Bills Win a Thriller Over Rams 35 – 32  

I knew this game could come down to a last possession, but never expected the Buffalo Bills to have a 25-point lead and fall behind in the closing moments, yet still find a way to win with a 3-yard TD pass to often injured tight end Tyler Croft! 

The Bills defense was on the ropes without a true run stuffing nose tackle on the team. Keep in mind Star Lotulelei opted out of this season and  the Bills must find someone to fill his role. I predicted that the Rams would run all over the Bills defensive front due to the fact they are very light in the pants.  Bills defensive front Harrison Phillips, Vernon Butler, Ed Oliver and Quinton Jefferson were abused all day long and combined for only three tackles. The defensive backs and safeties will be called upon to make more tackles in future games.  Bills cornerback Levi Wallace is almost always in good position to make a play and he did against the Rams. Levi is short and bigger receivers will sometimes get the best of him. Levi had his third career interception and his first of the season. He also had one pass defense and the interception led to a Bills touchdown. Bills safety Micah Hyde said,” You can’t duplicate the speed of the game in practice, and the  Rams has an outstanding offense unit. I was trying to catch my breath in  the first half and the heat was not an issue. The  Rams have many weapons and give you many different looks and  the QB had command of their offense going at a very fast pace.”  

Bills quarterback Josh Allen is starting to show progress under pressure with touch passes to his receivers. But Allen’s low football IQ continues to be a serious problem. Allen cannot afford to take a sack at crunch time or grounding the ball causing a penalty to be assessed. He’s a work in progress and when he’s not pressured, is making excellent plays down the field.  The Bills running game must get better in weeks to come in order to take pressure of Allen. 

The Bills benched Quinton Spain at left tackle and moved Cody Ford in while Brian Winters took over at right guard. It’s very concerning to be moving offensive linemen around and hopefully the Bills will find their right mix of offensive linemen soon. Keep in mind last years starting right guard Jon Feliciano is due to come off IR soon.  The Bills will have some decisions to make real soon on which linemen plays and who will be subbed in during games. The Bills might look on waiver wire for a large veteran Nose tackle to help stabilize the middle of the defensive front. It’s only the beginning of playing physical run-oriented teams like Las Vegas Raiders and Tennessee Titans – both on the road. I see Bills traveling to Las Vegas and duplicating the New England Patriots game plan of screen passes along with running in between the tackles to be a recipe for a win. 

The Raiders punishing running backs Josh Jacobs and Jalen Richards will be another stiff test for an undersized Bills defensive line. The Bills need to use running back TJ Yeldon more out of the backfield and give him more touches. Yeldon has break away speed and it’s a mystery to me why he’s not used more often in the Bills offense. Prediction: I see Bills winning 31 -27 in the desert.

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