by George Radney
Photo by Jerome Davis
It was a cold and very windy day once again at The ERA Field. The Bills defense once again was pushed around upfront with Star Lotulelei and Ed Oliver continuing to get manhandled, this time by the Washington offensive line. The Bills defense played a bend-but-don’t-break game against Washington defeating them 24-9.
Washington future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson had 101 yards on 10 carries in the first half. The 34 year old veteran of 13 NFL seasons seems to have young legs against the Bills as offensive coordinator Brian Daboll continues to make bad play calls and allows Josh Allen to not progress in his 2nd NFL season of learning how to play QB in a very competitive league. Brian Daboll seems not willing to use all offensive talents like keeping TJ Yeldon inactive which makes no sense at all. YJ could be used on bubble screens, draw plays and short passes out in the flat. Instead Brian Daboll is using three tight ends – Lee Smith, Dawson Knox, and injury prone Tyler Kroft. Keep in mind Duke Williams was inactive and once his shoulder heals up he will return to the line up. The Bills have four tight ends and none of them stand out as a true starter and game breaker down field. They have no speed and all play the same type of game.
Tyler Kroft is being paid 9 Million a season as a free agent and is stealing money from the Bills organization. The rookie from Boston College, Tommy Sweeney, is a better player and should be seeing more playing time during the second half of the season. The Bills should cut their losses and get rid of Tyler Kroft. Bills running back Devin Singletary is a good player but due to his small size can he survive in the NFL running in between the tackles? He’s off to an excellent start and we will see in the upcoming second half of the season. Josh Allen can only get better but only if offensive coordinator Brian Daboll continues to place him in a better position to win games with the tough schedule of the second half of season. The Bills defense continues to play steady and fast.
Bills cornerback Levi Wallace is quietly having an outstanding season by doing his job. He may have gotten trucked by future Hall of Famer Washington running back Adrian Peterson, but he did not let that bother him and continued to play his usual steady shut down type coverage. Levi : “We did exactly what we practiced and we finished the tackles and held our opponent to 9 points. It’s important to go outside and practice to get use to cold weather and high winds. We look forward to the challenge of going up against a great back (Adrian Peterson), and now we must adhere to the 24 hour rule and on Wednesday start preparing for Cleveland.”
Bills Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier made a critical adjustment by inserting newly signed free agent Vincent Taylor at defensive tackle position and it helped stop Washington’s running game in the second half. Bills kick returner/wide receiver: “Coming back from Injury and getting my explosiveness back is a good thing.”
Yes, expect big things from Andre Roberts in the second half of the season. He’s starting to jell and and with his explosive first step should be able to set the Bills up in good field position. NFL Network commentator Deion Sanders said it best: “The Bills are a scary team to deal with and I would not want to play them in the playoffs, but QB Josh Allen must become a game manager and not turn the ball over and the Bills will be a tough out in 2019 playoffs.”
The Bills travel to Cleveland on Sunday for a game with the struggling Browns. The Bills defense will force Cleveland Browns QB and Progressive Insurance spokesman might need to use some of his own product after the Bills defensive front dominate a mediocre Browns front line. Once again Josh Allen must not turn the ball over and the Bills can come away with a 20 – 17 win off Lake Erie.
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