A statement win is in the books, and the Buffalo Bills will look to start 2-0 when they face division rival Miami on the road this Sunday. “Squish the fish!” as they say.
So what have we learned about the Bills from week one? Josh Allen is still the most polarizing QB in the league, this defense has not lost a step, and Stefon Diggs might just be the missing piece.
As the Bills prepare to take their talents to South Beach, here’s what to expect Sunday afternoon:
Twitter suspends all Pro Football Focus affiliated accounts for Josh Allen fake news and slander
When it comes to the NFL media landscape, there’s not an outlet more toxic to Bills Mafia than PFF. From the start, they’ve hated Josh Allen. And I won’t lie to you. By the end of his rookie year, they put out a lot of good evidence to suggest that the Josh Allen experiment won’t work out. However, as Josh develops further and grows more comfortable in Buffalo’s offense, PFF refuses to waver. The company’s “personalities” (a generous term for the glazed-eyed geeks) are so attentive to any sign of a bad Josh Allen, that they gloss over all the good.
It’s mind-boggling. They appear so desperately dead-set on proving that their whole grading algorithm works. Either that or every employee bet their retirement on Josh Allen not lasting five years in the league. Scrolling through the twitter feeds of the site’s biggest trolls (namely Sam Monson) is enough to give Bills Mafia headaches.
The denial these guys are going through is unbelievable. I get it… he had some bad plays. Last week against the Jets, there were two fumbles and a couple overthrows. He wasn’t perfect. He wasn’t Russell Wilson on every single play. But my god, look at the complete and total picture. Allen had his first career 300-yard passing game with 72% completion, all while distributing the ball to about 27 different pass catchers. He was pretty damn good, and it doesn’t take a doctorate in film analysis to recognize that.
No Magic in Miami, but plenty of “Fitz” on the sideline for the Phins
The Dolphins opted to start Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB in week one over the rookie, Tua Tagovailoa. With injury concerns dating back to Tua’s career at Alabama, the decision to sit their first-round pick is likely for precautionary purposes. It’s possible Fitzpatrick starts the entire year for Miami.
Expect Fitz to start again this weekend, but he’ll be spending most of his time on the sideline watching Buffalo’s offense control the game. It will be a repeat of the lopsided time-of-possession fans saw during Bills-Jets.
With the departures of Jarvis Landry and Kiko Alonso, Kyle Van Noy steps up and fills the role of Bills Mafia’s most hated Miami Dolphin
As fans, we all need an opponent to hate. It has occurred to me that last year Bills Mafia didn’t have a specific Dolphin to hate. We hated Kiko Alonso and Jarvis Landry for their history of dirty hits on the field during their tenure in the AFC East. That’s all good and well, but neither of them are in our division anymore. Unfortunately, we can’t hate them as often.
So, I need some candidates to step up to the plate. I know nothing about Kyle Van Noy other than the fact he is a good football player and a former New England Patriot. That seems like a good place to start if you’re looking for a guy to hate. He could be the nicest guy in the world for all I know. That doesn’t change the fact he was formerly one of Bill Belichick’s gremlins.
All aboard the Kyle Van Noy hate train. I need you all to hop on.
Sean McDermott is activated to the 53-man roster as an emergency linebacker
The loss of Tremaine Edmunds AND Matt Milano last week vs. New York had fans panicking and holding their breath. Despite initial reports suggest the starters’ injuries are nothing too serious, it appears neither will be active Sunday. Edmunds’ return looked more likely (as he was limited in practice on Thursday). Not to mention lost in the news of Milano and Edmunds injuries was the loss of depth linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips against the Jets.
Needless to say, we are THIN at linebacker at the moment. Sean McDermott knows what to do. He’s been waiting for this moment. Time for the former all-conference safety at William & Mary to put on his superman cape.
Maxwell Underhill is a contributor for BuffaloFanatics, blog writer for the in-season “Outrageous Predictions” column, and co-host of the “Bills Overdue” vidcast streaming every Saturday at 6pm ET on Facebook, YouTube, and Periscope.