A balmy November afternoon led to a ton of passing yards
What if someone told you they had the audacity to miss a Buffalo Bills game? What if you could show them one play, and one play only, to recap the whole thing? What play would you choose? Welcome to Plays that defined 2020…
Week 9: Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills kept faltering against the New York Jets before reaching the end zone, then followed that up with a narrow victory over the also faltering New England Patriots. While Division games are often tough, it was starting to look like the Bills had cooled off a bit. Next up was the perennial contender Seahawks led by perennial MVP candidate Russell Wilson. As everyone expected, Buffalo put on a clinic, thoroughly outclassing Seattle for the entire afternoon.
Isaiah McKenzie touchdown (Q1, 13:41)
Thanks to a 60-yard return by Andre Roberts on the opening kickoff the Bills were able to get off to a fast start. Four plays in and Isaiah McKenzie was strolling into the end zone to give the Bills a lead. A lead they never relinquished. Ponder this next sentence carefully then. Against the Seattle Seahawks, the Bills led for 58:35 of game time.
Jordan Poyer interception (Q1, 1:48)
Now up by 14, Seattle was driving to make sure the game didn’t get out of hand. Nearly to the end zone, Russell Wilson was being shadowed by Jerry Hughes, leading to a pass that Wilson would regret. Jordan Poyer read the play perfectly and plucked the ball from the air. This would be one of many disasters experienced by the Seahawks.
Gabriel Davis touchdown (Q2, 4:07)
Being candid about this game, with Buffalo putting up five touchdowns and forcing four turnovers, I could have done the entire list from either type of highlight. The challenge became narrowing down WHICH touchdowns and turnovers to pull. I chose this one to Gabriel Davis over several others because even when Seattle did many, many things right…Buffalo just made it look easy. This score put the Bills up by 17 points. There were four different scores that put them up by 17 or more. The game was never close.
Zack Moss touchdown (Q4, 11:27)
Why this Zack Moss touchdown? Seattle had pulled within seven. Buffalo took it right back down to score again to make it a two-score game. There was 47:01 of clock where Buffalo held a lead of two scores or higher.
A.K. Klein strip-sack (Q4, 6:35)
After Moss’s score to go back up by 14, the Bills promptly took the ball back again with a Tre’Davious White interception. Josh Allen scored on the next play. Seattle scored a touchdown then forced a Bills punt. Down by two scores with about seven minutes left, things were already grim but a comeback was theoretically possible. A.J. Klein stole Russell Wilson’s lunch money and the Bills would kick a field goal to solidify their lead.
It’s time to vote for the play that defined the game. Remember, it’s the play that best tells the overall story of this contest, not necessarily a favorite play or best highlight.
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