(Micah Hyde celebrating an interception - Mark Mullville/Buffalo News)
A big day for Josh Allen, Emmanuel Sanders
The Buffalo Bills took another huge leap in their Week 3 game against the Washington Football Team. Throughout the first two weeks of the season, fans thought Josh Allen looked shaky and many were worried about him going into the rest of the 2021 NFL season. Allen put those worries to bed on Sunday afternoon when he put up one of the best performances of his career, throwing for 358 yards, and 4 total touchdowns.
Newly acquired wide receiver, Emmanuel Sanders, has fit in quite well in his new role in Buffalo. Sanders caught for 94 yards and two touchdowns on six targets, making him an immediate fan favorite for Bills Mafia.
Josh Allen's favorite option on Sunday, however, was Cole Beasley. Allen targeted Beasley a whopping 13 times, bringing in 11 of those 13 targets for 98 yards, but no touchdowns. Tight end Dawson Knox and running back Zack Moss were the only other two receivers aside from Sanders to catch for a touchdown in Week 3.
Bills' running back Devin Singletary took a step back against Washington as compared to his stellar performance in Week 2 against Miami. Singletary's 26 rushing yards and no touchdowns on 11 carries was nothing compared to his 82 yards and one touchdown in Week 2.
Zack Moss was able to put up another solid performance, as he rushed for 60 yards on three carries, and as mentioned above, scored one touchdown on 31 receiving yards. Looking back to last season, and looking at Singletary's Week 1 and Week 3 performance, I'm starting to believe that maybe it's time for head coach Sean McDermott and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to look at Moss as Buffalo's RB1.
The offensive line protected Allen well, only allowing him to get hit six times and giving up zero sacks.
The defense comes together once again
If there is one thing that has been consistent for the Bills so far this season and even dating back to the latter half of last season, it's been the defense. This Buffalo defense has really found it's stride, with a shutout of the Dolphins in Week 2 and holding the Washington Football Team to only 21 points in Week 3.
The stellar linebacker duo of Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds is what has carried this defense through the first three weeks. Milano had one fumble recovery, six total tackles, two tackles for a loss, and defended one pass on Sunday afternoon. Tremaine Edmunds led the team with seven total tackles.
Buffalo's defense had WFT quarterback Taylor Heinicke's number on Sunday, limiting him to 212 passing yards, and two touchdowns. Heinicke also threw two picks. There were only two instances in the Week 3 matchup against Washington where the Football Team's offense was able to muster up anything against Buffalo's defense.
Buffalo once again makes another strong bid as to why they are prime Super Bowl contenders.
The Bills improved to a 2-1 record, taking the top spot in the AFC East, as the Patriots, Jets, and Dolphins all lost on Sunday. Buffalo takes on the Houston Texans in Week 4, looking to make it three straight victories in a row in their quest to run away with the division in 2021 just like they did last year.
The Bills will go into Week 4 as the overwhelming favorites, at -17.5 against Houston.