It was a really tough win for the Buffalo Bills Saturday night, but then again, it’s been like that since their bye week. They defeated the Dolphins 32-29 and yet again relied on Josh Allen to do everything for them. Allen totaled 304 passing yards and four passing touchdowns, along with 77 rushing yards. The game also featured the Dawson Knox performance game we’ve been waiting for and Cole Beasley’s first action in his return to Buffalo. So, let’s overreact to another Bills victory.
1.) The Bills need to stop trying to make Isaiah McKenzie work.
I’ll give Buffalo some slack since they were trying to ease Beasley back into the swing of things. But giving Isaiah McKenzie starting reps when he has dropped countless passes cannot keep happening. The Bills have John Brown and Cole Beasley sitting on their practice squad for a reason. You’d have to think sooner or later one of/both of them replace McKenzie in the starting lineup.
2.) The Safety position needs some work.
I know, I probably sound like captain obvious right now pointing out how bad the Safety position is without Micah Hyde. But the Damar Hamlin experiment isn’t working, despite what Bills Twitter will tell you. Hamlin took the wrong angle on the Jaylen Waddle touchdown when he could’ve had an easy tackle. The Bills traded for Dean Marlowe at the trade deadline, but continue to make him a healthy scratch. Sooner or later they might have to switch to Marlowe, considering he knows the system and has played well in it.
3.) The Bills can’t be relying this heavily on an aging Mitch Morse.
Don’t get me wrong, Morse is still a good Center. But he is 30 years old with a history of head injuries. When Morse left the game Saturday night, Allen looked distressed in the pocket, running for his life more times than not. The Bills OL already took a blow losing Ryan Bates, Missing Morse for any extended period of time isn’t going to help things. Especially if they have to trot out David Quessenberry or Greg Van Roten as the starting Guard/Center. This is Morse’s sixth (known) concussion of his career; his first since 2020.
4.) The one-dimensional offense won’t work forever.
The Buffalo Bills need to get more production and consistency out of this run game than what we’ve seen this season. Drafting James Cook and acquiring Nyheim Hines had people hoping the run game would be on the up and up. But, that hasn’t been the case. Devin Singletary had 13 rushes for 42 yards, and James Cook totaled 34 yards on five rushes Saturday night. We’ve seen it a few times now when Buffalo plays in the postseason. Their offense will hit a lull and they can’t get out of the funk, mostly because teams dare them to run the ball, and they still can’t find success. If they want to make it to the promised land, something must change in that area.
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