First and foremost, what an unbelievable game. It went from put your feet up and enjoy a stress free Buffalo Bills blowout victory to what would have been the biggest blown lead and loss in franchise history, and finally to a dramatic Bills victory.
Once again, the Bills offense played the role of hero.
Three games into the 2020 season and the offense is a perfect three-for-three. After driving the Bills to wins over the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, the offense showed it is now explosive enough to win a high-scoring shootout kind of game. Add 35 points and five more touchdowns to their season statistics.
I’ll save you the trouble of looking the stats up. They have 12 touchdowns and 93 points. For the second straight week, the offense picked up the defense and scored a game-winning fourth quarter touchdown after the defense couldn’t hold a lead.
But this was just a little different than the Miami game.
This would have been a crushing loss had the Bills not put together an 11-play, 75-yard drive capped off by a touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Allen to tight end Tyler Kroft.
When the Bills took a 28-3 lead with just over eight minutes left in the third quarter, it looked like they were home free. The offense was unstoppable and the defense had the better of their matchup with a Los Angeles Rams team that scored 57 points in their first two games. But the game seemed to flip on a controversial interception by the Rams that appeared to be no worse than simultaneous possession, which would have meant it was still Bills football.
Los Angeles basically shredded the Bills defense from that point on, as they scored 29 straight points on four drives over 18-and-a-half minutes. But Allen, a.k.a Mr. Fourth Quarter, guided the Bills down the field on a drive that included some big throws and some scary situations. Allen tried to do too much by himself moments. With Stefon Diggs having a quiet day and John Brown sidelined by an injury, Cole Beasley became the big playmaker in the passing game. He had receptions of 18, 22 and 19 yards. The 22-yard catch came on a third-and-22 play.
The Bills were given a second life after a controversial pass interference call against the Rams on fourth down. Without any call, the game would have been over. Instead, Allen would end up tossing the winning touchdown to Kroft, who had a pair of scores while stepping in for injured starter Dawson Knox.
I can’t say enough about the Bills offense.
They put together a masterful performance in the opening half. Despite the fact that Diggs and Brown had no catches, the Bills were still able to put up 21 points by the break. They are getting contributions from everyone they dress. Lee Smith had a touchdown catch in this game. Gabriel Davis came had four catches for 81 yards. Devin Singletary had his best game of the season with 71 yards rushing and 50 more receiving. The Bills reached the red zone five times and they recorded a touchdown each time.
Allen continues to be one of the top stories of this young NFL season. He looks like a different quarterback. You name it, and he’s doing it. For the third straight game, Allen passed for more than 300 yards. He’s already topped the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Did I mention he’s done that in just three games?
Accuracy shmaccuracy! (spell check won’t like that word) Allen has completed 71% of his passes. He has thrown 10 touchdown passes and just one interception, and if the NFL knew what it was doing, it would not have been an interception.
It might be hard to imagine, but the Bills now have an offense that other teams have to be afraid of. They have a young quarterback who has taken a big step in his growth in Year 3. They have weapons all over the field and a play caller who is putting together tremendous game plans and scheming players open.
As a Bills fan, you’ve done a complete 180. You’re very confident in the offense, and concerned about the defense at this point.
If Rick Jeaneret was calling Bills games, this is where he’d say, “The Bills offense is good… scary good!”