The Buffalo Bills 2019 Season will once again hinge on Defensive play and how healthy they can stay throughout the season. The Bills offense will need QB Josh Allen to improve off last season and be more constant in completions and moving the team down the field. The Bills offense once again starts the season very sluggish and Allen had 4 turnovers in the first half.
The Bills have a Super Bowl type defense that can carry the team to greatness but will be in big trouble if left on the field too long during games like Jets contest. The “No Huddle” offense is good if you are getting first downs and controlling the clock, but if you are three and punting the ball your defense will eventually wear down.
Bills rookie defense tackle Ed Oliver was very impressive with his aggressive style of play and he seemed to get stronger as the game went on. Ed, said: “I really feel good after my first NFL game. The carryover of how I was trained playing 90 plays a game in high school helped prepare me for the NFL. It’s been my life dream to play in the NFL and I could play another game right now!”
Oliver seems to be a very nice down home hard working young man from Houston, Texas who will bring energy throughout his career. Bills fans will enjoy his bull rushing skills by over powering offensive linemen and allowing our defensive end like Jerry Hughes, Trent Murphy and Shaq Lawson to make plays in the backfield. It’s going to be another fun season of watching Bills defense dominate many opponents.
The Bills first half of season is very winnable before a stretch of second half games that will let us know the true quality of this year’s team. Bills running back Frank Gore said, “Our defense played hard and kept us in the game. We wanted to start fast with no huddle offense and make first downs. The Jets have a tough defense but we kept punching, and punching until we finally had some success running the ball.”
That changed when Jets star linebacker C.J. Mosley left the game with a pulled groin which allowed the Bills running game to have success with Devin Singletary and Frank Gore breaking off huge runs in the 4th quarter. These successful running plays allowed Bills QB Josh Allen to settle down and make plays down the field. Bills players asked local media in locker room if we thought they were going to lose, being down 16 in 4th quarter.
The answer a resounding and YES! I did not see the Bills coming back from that deficit. Bills Center Mitch Morse had a very good game especially in the 4th quarter (most of team did as well) and must stay concussion free in order to benefit the team. The Bills will have to keep their fingers crossed that Mitch Morse can make it through the season concussion free!
The Bills return to MetLife Stadium again on Sunday facing the downward spiraling New York Giants in an inter-conference game. I see the Bills defense dominating once again and offense doing just enough to survive and come away with another hard fought win 24 – 20.