Buffalo Bills 2020 NFL season has turned out to be a record setting one offensively and now the team has emerged a serious Super Bowl contender.
The Bills, playing their best football of the year, finished the season 13-3. Josh Allen became the first player in NFL History with at least 4,500 passing yards, 35 touchdown passes, and five rushing touchdowns in a single season. The Bills season scoring total of 501 points surpassed the previous mark of 458 set in 1990 – 1991. They scored 28 points off turnovers against the Dolphins which is the most by any team in the NFL 2020 season. These records tell us that the entire Bills team is hitting on all cylinders at the right time.
The Bills slot receiver, Isaiah McKenzie , starting in place of injured Cole Beasley, stepped up with a 3-touchdown performance with one coming on a punt return. McKenzie said: “I’ve been watching Beasley, Brown, and Diggs on how to improve my route running each week and knowing I have the skills to do it. Once I see them do it, it gives me the confidence to do it myself. They are always encouraging me to be the best I can be and that’s what you saw on the field.”
The Bills offensive lineman Dion Dawkins: “We have a mindset that we go out to win by playing a physical game and played with our foot on the gas. Our Coaches know what they are doing and put the best players out there to win. We handle business and that’s our purpose. We are going to run it and pass the ball. This is what you’re going to get when you play us.”
Bills defensive linemen Quinton Jefferson, Vernon Butler, Jr., and Ed Oliver are playing at a very high level; stopping the run and forcing opposing quarterbacks to release the ball early. They are the unsung heroes on the defensive front , contributing to a winning season. T his team does not have high profile stars on it like the 90’s Bills – Bruce Smith, Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, and Andre Reed. Instead, it’s a combination of role players working together for the same goal and it has produced a 13-3 season with Super Bowl LV aspirations. This team developed during a pandemic without fans in attendance and Zoom meetings with media and very little interaction with fans. It has turned into a very special football season in Western New York. Bills Special Teams Coach Heath Farwell unit has performed very well all season long. He must be given credit for having a unit that gives good drive starts for the offense without being penalized. The Bills punt returner Andre Roberts leads the league in punt return yardage and has made the Pro Bowl two years in a row. That’s a serious testament to what a fine job Special Teams Coach Heath Farwell has been doing with this unit. Buffalo Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott, when asked about teams over all discipline said, “It’s an everyday approach and to place value on discipline the guys, coaches and position Coaches all work on it; because it’s hard to win when you beat yourself.”
The Bills will play The Indianapolis Colts on Saturday at Bills Stadium. I think it’s a good matchup for The Bills and I see our defense forcing Colts QB Phillip Rivers into at least two turnovers and the offense continuing to put pressure on a good Colts defense leading to another big passing day for Josh Allen. Keep an eye on Colts running back Jonathan Taylor getting off early in the game and Bills defensive front must find a way to slow him down. The key will be putting pressure on statue QB Phillip Rivers, forcing him into those turnovers. Josh Allen must show his maturity in the win and not be reckless with the football. The Bills will go as far as Josh Allen’s arm is going to take them and this week it should take the eam to a 31 -21 win.
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