It was an ugly victory for Buffalo on Sunday Night Football in Indianapolis. The offense was stagnant and the defense struggled. However, the Bills found a way to get a win, in what may have been there most impressive win yet. The Bills record now sit at 5-2 as they head into the midway point in the season. Here are some takeaways from Sunday’s game.
Bills win proves who tough they are
The win on Sunday showed just how mentally tough Sean McDermott’s team is. In a game where they were outplayed in and struggling, they found a way to win. They made key plays when they needed to and a few players stepped up in crunch time. It was far from their best-played game this season, but they kept chugging along and eventually did enough to win. While most teams would be discouraged and given up, the Bills stuck to their game plan which is why this win may be the most impressive one of the season.
Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen connect again
It took some time but it’s clear now that Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen have developed chemistry between the two players. For the third straight week, Diggs had over 100 yards receiving, as he finished the game with six receptions for 161 yards and touchdown. That touchdown being the single biggest play in the game where Allen found Diggs deep down the field for the game-tying 95-yard touchdown. Allen and Diggs have been on a tear, and the offense has become so dynamic because of this.
The run defense was nowhere to be found
The Bills run defense was truly awful against the Colts. They gave up 212 rushing yards including 112 yards to Marlon Mack and an 80-yard touchdown run to T.Y. Hilton. The Bills need to defend the run better than this. Most games, if you give up over 150 rushing yards, you will lose in the NFL. The Bills got away with it this time around, but they expect this to be sustainable.
The pass protection was a disaster
Similar to the run defense the pass protection was horrendous for the Bills. They gave up six sacks to the Colts defense. Some of the blame can be put on Allen for holding onto the ball for far too long, but the offensive line needs to play better. The rushing attack was poor for the Bills but the pass protection was worse. Overall the offensive line cannot play this poorly again.
Tyler Bass is the MVP
Tyler Bass has faced a lot of criticism since the season started. He cost the Bills a win over the Patriots in week 2 and had struggled kicking long field goals to start the year. However, he was crucial for the Bills in Sunday’s game. Bass was five for five on field goal attempts including making the game-winning field in overtime. The young kicker was fantastic and was a huge reason why the Bills won.
The Bills will be back at home next week as they take on the (0-7) Los Angeles Chargers at New Era Stadium.
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