships and nine coach or manager of the year awards. “If you’re a coach today,” said Edwards, the fifth black head coach in NFL history, “you better figure it out fast.”

Kneed to know: Learn why each of the 12 players who protested last week during the national anthem chose to kneel and what they are doing to better their own communities, from Jay Skurski’s Inside the Bills feature.

Scouting report: Sean McDermott knows how difficult it is to match up with the Falcons. Skurski gave the Bills the edge in one area. Mark Gaughan highlighted three crucial matchups to watch.

Injury report: The Bills could be without both Cordy Glenn and Shaq Lawson this week, but Marcell Dareus is ready to return.

Advanced stats: Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison’s scheme has helped Tyrod Taylor get rid of the ball quicker. Jordan Matthews has not been as productive as Sammy Watkins this season, but he has been similarly efficient.

By the numbers: The Bills are 4-7 against the Falcons since the teams first met in 1973. Here’s a statistical breakdown of the all-time series.

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Weather forecast: The retractable roof at Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium will remain closed for the game. Tailgating Bills fans should be comfortable, according to meteorologist Don Paul.

Bar scene: Looking for a place to watch the game? Buffalo Sports Garden is in full bloom on Sundays, and the patio is still open.

Inside the NFL: How the NBA helped the Bills get out of a travel jam.

Around the NFL: The Bears are contemplating a change at quarterback.

Trivia: What was the longest TD pass against the Bills last season?

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