Well, the Buffalo Bills are back in the win column and second place in the division after defeating the Cleveland Browns. There was a lot of good to take away from the game, but there was more bad than good. The offensive playcalling and execution was bad all game, and if it wasn’t for the defense making crucial stops, this game could’ve gotten out of hand. So, let’s start overreacting to a win.
1.) The Bills should make James Cook RB1.
James Cook has shown glimpses of what he can do all season, but we finally saw the full breadth of his game on Sunday. When he got the ball, he didn’t fail to amaze fans. Cook was the most efficient runner all day. He rushed for 88 yards on 11 carries, including a big 29-yard carry, and was a big factor in Buffalo’s comeback. Letting Cook handle the rushing attack, and Nyheim Hines handle the passing attack may be the best thing the Bills can do on offense.
2.) When Tre White comes back, Kaiir Elam should start over Dane Jackson.
This wasn’t a great day for people named Dane Jackson, or people that are friends with him. Dane was getting beat all day by Amari Cooper, and it didn’t stop until the final whistle. Amari totaled eight receptions for 113 yards and two TDs on the day, including some spectacular catches on the sideline. Starting Kaiir for the rest of the season gives the Bills a tall and physical corner that won’t get worked over by these tall receivers Buffalo will face later in the season. Having Dane Jackson and Christian Benford backup Tre White (whenever he actually returns) and Kaiir Elam gives Buffalo some very solid depth in the secondary.
3.) The Bills need another receiver that Allen can trust.
I am sad to announce that I have put my Gabe Davis All-Pro propaganda to rest for the year. Allen looks like he can’t trust Davis or Isaiah McKenzie right now after some crucial drops throughout the season. Obviously, the most notable one today was Gabe’s drop on 3rd and 2 early in the game. But, it has been happening too much throughout the season. Going into the off-season, getting Josh a reliable WR2 should be atop their list because, right now, having two of your starting WRs dropping passes like this isn’t helping you get over this slump.
4.) I hope Bills fans realize how crucial Tremaine Edmunds is to this defense.
After Edmunds went down last week, you could see a change in momentum. Kirk Cousins threw over the middle with ease. This week was the same thing. Jacoby Brissett found David Njoku, both his RBs, and Amari Cooper wide open across the middle of the field all day, and the Bills defense couldn’t find an answer for it all game. If Edmunds was in there, the Bills don’t see nearly as many throws across the middle in either game.
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