Buffalo Bills Week 12 Overreactions
Well, the Buffalo Bills keep finding new ways to give me, and all of Bills Mafia, heart attacks. The Bills played a sloppy game on both sides of the ball. The offense couldn’t get into a rhythm for pretty much the entirety of the game until that final game winning drive. Meanwhile, the defense was lackluster, and losing Von Miller didn’t help. Buffalo needs to find ways to get Dawson Knox, their expensive TE, involved in the offense. Because two targets throughout the whole game isn’t going to cut it. But, as we do after every game, let’s get to some overreactions.
1.) There’s something wrong with Dane Jackson, and it’s costing Buffalo.
This marks two weeks now that opposing teams are picking on Dane Jackson effectively. Last week, Amari Cooper did whatever he wanted to against Dane. This week, it seemed like Amon-Ra St. Brown was catching every pass thrown by Jared Goff. If the Buffalo Bills want to make it deep in the postseason, this can’t keep happening. Something has to change with Dane, and the secondary as a whole, if they want any kind of success.
2.) Let Singletary Cook! (pun intended).
Devin Singletary is clearly the best RB in the backfield, but every time he would get going, the Bills would go away from the run. Rushing for 72 yards on 14 carries was good enough to lead the RB room Thursday. They can use James Cook and Nyheim Hines in the backfield all they want, but if Singletary isn’t getting the majority of the reps, there will still be issues with the run game.
3.) If Von Miller misses any time, the pass rush will go through Ed Oliver.
Ed Oliver had the game of his life yesterday, totaling a sack, safety, forced fumble and fumble recovery, six tackles, and two tackles for loss. If Von’s knee injury forces him to miss multiple weeks, the pass rush is going to have to be lead by Ed Oliver. The Bills were able to get consistent pressure without Von, mostly thanks to Ed, but other guys still contributed as well. If they can get help from Jordan Phillips, Shaq Lawson, and Boogie Basham, along with Greg Rousseau whenever he comes back, the pass rush should still be sustainable until Von returns.
4.) The offense is in a lull, and it’s partly due to Josh Allen.
No, I’m not saying Josh Allen is bad. Don’t come after me on Twitter. But Josh Allen hasn’t been his normal self since injuring his elbow, and it’s been close to costing us games. Josh needs to get his groove back and start trusting his elbow a little bit more if Buffalo wants to see any type of consistency on offense.
5.) Ken Dorsey isn’t completely out of the blame either.
It’s always tough having a first-year coordinator, but it hasn’t been pretty lately for Ken Dorsey. The offense has been super vanilla and lacking any kind of spice like the fanbase saw in the Brian Daboll era. I would say Buffalo Bills fans expected more from somebody who got the seal of approval from Josh Allen. Dorsey started off the season looking really good against the LA Rams and Tennessee Titans. If that production could return, Bills fans would forget all this ever happened. It’s not time to freak out and call for his firing yet, but the offense has hit a standstill, and the first person to be blamed should be Dorsey.
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