Buffalo Bills Week 1 Overreactions
The 2022 Buffalo Bills season opened up with a 31-10 statement victory over the defending Super Bowl champions LA Rams. The Bills were led by a 297 yard, three TD, two INT performance by Josh Allen, and a two sack performance by Von Miller. It looked like it only took the Bills a half to get in the swing of things, before going out and intercepting Matthew Stafford twice, and scoring three TDs in the second half. Now, let’s take a look at some overreactions based on just one game!!
1.) The Pass Rush is back!!
The Bills pass rush looked like the best in the league. Sacking Stafford seven times, and hitting him 15 times. It looks like Von Miller had an effect on the entire DL, as Jordan Phillips, Greg Rousseau, and Boogie Basham all recording sacks. If the DL can keep performing like this going deep into the season, with more productive games from the secondary, there isn’t a team that can get past this defense. Having Greg Rousseau on the opposite side of Von for years to come will be a fun pass rush duo to watch.
2.) Buffalo always had their RB1 on the roster.
Devin Singletary looked explosive tonight, rushing for 48 yards on eight carries, a 6.0 yard per carry average. Buffalo needs to start giving him double digit carries per game and let him cook (no pun intended). The Bills saw a rejuvenated Devin Singletary after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game last season, paving the way for a good five game stretch to close out the season. If the Bills can find a nice mix of Singletary rushing the ball, and James Cook catching out of the backfield, it should take some pressure off of Allen while giving the opposing defense problems.
3.) The Buffalo Bills carry a Punter?
The Bills did not punt tonight for the second time in their last three games. The only time Bills fans saw Sam Martin tonight was on extra points and field goals. Without those, most Bills fans may not have known what jersey number Martin wore. If Buffalo plays their cards right this season, fans may not see Martin punt more than six times all season. The Bills may not have even need Matt Araiza or Sam Martin, considering the Bills never reach fourth down anymore.
4.) Do the Bills even need Tre White?
Yes. But the rookies that will be behind him will be fun to watch. Christian Benford held his ground playing against the Rams receivers. From Dane Jackson to Kaiir Elam, the Bills secondary played well. Allen Robinson was held to one reception for 12 yards on two targets. Benford showed his toughness and physicality early and often against these top flight Rams receivers, and he should only be getting better as the year goes on. The Bills may not need to add a Cornerback as bad as everyone wants one.
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