Well, after a disappointing loss, the Buffalo Bills will look to bounce back next week in Baltimore against the Ravens. You can put the blame on a number of different positions or players, but one thing that’s certain is the secondary played very well. With a combined three starts between Jaquan Johnson, Damar Hamlin, Kaiir Elam, and Christian Benford, not too many people had hope for the secondary. But allowing only two catches for 33 yards to Tyreek Hill is pretty good, especially considering UDFA Ja’Marcus Ingram saw a significant playing time. So let’s get to overreacting.
1.) Where did this secondary come from?
As mentioned earlier, allowing 33 yards to Tyreek Hill and 186 yards/1 TD to Tua Tagovailoa is pretty impressive for an inexperienced and depleted secondary. Elam and Benford held their ground against a high powered offense, who put up 469 yards and six TDs just a week ago. Despite losing Micah Hyde for the season, the Bills will get Tre White back soon, Jordan Poyer getting healthy, and (hopefully) get Dane Jackson back in the fold. This secondary could be the best we’ve seen in years.
2.) Josh Allen is still doing everything by himself.
The ground game just wasn’t working at all yesterday. Josh Allen continued to be the team’s leading rusher with only 47 rushing yards. The Bills couldn’t seem to get Devin Singletary going in the run game, accumulating only 13 yards on nine carries. If the Bills want to be deadlier on offense, they’ll need to find ways to get the run game going. If not, it could end up being another off-season of RB talk.
3.) The Bills don’t have as much OL depth as we thought they did.
Heading into the game without Mitch Morse, Ryan Bates, and (god forbid) Bobby Hart, the Bills had to rely on practice squad call ups and a player who was absolutely horrible for the Jets in Greg Van Roten. Then, Spencer Brown left the game due to a heat-related issue and Van Roten left with a leg injury. The Bills were definitely missing their depth on the line. At one point, they played David Quessenberry at RT, Tommy Doyle at RG, and Greg Mancz at Center. Whatever could have possibly went wrong with the Bills OL happened yesterday and it affected the entire offense. The Buffalo Bills need to spend some time retooling this OL depth if they want to keep Josh Allen upright and have a semi-successful run game.
4.) The Bills should’ve kept Khalil Shakir active.
With how banged up the WR room was before and during the game, making Shakir a healthy scratch was definitely a head scratcher. At one point in the game, the Bills had two receivers on the field, with Reggie Gilliam lining up out wide. With Jake Kumerow going down with his ankle injury, Stefon Diggs leaving every other play, and Isaiah McKenzie also having heat issues, the Bills could have really relied on the fifth-round pick, and it would have given him the perfect opportunity to prove himself in front of the world.
5.) The Bills left too many points on the board.
The Bills needed to capitalize on the opportunities the Dolphins gave them, both on offense and defense. Just looking back at the game, the Bills missed out on:
- Gabe Davis TD
- Isaiah McKenzie TD
- Matt Milano pick-6
- A missed FG
- A botched snap that prevented a FG attempt
The Buffalo Bills shot themselves in the foot countless times yesterday on easy chances to get points. That cant be the case going forward as their schedule gets harder.
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