By Henry McKenna
FOX Sports activities AFC East Author
Even when the Buffalo Bills needed to ship their punter onto the sphere for his first try of the season in Week 2, they managed to come back away with a constructive consequence.
Tennessee Titans receiver and punt returner Kyle Phillips misinterpret the punt and took it to the facemask. The Bills recovered. And Buffalo’s first and solely punt of the season one way or the other ended up being a 30-yard acquire.
That is the sort of night time the Bills loved, significantly within the second half of their 41-7 win over the Titans. A part of it was a product of sheer brilliance from Josh Allen and Buffalo’s defensive position. And a part of it was as a consequence of self-inflicted wounds from the Titans. However largely, they received due to a transcendent efficiency from Allen, who was 26 of 38 for 317 yards and 4 touchdowns in simply three quarters of play in his staff’s blowout. Buffalo sat Allen for the complete fourth quarter.
The Bills’ drubbing of the Titans secondary was so dangerous that Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins provided to assist out Tennessee — for the suitable worth.
It wasn’t an ideal night time. The Bills handled a handful of accidents, none as important as cornerback Dane Jackson’s neck damage. Fortunately, he had movement in his extremities after a terrifying damage that despatched him to the hospital in an ambulance.
However other than these scary minutes, the night time was shiny for Buffalo — and bleak for the Titans, who merely had no reply for Allen and Stefon Diggs. Diggs made 12 catches for 148 yards and three touchdowns. Their offense had an off-the-cuff approach of dominating — a clean approach of pillaging the Titans protection for factors. The third landing to Diggs was a pure instance.
Allen completely blasted the ball to Diggs, who was dealing with single protection. Poor Chris Jackson did not stand an opportunity. The play should not look straightforward. In traditional Buffalo trend, Allen and Diggs make it look straightforward.
That stated, there was one landing that they made look troublesome — and that is as a result of it highlighted their one-of-a-kind connection, with Diggs streaking downfield after burning his defender. Allen hit Diggs in stride, placing the ball in a virtually good spot. I would prefer to say it is paying homage to Brady and Moss or Manning and Harrison. Nevertheless it wasn’t. The closest comparability is Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill. However even that feels defective.
It was distinctive. It was Allen and Diggs.
Even journeyman receiver Jake Kumerow and fullback Reggie Gilliam seemed like studs. Gilliam had a landing and Kumerow completed with two catches for 50 yards. Allen and offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey spent the night time taking part in with their meals for 3 quarters. Within the first three quarters, they put up all 41 of their factors — with assist from a pick-six by linebacker Matt Milano that ended Ryan Tannehill’s night time. Quarterback Case Keenum entered the sport initially of the fourth quarter.
What ought to scare each NFL staff is that the Bills aren’t simply constructed round their dominant offense. Their protection is a pressure. They put up two sacks after compiling seven in Week 1. These 9 rank second within the NFL after two weeks. The Bills protection generated 4 takeaways (two fumbles, two interceptions), and easily overwhelmed the Titans.
Credit score to Von Miller for being a monster and pulling off the Ghost Rush for a second consecutive week (the place he inexplicably and concurrently sprinted and bent beneath an offensive lineman’s armpit). Miller’s unstoppable spree has helped spring Jordan Phillips and Gregory Rousseau. However Miller hasn’t simply solidified the go rush. He additionally logged an excellent sort out for loss, with a solo sort out of Derrick Henry within the backfield. These do not come alongside usually.
Buffalo’s accidents piled up by the top of the sport. Jackson went to the hospital. Linebacker Matt Milano (stinger), security Micah Hyde (neck) and defensive sort out Jordan Phillips (hamstring) left the blowout and did not return. Heart Mitch Morse left the sport and returned. They be a part of the ranks of defensive sort out Ed Oliver and receiver Gabe Davis. These accidents can be price monitoring, largely as a result of accidents are seemingly the one factor that may cease this Bills staff.
The place else may you discover a weak spot?
Possibly they’ve a scarcity of expertise at cornerback with Kaiir Elam and Chrsitian Benford. However Tre’Davious White, among the finest corners within the NFL, will return from his ACL damage over the subsequent few weeks.
Possibly they will work on their capacity to run the soccer. However we can’t actually know if that is a weak spot till somebody assessments their passing assault.
This Bills staff does not really feel like the kind of squad that will get off to a powerful begin earlier than dropping momentum late within the season. Buffalo appears prefer it has the potential to be a traditionally nice staff. The Bills are constructed higher than any staff within the NFL on offense, protection and particular groups. They usually have Allen, who’s taking part in just like the league’s greatest quarterback.
Henry McKenna covers the AFC East for FOX Sports activities. He beforehand spent seven years protecting the Patriots for USA TODAY Sports activities Media Group and Boston Globe Media. Comply with him on Twitter at @McKennAnalysis.
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