The Buffalo Bills close out the preseason with a victory over the Chicago Bears, 24-21. Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, and Mitch Morse all got one drive, while the remaining starters played about one quarter. It was a cleaner game on both sides, although Kyle Allen did commit two turnovers.
1.) Second Half Surprises
Kaiir Elam, AJ Epenesa, and Boogie Basham were all on the field throughout the third quarter, with Elam getting a drive or two in the fourth quarter as well. For the second straight week, we saw Kaiir Elam as the third man in the CB2 competition. I’m not saying there could be a trade coming this week, but you don’t play a former first round pick that late in the game for no reason.
2.)The starters looked great
Josh Allen went 5/7 for 49 yards, leading the offense to a scoring drive capped off by a rushing TD from Damien Harris. Stefon Diggs and Deonte Harty both had good games early on. Harty had four receptions for 23 yards and Diggs had two receptions for 20 yards on the first drive. Safe to say, the starters gave fans less to complain about than last week.
3) Backups shined
Darrynton Evans rushed for a 35-yard TD to extend Buffalo’s lead in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Quintin Morris caught a 29-yard TD reception from Kyle Allen on his lone target. Ty Johnson had the bulk of the second half carries, rushing for 51 yards on 11 attempts. Both Evans and Johnson gave the Buffalo Bills something to think about for a practice squad spot.
4) Still no answers at MLB
Tyrel Dodson and AJ Klein rotated in and out at MLB for most of the game before the backups came in the game. Terrel Bernard suited up, but didn’t enter the game at all, leaving even more questions for the front office. On top of that, Baylon Spector left the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and didn’t return. This could make the LB room a little thinner if it’s a long term issue.
Cutdown day is Tuesday at 4:00 EST, where all 32 teams have to be at 53 men.
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