by George Radney
The Bills defense exposed Pittsburgh Steelers third string QB Delvin Hodge as having no arm strength on throwing the ball towards sidelines and on deep balls. The Bills had an excellent week of film study in preparing on how to defend against the injury plagued team. The second ranked NFL defense forced 5 turnovers against the Steelers offense including four interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Tre Davious White is now emerging on the national level as an all pro shut down cornerback. The Bills need to get ready and pay the man. They also need to pay defensive end Jordan Phillips with the man currently being used on over rated Trent Murphy. Murphy has done very little to earn big time money. Yes, speaking of a waste of money, the
Bills tight end Tyler Kroft caught his first touchdown since 2017, yes, 2017! It was his fourth catch of the season for his whopping 9 million dollar contract. He should be arrested for stealing money from Bills organization. If the Bills passing game currently rank 28th in the NFL, it could somehow move up between 14th to 20th; this would make Bills a serious playoff contender that could actually make it to Super Bowl LIV. I would add 6’7 rookie tight end into the lineup in place of either Dawson Knox or Tyler Kroft, along with wide receiver Duke Williams, and running back TJ Yeldon to possibly jump start a horrible offense. I’m thinking taller more physical receivers could help Josh Allen make some plays down field. That would send full back Patrick Dimarco and wide receiver Robert Foster to the bench.
Bills QB Josh Allen continues to put up Tyrod Taylor numbers and is benefitting from a Super Bowl caliber defense. Josh was once again awful and now starting to hang his receivers out to fry with very high uncatchable passes that will get our receivers seriously hurt. Yes, Josh can run for first downs but ranking 28th in passing is not going to get it done. The Bills must find a quality mobile backup QB with experience and not prone to turning the ball over. Let’s be real here, the Bills won game over the Steelers and most games this season in spite of Josh Allen’s horrible accuracy problems. Allen can’t continue to go 13 for 25 for a total of 139 total passing yards. You must keep in mind the Bills faced a lot of rookie QB’s throughout the season but in the playoffs you are going against the best QB’s in the league and Josh Allen must perform much better
Allen’s best game was against a Dallas Cowboys team that really laid down on the job against Bills with no pass rush at all.
The Bills head to Foxboro, Mass for another nationally televised game against New England Patriots. The Bills out played the Patriots last time and should have won the game, but here we are and Bills are now in the playoffs for the second time in three years. This would be an emotional win for Bills to finally start beating the Patriots on a consistent basis and show everyone they are ready to be a dominate team in the AFC Eastern Division. It’s quite similar to the Miami Dolphins domination of the Bills for 20 years.
I see the Bills winning 17-16 in another exciting finish. I also see the Bills beating the New York Jets 24 – 20 in a last regular season game at New ERA Field. The Jets game should be played with backups and QB Davis Webb could get some action to see if he might be a reliable QB especially if Josh Allen’s erratic play continues into next season. If the Bills play Houston Texas in the playoffs during wildcard weekend I see the Bills winning 17—14 or playing the KC Chiefs losing to them 27 – 17.
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