For a neutral fan, Sunday's Bills vs. Rams game was an exciting contest. To Bills fans and Rams fans, this game was really tough to watch. Even though the Bills secured the victory, it was their first real test of the season, as they played against another undefeated team, instead of being able to beat up on the Jets and Dolphins again. If this was a high school exam, they would've scored a 65% yes it's a passing grade, but it's just barely squeaking by, nothing to write home about, and you know you have a lot of studying to do before next week's test. Let's run down a list of the Buffalo Bills pro's and con's, coming out of week 3.
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Yes, for the second week in a row, Josh Allen is our biggest bright spot on this Bills team. Allen completed 24 of his 33 pass attempts for 311 yards and 4 touchdowns. The NFL gifted the Rams a touchdown, Josh threw his first pick of the year, the Los Angeles offense exploded off of the costly mistake, and they almost completed the 28-3 comeback. Without Allen, the Bills don't win this game. Late in the 4th quarter with under a minute to go, down by 3, Allen had to be "that guy" once again and lead his team down field, and he excelled at it. These are the moments that separate the great quarterbacks from the fake quarterbacks. And today, Josh proved that in the face of adversity, he can truly be a great leader.
After having a quiet first two weeks, Beasley finished today's game making arguably the second biggest impact on the team. Though he didn't finish the day with any touchdowns, he ran for 100 yards on 6 receptions, and those six receptions came in pivotal moments. When Josh Allen and the Bills needed a first down, Beasley was the guy to go to.
Devin Singletary had himself a day! Whether he's rushing with the ball, or being used as a receiver downfield, Singletary made his mark on this game for Buffalo. The second year running back ran for 71 yards on 13 carries, and had 50 yards on 4 receptions.
This week's honorable mentions go to WR Stefon Diggs, TE Tyler Kroft, and WR Gabriel Davis
Diggs - 49 yards on 4 receptions, 1 TD.
Kroft - 24 yards on 4 receptions, 2 TDs.
Davis - 81 yards on 4 receptions.
The Offensive Line
How many times did it seem like Josh Allen got sacked and or almost got sacked in the second half? It looked like he was scrambling on almost every play in the third and fourth quarters, with 2-3 Los Angeles defensive linemen hot on his tail each time. I get that Aaron Donald is probably the best defensive tackle in the league right now, but the Bills O-line could do NOTHING to contain him even a little! In the first half, the Bills had the Rams locked down in all facets of the game. The second half is where the offensive line imploded. If the Bills had lost today's game, it would have been the offensive line's fault. The Rams defense had 4 sacks on Allen in week 3. Had Josh not been able to think on his feet and evade Rams defensive linemen on many occasions, this game could have been very ugly for Buffalo.
The Rushing Game
So far throughout the first 3 weeks, head coach Sean McDermott and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll have opted to use running back Devin Singletary as a receiver, leaving the RB duties to rookie Zack Moss and T.J. Yeldon. Buffalo is relying heavily on the passing talents on Josh Allen. The Bills' rushing game hasn't made much of an impact yet in 2020, aside from whenever Josh Allen chooses to run the ball himself. But what happens if Allen has an off-day? What happens if one day he just doesn't have his "stuff" and he isn't throwing over 300 yards? Who will the Bills turn to then?
For the second straight week the Buffalo Bills let the opposing team rush all over them. Rams running back Darrell Henderson Jr rushed for 114 yards on 20 attempts, and had one rushing touchdown. In total, Los Angeles rushed for 167 yards, compared to Buffalo's 101 rushing yards.
Well, sloppy or not, a win is a win. The Bills head into week 4 with an undefeated 3-0 record, where they'll face the Raiders in Las Vegas. As the old saying goes, take it one game at a time, Bills Mafia.
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