Well, what a win that was! A 98-yard TD to Gabe Davis to open the game, then a 62-yard TD later. Followed up by a 324 yard, four TD first half for Josh Allen. The Buffalo Bills steamrolled through the Pittsburgh Steelers to top the AFC East again. And, with the Kansas City Chiefs next up on the schedule, a statement win like this is very much needed. Now, let’s get to the best part of this article… the overreactions!!
1.) Gabe Davis is going to have an All-Pro season.
Yes, I’ve said this in another article earlier in the summer. But after a game like this, when he’s back to full health, Gabe Davis could very well be the newest Bills WR to earn this honor. Davis has been a great deep target for Allen. He showed it against the Chiefs last year and again this week, reeling in three catches for 171 yards and two TDs. Davis has made opposing defensive coordinators work even harder to game plan for the Bills every week.
2.) The Bills DB room hasn’t missed a beat with these injuries.
It has been a pleasant surprise seeing the young DBs step up and play well, especially Kaiir Elam and Damar Hamlin. Hamlin has made two starts this year in place of Jordan Poyer, and he’s done a very good job. He finished Sunday third on the team in tackles with six, and almost had an INT (where he and Dane Jackson collided). One person who also deserves some recognition for his play is Siran Neal. Coming in late in the fourth quarter, Neal totaled four passes defended, as well as one tackle. Very impressive showing from the young guys this week. Makes you wonder how well the secondary will play when guys like Tre White, Christian Benford, and Xavier Rhodes come back from injury.
3.) Start Khalil Shakir!!!
What an outing for the 2022 fifth round pick. Three receptions for 75 yards and one TD. Shakir gave the coaching staff a huge reason to make him the starter moving forward, even when Isaiah McKenzie and Jamison Crowder return this season. If so, the Buffalo Bills could have a real threat at WR1-3 for years to come. Shakir also left his mark in the return game, returning his lone kickoff for 34 yards. (And it looked like he could’ve taken it even farther.) The do-it-all receiver is really making his name known to the football world this season.
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