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Buffalo Bills Game Recap: The Viagra Bowl

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Holy shit what an absolute game. This is the best display of complementary football the Buffalo Bills have displayed all season. In fact, I have not seen any team do this all season. This was a clinic, and a damn embarrassment for the Patriots. And I loved every second of it.

With how much went right in this game, it’s going to be a long recap. So, buckle in, get out your beers, ready the tables, and bask in the excellence that is the Buffalo Bills.

1) Bills ground game led by Singletary and backed up by *checks notes*… Lil Sexy?

Devin Singletary has emerged as a key player in this Bills offense, providing that much needed ground attack that has been missing all season. It may have come late, but it was perfect timing. In the final five games of the season, he averaged 80.8 yards per game, 4.4 yards per carry, with a 110-yard game against the Falcons. And, it needs to be said, that an average of 2.4 of these yards come after contact, because he’s a beast that refuses to go down. 5’7” and 203 lbs, it’s incredible to see someone of his stature carry an entire defensive line on his back to get that first down.

With this in mind, I predicted that Singletary would get over 80 rushing yards and one TD. I was wrong… he got two. He plowed through that Patriots defense, refusing to back down, giving everything he had. I would hate to be a DB because he does not like to be tackled.

What I did not predict however, was the emergence of Lil Sexy as an RB? Like what? We all know he’s fast and, like Singletary, doesn’t give up. But to actually see him carve up that Patriots defense was very satisfying. Especially after *that* game. He had 29 yards from three carries. Exactly the kind of positive yardage we like to see. The Bills having an effective run game is not something I had on my 2022 bingo card.

2) The Bills secondary will not be embarrassed.

Jerry Sullivan sure knows how to motivate a team, even if it is by being an insufferable douche. Poyer and Hyde were highly offended by Sullivan, and rightly so. They’ve carried that comment with them ever since. Poyer, since that game, has had 28 total tackles, two sacks, and like a half INT. Oh, he also got First Team All-Pro, so there’s that. Hyde, to his credit, has had 29 total tackles and three INTs and earned Second Team All-Pro.

They’re so done being embarrassed. In fact, they made sure to show Sullivan what they’re made of. Hyde made what I believe to be the play of the game. That INT was a thing of beauty and every safety across the globe needs to watch and learn from it. This pick is only comparable to the Johnson pick in the divisional round last year; that level of game clinching feel, even if it was in the first drive.

More importantly though, they limited Jones’ ability to air it out. After that INT, McCorkle had just four deep pass attempts, only two of which were caught. They were also the longest plays of the game for the Patriots offense (43 and 30 yards). He was so scared of that safety duo he just refused to send it, instead relying heavily on the short pass game.

Seems to me it should be Jones and Belichick who should be embarrassed. In all fairness though, how much can you expect from a bag of milk?

3) An elite TE? In Buffalo? It can’t be.

Dawson Knox has had the most unprecedented breakout performance of this Buffalo Bills season. This man went to TEU and came out better than he ever has been. In his first two seasons, he had 388 receiving yards, two TDs, and a 56.0% catch percentage (2019) and 288 receiving yards, three TDs, and a 54.5% catch percentage (2020) respectively. This season, he had 587 yards, nine TDs, and a 69.0% catch percentage, whilst missing a couple games due to injury. If that isn’t a massive improvement, I don’t know what is. The best part is that he still has a year left on his rookie contract. This season he set his standard, but his ceiling is miles high, one he can definitely smash through.

Knox caught all five of his targets, converting them into 89 yards and two TDs, leading all Bills receivers. He was on fire. The best of all was his first TD. Allen meant to throw it away, but Knox would not be denied and leapt up for the tuddy. Can’t help but think maybe he did end up getting that prescription, because that was some serious big dick energy

4) (*Extreme Chandler voice*) Could Josh Allen BE any better?

Heading into the season, Allen was the front-runner for MVP. Everyone believed he could build on his previous season and win that coveted award. (Except the haters, they were sure he would regress.) They were all wrong, Allen was just as good, if not better, than his runner up MVP season, and this game more than proved that.

21 completions on 25 attempts, 308 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions. His last incompletion came halfway through the second quarter. He finished with a QB passer rating of 157.6. Just one more pass for 17 yards and he would have had a perfect passer rating… In a playoff game… Against a division rival… In that weather. According to PFR, he became the first QB in NFL history to have 300+ passing yards, 5+ passing TDs, and 60+ rushing yards in a playoff game.

