I am a diehard Buffalo Bills fan, but I am on record saying the Bills would not be the team they were in 2020. I had a feeling it would be harder for teams with fans. I think every quarterback is going to experience that. Right now, Mahomes is losing to the Browns, Rodgers is losing to the Saints. I mean, It is not just Josh Allen, but today’s performance was not pretty for the Bills.
Many thought the Bills would just walk into the game and get a win. That is not how it works in the NFL. The Bills did not play Josh Allen in the pre-season but for only one game. Stefon Diggs did not play at all, and the Bills offensive line has been moving around trying to find the best option.
Well, today several of those things mattered. I am not going to blame this game on just one thing, but let’s look at this game from a distance. Many things were not clicking. Before the game kicked off, the Bills gave a healthy scratch to Zack Moss. Everyone assumed Zack Moss was the starting running back, but he was scratched before the game. I mean I am not sure what happened there, but it would not matter anyway. The Bills playcalling was horrible.
Devin Singletary ran the ball 11 times, and he rumbled for 72 yards. The Bills could have ran all game long, but that was not their game plan obviously. Brian Daboll, thought it was going to be a walk in the park, and let me tell you it was far from that. The Bills offense looked horrible.
In the first few drives, the Bills were moving the ball at will but they were struck by dumb penalties. Dion Dawkins, Jon Feliciano and Daryl Williams were all called for holding. The Bills also could not stop Melvin Ingram, TJ Watt or Cam Hayward if you paid them. I know every team is not going to have a rush like that, but damn the Bills could not get it going.
Josh Allen would try to get things going, but he had several players dropping the ball. I am not going to put all the blame on one player but Allen was far from great himself. He once again showcased that you have to cover the ball when you are running or trying to escape the pocket. He was stripped once and fumbled once and recovered his own fumble.
Allen had several amazing throws, but he finished the game 30/51. Yes, the Bills threw the ball 51 times and only had 1 passing touchdown. It was a pretty ball to Gabriel Davis, but let me ask the question, why did we make it a one dimensional game? The Steelers could not stop the run. The Bills averaged 4.7 yards a carry, but only ran the ball 25 times.
Brian Daboll’s 4th and one was absolutely horrendous. I am not sure what the hell he was doing or calling. And the horrible blocked punt (DONT GET ME STARTED ON MATT HAACK HE IS A BUM), but the Bills are now the 0-1 Buffalo Bills.
So here is my question to all my Bills fans, Did this wake them up? Do they now see they are not the best team in the league? Maybe reading the news tomorrow morning on how they choked will wake them up. Same for the other teams around the league that are not getting it done. Maybe this is what the Bills needed, but it sure sucked to watch. Especially, knowing the Bills are the better team.
The only positive two take aways from this game was the Bills defense, and Devin Singletary. I do not know why we do not feed the kid more.