The Bills came out and jumped all over the Dolphins with a two-play 46-yard TD run by Devin Singletary and a Josh Allen to Stefan Diggs TD reception. It’s no accident that scoring is way down in the NFL compared to last season mainly due to live crowds are back in stadiums along with the offense can’t hear the defensive signal no longer. You can see that’s a major difference in the game.
The Bills defense was the real story with Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier pitching a shutout with the right calls in order to stop The Dolphins offense. Everybody played well like rookie Greg Rousseau, who became the first Bills rookie since Ed Oliver to record a multi sack performance. Once Rousseau learns the proper techniques of an edge rusher, he could become the franchises next Bruce Smith. We have not been able to say that for over 30 years.
The Bills second year defensive back Dane Jackson made a critical stop on a Dolphins fourth and two play by making a shoe string tackle one yard short of the first down. He was subbing for Levi Wallace, who left the game with cramps. Levi got his fifth career interception in the first quarter off Dolphins QB Jacoby Brissett. Everyone on the defensive unit had a good game including former top draft pick AJ Epenesa, who sacked and injured Dolphins fragile QB Tua Tagovailoa. Tua is a good QB, but his body was not made for the punishment given out in the NFL.
The Bills offense is now starting to evolve into one where a running game is going to be the key to their future success. Bills offensive Coordinator Brian Dabool must continue to run the ball which will allow Josh Allen to move into play action passes which are more dangerous than the plays he’s been calling for the team. Bills running back Devin Singletary carried the ball only 13 times for 82 yards. Devin Singletary and Zack Moss should be getting the ball more often and how about giving the ball to Singletary at least 20 times a game. He had 6.3 yards per rush in Sunday’s game. I had people asking me all the time last season: “What’s wrong with Bills running game?” I always respond , “nothing is wrong it’s just that OC Brian Daboll refuses to run the ball more in games.” The Bills have run the ball very well just not enough, but it’s becoming quite clear that Josh Allen can’t carry a team like he did last season in those empty stadiums. He needs help with a consistent running game because in the 2021 NFL season Bills won’t make it to playoff on Allen’s arm alone.
Said Bills offensive lineman Dion Dawkins: “We’re working together as a unit and more reps the better we will become.”
Bills Safety Micah Hyde commented: “You don’t want to get too high or too low of winning and losing each week; flush it on Monday and get ready for your next opponent.”
Prediction: I see the Bills becoming a more well-balanced offense starting this week against a tough defensive front in Washington Football Team. Bills will win 24 -10 with too much Bills defense making key plays and forcing Washington QB Tyler Heinicke into turnovers.