Last week was a statement win for the Buffalo Bills. Check out my recap to read about everything the Bills did right, and more importantly, what little they did wrong. That game was a perfect example of what complementary football looks like. I have no issue in believing they can do the same this week against the Falcons.
Previously on Bills vs Falcons (Week 4, 2017 Season)
The Falcons, 3-0 after their Super Bowl defeat to New England, hosted the 2-1 Bills at home, hoping for what would be an easy win. They were wrong. The Bills fought hard all game, with rookie sensation Tre’Davious White returning a fumble for a 52-yard TD, and new acquisition Stephen Hauschka giving the Bills a lead with just a few minutes left in regulation. A defensive stance sealed the deal for the Bills, and put the rest of the league on watch.
The Bills won’t need to fight that hard this week though.
Prediction #1: Allen puts on a show for MVP voters
This season, the MVP race is still open with only two games left and Josh Allen is on fire, pushing his way into that top-five candidacy. This is his game. The one that firmly pushes him into top three.
Allen will have 450 total yards and five total touchdowns. This offense is currently on fire and I don’t see the Falcons being able to slow Allen down. He’s making those Pro Bowl voters look silly.
Prediction #2: Last Week, no Punts. This week, no FGs
As most of you are probably already aware, I absolutely love Tyler Bass. So much so that I wrote him a love letter. He deserves it. The last time the Bills met the Falcons, they needed their kicker to get the job done. I don’t want that this week.
Except for kickoffs, Bass will only be on the field for XPs. (Same for Haack.)
Prediction #3: Edmunds goes on a crusade to silence haters
Tremaine Edmunds has been facing a lot of criticism as of late because of some missed tackles. And whilst some of it is deserved, most of it is just unnecessary. I’ve seen some calls to trade him, but I don’t agree. Last week was a prime example of that, he led all Bills defenders with eight total tackles.
This week he’ll do the same – this time 10 total tackles – and make some good reads.
Prediction #4: Defense limits Patterson
The entire league knows that the Bills struggle to defend against the run. Last week, they allowed 5.5 rushing yards per attempt. So, it wouldn’t be surprising for the Falcons to rely heavily on the Cordarrelle Patterson.
However, knowing what’s about to come, the Bills will plan for this and Patterson will be held to less than 60 yards on the ground. I also predict that he’ll score the only Falcons TD of the game (if they even score any). I have an unhealthy amount of confidence in this defense.
The Buffalo Bills win by four scores and clinch a playoff spot (provided the Raven lose, which I predict will also happen). This Bills team is back on track and will once again be Super Bowl favorites.