Wow. What a game that was Sunday, and it may have been a precursor of what’s to come in the playoffs. I don’t know about you guys, but that game took a couple of years off of my life. The Buffalo Bills offense took a little time to get in sync, but when they did, it was game on. The connection to Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis was still hot. And it looks like Josh Allen is just getting started with Dawson Knox. The defense kept Patrick Mahomes on his toes all afternoon/night. And, once the second half hit, the defense only rushed three most of the time, and they were still pressuring and beating Mahomes. That’s enough talk, let’s get down to business.
1.) Isaiah McKenzie is not a starting WR.
Isaiah McKenzie cost the Bills a touchdown early in the game when he stumbled in the end zone and dropped an open pass, along with a third down drop later in that half. As a result, his targets and snaps went down throughout the rest of the game and Khalil Shakir took over. (He also botched that power option play on Buffalo’s first drive, resulting in a lost fumble.) Shakir totaled one reception for 14 yards on two targets. Shakir should be given an opportunity to supplant McKenzie in the starting lineup as they prepare for Week 8 against Green Bay.
2.) Kaiir Elam has looked very very good as of late.
Kaiir Elam took last week’s game personally and went into Sunday on a mission, intercepting Mahomes early in the first quarter and recording a pass breakup later on. After the game, Elam said he knew he was going to have an INT. The Buffalo Bills will need to figure out this CB room very soon. They can’t be rotating Elam out for Christian Benford after the drive he had on the INT. Once Tre White returns from IR, the Bills will need to figure out what they want to do behind him with Dane Jackson, Benford, and Elam. It’s going to be a fun situation to watch as a fanbase.
3.) Taron Johnson comes up clutch yet again.
Taron Johnson must have a clutch gene in him. With clutch INTs against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens in 2020, and an INT to close out Sunday’s game, it seems he has a knack for this thing. What really impressed me from that pick is Dane Jackson covering the crossing route, pointing out the INT to Johnson. Really, really impressive stuff from this young DB room.
4.) Devin Singletary heard the trade rumors from last week.
Devin Singletary finally arrived on the scene Sunday, totaling 17 rushes for 85 yards, a 5.0 yard per carry average. That may be because of the Christian McCaffrey trade rumors this week, or the uptick in rushing attempts that he finally received. Either way, it’s awesome to have a run game that works when we need it to. And, in the first half, Singletary was having his way with the Kansas City Chiefs defense, picking up seven, eight, or nine yards every attempt. Buffalo Bills fans saw this late last year when they gave Singletary more attempts in 2021, Singletary looked his best self, and he showed it again this week.
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