Bills Hold on for 21 – 17 win over Bengals

By George Radney

The Bills offense is starting to jell with Josh Allen com-pleting passes to John Brown, who seems to get open on ev-ery single play. The Bills de-fense continues to dominate with a shutout in the first half . Unfortunately Allen turns the ball over on a stupid pass that should have been thrown away. He must learn to get rid of ball and come back to the next play. Bills Offensive Co-ordinator Brian Daboll must start taking the game out of Josh Allen’s hands and allow the entire offense to make plays like Zay Jones and running the ball with Frank Gore and hope-fully activating Marcus Murphy in time for next week’s game against Patriots.
The Bills Head Coach made a big mistake in not activating Marcus Murphy and using him as a featured back and receiver out of the backfield. Marcus is a veteran player who can also be your punt and kickoff returner. Bills offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll is too conservative . The Bills should have blown out the Bengals; winning the game by 10 points or more. But thanks to Dabol going to sleep at the wheel -third quarter mentality. The Bills must have more aggressive play calling, like deep down field passes, possibly some reverses and jet sweeps to name a few. Bills offensive tackle Ty Neeske : “I could have tightened things up a bit today and fans here are outstanding giving us a real home field advantage. This is nothing like fans in Washington, who did not fill up the stadium, much more loudly like stadium full of our true fans. Whatever scheme is called I must go out and execute; we must stay focused.”
Nsekhe was excellent on sealing off the edge and allowing positive yard-age on jet sweeps and center Mitch Morse and guard Cody Ford opened up holes for Frank Gore to run inside throughout the game. After in-jury to starting Guard Jon Feliciano the Bills moved Cody Ford over to guard position and inserted Ty Nsekhe at right tackle. The Bills best offensive line unit consists of Dion Dawkins left tackle, Quinton Spain, left guard, Mitch Morse, Center, Cody Ford, right guard, and Ty Neskhe right tackle. Hopefully Ty’s chronic knee will allow him to stay in the lineup and Mitch Morse can stay concussion free in order for this unit to jell together.
The Bills defense continues to dominate and forced key turnovers especially the game saving interception by Tre” Davious White, who had two interceptions – the first Bill since Micah Hyde had two against Atlanta in 2017. Bills safety Jordan Poyer forced a fumble and recovered it along with Micah Hyde who also forced a fumble and Matt Milano re-covered the ball. Bills safeties have been very consistent and should be considered for Pro Bowl Honors. Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer are the heart and soul of the Bills defense. We can see why Head Coach Sean McDermott signed Micah Hyde as the Bills first free agent of his tenure to lead our defense and make the proper adjustments. It’s paying off to one of the best signings of his tenure in Buffalo.
Bengals right guard and former Buffalo Bill John Miller : “Coming back (to Buffalo) was like it’s the next game and we knew it was going to be a rowdy crowd.” We figured out how to attack their aggressive defense. Our offense had to get on the same page. We ran the ball much better in second half and executed our offense too late and now must study the film and prepare for Steelers next week.”
It’s the real deal next week as Tom Brady and the Patriots come to new ERA Field on Sunday. I see Bills young and mistake prone QB Josh Allen making too many mistakes that our defense can’t recover from leading to a Patriots 24 – 17 win over Bills.
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