An absolute stud. Earning every penny of that extension. This is the guy that you can trust to lead your team to a Super Bowl.

5) ThE biLLs CaN’t DeFeNd ThE rUn

The Buffalo Bills have not had success defending the run in the past. During that “embarrassing” game, the Bills allowed 222 rushing yards. Over the next few games, they gave up over 100 yards per opponent. And then, they got down to business against the Falcons, allowing just 96 rushing yards. Against the Jets, they allowed 48 rushing yards. They were on a roll.

So, this game – after having played the Patriots twice already and knowing their patterns – I predicted that the Patriots would have less than 100 rushing yards. And I was right, they had just 89 yards. This is a massive improvement from what the Bills have usually done on the ground. They knew what was asked of them and they produced.

6) A record setting offensive performance

The Buffalo Bills offense started the season as the best in the league, then there was a steep drop off. But, since the second half of the Buccaneers game, they have once again been the best offensive unit in the NFL. Since that game, they have outscored their opponents 120-102.

Given how well they’ve done, I predicted that the Bills would have over 450 total offensive yards (300 through the air and 150 on the ground). And by God was I right. They had 482 yards (308 passing and 174 rushing). Allen and his Sidekicks carved up the Patriots defense. They did not let up. Their foot was on their necks the entire game, slowly adding more pressure until you could see the defeat in their eyes.

The Bills converted on all of their third downs, with each one of them being less than five yards. There was no need for any fourth downs; no punts, no field goals. They made six trips to the red zone and converted each on them into touchdowns. The Bills have had struggles with red zone offense throughout the season, so to see them be damn surgical was spectacular.

But that wasn’t even the most impressive part. The Bills scored a touchdown on every drive until they kneeled it out. There were no punts, no field goal, no turnovers. This marked the first time in the Super Bowl era that an offense has had a perfect game. It was also the first time a Belichick coached Patriots team ever conceded 47 points. No team has ever scored this many points on them. It was fun to witness.

This is an offense that can win a Super Bowl.

7) Defense stifles Patriots offense (only 50% third down conversions)

This defense has led the league in stopping third down conversions. It wasn’t a stat I was aware of, but damn did I see it. Every time an opposing offense came up short of that third down, it was delicious. So, I saw no qualms in predicting the Bills would stop the Patriots from converting more than three third downs.

Obviously, I was wrong, they allowed seven third downs. But it was seven of 14 third downs. A 50% third down conversion rate is always fun to watch. Especially when the opponent just so happens to be the Patriots.

8) McCorkle Sacked three times

Mac Jones was left relatively unscathed the last couple of times the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots met, only being sacked once. But the last few games have been a lot of fun for the defensive line. They’ve totalled 15 sacks for a loss of 116 yards. So, predicting that McCorkle would eat three sacks was no brainer.

I was spot on. Basham, Hughes, and Star all feasted. I loved watching his scared little face as he pummelled to the ground. Especially on that Hughes sack. Did Belichick really think a fake spike would fool this elite defense?

The manner in which they finished this game was something else. To only allow this team to score 17 points must have been soul crushing for the Patriots. But it had to be done, it was payback for 2007. They had it coming.

9) The NFLs Swaggiest Kicker

Tyler Bass is my guy. I love him so much so that I wrote him a letter. With that being said, any slander against him will not be tolerated. No, he did not have his best game, butthat can be attributed to the weather. But when your team scores 47 points, how can you mad about the two missed ones?

Leave him alone.

10) Bills Mafia

The best part about this entire game, was Bills Mafia. Us, you, everyone, were the ultimate 12th man. The stadium was filled to capacity, despite the freezing temperatures, and was so loud I couldn’t even hear the broadcast. We saw everything during that game; shirtless, drunk, and merry is the only way to describe it.

Even before the game, we saw all the hype videos, all the tweets, all the premature table breaking. It was chill inducing. This is the same energy that I’m sure will be brought each week until the Super Bowl.

Final

The Buffalo Bills displayed one of the best games of football I have ever seen. The offense was lights out. The defense was lights out. Special teams were lights out.

The team that played Saturday night can go all the way.

Go Bills!

Much like Marty McFly, Trish Patel (aka Tyler Bass Enthusiast) is a time traveller who stole a sports almanac so as to fool you mortals into believing that she can predict the stats of a game. If you come at her on social media, there is an excellent chance you'll get burnt. They don't call her @savage_trish for nothing.

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